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Gymnastics Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Jackson doubles up
Kanukai Jackson on the rings
Jackson performed brilliantly on the rings scoring 9.500

Kanukai Jackson has won his second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games with victory in the men's individual all-around final.

The Englishman was inspirational in Friday's team final and was again on song at Manchester's G-Mex Centre.

He scored consistently throughout, and his first rotation, on the floor, was the only time he failed to record a score of nine or more.

"I got off to a shaky start but managed to pull it together after that - I'm over the moon," Jackson said.

"It was really hard to concentrate with all the noise, but the crowd was brilliant. I just tried to keep myself focused."

Jackson, who qualified in first for the final, effectively won the title following an Alexander Jeltkov error in the fifth rotation.

Top individual apparatus scores
Floor:
Jeltkov - 9.300
Pommel horse:
Rizzo - 9.300
Rings:
Jackson - 9.500
Vault:
Jackson - 9.600
Parallel bars:
Jackson - 9.200
Jeltkov - 9.200
High bar:
Rizzo - 9.500
The competition was building to a tense finish between the two when the Canadian missed with the placement of his hand on the pommel horse.

The mistake cost him the gold medal position he had held from the start and Jackson was never going to let his advantage slip.

However, the delighted partisan crowd still enjoyed a dramatic finale in the scramble for minor medals

Australia's Philippe Rizzo finished strongly with a score of 9.500 on the high bar to hold off Malaysia's Shu Wai Ng and assure himself of at least a bronze.

Jeltkov rounded off the competition on the rings, but a loose programme saw him slip a further place down the rankings, handing Rizzo second spot.

"It's very hard to beat the English in England but full credit to Kanukai Jackson for winning," Rizzo said.

"I thought I was going to finish third but managed to get silver and I was very happy with my last round performance," the world high bar silver medallist added.

In contrats Jeltkov was a forlorn figure as the trio of medallists paid their appreciation to the crowd with a lap of honour before the medal ceremony.

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