Canada finishes fourth and fifth in team competition at 2018 Senior Pan American Artistic Gymnastics Championship
LIMA, PER (September 16, 2018) – On the final day of competition at the 2018 Senior Pan American Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Lima, Peru, Canada finished fourth in the women’s team final and fifth in the men’s event.
The women’s team made up of Jade Chrobok (Toronto, ON), Laurie Denommée (Laval, QC), Sophie Marois (Île Bizard, QC), and Ana Padurariu (Whitby, ON) scored 155.133 points, missing the podium by just .166 points.
“I’m very happy that after yesterday, the girls were able to pull themselves together and put their best foot forward today,” said team coach Dorina Stan. “Not everything went as planned and there were a few mistakes, but they didn’t give up and they fought until the end. I believe it was very tough for them losing Haley in the qualifying competition, but I’m really proud of them and their performance.”
The Canadian men, René Cournoyer (Repentigny, QC), Zach Clay (Chilliwack, BC), Cory Paterson (Montreal, QC), and Samuel Zakutney (Ottawa, ON) finished fifth overall with a score of 241.768 points.
“The team final always tests the athletes with all scores counting. The new format of teams alternating works well and provides direct feedback to the athletes, coaches, and spectators,” said Eddie van Hoof, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics National Team Coach for Gymnastics Canada. “I felt the team worked well together and had solid performances on parallel bars and high bar in particular, unfortunately, errors during the first two apparatus cost us today. The results give us areas to focus on in the weeks leading up to the World Championships.”
The 48thFIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will take place from October 25thto November 3rdin Doha, Qatar.