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Smith, Black win double gold at Canadian championships

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The Canadian Press
5/24/2013 9:10:59 AM
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OTTAWA -- Halifax gymnasts Hugh Smith and Ellie Black struck double gold at the Canadian championships on Thursday winning the men's and women's senior all around around titles.

Black topped the field with a total score of 54.550 points. He placed first on beam and floor, third on uneven bars and 15th on vault, normally her strongest event.

Natalie Vaculik of Oshawa, the younger sister of 2012 Olympic team member, Kristina, placed second all around with a score of 53.325 and Maegan Chant of Waterdown, Ont., was third at 53.075.

"It's just great to come out here and finish off like this after such an amazing year," said Black. "Being on the Olympic team and having that experience has brought me so much more confidence and given me more of a leadership role."

In the men's all around Smith took the title with 81.600 points, edging runner-up Robert Watson of Richmond, B.C. with a score of 81.450.

Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., placed third with 79.900 points.

"I enjoy every moment of competition," said Smith. "I've been working really hard and I just wanted to come in on day one and hit my routines and make some finals."

Smith and Black will both be going for more medals in the event finals on Saturday.

In the women's junior all around, Shallon Olsen of Vancouver won her second straight Canadian title, placing first on floor and vault and 8th on both uneven bars and beam for a score of 55.475 points.

Aleeza Yu of Richmond Hill, Ont., placed second with 54.900 points and Brianna Clark of Montreal was third at 54.625.

Gymnastics (Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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