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Boyd’s superb performance draws praise

High-quality display: Boyd had several personal bests in Orlando

Bermuda’s gymnasts continue to impress in the Sunshine State at the United States and International Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs World Tournament in Orlando.

Mya Furbert-Jacob, 12, competing in the bronze division, won a gold medal in the beam and bronze in the floor to add to the gold and silver she won in the free ex and Hoop routine in the rhythmic competition.

Also enjoying medal glory, Bailey Boyd placed first in each of her three events, the vault, beam and floor, to claim the overall title in the bronze level.

Adriana Forde, the Bermuda Gymnastics Association head coach, heaped praise on 11-year-old Boyd for her superb showing.

“Her scores were perfect reflections of high-quality performances with her highest and personal best score being on floor with an astounding 9.625,” she said.

“On the beam she had an amazing 9.525 and another personal record on vault with a 9.225. Congratulations to Bailey for all her hard work paying off.”

Annabelle Miller also performed well in her finals, finishing sixth in the floor with a 9.400 in the bronze division, while Sanaa Burgess, 11, earned a silver medal in the vault with a 9.275 and finished with an all-around score of 36.75.

Daria Symonds and Kayo George both had top-ten finishes in the vault finals before placing one and two on the podium in the floor final, with George claiming silver and Symonds earning gold.

Symonds also won the floor in her category to bring her medal count to four golds across her artistic and rhythmic competitions.

Jezhari Talbot, 12, was scheduled to compete in the silver-level beam and floor finals last night, having finished ninth in the all-around out of 42 competitors.

In the bronze division Bethany Cooze and Ella Tear, who are both ten, achieved encouraging results. Cooze placed ninth on the beam and floor, with Tear coming seventh on the vault. Both gymnasts qualified for their event finals.

Sanaa Burgess, 11, enjoyed a pleasing performance in the qualification and all-around competition, with a 9.450 on the floor to leave her in second going to last night’s finals.

She continued to impress in the vault with a score of 8.750 to put her in fourth, and despite a small error on the bars, a score of 8.425 allowed her swing into fifth.

Burgess qualified for all four of her events’ finals, coming fifth out of 31 competitors in her age group and seventh out of 62 athletes in her division.

Also in the bronze level, Laura Hupman, 11, finished 20th out of 31 gymnasts overall, placing fifteenth in the uneven bars and sixteenth on the beam.