Fresh from my success at the World Championships I was straight back in training for the 3rd stage of the Champions Trophy in Hannover.
Still full of confidence from my World Silver medal I took an early lead after just two apparatus, Floor and Pommel, and continued with good form on Rings and Vault. I soon racked up a score of 61.35 after four apparatus, nearly one mark ahead of my nearest rival Flavius Koczi. I remember saying to myself ‘if I perform on Parallel Bars and High Bar like I did at the Worlds then I am on target to score over 91.0 – my highest score ever!
Unfortunately that extra pressure threw me off course and I ended up making a mistake on the Parallel Bars and High Bar, costing me 2.0 marks. But thankfully it didn’t make much of a difference. I went on to take first place with 89.175; a narrow margin of 0.05 points between me and Flavius Koczi.
I also picked up the maximum eight points for winning the third stage which now places me in fourth place overall. Now I am in with a real chance of winning the whole competition.
All I keep thinking is, if only I hadn’t missed the first round through injury. Then I could have been on top of the leader board going into the final stage in Stuttgart on 15th November.