49th Artistic World Championships

On Friday 4th October, the Women’s Gymnasts took to the floor in Stuttgart, Germany for the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

Emma Nedov (SGAC) continued to shine on her speciality apparatus, Balance Beam, where she ranked the highest Australian female on any individual apparatus. Placing 18th with a score of 13.100, Emma has repeatedly excelled on this apparatus internationally over the course of 2019.

Emma was a part of the Australian team, who set out to place in the top 12 to qualify a team position for the 2020 Olympic Games. Under enormous pressure, the team finished 13th, just one position short of the automatic entry to the games.

“Overall as a team we had a successful competition. I personally made a mistake on floor that cost me in the AA, but other than that I had a successful competition and did my part for the team.”, Emma told Gymnastics NSW after the event.

A mere 1.076 behind Spain, was an agonising result for the team, who have worked hard in the lead up to the event but unfortunately had a couple of mistakes on the competition floor during the qualification round.

However, during the heartbreak, it is important to note the huge 5 point improvement the team has made, compared to last year’s World Championships. 

Opportunities to qualify for the Olympic Games as individuals through the World Cup series and Oceania Continental Championships in April will now become the focus for team Australia.

“As we unfortunately missed out on team qualification, I’ll continue on to the World Cup series in the hopes of qualifying myself on beam. There’s a World Cup in November at Cottbus so that’s my next goal.”, Emma reflects.

Gymnastics NSW would like to congratulate Georgia Godwin (QLD) who earned an Olympic quota place after qualifying for the All Around final at the competition. Georgia finished in 19th position in the All Around final. You can watch the All Around final on Kayo Sports > 

A huge congratulations to the Australian team and we wish you the best of luck in your recovery and training for 2020. 

Watch the interview with Emma after the competition >>>