Courtney Tulloch on the World Cup route - British Gymnastics

Courtney Tulloch on the World Cup route

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This weekend, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham compete in Australia at the Melbourne World Cup, where individual apparatus qualification for the Olympic Games continues.

The event is the second FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup of the 2018-2019 series, and the world's best will be there.

Both Courtney and Dominick qualified for the finals (floor and vault for Dominick and rings for Courtney) earlier in the week.

We caught up with Courtney- who also competed in the opening World Cup event of the series in Germany back in November - to find out a bit more about his qualification route to Tokyo 2020.

Can you just explain a little about your planned route to the Tokyo Olympic Games?

“I’ll be doing all of the World Cup competitions. There are points on offer at each World Cup, so it’s about getting as many points as possible. To do that, it’s all about making a final on your apparatus, and finishing in the top eight. If you finish in the top eight you get points, and the more points you get, the more likely it is that you’ll qualify a spot for the Olympics in Tokyo.”

Is this a big change to the way qualifying has worked previously?

“This Olympic cycle there are only four gymnasts per team, and it’s most likely that everyone in the team will be an all-around gymnast, maybe with the exception of one. For me, the easier route is to do the World Cups. For me to do all six pieces isn’t likely, so going this route gives me the better chance to get to the Olympics.”

How much are you looking forward to the challenge?

“It’s new to a lot of people, so a lot of countries are trying to figure out what to do for the best. I sat down with my coach and the national coach, Paul Hall, and we have a strategy that will hopefully work out. The most important thing for us is to go to Tokyo and win as many medals as we can, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

How has your training been in the build up?

“My training has changed a little bit because of the difference in qualification. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing the English or the British Championships this year because I’ll be away competing in the World Cups, and I might also miss the World Championships.

“With doing the World Cup route, I’ll be solely focussing on that. I’ve got a clear focus in my head and I know exactly what I need to do, which I’m happy about.

“It’s going to be an exciting journey.”

You can follow all of the scores from the World Cup in Melbourne on their website

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