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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




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.

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