Dream worlds debut for Cunningham but bronze evades him
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Dream worlds debut for Cunningham but bronze evades him

03 November 2018 / 14:40

Dominick Cunningham came within a whisker of a medal on his World Championship debut but had to settle for fourth in the end in the men's vault final.

The 23-year-old averaged 14.666 across his two vaults on the final day of competition in at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

That was an improvement on his qualifying score and with only two vaulters left, Cunningham was still in the silver medal position.

But in the end he was edged out of the medals by just 0.009 of a point as gold went to Ri Se Gwang of North Korea with Artur Dalaloyan of Russia second and Japan’s Kenzo Shirai third.

But after a breakthrough year for Cunningham that saw him take European gold on the floor and Commonwealth team gold, the Birmingham gymnast was not too downhearted.

“Fourth in the world is a huge achievement and to be only 0.009 behind third is great. It would have been nice to come home with a bronze, I was up first and I had to watch the others and that was almost harder than competing,” he said.

“I'm putting myself on the map now. There were some big names in that vault final who have been around a long time and they're amazed when I tell them it's my first world championships.”

Sportsbeat 2018