Wilmington gymnast wins GB Bronze

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:54 15 June 2010

Doug Fordyce and Edward Upcott won a bronze medal in Taipei

Doug Fordyce and Edward Upcott won a bronze medal in Taipei

Wilmington gymnast Douglas Fordyce (19) and partner Edward Upcott (17) triumphed at the World Games in Taipei, winning an unexpected bronze medal for Great Britain.

Wilmington gymnast Douglas Fordyce (19) and partner Edward Upcott (17) triumphed at the World Games in Taipei, winning an unexpected bronze medal for Great Britain.

The competition started with the dynamic routine, the pair wowing a huge audience with a mixture of exciting tumbles and somersaults.

They were placed third with a score of 28.550 just behind the Russian pair who scored 28.560 and the current world champions from Ukraine with 28.807.

Next came the balance routine which shows difficult, static balances, which must be held for a period of time. The British pair's routine shows strength and flexibility as well as strong choreography.

This competition was extremely close and the boys finished fourth with 28.514 behind the Chinese on 28.590, the Ukranians with 28.871 and the Russian pair winning with 28.920. The two scores added together saw the pair qualifying for the final in third place behind the Russians and Ukranians.

As it was only the top four to qualify for the final the lads were clearly delighted with their achievement.

The final combined routine is a mixture of static balance and dynamic elements and the British pair were third in the running order.

Their performance was strong, exciting with their timing was near perfect, earning a score of 28.562, just behind the Russian pair on 28.654 and the Ukranians on 28.924.

The pair were delighted by their achievement.

Douglas said: "We are absolutely delighted with our performance and winning the bronze medal. We are now really looking forward to the European Championships in October."

Douglas' parents, Richard and Margaret, watched the events unfold on Chinese television via the internet.

They said: "It was very nerve- wracking but really exciting and we are so very proud of what they have achieved in so short a time."

The pair are now having a well-deserved week off and then will be back in training for the European Championships in October.

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