Gymnastics road to Rio on-track

The Irish Men’s gymnasts have successfully progressed through to the next stage of 2016 Olympic Games qualification from the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

 

This fantastic result comes off the back of the Irish women achieving the same through Ellis O’Reilly’s standout performance, this time in the form of an impressive outing from 2012 Olympian Kieran Behan who posted an 82.564, just ahead of Andy Smith with 82.231 and 18 year old Jack Neill who hit 76.232.

Performance & Technical Manager, Sally Filmer said: “ I could not be prouder of our entire team of gymnasts, coaches and support staff in preparing for and delivering this result.”

The target for the team travelling to Glasgow was to secure a place for one man and one woman at the Rio test event which will give them the opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympics.  

Chief Executive Officer of Gymnastics Ireland, Ciaran Gallagher said:”This has been a great weekend for Gymnastics Ireland in Glasgow, the gymnasts have delivered and kept alive the realistic target of achieving not only Ireland’s second qualified male gymnast to an Olympic Games but Ireland’s first female gymnast at an Olympic Games.”

Gymnastics Ireland has invested significantly in the development of their High Performance system since 2012. The results at the recent Northern Europeans and the World Championships indicate that this investment is yielding clear results.

Gallagher also said:”I congratulate & wish all the gymnasts, coaches and support staff all the best as the focus now shifts to the Rio Test Event in April 2016.”

Eight men’s teams have also qualified directly to the Olympics as a result of their performance in the qualifying rounds at the World Championships: Japan, China, Great Britain, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Brazil and Korea.

Behan’s results on the individual apparatus in Glasgow would suggest he is again in with a chance of reaching the Olympic Games.  His highest result was in his floor routine where he ranked 21st of the 238 athletes attempting to qualify at the World Championships.

 


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