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MAY 5, 200: TWO GOLDS FOR CANADA IN EVENT FINALS

Canada's top finisher at last year's World Championships, Grant Golding has earned Canada's first gold medal in artistic gymnastics at this year's Pacific Alliance Championships, winning the senior men's floor exercise title with an impressive 9.425 out of a 9.9 start value.

Also striking gold again today was all-around rhythmic champion Mary Sanders, who won the rope event in the first rhythmic apparatus final of the day. In the junior rhythmic competition, Canadian Stefanie Carew earned silver in the hoop event.

Look for more results from the apparatus finals later today as the meet progresses.

SENIOR MEN - FX

1. Golding CAN 9.425/9.9
2. Shinohara JPN 9.050/9.4
3. Hamm USA 8.950/9.9
4. Yang CHN 8.700/9.7
5. Ramirez PHI 8.675/9.3
6. Rizzo AUS 8.100/9.3

JUNIOR MEN - PH

1. Lorenz AUS 9.200/9.5
2. Endo JPN 9.050/9.5
3. Henderson USA 8.850/9.3
4. Nakamori USA 8.250/9.2
5. Huang TPE 8.200/9.2
6. Monreal MEX 8.050/9.0
7. Heng MAS 6.200/8.1

JUNIOR RHYTHMIC - HOOP

1. Wang USA 21.40
2. Carew CAN 19.50
3. Kang KOR 18.35
4. Lee See AUS 18.30
5. Chivu USA 17.93
6. Gamboa MEX 16.50

SENIOR RHYTHMIC - ROPE

1. Sanders CAN 25.00
2. Murata JPN 24.63
3. Howard USA 24.60
4. Orlando CAN 23.85
5. Javornicky USA 23.10
6. Lee KOR 21.30

MAY 5, 2002: QUOTES FROM THE ATHLETES

MEN

Sean Townsend, USA

On the Chinese not completing the full team competition: "Yeah, that was a disappointment. I think we would have beat them, but I think we scared them anyway."

On his preparation for the meet: "I wasn't really prepared, because of the new code changes (effective May 1), and I had to make a lot of changes to my routines. It was a rough performance personally."

(Townsend noted that high bar and floor were events that he had to change the most, and that he also watered down his parallel bars routine.)

On team-mate Paul Hamm having to make fewer changes based on the new supplemental code revisions: "He got lucky." (smiles).

Paul Hamm, USA

(Hamm noted that he wasn't as affected by the changes to the Code, and that his biggest changes came on pommel horse, which actually made the event easier for him.)

On his victory: "I'm very happy. This is my first big international win. My goal was to try to win, but I didn't expect it."

On the friendly rivalry between himself and team-mate Townsend: "Sean's a good competitor - he'll be tough to beat in the future."

(Hamm's next major goals are the USA Championships in August, followed by the individual worlds in November, where he hopes to compete in the floor exercise and high bar.)

WOMEN

Heather Purnell, Canada

On the level of competition: "The top three countries were really good. I think we did (well), though. Our bars were good!"

On her personal performance: "I thought floor was really good. Beam was okay, except the fall. Bars was not the best, but it wasn't bad. Vault was only the second time I had done it (her full-twisting layout Yurchenko), so it was pretty good."

On the entire training camp and competition experience: "I learned a lot at model training. It got me more used to the competition atmosphere. We worked hard all three weeks (of training camp) and it paid off."

On the difficulty of completing three weeks of training camp: "It was long, but valuable. It wasn't as hard as you thought."

On her qualification to vault and floor finals: "Those are the events I wanted to make. I want to do my floor the same (in finals). On vault I'd like to do it a little better than today. I'm going to do my full-twisting tucked Tsuk for my second vault."

Amélie Plante, Canada

On her performance: "I'm happy. I had some errors, but minor. My beam was fine - I made finals! I came a little bit short on my full-in, but it's the first time I've done my full-in since October (world championship training). On bars, I'm happy because I catch the Def. I didn't do the rest of the routine I was supposed to do, but if I made finals I would have the chance to do the routine I'm supposed to do." (Plante placed tenth on bars, missing the cut to event finals)

May 4, 2002: CANADA STRIKES GOLD IN RHYTHMIC

Canadian all-around champion Mary Sanders earned Canada's first gold medal at the Pacific Alliance Championships today by winning the all-around in the senior rhythmic competition. Sanders finished two points ahead of second place finisher Jessica Howard of the USA. Competing in first year of senior competition, Canadian junior champion Alexandra Orlando finished a strong 3rd place in the all-around, earning Canada two medals in the same event for the first time at this year's Pacific Alliance Championships. Sanders, Orlando, and the third team member Kristi Clark (who finished 9th individually) combined to earn a silver medal in the team event, behind the United States and ahead of third place Japan.

SENIOR RHYTHMIC RESULTS

TEAM
1. U.S.A 282.775
2. Canada 279.850
3. Japan 259.600

ALL-AROUND

1. Mary Sanders (CAN) 100.95
2. Jessica Howard (USA) 98.925
3. Alexandra Orlando (CAN) 95.00

9. Kristi Clark (CAN) 83.90

May 4, 2002: SENIOR WOMEN'S TEAM

USA SWEEPS AA PODIUM EN ROUTE TO TEAM TITLE

May 4, 2002: CHINESE WOMEN WILL NOT FIELD FULL TEAM

Gymn.ca has just been informed that China will not be fielding a full team for tonight's competition. Sun Xiaojiao will be the sole all-around representative for China, with Lui Wei and Chen Maiojie competing only on select apparatus.

