Competing at the FIG Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary, the 17-year-old scooped a gold medal in the uneven bars, ahead of British and Spanish competitors. She has made history by becoming the first South African to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics competition.
Caitlin will qualify for the Olympic Games with her performance at the World Championships. Even with a fall on beam, she reached a total score of 49.466 finishing just ahead of Naveen Daries (49.399) who performed cleanly on all apparatus. Caitlin has beaten gymnasts from Sweden, Chile, Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan, and even Olympic medallist Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan.
“I have worked my entire career for that moment of true success on one of the biggest international stages, so when I did the routine of my life and realized I had won, I was totally overwhelmed but so proud of myself,” Rooskrantz said.
Rooskrantz boasts an impressive array of accolades to her name, as the 2018 national champion and also the current African champion on bars.
Caitlin Rooskrantz shared via her Instagram ” World Cup Champion on Bars 🇿🇦// it honestly does not even feel real – but I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity.
I could not have gotten this far without my incredible team behind me – especially my coach @ilse_roets 💐 thank you for all you did and continue to do for me! and of course, none of this would’ve been possible without God himself. I really enjoyed every moment of this wonderful experience. Onward and Upward from here!
Congratulations to Her!