Good results from China!

The two Katies, as they are known around the world, can both be pleased with their performances at the recent World Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in Nanjing, China.

Katie Richards from Bulmershe, came 20th, improving on her position at the last Championships two years ago by 6 places, with a score of 18.35.

Katie Cannon from Heathrow, coincidentally, also moved up 6 places to 25th. Katie hadn’t had a good run up to the competition for various reasons but she was looking forward to the event. It was decided to take some of the difficulty out of her routine to allow her to do well. She performed a good routine, although she made an unfortunate mistake carrying out her L-support turn. Her score of 17.60 was respectable, putting her ahead of 20 other international competitors out of the 45 who took part.

Katie herself was delighted with her performance and was heard to say that it was the best trip she’d ever been on. Coaches, Gary Jarvis and Natalia Ilienko were also pleased with her overall improvement and as Head of Delegation, Gary was able to be doubly proud of the Katies’ performances for Britain!

The Individual Women’s World Champion was Marcela Lopez of Brazil with an amazing score of 21.60, over a whole mark ahead of her nearest rival, Huang of China and in third place was Dassaeva of Spain.

Natalia, who was Britain’s official judge and proud to have been asked to sit on many of the finals panels deciding the World Champions, reported that once again the standard at world level had improved over the previous championship and that many of the routines were simply outstanding!

Report by Val Lewis

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