The Senior Men’s team took to the Parks & Suites Arena in Montpellier this morning for their qualification competition at the MAG European Championships clothed in new kit by our sponsors O’Neills.
They competed in the morning, subdivision 1, one alongside some big names in Men’s Gymnastics – Great Britain, Netherlands, Romania and Greece.
First up was Rohan Sebastian on Ireland’s strongest apparatus, Floor. He oozed with style throughout and stuck excellent landings to score 14.666. Andrew Smith took to the floor next performing effortless tumbling and twists. Andrew is only one of a few gymnasts who performs a three and a half twist on floor. Despite an out of bounds, he scored a solid 14.925 and placed a credible twelfth position on floor overall, and was only knocked out of a qualification position in the third and final subdivision of the day. It should be noted that Andrew placed just outside the reserve positions, which is an excellent achievement. Kieran Behan took to the floor with great interest from the arena audience, doing his characteristic jumping about on the podium as he walked to chalk his feet and hands. A fluid performance, showing excellent strength and style, the 2011 World Cup Floor Champion scored a high 15.265, which was only beaten by Russia’s Ablyazin and Israel’s Shatilov.
On the third rotation, Ireland counted falls on Pommel Horse yet Luke Carson and Andrew Smith still scored well with 11.566 and 12.133 respectively. Chris O’Connor helped raise the team’s score, pulling in a 12.366 for his performance.
The gymnasts pulled back solidly on rings. Rohan’s routine of 13.833 was beautifully executed. Both Luke and Chris stuck their landings with clean and confident routines, scoring 13.233 and 13.400.
Rotation four gave Andrew the opportunity to show his excellent twisting and tumbling once more. Only performing one vault, he pushed high from the vault in his Tsukahara double twist, nailing a 15.366 with just a step on landing. Both Kieran and Rohan added well to the team score, achieving 14.033 and 14.400 respectively.
The Men continued successfully into the fifth rotation performing three clean cut routines on Parallel Bars. Luke and Andrew showed immense strength in their routines, scoring 13.533 and 13.633. Chris finished the rotation off with a tight and solid routine scoring 12.066.
The last rotation saw the Men take to the Horizontal Bar for three fantastic performances. Rohan’s routine flowed with great style to score 12.500 whilst Luke’s confident and secure grip changes and pirouettes helped him achieve 13.033.
Overall, the men’s performances were well executed, bar a few minor errors. They showed an incredible performance and oozed confidence throughout the competition and showed that Gymnastics Ireland’s long term plan is starting to take off.
Kieran Behan will compete in the Floor final on Sunday at 2pm. He is drawn seventh to compete.
As originally seen on Gymnastics Ireland. As an Irish run website, Full Twist has been working together with Gymnastics Ireland bringing live coverage from Montpellier.