After a closely fought contest, Canada took the gold in the Commonwealth Games women’s artistic gymnastics team final at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
Ellie Black, Isabela Onyshko, Jade Chrobok, Shallon Olsen and Brittany Rogers finished ahead of runners-up England and Australia to claim their country’s first women’s team gymnastics gold at the Games since 1990.
Canada finished their competition with a total score of 163.075 and had to sit back and watch England and Australia perform 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.”
The English team – Georgia-Mae Fenton, Lucy Stanhope, Alice Kinsella, Kelly Simm and 15-year-old Taeja James, who was making her major international debut – performed consistently well with the team’s only mistakes coming on the beam.
They were edged into silver by just 1.25 points.
“I’m just so proud of all the girls and I’m so happy to be standing on the podium with them,”said 17-year-old Fenton.
The young England line-up finished ahead of hosts Australia, who ousted Wales at the last minute to secure the bronze medal.
Scotland finished fifth.
Kinsella and Simm will compete in the all-around final, alongside Scotland’s Shannon Archer and Cara Kennedy plus Welsh pair Latalia Bevan and Maisie Methuen.
Women’s Team Final results:
1: Canada – 163.075pts
2: England – 162.650
3: Australia – 157.450