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Khwela on the rise

Commonwealth silver medallist Jennifer Khwela’s gymnastics career is going from strength to strength.

At the weekend the dynamic youngster picked up her third international medal in as many months, this time in Germany.

Like at the Commonwealth in India last month, she left with a silver medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Stuttgart. Her other medal, also silver, came at another World Cup event in Croatia earlier this month.

It therefore comes as no surprise that her sterling performances have helped her jump three places from sixth to third in the FIG World vault rankings.

Her latest accomplishment means that Jennifer has now won an impressive five medals from major international gymnastics competitions this year. Earlier in the year, she also won gold and silver medals for South Africa at the African Gymnastics Championships and the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Qatar.

In her latest triumph she qualified for the vault final in third place with a score of 13.587. Then in the final, she placed second behind Imogen Cairns (Gbr) with a score of 13.600 points. She also qualified for the finals of the floor competition and came seventh in the final.

With her eyes firmly set on a podium finish at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Jennifer will hope to cap her year of achievements when she competes at the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup which will take place in Tshwane from 2-4 December.

But she’ll need to be on top forms as the standard of competition will be very high. The confirmed line-up across four disciplines (Men’s & Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline) includes two current world champions as well as top gymnasts from Great Britain, USA, Romania, Wales, Germany, Canada, Ukraine, Finland, Belarus, Hungary, Portugal and, last but not least, South Africa.

The Bumbo Gymnastics Cup takes place at the Joni Bach Centre in Pretoria North on 2 December (for Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics) and the Matsport Centre from 3-4 December 2010 (for Men and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics). Entrance is free to the public.