Gymnastics World Cup bronze for James Hall in Birmingham
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:32
Great Britain's James Hall (Pegasus/Kent) has won World Cup bronze in front of a home crowd at Arena, Birmingham with a stellar performance just weeks ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
James scored an all-around total of 83.531 with several strong performances, including a daring high bar routine with multiple difficult release and catch elements and some tricky floor and parallel bar work. His only error came with a deep landing on vault but he kept his composure against tough competition to clinch the bronze medal.
After being presented with his medal, James said: "It's pretty surreal in front of a home crowd. I did the job and it all went according to plan and I am so pleased. It all shows that the hard work I've been putting in at my club, and not just me, my coaches as well, is all worth it and I'm happy that it's all come together tonight."
Local lad and teammate Dom Cunningham (City of Birmingham) also impressed, finishing just outside of the medals in 4th. Dom had a strong start on the pommel horse and wowed the crowds with an almost faultless vault. A few small errors on high bar left him out of the medals but he finished his competition with a world class floor routine and showed great potential to finish just behind James with 82.531.
Dom was delighted with his first World Cup performance: "To have so many home supporters here, it was incredible. The field was so strong and included gymnasts I've always looked up to and watched on the internet. They were my role models and to be competing here and beating some of them was amazing. I'm really glad with my competition and it's on to the Commonwealth's now!"
Taking the title was Japan's Shogo Nonomura who quietly went about his business throughout the competition, producing well executed routines to take the gold with 84.797. Hot on his heels and taking silver by just the smallest of margins was Russia's Nikita Nagornyy with 84.731, who looked set to take the top spot until a fall on high bar on the final rotation.
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The event continues tomorrow with the women's World Cup competition, with Amy Tinkler and Alice Kinsella competing for Great Britain. Don't forget to follow Twitter for updates and watch LIVE on BBC Sport online and the red button from 7pm.