Australia Claims Gold at Continental Championships
On Friday 24 May, the MAG Oceania Continental Championships were held at Melbourne Arena during the Australian Gymnastics Championships.
It was Trans-Tasman rivals, Australia competing against New Zealand and what a fight to the finish it was, with the winning Team having the opportunity to qualify for the World Championships later this year.
The competition was a highlight of the the first Premium Session at the Australian Championships with both teams producing dominate performances across all the apparatus.
Gabriel Swan-McLean was a stand out on Floor with a score of 14.450, the only competitor on that apparatus with a score above 14.
Mitchell Morgans was a fierce competitor in the All Around competition with his best performances on Parallel Bars, Vault and of course, Horizontal Bar.
Scott Costin, Michael Tone and Tyson Bull made up the rest of Team Australia and what a spectacular team they made. Team Australia Were number one in every apparatus except for Pommel Horse.
For New Zealand, their only All Around athlete was Ethan Dick and he came out firing. He performed best on Vault and Parallel Bars.
While team mate, Mikhail Koudinov put it some strong performances on both Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.
The rest of Team New Zealand was made up of Devy Dyson, Jorden O’Connell Inns and Kyleab Ellis who all put in the work to make this competition a real fight to the Gold.
The final placings were all going to be determined by the final apparatus which was Horizontal Bar. The final rotation, the final apparatus of the night and it was game on.
There was no stopping Mitchell Morgans, Tyson Bull and Michael Tone on that Horizontal Bar with their routines getting Australia over the line for that top podium spot.
Team Australia combined for a total score of 239.950 while Team New Zealand finished the competition on 238.000. This Gold Medal for the Oceania Continental Championships meant that they earned a Team spot at the 2019 World Championships later this year.
Congratulations to all the athletes who competed on Friday night and what a spectacular performance you put on!