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Gymnastics Monday, 29 July, 2002, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
Lauren cleans up on the floor
Beth Tweddle put in a flawless performance
Beth Tweddle put in a flawless performance
Charlie Henderson

Sarah Lauren has won the final gold of the women's gymnastic meeting at the Commonwealth Games - the individual floor title.

The result means that each individual title was won by a different athlete.

Allana Slater, the only qualifier for all the finals, won the first on the vault but then had to settle for successive seconds.

First she was denied by England's Elizabeth Tweddle on the asymetric bars before all-around champion Kate Richardson took the honours on the beam by a mere 0.063 points.

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Vault

Allana Slater won the vault with effortless grace and precision in both her run up and execution.

The 18-year-old finished with a score of 9.268, taking the lead off her compatriot Alexandra Croak.

"I was very happy with my performance and it was great to win gold," she said.

The 1-2 finish went part of the way to making up for the Australian team's poor performance in Sunday's the all-around competition.

Canada's Vanessa Meloche won bronze.


Asymetric bars

Beth Tweddle stopped Allana Slater's attempt to win all four titles in a tremendous competition on the bars.

Slater came into the final having topped all the qualifying competitions and she looked set for gold having scored 9.537.

However, with the support of a partisan crowd behind her, Tweddle put in a flawless performance, finishing with 9.550.

"It's really great to have the crowd behind the English team here. They're a really big help," Tweddle said.

"I won silver yesterday and this has finished the competition off for me - all my dreams have come true."

Vanessa Meloche finished with her second bronze of the day.


Beam

The heavyweights were first out and it was Canada's Kate Richardson who won the opening dual with Allana Slater.

Slater set the standard with the opening performance on the beam.

But for the second successive event the Australian missed out on gold when Richardson followed her onto the beam and recorded a score of 9.200.

She had to wait for the rest of the field to follow, but only Australia's Jacqui Dunn came close to finish third with 8.912.

"Winning the beam was just as exciting as winning the all-around title," Richardson said.

"It was my goal coming into these championships to do well in the beam and I've achieved that."


Floor

Sarah Lauren, the pre-event favourite, lived up to her billing to take the final women's medal on offer in the gymnastics.

The win ensured that the Australian gymnastic team finished on top of the medal table after four days of action at the G-Mex Centre.

"This is amazing, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present," the 14-year-old said with an eye on the 31st July.

"I've trained consistently for the floor event for a long time now and it has paid off."

Becky Owen was knocked off the top step of the podium by Lauren's winning performance.

But the Englishwoman was assured of a silver medal when Kylie Stone, the last woman on the floor, came up short of her total.

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