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Brave Bianca ends sixth in World Games tumbling final
- Updated: July 31, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
Bianca Zoonekynd held her head high to end sixth in the women’s tumbling final here on Tuesday night.
Going into the finals ranked fifth after the preliminary round, she opened her competition with a 29.200 score.
That saw her end seventh after one effort as China’s Fangfang Jia, just as she did in the preliminaries earlier in the day, ended the first round streets ahead with a score of 34.300.
Zoonekynd upped her game for the second round and a 30.800 saw her end with a neat total of 60,000 and secure sixth spot in the final.
Jia pulled out all the stops to bring the competition to and end when she tumbled her way to top score of the entire competition, a superb 36.700 to end with 71,000, exactly the same score she recorded in the prelims.
Port Elizabeth’s Zoonekynd lives to fight another day though. The only women’s gymnast doing both the trampoline and double min-trampoline, the latter is by far her favourite event and she’ll be looking to do the nation proud on Wednesday.
Zoonekynd was remarkably philosophical about her performance. “I know I could have done better… should have but I can’t change it now, got to focus on tomorrow.”
There was other South African interest in the final with Portugal’s Denise Pieters’ father hailing from South Africa.