Challenge World Cup Series: Round-up

9th December 2011 | National | Comments (0)

The Irish Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team have reason to celebrate after a successful run at the Challenge World Cup series.

22 – year-old Kieran Behan is the proud winner of three World Cup medals at the end of the series - a first for Ireland.

In Ostrava on 3rd November he won the gold medal on Floor and was crowned as the Over-All Floor Champion throughout the series.

His first FIG medal win was on the 24th September 2011, were Kieran won bronze on Floor in the World Series, in Maribor, Slovenia , a first for Ireland, and his success continued a month later in Croatia where he won silver on Floor.

Kieran was joined by fellow Irish competitors, Anthony O’Donnell and Luke Carson, in Ostrava for the final event of the World Cup Series.

Anthony qualified for Vault final and finished in 7th place and he was also a reserve for the Floor final.

Luke had an unfortunate fall on Pommel Horse but competed a strong routine on Parallel Bars and narrowly missed out on the Finals.

Next season Anthony and Luke will continue to strive for success in the Challenge World Cup and will hopefully bring home more medals for Ireland.

Kieran has qualified for the A category World Cup were the top  8-12 gymnasts in the World battle it out for the prestigious honour of winning a World Cup medal.

To see photographs of the men at the World Cup click here…

To see a full copy of the qualification results click here…

To see a full copy of the Final results click here…

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