Eighth on high bar at recent Challenger Cup in Ghent, reigning Australian all-around bronze medalist Jayden Bull told IG he now aims to be a valuable part of the team at next month's world championships in Tokyo.
"Based on my experience at Ghent, my main priority is to make the team," said the 21-year-old Bull. "I would say that, having shown my capabilities on high bar, I now really need to show to the selectors that I can be valuable in terms of scoring and consistency on other apparatuses as well. As for high bar, more work would include better execution score and better routine fitness."
Jayden Bull (Australia)
Bull, who placed third all-around at the Australian championships in July, said team success in Tokyo is his top priority. The top eight teams in Tokyo will qualify for next summer's Olympic Games in London. Four additional teams will qualify for the Games at a test event in January in London.
"For Tokyo, my main goals firstly would be for the team, to contribute my part to the team so as to try and cement a spot for Australia in the top 16," he said. "Obviously doing well on high bar would be great as well, but not as important as contributing to the team score."
Despite Bull's recent success in Ghent, he said he needs to show his all-around reliability for a chance to compete at worlds and beyond.
"I'm one of the younger guys trying to break into the team, and basically the only way I can achieve that is to show that I can contribute on more than one or two events," he said. "For us, the world championships are not about individual achievement, but rather putting a team into the top 16. So whether or not I fit into that team of six gymnasts is up to the selectors."
Bull said bolstering his performances on apparatuses other than high bar should boost his chances for Tokyo.
"Obviously I'd love to be in the team, but if I can't contribute as one of the other guys, then of course the best decision would be to put that guy in," he told IG. "At this point my biggest contribution is high bar, followed by rings, parallel bars and maybe floor. So to make my self valuable to the team, I must improve those other three apparatuses."