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One step closer to clean sweep

26 Mar 06 04:21
 Malaysia's Durratun Nashihn Rosli performs during the rhythmic gymnastics at the Rod Laver Arena.

Malaysia's Durratun Nashihn
Rosli performs during the
Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Rod
Laver Arena.

She came, she saw and she conquered - again and again.

Canadian Alexandra Orlando, a little-known name in Gymnastics before these Commonwealth Games, added her fourth gold medal to her burgeoning stash, winning the Ball Final.

The Toronto university student scored 14.850 pts to win her second individual apparatus final on Day 11 of competition at Rod Laver Arena.

Australia's Kimberly Mason added silver to her Team bronze medal with a creative and unusual routine, scoring 13.875.

Wen Chean Lim from Malaysia captured the bronze with 13.225.

Earlier in the day claimed gold on her least favourite apparatus, the Rope to move one step closer to her goal of clean sweeping the six Rhythmic Gymnastics medal events.

Although compatriot Yana Tsikaridze (12.500 pts) and Malaysian Durratun Nashihin Rosli (13.250) both turned in good performances they could not match the high degree of difficulty of the 19-year-old Canadian.

Orlando scored 13.575, completing her well-executed routine with three illusion turns which set her apart from her competitors.

With Orlando the stand-out favourite even before qualifying, the interest was always going to be in the battle for second and third, with Rosli beating Tsikaridze to the silver.

Rosli finished only 0.325 behind Orlando, and several mistakes may have cost her the opportunity of an upset.

Malaysian Wen Chean Lim (12.375) finished fourth, followed by Cypriot Raissa Panagiotou (12.300), Australians Naazmi Johnston (12.275) and Kimberly Mason (12.250), and South African Odette Richard (11.350).

- Games News Service

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