Brinn Bevan said he was “very grateful” to be back on the world stage after his return to the competition floor this morning.
The 2016 Olympian was back competing for Great Britain at the 2021 Artistic World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan alongside fellow Wales Commonwealth Games contender Joe Cemlyn-Jones – who was making his debut at a major championship.
It was also the first time since 1987 that Wales had two senior men’s artistic gymnasts in the Great Britain team in the same year for an Artistic World Championships.
The last time it happened was 34 years ago when Andrew Morris and Carl Beynon went to the Worlds in Rotterdam.
Brinn, 24, returning to the world stage for the first time since 2018, missed out on a final but competed well, particularly on parallel bars. He showed good control and straight lines throughout for a score of 14.366.
He also competed on pommel horse, scoring 11.666.
“Mixed emotions right now,” said Brinn on his Instagram feed.
“Very grateful to be back on the world stage after so long out.
“Extremely pleased with my routine, achieved all my process goals: hand movements, feet together and good landing. The best I have done in a long time.
“Disappointed in the outcome and the score as I was hopeful for more. Back to the drawing board.”
Joe had a mixed day as he competed on four apparatus but, despite also missing out on qualification for any finals, gained valuable experience on the biggest stage.
He scored 9.933 after some struggles on parallel bars before recovering well to post 12.633 on high bar. On pommel horse, he kept his momentum following some slight leg separation at the start for 12.666, before hitting his best score on his final piece with 13.100 on rings.
Meanwhile GBR team-mates Courtney Tulloch, Joshua Nathan and Hayden Skinner all successfully qualified for a combined five finals.
Courtney will compete in both the vault and rings finals, with World Championship debutants Joshua (all-around and pommel horse) and Hayden (floor) also through to fight for medals.
The team competed in subdivision six of eight and had to contend with an unscheduled 90-minute delay whereby the arena and apparatus was disinfected following Covid protocols.
The men’s all-around final is scheduled to take place on Friday morning from 10am with the apparatus finals on Saturday and Sunday morning respectively.
Before that, GBR pair Georgia-Mae Fenton and Ruby Stacey go in the women’s all-around final starting at 10am tomorrow morning (October 21st).
Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches and clubs.