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Cummins gives SA reason to cheer at World Student Games

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By Mark Etheridge

Artistic gymnast Claudia Cummins put some spring into the step of the South African team at the World Student Games in Gwangju, Korea on Sunday.
Pictured above, the Johannesburg-based ace, the only gymnast in the South African squad, ended 12th in the individual qualification round to reach Monday’s finals.
Watched by Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre (JGC) coach Lynette Lindeque, her combined score was 51.000.
This is South Africa’s best gymnastics result at the World Student Games to date.
Her individual scores were 13.85 for the vault, 11.650 for the uneven bars, 12.600 for the parallel bars and 12.900 for the floor.
Said Ilse Roets Pelser, her coach back home, and also Team South Africa’s gymnastics coach at last year’s Commonwealth Games: ‘She had a clean competition, I’m so very chuffed.
‘I saw her routines and she really nailed her vault for her best score of 13.85. Her performances on the other three apps were all solid and clean and she has really improved from last year’s Commonwealth Games.
‘She’s really an inspiration to the entire South Africa and this competition is an excellent preparation for the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo later this year.’
The top 18 qualified for finals which will follow the same format on Monday afternoon. Roets Pelser said she had spoken to Cummins on Monday morning: ‘Her goal is just to take it one apparatus at a time with the goal of another clean competition.
The only other South African gymnast to have reached the finals at World Student Games was Ursula Botha who ended 18th in Bangkok, Thailand back in 2007.
In the pool just two SA swimmers went through to the evening session in the second day of competition.
Frank Jonker touched the wall in 1min 09.03sec in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke semi-finals, which gave her 11th spot overall while Tara-Lynn Nicholas tied for 14th. Both failed to reach the final.
In the shooting competition, Martin Davis tied for 16th place in the men’s trap. A field of 41 shooters took part and the South African marksman hit an impressive 112 of 125 targets over the two days of competition.
Rowing saw Leo Davis and Jake Green end second in the semi-final of the men’s coxless pairs as they clocked 6min 47.47sec, a second behind Hungary. They later went on to place fifth in the A final in a time of 6:42.89 as Hungary won in 6:34.94.
In the women’s lightweight single skulls Nicole van Wyk’s 8:04.65 saw her ending fourth, not good enough to make the final but securing a place in the B final.
Then in the men’s coxless fours B Final South Africa’s quartet of Nicholas Greeff, Tristan Wentworth, Murray Roodt and Bradley Betts ended third in their semi-final, with a time of 6:19.27 as Poland won in 6:15.29.


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