Gymnastics preview – 29 July
28 July 2002
The fourth and final day of gymnastics competition – the individual apparatus finals – take place on 29 July, with the top eight individuals from the team competition having qualified.
Following his successes in the team competition and individual all-around final, Kanukai Jackson (ENG) will be keen to add to his medal collection.
The 24-year-old Londoner, competing at his first Commonwealth Games, scored highest on three pieces of apparatus in the all-around final – the rings, vault and parallel bars – with his score of 9.600pts on the vault being the highest of the competition.
Alexander Jeltkov (CAN), bronze medallist in the all-around, will start as favourite on the horizontal bar. The 1999 World Championship silver medallist is the defending Commonwealth champion though he will face strong competition from all-around silver medallist Philippe Rizzo (AUS).
Pavel Mamin (AUS) is the second defending champion in the field, aiming to retain his title on the rings.
The two remaining pieces of apparatus contested in the men’s competition are the pommel horse and the floor.
Australia, who successfully retained their team title on Saturday, are expected to dominate proceedings in the women’s competition.
They are led by Allana Slater who has qualified for all four apparatus finals. The 18-year-old from Perth finished fourth on the floor at last year’s World Championships.
The host nation’s hopes will be pinned on Beth Tweddle (ENG) in the uneven bars final. The 17-year-old became Britain’s first ever European Championship medallist when she won a bronze on the bars in April.
The two other pieces of apparatus contested in the women’s competition are the balance beam and the vault.
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