The London Open is a prestigious event in the British Men’s Artistic calendar, and in it’s 113 years of history a long list of European, World and Olympic medallists have competed.
The weekend began with the “Trevor Low” U16 competition. Woking’s Rio Chandiram was pleased with his improved landings of his double back somersaults on Floor, Rings, P-bars, and H-Bar, and finished the competition in 17th place. Oliver Porter showed great improvement in his performance from the previous national competitions, competing some of the most difficult routines in the whole competition he finished in 4th place All-Around and took home a silver medal on the Rings.
In the “Max Whitlock” U14 competition, Ben Porter displayed a brilliant attitude to recover from an early error on the Rings, his upgraded routines earnt him the 3rd spot AA. He also won silver medals on Floor and Rings, and a second bronze medal for his P-Bar routine. Max Veo-Creek didn’t have his best day but finished strong with a clean Pommel routine to place 26th AA. Jay Coote, recovering from injury, only competed on pommels. He managed to compete his Magyar successfully for the first time and was a great help to his teammates as they went around the competition.
Josh Porter and Santo Fuoco were competing in the U18 “Peter Moore” competition. Josh put in some consistent performances, finishing inside the top 10 on every apparatus and 7th AA. His highest position came on the Rings where he won bronze. Santo performed on five apparatus, placing 9th on vault.
The final competition of the weekend, the showpiece event, was the Westminster Cup. Jamie Lewis did not let the pressure of the occasion get to him and delivered some world class routines to win first place. He won an additional gold medal for his Floor routine, and bronze on Pommels, Rings and H-bar. This performance will undoubtedly give him confidence as he gets ready to represent Great Britain at the World Challenge Cup in Croatia next month. Rudi Moriano was also competing, finishing 19th on Pommels and 17th on P-Bars.
In another successful outing for our MAG squad, the total of eleven medals across the four competitions was more than any other club in the country.