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So a moment of British sporting history. Silver medal around the
neck of Neill Thomas. We have a World Champion. Fantastic.
Britain's Louis Smith, for the first time in British Olympic history,
medals in an apparatus final. He is World Champion on floor. What an
incredible achievement. A silver medal in the all-rounds. My word,
Daniel Keatings, absolutely phenomenal. That is a beautiful
routine. That was first class. Come on, Daniel. That will do
nicely. What a moment, enjoy this boys.
Oh, fantastic. He could not have done that better.
The culmination of years of building. The foundations have been
there. Now they are going to reap the rewards. Make of a your
weaknesses your strengths and you will be a champion. Max Whitlock is
the pommel horse World Champion. Well, hello and welcome to
Liverpool's Echo Arena for coverage, live coverage of the British
gymnastics chipts. As you have seen from that piece there, British
Gymnastics has never been better, more successful. Winning 44 medals
in the last 14 years at world and European level. Goodness me,
somebody who has been a very, very big part of that medal haul and of
course the catalyst of the success we have here, of British gymnastics
is Beth Tweedle. We have not seen you, for a long time because you
have been in rehab after a nasty ski jump accident. How is it going?
Getting there. It is a slow process but I'm working with the doctors and
physios and building me a rehab programme to get back to full
fitness. When I'm in a safe and controlled environment I can take my
collar off but when I'm out and about and around people and in the
car I have to keep it on. You were in here yesterday in the Arena.
6,000 people watching the British Championships. Here we are, a home
crowd for you, Liverpool. You must be so proud. The lights have gone
out. You cannot see much. But it is a packed crowd A far cry from what
we used to compete. A small sports hall, maybe 300 people watching. A
few mums and dads. So to see people out here yesterday, coming out, into
the smoke and all the people watching and the atmosphere was
incredible for Max and Claudia. We wish you all the very best with your
continued recovery. We know that you were in for the all-round
competition for the women and men. Let's bring everybody up-to-date
with what happened yesterday. Last year the gold was Amy Tinkler 's.
Could she win two in a row? Her vault suburb but shaky on beam she
finished out of the medals in fourth. Ellie Downie's 2015 was
superb, with world honours. Her vault as good as ever but a shoulder
injured hampered her . I thought My coach was like - how
have you managed third? Rebecca Tunney was the youngest
Olympian at London 2012. But injuries to both elbows meant she
hasn't competed at this level for two years. Spurred on by a home
crowd she Saud - I'm back and in the mix for the national teem with an
all-round silver. . I have been out so long from being injured. So it
was nice to come back and get the silver medal. Over the moon. The
winner of the gold never looked in doubt. Claudia Fragapane,
untouchable from start to finish. Scores of over 14 in three of her
four apparatus, a new best total for her of 58.1 and a first national
all-around title. I really enjoyed everything. 58.1. A new PB and a new
British record. Yes, I can't believe it. I didn't know it was a British
record. I'm really, really happy. I wanted to go out there and go clean
and do the best I can Can you go higher, do you think? I think I
could, yes. You know I had a few wobbles on beam and be didn't some
stuff counted and bars, a struggle going through. If I did really clean
work, my absolute best, I think I could go higher. Well, you will see
all of the top three in action this afternoon with the apparatus finals
but Beth before you go and sit down, quickly, your thoughts on what you
saw from the women's side of things last night? It was so exciting to
watch. So many going for the top spot. For Claudia to take it under
the pressure going into the Olympics was a great result for her and a
personal best. It puts them all in great stead ahead of Rio. Rebecca
Tunney, she used the word "deliver appear formance" so important for
her at this stage bearing in mind selection Yes she has been injured
for a couple of years, a tough time to get back to full fitness. A
competition between the Downie sisters. Isn't it? I wouldn't like
to be in their house? There is rivalry, but friendly. I think they
help each other to get back on the road to success. OK. List yes, Beth,
thank you for your time. You can sit down now, as we, as David brings us
up-to-date on what happens in the men's all-around competition. This
was hotly-contested. Ten men in this field had either
Olympic, World or European medals. Sam Oldham and James Hall among
them. Unable it split the difference, joint fourth for them.
Nile Wilson also has international honour abouts but never a senior
British medal. He has put that right. Rings and parallel bars in
particular helping him to all-around rewards. Happy to place in the
all-arounds. It is a tough competition. Everybody is battling
it out. Personally disappointed with some routines, aid few faults out
there tonight but it is exciting tiles I'm loving every minute of it.
Showed a good battle and fight out there. Really happen yinchts last
year Dan Purvis took his fourth all-around title. This time he was
in better shape than ever. Parallel bars his highlight. His floor not
far behind but not even a career-best tally for him could
retain the title, silver instead. I was nervous going into this
competition, starting on vault. It is always a big piece if you hit it.
Yes, I'm ready to hit my routines. It has given me confidence going
into the rest of the year. The Glasgow World Cup was great and the
British has been fantastic, onwards and upwards. It was then to be Max
Whitlock's night. What a night. The world's pommel champion began with a
huge 16.25 on that and rounded off with another big score on the floor.
An average of 15. 45 for his routines, another personal best
total of 92.7. Big enough to have won the last World and Olympic
titles. I'm very pleased. There was the Glasgow World Cup beforehand
which went great. Like every competition my target is to go
clean, which is what I did. An average of 15. 45, did you think you
could score that much coming in? Sometimes I have hit it in train, it
is different hitting it in a competition day on all six pieces.
I'm over the moon, I couldn't ask for more, really. Do you know, I
have to say, I couldn't quite believe the quality of the
gymnastics going off in the arena last night. Everywhere you looked a
winning performance. It really was something. Quite emotional really,
when you think about the piece we saw at the beginning and how all of
these gymnasts have come to fruition and it is beginning to blossom right
now. Well listen, talking us through the action this afternoon, we have
two wonderful gymnasts, in Craig Heath, double Commonwealth gold
medallist, well done, and back in 2009, Dan, we saw you in the piece
at the beginning with the all-around silver but yesterday's competition,
it didn't go to plan on pommel horse, sorry. I was just doing the
pommel horse. I got to the end of my routine. I did a nice routine. I
think I relaxed too much thinking I completed and lost concentration and
fell off. I was a little bit gutted about it but at the end of the day
mistakes happen. We have heard Max Whitlock being introduced. We have
the men's floor and women's bar finals first of all but we have to
talk about that 92.7. We heard in the piece there, it could have got
gold at the Olympics. That really, is one of the highest all-around
scores that has ever been posted, Craig. Ye, it is the highest score
and I think it really shows a clear message to the rest of the world
that Max Whitlock is a serious contender and not just for the
pommel title but for the all-around title as well. Exciting stuff. I
mean, really, how - you know when you think about the British judging
and how that would compare it the international judging, Dan, what
were your thoughts on that? I mean, Max hit every routine perfect
yesterday. We have seen in international competitions before he
can score in the 90s. So even if it was slightly inflated it is going to
be there or thereabouts if he puts in a similar performance on an
international stage. I mean we were talking to Scott, his coach, and he
said he is tired today. I mean not surprisingly. Yes, it is a really
tough competition, a couple of days into this and obviously he has the
times and the pressure. Don't forget this is going to be like the World
Champion pommel final all over again. So he will be a little bit
tired but I guess this is the process that the gymnasts need to go
through in the build-up to, you know, the long-tiring competitions'
schedule which will be in the Olympic Games. We can see the
gymnasts lining up for the floor. We have Jack Neill going fist and Lewis
and Reiss Beckford who bizarrely is competed for Jamaica. Amazing. He
has Jamaican roots and felt passionate about joining jam aica. I
hope he can get the Olympic spot. Dominick Cunningham, an incredibly
exciting gymnast. We have seen him come up through the junior ranks.
The tumbling and lightness of touch he has. He is doing a new enough a
two-and-a-half twisting double back and into another move and nobody in
the world has done it. And even the World Champion has done it. Yes he
pipped Max to the world title, but Max got the silver. It is unwould
have many medals he has do the. Here he is talking to David McDaid. How
has life changed if at all, for you since winning that historic men's
gold? For me, I like to keep it similar. I come back off these
results and major Championships, more motivated to get back into the
gym. I don't have much time off. So I think that's what keeps me
grounded and keeps it the same. That's what it is all about. It
needs to be, you prepare for a competition, you do t get back in
and prepare for the next. The expectancy has changed. That's what
has changed a lot. GB are going into competitions expected to pro-Dawes
results. But we have had a lot of experience now. Ever since London
2012 it has felt like that for us. But I I have switched that to
support and that's what I feed off of and what vibe I get. It is all
really good changes to be honest. What does the British Championships
mean, especially on Olympic year, does it take on extra significance?
Yes, the British Championships is always a big one in the diary,
especially this year, it is the trial for the Olympic Games. All the
boys will be doing their best to make the team for the Europeans
leading into Rio. But always a big Championships. For you to be crowned
the champion in Britain is a great achievement to hold. The team in Rio
is fierce among the guys. Yes, a tough team to make. To be honest, I
wouldn't want to be the selector. The guys are getting better and
better. The younger ones are coming through, pushing the seniors. So,
you know, it is very, very tough but it is a great thing for British
gymnastics at this point and we are in a very good place and hopefully
we can keep going with that strength. The arena awaits for the
men's floor time. You can see the women are warming up for the bars.
