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Cummins carries over her good form in Student Games final
- Updated: July 7, 2015
By Mark Etheridge.
South Africa’s Claudia Cummins continued her fine form to place 12th in the women’s individual All-Around final at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Monday.
The loose-limbed little Johannesburg gymnast racked up a score of 49.199 for South Africa’s best gymnastics finish at a World Student Games as Britain’s Kelly Simm won with 56.332.
‘I’m really loving being here and am just so glad to be back in gymnastics after my injuries,’ the 2014 Commonwealth Games competitor told Road to Rio 2016 shortly after her competition.
Even more impressive is that Cummins was able to be so competitive after battling with those injuries, a knee problem to be specific.
Commenting on her performance, Cummins said: ‘I had my most amazing bar, everything was perfect, it was just my dismount that was a bit low. The vault I aced with a 13.700 and if you think my start value is a 5 that’s not to bad.
‘I loved my floor and scored a 12.833 when everyone around me was falling and then the beam I unfortunately fell, so overall happy to finish 12th overall.
Cummins’ individual scores were: vault (13.700), Uneven bars (12.300), beam (10.366) and floor (13.700).
As for the knee injury: ‘The main one is the meniscus if the knee, it’s not bad enough to operate on but pretty ragged so I’m just so happy to be at these University Games.’
There’s also not much time for her to get much recovery. ‘I’m expected to get back into training for trials in September.’
Coach Ilse Roets Pelser, who is her coach and was also Team SA’s gymnastics coach at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year went to bed with a beaming smile!
‘I’m extremely please that Claudia has retained her top 12 position in the finals, even with some mistakes on beam. She has really matured and her gymnastics is beautiful to watch.
‘The African Games are not far away now and she’s on the right track to be a real asset to the team.
‘We’re going in as African champions so we want our best to return home with a few gold medals. Claudia will take two days off now and then it’s back to the grindstone.
‘Her injury started a few months ago but she’s a machine… she’s since competed in four competitions and is just getting batter.’
Meanwhile, the men’s football side ended their Group B campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Mexico at the Mokpo Football Centre.
A second half hat-trick from substitute Dennis Kaibe saw them home, the North West University striker netting in the 72nd, 81st and 92 minutes respectively for an early birthday celebration. He turns 25 on the 25th of this month.
While possession was pretty even, the South Africans only had half the goal chances as their opponents but Kaibe made three of those chances count.
The result means that SA end the pool stages on top of their grouping and now take on Brazil in quarter-final action.
In swimming action, Texas based Franko Jonker qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 200m breaststroke, the 22-year-old ending eighth fastest with a time of 2min 29.93sec while
And in the men’s 100m freestyle it was Pretoria University student Doug Erasmus who took second in heat seven of 10 heats with a time of 50.47. That time was 14th fastest of the morning.
And out at the Chungju International Rowing Centre it was Nicole van Wyk who narrowly missed the podium in the B Final of the women’s lightweight single skulls. The 20-year-old University of Pretoria student clocked 8:07.01 to end fourth as Iran’s Nazanin Malaei won in 8:00.69.
But there was a runners-up spot for James Brittain who came through strongly in the lightweight single skulls with a time of 7:22.08 behind Czech Republic’s Petr Cabla (7:19.46).
Kate Christowitz had a fifth spot finish in the women’s single skulls B final, her 7:59.88 five seconds off Latvian winner Madara Strautmane’s 7:54.86.