Gymnastics

Waterdown’s Chant in Commonwealth Games vault finals


GYMCANrgbGLASGOW, Scotland — Canada’s Ellie Black slipped to fourth as England swept the medals in the all-round final in women’s gymnastics on Wednesday (July 30) at the Commonwealth Games.

Black, who went into the final ranked second after qualification, came up with solid performances on vault, uneven bars and beam but faltered on floor to finish off the podium with a score of 54.157 points.

“There were some ups and downs,” said Black, who lives and trains in Halifax. “I had a couple of falls but overall I’m happy with everything especially from what I achieved on the first day of the competition.”

England’s Claudia Fragapane delivered a dazzling performance to win gold with a score of 56.132 points, while teammates Ruby Harrold and Hannah Whelan took silver and bronze with scores of 55.232 and 54.699.

Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man. placed seventh in the field of 24 finalists and Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., was ninth.

All three Canadians in the all around will compete again in at least one event final on Thursday and Friday.

Black, who won her second consecutive Canadian all around title in May, qualified for all four finals and says she’s eager to get back on the floor and compete again.

“I am really excited for it. It’s been a long week, though, and I am pretty tired. I am hoping to really hit my routines and leave here with a medal.”

Chant and Onyshko will compete in the vault and beam finals respectively.

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