British Gymnastics Championships 2015

5 04 2015

Photos online from the British Gymnastics Championships 2015. Nikon D4S and Nikon 70-200 2.8 combination used for the majority of the photos. focusing quick and accurate with the D4. Some images below. The rest of the photos can be viewed at http://www.f2images.com

Daniel Purvis British Championships Individual  Apparatus and Masters Finals 29.3.15 British Championships Individual  Apparatus and Masters Finals 29.3.15

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English Gymnastics Championships 2012

6 03 2012

Covered this event for British Gymnastics at the weekend. It was held at the Europa Gymnastics Centre in London. Great venue 12 apparatus pieces working at the same time.

Photos online at http://bit.ly/Ar6CsP

Kristian Thomas and Jennifer Pinches English Champions 2012

Report from British Gymnastics below:

On the 2nd-4th March, the women’s and men’s artistic English Championships took place at the new Europa centre in Kent. One of the first major competitions in the artistic calendar, the championships saw many big names fighting for the various titles up for grabs.

Women

In the senior women’s category, Jennifer Pinches from the City of Liverpool took the title ahead of : Francis in silver and Niamh Rippin from Notts in bronze. Beth Tweddle MBE only competed on the bars but produced an almost flawless performance to score 15.9 and take the apparatus title.

In the junior competition Gabby Jupp from Sapphire comfortably took gold, with impressive scores on the vault, beam and floor. Charlie Fellowsfrom Sandbach took the silver with Katy Bramley from Notts in bronze.

Tyesha Mattis of East London took the espoir title with a huge score of 52.5, ahead of the younger of the Downie sisters, Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler from South Durham in the bronze.

Men

In the men’s senior competition, Kristian Thomas took the top spot with South Essex team mates Max Whitlock and Reiss Beckford in second and third respectively. Louis Smith took the pommel horse title with 15.400.

In the men’s Senior B category, Frank Baines was crowned the champion, with Brinn Bevan from South Essex taking the junior title and Donell Osbourne from Earls taking the boys.





Glasgow Grand Prix Gymnastics 2010

21 11 2010

Photos online at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk.

Hannah Whelan in action

Kuksenkov of Russia on High Bar

2010 Glasgow Grand Prix
Kelvin Hall – November 20th

The British gymnasts finished with a magnificent 5 medals at the Glasgow Grand Prix World Cup Event.

Hannah Whelan Silver on Beam, Jenni Pinches Bronze on Floor, Imogen Cairns Silver on Vault, Theo Seager Silver on Vault and Louis Smith Gold on Pommel.

Louis Smith fresh from his recent World Championship Silver medal once again produced the goods to take the Pommel Horse Gold medal scoring 15.550 ahead of great rival Kristian Berki in second -15.300.

Louis said: “I’m really pleased with my routine today and the Gold medal against a truly World class field in Glasgow, including the two former World Champions. This year I’ve achieved everything I set out to do and next year I will be unleashing a bit more difficulty and continue to progress towards my goals at London 2012.”

Theo Seager, the powerhouse of the Men’s Team took the Vault Silver behind Chile’s Gonzalez, Theo scored 15.875 on Vault and also made the Rings Final.

Imogen Cairns, Commonwealth Vault Champion and recent World Vault finalist took the Silver on “her” piece, with 13.875.

Hannah Whelan, 2010 British Champion took Australian Lauren Mitchell on in the Beam competition and came a very close second with 14.500 behind Lauren’s 14.675.

Jenni Pinches then took her first ever Grand Prix medal with the Bronze on Floor scoring 14.150.

Daniel Purvis failed to medal but produced solid routines in his 3 Finals, whilst debutant Ashley Watson competed in the High Bar Final.

