The 2016 Rio Olympic Games Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Jury of Appeal, has upheld a protest lodged by GymSports NZ on behalf of it’s athlete,
Courtney McGregor. The protest concerned McGregor’s score on the vault apparatus, specifically her second vault.
After Courtney completed her second vault, the score for this vault, and then her average of the two vault scores was shown. Approximately 20 minutes later, the second vault score was amended which consequently brought the average score down.
“We protested on two key points of the competition rules.” said Tony Compier – GymSports NZ CEO. “Firstly, that neither the coach nor the athlete were afforded the opportunity to challenge the down-grading of the score before it was changed. Secondly, the competition rules state that once a score is ‘published’, i.e. shown in the arena, it cannot be changed at a later date.”
The result of the successful appeal is that McGregor is elevated from 16th to 13th position. As the youngest member of NZ’s Olympic Team in Rio, this further enhances her prospects of building on this result at the next Olympiad in Tokyo, 2020.
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About GymSports New Zealand
Based in Auckland, GymSports NZ is the national body responsible for the development, promotion, governance and leadership of gymsports throughout New Zealand. Gymsports encompasses both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, aerobics and trampoline. More at gymnasticsnz.com .