This competition will run kind of simultaneously. We will have a male
gymnast then female there. Is Max with his chalkbag. He goes nowhere
without it. This is chauk from his own gym, Chris. Yes, he is very,
very meticulous, Max, he likes everything planned exactly right and
carries his own chalk. Doesn't leave anything to chance. That's the
marker of a good gymnast. You don't leave it to chance. Max will be the
last gymnast to go in this men's floor final. There is eight here.
This really is a Masters competition, Craig. It is quite
interesting that the style of Masters compo takes how it works.
Yes, it is really examining -- competition and how it works. Yes,
it is. We have three days of competitions. In the juniors we have
under 16, under 18 and seniors and it is the top eight overall. So it
is a real interesting mix for the youngsters to push up and experience
what it is like. If you are good enough to post a score then you get
an entry into these Masters' finals. First of all, 18-year-old Jack
Neill, from Tolworth Gymnastics Club. So, the first gymnast to go in
this British floor final. You can see the chalk square that he is
standing in just to keep plenty of grip on the feet. 20 metres by 20
metres, the floor area. CHRISTINE STILL: These gymnasts
competed Friday if they are juniors, or yesterday's if they are seniors.
And as we said, the Masters is a mix of juniors and seniors. So, a lot of
pressure on the seniors here. BORIS BECKER: So, Jack Neill kicks
off this men's floor final. Let's see what he has got. Nice,
double twist. People are able working backwards, 2.5, punch front
half. Like adjustment on the landing. -- slight adjustment. No
execution there. Favoured by the gymnasts. Arabian. Settling in. That
is the Russian swing, often seen on the pommel horse. Gymnasts show a
bit of originality on the floor. Nice double twist. Plenty of time,
head out, spots the floor. This will be the final tumble. And there is
the buzzer. Into the triple twist, slight step back on lending. Good
routine. Very good routine. Strong work from the 19-year-old. Very nice
and very clean. You get two scores, one for the difficulty and one for
the execution. He will have had a good execution score. Did not give
many marks away. Nice, clean landing. Completely bent the legs
and the white minute, not giving anything to the judges there.
Blogroll lovely triple. The step back will cost him about .3, but he
kept it to a minimum. And just a word, Chris, on the amount of spring
that is in the floor, and how it helps the gymnasts? This is on the
podium, which is already built up, with its own spring. So, Amy
Tinkler, the first gymnast to go in the women's bars final. 24 years
old. This, not Jamie Cording favourite piece. She has worked
really hard and progressed well. Lovely pirouette, and that is a
shame. She performed that really well last night in qualification but
just did not quite stretchy enough to catch the bar. They were three
very difficult combinations of moves linked together. That is of course
how you get the difficulty but also it is risky if you do not do the
first move, it is a bit like an equation, if you do not get the
first bit right, it can ricochet on. Two chances to get her hands on a
medal here. This is a difficult move, the half-turn, and she did it
beautifully. Last night, she performed for the first time the
very difficult double twisting double. Are we going to see it
today? Yes, we do! A great dismount from Amy Tinkler. Shame there was a
break in the middle, but some really positive stuff there. Chris, you
were saying that she managed to land that dismount. Sitting alongside you
last night while she was going through that, you were pre-empting
the dismount. Great success on that? Yes, because last year, Amy was
British champion. That was the Tkatchev which she missed. She was
British champion last year, and all of these gymnasts are working so
hard to up their difficulty ready for Rio. They know they have got to
make their mark. CRAIG HEAP: And what a finish there.
New move, performed really well. Knees and toes locked together. It
takes something to get back onto the bar after a fall and pull the
routine together. Even though it did not go as well today as she
expected, she is definitely going in the right direction. Jack Neill
awaits his floor score. And he got 14.1. So, as the score is in, we can
move on to the second gymnast, who is Jamie Lewis. Now, we were talking
about the Masters... Now, this athlete is 15 years old, competes in
the under-sixteens and yet he is mixing it with the seniors, Chris.
That's right. He won the U16s on Friday. Actually he has had a virus
and been poorly for a couple of weeks. So they were absolutely
thrilled with his performance. Here is Jamie Lewis, from Woking
Gymnastics Club. Nice start. Double Arabian, much better on the landing
there. Into the flour work. Like we see on the pommel horse. Nicely up
into the hands stand. Transitions back down into the flare. Nice work.
Come on, young man. Wide arm lift to handstand. Must hold for two
Full twist. Slight adjustment. A little bit deep on the landing.
There is the 2.5. Punch front half. There is the buzzer for the final
tumble. Glued to the floor! What a performance! I will tell you what,
Chris, can I just remind everybody, this lad is 15 years old! What an
incredible floor routine. Absolutely great. He is likely to be part of
the British team which competes for the junior European Championships.
They have been unbeaten in the last two years, and if this is the next
generation, they have got every reason to be confident of doing well
again. Jamie Lewis is generally thought of as a bit of a pommel
specialist. His floor routine is full of the flour of the pommel
horse as well. What an exciting prospect. Huge congratulations from
Dan Purvis there. We continue that Amy Tinkler scored 12.975. The next
gymnast to go, in the women's bars final, Georgina may Fenton. From
115-year-old to another, Chris. One of the youngest gymnasts in the
women's competition. She is and she is in the national squad, just moved
up. First-year senior, from East London Gymnastics Club. You can see
her with her coach, Lorraine Atkinson. She has got some very
exciting work. This is her piece. She is a bar specialist. Yesterday's
she tried a very ambitious routine and had a fall but still made the
final. Will she go for this routine, is that the plan? I don't know, we
will see. She has got a brave coach, it probably will be! At 15, why not
try it? Because this is what it is all about, the exposure. We talked
about 6000 people being here. The experience is vital for gymnasts of
this age. It is, and this is the Olympic trial. There is no place for
being safe. Tkatchev, mixed grip, and that was the element which came
to grief yesterday's. But you can see two huge elements combined. The
Tkatchev, mixed grip, down to the low bar, the same combination which
Beth Tweddle used. Think you could quite believe that, Craig? Cannot
believe something so spectacular for somebody so young. So, she has got
to continue with confidence. Up to the high bar. And last night this
was a success. But, that is a she shame. She performed that
beautifully. Very difficult combination. She is a little bit
rattled now. It is very ambitious work. I am sure her coach will be
definitely thinking about World Championships after Rio. But she
mistimed... The timing of coming to the bar is so precise. She just came
in a bit too late then. She will want to just finish off now
securely, make a decent dismount. She does. Full twisting double back.
I am sure you can see the potential. Well, absolutely. It is always going
to be that difficult conundrum between difficulty and execution.
How risky do you go? Well, this was very risky. The half-turn, and then
she releases, trying to re-catch the lower bar. But she held onto long
and pull herself back towards the high bar. But the rest of the
routine, the catches and the potential of the routine, as you can
see, if she can hit this routine, she will get a big score. Very
confident dismount. These difficult dismounts, they make them look so
easy. Jamie Lewis's score is in. 14.1 75. He is in the lead at the
moment. With six more gymnasts to go. The next one being Reiss
Beckford. 24 years old. Looking for a place at the Olympics, competing
for Jamaica. Trains with South Essex Gymnastics Club. Unfortunately down
on the first tumble. That is a lot better. Straight front, into the
double twist. Nice in the roll-out down to the floor. That is the
Russian circle. Just needs to relax into the routine, slow it down. That
is much better. Two seconds in the handstand. Takes a breath. Composing
himself. Nice with the two-and-a-half. This
will be the final pass. Needs to keep his head up. Nice double
Arabian to finished! Solid finish. A little bit shaky at the start there,
Reiss Beckford. Such a shame for him at the beginning, Chris, but it is
an interesting time in the year, because you want to be peaking for
the Olympics. For him, selection is not a big deal here. No, that is a
very ambitious tumble. Reiss Beckford is a beautiful gymnast,
always classy, but quite often makes little errors. Often gymnasts who
are so precise, it is just a tiny bit wrong, and they can write that
was the finish. If he is not fighting for selection here, then he
is really looking to peak in August for the Olympics. -- and that was a
super finish. Next, Kelly Simm, 20 years old. She
was helping us out with the coverage at Glasgow. Nice to see her back
competing. And part of the team which took the medal at the World
Championships. Lovely pirouette. Straight down to the low bar again.
And again, a lovely transfer, very nicely into the half-turn. Big
Tkatchev. Really packing the difficulty in. Considering she is
only just back to full training, this is excellent work. Very clean
on the turn. Just a simple, quiet dismount. Only just back to full
fitness, and was a good start to her year. Well, she is yet to medal on
bars, so maybe this could be her year.
With her coach Debbie Richardson, from Dymano School Of Gymnastics.
Very precise, we have seen a few gymnasts struggling to get to grips
with the bar. And you can see a very controlled dismount. Obviously not
fully recovered from that injury. But very precise.
Reiss has scored 13.2 for his floor exercise.