May 4, 2002: SENIOR WOMEN TO BEGIN COMPETITION AT 9:15 P.M. PST

The women's competition is slightly delayed and is now scheduled to begin tonight at approximately 9:15 p.m. PST. Mexico and Australia will begin their competition on vault, the United States and Taipei will begin on the uneven bars, Japan and Canada's first rotation is balance beam, and China and the Philippines will begin on the floor exercise. On a bye during the first rotation is a mixed group from Madagascar, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

May 4, 2002: CANADA MEDALS IN JUNIOR RHYTHMIC AND JUNIOR MEN'S TEAM EVENTS

Earlier today the Canadian gymnastics team earned their first three medals of the Pacific Alliance Championships. The junior rhythmic team, led by all-around bronze medallist Olesia Zakon, took second place in the team event, which was won by the United States. Team Korea took the bronze, while the Americans also took the top two all-around spots, led by Lisa Wang and Kristin Kaye.

In the junior men's team event, the American men narrowly defeated the Japanese in a closely contested battle. In the end, only 0.25 separated the top two teams. The Canadians, led by Brandon O'Neill's 7th place finish in the all-around, took team bronze to earn their first artistic gymnastics medal of the championships. O'Neill also had the highest individual scores of the meet on both floor exercise and vaulting. The Canadian team's result was even more impressive considering they had to use one of their alternates, Nathan Gafuik, after top team member Adam Wong went down with a minor injury only 15 minutes prior to the event. Gafuik went on to finish 13th in the individual standings, one rank behind teammate Matthew Ryan. The junior men's all-around was won by Japan's Masaki Endo, only 0.075 ahead of Sho Nakamori of the USA. Japan's Kazuki Mizutori took the bronze.

Stay tuned to gymn.ca later tonight for live coverage of the senior women's team and all-around competitions.

JUNIOR RHYTHMIC TEAM RESULTS

1. USA 234.150
2. Canada 228.850
3. Korea 199.600

JUNIOR RHYTHMIC AA RESULTS

1. Lisa Wang (USA) 84.000
2. Kristin Kaye (USA) 78.050
3. Olesia Zakon (CAN) 77.525
4. Stefanie Carew (CAN) 76.850
5. Jessica Krushen (CAN) 74.475
6. Amanda Chivu (USA) 72.100

JUNIOR MEN'S TEAM RESULTS

1. USA 158.300
2. Japan 158.050
3. Canada 146.325
4. Chinese Taipei 136.350
5. Australia 117.450

JUNIOR MEN'S AA RESULTS

1. Masaki Endo (JPN) 53.475
2. Sho Nakamori (USA) 53.40
3. Kazuki Mizutori (JPN) 52.775
4. D.J. Bucher (USA) 52.650
5. Jamie Henderson (USA) 52.250
6. Hidetoshi Mizutori (JPN) 51.800
7. Brandon O'Neill (CAN) 51.025
8. Karl Lorenz (AUS) 50.600
9. Joshua Jefferis (AUS) 50.050
12. Matthew Ryan (CAN) 47.725
13. Nathan Gafuik (CAN) 47.575

May 3, 2002:
SENIOR MEN'S TEAM & AA

USA FINISHES 1-2 IN AA EN ROUTE TO TEAM TITLE

TEAM RESULTS

1. USA
2. JAPAN
3. AUSTRALIA
4. CANADA
(China did not have a rull roster)

AA RESULTS

1. HAMM
2. MCCLURE
3. YANG WEI

(Full results available at Official PAC website.)


MAY 3, 2002 - JUNIOR WOMEN'S TEAM & AA

USA SWEEPS AA PODIUM EN ROUTE TO TEAM TITLE

TEAM RESULTS
1. USA 109.099
2. AUS 103.361
3. JPN 96.124
4. MEX 94.012
5. CAN 88.711 (zero on vault)
6. CHINESE TAIPEI (TPE) 85.786
7. PHILIPPINES (PHI) 83.800
8. COSTA RICA (CRC) 82.237

AA RESULTS
1. VISE 36.862
2. PATTERSON 36.512
3. SINCLAIR 35.725
4. NEWTON 34.687
5. MUNRO 34.362
6. MOOREHOUSE 34.312
7. MACKIE 33.462
8. KURODA 33.287
9. SHIMIZU 31.987
10. GARCIA 31.912
11. CASTLES (NZL) 31.800
12. GUZMAN 31.225
13. ROCCA 31.012
28. WILLIAMS 24.237 (0.00 on vault)

Read more about today's junior women's competition here.

For some detailed pre-meet training reports, click here.

May 3, 2002: Canada's Kylie Stone, who won the Wild Rose invitational earlier this year, has withdrawn from tomorrow's Pacific Alliance competition. Stone has been suffering from a sore back. Kylie is reportedly "doing okay" (the withdrawal was a precautionary move), but understandably "extremely disappointed" to miss the competition.

In addition, Stephanie Moorhouse has been upgraded to official team member for the Australian junior women's team. Monette Russo will serve as alternate.

April 30, 2002: Jennifer Simbhudas, Laura Ann Chong, and Katherine Fairhurst have been named as "additional" athletes.

April 30, 2002: The USA women's team roster is differently than originally speculated. The senior team now includes 2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert, 3-time US Junior National champion Kristal Uzelac, and recent Canadian Friendship tour medallists Terin Humphrey and Liz Tricase. Previously reported to be on the team, 2002 American Cup runner-up Courtney Kupets did not attend the USA's training camp from which the team was selected. 2001 world team member Tabitha Yim injured her toe at the camp.

The US junior team consists of 2001 Goodwill Games team members Carly Patterson and Hollie Vise, 2002 Gymnix participant Melanie Sinclair, and Chelsie Memmel. This will mark one of Memmel's first competitions in nearly two years. Annie Fogarty is the second, non-travelling alternate.

April 17, 2002: Canadian Senior women's team candidate Vanessa Meloche has removed herself from eligibility to rest a nagging injury.


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