Gaudry wins 7th Individual National Title
5 June 2016
GYMNASTICS: Blake Gaudry has won his 7th Individual Australian Trampoline Title in Melbourne, cementing his case with selectors to get the nod for the one position available on the Australian Olympic Team.
After a shaky start to his title defense on day one of competition, Gaudry (57.590) overcame the highest qualifier for the final, Tasmania's Jack Penny, who finished 0.880 points behind the South Australian on day 2. Dominic Clarke of New South Wales rounded out the podium by finishing third.
"Yesterday wasn’t exactly how I was hoping to go unfortunately," Gaudry reflected after the competition, "but I went in today and I was feeling pretty good. My preparation’s been fantastic so I just knew if I got in there and did what I’ve been doing in training it would come.
"I think it will put me in a pretty good position," he added, speaking of the pending selection for Rio, for which this year's National Championships were the final qualifying event. "The past six months have been going pretty well in terms of competition; I did well at Worlds last year, at the Test Event as well, and then this one [Nationals]...I did all I could do so I’m feeling pretty confident."
* Danielle Prince has been nominated by the FIG in a named quota position for Rio 2016. The men's trampoline athlete will be nominated together with the WAG athlete and Danielle Prince following the conclusion of the Championships.