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Beckett buoyant after making two World Cup finals

Kirsten Becket has wrapped up her World Cup campaign with a credible fifth and eighth spot in Cottbus, Germany, writes Mark Etheridge.

Gauteng’s Beckett, 18, was competing as part of a South African team at the 38th Turnier Der Meister competition.

She was the only SA gymnast to make the final of her event and made the final in both the vault and floor discipline.

Her vault final saw her end sixth on Saturday and then she took eighth in the floor final the following day.

“Floor finals didn’t go as well as I wanted it to but these things happen and I can only learn from the mistakes I’ve made,” she told Road to Rio 2016 ahead of her return to South Africa on Monday.

“Nevertheless I had an amazing experience and enjoyed my time here and learnt a lot! I can’t wait to be home though…. and start training for African champs.”
African Championships are in Tshwane next month.

“We have a national training camp before African championships but no other competitions as such.. I don’t think I did too bad for the first competition of the year though, making two out of three apparatus finals.”

Beckett, a former Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist, will have put herself firmly in contention for selection to Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.

Teammate and fellow Commonwealth hopeful, Claudia Cummins, will be in a race against time now after injuring herself in competition warm-up in Germany on Thursday.

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