‘Flying Dutchman’ Zonderland ready to take off for Tokyo

It’s hard to believe that it was eight years ago that Epke Zonderland stunned the world into silence with his spectacular performance on the high bar at the London 2012 Olympics. That thrilling, high-risk routine, which contained three consecutive release and catch moves, not only earned him the nickname “the Flying

Great Britain gymnast Sam Oldham on retirement plans and his mental health battles

Sam Oldham of Great Britain

Eight years ago, British gymnast Sam Oldham appeared to be on top of the world. He, along with Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis, had won Great Britain's first ever gymnastics Olympic team medal when they took bronze at London 2012. But everything was not as well as it seemed,

Simone Biles set to be face of 2020 Olympics after record world medal haul

Simone Biles collecting a gold medal at the Artistic World Championships in Stuttgart

After  becoming the most decorated gymnast in history, Simone Biles can do whatever she wants. So what is next for the US gymnast? We already know that the next stop for her is Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. But, with sprinter Usain Bolt and swimmer Michael Phelps both retired, Biles is

Former FIG president Bruno Grandi passes away, aged 85

Former FIG president Bruno Grande, who passed away, aged 85

Former FIG President Bruno Grandi has died at the age of 85. Grandi, who led the International Gymnastics Federation for 19 years, from 1997 to 2016, passed away in Italy following illness. The Italian was succeeded by Japan's Morinari Watanabe, who took over as FIG President in November 2016. Grandi was named FIG

Minsk 2019: Russia’s Angelina Melnikova the smiling star of European Games apparatus finals

Angelina Melnikova

Angelina Melnikova was the star of the artistic gymnastics show walking away with three medals, one gold and two silver, in the apparatus finals. From the moment she started on vault, the Russian gymnast looked calm and as she began winning her medal, the smiles got bigger, there were giggles and

Minsk 2019: Ait Said driven in European Games medal quest by promise to his late father

Samir Ait Said

Samir Ait Said is determined to win a medal at the Minsk 2019 European Games so he can fulfil a promise that he made to his late father. So far, the French gymnast is living up to the challenge after finishing first in rings in the men's qualifications. "I have not been

Minsk 2019: Oleg Verniaiev comes back to take European Games all-around silver

David Belyavskiy, Oleg Verniaiev, Vladislav Poliashov

After a disappointing eighth-place finish in the qualifications, defending champion Oleg Verniaiev regrouped to win the men's all-around silver medal at the Minsk 2019 European Games. The Ukrainian is not yet in peak form as he recovers from surgery he had in January on an injury to his left ankle that

Minsk 2019 European Games: Great Britain’s Becky Downie pacing herself for success against younger rivals

Becky Downie

At 27 years old, Becky Downie believes it is all about pacing herself as she competes with women as much as 10 years her junior at the Minsk 2019 European Games. For example, the leader at the end of the women's individual all-around qualifications, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova, is just 18 years

Minsk 2019 European Games: Uladzislau Hancharou to get extra bounce from home advantage

Uladzislau Hancharou

Rio 2016 Olympics champion Uladzislau Hancharou is the favourite to jump to the top of the podium when he bounces at the second European Games. Having won the silver medal in the men's individual competition at Baku 2015, Hancharou is hoping to go one better and will be cheered on by