Claire Wright of Great Britain reached 2nd reserve position for the Olympic final.This brings to an end one of the most successful gymnastic careers in British Gymnastics history. After 22 years in the sport, 8 British titles and a World Cup Title in 2005, Claire Wright is retiring.
Beijing Olympic Games
Claire Wright of Great Britain reached 2nd reserve position for the Olympic final after a qualifying tournament that saw the favourite, China’s Huang Shanshan, bomb out when she lost control.
The second Chinese trampolinist, He Wenna topped the rankings with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion, Irina Karavaeva 8 tenths behind. The defending Athens Olympic Champion qualified in 7th place.
Claire Wright finished her first routine in 6th place. During her voluntary routine she struggled to find rotation on her 7th jump and had to fight hard to complete the exercise to plan.
“I am disappointed” she said afterwards. “ Without that problem I would have made the final. I am happy to be here at the Games and happy I made both routines. Just wish I could do that 2nd routine again”
Claire was clearly disappointed but comfortable with where she was in life. This brings to an end one of the most successful gymnastic careers in British Gymnastics. After 22 years in the sport, 8 British titles and a World Cup Title in 2005, Claire Wright is retiring.
“Its going to be home and then holiday in Florida” said Claire, “but then I would like to stay on the trampoline maybe in Cirque Soleil.”
Asked what trampoline had given to her she replied, “A great time, I have loved every minute of training and competing. I have seen the world several times around and met some wonderful people. I have friends for life all over the world.”
What message for the younger trampolinists? "Work hard and enjoy it!"
Claire added, “I really want to thank mum and dad for their inspiration and support and OLGA club. My thanks to Nigel Rendall my coach and to Marcia my physiotherapist. A special thanks to Claire Pier who has been my Pilates teacher. Without Pilates I would not be on a trampoline”.
The Chinese Men have an immense advantage, immaculate style and perfect mechanics. Lu Chuniong (opened with 3 mighty Triffs) and Dong Dong lead the qualifications. Dimitriy Ushakov, RUS, may be the only realistic challenge to China.
Yuriy Nikitin, UKR, the defending Olympic Champion, qualified in 4th place.
Tetsuya Sotomura made it a first ever trampoline final for Japan.