Martincek claims rhythmic gymnastics crown
Alexandra Martincek of Newmarket, Ont., earned her first career senior high performance all-around title on Saturday at the Canadian rhythmic gymnastics championships in Montreal.
Another Alexandra, Olympic-bound Alexandra Orlando had won the five previous national crowns. Orlando suffered an ankle injury earlier this year and skipped the nationals to ensure she can be 100 per cent healthy for the Games this August.
Martincek posted the best scores on three of the four apparatus for the all-around gold at 57.625 points. Demetra Mantcheva of Vancouver was a close second at 57.575 and Elena Gouzenkova of Toronto third at 55.100.
"I was definitely going for the win," said the 18-year-old Martincek, who is headed to her first year at the University of Toronto this fall. "I had one of my best ever performances and my ropes and clubs routines particularly stood out for me. They were very clean performances. It was exciting."
In the senior all-around national competition, Cassandre Duplessis-Lalonde of Montreal was the winner at 46.500, Rosie Cossard of Toronto was second at 42.725 and Olivia Jack of Calgary third at 41.575.
In the novice all-around competition, Christy Cheng of Vancouver took the gold at 47.950, Annabelle Kovacs of Vancouver was second at 47.900 and Lourenca Agla of Montreal third at 46.900.