Jesse looking for a routine return at worlds
17 June 2019
JESSE Moore's journey to hopefully one day wearing Australia's colours at an Olympic Games continues soon when he represents his country at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Junior Championships in Gyor, Hungary, from June 27.
Moore, 15, is on the three-person men's artistic gymnastics team which will take on the world's best junior gymnasts.
While Moore says it is hard to line up the strengths of the opposition he is confident of a top showing.
"Russia, China and Japan are among the top countries and they will be hard to beat,'' Moore said.
"I am hoping to make the pommel final which would be great. I am ultimately aiming for a score of 80 which hopefully would be enough.
"This is one of the biggest events a junior could be involved in.
"The nerves haven't set in yet but I'm sure they will come. My mum and dad are comning over so that will be good, I'm just hoping to do the best I can.''
His coach Paul Szyjko said Moore had the potential to mix it with the best.
"I think he is a rising star but this event is something of an unknown territory,'' Szyjko said.
"Our target is a score of 80 on the pommel.
"If you can do that it is in world class company but it is a difficult routine.''
Irrespective of Moore's results at the junior worlds and other results when he returns to Australia, he won't be eligible to represent Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because he won't be 18 years old in the year of the Olympics.
"It is an international rule. You can't compete in Olympics or world championships as a senior until you're turning 18 that year.''
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