BROADSTONE'S Zachary Sheridan was left wondering what might have been as his Youth Olympic Games adventure left a bitter taste in the mouth.
Sheridan had to wait 10 days to get his mission on the trampoline underway and the 17-year-old clearly had itchy feet as he set about breezing into the men’s final last Friday, qualifying in fifth place with a score of 95.600.
However, the final didn’t go according to plan as an early setback saw his routine cut short with 11.000 points leaving him sixth out of eight competitors.
“It just didn’t feel right at all out there in the final,” he said. “It obviously wasn’t what I was hoping for but I did achieve a top-eight finish and primarily that was the target.
“I had felt really good going into the final but I guess it just wasn’t my day.
"You can tell when things aren’t right and I got that feeling out there and unfortunately I had to end my routine early which was disappointing.
“But despite this result the whole experience has been incredible and it has inspired me to do so many things. I am really happy to have been a part of the whole thing.”
Sheridan doesn’t have long to wait for his shot at redemption with next month’s British Championships fast approaching.
And despite leaving Nanjing empty handed in terms of medals, the teenager is adamant the trip was still well worth it.
“Next for me I have the British Championships coming up next month and then the World Championship qualifiers after that,” he added.
“And this whole experience has inspired me to get better and prove what I can do.”
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