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Artistic finishes on high

20 Mar 06 10:35

England's Imogen Cairns won a Games gold on the Vault to close out the Artistic Gymnastics competition. 

England's Imogen Cairns won a
Games gold on the Vault to close
out the Artistic Gymnastics
competition.

Seventeen-year-old Englishwoman Imogen Cairns, unlucky not to claim a medal in the Women's All Round Final, broke through for her first Games gold medal on the Vault.


The statuesque gymnast scored 14.325 after nailing her two vaults - a Yurchenko half-on, pike-off and Yurchenko one-and-a-half. Canadian Alyssa Brown collected the silver with a score of 14.275, and Australian Naomi Russell bronze with 14.137.


Cairns was thrilled with her performance saying, “I didn't expect to get gold - finals are good, but this is better, like a dream come true. It's fantastic."


Silver medallist Brown achieved more than she expected, "It feels amazing, my goal was to make the final. I really focused and tried to go out there and have fun and do my best vaults."


In the Men’s Artistic Floor Final Canadian national champion Adam Wong claimed his second gold medal at these Games. A member of the gold-medal winning Canadian team, Wong took out the Final with a score of 14.975.


Despite incurring a 0.1 deduction for stepping out of the floor area, he executed a perfect dismount, a double-back full-twisting somersault.


Malaysia’s Shu Wai Ng, collected his second consecutive Games silver medal. The Athens Olympian scored 14.850 with a consistent and flawless routine.


Olympic champion Kyle Shewfelt was unable to defend his Commonwealth crown and had to settle for bronze. Shewfelt scored 14.700 after he fell on his opening pass, a double Arabian pike.


In Men’s Rings, Australian Joshua Jefferies took the gold medal with an outstanding performance. He scored 15.825 ahead of his team mate Damian Istria, who claimed the silver with a score of 15.700.


Jefferies was happy to take his second gold of the Games.


"I'm on a high right now. It’s a dream come true."


"I put on a show for the crowd. The crowd was awesome, which is fantastic for Australian gymnastics," Jefferies said.


Cyprus’ Irodotos Georgallas scored 15.300 on the Rings and took the bronze.


Louis Smith, the baby of the English men’s team won his nation’s second gold medal of the evening, clinching the Pommel Horse Final with a world-class score of 15.775. The 17-year-old is sponsored by a talented athletic scholarship scheme that helped him get to the Games.


The overwhelming favourite, Australia’s Prashanth Sellathurai took the silver with a score 15.600.

Sellathurai had executed his routine perfectly on the Pommel, however, his routine involved low degree of difficulties and caused him to score 0.175 points lower than Smith.


Canada’s dual Olympian and triple Commonwealth Games representative, Grant Golding, claimed bronze with a score of 14.875.


The All-Around silver medallist Canadian Elyse Hopfner Hibbs scored 15.100 in the Women’s Uneven Bars and won the gold.


The 16-year-old was surprised when claimed the gold.


“I didn’t watch any of the other girls do their routines. At the time I wasn’t really sure I had won,” she said.


“For both bars and beam I thought I had a great chance. My second goal is to do well on beam.”


England’s Shavahn Church took the silver with a score of 14.875 while Australia’s Monette Russo claimed the bronze.


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