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Gymnasts in apparatus action

19 Mar 06 22:57

Day 5 of the Gymnastics competition will see medal performances on the apparatus, including the Men’s Floor Final, Pommel Horse Final, and Rings Final.

 

Women’s Vault and Uneven Bars Final will also be taking place at Rod Laver Arena tonight.

 

Reigning Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Kyle Shewfelt, from Canada, is the overwhelming favourite to claim his second gold medal in Melbourne, in the final of the Men's Floor event.

Already with a gold from the team event, the 23-year-old comes to Melbourne focused on his two pet events - Floor and Vault. He was top qualifier on the Floor, with a score of 15.500, and qualified with 16.400 in the Vault, in the team final.

 

Shewfelt made sports history when he claimed Canada's first gymnastics gold on the Floor at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

England's Ryan Bradley, competing at his first Commonwealth Games, qualified with 15.000, followed by Australian National Champion Josh Jefferies with a score of 14.900 and Malaysia's Shu Wai Ng who scored 14.700.

 

Jefferis will be brimming with confidence after winning the Men's All Round Final. Ng, who has competed at international level for more than a decade, will also be a major contender.

 

Australia’s Prashanth Sellathurai is the hottest favourite in the Pommel Horse. The tiny Sydney athlete has qualified with 15.350 points, ahead of England’s Louis Smith who qualified with 14.8 and Australia’s Philippe Rizzo who qualified with 14.350.

 

Sellathurai, 19, is a Pommel specialist, taking gold in the Youth Olympic Festival and placing seventh at the World Championships in Melbourne last year.

 
Rizzo, the Men's All Round bronze medallist, will be determined to defend his Manchester Game's Pommel crown and he is definitely Sellathurai’s strongest competitor.

 

In the Men’s Rings competition, gold medallist Josh Jefferies is the top qualifier with a score of 15.850. Australia’s Damian Istria, qualified with 15.350 will also be competing tonight, followed by experienced Canadian Grant Golding.

 
Golding, the three time Games representative is the Canadian champion on the Rings and he will be competing in three apparatus Finals - Pommel Horse, Rings and Parallel Bars. His team mate Adam Wong who qualified with 14.750 will also be competing on the Rings.
 

England’s Imogen Cairns and Canada’s Alyssa Brown both qualified with 14.500 in Women’s Vault, followed by Australia’s Naomi Russell 14.400.

 

Imogen Cairns was World Championship finalist and she has the form and pedigree to collect her first Commonwealth Games gold in the Vault Final.

 

Her main rivals will be Australia’s Chloe Sims and Naomi Russel, with a possible threat from Canadian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, the only woman to qualify for all four apparatus and All Round Finals.

Elyse is the favourite to take out gold in the Women’s Uneven Bars after qualifying with the highest score of 14.9.

 

World Championships finalist Monette Russo, from Australia is also looking good. She qualified in the second place second with a score of 14.8 in the Uneven Bars. Russo took the bronze in the Women’s All Around at World Championships and she was in the 7th place in the Women’s Uneven Bars.

England
’s best hope for a medal rests with Shavahn Church who qualified with a score of 14.7 in the Uneven Bars.

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