Road to Rio campaign underway for gymnasts

Published 26 May 2016 (AEDT)

Larissa Miller of Australia competes on the uneven bars during the second day of the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on October 24, 2015. Gymnasts can secure qualification for the 2016 Rio Games at the championships which will be staged at the Hydro Arena. © Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

GYMNASTICS: With Rio Olympic qualification on the line, the senior women’s artistic gymnasts were in action for the first time on Wednesday night at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

With just one women’s place on the Rio team up for grabs, the athletes are putting everything on the line to impress in this qualification event.

Hometown favourite Larrissa Miller showed she is a serious contender to make her second Olympic Team, with her score of 14.650 on the uneven bars taking Victoria to the lead for the team medal. She was also the second strongest performer on the floor with a score of 13.625.

Two-time Olympian Lauren Mitchell was impressive on the floor in her first competition back after a knee injury sidelined her last year. Focusing on her favoured apparatus, Mitchell scored 13.725 and will be looking to improve on her beam results in the second round of apparatus qualifying. The star-studded WA team also featured 2012 Olympian Emily Little who is seeking the Rio berth as well as 2008 Olympic veteran Olivia Vivian.

They’ll be back in action on Friday night when the team medals and individual All-Around medals will be decided and the athletes making the apparatus finals will be known.

In the men’s event, Victoria took team gold with a score of 245.828, led by Luke Wiwatowski who put together an outstanding performance on the floor.

Queensland were second on 237.861 however their standout athlete Michael Mercieca was unlucky to sustain a hand injury on the parallel bars, the fifth rotation of the night.

Team NSW were third on 212.562.


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