The British Gymnastics team has won gold in the all-around team final to conclude the World Championships taking place in Bulgaria this week.

The British team comprising of Bryony Page, Andrew Stamp, Rhys Northover, Zak Perzamanos, Izzy Songhurst, Lewis Westwood, Megan Kealy, Lewis Gosling and Kirsty Way won gold in the all-around team final to conclude an exceptional World Championships.

Including the top five nations, one gymnast competed a routine in each discipline, receiving points from 1-5 depending on where they finished.

Bryony scored the maximum five points in women’s trampoline, Lewis Gosling took one points in men’s DMT and Megan Kealy scored four points in women’s tumbling to get the team off to a great start. That put them in second place after the opening round.

In the next round, Andrew Stamp returned to score four points in men’s trampoline with a great routine. Kirsty Way took to the DMT and registered four more points and Lewis Westwood scored two points in men’s tumbling to maintain second place.

The last round saw both of Britain’s synchro pairs compete and they made their move with two outstanding routines. Zak Perzamanos and Rhys Northover scored four points, before Bryony Page and Izzy Songhurst produced the routine of the final to receive the maximum five points. With the scoring tied with USA, it came down to the individual scores of all routines combined, with GBR coming out on top.

Kirsty said: 

“What a feeling! It’s nothing I’ve ever experienced before. For a lot of us on the team it’s out first time in an all-around team final but to come together is an opportunity we rarely get. What a time to get a gold!”

Megan added: 

“It was a great experience. It’s always fun to compete alongside the other two disciplines. I really enjoyed it and it was the best way to finish off the week.”

Rhys said: 

“It was great fun. Bringing the three disciplines together, and for us to now be able to say that we’re the best in the world as a collective is brilliant.”

Andrew Stamp competed in the men’s individual trampoline final and finished fourth to register the best result by a British men’s gymnast in a world trampoline final since trampolining became an Olympic discipline in 1999.

Competing in his first world final, Andrew went through his routine well for a score of 57.990 which had initially put him in second place. As each gymnast competed, Andrew was eventually edged out of the medals by the penultimate routine.

Speaking afterwards, Andrew said: 

“I can’t believe. I wasn’t expecting it. I was more than happy to just be in the final, so to finish fourth, well it just hasn’t hit me yet.

“It’s nice to come out and do what I’ve been training and be proud of what I’ve done.”

Bryony had earlier competed with Izzy in the synchro trampoline final, with the duo finishing 8th.

A new pair this year, they combined for the first time in the summer to become European champions, but they couldn’t quite replicate that same form in the final. Early in the routine, Izzy just lost control with the score heavily impacted which saw them finish in 8th.

Full results.

That brings to the end a fantastic week for the British team where they’ve won four gold, two silver and one bronze.

Source: British Gymnastics


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