It was a long weekend at the London Development open with seventeen gymnasts representing Woking in 6 different categories.
The first round, early on Saturday morning saw Toby Splain and Josh Porter compete in the L3 Elite competition. Toby had a good competition, showing much improved style and form to finish 13th (50.251). Josh looked among the best of the field on four of the apparatus but made some costly errors on P-bars and finished in 16th (49.552).
It was a tough field in the L2 Elite Competition. Tom O’Connor and Santo Fuoco continued their close rivalry but it was Tom who emerged victorious on this occasion placing 12th with a score of 52.510. Meanwhile low scores on rings and p-bars resulted in Santo finishing 23rd (47.768). Dylan O’Rourke was close behind in 25th (47.434).
The L6 Elite competition saw a fierce battle between Fraser Griffiths and Jasper Smith-Gordon. Both performed well, picking up numerous apparatus medals and placing 2nd and third respectively (Fraser 49.318, Jasper 49.102).
Woking’s trio of Charlie Rose, Rudi Moriano and Christian Fuoco were hard to separate across the 6 apparatus with Charlie finishing in 16th (51.201) narrowly beating Rudi and Christian who tied for 17th place (50.684) in the L4 club competition. There were apparatus medals for Charlie, who took bronze on floor, while Christian scored a perfect 10 on vault and took home the gold medal.
Future stars of the sport could be seen in the L1 U8s Elite category. The newest member to Woking’s squad, Jake Palmer, looked a class act picking up gold medals on Pommels, P-bar and H-bar, and finishing 2nd overall. Lucas Henry made a large error on P-bars but picked himself up well to finish in 6th place AA (51.584) winning a silver medal for his rings routine.
The final round of the weekend was the L1 Elite competition. Woking’s top scorer was Oliver Porter 10th (55.084). Jamaal Kashim was 21st (52.034), Aidy Jarred 41st (47.718), Leo Bontempo 44th (47.384) and Tristan Lamble 45th (46.985).
With only a few weeks until the all-important National Finals, this outing was vital in giving the gymnasts an idea of where they are in relation to the rest of the competition, and highlighting the areas upon which they need to improve. It is straight back to the gym and onto the grind of routines so that the results from the finals can be even better!