Georgina Hockenhull unlucky to miss top spots

A nightmare on her very first piece of equipment cost Shropshire gymnast Georgina Hockenhull the chance of a top-10 finish in the British junior gymnastics championships.

A nightmare on her very first piece of equipment cost Shropshire gymnast Georgina Hockenhull the chance of a top-10 finish in the British junior gymnastics championships.

But the 14-year-old from Telford’s Park-Wrekin College club recovered well to finish 13th overall on the first day of competition at the Echo Arena yesterday.

She also qualified for tomorrow’s beam final in sixth place. Club-mate Charlotte Rumsey had a solid competition despite only completing three pieces – she sat out bars and had a fall on her flick-somersault on beam but produced steady performances on vault and floor.

Hockenhull, who competed for Great Britain in the European junior championships last month, came to a standstill after a loss of form on the asymmetric bars, then fell on her transfer from the low to high bar.

But she rallied well, turning in steady beam, floor and vault performances.

The competition was won by Gabby Jupp (Sapphire) ahead of Angel Romaeo from Cardiff and Charlie Fellows (Sandbach).