Beckford wins brilliant bronze in Croatia

SOUTH ESSEX star Reiss Beckford says his high bar bronze medal at a top international competition in Croatia was down to lots of hard work in the gym.

The popular 22-year-old only narrowly missed out on a gold for Great Britain behind champion Mario Moznik of Croatia, and runner-up Alexander Shatilov of Israel (who both scored 14.950) at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Croatia on Sunday.

POMMEL FINAL - for Great Britain's Anthony Wise.
POMMEL FINAL – for Great Britain’s Anthony Wise.

But Beckford says his 14.850 mark and medal was a good reward for some dedicated training.

He said: “The medal I got on high bar in Croatia was a result of me getting my head down and working hard.

“I think if I can get that on all the other apparatus – and use the same schedule that I have been using on the high bar – then hopefully that will lift me to the next level.

“So that’s the approach I will use – just keeping my head down and working hard with Scott (Hann, South Essex‘s head coach). And hopefully it will all come together.”

South Essex’s Antony Wise was also representing Great Britain at the event in Osijek and he impressed by making the final of the pommel, where he finished sixth with 15.000 against some of the world’s best.