Overall, Australian Lauren Mitchell was the star performer in the Women’s events, taking the Beam and Floor titles along with the Asymmetric Bars Bronze; Lauren said: “It’s been an amazing few months, not only for me but for the whole Australian Team. The Commonwealth Games was a great chance for us all to compete in a big event and get experience ahead of the World Championships, which were the big aim for the whole Team. To qualify for the next step of the Olympic Qualification was key so we were really happy with that and then of course for me to win the Floor title was just the icing on the cake – the day just went perfectly for me and I was amazed to get the title! Since the It’s been really hectic traveling to lots of events which have given me great experience. Here in Glasgow I’ve been really happy with my performance and winning the two title,s as the equipment wasn’t what I was used too so it show that I can adapt and work in a range of environments, which is important and shows I’m developing.”

The Men’s events were more evenly split with apparatus specialists battling it out on each separate piece.

Results-

Womens-
Vault
1  KURBATOVA Ekaterina RUS 13.912
2 CAIRNS Imogen GBR  13.875
3 PINTO ADASME Makarena CHI 13.762
Bars
1  WU Liufang CHN 14.750
2 LOPEZ Jessica VEN 13.800
3  MITCHELL Lauren AUS 13.725
Beam
1  MITCHELL Lauren AUS  14.675
2  WHELAN Hannah GBR 14.500
3 LOPEZ Jessica VEN 13.975
Floor
1 MITCHELL Lauren AUS 14.800
2  PIHAN-KULESZA Marta POL  14.250
3 PINCHES Jennifer GBR 14.150

Mens-
Vault
1 GONZALEZ SEPULVEDA CHI 15.937
2 SEAGER Theo GBR  15.875
3 WAMMES Jeffrey NED  15.775
Rings
1 BALANDIN Aleksandr RUS 15.825
1  LIAO Junlin CHN 15.825
3 PLUZHNIKOV Konstantin RUS 15.625
Pommel
1 SMITH Louis GBR 15.550
2 BERKI Krisztian HUN 15.300
3 BERTONCELJ Saso SLO 15.225
P.Bars
1 PETKOVSEC Mitja SLO 14.450
2 BERBECAR Daniel ROU 15.350
3 SABOT Hamilton FRA 15.325
Floor
1 SHATILOV Alexander ISR 15.375
2 GONZALEZ SEPULVEDA Enrique Tomas CHI  15.275
3 WAMMES Jeffrey NED  15.250
High Bar
1 MOZNIK Marijo CRO 15.225
2  KUKSENKOV Mykola UKR  15.150
2 WAMMES Jeffrey NED 15.150

Reports-

WOMENS VAULT
With Yurchenko 1 1/2 twist and Yurchenko half on piked front off Imogen vaulted to a Silver medal, 13.875. Jennifer Pinches scored 13.337 with the Gold medal won by Ekaterina Kurrbatova of Russia, certainly the most accurate vaulter with Yurchenko 1 1/2 and Yurchenko half on piked front half off, 13.912.

ASYMMETRIC BARS
Liufang Wu of China confirmed her qualifications dominance of the Bars with 6.1 difficulty and 14.75 to take Gold. Jessica Lopez, 13.8  and 13.725 for Lauren Mitchell of Australia were a league behind in difficulty and precision.

BEAM
Lauren Mitchell of Australia found herself in a real battle with Britain’s Hannah Whelan with just 0.175 sending the Gold “down-under”. A great result for Hannah establishing her as a competitor on the World stage.

WOMENS FLOOR
2 British gymnasts in such a quality final was a great inspiration for the audience. Jennifer Pinches held the Bronze medal with 14.15 as World champion Lauren Mitchell made a positive Gold performance. Hannah Whelan finished 5th.

MENS FLOOR
As World Floor Champion Eletherios Kosmidis of Greece bombed, out Alexander Shatilov of Israel won the days first Gold medal with 15.375. For Dan Purvis of Great Britain 14.925 for 5th, not as precise as he can be.

POMMELS
Head to head once again, World Champion Kristian Berki and Louis Smith. Extreme elegance versus extreme difficulty.
For Louis 100% improved form to convince the judges that his outrageous difficulty takes full credit. 15.55 was an awesome target that no other could match. Berki straddled his Wu and 15.3 scored for Silver. An interesting Bronze went to Saso Bertoncelj of Slovenia who just may be the heir apparent to Smith and Berki.

