Commonwealth Games - Men's Artistic Gymnastics Wrap-Up
If there was one word to describe our MAG squad’s Commonwealth Games journey, it would be team. From their pre-games camp to their efforts on the floor, this has been a group of five young men who have supported and encouraged each other every step of the way.
Starting their campaign with the Team event competing in the same rotation as hometown heroes England, the team consisting of All-Arounders Moore and Stephens and apparatus specialists Tyson Bull, Mitchell Morgans and James Bacueti narrowly missed the Bronze medal. Prominent contributions to the team score included James'14.300 on Vault and Mitchell’s 14.500 impressive Parallel Bars routine.
However, the result came down to the final apparatus – Pommel. Despite an impressive 13.500 by Jesse / Moore it wasn’t enough for the Team to jump head of Cyprus to claim the Bronze Medal. Despite this, it was great competition for Australia, having improved on our 5th place in team at Gold Coast 2018. This also saw all five of our team members qualify for various Individual Apparatus finals.
Next up was the All-Around final, which saw Clay and Jesse amongst the 18 competitors. After a strong first three apparatus, Jesse, the youngest member of the team, made the tough decision to withdraw from the remainder of the competition due to a shoulder injury, leaving Clay the only Australian to complete the final, finishing in 12th place with a score of 76.800, his highest score of the day being a 14.100 on Vault.
Competition then turned to the individual apparatus with every member of the MAG squad qualifying. Starting with Floor, crowd-favourite Clay performed a strong routine, but a slip towards the end saw him penalised, finishing with a score of 12.366 in 7th place.
The Pommel Horse final followed, where 19-year-old Jesse powered through, despite the discomfort he had in his shoulder, to piece together a spectacular routine. His routine, with a difficulty score of 6.4, was considered the most difficult routine of the final. However, a heartbreaking fall on his press to handstand before his dismount saw him slip out of medal contention, finishing in 6th place.
The routine once again took its toll on Jesse's shoulder, ultimately forcing him to withdraw from the High Bar final, paving the way for Clay to take the spot as the first reserve.
Emphasising the team first attitude, Clay made the incredibly difficult decision to forfeit his position in the final, allowing second reserve and Tokyo finalist Tyson to enter the final on his specialty apparatus. Tyson, who was also suffering with an injured ankle, wowed the crowd with his routine with a score of 14.233, securing him a silver medal – his first Commonwealth Games medal. Mitchell Morgans also performed strongly in the same final, finishing in 4th place with a score of 14.100.
Rounding out the final night of competition for our Artistic gymnasts was the ACT’s James Bacueti, who competed in the final of Vault, his specialty apparatus. A visibly relaxed James attempted two incredibly difficult routines, which was enough to see him secure the Bronze Medal – his first Commonwealth games medal with a score of 14.283, just behind English pair Jake Jarman and Gianni Regini-Moran.
The team will now turn their attention to the upcoming MAG World Championships in October in Liverpool.
Congratulations to all our Male Artistic Gymnasts on a tough week of competition.