Mitchell and Miller share golden glory in last finals
Published 29 May 2016 (AEDT)
GYMNASTICS-ARTISTIC: In her first competition back since a full knee reconstruction, Lauren Mitchell has shown why she is Australia’s most decorated gymnast, winning gold on Beam.
Mitchell is making a bid for her third Olympic Games and has come along way from not being able to even walk 10 months ago.
The 24-year-old who competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, scored 14.025 for her Beam routine to take the gold and national title.
“The gold on Beam is the icing on the cake, but I am just happy that I did a routine that I would usually do in training,” Mitchell said. “The first day was definitely not what I do in training but over the last couple of days I have proved that I have improved.”
All-Around and Vault specialist Emily Little was the surprise packet of the Beam final, earning the silver medal after her routine score her 13.925. Twenty-year-old Emma Nedov from Sydney took bronze on 13.800.
Larrissa Miller recovered from her disappointment on the Uneven Bars last night, to put together a sensational routine to win gold on the Floor.
“I’m actually feeling really exhausted,” Miller said.
“I got a little teary before my Floor routine because I am so exhausted but I am glad that I was able to get myself together and actually perform the routine the way I wanted to. It wasn’t as good as it was on the second day but I am happy that I could back it up and also come back from the bars yesterday.
“I was so happy with the first two days and I improved from the first day to the second day and I was happy with that. You can’t hit a perfect routine every single time."
Miller performed a Double Arabian, a challenging skill with a half turn and two front flips in the air before landing, which contributed to her final score of 14.175.
Mitchell, the 2010 World Champion on Floor made a couple of errors in her Floor routine, taking bronze on 13.875.
“I put in my second tumble so I was stoked with that,” Mitchell said. “I am a little bit disappointed with my last tumble but you have to take the good with the bad because I haven’t done that routine in a couple of weeks so I was pretty stoked that I put it all together and nearly nailed it."
It was again Little who stepped up to the mark, winning silver with her performance of 14.000.
With just one woman to be given the nod for Rio, selectors now face an extremely difficult task of deciding who will be the nation’s best chance of making an Olympic final and ultimately winning a medal.
“As long as we put our performance forward and our best foot forward and go this is what we can show, this is what we can deliver - then it is up to the selectors. And it makes their job more difficult knowing that we are all really out there and could be in with a chance. It is going to be a nerve-wracking 24 hours or so.
“I definitely didn’t hold anything back and I am not disappointed with anything I did and I still have room for improvement," Mitchell said.
After winning two of last night’s finals, Luke Wadsworth added another gold to his swag tonight on Parallel Bars. Wadsworth edged out his Victorian teammate Luke Wiwatwoski who took silver but went one better to take gold on High Bar.
Chris Remkes gave a Vault masterclass in the men’s senior finals, winning gold with 14.862. Luke Wadsworth took silver on 13.262 while WA’s Jake Thompson took bronze on 12.600.
1. Larrissa Miller (VIC) 14.175
2. Emily Little (WA) 14.000
3. Lauren Mitchell (WA) 13.875
1. Lauren Mitchell (WA) 14.025
2. Emily Little (WA) 13.925
3. Emma Nedov (NSW) 13.800
Men’s Parallel Bars
1. Luke Wadsworth (VIC) 14.200
2. Luke Wiwatowski (VIC) 13.900
=3. Scott Costin (QLD) 13.725
=3. Jack Riek (QLD) 13.725
1. Chris Remkes (SA) 14.862
2. Luke Wadsworth (VIC) 13.262
3. Jake Thompson (WA) 12.600
Men’s High Bar
1. Luke Wiwatowski (VIC) 14.050
2. Scott Costin (QLD) 13.275
3. Luke Wadsworth (VIC) 13.075
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