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Canada crowned Rhythmic Gymnastics champions at Commonwealth Games

Tatiana Cocsanova, Carmel Kallemaa and Suzanna Shahbazian

Canada have won the Commonwealth Rhythmic Gymnastics team title after a narrow 4.3-point team victory over nearest rivals Australia.

Tatiana Cocsanova, Carmel Kallemaa and Suzanna Shahbazian combined for a winning points total of 272.950 with Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallists Australia taking home silver ahead of third-placed Team England.

Kallemaa – who came second to Anna Sokolova of Cyprus in the standings – recorded an all-around score of 111.650 after top scoring with 29.700 in the clubs, claiming 28.300 in the hoop, 26.650 with the ball and 27.000 with the ribbon to qualify for Saturday’s individual final.

Tatiana Cocsanova, Carmel Kallemaa and Suzanna Shahbazian combined for a winning points total of 272.950.

Shahbazian also qualified for the individual competition after finishing seventh overall with 105.100, while Cocsanova came 15th with a score of 102.500.

Australia trio Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Lidiia Iakovleva, who both qualified, and Ashari Jesse Gill took silver.

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While England secured their first Rhythmic Gymnastics medal at the Games since they won team bronze at Delhi 2010 thanks to strong shows from Marfa Ekimova, Alice Leaper and Saffron Severn, with the former two also qualifying for the individual competition.

Kallemaa said competing and securing the gold had been a dream come true and she was looking forward to celebrating with a hamburger – after Saturday’s action.

She said: “It has been amazing. It has always been my dream to do it for our people and to compete for Team Canada.

“I just want to thank our coaches for everything. There will be no celebrations, though – maybe a hamburger – but not until after our competitions.”

Shahbazian, who claimed 25.450 points in the ribbon said she was proud of her performance, saying: “It is a dream come true to be here.

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“I don’t think it was my best performance but I was proud of how I did in the ribbon.

“I felt extra energy from the crowd tonight and that really helps.”

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