Giarnni Regini-Moran, Joe Fraser, James Hall, and Max Whitlock
British Gymnastics announced the men who will compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo via Facebook Live today, with Joe Fraser, James Hall, Giarnni Regini-Moran, and Max Whitlock earning the four team spots available.
Fraser, the youngest member of the team at 22, is the 2019 world champion on parallel bars, and he also took the bronze on pommel horse at European Championships last month. The top all-arounder at the March Olympic trial and the strongest British gymnast in the all-around final at worlds in 2019, Fraser has tremendous potential to be a leader on this team in many ways. “It’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to get to this point, and I’m excited to now get our final training in and travel to Tokyo the best prepared we’ve ever been,” he said.
25-year-old Hall won bronze at the 2020 American Cup, his last competition before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and he also topped the all-around competition at the final Olympic trial this month. A consistent standout member of the British team all quad, Hall won bronze in the all-around competition at the 2017 European Championships, and he also helped lead the team to gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, where he won individual silver medals in the all-around and on high bar. An all-around finalist at world championships in both 2018 and 2019, he’s another one the team can count on for a well-balanced competition in this particularly tricky team format.
Regini-Moran, 22, was one of the world’s best juniors last quad, dominating the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 with five medals (including the all-around, floor, and vault titles) and then winning a total of five gold medals across two European Championships, including the floor title in 2014, and the all-around and floor titles in 2016 while leading the team to gold both years. A serious leg injury in 2016 followed by a broken ankle a year later delayed his senior career by several years and held him back from competing at his best, but in 2019, he was able to finally earn a spot on the worlds team, and this year, he won the first Olympic trial and placed second at the next before competing at European Championships, where he won the bronze on vault to make the first major international podium of his senior career.
Finally, two-time Olympian and five-time Olympic medalist Whitlock, 28, comes in as the veteran with the potential to give the team a boost on pommels, where he also hopes to defend his 2016 Olympic gold. Once a top all-arounder for the British program, winning all-around bronze in 2016 on top of his two event titles, Whitlock has focused almost solely on pommels this quad, winning the world titles in both 2017 and 2019 as well as the silver in 2018. In an effort to add more to the team this year given its four-up format in qualifications, Whitlock also competed parallel bars and high bar in one of the trial meets and may also have a floor routine ready to go by July, but the key reason behind his selection is to bring individual success on his key event.
No reserves have been named as of yet, but 2021 European all-around finalists Jake Jarman and Josh Nathan both performed well at the trial meets, with Dominick Cunningham not far behind, while rings and vault specialist Courtney Tulloch could also be in consideration.
The British team is the first complete men’s Olympic team to be named, following Hashimoto Daiki and Kaya Kazuma earning two of the four spots on Japan’s team last weekend. Keep up-to-date with all men’s Olympic team news on our tracker!
Article by Lauren Hopkins