Samantha Palmer wins Poland World Cup Event (2007) - British Gymnastics

Samantha Palmer wins Poland World Cup Event (2007)

Great Britain’s star tumbler, Samantha Palmer didn't disappoint as she took the Gold at the World Cup event in Zielona Gora, Poland.

In the absence of the Russian tumblers, the path was wide open for the British tumblers, led by 2006 World Cup Final winner and 2006 European Champion Samantha Palmer (Lynx Aylesbury Gymnastics Club), who had dominated the preliminaries.

sam-palmer_w2.jpgIn the final, Samantha Palmer did not disappoint and did not have to force her talent too much to prevail. Palmer, who has been bothered by injury earlier this season, obtained a score of 67.80 pts in the final, finishing with a more than 2.00 pt margin over her rivals. Palmer made the difference with her first pass that obtained 34.70 pts with a 7.90 pt tariff, the most difficult pass of the final.

This World Cup gold medal was the first for Palmer this year, as she had won the silver medals in Quebec City and Ostend, and the bronze medal in Sofia. This gold medal was the 4th World Cup gold medal for Palmer after her victories in 2006 in Krasnodar, Salzgitter, and the Birmingham World Cup Final.

National Coach Craig Lowther was extremely pleased with the results of the World Cup:
“Samantha Palmer, Sarah Turner and Zoë McLean all had a great competitions and set out the Great Britain cause by taking the 1st 2nd 3rd spots in the prelims.
Then in the finals only Samantha and Sarah competed as only 2 gymnasts from each nation were allowed to compete, Sarah and Samantha both competed very well to take the 1st & 2nd spots. Sarah has now established herself as a real threat for the World Championships and Samantha will be up their fighting for the medals. If Zoë McLean had taken part in the finals I am sure that G.B would have had all 3 spots on the podium! And with Laura Housan coming back from injury things look good for Great Britain.
In the Men’s Competition both Mike Barnes and Charlie Burrows competed with great style and good difficulty to make it into the finals. In the finals both Mike and Charlie upped their difficulty to try and push into the medals but they just missed out coming in 4th & 5th.
Again with the World Championships coming these young tumblers have shown that they are more than capable of standing alongside the big guns of men’s tumbling.
At the same event was an International Age Group competition where Great Britain competed as club teams on a united front. This was a good test for the World Group Championships in November and we had outstanding results across all the men’s and women’s age groups.”