Hamish Carter now. A late replacement for Kristian Thomas. He
hurt his ankle in the vault final earlier on. So Hamish here. 17
years' old. Nice to see another one of the young ones in the final. A
real opportunity now. A nice strong two-and-a-half. First tumble. A big
skill for a 17-year-old. Working backward. Two-and-a-half, tuck,
front full. Very precise. Very precise with the landings. The odd
one here and there, that will make a big difference. An interesting side
somersault. Settles in. There is the wide arm handstand. Must fix. Arms
maybe a little wider. Going well so far. Whip double twist. Much better.
Attacks the floor. Double twist between. Tuck front half. Trying to
build the difficulty, combining the somersaults. The final pass. Stands
up for the triple twist. A great effort there for our reserve. I tell
you what, considering he wasn't expecting to be in the final and he
had to warm-up quite quickly, very, very good and very polished
performance from Hamish Carter. 17. He did get himself a silver at the
European Youth Olympics. You can understand why, Christ. Yes, floor
-- Chris. Yes, floor, silver, he was part of
the youth team that won at the European Olympics. From the City of
Birmingham. A polished performer, Hamish Carter. Kelly Simm waiting
for her score, there it is, 13.2. Ruby Harrold from the Academy next
to go. Commonwealth bronze medallist. Three times world bars
finalist. She has a 6-5 difficulty. A brand new routine. Very ambitious.
Watch carefully. The Tkachev, catch and turn down to the low Ruby
Harrold low bar. That was all new. Now even more difficult with the old
stuff on the front. Nice shoot down to hand stand. Needs a good strong
pirouette here. Does it. Straight back up to the high bar. Still got
her release, her forward element to come. Toe on the half turn, very
good, into the Jaegar somersault. This is a big, strong challenge
here. Needs a good dismount. Fault. Oh, she saved it. What is great
heart. Ruby will fight to the end. A great save on the dismount. I have
to comment on the form through the routine, Craig, I thought it was
wonderful. A brilliant routine. To come out after a few people have
made a few mistakes, a few nerves out there and the pressure of
knowing this is potentially a spot on the Olympic team but such
interesting work there. The full twist down on to the bottom bar.
That is a really difficult move there and then to transition up into
the old routine, adds that together, holds on. Maybe a little bit too
soon on the double front. Underro tated but on another day she would
have sat down. Great fight right to the end Yes, a long routine now. She
has put the add on, on the front and tired by the dismount. Hamish Carter
scores 14.6 for his floor exercise. Very difficult dismounts to land
because they are blind, you can't spot the ground as they are coming
forward Absolutely. Very difficult indeed. All these gymnasts are
fighting for this Olympic spot. Now Ruby yesterday fell on that routine.
She would have been desperate to prove to the national coaches that
she can do the job for the team, that she's the girl to produce the
big bar routine. And she certainly give them a lot to think about
there. Well, no doubt she will go into the lead with that performance
and Hamish Carter is currently leading the men's floor final but
for how long? We have a bit of a warm-up session going on, as we have
half way through the finals. It means the gymnasts don't get too
cold. Becky Downie as well, just warming up. The former European
champion on this piece looking relaxed She performed well
yesterday. Like everybody else, she's under pressure to win her
place. There is the current leader, 14.175 confirms T Ruby Harrold from
The Academy. Beats Kelly Simm. Well that was a mark up on her
qualification, so she will definitely be happy with that
improvement. It is all about consistency. The coaches and the
selectors are look for the gymnast that can plan out routine after
routine, under pressure. You can't be heading off to an Olympic Games
thinking - is this person going to get through the routine? It has to
be consistent performance, Christine. It most certainly has but
we are still a bit of a way off to the Olympics, so it is a bit of a
juggle. You don't - you know you have to put your new work out there
to give yourself a chance and it is bound not to be quite as perfect as
if you just went for tried and tested routines but there are only
five spots you know in the Olympics. One less than last year, so it is a
big fight. It is, I mean listen when you look at the women's and men's
side, the pressure is on all around. This guy, Max Whitlock he is a
shoe-in for a place, no doubt about that. Potentially three medals in
his sights. Looking notch lant because he is still in the warm-up
stage. He will be last to go in the floor final. Three, I have come up
with four, individual, team, pommel and floor, four. Or am I getting
carried away with myself with the excitement of the atmosphere in
here? No, you are right. Well we have Dominick Cunningham now in the
men's floor. Don't worry about the warm-up, this is actually happening,
this is a true competition now and this lad has an enormous amount of
spring in his step. He is a joy to watch. If he hits, he could well
medal here. Well, this is something special. A two-and-a-half twist. It
should be into a tuck front full twist. Recovered well. That move
would be his move. It has never been done before. That's how difficult it
is. But a good twister. Struggling a little bit today. He just needs to
calm himself into the routine. One-and-a-half double twist. Another
adjustment on the landing. The problem with the difficult routines
is, there is more margin and room for error, so you have to be really
switched on. Double Arabian, half out. What I like about this routine,
it has a bit of everything. Single somersaults with twists double
somersaults with twists. It is a very balanced routine. There is the
roll-out. Really exciting to watch. I think a huge talent for the
future. And the triple twist to finish. There were errors today.
Yes, but goodness me, 20, talk about moves and skills in his locker,
Chris. Absolutely. He did a different second tumble today to
what he did last night. He did a two-and-a-half immediate double
front somersault. That was the opening tumble. The double back with
one-and-a-half twists, immediate punch front. I think we might be
seeing here - well, this is the triple at the finish. He is very,
very skilful. Very skilful. He's almost got the problem of so much in
his repertoire that it is a difficult choice and he's very
tempted, often, to switch things around. He needs to gain a bit of
consistency. Well all at the City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club will be
cheering him on. So now we are over to the women's bars. Ruby Harrold
leads the way with a score of 14.175 but here we go with Becky Downie,
former European Champion, current European silver medallist. This such
an important routine for her, with her bid for a place in Rio.
Only competes on two apparatus. Beam and bars. So they have to be
exceptional. Lovely, smooth start. Just watch all this. Swings so
cleanly, into the pike. Tkachev, very, very difficult. She is really
going for a big routine today. Full pirouette. Immediate straddle pike
Tkachev down to the low bar. Up. She's going for another one, another
big release. She really went for broke today. Right - that is very
difficult in the middle, let alone do it after eight moves. It is such
a power move. She went for it and it... What went wrong? She didn't
quite have enough swing. You are generating your swing from the catch
and swinging back to give yourself the power to goefrt the high power.
She didn't quite have enough power there. It takes such a lot of
strength and fantastic timing. Needs to just calmly finish now. Try and
swing, full twisting double back She really went for broke today. She did
the same routine for 15.1 yesterday. Today she decided to go for T -- the
safe routine. Well when you have the selectors working closely and says -
give me more time in the gym and I will get that. Enough, Craig, do you
think? I think so. Before the fall I was just thinking how improved the
routine looks. She's obviously worked a bit on her form. Look at
the execution. Really pointing and extending her toes, as you can see.
Up, over and I think, like Christine said shee, didn't have enough
momentum back, all the weight is down on your hands. You are only
going to go one way to the floor but actually, early in the season I
think it was a really impressive routine. It is, a very impressive
routine. If she wants to be selected, she has got to go with the
ambition of an Olympic medal. Certainly an Olympic final you don't
take specialists unless they are going for that. She knows she has to
say to the selectors, give me one of those five place, I might only work
two pieces but I will get you a medal. Dominick Cunningham is in
fourth. We were awed by the difficulty but the execution wasn't
enough. So Jack Neill, some of the young gymnasts leading at the
moment. Here we go now with Sam Oldham. A
very talented gymnast. Lots of experience. A really confident roll
out for the first tumble. Settles in nicely. There you go,
two-and-a-half, one na. . -- one-and-a-half. You can see the
difference in the experience between the older gymnasts and younger ones.
Double front. Difficult to land because it is a blind opening for
the landing. You need to try to spot something within the arena.
Two-and-a-half, tuck front, full. Sam Oldham a very stylish gymnast
there. Is the flair work up into hand stand. Transitions back down.
Originalality there with break dancing. Needs to control for the
lift to handstand. A little bit to the head to signify I'm in control.
Here is the final tumble. Can he stand this up and stick it? Whip
half, double twist. A light adjustment on landing. Very solid
routine. I think we might have a new leader on the floor exercise. Well,
yes, the score to beat, 14.6, Sam scored 15.15 in qualification with a
6-2 difficulty. Great to see him back to this form. He was out for a
while with injury. Yes, we saw him can he Commonwealth Games damage an
ankle badly. It has taken a long time. You can still see when you
landed there, he took more weight through one foot than the other.
It's take been a long time to come back from but he looked very
confident there. Rebecca Downie goes into the lead with 14.425. So she is
renow ahead of Ruby Harrold and Kelly Simm hangs on for bronze.
Could this be the first bronze for Kelly Simm?
Two more gymnasts to go, then, Claudia Fragapane, the bronze on
bars last year. The all-around champion yesterday. She was
sensational in the all-around competition yesterday. She's so
tiny, to make that flight from low bar to high bar. Nice control on the
half turn and another half. Super height Jaegar somersault. This is
the new element. Oh, she didn't give it enough lift off the bar. Tucked
the knees up. She made that really well yesterday. It was her first
piece and it set her up for a great competition. But, you know, the
highs of one day are sometimes the lows of the next.
