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Patterson books his place at Rio Test Event
- Updated: October 30, 2015
South African gymnast Ryan Patterson has qualified to participate at the Rio Olympic Test Event, to be held between 16 -24 April next year at the Rio Olympic Arena in Brazil.
The 2015 FIG Artistic World Championships are currently underway in Glasgow, Scotland and end on Sunday.
The event has served as qualifiers, and saw Patterson score a total of 82.132 after competing all six apparatus, and finish in 73rd place out of 182 in the Men’s Artistic All-round Qualifications.
Patterson has also attained a fantastic first place among the Africa contenders at the Championships, with the second Africa contender being Algeria’s Bourguieg Mohamed Abdeldjalil, who ended 83rd.
A student at Berkely University in California and coached in the United States by Jonathan Okada, this is a tremendous achievement for Patterson, who hails from Johannesburg. He’s a gymnast who has displayed great potential from his junior days, having represented South Africa at the Junior Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.
Said SAGF CEO, Tseko Mogotsi: ‘The Federation would like to congratulate Ryan on this fantastic achievement on qualifying for the Rio Test Event. We look forward to seeing him compete at the Test Event, where he has an opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games and become South Africa’s first men’s artistic gymnast to compete at an Olympics since 1956.’
The men’s competition also saw Tiaan Grobler from South Africa compete, and he finished in 162nd place.
The gymnasts’ next big event will be the 2016 Africa Championships, scheduled to take place in Algeria in April/March.