In the under-60 kg category, Sergio Pessoa Jr. kept the heat on up to the quarter-final round. Pessoa’s competitor, Mongolia’s Boldbaatar Ganbat, was the only athlete of the two able to score points during the five minute match on the tatami. Ganbat won the match by yuko, which also eliminated the Canadian judoka.
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Heptahlete Jessica Zelinka obtained the A qualifying standards in Gotzis, Austria and could try for the A-plus standard at Vancouver’s June 10 Harry Jerome Classic.
Zelinka scored 6,393 points, her second best score, to take sixth in the Hypomeeting in Gotzis where gold medal favourite Jessica Ennis of Britain broke her national record with 6,906 points.
Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., shone in the Hengelo meet in the Netherlands to make it three shot put golds in the past five days. He started this European tour in the Czech Republic with a throw of 20.93m at the Turnov Ludvik Danek meeting on May 22nd. Next stop in Ostrava, he defeats the 2008 Olympic champion, Tomaz Majewski of Poland and 2011 World Championship gold medalist, David Storl of Germany with 21.29m on May 25th at the Golden Spike meeting. Today after just 2 hours sleep in this world wind tour, he increases his distance to 21.44m to win at the Hengelo Fanny Blankers-Koen event. Justine Rodhe was fifth at 19.38..
At Regina, Toronto’s Karen Cockburn tuned up for the Olympics, winning her 13th women’s individual title with a personal best score Saturday night.
Cockburn, 31, who won a bronze medal at the inaugural 2000 Olympics and followed up with silver medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Games, finished well ahead of runner-up Samantha Smith of Vancouver.
. “I feel like I’m right on track and I’m not getting too stressed out with the Games getting closer,” Cockburn said. “I feel like I’m in a really great place right now. My routines are set and now I’m fine tuning trying to get more execution points and more flight time points.”
In men’s trampoline Jason Burnett of Toronto, who will be chasing his second straight Olympic medal in London, delivered a clean routine en route to his seventh Canadian title.
While Canada’s trampoline team is already set for the Games the battle for Olympic spots in men’s and women’s gymnastics saw the top eight women earn automatic invitations to a final Olympic selection camp to be held in Gatineau, Que., at the end of June. Four more will be added to the mix.
A five-woman Olympic team plus one reserve athlete will be named following the final selection meet. The top three ranked gymnasts so far are Kristina Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., who and Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont. Rounding out the top eight are: Ellie Black of Halifax, Jessica Savona of Oakville, Ont, Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C., Madeline Gardiner and Mikaela Gerber, both of Cambridge, Ont.
Vaculik won the all around Canadian title last week and won three more medals in the event finals on Sunday, winning gold on uneven bars and balance beam and silver on floor.
Moors, second all around, added individual gold on floor and silver on uneven bars and Pegg, third all around, won bronze medals on vault and beam.
Competition on the men’s team is even more fierce with just one Olympic spot up for grabs.
Calgary’s Nathan Gafuik was the only competitor to meet the selection standard in Regina with just two more qualification events in Europe remaining for others to challenge for the Olympic berth.
Gafuik, who won the men’s all around title, reached the standard in the men’s qualification round with a score on high bar that would have placed him fourth at the 2011 world championships.
In Saturday’s event finals, Scott Morgan of Vancouver won three medals including gold on rings and vault. Other winners were Gafuik on high bar, Jayd Lukenchuk of Saskatoon on parallel bars, Robert Watson of Coquitlam, B.C. on floor and Ken Ikeda of Abottsford, B.C. on pommel horse.
Canadian Olympians Martha McCabe of Toronto, Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., and Scott Dickens of Ancaster, Ont., each won a gold medal at the Mel Zajac Jr-Canada Cup swimming competition, a high-calibre meets that had 10 Australian and 10 Canadian Olympians
In the women’s 200 breaststroke, McCabe produced a strong second length to win in two minutes and 25.81 seconds. Tera van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., also headed to London, followed in 2:27.93..
In the men’s 200 breaststroke, Dickens collected his second victory and meet record placing first in 2:13.80. Dickens is qualified for the 100 and 200 breaststroke for London.
In the men’s 50 freestyle, Hayden notched the win in 22.76 while his Olympic teammate Tommy Gossland of Vancouver was sixth.