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Wiwatowski Working to Make Mark at Worlds
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New Australian champion Luke Wiwatowski told IG his performance at the recent national championships confirmed his potential for better success internationally.

After finishing second to Japanese guest competitor Naoya Tsukahara at the recent Australian championships, Luke Wiwatowski told IG his performance there confirmed his potential for better success internationally.

"I was very happy competing with most of the new skills I have introduced in my routines in the last couple of months," said the 24-year-old Wiwatowski, who hails from Sydney. "I feel these will boost my start score and make me competitive internationally. On the other hand, some skills still require some work with consistency. I was disappointed most with not putting together a high bar routine in competition."

Wiwatowski said his goals for the world championships in Tokyo in October include a steady all-around performance, a team effort that will advance Australia to the Olympic test event in London in January and an optimal routine on high bar.

"My main focus will be working on hitting a consistent all-around," he said. "This means obviously improving form and consistency, as this is what the Australian team will need if we want to make the test event. On a side note, high bar will also be a focus for me, I have a potential 7.0 start score and I hope to be competitive on that apparatus at the world championships."

The worlds in Tokyo will serve to qualify eight teams for next summer's London Olympic Games. An additional four teams will earn Olympic berths based on their performance at the test event, which will also be held in London.

Wiwatowski, who was a member of Australia's 18th-place team at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, said he is confident that Australia can rise to the challenge in both competitions.

"Our team's main goal is to place ourselves within that top 16 (in Tokyo) and give ourselves a shot in the January test event," Wiwatowski told IG. "If we get there, anything can happen. All the guys have our fingers crossed for (Olympic pommel horse medal contender) Prashanth Sellathurai, as well. We hope he can get a place on pommel horse in Tokyo. Personally my focus is the all-around. However, I hold a small ambition to get into the high bar final. And unrealistically, a team gold medal would be nice."

External Link: Gymnastics Australia

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