#TuksGymnastics: Ryan Patterson qualifies for the Olympic Games

Posted on June 16, 2016

Tuks gymnast Ryan Patterson made history by being named in the official initial squad of 24 athletes who will be representing South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) gave Patterson the green light to represent his country. This will be the first time in 50 years that a South African gymnast will compete in the Olympic Games.

The artistic gymnast qualified for the Olympic Games on 17 April 2016 following his performance at the Olympic Test Event which took place at the Rio Olympics Arena. Patterson improved his scores from the World Championships in 2015, thus getting a nod from the International Federation of Gymnastics to participate in the Olympic Games.

Patterson scored an all-round total of 82,932, which was his personal best international showing. Patterson finished 44th overall in the competition. The judges awarded him 14,333 points in the parallel bars section and 14,533 for both the floor exercise and vault. 


- Author TuksGymnastics

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