The 2018 Gymnastics British Championships concluded in Liverpool today, with the senior women’s apparatus finals and men’s Masters finals.
A packed crowd cheered on the country’s top gymnasts as they looked to show their best performances and win the British titles across the different apparatus. Full scores can be found on our dedicated event page.
In the senior women’s apparatus finals, the titles were split with Swansea’s Holly Jones taking the top spot on the vault with 13.825 after performing two strong vaults to finish ahead of South Essex’s Amy Tinkler with 13.800. Amy today opted to water down her first vault to just the single twisting yurchenko as opposed to the double, to ensure a strong landing. In third was first year senior, Taeja James from the City of Birmingham who produced two clean vaults to score 13.650.
On the uneven bars, the newly crowned all-around champion, Kelly Simm from Dynamo, took her second gold medal with a well-executed routine for 13.850. Park Wrekin’s Charlie Fellows was hot on her heels with 13.700 for silver, with Clwb Cymru Caerdydd’s Emily Thomas completing the podium with 13.000.
It was a battle of nerves on beam to see who could stick it under pressure. In the end, it was Clwb Cymru Caerdydd’s Maisie Methuen who took the gold with a solid performance scoring 13.400. Just pipped to gold was Park Wrekin’s Alice Kinsella (13.350) who had an almost faultless routine but had to count a big stumble on her dismount landing. Kelly Simm then added another medal to her collection taking the bronze with 13.000.
On the women’s final apparatus, the floor, it was Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler’s time to shine. Amy took the title with an impressive 14.050 after once again successfully performing the ‘Moors’ (a double twisting, double straight somersault). Taeja James finished second with a fantastic performance for 13.700. Charlie Fellows then bagged herself another bronze with 13.150.
The men’s Masters includes the top eight scorers from the previous days competition across the under 16, under 18 and senior categories. The competition is a great chance for some of the junior gymnasts to challenge some of the more experienced veterans.
On the floor, it was Olympic champion Max Whitlock MBE from South Essex who comfortably took the title with a very strong performance to score 14.975. Teammate Jay Thompson secured silver with some impressive twisting and a score of 14.150 and Josh Cook (YMCA Barry) finished with bronze scoring 13.825.
Onto the pommel horse, it was once again Max Whitlock MBE who wowed the crowds scoring a world class 15.625 to take the title. Teammate Brinn Bevan continued his winning ways to take the silver with a 14.400 and Swansea’s Jack Davies took the bronze with 13.350.
The vault saw a champion in the form of 16 year old Jake Jarman, who bettered his more senior counterparts to take the title with 14.187 average. In second was City of Birmingham’s Hamish Carter with 13.650. Hamish will hope to use his success ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month where he will compete for Scotland. Dom Cunningham had to then settle for the bronze with 13.152 after having to count a fall during his first vault.
On the penultimate piece of apparatus, the parallel bars. Nile Wilson topped the group with a near faultless routine apart from a low landing on his double front dismount, scoring 14.972. Teammates Dan Purvis (14.450) and Frank Baines (14.400) followed in second and third respectively.
Nile then went on to bag himself the horizontal bar gold with multiple daring release and catches to score a strong 14.400. Hamish Carter earnt himself another silver medal with a clean routine for 13.675 followed by all-around champion Brinn Bevan with 13.675.
Full scores and news from the entire weekend can be found on our dedicated event page.