Canada wins nine gold medals at Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
Canada won nine gold medals at this week’s Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Canada’s Patricia Bezzoubenko dominated the apparatus finals claiming three gold medals in hoop, clubs and ribbon. She missed the gold by only two tenths of a point in ball. She won six medals in all at the event.
In women’s artistic gymnastics, Elsabeth Black vaulted her way to a gold medal in the finals, with fellow Canadian Maegan Chant taking the bronze in that event. Adding to those medals was Aleeza Yu who won the bronze on floor.
In men’s artistic gymnastics, Scott Morgan won a gold medal in the floor finals. He also came away with a bronze in rings. Morgan’s teammate, who stepped in at the last minute to compete, ended up capturing a gold medal on vault.
Canada’s trampoline darling Rosie MacLennan continued her reign, returned to the top step of the podium adding to her gold medal performance in the synchronized trampoline event. The first place finishes only add to her collection of gold medals that includes one from the 2012 Olympics.
"We've seen a lot of great results from our Canadian gymnasts here at the Pacific Rims and we're very optimistic for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Pan American Championships this summer” says Gymnastics Canada CEO, Jean Paul Caron “It's encouraging to so see many of our younger competitors complementing our veterans as we move towards the next Olympic Games."
The 2014 Pacific Rim Championships were hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics BC and featured the top male and female gymnasts from the Pacific Rim countries in artistic (men’s and women’s) gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.