Young Jar­man is Hun­gary for suc­cess on the Euro­pean stage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - DEALER EVENT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Lo­cal lad Jake Jar­man is emerg­ing as a Bri­tish gym­nas­tics star af­ter ex­celling in the 2017 Euro­pean Youth Fes­ti­val in Gyor, Hun­gary.

The 15 year-old Deep­ing School pupil was part of the GB team that won a sil­ver medal in the team event and he fin­ished in the top five af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the in­di­vid­ual all-round fi­nal.

Hunt­ing­don Gym­nas­tics Club mem­ber Jar­man was joined on the podium by team­mates Jamie Lewis and Pavel Karne­jenko af­ter the trio were edged into sec­ond by Rus­sia.

The Bri­tish team, who were tar­get­ing the gold medal, fin­ished with a score of 159.000 from their six ap­pa­ra­tus with Rus­sia out in front with 161.450. Switzer­land claimed the bronze with 158.450.

Lewis, a 16 year-old from Wok­ing, won the all-round fi­nal with a score of 82.200, with Rus­sia’s Iurii Busse (80.100) and Ni­co­lau Ros­sello of Spain (78.550) sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Jar­man fin­ished on 78.200 and was de­lighted.

He said: “Fin­ish­ing fifth in the all-round was an amaz­ing achieve­ment for me be­cause I set the tar­get of fin­ish­ing top five and I’ve done it, which is great.

“To win any medal here against such a high stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion is a great achieve­ment. I was one of the youngest in the team so it feels great to win a medal.”

“The Fes­ti­val has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the at­mos­phere and the crowds have been ter­rrific.

“Com­pet­ing against other coun­tries and some of the best young ath­letes while rep­re­sent­ing my home na­tion is some­thing I’m very proud of.

“We have a great team with a re­ally pos­i­tive vibe in the group. We sup­port each other re­ally well and they mean ev­ery­thing to me.

“We get each other through tough times, in com­pe­ti­tion and out, and we sup­port each other. So it’s nice when we can share in each other’s suc­cess too.

“I’m re­ally proud of Jamie, he came want­ing to win the com­pe­ti­tion more than any­thing and for him to do it just makes the whole team happy.”

Jake Jar­man (left) with GB team-mates Pavel Karne­jenko (cen­tre) and Jamie Lewis,

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