Canadians falter in men’s gymnastics at FISU Games

2013_universiade_logoKAZAN, Russia — Russia dominated the men’s gymnastics team event at the World University Games on Monday (July 8) while Canada placed 17th in a field of 24 countries.

The Russian squad, led by Olympians Denis Ablyazin and Emin Garibov, won the gold with a score of 273.150 points, followed by the Ukraine with 269.950 and Japan at 269.700.

The Canadian team finished with 239.950 points.

Evan Cruz of Halifax delivered the best individual apparatus performance on the Canadian team, placing 24th in a field of 106 competitors in the pommel horse event.

Joshua Stuart of Richmond, B.C., was the top Canadian in the all around qualification, placing 42nd in a field of 65 competitors and Cory Paterson of Oakville, finished 44th.

Other members of the Canadian team were Tariq Dowers of Mississauga, and Aiden Marsden of Edmonton.

Gymnastics competition continues Tuesday with the women’s all around final.