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Vaculik on course for Olympic gymnastics spot

Associated Press

6/27/2012 1:43:36 AM

GATINEAU, Que. -- Kristina Vaculik maintained a commanding lead among a group of 11 gymnasts vying for a spot on Canada's five-member women's Olympic squad Tuesday after the first competition in a two-part final selection event.

The Whitby, Ont., native placed first on the beam, third on the uneven bars, fourth on the floor and seventh on the vault to finish first overall, ending the day with a total of 76.60 points.

"I've just been taking one thing at a time and this has been another big stepping stone towards London," said Vaculik, a three-time Canadian all-around champion. "I haven't been focusing on points, but on my routines and setting my sights on the Olympics."

All 11 gymnasts will compete again Thursday in the final selection meet with the top five qualifying for Canada's first full women's Olympic team since 2004.

Results from the 2012 Canadian championships last month in Regina also count towards the Olympic selection.

Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., is second with 55.40 points. Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C., placed first on the vault and the uneven bars to move up to third place with 26.60 points.

Jessica Savona of Oakville, Ont., is fourth with 23.20 points, Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., fifth with 23.10 points and Ellie Black of Halifax is sixth with 22.40 points.

Rounding out the field are Madeline Gardiner and Mikaela Gerber, both of Cambridge, in seventh and eighth, Oakville's Jessica Dowling in ninth, Vancouver's Briannah Tsang in tenth and Calgary's Anysia Unick in 11th.