Aussie men’s artistic gymnastics finish agonising fourth on Day 1

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Zoe Lorenzin for Commonwealth Games Australia

 

The Australian men’s gymnastics team narrowly missed out on the bronze medal on the first day of competition at Birmingham 2022.

 

The Australian Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Team have narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Team Final, finishing in fourth place with a final score of 239.000.

The team, consisting of Clay Stephens, Mitchell Morgans, James Bacueti, Tyson Bull, and Jesse Moore, were pipped in the final event of the evening after a hard-fought competition, with only 0.650 separating them from the podium.

Opening the competition on rings, Moore, Stephens and Morgans started off the evening with three solid routines, establishing their credentials for the evening while the team continued to build from there.

Bacueti flew on vault, averaging 14.300 across his two vaults and securing himself a place in the apparatus final on Tuesday, after qualifying in fourth place.

On parallel bars it was Morgan who wowed, showcasing a routine with a difficulty score of 6.1 and finishing with a final score of 14.500, ensuring he qualified in third position through to the final.

Meanwhile Bull, who had a small stumble on his dismount off high bar, unfortunately missed qualifying through to the apparatus final, as did Bacueti on floor, after he put his hands down on a tumble pass.

Finishing off on pommel horse, the close-knit competition further tightened, with Moore pulling out the highest score for the Aussie’s, with a 13.500.

But it was England’s title to defend with a dominant display in front of a raucous home crowd, seeing them finish with a final score of 254.550 to claim the gold medal, while Canada finished with 241.200 to take home silver and Cyprus cinched bronze with 239.650.

Following today’s results, Stephens and Moore will compete in the Individual All-Around final on Sunday morning, while Stephens will also compete on floor and Moore the pommel horse and rings apparatus finals on Monday afternoon.

Finishing off the artistic competition on Tuesday, Bull will join Morgans in the parallel bars final, while both Moore and Morgans will take on a strong field in the high bar final.

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Final Results

  1. England – 254.550
  2. Canada – 241.200
  3. Cyprus – 239.650
  4. Australia – 239.000
  5. Scotland – 237.800
  6. Wales – 236.300
  7. New Zealand – 231.600

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