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Shewfelt tops Canadian gymnastics selections

Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt headed the list of six men selected Monday to compete for Canada's gymnastics team at the Beijing Olympics in August.

Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt headed the list of six men selected Monday to compete for Canada's gymnastics team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in August.

Shewfelt, 26, who has made a comeback after breaking both legs last summer, was in top form Monday at a test competition capping a week-long training camp in Calgary.

Joining Shewfelt will be fellow Calgarians Nathan Gafuik, Adam Wong and Grant Golding, as well as David Kikuchi of Fall River, N.S., and Brandon O'Neill of Edmonton.

Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford, B.C., was named first reserve and Jared Walls of Edmonton is second reserve.

"They all looked amazing, we're all very excited about this team," men's program director Jeff Thomson said in a statement.

Shewfelt will be making his third Olympic appearance while Golding, Wong and Kikuchi are all holdovers from the 2004 Athens team.

Gafuik was the reserve in 2004 and O'Neill, who just missed winning a spot in 2004, will be competing at his first Olympic Games.

The coaches for the men's Olympic team are Edouard Iarov of Gatineau, Que., and Tony Smith of Calgary.

Shewfelt broke his legs and suffered ligament damage in a training accident before last summer's world championships in Germany. Surgeons inserted a plate and screws and reattached ligaments in the athlete's left knee, then repositioned the bone and inserted a screw in the right knee.

Shewfelt skipped the national championships in June in Calgary to focus on training. He returned to action later in the month, competing on the floor, vault, rings and high bar at a test competition in Edmonton.

The Beijing Games begin Aug. 8, with gymnastics competition getting underway the following day.

With files from the Canadian Press