Teen gymnasts make World Cup cut

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 10:57 27/03/2014

Christchurch gymnast Courtney McGregor, 15, flipping out during training.

Christchurch gymnast Courtney McGregor

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Christchurch's Courtney McGregor and Charlotte Sullivan have become the first New Zealand women to qualify for a gymnastics World Cup final. 

The 15-year-olds, competing in the senior ranks for the first time, last night both qualified to compete in discipline finals at the latest World Cup event in Qatar.

McGregor qualified for the vault final in second place and will compete in the medal round tonight.

With a value of 5.8, McGregor completed a Yurchenko double twist to score 8.750 on her first vault, then a handspring front salto half twist with a value of 4.8 to score 8.550 for her second.

Her 13.950 total was good enough for second - two places ahead of London Olympics medallist Larisa Iordache from Romania. Sullivan will compete in the floor final after scoring 13.2 to finish seventh.

McGregor is also the first reserve in the beam final, only narrowly missing out on the eighth and final spot. 

Both young women, who compete out of the Christchurch School of Gymnastics, are hopeful of being selected to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in July and August.

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