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CLAY Zachary
Canada
CAN
Title
Mr
Lastname
CLAY
Firstname
Zachary
Gender
male
Country
Canada
Place of birth
Langley CAN
Year of birth
1995 (27 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Athlete
Spoken languages
English
Club
Twisters Gymnastics Club [Abbotsford, BC, CAN]
Coach
Richard Ikeda [club], CAN; Ken Ikeda [club], CAN
International senior debut
2012 for Canada (theprogress.com, 05 Apr 2012)
Injuries
He tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his right knee and broke the tibia bone in his right leg in November 2015 while competing at the Arthur Gander Memorial meet in Switzerland. He underwent surgery in January 2016, which ruled him out of contention for selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to competition at the 2017 national championships where he claimed his first all-around senior title. (theprogress.com, 31 May 2017; intlgymnast.com, 07 Jul 2017; cbc.ca, 28 May 2017)
Start sporting career
He began the sport at age four at the Flip City Gymnastics Centre in Langley, BC, Canada. (theprogress.com, 05 Apr 2012)
Reason for taking up the sport
His pre-school teacher was impressed by his ability to do cartwheels, so she recommended that his parents get him involved in gymnastics. "I do it because I like it, and I've always liked it. It's hard work and some days are tougher than others. After a two-day competition, my hands are sore and my shoulders, legs and back are just destroyed. But I've been to so many places and met so many people through gymnastics. I wouldn't want to do anything else."
(theprogress.com, 05 Apr 2012)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, People's Republic of China, and winning his first all-around senior national title in 2017 after returning from injury. (gymcan.org, 19 Mar 2016; cbc.ca, 28 May 2017)
Philosophy / Motto
"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory." (gymcan.org, 19 Mar 2017)
Awards
He was named 2019 Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year by Gymnastics British Columbia in Canada. (Twisters Gymnastics Club Facebook page, 28 Nov 2019)
Additional information
General
RETURN FROM INJURY
He was afraid that his November 2015 injury may have ended his gymnastics career. "For a while I wasn't sure if I'd walk without a limp, much less compete again. Through a family member I was lined up with the top surgeon in British Columbia as well as a very phenomenal physiotherapist. Between the two of them I was able to fully recover." (theprogress.com, 31 May 2017; intlgymnast.com, 07 Jul 2017; cbc.ca, 28 May 2017)

Last update : 2021-10-06

World Championships

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
13.933
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
13.633

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
164
Score Qualif.
51.299 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
94
Score Qualif.
11.366
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
91
Score Qualif.
13.000
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
64
Score Qualif.
13.700
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
48
Score Qualif.
13.233
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
237.828

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
21
Score Final
79.899 
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
78.632 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
79
Score Qualif.
12.500
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
41
Score Qualif.
13.066
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
46
Score Qualif.
13.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
13.200
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
12.866

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
69
Score Qualif.
81.432 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
136
Score Qualif.
13.900
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
63
Score Qualif.
13.933
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
182
Score Qualif.
13.133
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
124
Score Qualif.
13.766
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
139
Score Qualif.
12.900
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
340.568
Continental Championships

2018 - 2018 Senior Pan American Championships LIMA (PER)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
80.167 
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
80.167 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
25
Score Final
13.200
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
13.200
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
19
Score Final
12.500
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
12.500
Still Rings
Rank Final
10
Score Final
13.800
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.800
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
14
Score Final
13.467
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
13.467
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
14
Score Final
13.100
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
13.100

2017 - Campeonato Panamericano 2017 LIMA (PER)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
11.950
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.067
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
12.950
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
12.667
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.750
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
6
Score Final
11.800
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.650
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
10.900
World / Challenge Cup

2021 - FIG World Challenge Cup MERSIN (TUR)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
10.750
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.550

2021 - FIG World Challenge Cup KOPER (SLO)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.200
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.950
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
12.800

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup GUIMARAES (POR)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
5
Score Final
13.150
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.400
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
12.600
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
12.150
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
11.350