Ondine Achampong from Sapphire and Danny Crouch from South Essex have won the junior women’s and under 14 men’s all-around titles on day two of the 2019 Gymnastics British Championships.
In the junior women’s competition, after three rotations, there was nothing to split the top five gymnasts, but it was Ondine who came out on top, scoring 52.900 across the apparatus. Her score of 13.700 on beam, her final piece, was enough to ensure she became champion.
Annie Young from Norfolk Academy scored 52.450 all-around, showing her consistency across the pieces, before finishing with a 13.950 on uneven bars to climb up the leaderboard to take silver.
Winning bronze from Heathrow Gym Club was last year’s espoir champion, Alia Leat. Alia scored exactly the same as Annie with 52.450, thanks to a huge 14.000 on beam, but on the tie-break method of excluding the lowest individual apparatus score, she was awarded bronze.
The top eight gymnasts on each piece also qualified for apparatus finals which take place on Sunday morning.
Ondine said: “It feels great! It was a bit nerve-wracking going on to beam on the last rotation as I knew I had to perform well but luckily I managed to get a good score.
“I am looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully I will be able to compete at the European Youth Olympic Festival or the Junior World Championships.”
Danny competed in the first of two subdivisions and had an agonising wait through the second subdivision before his title was secured thanks to an all-around total of 74.050. By winning this year, Danny successfully defends the under 14 title he won last year.
Danny said: “I added a few more things in and even though it wasn’t the cleanest competition I have done I am still happy to come out first.
“I was nervous when the rest of the boys were on their last piece in the second subdivision - I couldn’t watch!”
Winning silver was Reuben Ward (73.800) from Manchester Academy, scoring well on pommel horse and with his two vaults in particular. Taking third was Alexander Niscoveanu, also from South Essex, scoring a 72.650 total across the six pieces.
The men’s competition doubled up as the apparatus finals, with Danny adding the floor title (13.750) to his all-around crown and Rueben’s scores on pommel (13.500) and vault (13.000) were enough to give him two gold medals. Alexander shared gold on rings with Michael Goddard from Leeds Gymnastics, with both scoring 12.350, and Michael picked up a second gold on parallel bars (12.800). Brodie Davis from Pipers Vale scored 11.550 to win the high bar title.
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