3rd July 2016
Members of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club made the journey to London to compete in the
prestigious London Open event last weekend. The competition served as the final
selection for the Rio Olympic Games and featured an array of the best gymnastic talent in
The under 18 category saw Benji Eyre and Tony Duchars in fine form with both boys
sharing the all around bronze medal for accurate performance across the 6 apparatus that
make up the men's programme. The category was won by Jamie Lewis of Woking, with
the Huntingdon duo also taking honours on individual apparatus, including bronze medals
on rings and high bar for Eyre, and a silver on high bar for Duchars. Clubmate Jake
Jarman also worked well to finish 10th overall as well as bagging bronze medals for
impressive routines on pommel horse and parallel bars against some of the best juniors in
the Country. The Club was also well represented by Ali Hussein (28th), Harry O Driscoll
(29th), and Patrick Murphy who worked on 4 apparatus.
The senior event was won by World Champion, Max Whitlock from South Essex, with
Niall Wilson of Leeds coming second, and Sam Oldham of Loughborough taking bronze.
Louis Smith now faces an agonising wait to see if he has gained a spot for his third
Olympic Games following an uncharacteristic error on Pommel Horse. Head coach Paul
'I was really encouraged by some superb performances from our junior boys this
weekend, who have shown that the Club is continuing to produce gymnasts that can fight
for national and international recognition. I am also hopeful that the GB selection panel
will recognise Louis Smith's numerous world class performances on Pommel Horse in the
first part of this year and give him a chance to prove that he can take a medal in Rio this
The GB team announcement is due on the 12th of July.
3rd July 2016