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Canada breaks Artistic Gymnastics drought

16 Mar 06 22:23

Alexander Adam Wong, a member of Canada's gold medal Artistic Gymnastics team, competes on the rings during the Men's Team competion.

Alexander Adam Wong, a member of Canada's gold medal Artistic Gymnastics team, competes on the rings during the Men's Team competition.

Canada overcame a loud partisan Australian crowd to claim its first Men's Team gold in Artistic Gymnastics in 12 years.

The Canadians held off the persistent Australians to win by 0.90. England, which took gold at the 2002 and 1998 Commonwealth Games, had to settle for the bronze.

Final standings for the competition were Canada on 269.750, Australia on 268.850 and England 260.00.

Led by 2004 Olympic gold medallist Kyle Shewfelt, Canada made few mistakes on the six apparatus: Pommel Horse, Vault, High Bar, Parallel Bars, Floor and Still Rings.

The Canadians scored the highest on four apparatus, with their only glitch of the evening coming in the final rotation on High Bar.

Australia, the bronze medallist in Manchester, was forced to settle for second place after a poor start on the High Bar and Floor Exercise.

"I look at it as winning a silver medal and not as losing a gold medal," reflected Australian Joshua Jeffris on the Australian team’s performance.

The Men's All-Around Final begins on Saturday, followed by individual Apparatus Finals.

Canada, England, South Africa, New Zealand and India will be represented by three gymnasts each in the final 24 in the All-Around Final on Saturday.

Australia, Malaysia and Scotland have each qualified two representatives, while Wales, Cyprus and Namibia each have one representative.

The Commonwealth Games Artistic Gymnastics competition takes place at Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne Park) until 21 March.

For the latest results, visit the Artistic Gymnastics Schedules and Results section on this Website

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