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Scott Morgan performs on the rings during the men's gymnastics apparatus final (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS)
Scott Morgan performs on the rings during the men's gymnastics apparatus final (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS)

North Vancouver gymnast Scott Morgan wins gold at Commonwealth Games Add to ...

Gymnast Scott Morgan of North Vancouver, B.C., won gold in the rings competition Thursday at the Commonwealth Games to add to the silver he won earlier in the day in the floor event.

It was a 1-2 finish for Canada in the rings as Kevin Lytwyn of Stoney Creek, Ont., took the silver.

“It was spectacular to get up there on the podium and hear the Canadian anthem,” said Morgan.“It’s something you dream about as an athlete.”

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Lytwyn admitted he had some doubts about how competitive he would be coming into the Games because of nagging injuries and a hand infection, but a vote of encouragement from coach Canadian national team director Tony Smith paid off.

“I competed with some pain in my hand but with all the adrenalin pumping it didn’t really hamper me,” said Lytwyn, who was the last competitor in the rings final. “It’s nerve wracking competing last but exciting. I’m eager to get out there and do it again.”

Daniel Purvis of Scotland won bronze.

Max Whitlock of England won gold in the floor event and David Bishop of New Zealand earned the bronze.

Canada also won a silver in the women’s vault competition at the SSE Hydro venue.

Ellie Black of Halifax finished second behind England’s Claudia Fragapane. India’s Dipa Karmakar won the bronze.

“I’ve been a little bit disappointed with my previous performances but that always helps you to keep going and be stronger,” said Black, who also finished fourth in the uneven bars final.

“I just tried to have a good attitude coming in to the finals today and it definitely worked.”

Rounding out the Canadian results, Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., was fourth on vault and Anderson Loran of Saskatoon, finished seventh on pommel horse.

 

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