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Larson Takes Two Titles at Gymnix World Cup
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First-year senior Mattie Larson (U.S.) won both women's titles Sunday as the Gymnix World Cup concluded in Montreal.


Mattie Larson (U.S.)

The Los Angeles native took gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise at the first World Cup event of the year.

Charlotte Mackie placed third on balance beam and second on floor exercise to claim two more medals for Canada.

"Before I was just trying to get as many big skills in my routine as possible, but now I'm really focusing on doing them well with better technique," said Mackie, who is now training at Surrey Gymnastics with David Kenwright, coach of two-time Olympian Kate Richardson.

Sydney Sawa, a last-minute replacement for the injured Brittany Rogers, won her second bronze medal of the competition with third place on floor exercise.

"It definitely pumps you up a lot, especially on floor," Sawa said of the crowd support at the Claude Robillard Sports Centre. "It gives you energy to hear them cheer after each tumbling line."

Romania's Daniel Popescu won the title on men's vault. Poland's Adam Kierzkowski won parallel bars and Croatia's Marijo Moznik won high bar.

The Japanese men, who had led four of the six events during Friday's qualification round, picked up three silver medals Sunday.

2008 Olympian Nathan Gafuik, second on floor exercise Saturday, won his second medal of the meet by placing third on vault.

“I wasn’t expecting to be in the running for a medal on vault at this stage of the season,” Gafuik said. “I had some troubles in the qualifying round but I went for the landing a little harder in the final."

2009 Gymnix World Cup
March 8, Montreal

Balance Beam
1. Mattie Larson USA 14.650
2. Marine Petit FRA 14.150
3. Charlotte Mackie CAN 14.050
4. Marie-Carmen Rivera PUR 12.450
5. Sydney Sawa CAN 11.750

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Mattie Larson USA 14.950
2. Charlotte Mackie CAN 14.500
3. Sydney Sawa CAN 14.300
4. Marine Petit FRA 14.100

Men's Vault
1. Daniel Popescu ROM 15.900
2. Koji Yamamuro JPN 15.700
3. Nathan Gafuik CAN 15.687
4. Marius Berbecar ROM 15.525
5. Samir Ait Said FRA 15.412
6. Alen Dimic SLO 14.925
7. Marek Lyszczarz POL 14.887
8. Rok Klavora SLO 14.587

Parallel Bars
1. Adam Kierzkowski POL 15.225
2. Kenya Kobayashi JPN 15.200
3. Yosuke Hoshi JPN 15.100
4. Tim McNeill USA 14.950
5. Marius Berbecar ROM 14.825
6. Cyril Tommasone FRA 14.275
7. Robert Stanescu ROM 14.000
8. Hamilton Sabot FRA 13.550

High Bar
1. Marijo Moznik CRO 15.475
2. Yosuke Hoshi JPN 15.400
3. Hamilton Sabot FRA 15.225
4. Danell Leyva USA 15.150
5. Ryosuke Baba JPN 14.550
6. Jackson Payne CAN 14.275
7. Roman Kulesza POL 12.850

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