RINGS
Alexsander Balandin was the most convincing in shapes and holds, a pencil thin Maltese with 15.825. He was separated from Junlin Liao’s 15.825 by the complex countback rules using the E jury scores. Theo Seager, 13.7 for 8th; Rings is a very exclusive club.

MENS VAULT
Gold for Gonzales of Chile, he took a big risk with double piked Tsukahara and it was a good decision. For Theo Seager a hard won Silver with Roche and 2 1/2 twist for 15.75. Theo has the tenacity and single-mindedness to keep firing on all cylinders even when there is no petrol in the tank; born to succeed.

PARALLEL BARS
Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia knocked Dan Purvis off the podium with the last routine of this final. His clarity of technique and elegance were outstanding.

HIGH BAR
Gold to Manjo Moznik of Croatia, whilst the youngest of British stars Ashley Watson enjoyed his first Grand Prix Final.

World Cup winners-

As the final event of the 2010 Grand Prix series the World Cup winners for the year were also announced-

Men’s Floor – Eletherios Kosmidis (GRE)
Pommel – Krisztian Berki (HUN)
Rings – Alexandr Baldandin (RUS)
Men’s Vault – Jeffery Wammes (NED)
Parallel Bars – Mitja Petkovsek (SLO)
High Bar – Mariji Moznik (SLO)

Women’s Vault – Tijana Tkalcec (CRO)
Bars – Liufang Wu (CHN)
Beam – Liufang Wu (CHN)
Floor – Jessica Lopez (VEN)

From British Gymnastics

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Mustafina and Uchimura World Champions

23 10 2010

Men’s

China’s Kohei Uchimura dazzled the Rotterdam crowd to comfortably take the Men’s All Around World title scoring 92.331 a whole 2.283 points clear of the chasing pack.  Germanys Phillip Boy (90.048) took Silver, despite problems on his last piece, High Bar, meaning he had a nervy wait to secure a medal.  America’s Jonathon Horton (89.864) finished in Bronze, with Russian gymnast Maxim Devyatovskiy ruining his podium chances by falling twice on Pommels, his last piece of apparatus.

For Great Britain, once again two men in the top ten in the World, Dan Purvis (88.965) finished in a sensational 5th place with Sam Hunter (88.365) in 9th – Britain very firmly established in the World elite.

Women’s

Russian sensation Aliya Mustafina (61.032) took the Women’s World All Around title with a superb display of consistency proving too good for China’s Yuyan Jiang (59.998) in Silver and America’s Rebecca Bross (58.966) who dramatically fell from Beam, her third piece of apparatus.

Britain’s Hannah Whelan put up a great fight but tired towards the end finishing in 16th with teammate Nicole Hibbert improving two places on her qualification ranking to finish in 22nd.

MUSTAFINA Aliya

MUSTAFINA Aliya

MUSTAFINA Aliya

China’s Kohei Uchimura

China’s Kohei Uchimura





Media Day at British Gymnastics

21 09 2010

Photos now online at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk from the Media Day at Lilleshall NSC the home of British Gymnastics.

Becky Downie trains on beam

The British Womens Senior Team





More photos added UK School Games

21 09 2010

I have added more photos to the UK School Games Gallery. Some training and presentation shots.

Angel Romaeo of Wales

Gallery can be viewed at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





British Gymnastics Awards in Gaydon Warwick 13.6.10

14 06 2010

Been really busy these last few weeks and will post some news and photos soon from recent events.

I attended the British Gymnastics awards yesterday .They were held at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Lot of cars and trucks on display for guests to see once the awards were over. A couple of photos below from the event.

Members of the British Women’s Senior Team pictured after receiving awards for their medal success at the Europeans in Birmingham.

Nicole Hibbert receives her award from the President of British Gymnastics Paul Garber

All the photos can be viewed and purchased at  www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk