The journey of South Africa’s gymnasts came to an end at the 33rd FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
This is where gymnasts from approximately more than 40 countries were representing their countries in the battle for the world titles.
The championships featured discipline categories and age events in trampoline, tumbling and double-mini for senior gymnasts. Team SA participated in the double-mini trampoline, individual trampoline event as well as in the double-mini trampoline event.
Offering Tlaka, Team SA’s most experienced gymnast, placed 30th with a total score of 58.400 in the men’s double mini-trampoline qualifications event.
Meanwhile, Star Mapeka ranked 32nd, scoring total 57.300 and Onke Mangele ranked 21st with a total score of 68.500 in the same event.
In the men’s trampoline qualifications, Mapeka ranked 63rd with a total score of 94.94 while Mangele placed 66th with a total of 91.265.
This was both Mapeka and Mangele’s debut on the world championships stage.
With these results, all the three Team SA gymnasts did not qualify to compete at the finals and had to bow out of the competition. The gymnasts were accompanied by their coach Lee Budler and Tiaan van der Walt as a judge.
Meanwhile, the South African Gymnastics Federation will soon announce the names of the gymnasts who will compete at the 26th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions set for 15-18 November in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Photo: Onke Mangele in action at the 33rd FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, supplied