4th March 2018 - Alex Barnes

Kelly Simm in training at the American Cup - Credit: John Cheng / USA Gymnastics Facebook

Kelly Simm has represented Great Britain at the 2018 American Cup this past weekend in Chicago, Illinois. 

Unfortunately, Simm was unable to get herself amongst the medals at the competition but still had a solid meet as she continues to improve following her return from injury. 

The British Gymnast finished fifth in the all round standings with a score of 51.898, narrowly relegating Germany's Elisabeth Seitz (who scored 51.866) into sixth place. 

Of the four elements, Simm's highest score was on the vault where she recorded a 13.833. Her score on the balance beam was not as high but her 12.633 was good enough for fifth as well. However her score on the uneven bars, her second highest of the four elements, was a 12.966 but only the sixth best on that particular element.

When it came to the floor exercise, Simm noticeably struggled a couple of times to stick her landings but was awarded a 12.466. Despite this, Simm should take a lot of pride from her efforts against several world champions on different elements in what is only the first time she has competed internationally on all four elements since 2015. 

French gymnast Lorette Charpy was fourth with American Maile O'Keefe earning herself bronze. Mai Murakami of Japan took silver whilst AA world champion Morgan Hurd won gold for the USA. James Hall, from Maidstone in Kent, finished as the runner up in the men's competition.

The British championships now await Simm in Liverpool between the 8th and 11th of March before she heads out to the Gold Coast, Australia, for the Commonwealth Games. 

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