Canadian artistic gymnasts capture two medals to wrap-up competition at 2018 Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST, AUS (April 9, 2018) – The artistic gymnastics competition wrapped up on Monday at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, AUS with Canadian gymnasts capturing two medals to finish the competition with 11 medals total.
The first medal of the day went to Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC who captured bronze on the floor exercise for her third medal of these Games. Australian Alexandra Eade took the gold with a score of 13.333 while Latalia Bevan of Wales took silver with a score of 13.300, narrowly besting Olsen’s score of 13.266. Ellie Black of Halifax, NS finished just off the podium in fourth with a score of 13.200.
“Today wasn’t one of my best routines, but I’m really happy with how it went overall. I’m really happy for this experience, and representing Canada is really amazing,” said Olsen who won the gold yesterday on vault.
As for Black, today didn’t go quite to plan – she fell on beam to finish 6th, and then didn’t quite get the score she wanted on floor, but she still finishes these Games with three medals, including two gold: “I’m really happy with my performance, it’s not exactly what I was looking for today, but I’m so happy with these Games, and it gives me something to work towards for the future. We had amazing finals, and great routines coming up and this is just the beginning for the Canadian team as we build to Tokyo 2020.”
Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, MB also fell on the beam to finish just off the podium in fourth.
Bringing home a medal on the men’s side on the final day was Cory Paterson of Montreal, QC who tied for silver on the high bar with James Hall of England with a score of 14.000. Nile Wilson of England took the gold with a score of 14.533.
“We came out here with the goal of getting a team medal, and individual results were just an extra bonus,” said Paterson who won silver with the team on the first day of competition. “I came out and did some good routines on day one, and did my job on day two here so I couldn’t be happier.”
René Cournoyer of Repentigny, QC came tantalizingly close to the podium for a second day, finishing fourth on vault and parallel bars, and 6th on high bar after a fall. Yesterday he also placed fourth on rings.
“It was very close on every event, and I made a few mistakes which cost me the podium, and then on high bar, it slipped through my fingers. It was a great team though and I had a lot of fun.”
Scott Morgan of Vancouver, BC wasn’t able to defend his Commonwealth title on the vault, finishing fifth just behind Cournoyer, but still ends the competition with three medals - two silver, and one bronze. Christopher Remkes of Australia took the gold on vault, Courtney Tulloch of England the silver, and Dominick Cunningham of England the bronze.
“Vault is one of those events that you’re never really sure what’s going to happen – it’s a two show wonder. Anything can happen. We put our best routines forward, and I thought the vaults we did were pretty strong, but the guys put on a great show today so it was exciting to watch.”
Here are the medals won by Canada in the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
- Men’s team – Silver
- Women’s team – Gold
- Women’s all-around – Gold (Ellie Black)
- Women’s vault – Gold (Shallon Olsen), Silver (Ellie Black)
- Women’s uneven bars – Silver (Brittany Rogers)
- Women’s floor – Bronze (Shallon Olsen)
- Men’s pommel horse – Bronze (Zach Clay)
- Men’s floor – Silver (Scott Morgan)
- Men’s rings – Bronze (Scott Morgan)
- Men’s high bar – Silver (Cory Paterson)
For complete results visit: https://results.gc2018.com/en/artistic-gymnastics/results-m-qual-000003-.htm
The gymnastics competition continues with the team finals and individual qualifiers for rhythmic gymnastics on Wednesday, April 11th.
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