Canada’s artistic gymnasts collect four medals at the 2017 Tokyo International Competition
TOKYO, JPN (December 10, 2017) – Team Canada artistic gymnasts had a successful weekend in Japan, winning four bronze medals in the apparatus finals at the 2017 Tokyo International Competition.
Jeremy Bartholomeusz of Halifax, NS was the top Canadian, winning a bronze medal on vault, with a score of 13.625 and floor, scoring 13.275 points. "I’m pleased with my results especially my floor routine as it was new for me,” said Bartholomeusz. “There were a few minor mistakes but overall a really solid performance. I’ve had some good training preparation leading up to this competition and I feel pretty motivated for my next training phase leading up to Elite Canada at the end of January."
2017 World all-around silver medallist Ellie Black of Halifax, NS qualified for the balance beam and vault finals. Black scored 14.049 on vault to finish in a tie for third place, securing the bronze medal with Mai Murakami of Japan. Black also finished fifth on beam.
"There is a really relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at this competition and so this is a nice way to finish a long competition season,” said Black. “Being here with my club mates and some of the younger girls is really special and we had great results."
Halifax native Evan Cruz competed in the vault, pommel horse, and parallel bars finals, winning bronze on parallel bars with a score of 13.175. "I’m really happy with my routine today on parallel bars. I’m just coming back from a shoulder injury, so the routine went as well as I could have hoped,” said Cruz following Sunday’s competition. “I came into this competition thinking that I would only be doing one event, but ended up doing three! This has been a great experience and such a pleasure to compete with some of the best athletes in the world."
2017 Canadian all-around Champion Zachary Clay of Chilliwack, BC led the team with five appearances in the finals. Clay finished fifth in the parallel bars, high bar, and rings and sixth on floor. In women’s finals, Haley de Jong of Port Coquitlam, BC finished fourth on floor and eleventh on balance beam, while Sophie Marois of Ile Bizard, QC finished ninth on floor and fifth on vault.
"This is a great international competition experience for our whole team; to be able to compete against the best in the world is a privilege as we learn so much from them and about ourselves,” said coach David Kikuchi. “While a small field, the quality of the field is exceptional and it’s great for these athletes to get more experience competing against Olympians and World Champions. For Ellie and Zach, this is the end of a long season but for some of the others, it signals the beginning of a new season. This competition certainly provides the right motivators to our athletes to continue to work hard and believe that they can compete on the world stage."
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