She is the first South African Gymnast to win a gold medal in an international competition and in her relentless quest to achieve the highest honours, Caitlin Rooskrantz added another notch to her growing belt of achievement.
Competing at the 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Cup, which was held in Egypt’s Cairo, the 20 year old gymnast walked away with the first place gold medal in the Uneven Bars event.
The Olympics qualifying Caitlin had initially come third during the qualifications stages.
However, as she swung off the bars and sailed through the air, she impressed the judges with her amazing precision, landing her with the top score of 12.300.
This means that not only is she the first South African with an international gymnastics medal but the first to have won two.
Competing against gymnasts from 17 countries, Caitlin was joined on the podium by second placed Laurie Denommée from Canada and third placed Mari Kanter from Denmark.
The competition was hosted by the world gymnastic governing body, the International Gymnastics Federation (more widely known by its French name, Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique or FIG) and will next host the African Championship (also taking place in Cairo) and the World Challenge Cup (to be held in Bulgaria’s city of Varna).
Caitlin plans on competing in both and as always, she will not be satisfied until she swings and sails her way to gold.