BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

Commonwealth Games 2002
You are in: Gymnastics  
Front Page 
Statistics 
Athletics 
Swimming 
Badminton 
Boxing 
Cycling 
Rugby 7's 
Hockey 
Gymnastics 
Squash 
Judo 
Other Sports 
Features 
Sports Talk 
BBC Coverage 
Photo Galleries 
Event Guide 
Venue Guide 
Stars to Watch 
Nations 
Quiz 

Play Denise Lewis Heptathlon BBC Sport

BBC Weather

BBC News

Gymnastics Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Holly's absence is a big blow
Northern Ireland's Holly Murdock had been considered a real medal prospect
Holly Murdock was foced to withdraw from the Games

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games gymnastics team are doing their best to cope with the withdrawal of Holly Murdock through injury.

A leg problem forced 18-year-old Murdock to pull out of the tournament last week.

She had been a gold medal contender after finishing 14th in the individual all-around competition at last year's World Championships.

Now the NI team must now make do and mend without her.

'Massive setback'

Head coach Tony Byrne said: "The heart and soul was knocked out of the team when Holly went.

"Northern Ireland only has a population of 1.5million and we only have one superstar.

"When that superstar goes it is a massive setback.

"Losing Holly was such a shock to the team because the younger members were only going to compete in one or two disciplines and we were concentrating on that.

'Biggest effect'

"We had already suffered one injury blow when Marisha McConvey broke two fingers but we were looking to Holly, Victoria (Martin) and Katie (Slader) to put in big performances.

"Holly's injury has had the biggest effect on our number two VictoriaMartin.

"She could, in effect, hide behind Holly and perform quite solidly because she was not expected to perform wonderfully.

"But with Holly going we have noticed she has gone into her shell somewhat.

"It is only in the last couple of days that she has started to find her feet again."

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
See also:

15 Jul 02 | Gymnastics
05 Jun 02 | Gymnastics
05 Jun 02 | Gymnastics
Links to more Gymnastics stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Gymnastics stories

© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics

Athletics | Swimming | Badminton | Boxing | Cycling
Rugby 7's | Hockey | Gymnastics | Squash | Judo | Other Sports

Features | Sports Talk | BBC Coverage | Photo Galleries

Event Guide | Venue Guide | Stars to Watch | Nations | Quiz