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Second chance for women's artistic gymnasts

26 October 2015

GYMNASTICS: Australia has secured a second chance to qualify for Rio 2016 in women’s artistic gymnastics after a strong performance at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

The team scored 214.813 in the all-round qualification round, to finish 21.798 points from the round leader, and London 2012 gold medallists, USA.

While Russia, London silver medallists, finished in second place with 231.437 points across the four apparatus; beam, uneven bars, floor and vault.

Great Britain, China, Italy, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands round out the eight-strong women's team final that will take place on October 27. By making the final, these eight countries have also qualified a five-person team to the Rio Games next summer.

But for Georgia Godwin, Madelaine Leydin, Kiara Munteanu, Larrissa Miller, Mary-Anne Monkton, Emily Little, Australia’s score and top 16 finish was enough to give the Aussies another shot at Olympic qualification.

Australia will join Romania, Brazil, France, Belgium, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland at the Olympic Test Event next April in Rio de Janeiro. The eight teams will battle for four Games spots.

None of the Australian gymnasts managed to make an apparatus final, with Georgia Godwin the top Australian score on the floor with 13.766 to help Australia to a total apparatus score of 53.832 in the first rotation.

Emily Little was the top Australian score on the next rotation, the vault, with 14.800, helping Australia to a total of 56.600.

On the third rotation, the uneven bars, Larissa Miller, pulled a full twisting double tuck hop on the landing to score 14.166, with Australia 52.748 on that apparatus.

For the final apparatus, Kiara Munteanu stuck a tuck double to top off a well-rounded beam routine to top score for Australia with 13.233, with the team scoring 51.632.

USA’s Simone Biles earned the top scores on vault, beam and floor, which means she will be present in every final except the uneven bars.

ANNIE KEARNEY
olympics.com.au

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