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EYOF 2013 - Day Two: Nile Wilson's Diary

Nile Wilson

July 16, 2013 21:53 pm

Team GB are competing in the 12th European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht this week and will be catching up with 17-year-old gymnast Nile Wilson at the end of each day as he brings us his EYOF diary:

One day of competition down, one gold medal won – we smashed it!

Myself, Brinn Bevan and Gaius Thompson won the team event in the artistic gymnastics and it was an awesome day, we had ups and downs in the competition but we pulled together at the right time. The Russians finished second and pushed us all the way but we managed to pip them at the last.

The Russians and us were both in the first group of countries to compete this morning and that meant we had a lot of waiting around to find out the final result. But we knew once we had beaten Russia that we had done the job and we were quite relaxed because they were our main rivals and no-one else was really going to challenge that total we set.

I had a bit of a mistake on the high bar on the last round though, I knew we’d already beaten the Russians so maybe I relaxed a bit too much. I missed a release and catch and that means I’ll miss the individual final on Friday, which is a big disappointment. I think I've made the final for the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars but I’m greedy and our team leader, Baz, wants us to win all the medals we can.

He was really proud of us all today though, we’ve been working really hard together in the gym for the last month and today saw all that hard work pay off – we just need to keep it going now.

I qualified second for the all-around final on Thursday and Brinn got the better of me by one tenth of a point to qualify in first. He did absolutely brilliantly today, had an almost perfect performance and he’s a great lad to compete with.

It’ll be a bit of a showdown between the two of us on Thursday but we’ve both got to make sure we beat the Russians before we worry about beating each other as they were not far behind us today.

Tonight we’ll try and get an early night because we were up at 6.30am this morning and it’s been a long day. Tomorrow we’ll do some more training but it’s all about getting prepared for Thursday and Friday now.

It seems like it was a great day for Team GB all round today as well, we were at the competition venue all day but Peter Miles got our first medal of the EYOF with silver in the judo and we’ve just heard that Abbie Wood’s gold in the swimming was the 1000th gold medal in EYOF history so that’s pretty amazing.

It’s the girl’s team competition in the gymnastics tomorrow so good luck to them and the rest of Team GB in all the events.