Jake’s ‘amazing journey’ ends with a super silver in Basildon

Jake Jarman in action.
Jake Jarman in action.
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Local gymnast Jake Jarman returned from the British Championships in Basildon at the weekend with four medals.

And that, according to his coach at the Huntingdon Gymastics Club, Ben Howells, was an ‘amazing’ achievement.

Young Jake, a pupil at Deepings School, was forced to miss six weeks of training in September and October with a knee injury and had to work hard to regain his fitness in time for the biggest event of the year.

Howells said: “I am very proud of Jake. He has shown great tenacity. What an amazing journey since his setback in September.”

Jake came away with two silver and two bronze medals to add to the gold medal he won at the English Championships early in the year.

He was second on the parallel bars with a personal best score of 13.766 and finished third on both the high bar, again with a personal best score of 12.566, and on the vault with 13.333.

He won his second silver by finishing runner-up overall in the Under 14 age group.

Jake is now waiting to hear from the British Gymnastics Team to see if he has won a place in their junior top squad.

His British Championship results were: Pommel Horse - 5th (12.533); Rings - 8th (11.966); Vault - 3rd (13.333); Parallel Bar - 2nd (13.766); High Bar - 3rd (12.566); Floor - 7th (13.066).