Isabela Onyshko scores gymnastics “hat trick” at World Cup meet in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — High-flying Isabela Onyshko of Minnedosa, Man., completed a gymnastics “hat trick” at a World Cup meet on Sunday, winning her second and third medals of the competition to cap a golden weekend for the 16-year-old Olympic hopeful.

After winning her first gold medal in the uneven bars final on Saturday, Onyshko followed up with another victory Sunday on the balance beam and was also runner-up in the floor exercise.

“I knew I could do well but this came as a surprise,” said Onyshko, the only gymnast to win more than one medal in four event finals held over two days.

“I still have lots of work to do, but this really makes me more confident for sure.”

Onyshko said she was especially pleased with the way she executed a difficult manoeuver in her balance beam routine known as a front aerial-allusion half twist.

“It was the first time I really performed it in competition the way I’ve been doing it in training,” said Onyshko, a member of Canada’s 2014 Commonwealth Games and world championship teams.

In the beam final, Onyshko scored 14.075 points to clinch the gold, well ahead of runner-up Lorrane Oliveira Dos Santos of Brazil with 13.525 points.

In the floor final Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands won gold with a score of 14.125, followed by Onyshko who took the silver with 13.650 points.