Artistic gymnastics: Marine Boyer, bitter tears and high hopes!

Thursday, 10 november 2022

Marine Boyer, a gymnast supported by Crédit Coopératif via the Performance Pact, came short of a medal in the balance beam event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held recently in England, claiming a 4th place that was as frustrating as it was full of promise.

First competitor to enter the fray

There’s no doubt that it’s extremely frustrating! Marine Boyer (22) was deeply disappointed when the points scored by the Japanese gymnast Shoko Miyata, the final competitor in the balance beam event, flashed up on the display. Until that moment, the Frenchwoman seemed set to claim a medal in the final of this event in the World Championships held recently in Liverpool (UK). Marine Boyer was the first competitor to go through her paces, a position that’s always particularly difficult in competition. This is because you don’t have the memory of other performances to rise above and, even more importantly, you have to perfectly master your emotions to achieve the necessary focus immediately.  Unfortunately, Marine Boyer made two mistakes that ultimately cost her a medal as the Japanese gymnast pipped her at the post. In the end, she came 4th on the balance beam as she did at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Although this ranking is considered the most frustrating place of all, this result detracts nothing from the fine performance achieved by this young member of the Meaux Gymnastics club who gave of her very best in this competition.

Winner in the Paris Challenge Cup

But, above all, this result decisively confirms her standing as one of the best in the world in this discipline considering that she won gold on the balance beam in the World Challenge Cup series held in Paris at the end of September. And she won this medal despite the presence of two world runners-up in the competition, the American Shilese Jones and the Canadian Ellie Black, in an electric atmosphere supported by a crowd of 12,500 in this hall of the Accor Arena due to host the Olympic Games in two years’ time… A fantastic victory that restored her confidence after the bitter disappointment of Tokyo 2021 where she failed to reach the finals on her favorite apparatus, a disappointment that left the young woman from Reunion Island considerably shaken… to the point that she even considered giving up gymnastics altogether! But her victory in Bercy, followed by this 4th place, clearly shows that she’s definitely on the right path and that all her hopes are justified once she’s dried her tears from Liverpool.

At present, nearly 200 elite athletes from every region of France are receiving support from Groupe BPCE companies, especially via the Performance Pact. The objective is twofold: to enable athletes, through sponsorship, training and vocational retraining, to calmly pursue their twin sporting and professional careers and, in so doing, to give them the best chance of performing well in forthcoming events, notably at the Olympic & Paralympic Games Paris 2024 of which Groupe BPCE is a Premium Partner.

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