Olympics Update: Tyson Bull and Emily Whitehead

MAG Horizontal Bar Final

Australia’s Tyson Bull has placed 5th in the Horizontal Bar Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ending a successful campaign for our Artistic Gymnasts. 

In a nerve-wracking session, that saw only 4 athletes complete a full routine, Bull was the fifth gymnast to take to the Bar, scoring an execution rating of 6.666 and finishing with a total score of 12.466.

Starting off with a clean stoop half, into Kovacs and pulls out of the connection. Bull had a clean release sequence with cassina, piked kovacs and yamawaki.

Unfortunately, Bull built up too much speed for the stoop in and came off the bar. Jumping back on the bar to finish his routine, Bull repeated his stoop and finished the routine off nicely with a double layout full twist. 

At the end of the night, it was Japanese star Daiki Hashimoto who took out gold ahead of Croatia’s Tin Srbic and Russia Olympic Committee’s Nikita Nagornyy.

Bull made Australian gymnastics history as the first ever Australian men’s artistic gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Apparatus Final.

Congratulations Tyson on your amazing achievement!

From Gymnastics Australia

WAG Qualifications

A calm and well controlled performance by both Georgia Godwin and Emily Whitehead was solidified with both athletes hitting all four routines on their Olympic debut.

Opening the competition for both herself and the third sub-division on Beam, Whitehead gave a solid performance that featured a good acro series, punch front and a nice 1.5 twist dismount to finish earning her an impressive score of 12.666.

Moving onto Floor next, Godwin's powerful routine included an incredible sky double layout and ended with a double pike earning her a score of 13.1666.

Vault was the strongest apparatus for both Godwin (dynamic tsukahara full twist) and Whitehead (clean yurchenko 1.5 twist), landing them a score of 13.766 and 14 respectively.  

Ending their competition as they started it, a visibly relaxed and excited Godwin and Whitehead finished strongly on Uneven Bars with scores of 13.033 and 13.066.

Godwin total score of 52.865 giving her an overall ranking of 37th earning her a spot as the third reserve for Thursday’s All-Around final.

Whitehead’s total score of 52.298 gave her an overall ranking of 44th at her first ever Olympics.

Congratulations to both Godwin and Whitehead on their fantastic performance.

From Gymnastics Australia

MAG Qualifications

Tyson Bull has made Australian Men’s Artistic Gymnastics history, qualifying for the Horizontal Bar final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday night. With an impressive score of 14.433, Bull is the first individual to make an apparatus final.

Landing his full-twisting double layout dismount, Bull was clearly happy with his routine that landed him his highest international score.

The Horizontal Bar specialist was part of the second subdivision in Saturday’s qualification session that included Great Britain and home-town heroes, Japan. Needing to finish in the top 8, Bull ended his subdivision sitting nervously in 6th place.

A speechless Bull, said on qualifying, “It was a giant feeling of relief and excitement. It's been anything but smooth leading into the Games so I was just so stoked to hit that set. It's the highest difficulty score I’ve got on a world stage, so regardless of whether I made the finals or not, I was over the moon.”

Bull will now compete against Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto who placed first with a score of 15.033. Followed by Kazakhstan’s Milad Karimi (14.766), Croatia’s Tin Srbić (14.633), the United States’ Brody Malone (14.533), and the Russian Olympic Committee’s Nikita Nagornyy (14.466). Rounding out the top 8 is Japan’s Takeru Kitazono and Netherlands’ Bart Deurloo (14.400).

Unfortunately, Bull did not make the parallel bars finals, finishing 54 out of 70 with a score of 13.5666.
Watch Bull make history on Tuesday, August 3 at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

From Gymnastics Australia