Garcia captures silver in clubs to close out Pan Am Games rhythmic competition
LIMA, PER (Aug 5, 2019) – Natalie Garcia of Mississauga, ON closed out her 2019 Pan American Games competition in style on Monday, capturing a silver medal with her clubs routine. Katherine Uchida of Toronto, ON finished sixth in both the clubs and ribbon finals, while the group also finished sixth with their 3 hoops and 2 pairs of clubs routine.
Garcia improved on her qualification score of 17.250 to score 17.650 today to finish just behind Camilla Feeley of the USA who won the gold with a score of 17.950. American Evita Griskenas took bronze with a score of 17.500.
“I am so beyond excited and so happy. I’m happy that I was able to do this for Canada, and I know that I worked really hard for this, so I was just really happy to go out there and win a silver medal,” said Garcia who is competing in her first year as a senior athlete, and who cites this clubs routine as her favourite.
“It’s different when you really love your routine, and you just really want to do it to the best of your ability, and I was able to do that today, and so I’m really happy with that. This gives me a lot of confidence to know I can do clean routine and win medals.”
Today didn’t end the way Uchida was hoping for after winning two silver medals yesterday: “Today didn’t go as expected, I made a lot of mistakes that I shouldn’t have made, so I’m pretty disappointed with my last two performances. I know what I’m capable of, so moving forward, I have to know that I have to be able to do four routines, and not just two good routines. Heading into worlds, I’ll be working on my consistency as most of my mistakes came right at the end of my routines.”
The group, composed of Carmel Kallemaa, Vanessa Panov, and Alexandra Udachina of Toronto, ON, Carmen Whelan of Aurora, ON, and Alexandra Zilyuk of Richmond Hill, had a tough time with their routine today, and scored 13.700. Brazil took the gold, Mexico the silver, and Cuba the bronze.
“The first three days went really well for us, and that was reflected in our scores. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold it up on the fourth day, but we’re using this experience to get even better for the future, and in preparation for Worlds. It’s been quite a while since our last competition, so we’ve used this to gain exposure, and hopefully we’ll get a couple more competitions in before worlds,” said Panov who was a member of the group that competed at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
This marks the end of the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the 2019 Pan American Games. Next up for these athletes will be a World Challenge Cup in Portugal at the beginning of September, and then the World Championships which are taking place in Baku, AZE from September 16th to the 22nd.
For full results, please visit: https://www.lima2019.pe/en/results
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