Cottbus World Cup Wrap Up
On the 21st – 24th November, our artistic gymnasts took to the floor for the final international competition of the year, the FIG Cottbus World Cup. Part of the 2019-2020 World Cup Series, this competition acted as another opportunity to gain individual apparatus Olympic qualification ranking points.
Emma Nedov (Sydney Gymnastics Centre) wrapped up a successful year with another consistent performance on the balance beam. Emma improved on her qualification score to finish 4th in the final with a score of 13.366.
“Zhen and I knuckled down after World Champs and focused mostly on my execution. With only a small amount of time between competitions there’s not a lot of time for new skills so it was all about refining the skills I have and making the routine flow to get the best score possible and feel confident under pressure.” Emma told Gymnastics NSW after the event.
With only 2 more World Cups to come at the beginning of 2020, Emma is finishing the year holding onto her #1 ranking on this apparatus.
“I’m looking for to Christmas! But also, the chance to start working an upgrade or 2 for next year’s World Cups. To be honest it doesn’t really feel like the end of a competition year for me as in my mind the next World Cup is around the corner… To get my D score up on beam especially I’ll be trying to add in maybe 1 or 2 extra connections.”
Gabriel Swan-Mclean was also a part of the Australian team competing in Cottbus. Gabriel had a few steps out on floor with placed him in 37th with a score of 12.866. It has been a strong year for Gabriel, who made his first World Championship team in October. 2020 will be an exciting year with more international assignments on the cards to build up his competition experience as a senior.
Congratulations to the athletes and coaches, we cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for you