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Joy for Beckett but injury woes for Cummins in Germany

South African gymnast Kirsten Beckett, has qualified for the vault finals at the Turnier der Meister 2014 Gymworld Challenge Cup in Cottbus, Germany, writes Wessel Oosthuizen.

Beckett qualified in sixth place with scores of 13,300 and 13,260 while team-mate Bianca Mann finished 25th with a score of 9,866.

There was, however, disappointment for the third member of the SA competitor, as Claudia Cummins, pictured here with Beckett, injured ligaments in her ankle during her warm-up for the competition.

According to reports from Germany, she will be out for four weeks, which rules her our for the African Gymnastics championships, sponsored by Algrodex, at the University of Pretoria later this month.

The South African men faced stiff competition with Michael Manniungs and Cameron MacKenzie both finishing in 22nd place on floor and rings respectively.

The qualifying competition continues on Friday and the finals are on Saturday.

After her competition, Beckett told Road to Rio’s Mark Etheridge: “Today I’m competing on beam and floor qualifying and I’m trying to make the finals for one of those as well.”

The vault is Beckett’s best discipline but as she says there’s always something to work on. “The plan didn’t go as well as I’d hoped but I’m glad I still made finals and this leaves room for improvement.”

Speaking about team-mate Cummins’ mishap she was surprisingly upbeat: “Yes, she injured herself in warm-up for the vault but I’m still positive she’ll be ready and healthy for African Championships.”


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