Australia finishes 2019 with medals at Toyota International
In the last competition of the year, Tyson Bull and Georgia Godwin have both secured medals in apparatus finals at the Tokyo International Cub in Japan.
Looking to finish the year on a high, Bull performed a solid routine on the Horizontal bar and scored a 14.366 to secure the gold medal, while on the Floor, Georgia Godwin’s artistry continued to shine as she won silver with 13.266 in a strong international field.
Teammates Mitch Morgans and Georgia-Rose Brown also competed in the event, Morgans finishing 4th in Rings and Brown coming in 5th on the Uneven Bars.
“The event was an incredible experience.” Bull said.
“Being able to get a feel for competing in Japan, getting used to similar equipment that’s being used in Tokyo. I was absolutely stoked to take the win in a stacked line up of multiple world champions and world championships finalists.”
Heading into the trip, Bull admitted that training had been different from the usual pre-event preparations.
“My preparation was a bit short in terms of routine numbers compared to normal due to working upgrades for next year. But the numbers I did put in were quite high standard, so I felt confident going into the competition.”
Looking forward to what lies ahead over the next few months, 2020 will be a big year for the sport, with Bull and Godwin beginning their preparations to return to Tokyo in July.
“This result is just fuel to the fire.” Bull said.
“I know all my competitors are working just as hard as me with their sights set on Tokyo. I’ll enjoy this win briefly then it’ll be straight back to the grind as we try to keep the momentum rolling into the Olympic year.”
Pleased to finish the year with some great results, Gymnastics Australia’s National Performance Director Andrew Logan said that the win was a positive steppingstone as athletes look to build on their skills for the new year.
“The results from both Tyson and Georgia in Japan consolidates their positions as some of the best competitors in the world.” said Logan.
“Come the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, both athletes are real podium contenders.
“The Toyota International attracts the best gymnasts, those who have qualified for Tokyo 2020 as well as athletes hoping for Olympic qualification.
“Participating at the event is key to building confidence, consolidating routines and learning to execute when it counts.
“It’s an opportunity to travel and familiarise yourself with the event environment, critical ahead of July next year.”
The four athletes have now returned to Australia and will continue their 2020 preparation before National Squad camps early in the New Year.