Sullivan concludes disappointing NZ campaign

NATHAN BURDON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 06:27 02/08/2014
Charlotte Sullivan
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ

SEVENTH PLACING: New Zealand's Charlotte Sullivan competes in the women's floor final.

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Charlotte Sullivan was left hanging for what felt like an eternity before finding out her fate in the women's floor routine at the Commonwealth Games.

The Christchurch 16-year-old eventually placed seventh despite a clinical routine that looked like it was going to have her finishing much higher up in the eight-person final.

While New Zealand have been celebrating David Bishop's bronze in the floor - this country's first medal at the Games since now-coach David Phillips in 1998 - the female gymnasts have had to cope with one bad piece of luck after another.

Anna Tempero was only able to take a limited part in the New Zealand campaign after suffering an infection above her knee, while Mackenzie Slee was also struggling with ligament damage to a foot.

The biggest blow was the loss of New Zealand's leading gymnast Courtney McGregor on the eve of the competition after suffering soft tissue and ligament damage to a knee, with the baton passing to floor specialist Sullivan.

''We've had a couple of injuries, but you've just got to forget about that because I think they would want me to keep going and try my best.''

She certainly did that, getting plenty of support from a vocal crowd at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre's Hydro building.

''I was very happy, I thought I did well,'' she said.

''I got higher marks on the first day, I think they were just judging a bit hard today, I was kind of expecting it.''

Sullivan went in with a routine with a lower degree of difficulty than most of her rivals, but she was pleased with her execution.

She also had to fight her nerves after being the last gymnast called onto the mat.

''They were quite bad because I was last up but I kept myself calm and focussed on what I was doing, so I thought I did ok.''

The floor was won by England's Claudia Fragapane, the 16-year-old claiming her fourth gold medal of the Glasgow Games.

After the Games it's back to training for the Christchurch-based New Zealand women's team, with the world artistic gymnastics championships in China from October 3-13 the next major event on the calendar.

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