By Ben Baker
Dartford gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran insisted he had surpassed all expectations after leaving the Youth Olympic Games with five medals to his name.
Having earned the sole Team GB male artistic gymnast spot for the second summer Youth Olympic Games, the pressure was on Regini-Moran to deliver.
But if he was feeling the pressure he certainly didn’t show it last Tuesday, winning all-around gold with a score of 84.725.
But the 16-year-old wasn’t done there, retuning on Saturday to claim another gold medal, this one coming from the floor final.
That same evening Regini-Moran finished sixth in the pommel horse showpiece, but he was far from finished visiting the podium just yet and 24 hours later added three more medals to his collection.
Regini-Moran started by claiming a hat-trick of gold medals with the vault title, before finishing his Chinese adventure off with bronzes in the parallel bars and horizontal bar competitions.
And the teenager admitted he had to pinch himself in amazement when looking at his medal haul from his Chinese adventure.
“I came to Nanjing to try and get a gold on floor and vault so to come away with three gold and two bronze is unbelievable,” Regini-Moran said.
“This is the biggest competition I have ever done. It means everything to come to the Youth Olympic Games and win five medals.
“I’ve shown that I can perform under pressure – I performed six routines clean over three days with not one mistake.
“It is an amazing achievement and all the hard work has paid off. I still can’t believe I have won five medals.”
Regini-Moran quickly made Nanjing a home away from home, and the teenager admitted he had plenty of help from a raucous Chinese crowd – even if the enormity of what he has achieved won’t hit him until he is back home.
“I think it will sink in properly when we are back in England and I am back with my family and everyone has welcomed me back,” he added.
“It hits you loads then. Now it is a bit of excitement but when you get back that is when the excitement really hits you.
“The crowd gave me a great reception and that is always good when the crowd are behind you, it is the best feeling in the world.”
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