Five New Zealand gymnasts make Games finals

12:34, Jul 30 2014
Charlotte Sullivan
FINALS LEAP: Kiwi Charlotte Sullivan shows her form on the beam in qualifying for the all-around gymnastics final.

New Zealand will have three male and two female gymnasts competing in the individual all-around finals at the Commonwealth Games tomorrow.

David Bishop (11th), Kristofer Done (12th) and Misha Koudinov (17th) all made the top-24 cut for the all-around final, while Charlotte Sullivan (9th) and Brittany Robertson (13th) will feature in the women's final.

They were the best-placed Kiwis after the teams event and individual qualifying during the past two days, in which the New Zealand men's team finished sixth and the injury-ravaged women's team finished 12th.

The men's team event was won by England from Scotland and Canada, while England also won gold in the women's team event ahead of Australia and Wales.

After the all-around, there were two days of apparatus finals for the top-eight in each discipline.

They would feature just the three Kiwis - Bishop in the men's floor (he was also a reserve for the vault), Matthew Palmer in the men's rings, and Sullivan in the women's floor.

Palmer was the highest qualifier; he entered the rings final as the fifth qualifier and was just 0.2 points off third.

Sullivan, 16, leading the Kiwi team in the absence of vault specialist Courtney McGregor, the 15-year-old who suffered a knee injury two days before the Games, was the seventh qualifier in the women's floor, her specialist apparatus which she excelled in at top overseas competitions earlier this year.

New Zealand had pinned their medal hopes on rising star McGregor in the vault, but now Palmer and Sullivan, McGregor's Christchurch-team-mate, were the Kiwis' best chances of a first gymnastics medal since 1998.