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Canada's gold rush

21 Mar 06 08:57

Canada's had an outstanding night in Artistic Gymnastics, including Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs win on the Beam. 

Canada had an outstanding
night in Artistic Gymnastics,
including Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs'
win on the Beam.

Australia and Canada battled for supremacy in the final night of the Artistic Gymnastics, with Canada taking home three gold medals and the Australians belting out the national anthem on two occasions.

The strength of competition in the Men’s events was put to work, with the Vault the first apparatus in the medal chase.

Malaysian teammates Wei Siang Ooi and Shu Wai Ng went in favourites after qualifying equal first with a score of 16.100.

However, the Canadians powered through their routines to take gold with Kyle Shewfelt awarded a score of 16.337 and Nathan Gafuik in second place with 16.112.

Australia continued its medal performance in the event with bronze going to Samuel Offord with a score of 15.862, his first senior international individual medal. Ooi finished fifth and Ng eighth.

Canada's most decorated gymnast, it was Shewfelt’s second gold medal of the Melbourne Games.

"The main objective for us was to win gold for the team, and this was accomplished on Thursday. Everything else is an extra," said Shewfelt after winning.

Favourite for the Women’s Beam Final was difficult to predict, due to the precarious nature of the apparatus.

Again, Canada held on to win gold with 16 year old Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs scoring 14.95.

Australia’s Hollie Dykes followed closely with 14.925 and Becky Downie from England, in her Commonwealth Games debut, scored 14.075 to finish with bronze.

Downie acknowledged competing at the Games was: "The best experience that I've ever had, so far."

Grant Golding of Canada, who qualified number one on the Parallel Bars, continued on his winning streak with 15.45. Silver and bronze were awarded to Australia, with Philippe Rizzo scoring 15.275 and Joshua Jefferis 14.8.

Australia managed to claim victory over the dominant Canada in the Women's Floor Final, with Hollie Dykes and Ashleigh Brennan giving the host city the gold and silver for the event. South African Francki Van Rooyen was awarded bronze. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs couldn't match her Beam performance and came in at sixth position.

Australia scored its second gold of the night when Damian Istria won the High Bar final, the 23-year-old scoring 15.600 ahead of Welshman David Eaton (15.000) and Scotland's Adam Cox (14.950).

An elated Istria jumped up and punched the air after his triumph.

"This is absolutely amazing, it is just one of the best feelings in the world, I can't explain it," he said.

- with Games News Service.

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