GODWIN MAKES FINALS BUT ONE POINT HEARTBREAK FOR THE TEAM
Gymnastics Australia’s Georgia Godwin has earned an Olympic quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and qualified for the All-Around final on a tough day for Australia at the World Championships where the Women’s Artistic team fell agonisingly short of qualifying for next year’s Games.
The WAG team finished 13th – just one position and a mere 1.076 points short of the 12th place required for automatic entry to the Games.
Godwin’s individual All-Around score of 53.331 was good enough for her to earn a spot in the Stuttgart final on Thursday.
Head Coach Mihai Brestyan was disappointed with the team’s result and reflected on the Stuttgart event.
“Obviously we are all very disappointed on missing out on earning a team place at the Olympics next year, especially by just one position,” Brestyan said.
“The main aim for all of the athletes, coaches and the rest of the support team was to finish in the top 12 and unfortunately we had a couple of mistakes and were not able to achieve that.
“There has been improvement from the last world championships, with the team finishing five points better than last year and only missing out by one place.
“It does not change the result but the big improvement in the score is at least something.”
The WAG Team of Godwin, Georgia-Rose Brown, Emma Nedov, Kate McDonald and Talia Folino competed in the first session of the two-day qualification process and then had to wait 36 hours to see if their score of 157.945 was good enough to claim the needed top 12 position.
Positively, the team’s performance was a five-point increase from the 2018 World Championships and Godwin was pleased to qualify for the Stuttgart All-Around final.
Opportunities still exist for Australia to qualify further individual Olympic quota positions at the through the World Cup series and the Oceania Continental Championships in April.
The focus in Stuttgart now turns to the Men’s Artistic team qualification on Monday where the goal is to claim an Olympic quota place in the Men’s Individual All Around.
Georgia Godwin’s WAG All-Around Final will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo from 1am AEDT Friday.