Congratulations Ana Padurariu and Team Canada on fantastic results at the International competition Elite Gym Massilia in France!
Massilia, France – The young Canadian junior team has had a super successful weekend so far at the Elite Gym Massilia competition in Marseille, with Ana Padurariu leading the squad not only to the gold in Friday’s Open division, but also to a team bronze in today’s Masters division, winning all-around medals both days as well.
The Open division features clubs and federations not invited into the Masters competition, and the top two teams that competed in the Open got the chance to also challenge for medals in the Masters meet tonight. 15-year-old Padurariu scored a 54.267 in the Open all-around on Friday, hitting all four events to win gold while helping Canada — which also featured Zoé Allaire-Bourgie, Quinn Skrupa, and Emma Spence, all first-year junior elites — to the team gold as well.
As always, Padurariu looked best on bars and beam, showing strong difficulty on both as she prepares to begin her senior career in 2018. I was also super impressed with Allaire-Bourgie, who had a really rough time with her difficult beam set, but she otherwise had the best meet I’ve seen her do, and she ended up fourth with a 52.200, a fantastic score for her, and both Skrupa and Spence also performed well, looking their strongest on floor after some mistakes elsewhere.
In Saturday’s Masters competition, Padurariu once again hit all four events, this time earning a 53.900 to take the all-around bronze while also leading her team to bronze, a huge deal given that they were up against teams sent by federations, including a senior team from Canada that the junior ladies beat by nearly four points.
As a whole, the team wasn’t quite as sharp as they were in the Open, but they were still able to narrowly edge out the Italian team by just three tenths. In addition to Padurariu’s third-place finish, Allaire-Bourgie finished ninth with a 51.500, Skrupa was 24th with a 48.050, and Spence was 26th with a 46.800, fighting back from mistakes on bars and beam to contribute great vault and floor scores to the team total.
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