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Australia has wrapped up a successful campaign at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) competition.
The Australian RG team came into the Games with a goal of collecting two medals from a high-class field of competition – one team and one individual – they did just that and more, a huge progression for the sport having not claimed any medals at Glasgow 2014.
It was the first and last sessions that delivered Australia the goods in the RG competition, clinching the bronze medal in the team event, with a combined score of 120.800, behind Cyprus (130.625) and Malaysia (127.950). They also finished ahead of Canada, Wales and England, countries that all bettered the Aussies in Glasgow four years ago.
In what could be considered a surprise result, it was Enid Sung and teenage debutant Kiroi-Bogatyreva who progressed through to Thursday’s All-Around Final. With the ‘two athletes per country’ rule preventing veteran Dannielle Prince from competing in the 16-athlete Final. Sung and Kiroi-Bogatyreva represented Australia beautifully, finishing fourth and 10th in the All-Around Final respectively. It was a particularly impressive performance from Sung who finished just 0.775 off the All-Around bronze medal.
On the final day of competition it was the youngest member of Australia’s entire Gymnastics Team who starred. Kiroi-Bogatyreva claimed the bronze medal in the Individual Apparatus Final for Ball, with a score of 13.250. Kiroi-Bogatyreva also finished fifth in the Ribbon, rounding out not only a sensational first Games for the Year 11 student, but a sensational first major competition at the Senior International level.
Sung also impressed on day one of competition to progress to three Individual Apparatus Finals – Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon. Sung was electric with the Hoop, scoring 13.400 to once again finish fourth and just again miss out on a medal – this time by just 0.150. However mistakes in Clubs and Ribbon saw her finish in eighth and sixth positions respectively.
The home Games fairy tale was not to be for Commonwealth Games veteran Prince. Getting over the disappointment of only making one Final after the first day of qualifications, Prince was determined to make her final routine with the Ball count. It began well with the audience encapsulated by Prince’s performance to Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, but an error on her third risk saw the Ball roll out of area, forcing Prince to continue the routine with the spare apparatus. Her score of 7.600 cemented the fact that she would not achieve an individual medal at these Games.