The third and final day of the 2018 English Championships saw the juniors close the event out in style.
As I’ve explained in the previous posts there was no feed, so results only for the moment.
Amelie Morgan took the AA title. The favourite going in, and she did enough. I say enough, as Amelie didn’t score as highly as we have seen from her on bars and floor. She maybe had a couple of errors on the day, maybe wasn’t maxed out difficulty wise keeping her from scoring at the top end of her range, but what I take from this is that the gymnast I expect to lead the junior team through 2018 was still at the top of the list when not scoring to her full potential, and that is a champion, so very well done Amelie, and congratulations on your title.
Amelie also took the vault title, bronze on bars, silver on beam, and bronze on floor. A measure of the level of her gymnastics that even not scoring at her maximum she still takes home medals on all apparatus.
I very much look forward to seeing her at the British with her her beautiful gymnastics, as I’m sure you all do.
In December 2017 Ondine Achampong returned to national level competition after eighteen months out with injury. She captivated those that saw her routines from Espoirs, taking the AA title, as well as gold on beam and floor, as well as silver on bars. Stepping up to the junior ranks, Ondine has made a great start to her junior career here, taking silver in the AA.
Ondine also repeated her success from British Espoirs individually, by taking both the beam and floor titles here, as well as silver on bars. Quite the haul for her first junior outing.
The British is next, and if she carries on like this a junior European spot will surely follow. Congratulations Ondine.
Phoebe Jakubczyk took the bronze AA, she vaulted well, looks to have hit her bars and floor well, but seems from her scores compared to her potential scores to have had an issue on beam which again means her AA score can go up. Phoebe took silver on vault, and again on floor, but also goes home an English Champion having taken the bars title. Phoebe has made such enormous strides over the last year, her improvement and momentum have been so impressive as she’s climbed to the top of the junior ranks. Another that I suspect we shall see in Glasgow at Junior Europeans, congratulations Phoebe.
Great to see Hallie Copperwheat in 4th, Hallie is a lovely gymnast who I haven’t seen compete for nearly a year, so I really look forward to seeing her in a few weeks at the British, to see her routines. Annie Young placed 5th, a great result for her first junior competition, especially as she clearly had an error on floor here. Annie just missed out on the medals with fourth on vault, bars, and beam. Gabriella Connolly rounded off the top six, and again a great result for her coming into the junior ranks, made even better by claiming bronze on vault. Congratulations to all three girls.
Outside the top six but only just, in 7th. Congratulations too go to Chloe Storey who took held her nerve to take bronze on beam.