Joe’s hop­ing to put World to rights af­ter in­jury

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BIRM­ING­HAM’S Joe Fraser has been short­listed as a con­tender for the Gym­nas­tics World Cup 2019 with 100 days to go un­til the com­pe­ti­tion com­mences in the city.

The event, which will be held at the Re­sorts World Arena on Satur­day, March 23, will see two male and one fe­male gym­nast from Great Bri­tain com­pet­ing for glory against seven ri­val na­tions.

The 20- year- old ( right) missed out on a place in the team at this year’s World Cup fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury in Jan­uary but has high hopes for 2019.

Fraser said: “I’m re­ally happy to be in the run­ning for a place com­pet­ing for Great Bri­tain at the Gym­nas­tics World Cup. I’ve never had the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion in Birm­ing­ham, so to be one step closer to per­form­ing in front of a home crowd in my own city would just be phe­nom­e­nal.

“While 2018 didn’t start so well with me miss­ing out on the World Cup and Com­mon­wealth Games due to in­jury, I’ve had a re­ally pos­i­tive end to the year, with se­lec­tion for the Euro­pean and World Cham­pi­onships – and be­ing short­listed for the World Cup shows I’m right back in the mix again.

“Watch­ing the World Cup last year and see­ing the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of the Birm­ing­ham crowd was re­ally in­spir­ing. Any­thing can hap­pen in the next 100 days, so for me the fo­cus is to keep work­ing hard, stay fit and keep my­self in con­tention.”

Un­like this year’s World Cup, the 2019 edi­tion will take place over one day. Tick­ets are on sale – visit www. gym­nas­ticsworld cup. co. uk

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