Pellerin Cptures Bronze on Pommel Horse at World Challenge Cup Paris
Gymnastics Canada – PARIS, FRA (September 15, 2019) – Thierry Pellerin of Lévis, QC medalled on pommel horse for the second straight year at the World Challenge Cup in Paris on Sunday, this time taking the bronze medal to go with the silver he captured in 2018.
Pellerin entered the finals in second position after posting a 14.950 in the qualifiers. All of the scores were lower in the finals with Pellerin scoring a 14.450 to take bronze. Winning gold was Joshua Nathan of the UK with a score of 14.600, while Kirill Prokopev of Russia took silver with a score of 14.500.
“I had been waiting for this competition for several months,” said Pellerin following the competition. “I was excited and was aiming for the finals and the podium, and I achieved both goals. This competition remains my favourite competition – the atmosphere that the crowd brings makes the experience even more intense and memorable.”
William Émard of Laval, QC, who is a member of the 2019 World Championships team, also competed in three finals on Sunday, finishing 7th on floor (14,250), 7th on rings (14.300), and 8th on vault (12.925).
“I’m really happy with my day,” said Émard. “When I arrived in Paris I didn’t think about making finals, but in the end, I made three! We completely changed my ring routine at the last minute and it bore fruit – I can now compare myself to the best in the world on this apparatus. On floor, the caliber was simply amazing. In addition, the crowd and the atmosphere at the venue was completely insane and I reacted really well to the pressure which gives me a lot of confidence for the World Championships.”
Also competing for the men this weekend were Joel Gagnon of Sasktatoon, SK who now trains in Montreal, who finished 18th on horizontal bar, 32nd on parallel bars, and 39th on floor, and Mathieu Csukassy, of Laval who finished 14th on rings, 19th on horizontal bar, 24th on pommel horse, and 26th on parallel bars.
Rose Woo of Brossard, QC was the lone competitor on the women’s side at this competition and finished 6th in the beam finals with a score of 12.650. She also finished 15th overall on bars.
For full results, please visit: https://resultats.webfpg.com/2019_IDF/index.php
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