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Ryan gets SA team going at World Gymnastics Championships
- Updated: October 6, 2014
South Africa’s sole men’s competitor at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Ryan Patterson, has had a solid qualification round in Nanning, China, writes Mark Etheridge.
The United States based gymnast has Jonathan Okada, assistant coach at Berkeley University, California, to assist him at the World Championships.
He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘Ryan’s championships began with a bang. After a great warm-up session seemed poised and ready to get on with the competition. Starting on still rings Ryan performed a strong routine, capped with a stuck one and half twisting double tuck.
‘Moving on to vault Ryan was able to beautifully execute a Kasamatsu full twist and take only a small step on the landing. Then on parallel bars Ryan demonstrated poise and with only a minor error he completed his routine with class and professionalism.’
Horizontal bar is often a risky event, but Patterson again performed an excellent routine again capped off by a stuck dismount.
‘Floor exercise is another one of Ryan’s strengths and again he did not disappoint. Sticking every pass but the last one Ryan continued his streak of hit routines and scored extremely well.
‘His final event was pommel horse which is known for throwing competitors off their game but Ryan was unfazed by this and successfully stayed on the apparatus. With this routine he sealed one of the most successful performances he had seen in international competition and represented South Africa extremely well.’
Patterson scored a total of 81.373 for 72nd position in a competition that featured more than 300 gymnasts. His individual scores were 14.766 for floor,12.333 (pommel horse), 13.333 (rings), 14.400 (vault), 13.100 (parallel bars) and 13.441 (horizontal bar).
Monday sees the South African women starting with their competition. Taking part are Claudia Cummins, Bianca Mann, Angela Maguire and Tylah Lotter.
Podium training all went well with the only worry being Cummins who was suffering from a bout of bronchitis but will hopefully be good to go on Monday.