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SA men up against it at World Artistic Championships

South Africa’s trio of male gymnasts have wrapped up their competition at the World Artistic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, writes Mark Etheridge.

Siphesihle Biyase, Tiaan Grobler and Michael Makings represented the Rainbow Nation with the first two getting their first taste of World Championships.

A total of 79 gymnasts from around the globe took part in the All Around competition.

Of the South Africans it was Grobler, pictured here with team physiotherapist Adele Koolen, who fared best, placing 55th overall. Biyase was next best in 64th spot and Makings was 72nd. Their respective scores were 75.222, 74.199 and 70.716.

Summing up the men’s performance, SAFG’s Men’s Artistic Programme Manager Allan Chadwick said there were positives to take forward. “In the individual apparatus we had a best placing of 92nd which was slightly better than the team at 2011 World’s when we were in the 120’s on apparatus. Also we have two youngsters at their first World’s who managed very well considering their international experience.

“We also fared pretty well against some of the Commonwealth Games countries.”

That fact will no doubt be taken into consideration when Team South Africa is chosen for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.


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