Continental Championships wraps up with Whitehead Victory
Rounding out the final night of the Oceania Continental Championships, Australia’s Women’s Artistic Gymnast, Emily Whitehead has come out on top after a nail-biting victory.
It was a tight competition with four Australian athletes competing in the Women’s competition.
Whitehead was neck-and-neck with teammate Georgia Rose Brown all night, with strong performances across all four apparatus.
However, it all came down to the Floor routine, where there was just .050 between them.
After remarkable routines from both athletes, it was Whitehead who secured the Gold Medal with an overall score of 51.900 ahead of Brown’s 51.550.
The performance earned Whitehead not only the Gold Medal, but now puts her in prime position to secure the named Tokyo 2020 quota place.
Overwhelmed by the result, Whitehead was overjoyed when the final scores came through, soaking up the moment with her family and coach John Hart.
“It’s been a long journey over the past 18 months to get to this moment,” an emotional Whitehead said.
“It’s been really tough with injuries and COVID but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my club, Waverley Gymnastics, my coaches and my family.
“I’m absolutely speechless.”
However, it wasn’t all smiles and good news for Australia.
A tight and intense contest in the Men’s Artistic competition saw Mitchell Morgans (81.950) narrowly missing Gold to New Zealand’s Misha Koundinov (82.450).
With a full mark ahead leading into the final apparatus, it was Koundinov’s clean Horizontal Bar routine that finally sealed his win and his position to be awarded the named quota position for Tokyo
The athletes now await final confirmation from the Federation International Gymnastics on their awarded quota places.