She goes down to the low bar, half-turn... It is a tricky routine,
this, a lot of turns in it. But watch this - she goes full
pirouette, immediately... Oh, she didn't today. But the giant in, two
giants, in fact. Yesterday's she did the full pirouette. To be fair, I
think she came here for all-round, anyway. Oh, yes, she certainly did.
But she will have wanted to have done this well today. That was
similar to what we saw in the World Cup. It was almost like, I have
realised I have missed the bar, I'm going to bend my legs to get over.
She needs 13 point two for a medal at the moment. Sam Oldham goes into
the lead with a score of 15. Hamish Carter drops down into second. Jamie
Lewis hangs onto bronze at the moment. Speaking of bronze medals,
twice European bronze medallist next up on floor, Dan Purvis, 25 years
old. Such a stalwart of the British team. He is looking fit. He sure is,
looks in great form. Solid, powerful, double twisting double
back for an opener. One-and-a-half double twist. The way that he can
control the floor on the landings. Double front - and nailed. This is
the Dan Purvis that we remember. Stands up, slight adjustment
required there. Lifting up into the wider arm handstand. Gives the
gymnast a second to catch their breath. Because they need it. Needs
to stay sharp in the roll-out. Are very well controlled. Slight puff of
the cheeks. There is the noise. Final tumble. Double Arabian! And to
the floor! What a performance! I tell you what, that is going to be
tough even for Max to beat. It not give a lot away there, Chris. No-one
can land quite as well as Dan Purvis. That is such a hard final
tumble, the whip in two double Arabian. He just knows where the
floor is exactly. Really showing his experience. Opening with double
twisting double back. If only the Europeans were next week, Chris! He
will be looking forward to the Europeans. He did so well. He was a
bit leaning back. But was outstanding, I cannot wait to see
the score on that. So, Fragapane, then, fifth. So Rebecca Downie
hands-on. Kelly Simm in third. Amy Tinkler in fourth. -- hangs on.
So, Rebecca will be the next gymnast, British champion back in
2014. Second in the all-round yesterday's. I was talking to Beth
about her yesterday and what a performance it was for her to come
back with. She knows she can win this today. Superlight on bars. Big,
fast turn. High Jaeger somersault. Good secure catch. This is the
difficult combination, the pike to Tkatchev. The full turn. Lovely,
legs locked together. Opta The Hive Barragan, and down. -- up to the
high bar again. Such a difficult combination - and it just did not
pay off. These gymnasts really looking to build the difficulty so
that Great Britain can go to the Olympics with a good chance of a
team medal. And I think they can. I think the biggest chance for the
women is a team metal. That's why they are trying these difficult
routines now, so that by the time August comes, they will be
perfected. And that is quite a long time in the world of gymnastics. It
is indeed. Straight into the full twisting double back. A shame, she
could have taken the easy way out. She went for the difficult
combination. And wow! Both her and Rebecca Downie have gone for broke
today. CRAIG HEAP: I might have just gone,
I might just do the easier routine, because she has been out of the game
for a couple of years. To take the title would go well with the
selectors. So it is quite an interesting dynamic. But does that
not say about the mentality of the British team at the moment, and is
that what has been missing for a while, I don't know? Well, certainly
they do not want to hold safe. Dan Purvis leads the field ahead of Sam
Oldham and Hamish Carter. And that is a big score, isn't it? It was
indeed. The last gymnast to go in this men's floor final is world
silver medallist and Commonwealth champion, former European champion
Max Whitlock full. Prepare to be impressed. Strong start, straight
into the two-and-a-half. A very businesslike performance now from
Max. That is the three-and-a-half. Into the tuck front half. Settling
down into the flat work. A little bit of originality there. Can just
settle in. That is the best wide arm handstand we have seen so far.
Two-and-a-half, nice. Spot the floor, twists, so easily. Good
control in the roll-out. Final tumble. It is usually a triple. And
it is today! Pinpoint accuracy on the final tumble from our current
British champion! Well, he contained the energy by the end of it, but
that could be a very, very costly tumble. Did he land completely
outside of the area, Chris? Yes, I believe he did. He did not actually
step so he will not get any more Marks taken off, but he will lose up
to about 0.3 or so for landing out. So it is going to be a very
interesting score here. He has probably got enough in hand through
the difficulty. Judging by last night, 16.5 he posted in the
all-round competition. Still, Dan Purvis, 15 point four to score at
the moment. So, the last gymnast in this women's
final, from the Sapphire Gymnastics Club in him or her instead. She has
suffered from injuries over the last couple of years but has really
worked on the bars. Lovely technique and style. Down to the low bar. Nice
full pirouette, into the Shaposhnikova. Just needs a big
dismount. Feet up high, lovely double straight. That was a fabulous
bar routine. It certainly was, under that pressure there. A few falls and
a real opportunity to take the title. Dealing with those nerves.
Great catch and back down. The judges will look if the gymnast is
too close to the barge off they will look at the execution. Nice in the
handstand, up to the top barge -- to the top bar. Beautiful landing.
Super stuff. Worth more than 14.425, Chris? I think it is going to be
very tight. It was beautifully performed. There you go, Max
Whitlock, he takes the title, here in the Men's Masters. Ahead of Dan
Purvis, who takes silver. Sam Oldham gets the bronze. It was a tight
fight, though. Wasn't it just?! This is going to be tight as well. She
performed very well, Gabby Jupp. I think she got a combination of
little bit tighter. She has done enough! A career with so many
injuries and is axed, and here she is, Rajesh bars champion. Well done,
Gabby Jupp! -- British. Everybody in gymnastics will be thrilled.
So, there is confirmation that Gabrielle Jupp is British champion
on the uneven bars. And we will have confirmation of the
men's floor final for you very shortly. To more finals to come
live. We will have the women's floor and the men's pommel horse as well.
And what a hotly contested competition that is a going to be.
Before that, Max can enjoy his gold on floor. Will he get a gold on
pommel horse as well? We will find out a little bit later one. Dan
Purvis gets the silver medal. And Sam Oldham takes bronze, for the
Loughborough Gymnastics Club. Now, here is what happens in the junior
events. The best of Britain's youngsters
were battling it out on Friday here in Liverpool. The women's junior
title went to Maisie Methuen. How does it feel? It feels amazing. I
never expected it. But when I went out there, it paid off. It was
really good. What do you hope to do in the future in gymnastics? I hope
to get into the European team this year. And then hopefully the
Commonwealths and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The bronze went to Ellesse Oates. The silver went to Taeja James. For
the men's, Jamie Lewis won the gold in the U16s. And it all came down to
his strongest and final apparatus, the pommel horse. Congratulations,
how does it feel to be British champion? It feels very good.
Because I was sick two weeks before the competition which set me back a
lot. I am very surprised that I came out on top. Donell Osbourne from the
city of Birmingham ran Jamie close, finishing just behind, to take the
silver medal. Huntingdon's Yaman took the bronze. In the U-18s, it
was gold for Joe Fraser. He fell on the high bar, which could have been
costly, but with good scores already in the bag, he topped the standings.
British champion, how does it feel? It is unreal, to be honest. I have
put so much training into this, me and my coach. To come away with
three golds and two Silvers, it has made it all worth it. The last
apparatus, the high bar, you fell off, so how nervous were waiting to
see if you had one gold? I was very nervous, to be honest. I know that
having an error on a piece of operators can cost me the gold. Last
year's winner had to fight back from a fall on his floor routine to take
silver, but Giarnni Regini-Moran was able to do that. And luckily rounded
off a good day for the City Of Birmingham Gymnastics Club.
It goes to show what strength and depth there is in the British team
at the moment. You know, Dan, more than most, you watch the gymnasts
coming through and even in the Masters there, the youngest gymnasts
mixing it with the best of the seniors. That's one of the best
things in the Masters. We can get some of the junior boys to show what
they are capable of, coming through the rapgs, against the best guys. --
coming through the ranks. When you are in the gym, what is the
difference between honing a gymnast like that at that age and putting
them up in the world stage and giving them a place in the this
men's team? How does it work? What is the trands igs? In the junior
code there is eight elements, in the senior code there are ten. A big
jump. The guys who are 16 and 17 looking to make the jump in the next
couple of years are coming here and trying to do the ten element
routines which requires more fitness but you saw it today they have
prepared well and are looking good. How impressed were you with the
younger gymnasts in the floor final? Unbelievable. They are scoring
scores like they were scoring one or two years ago. You know, it
defendant nitly looks like we will have a bright future. -- definitely
looks. We'll enjoy some more moments from the finals we have just seen
with the women's bars and the floor. Let's look at the first we are going
to see. There we go, a bit of Sam Oldham first of all. Great to see
Sam back. Such a stylish gymnast to watch. I think that's really
important. The judges will like that and to be back in here in this sort
of arena, competing. He is really pushing for a place for the team.
