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Leblond-Chartrand wins junior all-around title at Elite Canada meet
AYLMER, Que. - Coralie Leblond-Chartrand of Montreal was the surprise winner in the women's junior all-around competition at the Elite Canada gymnastics meet.
After finishing fifth at the 2008 Canadian championships in June, the 14-year-old climbed to the top of the heap on Saturday with a score of 53.30 points.
Madeline Gardiner of Cambridge, Ont., finished second with 51.90 points while Rochelle Hurt of Mississauga, Ont., was third at 51.40.
"I felt relaxed and a little bit stressed at the same time," said Leblond-Chartrand. "I came here with the goal of doing my best so I'm really happy with the result."
Leblond-Chartrand was the only gymnast in a field of 22 competitors to finish in the top three in all four events. She placed first on vault, second on beam and third on both floor and uneven bars.
"Her program is not as hard as some of the other gymnasts, so she was focusing on being perfect in her execution," said Leblond-Chartrand's coach, Katherine Dussault of the Gymnix Gymnastics Club in Montreal.
"We know how talented she is and how hard she works so we knew she could do well here.
Leblond-Chartrand competes again on Sunday in the event finals for the top-eight competitors on each of the four apparatus.
In the novice competition, Sabrina Gill of Oakville, Ont., placed first in the all-around, followed by Stephanie Merkle of Waterloo, Ont., in second and Kassondra Lepik of Oshawa, Ont., in third.
Individual titles were won by Gill in the beam competition, Anna Gamelo of Mississauga on uneven bars, Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., on floor, and Briannah Tsang of Coquitlam, B.C., on vault.
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