Gymnastics: First Weekend of Australian Championships Provides Host Nation Quotas for Rhythmic and Trampoline Events

The first weekend of the 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships saw medals being awarded in the senior divisions in trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. The event also doubled as the Oceania qualifier for the 2020 Olympics. The highest ranked athlete in men’s and women’s trampoline and women’s rhythmic individual all-around along with the best performing group in the women’s rhythmic group all-around qualified a spot to the games. The Australian Gymnastics Championships are currently being held in Gold Coast, Australia from May 13th to May 25th 2021.

The qualification round of the men’s trampoline was won by Australia’s Blake Rutherford whom finished with a total score of 107.520, just ahead of his compatriot, Dominic Clarke whom had a score of 106.625. Clarke however, would win the event and quota thanks to a score of 59.895, over two points ahead of Rutherford whom had a score of 57.790.

On the women’s side, the qualification round was won by Australia’s Jessica Pickering whom had a score of 101.195. She was closely followed by her teammate Kira Ward (100.980) and New Zealand’s Madaline Davidson (100.940). The final was a close affair with Pickering edging Davidson by less than 0.100 to win with a score of 55.230. Davidson’s score was 55.150.

As a clarification, the continental quota for trampoline will only be awarded if no Oceania athletes qualify via the World Cup series.

Update: As Australia and New Zealand qualified in both genders from the World Cup series, the continental quota was not awarded.

The women’s rhythmic individual all-around was won by Australia’s Lidiia Iakovleva. She was able to obtain the Olympic quota with a score of 77.550. Iakovleva was able to finish first in three out of four apparatuses with the exception being the ball which was won by her compatriot Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva whom finished second with a score of 76.500.

The Olympic quota for the women’s rhythmic group all-around was won by Australia thanks to the performance of Emily Abbot, Alexandra Eedle, Alannah Mathews, Himeka Onoda, Alexandra Aristoteli, Felicity White whom finished with a score of 48.900.

The Australian Gymnastics Championships continues. The final Oceania quotas will be decided in artistic gymnastics which are scheduled to be held on this coming Friday.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Rhythmic Individual All-Around
* Australia

Women’s Rhythmic Group All-Around
* Australia

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