British first year junior Maisie Methuen from the Welsh Phoenix Gymnastics Club traveled to Yohokama, Japan to take part in the prestigious International Japan Junior competition. Held every two years, gymnasts from all over the world attend the event, and with the strongest nations all sending competitors, it is like a junior world championships.
Maisie is a 2001 born gymnast, and was in competition against gymnasts her own age, and those a year older, and soon to be senior. 2000 born Catherine Lyons was originally on the roster to compete, but is recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, and we hope to see her back soon. Better for Catherine to be fully fit for her first senior year next year, than to risk prolonging full recovery by competing now. The USA, Romania, and China all sent 2000 born gymnasts who will be fighting for Olympic team places next year, so it was no surprise to see them take five of the top six AA spots, and many apparatus medals. Only Russia’s Elena Eremina who is 2001 born managed to break into the top six on the day.
Maisie finished 10th AA with strong score on three pieces, but what looks like a fall on beam. Maisie scored 13.90 on beam just two weeks ago with not even a fully clean routine, taking this into consideration, she is a 14+ beam worker at her best which would have placed her in that top six. Not to be on the day, but huge potential given her age.
Click on the image for full AA results
Maisie also returned for the vault final where she placed 7th with 13.883 average upping her score of 13.80 from the AA. Maisie also scored what I think was her first 14.00 on this piece for her more difficult vault, so an excellent performance.
Congratulations to Maisie, it will be very interesting to see how she fares against Europe’s best next year at junior Europeans should she be selected. At the moment it is difficult to see how she couldn’t be.
For such a prestigious competition there is sadly very little information to be had. We are so spoiled with live feeds, people tweeting from events, instant video ect, that it is sometimes surprising when the information just isn’t there. Any video or more information will of course be posted.
For full apparatus final results click on the images.