Félix Dolci crowned Junior World Champion on rings; adds silver on floor
GYOR, HUN (June 29, 2019) – Félix Dolci of Laval, QC rewrote the Canadian artistic gymnastics record books on Saturday as he won Canada’s first-ever World Championships title in Artistic Gymnastics with a gold on rings at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics Junior World Championships in Gyor, HUN. Earlier in the day, he also won a silver medal on floor exercise.
Dolci started off the day competing in the floor finals, where he improved on his qualifying placement of third to garner the silver medal with a score of 14.000. Sunghyun Ryu of South Korea maintained his dominance from the qualifiers to win the gold medal with a score of 14.166. Nazar Chepurnyi of the Ukraine took the bronze with a score of 13.866.
After receiving the silver medal, it was time to regroup for the rings finals which were the last competition of the day. Dolci started second last and put down a score of 13.600. Haonan Yang of China was the last competitor of the day, but he wasn’t able to top Dolci’s score, and instead settled for bronze with a score of 13.475. Diogo Soares of Brazil captured the silver medal with a score of 13.500.
“I’m really proud of what I did today. I was aiming for two finals and two medals, and here it is. I felt amazing on the rings, although I wasn’t sure if I’d won gold after my landing. But you have to keep at such a high level to win here. Japan and China are really good.
“Obviously this really motivates me for the future – this is just the start. Now I’m really looking forward to the 2020 Olympics and competing as a senior,” said Dolci who will join the senior ranks next year – just in time to try to make the Olympic team if Canada is successful in earning a team spot at the Senior World Championships this fall in Stuttgart, GER.
“I’m very emotional, and very happy with the results today,” said Dolci’s coach Adrian Balan from Laval Excellence. “I really want to thank the people who worked both closely and from afar with Felix. This isn’t just our result, this is a team effort - the doctor, the physio, Gymnastique Quebec and Gymnastics Canada. This is a medal for everybody – this is a medal for Canada, not just for me. I’m so happy with the work we’ve done here.”
The competition will wrap up tomorrow with event finals in men’s vault, parallel bars, and high bars, and the women’s finals on balance beam and floor. Canada did not qualify any athletes for these finals.
The event finals will all be streamed on the FIG’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAM9Pvp3HzKvIAbAXHxidow. FloGymnastics PRO members can also watch the coverage via their platforms.
For full results, please visit: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=16020
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