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Archive: December 2007

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DECEMBER 16 - VACULIK AND TI LIU TAKE TOP HONOURS AS ELITE CANADA COMES TO CLOSE

The 2007 Elite Canada came to a close today, with the apparatus finals contested. The newly crowned women's all-around champion, Kristina Vaculik, took home the most medals in today's senior subdivision; gold on vault and bars, and a silver on beam to Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs. Senior newcomer Peng Peng Lee placed first on on floor. 

In the junior women's event, Ti Liu was the big winner, taking gold on bars and beam and a silver on floor. Kristin Klarenback won vault and Laurel Clouston topped the standings on floor. 


DECEMBER 15 - GAFUIK TOPS MEN AT ELITE CANADA; SAVONA AND LYTWYN TAKE JUNIOR TITLES

Calgary's Nathan Gafuik retained his day 1 lead to claim to senior men's all-around title at Elite Canada in Abbostford, B.C. Abbostford's own Ken Ikeda finished second, with Hugh Smith of Halifax rounding out the podium. In the junior men's division, Burlington's Kevin Lytwyn also retained his day 1 lead to take the all-around title. John Hall of Calgary finished second and Saskatoon's Loren Anderson third.

Saturday also saw the junior women's all-around contested, and topping that field was Mississauga's Jessica Savona. Runner up was Montreal's Ti Liu, with Vancouver's Sky Corbett-Methot finishing third. 

Competition continues Sunday with the event finals.

Full scores can be found at Gymnastics BC: senior men's day 2, senior men's combined AA, junior men's combined AA, and junior women's AA.


DECEMBER 14 - VACULIK TAKES ELITE CANADA TITLE

Oshawa’s Kristina Vaculik claimed the senior women's Elite Canada tonight in Abbotsford, B.C. Vaculik posted the night's only score about 15 points, scoring 15.200 on the balance beam. She also posted the best bars scores of the night, 14.800.

A number of Canada's juniors were slated to make their first senior appearance tonight. Second place in the all-around went to one of these senior newcomers, Peng Peng Lee of Sport Seneca. Lee turned in the night's highest score on floor, 14.600. Beam, a traditional strength for Lee, proved a challenge, with some 3 falls and a missed dismount.

Gymnix's Nansy Damianova placed third all-around. 2007 World team members Sydney Sawa and Alyssa Brown placed fourth and seventh, respectively. Teammate Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs competed an abbreviated program, tying Vaculik's top on bars, 14.800, and third on beam despite a fall on that event. Fifth all-around went to Aisha Gerber and sixth to Emma Willis

Two who were expected to compete in tonight's field included Brit Rogers and Charlotte Mackie. Rogers warmed up with the group, but wound up distressed on the physio and scratching from the meet. Mackie warmed up with the juniors. 

Stephanie Pacitto made her comeback last night, following last year's knee injury in Brazil. She excelled on floor, posting that event's second best score, but struggled on the remaining events. Unfortunately, she suffered a terrible fall onto the low bar and was unable to complete her routine, hence the outlying 7.050 score.

Topping the senior men after day 1 are 2007 World team members Nathan Gafuik (1st) and Ken Ikeda (2nd). Hugh Smith is in third place. Leading the junior men after day 1 are Kevin Lytwyn (1st), Loran Anderson (2nd), and John Hall (3rd). 

Full scores can be found at Gymnastics BC: women's AA, junior men's day 1, senior men's day 1.


DECEMBER 1 – O’NEILL TAKES SILVER AT TEST EVENT

Edmonton’s Brandon O’Neill took home a silver medal on floor exercise today at the Olympic Test Event in Beijing, China. O’Neill’s score of 15.80 actually tied for the highest score of the day with winner Makoto Okiguchi of Japan, with the Japanese gymnast taking the tie breaker with the higher B score (9.5 versus 9.3 for O’Neill). Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen took a close third, scoring 15.75. 

Kristina Vaculik competed in the vault final today, finishing in seventh place. Later this weekend she'll vie for medals on her best two events, uneven bars and balance beam. (Updated: Vaculik placed eighth on both bars and beam).

For all the latest news, complete results and scores, as well as streaming video from the competition, visit the official website of the competition.



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