12/10/14: The final day of the 2014 artistic gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China and Nile Wilson was GB’s star with a superb high bar performance to place in 4th in his first World Championships.
Competing just after Olympic and World champion Epke Zonderland, Nile completed a great routine with three moves that saw him release and re-catch the bar, his dismount was good to score him 14.766. Having pulled out to the all-around competition earlier in the week due to a persistent sore wrist, Nile was delighted to have been able to compete and put in such a performance saying: “It’s unbelievable. I just had to try and stay calm as the guys are competing some incredible routines; I was focussed and really happy to have come 4th. It was definitely the right decision to not do the all-around; the extra few days have helped me. This year has been brilliant, from success at the junior Europeans then the Commonwealth Games and now this. It all just makes me want to work even harder and keep pushing on to do even more in 2015.”
On the floor Commonwealth champion Claudia Fragapane had difficulty controlling the landing of her first tumble, her forward momentum meaning she fell however she composed herself well and completed her lively and energetic routine to score 13.100 and place 8th. In her first senior year Claudia was reflective afterward saying: “I think I almost tried too hard today and that cost me. Overall the championships have been amazing, to make three individual finals in my first year is great. The whole year has been incredible; I’ve learnt so much and kept on improving. I’m so happy to have achieved what I have.”
The Championship close with Max Whitlock having taken the World Championships all-around silver medal and the men’s and women’s teams placing in 4th and 6th positions and so comfortably making the next step on the Rio Olympic qualification process as they qualify to the 2015 World Championship in Glasgow next October.
You can recap all of the reports here.