GOLD COAST, Australia — Canada won gold Friday in the Commonwealth Games women’s artistic gymnastics team final.
Ellie Black of Halifax, Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man., Jade Chrobok of Toronto, Shallon Olsen of Surrey, B.C., and Brittany Rogers of Calgary finished ahead of runner-up England and Australia at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
“I don’t we could have asked for a better day,” two-time Olympian Rogers said. “We put it all out there, and I think that’s the most important thing — that we all trusted each other and had each other’s backs, and picked each other up when others fell.”
It’s Canada’s first women’s team gymnastics gold at the Games since 1990.
The women had to watch England and Australia before finding out which medal they won.
“It was nerve-racking watching,” Black said. “These teams are so great. It’s an incredible feeling to know that we went out and did our job today, and I’m really proud of this team.”
Black and Onyshko were part of the Canadian team that narrowly missed the medal podium four years ago, finishing fourth in Glasgow.
“I think our team did a really good job today; of picking each other up when we made mistakes, gaining those points back for the team, and coming out strong on vault. As a team, I was really proud of us today, and I think we did a phenomenal job despite a few mistakes,” Black said.
Zach Clay of Coquitlam, B.C., Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., Scott Morgan of Vancouver, Cory Paterson of Montreal, and Jackson Payne of Calgary won silver Thursday behind winner England and third-place Scotland.
The Canadian men won bronze four years ago.
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