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Gymnastics Canada – MONTREAL, (March 6)  — Canadian gymnasts stormed to six medals, including two gold, in the apparatus finals on Sunday at the L’International Gymnix competition.

Shallon Olsen of Coquitlam, B.C., and Meixi Semple of Whitby, Ont., led the way for the Canadian team with gold medals on vault and beam respectively in the Senior Cup finals.

Semple topped eight beam finalists with a score of 14.125 points, edging runner-up Nina Derwaei of Belgium with13.975 points.

“It felt, really, really, good to get the gold,” said Semple, a first-year senior who also placed fourth in the all-around event earlier in the competition.

“I have a new dismount that had been giving me some trouble but I stuck the landing today and that really helped my score.”

In the vault final Olsen won her gold medal with a score of 14.887 points and added a bronze medal on floor. Sae Myakawa of Japan placed second on vault with14.612 points.

Other gold medal winners in the Senior Cup were Nina Derwaei of Belgium on uneven bars and Axelle Klinckaert of Belgium on floor.

World championship and Pan Am Games veteran Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, Man., followed up her gold medal in the all-around on Saturday with another strong performance, winning silver on floor and bronze on the uneven bars.

Onyshko, a top contender for a spot on Canada’s 2016 Olympic team, earned the praise of Canadian women’s national team director Dave Brubaker of Sarnia, Ont., for her consistency at major competitions.

“Isabela is very determined with clear cut goals,” said Brubaker. “She’s a perfectionist and she really works hard and follows a plan to keep on improving.”

In the Junior Cup finals, Ana Padurariu of Oshawa, Ont., was the lone Canadian to reach the podium, earning a silver medal on floor to add to her team-high sixth-place on Saturday in the all-around competition.

“It’s been a great experience and winning the silver medal gives me a big confidence boost going forward,” said Padurariu, who has her sights set on competing at the 2018 world championships.


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