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Team Ontario takes gold in men’s artistic gymnastics team final at Canada Games

The Ontario team, composed of Chris Kaji, David Sandro, Dorian Doan, Elel Wahrmann-Baker, Evgeny Siminiuc, and Kenji Tamane dominated the second sub-division of the competition to finish the day with a team total of 315.200.

“I feel fantastic. The boys did really good, I’m super proud of them. This whole experience at the Canada Games has been amazing,” said Kaji. “Personally, I did amazing on rings – I felt strong and I almost stuck the landing – I’ll try to stick it for finals. For the team, I think we had a really strong performance on pommels.”

Team Quebec, composed of Anthony Balan, Félix Blaquière, Félix Dolci, Maxime Prieur, and Nathan Yvars, competed in the first sub-division and were striving to improve on their silver medal performance from the 2015 Canada Winter Games, but unfortunately came up just short of that goal, taking the silver medal with a team total of 312.400.

“We’re pretty happy. We were aiming for the gold medal, but sometimes, the results don’t necessarily come out as we wanted, but we fought to the end, and we did what we had to do,” said Dolci  who won four medals at the 2015 Canada Winter Games for Quebec, and was the top individual qualifier for the all-around finals after today’s competition. “I think I really gained experience from the Games four years ago and so I was able to share that with the guys and help them prepare for this event.”

It was a tight race for the bronze medal between Team Nova Scotia and Team Saskatchewan, but it was Nova Scotia who ended up edging Saskatchewan for the spot on the podium with a total score of 298.750. This bronze medal, won by Alex Watters, Andrew Gallant, Christopher Bearne, Landon Duquette, Matthew Brown, and Vincent d’Entremont,  is the first-ever medal for Nova Scotia in the team competition.

“I’m super excited and super stoked. We went out there and did our best routines – some things were off, some things were awesome. We weren’t sure if we had medal at the end, because pommels was a little rough, but I’m excited it turned out this way,” said Watters who was the flag bearer for Team Nova Scotia in the Opening Ceremonies. “This medal is just crazy – this is the first time it’s happened for men’s gymnastics at the Canada Games for Nova Scotia so this is just insane.”

Tomorrow will see the women battle for the podium in the all-around competition starting at 4pm. Wednesday will feature the men’s all-around final, and Thursday will see medals handed out in the individual apparatus finals.

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