Little adds to medal tally at Australian Champs
28 May 2017
GYMNASTICS: The Emily Little show rolled on inside Hisense Arena last night as the diminutive West Australian continued to sweep the medals at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships.
Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus titles were decided throughout the evening, with Little claiming an emphatic victory on Vault to kick start her night.
She also tied for second on Uneven Bars with Victoria’s Kate McDonald, with last year’s All-Around National Champion, Rianna Mizzen (QLD), taking gold after a spectacular routine.
It was Mizzen’s third Uneven Bars title in a row, a title that she was relieved to claim after struggling with her two previous attempts on this apparatus during the qualifications and All-Around Final earlier this week.
The All-Around Final was held on Friday night. Catch up on the nail-biting results HERE.
“Missing it [the release] two times over the first few days was tough so hitting it tonight to win feels amazing,” Mizzen said.
“I’m now feeling confident for the rest of my routines tomorrow.”
It was Queensland proving once again that they are the strongest state in the Men’s competition, with three different athletes from the Sunshine state collecting each of the Individual Apparatus Titles on offer tonight.
This year’s All-Around Champion, Michael Mercieca, continued his run of form, taking out the Rings gold, with Scott Costin beating a strong field to win gold on Floor, and Michael Tone edging out one of the pre-event favourites, Chris Remkes, on Pommel, to add a gold to the silver he won on Rings.
“All the guys are really competitive [on Pommel], Chris especially,” Tone said.
“I’ve been against Chris a few times this year already and we’ve been neck and neck, so it’s good to come out on top tonight.
“But I know he will be right with me next time too, so I’ve got to keep watching my back.”
You can catch the final session of competition in the Senior International Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus Finals when they kick off from 1.30pm at Hisense Arena this afternoon.
Gymnastics Australia will also be announcing the 2017-18 Women's Artistic Gymnastics National Squad following the conclusion of today's session.