Win earns Great Britain selection and first international in Portugal
Ten-year-old tumbling gymnast Malakai Bojang has been crowned British champion, earning selection to the Great Britain team for his first international, the Loule Cup in Portugal at the end of next month.
Malakai had previously excelled in two British qualifiers against the best 9/10 boys in the country. He finished an incredible three whole marks ahead of his rivals to qualify first for the British Championships at the Echo arena Liverpool last weekend.
Podium training on the Friday went very well. Malakai was carrying an ankle injury but fought through it and won the qualifier on the Saturday, performing two runs, one involving a round off six whip somersaults into a double back somersault. This tumble is very difficult for his age group.
The top six went through to the final on Sunday. Malakai was the only gymnast competing a double back somersault so all he needed to do was land on his feet as his start tariff was over two whole marks more than the rest.
After waiting for the five finalists to go before him, Malakai stayed composed and landed to win by 3.4 marks to be crowned British Champion 2015.
He is now in the Great Britain squad and top of the list to go to World Age Group Championships 2017 in Canada.
Malakai trains at Milton Keynes gym, his nearest high performance tumbling club, alongside seven GB squad members and three world level tumblers, .
Malakai has only been tumbling for a year, having started as an artistic gymnast for eight months, which makes his success all the more remarkable.
The youngster has been focused on winning the British title all year so was delighted to have achieved his goal. He is now looking forward to GB training on October 3-4 at Lilleshall, the national training centre.