Artistic World Champs Results, Ryan Patterson qualifies for Rio Olympic Test Event

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45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, October 3 - 12, 2014 in Nanning/CHN

29 October 2015. Ryan Patterson has qualified to participate at the Rio Olympic Test Event, to be held 16 -24 April 2016 at the Rio Olympic Arena in Brazil. The 2015 FIG Artistic World Championships are currently underway in Glasgow Scotland, 23 October–01 November. This event has been qualifiers, and has seen Patterson score a total of 82.132 after competing all 6 apparatus, and finish in 73rd place out of 182 in the Men’s Artistic All-round Qualifications. Patterson has also attained a fantastic first place among Africa contenders at the Championships, with the second Africa contender that of Algerian gymnast Bourguieg Mohamed Abdeldjalil, who attained 83th place.

A student at Berkely University in California and coached in the United States by Jonathan Okada, this is a tremendous achievement for Ryan, who hails from Johannesburg. Ryan has displayed great potential from his junior days, having represented South Africa at the Junior Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

As per SAGF CEO, Tseko Mogotsi, “The Federation would like to congratulate Ryan on this fantastic achievement on qualifying for the Rio Test Event. We look forward to seeing him compete at the Test Event, where he has an opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games and become South Africa’s first Men’s Artistic Gymnast to compete at an Olympics since 1956”.

The Men’s Competition also saw Tiaan Grobler from South Africa compete, finishing in 162nd place.

 

SA Artistic Women

Also competing at the World Championships were South African Senior Artistic Women, Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins and Bianca Mann. The South African women’s competition did not go off as planned, with none of the 3 gymnasts able to qualify to compete at the Test Event. Scoring 49.632 and attaining 107th place of 192 participants, Claudia Cummins was the closest, attaining a spot of 3rd reserve for the Test Event. Claudia finished top of the South African female gymnasts and 2nd Africa participant to Algerian Boufadene Farah, who scored 51,965 and placed 70th. Bianca Mann scored 49.432 and placed 109th, with Kirsten Beckett scoring 49,132 and placing 117th.

Such is the nature of the sport, that all dreams of qualifying and participating at the Rio Olympic Games for Kirsten Beckett [top 50 finisher at the 2013 World Championships; 2014 Africa All-round Champion and 2015 Africa Games All-round Champion] did not come to fruition. It was always going to be a tough task for Kirsten, who underwent should injury last year and had to race against the clock to be ready in time for World Champs. At 19 years of age, she is still young enough to learn from this experience and focus on the next major events.

Competing in the Women’s Competition at the World Championships were South African Senior Artistic Women, Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins and Bianca Mann, all Gauteng based. The South African women’s competition did not go off as planned, with none of the 3 gymnasts able to qualify to compete at the Test Event. Scoring 49.632 and attaining 107th place of 192 participants, Claudia Cummins was the closest, attaining a spot of 3rd reserve for the Test Event. Claudia finished top of the South African female gymnasts and 2nd Africa participant to Algerian Boufadene Farah, who scored 51,965 and placed 70th. Bianca Mann scored 49.432 and placed 109th, with Kirsten Beckett scoring 49,132 and placing 117th.

Such is the nature of the sport, that all dreams of qualifying and participating at the Rio Olympic Games for Kirsten Beckett [top 50 finisher at the 2013 World Championships; 2014 Africa All-round Champion and 2015 Africa Games All-round Champion] did not come to fruition. It was always going to be a tough task for Kirsten, who underwent should injury last year and had to race against the clock to be ready in time for World Champs. At 19 years of age, she is still young enough to learn from this experience and focus on the next major events ahead.

Mogotsi further states: “We are proud of all our gymnasts. It has taken many years of hard work and dedication in the gym to get to this level of gymnastics. They all are role-models to our upcoming generation and we encourage coaches to continue in the quest to improve our standard of gymnastics”.

The gymnasts’ next big event will be the 2016 Africa Championships, scheduled to take place in Algeria in April/March.

See below attachments for full set of results.