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Cournoyer Kicks-off Olympic Gymnastics Competition in Tokyo

TOKYO, JPN (July 24, 2021) – Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, QC opened up the gymnastics competition for Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, competing in the qualifying rounds of men’s artistic gymnastics where he ended the day in 49th position in the all-around competition - unfortunately not advancing to any finals.


Cournoyer Kicks-off Olympic Gymnastics Competition in Tokyo

Cournoyer, who trains out of Club Gymnika with coach Jean-Sebastien Tougas, competed in a mixed group of athletes in subdivision two of three along with teams from Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, and Switzerland.

Starting on vault, Cournoyer debuted a new vault to score a 13.866 after landing on his feet but stepping out of bounds to receive a 0.1 deduction. Next up was the parallel bars where he struggled a little bit with his execution and scored a 12.333.

Moving on to the horizontal bar for the third rotation, Cournoyer had a strong routine and scored a 13.266. It was during the fourth rotation on floor where he experienced the most difficulties – stepping out of bounds on his first pass to receive a 0.3 deduction, and then having trouble with some of his easier skills, leaving him with a disappointing score of 11.766. Next up was the pommel horse where he bounced back to perform a clean routine, scoring a 12.800. Last up was rings where Cournoyer finished strong with a clean routine, but a few shakes, to score a 13.666. His total score for the day was 77.697 – well below the score of 82 he’d hoped would advance him to the all-around finals.

“It was a difficult competition, and not necessarily the performance I was expecting, but I had a lot of fun, and I’m very happy with the experience I’ve gained, and the memories I’ve made,” said Cournoyer following the competition.

“I had a lot of new skills, and all of them went through - it’s the easier ones that I missed but that happens. Pommel is an event that I had a lot of trouble with in training and that went through, and rings was a tough routine with a new skill and it went through and I was very happy with it. I finished strong, I had some mistakes, but overall, I’m very happy with everything.”

The top-24 athletes from the qualification rounds advanced to the all-around final on Wednesday, July 28th, while the top-8 teams advanced to the team final on Monday, July 26th. The apparatus finals, featuring the top-8 athletes for each from the qualifiers start on Sunday, Aug 1st, and wrap-up on Tuesday, Aug 3rd.

Sunday will feature the qualifying rounds in women’s artistic gymnastics with Canada competing in sub-division 4 at 5:05pm JT /4:05am ET along with teams from Spain and France.

FINAL RESULTS FOR RENE COURNOYER:

For full results, please visit: https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/artistic-gymnastics/olympic-schedule-and-results-date=2021-07-24.htm

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