Remember he was part of the team that won that first-ever bronze
medal. Here is a kid, he is struggling. He is fighting for his
place. Absolutely. So, difficult for him but also good for us as a nation
of gymnastics and like Dan was saying, there are youngsters taking
the opportunity to really just get stuck in and think about the
motivation, as a gymnast. You spend a lot of time in the gym. What
affect of going into that floor final, knowing you have been rubbing
shoulders with the likes of Dan Purvis and Max Whitlock, you go back
it the gym thinking - I can have some of this. I think the experience
you cannot underestimate for these young gymnasts. We have to have a
word on Dan Purvis. He did the all-around competition yesterday. He
is looking sharp. Looking so fit at the moment. And his landings. He is
looking on top form at the moment. He has been building. He is fit.
Obviously he scored 89 yesterday and today he has been going clean. What
a floor routine he put N I'm happy for him. He was one of my closest
mates. -- he put in. I'm happy to see him performing at the highest
level. And Max Whitlock, uncharacteristicically landing
outside the area, everyone was - hang on a minute, what is that? He
just lent a little bit too far back. Also, we have to imagine when you
are starting a routine and that adrenaline has kicked in, we are
human beings at the end of the day, we are not robots and with all that
adrenaline in the first tumble, he has just overcooked it a bit but the
really smart thing is, he spotted the floor, so he took no landing
faults. The fact he was outside the floor when you have such a difficult
routine and you can still score 15.5. It is good to have in the
locker, knowing you can make a mistake. And lean looking at the
bars, as far as the women are concerned, gymnasts coming out and
really pushing it. Really trying. There is an interesting atmosphere.
Normally there is an air of tent tentativeness when you go to the --
an air of tentativeness when you look to the European station but
here we have Gabby Jupp just proving that. A really nice routine. Great
to see her back. There is a big amount of pressure here. Everyone
fighting for their spot to get on to the team. It is amazing at a British
Championships we have managed to pull in this amount of people in the
crowd T feels like a World Championship, which is amazing. --
it feels like. It is so good it see what the gymnasts are doing. And
look at that. What a way to finish. There you have the British champion.
Such success at junior level. Injury through knees and here she is
deserved of a place. This is the thing, as far as the selectors are
concerned, where do you go? Well, somebody who hopes that they are
very much on the radar is Louis Smith, we have to call him MBE now.
He will be out shortly to compete against Max Whitlock. So that is one
and two from the World final and we have Prashanth Sellathurai here,
because we are inviting guests. He is a gymnast that competes for
Australia. He is a long way from home but he is a gymnast as well,
you know him very well. He has medaled three or four times at world
level. Yes, I mean it is a world standard final here today in the
pommel. Lewis and Max with the world medals last year. And Prashanth
Sellathurai has a world medal and a few youngsters who can serve and
it'll be interesting how they hold their nerve against their idols like
Lewis and Max. A lot of people watching would think that Louis
Smith is a shoe-in. Well, is he, it is tentative times here he is
talking to David. At the World Championships watching you and Max
pick up medals but also seeing you compete against each other, how much
does that drive you on to be a better gymnast. The dynamics on what
motivates me is different to perhaps what I was when I was 19 or 20. It
is probably different to what Max is now, he is in his prime. I'm at the
back end of my career. Hopefully this will be my third Olympics. I
know what I need to do. It is nice to bounce off Max. Hopefully I push
him harder than he pushes me. He can deal with it. He is young, put more
effort n he is training harder, he is hungry. It is a different
dynamic. I'm a very relaxed person now. I haven't come to the British
Championships thinking I can win. I have come here with the goal of
showing the selectors I'm on my way and we'll see what happens. The
Masters you will be competing against younger guys, it is a bit
different, especially for the public to see. It is good for the younger
ones. It might spur them on to be greater than me and Max five or ten
years' down the future. I enjoy mixing with the younger ones. It is
an amazing talent in the kids, I'm not going to lie. I have to try and
hold my own. I can't be beaten by these younger kids any more.
You know Louis very well. Don't you. I mean he seems like he is in a
goods place. He has been through a lot, all you gymnasts have, to be
fair. Obviously Lewis has been around the longest, competing on an
international stage at senior level. He knows how well he has prepared.
He will be in great shape. He will be calm. He wants to go out and put
in a good performance and try and score in the high 15s and, you know,
he knows how best to do that. It is by keeping calm and doing what he
does best. How difficult to you think he will go? We have always had
this conversations about him with difficulty verses execution. He put
up a 6-9 yesterday but rumour has it that Max is going to put up a 7-4. !
Haes a a 7-4 in his locker. He has been training it through and going
through it pretty much 100% of the time. Do you think he will do it? I
think Max will and if Louis it going to challenge that, he will have to
up his routine. It'll be interesting to see what he does today. On the
note of selection. But Louis, he is a tough gymnast, he
only does one piece. I know he only does one piece but touch wood if
everything goes right he is a guaranteed medal. Most of the time
if everything goes through he picks up a medal on world stage. It is
that choice, if you want it take a gymnast to get as many medals as you
can in the Olympic Games. The amount of depth we have in the squad, it is
a tough selection but that's what is making us so good as a nation. Have
you noticed a difference from Max since the won the world title on
pommel. He has a real air when he walks into the gym. We have known
for years how good Max was on pople. It was - when was he going to do it?
Now he has done it, it has almost given him more confidence. When he
goes into training now, it seems like he is never, ever going to fall
off, an amazing thing to see, and obviously it is really good for the
team. And we have Brinn Bevan in this final as well. He had a really
bad injury. He was part of the silver-medal-winning team at the
worlds. He had a real injury. We thought it was career-changing
really. Yet he will have spent a lot of time on this piece no doubt while
he was rehabbing that leg. What is it about pommel horse that Great
Britain are so good at? I think it's obviously starting with Louis, from
when we were younger picking up medals and myself, we were training
in the same gym and Max has followed in our foot Steves. I think it is
belief. You look at the Germans, they are good at high bar. The
Americans are strong on rings. I think once a nation has a good piece
everyone follow in those footsteps and you believe you are one of the
best nation on pommel horse. I think that's just what it is. Well the
pommel horse will be taking place at the same time as the women's floor.
So we'll hand over to commentary now, to Christine Still and to Craig
Heap and I'll come and join you very shortly.
CHRISTINE STILL: The women's floor looks ready. Gymnasts have 30
seconds each to warm up and we can see the first competitor, Claudia
Fragapane, winner of the overall British title last night. So she has
a lot to go for today. Kelly Simm next, and Rebecca Tunney, Amy
Tinkler then three gymnasts, two from The Academy, Abigail Solari and
Phoebe Turner and Georgia-Mae Fenton from East London and Ellie Downie
from Notts. CRAIG HE AP: Here we have the start-list for the men's
pommel horse: Well, these certainly are two finals
that are tote little world class. -- totally world class. Each country is
only allowed two gymnasts in a an apparatus final.
Here we go, watch this opening tumble. Double straight with full
twist and she lands it perfectly. Nothing big tumble on the way back.
It's new. She does it so well. Double Arabian pike.
Of course the floor routine has to have great leaps and spins as well.
This is Claudia's series. And a bit of originalality.
Builds up to this next big tumble. Super triple twist. A big step back
but very clean. So she is' done three tumbles of the
most difficult variety. And she's going to attempt to finish with a
double straight and she does. What a performance! What ability and
stamina. Well, that certainly is her piece. Goodness me, she can't half
entertain on floor. What a wonderful performance.
She certainly put everything into that routine there. Hugs all around
from coaches. I'm not surprised. It was a great performance. Claudia
from Bristol Hawkes Gymnastics Club, a very famous club of many
successful gymnasts over the years. Look at that double Arabian pike.
That's the new tumble. If you just watch, maybe before the landing,
bends her legs a little bit. Whether the judges will pick up on that but
to have the power to finish on a double straight somersault for the
final tumble, I don't think there are many men in the world who finish
on a double layout. She has the power and also the originalality, I
think that's what makes her so exciting to watch. MATT: SHE GOERED
SCORED 15.7 IN YESTERDAY'S ALL-AROUND COMPETITION AND SHE GOT
THE TITLE. We will get her score very shortly. -- she scored.
This is Brinn Bevan from South Essex. He got a bronze last year on
this piece of apparatus at the Europeans. Good to see you back. It
sure is. Got a lot to prove, but he has certainly got the credentials.
Composing himself before the start. Straight into the handstand. Picks
up, into the double leg circles. Slight loss of form there on the one
handle. Come on, keep this going. Keep the momentum, into the
handstand. Back down. Good work, difficult, the reverse turn, we will
see a few of those in this final. Linked into the Magyar. Straight
back down. Full pirouette. He is through, and that is the main thing.
Just keep the swing going, on the pommel horse, Chris. That's right.
