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Artistic Gymnastics British and Brazilian women gear up for the Worlds


By Vera Atkinson (input T.Peake)
Aug 14, 2007, 12:30



Just a week before they depart for Stuttgart, Germany, where the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Qualifications in Artistic Gymnastics will take place, two of the quickest progressing nations in the world, Great Britain and Brazil, are getting together in Ipswich for a friendly meeting at the Pipers Vale Gymnastics Centre on 18th and 19th August 2007.

Last year, both teams went successfully through the first round of the Olympic 2008 Qualifications, Brazil finishing in 7th and GBR in 11th place at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. However, the second round in Stuttgart (GER), 1-9 September, is THE one to secure Olympic visas for only the top 12 out of the 24 teams who have already passed the first test in Aarhus.

Thus, the British Women’s Technical Director, Adrian Stan, and the Brazilian Head Coach Oleg Ostapenko, will call their best gymnasts for a final check-up of their competitive form and readiness to fight for prestige in Stuttgart.

The guests will be led by their most experienced gymnast, the twice Olympian Daniele Hypolito, who, in 2001, in Ghent, made history for Brazil by winning the first world medal for the country, silver on floor. Lais Souza, who reached two World Finals in 2006 (vault-4th and floor –8th), recently confirmed her class at the Pan American Games, by winning two bronze medals (vault and bars). Jade Barbosa , the new Pan American champion on vault and medallist from the World cup events in Cottbus and Paris this year, seems to be Brazil’s new prodigy. Still less known in Europe, but potentially capable to deliver world-class gymnastics are the other three members of the team Ana Claúdia Silva, Khiuani Dias and Ethiene Franco. The best of all the Brazilians at the moment, the 2003 World Champion and 2004 World Cup winner on floor Daiane Dos Santos will not be travelling to Ipswich.

The British line up will be announced on the eve of the meet (Friday, 17/08), but it expected that all the key players of the National Team will perform on Saturday, 18/08 (Team and All-around event from 15:00 to 17:00 hour) and on Sunday, 19/08 (Apparatus Finals from 13:00 to 15:30)

World Champion Beth Tweddle will be in Ipswich
The following gymnast are travelling to Ipswich for the week-long training camp before the competition: Beth Tweddle, Melanie Roberts, Rebecca Wing, Aisling Williams, Hannah Clowes, Becky Downie, Hannah Whelan, Marissa King, Laura Jones, Kayleigh Cooke.

Tickets:
Ticket prices are £8 adult per day or £5 concessions, £14 adult weekend ticket or £8.50 concessions. These are available on Ticket web or on the door availability allowing.

For Media Accreditation, please fill in the Media Accreditation Application Form on the British Gymnastics Website: www.british-gymnastics.org

For more information, please, contact Vera Atkinson on Mob. 07739512186












Brazil’s progression:

World Championships Tianjin’99- Team 18th
World Championships Ghent’01- Team 11th – Daniele Hypolito, first World medal, silver on floor
World Championships Anaheim’03- Team 8th – Dos Santos- first Brazilian World Champion
Olympic Games Athens’04- 9th
World Championships Aarhus’06- Team 7th
(Daiane Dos Santos- 4th floor (0,025 from the bronze), Daniele Hypolito - 21st AA, Lais Souza- 4th vault, 8th floor)


British progression:

World Championships Tianjin’99- Team 11th
Olympic Games Sydney 2000- Team 10th
World Championships Ghent’01- Team 9th (0.076pts.short to the Team Final!!)
World Championships Anaheim’03- Team 9th - Beth Tweddle first World medal, bronze A.Bars
Olympic Games Athens’04- Team 11th
World Championships Aarhus’06- Team 11th - Beth Tweddle World Champion A.Bars, 4th floor, 8th AA)

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