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- Updated: October 3, 2013
None of the South African gymnasts qualified for the finals of the 2013 Artistic world championships, but most of them booked their places for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kirsten Beckett, pictured right during the championships, was the best of the local women and finished 43rd with 50.32, Claudia Cummins was in the 66th place with 45.799 and Nicole Szabo 72nd with 45.499.
ÔÇ£KIrsten was amazing and competed extremely well taking into consideration that it was her first world championships,ÔÇØ Adele Koolen, the team’s physiotherapist, said.
In order to qualify for Scotland, a gymnast need to be ranked fifth in the Commonwealth. As there is no Commonwealth ranking system and only two gymnasts per country can compete for medals, the scores of the gymnasts will have to be compared with the scores of other Commonwealth countries.
A quick glance at the qualifying results of Antwerp 2013, places all three South African women as well as Tiaan Grobler in line for selection to Team South Africa in 2014.
Rhythmic gymnast, Grace Legote, recently finished 55th at the Rhythmic World championships in the Ukraine ahead of all the Commonwealth competitors.
Hopefully the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) will be put a strong case for these gymnasts to be included in Team SA for Glasgow.