He is a great fighter. Like you said earlier, he had a really big injury
at the end of the year, but he has come back fighting and strong as
ever. Got to keep the body as straight as possible. Keep the hips
above the pommel is, above the handles. He is confident and smooth
on the dismount. Here we see, adds the pirouette. Flares the arm to
show control. Well, that is certainly the benchmark. So, what
did Claudia score on the floor? There it is. A little bit down on
what she scored yesterday's. There is a few gymnasts who can threaten
that score. Kelly Simm is the next gymnast to go. Former English floor
champion. Kelly had a hugely busy year last year, winning the world
student games, amongst other things. Lovely double straight for quite a
deep landing, which the judges will deduct for a little. Simple
one-and-a-half, powering into a double back, making it all look
easy. Good control on the leaps. The gymnasts have to express their floor
routines. Quite a lot of marks given for working with the music and
artistry. Spins, leaps, and of course,
tumbles. They have to finish with a difficult tumble if they want full
marks. And she does. Nice little finish there. Smoothly
done by Kelly, not many errors. Yes, unfortunate deep landing on the
first layout. And then halfway through, a straight back. So
obviously just detecting herself to make sure she does not do any
further damage. -- protecting herself. Really powerful arms. Lucky
to keep the knees of the floor. The landing will be deducted. It just
shows the fight to keep the chest up. Finishing with the double pike.
Very clean, nothing wrong with that. Have to get the chest up. Seems to
be a great atmosphere with the girls down there. 14.5 four Brinn Bevan.
Good lad, great score and what a benchmark to start this men's pommel
final. So, the second gymnast to go, Nile
Wilson. Qualified in seventh but he was junior European champion on
pommel horse back in 2014. Slight hesitation, going up to handstand.
That will be deducted. Nice line in the double leg circle. Settling down
now. There is the one handle work. The Russian. Down to the end. Come
on, keep working! Full spindle. He is having to work at this. Come on,
push those hips out. There is the Magyar. Up into the handstand. Full
pirouette. Looked a bit of a struggle for me. He fought his way
through it. Good job! These lads make it look easy. Craig, you will
back me up, it is THE hardest piece. It is certainly very difficult! I
would probably say, this to control your adrenaline. But if you think
about the hardest piece, I would probably say the high bar. If you
have got an action packed routine, doing release and catch after
release and catch... This had its own element. As you can see, it
takes a lot of stamina. He started to piked his hips in the spindle, so
the judges will pick that up. We have got some of the best judges in
the world in this country. Nothing will get past them. And Craig, when
he is brushing the handle with his legs, those will be deductions as
well, won't they? They will indeed. A 10th for every touch. No trouble
up into the handstand. Strong finish. But definitely it was a bit
of a fight today. Relief, you got through it, Nile! Good job! Big
competition for him as well, this. All of these gymnasts looking for a
place in that Olympic team. There is the score for Kelly Simm. Rebecca
Tunney will be on the floor next. Rebecca was a European floor
finalist back in 2012. City of Liverpool, 19 years old. She of
course was the youngest GB competitor in the 2012 Olympics. All
grown-up now. Looking to fight for a place... Oh, but not like that. She
just didn't time the exit correctly. Has to compose herself and make sure
this tumble is good. Another difficult tumble, full twisting
double back. Working well with the music.
One-and-a-half. Difficult work, two difficult tumbles in one series.
CHRISTINE STILL: Just a little bobble on the triple spin. The
judges probably won't credit that. But they will this nice high double
back! Finish from Rebecca Tunney. Just a bit of an error right at the
beginning, mistiming that first tumble. Yes, looking little bit
shaky there. If you have time out of the competition with injury, cannot
replace that competition time. Being on the circuit and banging out the
routines under the pressure. It is so different. You can see there. It
started in the whip. It was a bit short. As soon as you take off as a
gymnast, you know for a fact that you have not made it, but there is
nothing you can do. You just hope for the best. But the last tumble,
the double pike, a lot better. Chest up, and you know, a way to go but I
am sure there is some real positives to take from this weekend. Oh, yes.
The silver medal in the all-around competition yesterday's was a huge
result. Nile Wilson scores 13.325. Brinn Bevan leading the field at the
moment. A lot has been said about British pommel horse work, but not a
lot is said about James Hall. He is someone certainly to keep and eye
on. It is always good to have somebody like James just in the
wings, fighting to get up there and keep the pressure on the top lads.
Solid start, very precise. Control on the one handle. This is difficult
work to control when the adrenaline is pumping. Did well to stay there,
keep his composure. There is the Wu travel, really difficult. And again.
Up into the handles. There is the Magyar. Up into the handstand.
Slight hesitation on the pirouette, but a good routine from James Hall.
It was crisp and sharp! It was indeed, Matt. And James of course
was the reserve in Glasgow at the World Championships. He has just
gradually been creeping up, and he does offer a couple of pieces of
apparatus which we are perhaps not quite so strong on. I think, like
you say, he is somebody to watch out for. A mature and steady performer
as well. He is 20 years old, so he has got a lot of gymnastics ahead of
him as well. Member of the Pegasus Gym Club, same club as Courtney
Tulloch. So their coach has really done a great job with these two
boys. James scored 14.85 in qualification. So he has got the
work as well. Rebecca Tunney's score is in. A costly sit down in the
middle there. So, Claudia Fragapane leading. Ahead of Kelly Simm.
Rebecca Tunney currently in third. Amy Tinkler, a great floor worker.
Had an uncharacteristically poor competition, for her standards,
really, last time. Watch this first tumble. Hubble straight with full
twist - beautiful. -- double straight. Hits the beats of the
music well. And this is another big tumble. Double twisting double tuck.
Enormous difficulty. The leap series - gymnasts have to
include series of leaps as well as tumbles. Sells the routine through
her face. This, a hard tumble. Now into the double tuck. Securely
through. Now she still has to perform a
final, difficult tumble. Here we go, double pike. Lovely landing. That
will be a challenge! That is the question - has the current British
champion done enough to retain her title?
CRAIG HEAP: I will throw my hat in - I think that will just be good
enough. There was some really nice tumbling. Really accurate. And I
liked the choreography in the routine. Such a powerful gymnast.
Big opening tumble for the look at this second tumble. Slight
adjustment there but nothing to speak of. And then right to the end.
We have seen gymnasts maybe lose a bit of energy for the double pike,
what a way to finish. She will be happy with that.
She landed heavily but it was a great performance from South Durham.
We will have her score in a moment. James Hall, posts the highest score
so far. 14.725 ahead of James - Brinn Bevan - 14.5, Nile Wilson,
13.25. Rhys McClone Hoon next. --
McClennahan next. 14.5 he posted yesterday. A new face for the pommel
horse final which is great to see. He settles into the one-handle work.
Oh, good control there on the Russian. A big difficulty work. He
works the handles well. Very square with the horse. That's what the
judge is looking for. If they are out of line they will get deducted
for skewing, but they are looking for the placement of the hands. He
is working really well so far. Nice Russian there. Up into the
handstand. It is a pirouette. What a routine. Well, listen, 13.325 for a
medal at this stage in the competition. We were saying about
the Masters. This is a junior gymnast. He was competing in the
under-18s. Yes, it is such a wonderful style of final this, where
you get the younger gymnasts with the ability to compete against the
seniors, the highest eight scores from the last three days of the
competition that make it. Well, he certainly has lots of flair and
style, hasn't he? He struck me as a real natural on this apparatus. Of
course, the six pieces of apparatus the men compete are are all so
different that you do get gymnasts who are really suited to one. He
looks like he has a very nice rhythm and style. Look at the legs, locked
together. He has indeed. His frame really suits the pommel horse
because if you can ex-stoned and you get ampitude in the circles. Like
you say t looks easy but he has done a difficult routine. He should be
really proud of himself. -- it looks easy.
Amy has gone ahead of Fragapane. Look at that, 14. 14.35. She will be
hugely delighted, after a disappointing day yesterday. Out of
the medals all around to come back and win her favourite piece, that
will give her a lot of pleasure and confidence. Still four more gymnasts
to go in the final but so far the current British champion hangs on to
that title. Yes and you are right. We have some huge performances still
to could. Ely Downie out there to start with. But, yes, 15. 175, pops
him into the lead. We, my friend, will see you again, soon. Well, what
a performance for the young man. I think this is what is a really good
idea about the Masters' competition. It will give him real experience out
there. He is sat there, he can't even believe it. You can You can see
it on his face, written all over it - how am I leading this competition?
Well, because of all the effort and work you put in, in the gym, my lad.
Well that's right. I'm sure he would have come with his aim to just make
the final and to now get through and actually take a few scalps will be
quite special. I'm trying to look at where he qualified. He qualified in
about 7th place and now he is leading at the half way stage and in
his mind I wonder if he is thinking - I wonder if Max Orlu Is falls off,
I might end up beating the World Champion. I bet he wants to have a
word with the person who invited Seles from Australia. -- Prashanth
Sellathurai. At the moment he is competing for Milton Keynes. I
believe he is over at university. So he is legit. Well, he lives in
Britain at the moment. It is also good to have Prashanth Sellathurai
in the final for Max and Louis, because he has the experience. This
is it. Three medals at world level. There is Louis just warming up. Max
just taking it easy, contemplating, shall I, shall I go for the 7-4
difficulty? I mean I can't believe we are saying this, Chris. Well,
this is the place to do it, really in a way. He has already won the
British Championships. He has posted his liest-score, ever. Why not have
a go? You know. Really interesting there as well, all the way through
Louis' warm-up, Max didn't even look at Louis on the pommel. I think what
is really helping Max, he is maturing into a great performer.
