NSW gymnast Naazmi Johnston has become the 2010 Commonwealth Games All Around Rhythmic Gymnastics CHAMPION!
The competition was always expected to be between Naazmi and Chrystalleni Trikomiti of Cyprus, who finished just ahead of her in yesterdays team event.
Coincidently, both Naazmi and Chrystalleni were drawn in a way that saw them go apparatus for apparatus, starting with ribbon, than rope, hoop and ball.
After a drop in ribbon, although an otherwise solid performance, Naazmi scored a 24.600 and would start behind the Cypriote after the first apparatus. However, Naazmi than outscored Chrystalleni on her favoured rope apparatus with a 25.275 and took the lead by a slim 0.075.
Chrystalleni performed an outstanding hoop routine, which put the pressure on Naazmi to produce a similar display. And that is exactly what Naazmi delivered with an impressive 25.550. In remarkable circumstances, both gymnasts would go into the final routine (ball) as joint leaders with a combined score of 75.425.
After Chrystalleni performed first, Naazmi had the opportunity to take the the Gold medal with no doubt a great amount of pressure mounting. There were a few nerves in the early part of her routine, however Naazmi pushed on and scored well above the 23.600 needed to claim the all around rhythmic GOLD for Australia!!!
Naazmi finished with a score of 100.100, with Chrystalleni taking the silver on a score of 98.975.
Congratulations to Naazmi on a well deserved commonwealth gold medal! Naazmi continues to push the boundaries for rhythmic achievements within Australia and has already contributed so much for the sport within the country and of course NSW. A big congratulations to Naazmi's coach Dani LeRay who is no doubt equally deserving of the gold.
With two gold medals already in the bag, Naazmi still has all four apparatus finals to look forward to tomorrow, on the final night of competition. May the medal haul continue!