Australia claims gold on final day of artistic gymnastics

AUSTRALIAN gymnasts Christopher Remkes and Alexandra Eade both won gold on the last day of the artistic gymnastics competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Eade, 20, produced a stylish routine featuring a double layout to score 13.333 and take out the women’s floor exercise title at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night.

“I just wanted to go out there and hit a nice, clean routine,” she said, “and to walk away with a gold is amazing.”


Latalia Bevan took silver for Wales with a score of 13.300 after executing a balletic routine to music from Swan Lake, while Canada’s Shallon Olsen claimed bronze with perfectly landed tumbles for a score of 13.266.

All-round champion Elsabeth Black, also from Canada, submitted an enquiry about her score of 13.2 after a strong routine, but it was rejected and she finished outside the medals in fourth place.

Two and a half hours earlier, Chris Remkes secured the host nation’s first gold medal for the day in the men’s individual vault final.

Remkes completed two high difficulty vaults – including a high handspring double front with half turn – to score 14.799 and take gold.

It was Australia’s first vault medal since Sam Offord took bronze at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

“It was all about staying on my feet,” he said about his game plan. “I like being powerful and I like being explosive.”

The top two qualifiers, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham from England, were up last.

Both produced difficult vaults, but stumbled with their landings, leaving Tulloch with the silver (14.666) and Cunningham with bronze (14.333).

Canada’s Scott Morgan, the Glasgow 2014 gold medallist on vault, finished fifth with a score of 14.066 points.