GB Women’s Team 5th at the World Championships Tokyo 2012

12 10 2011

Report from the British Gymnastics Media Team in Tokyo. This report is from  British Gymnastics

1/10 Tokyo: The British girls produced a superb, near faultless display in the women’s team final at the 2011 artistic gymnastics World Championships to finish in 5th place – the best team result ever.

Every girl contributed to the team scores with Beth Tweddle producing one of the routines of the championships to score 15.66 on bars. The team of Beth, Jenni Pinches, Danusia Francis, Rebecca Downie, Hannah Whelan and Imogen Cairns combined to score 169.670 and 5th place ahead of Germany, Japan and Australia. USA took the title well clear of Russia with China in Bronze.

 

The British girls began their event on the floor with clean performances all round by Imogen Cairns, Hannah Whelan and Beth Tweddle getting the team of to a great start. The form continued on vault with Imogen scoring a 14.133 to lead the team along.

With cheers all around the arena for the ongoing battle between USA and Russia, the British girls moved onto bars, Becky Downie following up her great qualification routine with another superb performance and 14.433. The attention of the arena then turned to Beth Tweddle and she didn’t disappoint a near perfect routine and the biggest cheer of the whole week for her 15.666.

The girls were looking good with just the nerve-wracking beam to go. Jenni Pinches up first, her only routine of the day and she nailed it, Danusia Francis then took the pressure for a beautiful routine leaving Hannah Whelan, the team’s most consistent all-around gymnast up last. Hannah completed the clean beam round for GBR to give the team 169.670 and 5th place.
Hannah Whelan can now look forward to Thursdays all-around final with Beth Tweddle set to compete in the floor final on Sunday.

Hannah Whelan: “It’s amazing, after reaching the top 8 in qualifying and getting the team to 2012 which was are number one aim, we knew we could just go out and enjoy the final and we definitely did that. Every girl did there bit for the team, even Laura Edwards the reserve cheering us on, so as a group we are really happy and proud. Looking ahead to the all-around it’s a similar situation as I can go out there with nothing to lose and have fun and see where that gets me so I’m really looking forward to it!”

Beth Tweddle: “It was an amazing competition, the team spirit was nice and calm. We had all the pressure in qualification and today we could enjoy it having done the hard work which we have spent the last 6 weeks putting in. The bars routine was really great, it was for myself in many ways as I wanted to prove a point in a way and it’s the best routine I’ve done since being here and I’m very happy to produce that for my coach Amanda. Looking to floor I’m really excited, I’m feeling good, and have no pressure so I can’t wait!”

Results
1 USA 179.411
2 RUS 175.329
3 CHN 172.820
4 ROU 172.412
5 GBR 169.670
6 GER 168.479
7 JPN 167.122
8 AUS 166.739

GBR scores
Floor – Cairns 13.700, Whelan 13.600, Tweddle 14.533
Vault – Francis 13.566, Whelan 13.966, Cairns 14.133
Bars – Whelan 13.466, Downie 14.433, Tweddle 15.666
Beam – Pinches 13.833, Francis 14.141, Whelan 14.633

GB Women's Squad pictured at Lilleshall





Rhythmic Individual Apparatus Championships 2011

11 10 2011

Covered the Rhythmic Individual Apparatus Championships 2011 for British Gymnastics on Sunday. The Championships were held in Bradford at the Richard Dunne Sports Centre.

Photo by Alan Edwards

Images from the Championships can be found at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





Nikon Lens 85 1.4 AFD Lens

8 10 2011

Had the opportunity to buy this lens recently at a price that was too good to miss. I owned the manual version of this lens some years ago and managed to leave it in a car park somewhere in Oxford. Looking forward to using this lens in the coming weeks.Autofocus isn’t as fast as the newer AFS lenses but as a low light portrait lens it is hard to beat. Will also be using this on manual focus for indoor sport in poorly lit sports halls.

Nikon 85 1.4 AFD Lens

Nikon 85 1.4 AFD Lens

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Mens British Championships 2011

27 09 2011

Photos from the Mens British Gymnastics Championships are now online at  www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

Daniel Keatings on Pommel





Aerobic Nationals 2011

27 09 2011

Covered the Aerobic Gymnastics National Championships for British Gymnastics on Sunday. The event was held at the Rivermeade Sports Centre Reading.
Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading.
From the BG website below:

Farrance and Carter claim senior aerobics titles
Bulmershe gymnasts Chloe Farrance and Jaime Carter are the 2011 British senior FIG Champions.

Action from the Aerobic Nationals 2011

Photos can be viewed and ordered at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





Rhythmic World Championships France

22 09 2011

Covering the World Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics in Montpellier this week.

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photos can be viewed and purchased online at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

For full reports please view the British Gymnastics website at http://www.british-gymnastics.org





UK School Games 2011

6 09 2011

Regini-Moran in action for England Alan Edwards

Joe Fraser Boys Winner Alan Edwards

 

Angel Romaeo Girls Winner Alan Edwards

Covered the UK School Games at Ice Sheffield for British Gymnastics last weekend. Lighting here was a challenge. Had to shoot at 2500 iso to 3200 iso with a shutter speed of 1/400s. Colour balance was also difficult to get right. The challenges of indoor sports photography! Looks like they might have two sets of lighting at the arena as I have had reports that the lighting is very good here.

Competition report below courtesy of British Gymnastics

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Day one – team and all-around

The Welsh girls matched the English boys by sweeping up all the medals in the all-around and team events. Angel Romaeo was the individual winner scoring 52.200, with Raer Theaker in Silver with 51.700, and Keira Brennan in Bronze with 50.150.
As a team Wales were neck and neck with England after two rotations but then took control to end up with a comfortable winning margin and a final total of 204.350, ahead of England (196.700) and Scotland (192.200).

The English boys dominated the team and all-around event. Joe Fraser led the way scoring 78.800 to take the individual honours with teammates Giarnni Regini-Moran in Silver (76.150) and Hamish Carter, Bronze (74.400).

In the team event England comfortably took the Gold with 307.450, ahead of Wales (286.500) and Scotland (285.250).

Day Two – Apparatus finals

Girls Vault
1. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 13.225
2. Raer Theaker (WAL) 13.125
3. Ellis O’Reilly (ENG) 13.125

Boys floor
1. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 13.650
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 13.200
3. Kelvin Cham (SCO) 12.950

Pommel
1. Rob Keys (SCO) 11.550
2. Charlie Howard (ENG) 11.100
3. Joe Fraser (ENG) 10.950

Uneven bars
1. Raer Theaker  (WAL) 13.050
2. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 12.900
3. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 12.650

Rings
1. Joe Fraser (ENG) 13.250
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 13.100
3. Saull Thomas (WAL) 12.000
3. Iwan Mepham (WAL) 12.000

Beam
1. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 13.750
2. Raer Theaker (WAL) 13.500
3. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 12.800

Boys vault
1. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 14.225
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 14.200
3. Iwan Mepham (WAL) 14.125

Parallel bars
1. Joe Fraser (ENG) 13.450
2. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 13.000
3. James Elliott (WAL) 12.800

Girls floor
1. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 13.300
2. Keira Brennan (WAL) 12.950
3.Amy Tinkler (ENG) 12.900

High bar
1. Jamie Carpenter ( SCO) 12.400
2. Hamish Carter (ENG) 12.350
3. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 12.15

Photos from the event can be viewed and ordered online at http://www.f2images.co.uk