Totally focussed. I mean we talk about having your own chalk, which
is a bit of a given now for the top gymnasts but actually not to be
distracted. Head down, he knows with his coach, he works so well
together... We have to have a work about Scott, you don't get great
gymnasts without great coaches coaches. Interesting Scott and Lee
Strood there, Lee is the coach at City of Birmingham who have won
virtually everything in the junior ranks, stood behind Scott who has up
doubtedly the best team of senior men. Two outstanding young coaches.
Well, and maybe, you know one of the best clubs in Britain on the men's
side. An interesting quote I saw, he said that he started gymnastics to
inspire young peel. There is a lovely picture and he said -
actually these guys inspire me. -- inspire young people. That tells you
about the passion he has for all his gymnasts.
Oh, two-and-a-half twists but she mistimed the rebound and just lost
her legs on the front somersault. Abigail is a very powerful gymnast.
Just in her first year as a senior. Gymnasts have to start their tumble
standing in the corner these days. She has done just the same again,
the one-and-a-half and bent the knees at the end and killed the
bounce. You were saying about the springiness of the floor. The floor
is very springy. It is on the podium. But you do have to really
time your tumbles well. Of course these gymnasts have warmed out in
the back warm-up imJ just had 30 seconds on the floor to get used to
it and obviously for Abigail she didn't quite find the timing. What a
shame. But some lovely work in there as well, Chris Yes, a very promising
gymnast. Like I say, first year as a senior and she has had a good
Championships but really just couldn't quite find the right
timing. You can hear her coach saying that. And there we can see
one of the tumbles. There is the two-and-a-half. Lost a little bit of
the timing. The rebound from the floor, if your legs just aren't
locked out, means you don't get the rebound that you like. The same in
the second. This is where the experience comes along. In the back
gym they don't have the extra bounce of the podium. So having the
maturity and experience to realise that when you come out, that is just
an error, through experience, Christine, I would say, not because
of any major within her training? I would agree. It is a big ask for
these gymnasts. They competed last night and here they are again
competing in the finals. A tough programme. Amy Tinkler still leads
this competition. But we will turn our attentions to the pommel horse.
This is Joe Frazier. We saw a little round-up of what had been happening
in the junior competition. He was the winner from the under-18
all-around competition yesterday. Joe Fraser from the City of
Birmingham. Of course a 14.9 in qualification, he posted. A
reminder, 15.175 is the score to get from Rhys McClenaghan.
Easy up to the hand stand. Judges looking for clearance on the horse
on the handles. A straight a line as possible. He is certainly doing
that. It is the one-handle work. The spindle on the end. Magyar. Into the
Shivado. A little bit skewed on the travels which will be deducted which
keep in great form. Feet lockedesing together. Up into the hand stand.
Solid. Solid. He needs over 14.5 for a medal this this stage with some
very, very strong competition still to could. A reminder that Louis
Smith will be up shortly as will Max Whitlock. Well, Joe was the winner
of the European Youth Olympics last year. The all-around title. Flts He
has really had a great couple of years. Would be expected to lead the
British team into the junior Europeans later in the year in May.
And looking at all these juniors, you can see we are going to field a
very strong team. Yes, and you can see dips there Slight knee bend up
into the handstand. No strength required there. So the youngsters
very much impressing at the moment. Rhys and Joe. We are waiting for
Abigail's score. There it is, it is 11. 15.
Her team-mate from the Academy will be up next. It is Phoebe Turner. The
sixth gymnast to go in this floor final of eight. A 5-4 difficulty
posted yesterday. ! Phoebe another very young senior,
only just come to the senior rank. A two-and-a-half and she found the
boubs just right. These gymnasts working hard to
interpret the music. High leaps. Twisting backwards. Tip
forwards. Straight front somersault with double twist.
Needs a big double somersault now. Here we get T sky high double pike.
Lands with ease. -- here we get it. A much happier outing than her
team-mate. A good performance from Phoebe. It was indeed. A real
balance there with the choreography and the tumbling. Just a slight line
fault. A little hop out but there you can see the timing so much
better. Two-and-a-half, chest up. Beautiful straight front and slight
adjustment back into the floor. When what a way to finish. Powers across
the floor. Accelerate up into the air. Toes pointed. Double pike. And
Chris, just, from you know, from a team-mate's perspective, a word on
the different centre of excellences there are around Britain at the
moment and how they come together to train for the national squad and
what have you? Well, we are a club-based country. So we have clubs
that definitely produce good juniors and we come together to national
squad training. Here we are... 14.3 for Joe Fraser On the men's and
women's side we use Lilleshall National Sports Centre and they come
together once a month in junior and senior squads and they work together
and push each other and coaches work with the national coaches under
quite a firm programme and it is really starting to pay off.
MATT BAKER: We have spoken about this being a world-class event, and
here it is a real technician on this piece of apparatus. Now, watch the
clearance over the horse. This is impressive, fast work, almost
hovering above the pommel horse. Very difficult spindle in the
middle. Loss of form. And he did run out of juice there. There we go,
Rhys McClenaghan, it looks like you have got yourself a medal, son.
Really difficult on a piece of apparatus like the pommel horse.
Once you lose that with, to generate the power. Such a technician,
Prashanth Sellathurai. I love to watch this guy on the pommel horse.
The Wu travel, into the triple Russian. Travelling down the horse.
A little bit of skewing, so there is some room for the judges to take
some deductions. Having to use strength on the dismount. But will
be heavily deducted. This could be a case, obviously, he can see the
lighter side of things in this situation. Obviously, selection is
not important for him at this competition. We are very early in
the year so this may be a case of him coming out of the stable for the
first time. CHRISTINE STILL: Yes, and of course,
Australia, the men have not been very strong at all. They have not
even qualified to go to the test event, which is in Rio, next
weekend, which is the second opportunity for gymnasts to qualify
for the Olympics. But the Australian men have not even qualified for
that, so they have been struggling. Very difficult routine. That is the
first time I have seen a spindle between the handles. Having to use
strength to get into the handstand dismount, which is something the
judges will penalise. But he is smiling and obviously enjoying his
time at university. The score is in for Phoebe Turner.
She is into third. Amy Tinkler leading at the moment ahead of
Claudia Fragapane. We saw Georgia-Mae Fenton not having
much fun on the bars earlier on. What can she do on floor? He is a
very elegant gymnast. -- she is are very elegant gymnast. Very stylish.
Beautiful pirouette there. She has to work hard to match it with the
power. Nice two-and-a-half. Now, has to have at least one double
somersault. Here it comes. Doubletalk, lands it well. -- double
tuck. Good combination of spins. The double twist, she was just a
little bit short of that. A little bit short on power. Beautifully
elegant. So, she went for the big double
twist, just not quite come off. Did not have enough in the locker. I
just hope she takes away the positives from this Championships,
and not the negatives, because she is just wonderful to watch, Craig.
CRAIG HEAP: I was going to say that she has got real style and class
about her. There is nothing which cannot be improved upon with a bit
more training. She has got the skills but just needs a bit more
stamina and strength. But the style that she has got, you can see in the
handspring, she snatched early into the last somersault. Even on bars,
she has this air of Nastia Lukin about her. She does have that. I
think she will put herself in the top eight gymnasts in the country.
She will certainly be part of the British team, I am sure, very
shortly. So, Rhys McClenaghan leads the competition. Ahead of James
Hall. Brinn Bevan is currently in third. Well, here we go, then, with
Lewis Smith, world and Olympic silver medallist, current European
and Commonwealth champion. Current British champion. The titles just go
on and on. So, here it is Louis with his first major pitch for that place
at the Olympics. A a lot of pressure on this routine. But if anybody can
handle the pressure, it is this man. Smoothly into the handstand. Nice
single legwork. And again. Picks up into the double-leg circles.
Fulfilling the difficulty. Such a relaxed style. Full spindle. Now,
this is the bit, this is the Busnari for the difficulty. Better
transition than we have seen in a while. There is the Wu travel. Must
lock those feet together. Throw-in a Magyar and Shivado for good measure.
Winds up. Into the handstand. There is the pirouette. Solid routine for
Mr Smith! He is a class act, isn't he? I thought that was a classy
performance, Matt. Sometimes, Louis can look a bit tatty, for want of a
better word! And the routine can look a bit of a struggle sometimes.
But about it not look a struggle at all. It looked class. Very, very
impressive. He makes it look easy. We spoke about how difficult this
piece of apparatus is. This is one of the highest difficulty levels in
the world, Craig. It is. If you looked at the tempo of the routine
between Smith and Prashanth Sellathurai before, it is almost
like the other side. You're almost thinking, are you going to wind
yourself up a bit? But he has this really relaxed with. He understands
the apparatus. It is almost like, Louis is going to do his routine,
but how well today? It was pretty good. Yes. The way he completed it,
he made the hard moves look just as easy as the rest of its. Sheer
quality. And that is what you want to. A name like his on the world
stage, he has done himself a world of good to get to Rio. He has. There
was a lot of pressure on that routine. If he wants to content
against Max, he is going to have to work a bit on his difficulty. 12.35
for Georgia-Mae Fenton. Amy Tinkler still leads. So, the final
competitor, then, in this women's floor final. It is Ellie Downie.
