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Women's gymnastics preview - 28 July


Australian team gold medallist Allana Slater is favourite to take the womenís individual all-around title on Sunday after qualifying in first place following Saturdayís team competition with a score of 37.425pts.

Allana Slater

Allana Slater will be looking for a second gold

The top 24 gymnasts from Saturdayís team competition, up to a maximum of three per nation, qualify for the individual all-around final.

Slater, 18, is the only surviving member of Australiaís 1998 Commonwealth Games team and will want to better the silver she won in Kuala Lumpur.

Slater will face stiff competition from team-mates Alexandra Croak and Sarah Lauren. Croak, the current Australian national champion, qualified in second place for the final with Lauren third.

Rebecca Owen, 15, was Englandís highest individual points scorer from the team competition, qualifying in fourth place. Beth Tweddle, the European uneven bars bronze medallist, is also through to the All-around final and will want to make up for her disappointing fall on the beam in the team competition.

Nicola Willis claims Englandís third spot in the All-Around final, meaning that Katy Lennon, despite finishing ninth overall, misses out.

Canada also has high hopes for a medal following the confident return to action of Kate Richardson. The 18-year-old, who was unable to compete at the Canadian National Championships earlier this year after undergoing a back operation, was the top Canadian gymnast in the team competition in sixth place.

The withdrawal of Northern Irelandís Holly Murdock on the eve of the Games because of a leg injury has deprived the womenís All-Around competition of one of its favourites, though Katie Slader, Victoria Marti and Ruth Cosgrave keep Irish hopes alive.

The womenís individual All-Around final takes place at 18:00 on Sunday 28 July.

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