Jake Jarman has delighted British gymnastics fans once again, this time taking the gold medal in the men’s vault at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp.
It was a history-making moment, with Jake becoming the country’s first ever gymnast to claim the vault world title. He also helped the GB men to fourth place in the team competition and achieved a very credible 13th place in the all-around final.
Jake is son of Tony, one of our Annuity Specialists, so here at Retirement Line we take a special interest in his career. This dates back to his days as a junior gymnast, when we were proud to provide sponsorship for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, where Jake still trains.
Tony told us: “I am incredibly proud of Jake and the successes that he has realised. Jake is only the sixth British Gymnastics World Champion, so this puts into perspective the enormity of what he has achieved.”
In Antwerp, 21-year-old Jake was the only competitor to attempt the Yonekura vault, landing it perfectly under the most intense pressure. Featuring three and a half twists, experts consider the Yonekura one of the most difficult vaults in the world.
Jake followed it up with a difficult second vault that he also executed superbly, securing his gold medal. You can see both of Jake’s spellbinding vaults on YouTube.
In his interview with BBC’s Breakfast, Jake said: “You train in a very comfortable environment where everything’s easy to do, but to be able under that amount of stress and pressure in a competition that well is really difficult. But as soon as I landed that first vault, I thought, I might be able to pull this off.”
Becoming world champion completes a staggering 12 months of achievement for Jake. It follows a total of seven medals at last year’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships. Among his many accomplishments, he is now Commonwealth, European and World champion in the vault – with his eyes very much on next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
When asked about the Olympics, Jake said: “It’s definitely a big confidence boost to know that I’m able to perform as well as I did at a big competition, but the pressure and the challenge are still the same. Just to be a part of the Olympic team is a dream of mine and I want to go into it and just enjoy everything.”
Here at Retirement Line, we will be watching every second of Jake’s Olympics performances, wishing him every success in Paris and for years to come.