Great Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran: ‘I can’t ask for more’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

With this vignette on British gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran, International Gymnast Online continues “Tokyo Takeaways,” a series of flashbacks featuring behind-the-scenes quotes from personalities at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The British men landed in the unenviable fourth-place spot in the team final, but British gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran said the ranking brought him and his teammates a sense of fulfillment and honor.

“We’re super proud,” said Regini-Moran after his team placed behind gold medalist Russian Olympic Committee, silver medalist Japan and bronze medalist China. “Russia (ROC), China and Japan have been performing amazingly, not just this year but for the whole (Olympiad) cycle. For the past four years they’ve been at the top of the game. We knew that bronze was probably going to be a push, so for us it was always to aim for the top five.”

Although bronze was virtually out of reach heading into the last rotation, Great Britain overtook the United States via the British men’s pommel horse effort that Regini-Moran said demonstrated their no-nonsense approach.

“It’s always close between us and USA, and we’re always touch and go,” he said. “We knew we had a few good scores to come, and obviously Max (Whitlock), the (2016) Olympic (pommel horse) champion, was going to provide us with a good score. We just tried to stay positive. We weren’t thinking too much about coming fourth or fifth. It was just about doing our jobs, and if we did that well, the scores would come.”

Regini-Moran, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games all-around champion, said fourth place was a respectable reward for him personally, as well.

“It’s always gutting to finish just short of a medal,” he said. “It was obviously a little disappointing knowing we couldn’t quite make a medal, but we’re just happy we performed well. My aim today was to come out and do it to the best of my ability. I can’t ask for more.”

Next up: Uneven bars gold medalist Nina Derwael of Belgium on her “magical moment”

International Gymnast Media’s John Crumlish was a gymnastics reporter for the Olympic Information Service at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, responsible for obtaining quotes and producing other content for use by media at the Games. Tokyo 2020 marked his eighth Games as an OIS reporter.

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