Triple gold for Nile Wilson at Australian Youth Olympic Festival

Addingham's Sam French scored for Great Britain in both the final round-robin hockey match and the final, both against Australia

Addingham's Sam French scored for Great Britain in both the final round-robin hockey match and the final, both against Australia

First published in Sport Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

Pudsey gymnast Nile Wilson feels on top of the world.

He was part of the Great Britain team that defeated China by seven points to win gold in the men’s artistic team event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Wilson, Courtney Tulloch, Dominick Cunningham and James Hall notched a score of 250.050, ahead of China on 243.050 with Australia (231.550) in third at Sydney Olympic Sports Park.

Wilson said: "This is one of the best feelings in the world. To beat the Chinese team was better than anything we've ever done as a team.

"We've been training together since we were kids, so to win a gold medal together feels incredible."

The Chinese team finished with only three gymnasts after one got injured but it didn’t matter as the scoring system only includes the top three team members’ scores.

Team GB supporters cheered vigorously as the men triumphed during floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar routines.

Wilson won a parallel bar and high bar gold on Sunday, and also scooped an all-around bronze medal, with team-mate Dominick Cunningham taking an overall silver.

China’s Di Wu and Wilson drew for overall third on 84.600 points.

Wilson, meanwhile, produced impressive parallel-bar and high-bar routines, and also won bronze in both pommel and rings.

However, his floor routine (83.600) pushed his overall score down.

Meanwhile, Addingham’s Sam French was on target as Great Britain booked a date with Australia in the men’s hockey gold-medal match after a terrific 6-0 victory over the United States.

Great Britain surged to a 4-0 half-time lead with a clinical display.

Ross Gilham-Jones added another goal to his tournament tally when he opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and 20 minutes later French and Phil Roper joined the party with field goals of their own.

A 3-0 lead soon became 4-0 when Great Britain captain Andrew Bull smashed home a penalty corner in the 32nd minute and led his side into the sheds with a very handy buffer.

The USA began to put together some great patches of hockey in the second period but Great Britain’s defence continued to shine.

Roper netted his second field goal in the 47th minute to make it 5-0, and when Alan Forsyth’s 55th-minute penalty corner was successful, the writing was on the wall for USA.

Australia had already beaten Great Britain 6-4 in the round-robin stage.

The final against the Aussies was even more exciting, with Australia winning 5-4 by a golden goal after French had put Great Britain 4-3 ahead.

Britain had earlier recovered from 3-0 down to 3-3.

Leeds’ Suzy Petty scored the fifth and last goal the British women’s team in their 5-0 defeat of the USA, also on Saturday.

It was the British girls’ best display of the tournament so far and was a dress rehearsal for the bronze-medal match, which they won 2-1 in overtime.

Great Britain, who included Leeds’ Gordon Benson and Georgia Taylor-Brown, won bronze in the triathlon mixed team relay on Saturday.

Taylor-Brown then defied the scorching heat in west Sydney to win a bronze medal in the women’s event.

The Leeds girl was surrounded by four Australians - Jaz Hedgeland, Anna Coldham, Holly Grice and Jodie Duff - in the leading pack during the 750-metre swim.

Emerging from that leg, Taylor-Brown got away quickly on the bike, closely followed by team-mate Sophie Coldwell and Japan’s Sumire Ohara.

The Australians were near at hand and worked well together in the 20-kilometre bike leg to position themselves among the leaders going into the five-kilometre run.

Leading the run early, Hedgeland took advantage of her position and held it all the way to the finish, winning gold in a time of 59min 22sec.

Finishing close behind in second was Japan’s Ohara in 59:33, and Taylor-Brown was third, clocking 59:37.

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