Men’s London Open: Joe Cemlyn-Jones heads successful weekend for Welsh gymnasts
A gold medal on the parallel bars for Team Wales Commonwealth Games gymnast Joe Cemlyn-Jones was one of the highlights of a packed weekend of action at the Men’s London Open in Ilford.
Following up on his high bar bronze at the British in March, City of Birmingham star Joe delivered a world-class routine packed with super strength which earned him a top score of 14.550.
Henry Lewis (Leeds) went home with a senior bronze on vault.
Meanwhile there were also plenty of other Welsh gymnasts in action at Redbridge Sports Centre over the weekend across the age groups at the London Open – which is one of the leading men’s artistic competitions in the UK.
Other highlights included Alex Niscoveanu (South Essex) who won all-around silver in the U18 competition along with gold on the floor, vault and high bar and silver on parallel bars.
In the U14 event, Sammy Cotter (Bury) secured silver in the all-around, gold on both pommel horse and high bar and also joint bronze on vault.
YMCA Barry’s Reuben Burns also went home with all-around silver, in the U12 Elite competition.
Valleys’ Ben Scourse was tied fifth on U14 parallel bars, Jamie Tran from YMCA Barry was sixth in a strong U12 Elite field while Zachary Yau-Jones (Bangor) placed 5th in the U9 challenge.
Fusion also had a good turnout over the weekend with Iolo Parry and Jamie Barnes (U14), Efan Oates, Griffyn Porter, Rohan Sharma and Xavier Bevan Wardle (U12 Elite), Cameron Sealey (U12 Challenge), Dewi Thomas, Thomas Welch and Tobias Morgan (U10 Challenge) along with Heath Francis and Zander Joseph Wardle (U8 Challenge) all competing well.
YMCA Barry pair Jamie Tran and Reuben Burns were also in action in the U12 Elite competition.
Also representing Bangor were Toby Ashe (U12 Elite) and Jacob Alawydd Hughes (U12 Challenge) while Cardiff Central had Arlo Breckenridge, Aslan Pilyarov, Cavell Griffin, Elvis Mikey Spencer, Ryan Dando and Spencer Payne in the U8 Challenge.