Australia’s gymnastics gold rush continued with a stunning one-two in the women’s balance beam.
Australia’s artistic gymnasts snared five medals on the final day of competition at Arena Birmingham – one gold, two silver and two bronze.
Kate McDonald celebrated her 22nd birthday with a shock gold medal, relegating her star teammate Georgia Godwin to second on the podium.
Godwin has been the star of the team at the meet so far, with gold in the all-around and vault and silver in the team and uneven bars, and she was looking to maintain when she laid down a marker of 13,433 in the first routine of the programme. But McDonald recorded 13,466, leapfrogging her teammate with a routine that had a lower difficulty but higher execution.
“Amazing. Incredible. And even (Canadian bronze medalist) Emma Spence) I couldn’t have asked for a better podium finish,” she said.
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“Like, best podium finish ever.
“I did feel a little bit sad in that sense, but you know, she’s an amazing teammate,” McDonald said of Godwin. “But it was just great to be on the podium, both Emma (Canada’s bronze medalist Emma Spence), Georgia and myself.”
Goodwin paid tribute to her teammate.
“To come off the last three days and have the beam routine I did, I’m really happy with myself,” Goodwin said.
“But, the star of the moment, Kate. She’s just been solid the whole time.”
The Aussie gymnastics team finished second overall on the medal count behind an England outfit that dominated both the men’s and women’s competitions.
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