Fantastic 4th for Dom Cunningham in world vault final - British Gymnastics

Fantastic 4th for Dom Cunningham in world vault final

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Dom Cunningham finished a fantastic 4th in the vault final on the last day of the artistic gymnastics world championships in Doha. Dom scored 14.666 for his two superb vaults to finish agonisingly just .009 of the medal podium.

Competing in his first world championships he has proven that he will be a contender going forward as he has done all year, saying after: “Fourth in the world is a huge achievement and to be only 0.009 behind third is great. It would have been nice to come home with a bronze, I was up first and I had to watch the others and that was almost harder than competing. I'm putting myself on the map now. There were some big names in that vault final who have been around a long time and they're amazed when I tell them it's my first world championships.”

Dom had qualified for the final in 5th place and was first up in the final. He performed both his vaults with energy and style. His first vault was a double twist confidently performed for 14.533, and his second vault a high difficulty yurchenko triple twist that was well executed scoring 14.800 for a vault total score of 14.666. That left him just short of Shirai of Japan who scored 14.675 for bronze.

The championships close with Great Britain taking one medal – Max Whitlock winning pommel horse silver - whilst there were also notable results in the all-around events where James Hall placed 8th and Ellie Downie 11th with the men’s team taking 5th. Importantly both our men’s and women’s teams have easily qualified for next year’s World Championships from which there is the opportunity to qualify teams for Tokyo 2020.

You can watch all of the weeks finals on the BBC iPlayer here.

Full results from the championships are here.

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