Sixth in the world floor final last year. Beating Fragapane. 14.35, the
score to beat. And really has been looking very impressive in training.
One-and-a-half, into the high double Arabian, just a little step. Look at
the height on that double Arabian. She is so powerful.
She has always been a great tumbler as a junior. But she is starting to
mature into the dance as well. Oh, and she also mistimed that punch!
She rescued it. But definitely mistimed it.
One more tumble left. Double pike, very easy.
Well, she said she was surprised with a medal in the all-round
yesterday. Is it going to be the same case today? Can she sneaked in
there? I don't think that will be good enough, just because of that
mistake there. This is a problem when you have got such context
tumbling, as a performer, do you put loads of effort in and run the risk
of balancing out the floor, and then you relax a little bit? In my mind
it looked like she had relaxed a little bit for that one. Her legs
were not tight enough on take-off. And she did really well actually not
to sit down on the floor. I don't know what you think, Christine, but
that just shows a type of gymnast with the determination she has got?
Yes, she had to fight very hard not to sit down. Ellie is really the
gymnast who is really on the rise. She is nowhere near her peak. She is
definitely preparing for real, rather than now. Look at that score!
16.1 for Louis Smith! Oh! He says! I think Rhys is kicking himself now,
thinking, he has just kicked me out of that gold spot. Max Whitlock now,
world champion on this piece of apparatus. He is going, we
understand, for a 7-8 for difficulty. Straight into the
handstand. Slight brush of the pommel there. That is a deduction.
He will definitely need to put the difficulty in. Good work on one
handle. There is the Busnari. Back down, very fluent there. That is
where... Oh, struggling a bit in the full spindle. And in the Magyar.
Skewed on the Shivado. Into the handstand. Her wet... -- wet... He
put in that extra bit of difficulty on the dismount, but has he done
enough? -- pirouette. Could that do it? I would say not. There were two
errors, one, contact with the horse, and then he lost his with a bit at
the end. 16.25, yet he has the difficulty, but actually, Louis did
a pretty sweet routine there. CHRISTINE STILL: Certainly he has
given the judges the opportunity to deduct. This is going to be a
fascinating score. It has been a great battle. It has indeed. And
Max, obviously, was the victor yesterday's. A few little wobbles,
but it has been a big competition. I spoke to Scott earlier, he said he
was going for the difficulty that he needed, but obviously you get the
risk with that. I think it will come down to the difficulty, whether he
gets the... Because he gave a few marks away. Whether his difficulty
is enough to allow him to be able to do that. And Ellie Downie scores...
So, not enough for a medal today. The gymnasts did struggle a bit with
the timing on the floor today. But I'm sure we will see Downie right up
there when it comes to Olympics time.
At anxious wait for the score come in. Oh, he has. 16.325. He has gone
into first place that. Goes to show that extra difficulty of five tenths
really does help. That was a real surprise. There was an anxious wait
with his coach, Scott, there. And Louis had a bit of a smile. I think
that's the first time they have looked at each over since they
stepped out to the apparatus. Well, that's a massive score there. And
for a team, on the team perspective, it really does put Great Britain in
the driving seat on pommel horse. I mean with these errors, and a big
score like, that 16. A 5, 16 Monye 6 territory and this is' the -- that's
16.5, 16.6 territory and I was going to say that's a big return on the
start value. So the floor exercise, Amy Tinkler retains her title ahead
of Claudia Fragapane, the newly-crowned all-around British
Championship. Phoebe Turner from the The Academy takes the bronze. Ely
Downie with a couple of mistakes, in fifth. Rebecca Tunney tired today
after a great performance yesterday and Abigail Solari in eighth,
struggling there with the timing of the floor.
And there a confirmation, Max Whitlock Masters' champion, 2016 on
the pommel horse with a massive 16. 325. Silver, Louis Smith, 16.1. And
young Rhys McClone Hoon. 15.175 -- McClenaghan, scraped into the final
to take the bronze. Good performance James Hall and Brinn Bevan, fifth,
young Joe Fraser, good outing, in sixth. And Prashanth Sellathurai,
13.625 in seventh and Nile Wilson 13.325 for eighth.
Well, what a final it was and I'm delighted to say I'm joined by Gabby
Jupp and Rhys McClenaghan. Rhys, you are 16. Did you ever imagine you
were going to medal in that final. I mean it was world class for goodness
sake. I had no idea. Did you seriously not expect it? I really
didn't expect T I went to the maft ears final to think - I'm just
having fun now, just for the experience and to come out with a
medal, wow, I can't believe it. So going in with that mentality. How do
you think that set you up because you were having fun and because you
wanted to show people what you had been working on? I'm sure it made me
more calm and I was a lot more composed, and being nervous, to get
a medal. Not only are you on TV but we can show you your routine. Here
we go, talk us through how to felt and to be in this arena. I started
with the sheer handstand and it went well. I think that was a
confidence-booster for the rest of the routine. I completed a G-flop
sequence, which is a pretty difficult one-handle work. Then by
this stage at the end of the routine it is more about stamina. So I just,
from the training that I got, I could just really thrive at this
part and this part was just all about the standstand dismount. Well,
listen, let me shake you by the hand. I thought that was really,
really impressive and huge congratedlations and welcome,
welcome to the world stage of pommel horse working, which is lovely.
Gabby, let's have a word about you as well. Going into that, you had
seen lots of gymnasts falling. What was did it feel like going into your
routine? Well, I actually felt more calm today than yesterday. I knew I
had done a decent routine yesterday but I didn't hit all my links. I
really wanted to go out and hit them all. I knew that it was possible,
but it was about me hitting the links and doing the best I could.
You have had a lot of injury haven't you through the years. Talk us
through what it is like psychologically, carrying on with
gymnastics when you are going through such difficult times. Anyone
who has had a serious injury knows when you come back you get all the
additional smaller injuries coming on, so it is constant ups and downs
in training. You so want to get back out there and show everyone what you
can do but sometimes your body doesn't let you do that.
Congratulations. British champion. Well done. We are going to bring in
some more teams here. I think we have Max making his way over, the
star of the British team and Dan Purvis. They are just working their
Weah. You would think as gymnasts they would be good at hopping over
cables. Come on in, don't be shy. We may have to sigh goodbye to you, we
only have a few microphones. Congratulations. Give me the
microphones, watch where you are walking and don't trip over. In you
come lads, come in, super job, Dan, you can share a mic, two Dans, one
mic. How are you feeling after the all-around performance yesterday.
Over 92 scored, could you believe that in the all-around? I couldn't.
To be honest, it is an amazing week to be part of the British
Championships has been great. Showed the strength all over the ages. And
for it to be finished now is great and to finish that way is brilliant.
That pommel time, I mean to see Louis, he was looking good, wasn't
he? So clean and crisp. Did you watch that performance? No, I didn't
watch. I never watch the routines in front of me. But I heard the
applause at the end. I knew he had done a great routine. It was always
going to be close. It came out good for me on the day. Because you
brushed the horse didn't you at the beginning a few times. What did you
think at that stage, did you think you had to pack in the difficulty?
Yes, I went all out. I went for 7.4 start score on my highest one. I had
to go with it. When I brushed the horse I knew I had to go through it
even more to clean up the rest of the routine. Dan, I said yesterday
how fit you were looking. It is just incredible how on-form you are. And
to nail the landings you did in floor, how did floor go for you
today? Thank you. Yes, I was really pleased with my floor. Yesterday I
was a bit like B a, mbi jumping over the place. I managed to stay on my
feet. I spoke to my coach and we thought go for t I managed to get
the landings. It has given me confidence. How important was this
competition in terms of selection for you? Massive. So many lads in GB
are looking fantastic. A massive European trial. I managed to hit my
personal best yesterday in the all-around. I was happy with that.
Why great weekend. This is the thing, we have the Europeans
obviously coming up at the end of may and the beginning of June for
the women. What are your plans? To keep with that consistency of your
routines, they are pretty much set I'm guessing as far as the year is
concerned? Like Dan said, he hit his personal best, I hit my personal
best, all we need to do is get back into the training gym and hopefully
make them more consistent. It is about doing the numbers and routines
to be ready for the Europeans. And a quick word - what an environment to
have been working, as far as the British Championships are concerned.
I couldn't believe T I seriously cannot believe the quality of
gymnastics I have been watching over the last few days. -- I couldn't
believe it. Thank you all. Huge congratulations to all of the
medallists and quite frank li, I can't wait for the Europeans. From
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Matt Baker presents live coverage of the Artistic Gymnastics British Championships from Liverpool.
The likes of Louis Smith and Max Whitlock are hoping to be part of a British team looking for more Olympic heroics in Rio this summer, but it is all about domestic rivalries at the Echo Arena.
The highlight of the afternoon is set to be Smith and Whitlock's head to head in the pommel horse - an event in which they are both world and Olympic medallists.
Sunday's live coverage also features the men's and women's floor finals and the women's uneven bars, with four-time Commonwealth champion Claudia Fragapane among those competing.
Commentary comes from Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.