European Gymnastics Championships Berlin 5.4.11 – 10.4.11

15 04 2011

Travelled to Berlin to cover these Championships for British Gymnastics. Enjoyed my week in Berlin and success again for Britain with Beth Tweddle capturing the Gold Medal on bars. Daniel Purvis took Bronze in the Mens All Around finals.

Beth Tweddle on Winners Podium

Daniel Purvis in action for GB

Hannah Whelan in action for GB

Marcel Nguyen in action for Germany

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English Gymnastics Championships 25.2.11.

1 03 2011

Originally uploaded by F2images

Covered the English Championships at Stoke this weekend. Three days of packed competition with the Men and Women competing at the same time. Fenton Manor in Stoke is not the best lit venue and I found myself shooting at 2500 asa f2 at 1/400s. Not great if your trying to freeze dynamic action. Used a Nikon D3 and the new Nikon 200 F2 Lens. Keep reading how much better the D3s is in low light and this situation would be ideal for this camera. For me the D3 is limited to 3200 asa. How much better is the D3s? If you have any experience using the D3 v D3s in this type of environment please let me know if its worth upgrading!
Back to the gymnastics .This is an early season tester for many of the gymnasts. Beth Tweddle produced a new bar and floor routine and finished first on bars. It was the British Womens Champion Hannah Whelan however who took top spot in the all round competition.
The mens competition was won by Kristian Thomas finishing aheahd of Matthew Firth from the City Of Leeds Gym Club.

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GB Gymnast Imogen Cairns and Coach Liz Kincaid at Lilleshall

29 01 2011

Had an opportunity last weekend to photograph GB international Gymnast Imogen Cairns and her coach Liz Kincaid during training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre the home of British Gymnastics.Imogen is pictured holding a host of medals which she won at last years Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The lighting at Lilleshall is not the best giving me the ideal opportunity to test out the new Nikon 200 f 2 VR 11. Shot at F2 with a shutter speed of 1/250s the photos are super sharp.Really pleased with this purchase.
British gymnasts are going from strength to strength and have a superb set up at Lilleshall.My coverage this year starts with the English Championships in February.
Further photos from this shoot can be found at www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

Imogen Cairns and Liz Kincaid

Imogen Cairns and Liz Kincaid





Archive images of GB Gymnasts now online

1 01 2011

New additions to the  Gymnastics library include archive photos of GB #Gymnasts #Lisa Mason and #Rhythmic gymnast #Debbie Southwick.  The gallery will largely contain images scanned from transparencies taken before the launch of the Nikon D1.It is a project I have been looking to do for a long time.I have about 10,000 images both in colour and B&W waiting to be scanned and archived. The earliest photos date back to 1984. The first of the photos can be viewed and purchased at the  following link http://bit.ly/f20DZA

GB Gymnast Lisa Mason

Alan Edwards  www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk    Official Photographer to British Gymnastics





Juniors join world-class Seniors in 2011 National Squad

15 12 2010
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bglogo2Men’s Artistic National Squad Selections 2011 – The majority of Britain’s Junior European Team Champion gymnasts, now make the move up to the Senior Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Squad announced for 2011. 

The selection sees gymnasts such as Junior European All Around Champion Sam Oldham (Huntingdon), Junior European Pommel and Floor Champion Max Whitlock (South Essex) and triple Commonwealth Silver medallist Reiss Beckford (South Essex) unite with World Pommel Silver medallist Louis Smith (Huntingdon), World Floor Bronze medallist Daniel Purvis (Southport), Commonwealth Games All-around Champion Luke Folwell (Huntingdon) and 2009 World All Around Silver medallist Daniel Keatings (Huntington) together in the British Senior Squad.

The depth of talent in the British Men’s programme is clear to see as Kristian Thomas (Earls), Sam Hunter (Unattached), Ruslan Panteleymonov(Hinckley), Yevgen Gryshchenko (Hinckley) and Theo Seager (Bury), all of whom have competed on the World stage for Britain, along with new Seniors Cameron Mackenzie, who was part of the Junior European Champion Team in 2010, and Ashley Watson who has recently returned from injury, make up the remainder of the Squad.

Olympic Performance Director Tim Jones said: “We now feel the time is right to promote some of our outstanding Juniors into the Senior ranks, but also start providing a comprehensive package of support to some of the young gymnasts who will form the backbone of our 2016 Olympic Team in Rio. This list of selections shows a remarkable depth of talent and is testimony to the progress that has been made in the Men’s Artistic Programme in recent years.”

Men’s Technical Director Eddie Van Hoof said: “What an exciting time to be involved in the Men’s Artistic programme. The commitment and depth of talent in the Squad, shown by the gymnasts and coaches at all levels, is a tribute to the level of high performance that has come to be expected. Gymnasts are now fighting for the right to gain international selection. This has extended down through the ranks to the new TOP Juniors (2016), who have the tough task of following the success of previous teams. I am positive that they will meet the challenge ‘head on’ and succeed.”

The Senior gymnasts will be looking ahead to a crucial year of competition in 2011 with the European Championship held in Berlin (GER) April 6 – 10, and then the World Championships in Tokyo (JPN) Oct. 08 – 16.

From British Gymnastics website





Luke and Cameron win in South Africa

6 12 2010

Luke and Cameron win in South Africa
The new Commonwealth Games All-around Champion Luke Folwell rounded up the most successful year in his career by winning the victories on Rings and P. Bars, Silver on High Bar and Bronze in the All-around and Pommels at The Bumbo Cup in Johannesburg (South Africa), Saturday, 4 December 2010.

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Luke Folwell in action at the Mens British Championships




Glasgow Grand Prix Gymnastics 2010

21 11 2010

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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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