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the last time check, now he is six seconds the other way. It does not
bode well for Dowsett. I am surprised about that. Yes, Dennis is
firing on all sinners. -- firing on all cylinders. The ride in fourth,
Jesse Sergent of New Zealand, 38 seconds back. Suddenly, it is clear
who is in this for the medals. It has gone from 76 in the last time
check, now we are back to three riders contesting this. That middle
section has cracked the field and shown how it is who will be vying
for a podium spot. Every second you can gain on a corner, sprinting down
towards the city centre, could make all the difference for those three.
I would say that Thomas is heading for at least a second place here
because Dowsett faded over that middle section which we were not
really expecting. We may pull something back on the fast downhill
run to the park here but Thomas is still looking strong. It is between
those three. Dennis is yet to have his bad patch. If that comes, he
could also be overhauled. He has not quite gone through yet, David
Millar. He is still in ninth position overall. Over a minute out
of the game now so it is between these three. Thomas is the first of
the contenders to get through the 32 K check. 38.37 is the time to beat.
That 32 kilometre check is on the way back in. They will go straight
back on towards town. That is an aerial shot of Dennis. Still looking
pretty good. He is working hard, the gear tends to get bigger. It is a
good part of the Kia -- of the course to dig deep. If you are going
to start dying away, this is the right to rain. A wet morning has
turned into a lovely sunny afternoon for this meant's time trial. -- the
right to rain. If he can get over this and he gets a macro rest, he
will drive hard. -- a small rest. This will be a close race. It would
just be a short rest, nothing more. Geraint Thomas, the fastest time so
far. Dennis had the advantage at the last time check. The best part of
six seconds ahead. He is starting to suffer now. It is going to be very
close. Thomas has eaten into it. Geraint Thomas is not out of this.
He has eaten into it by a couple of seconds. Scraping away.
He has eaten into it by a couple of Thomas is great on the final couple
of corners. This will go down to the wire. What a fantastically close
competition. At the first time check, Thomas was seven seconds from
the pace. He was ahead of Dennis. He was behind Dennis at the next check
by three seconds. Then he moved to within two microseconds. It is so
close between these riders now. This is Geraint Thomas coming back into
the centre of Glasgow. He has a left-hand turn and he will head
towards Glasgow Green. Can he gain seconds on these corners? It is not
over yet for him. The chance of a Gold medal which would be the third
only macro by a Welsh cyclist in the Commonwealth Games, the chance has
not gone yet. Attitude is everything in these closing kilometres. Who
wants it the most? They are all close to the Gold medal. In the
final corners, you have to select gears carefully. Stay on top of it.
He wants it the most? Coming towards the finish, the fastest time has
been set by Marcus Christie of Northern Ireland. The big boys are
coming in now in Svein Tuft is one of them. We are about to see a new
fastest time -- in Svein Tuft. The fastest time has been set by Steve
Cummings. Svein Tuft, he is set to beat the time of Steve Cummings. The
Canadian is top of the leaderboard by 49 seconds but he will not read
for long. A good strong ride by him. The battle on the road is between
these riders. Alex Dowsett looks a lot smoother, like he has recovered
slightly. The fastest through this next time check is Rohan Dennis, at
32 kilometres. Geraint Thomas is for microseconds lower. Alex Dowsett is
starting to dig in now, they are all suffering but who can suffer the
fastest? He is shifting around on the saddle, we have not seen that
yet. Still in contention but not as smooth as he was earlier. That was a
knowing look on your face as you looked at Alex Dowsett. You will
know what he is going through. He would just want it to be over. It is
Geraint Thomas for Wales. One big sprints towards the line. Hoping,
just hoping it might be a sprints to fix three. -- is rent. Surely it is
a sprints to a medal -- ace rent. Excellent ride from the Welshman. Up
to the line, 47 minutes, 55 seconds, the new fastest time for Geraint
Thomas. He will have to sit and wait to find out if it is enough. There
was passion. When you see a sprint like that, you can see he
desperately wants it. In third position now at the final check is
Alex Dowsett so he has it all to do. He is in the bronze medal position.
He is in arrears by one second. So Rohan Dennis leading the way at the
last checkpoint. Thomas is second, in the silver medal position. Just
over five seconds separating the top three. Jesse Sergent now out of the
running for a medal. Amazing how it has changed around. It did that in
the women's event as well. Its changes and changes. They have also
that down this final section. This is Jesse Sergent, from New Zealand.
Heading on towards the finishing area. He has got to go around
Glasgow Green and along the banks of the River Clyde. And he will come at
the final 250 metres to the finishing line. -- he will, up to
the final. --, opt. He has two big a job to get onto the podium. He is
being challenged for the fourth position. They are coming in all the
time. All eyes and nose at the top. Bailey, from Guernsey. -- all eyes
are on those. Now we are back with Rohan Dennis. He is really labouring
now. He has hardly anything left. They have all looked the same way.
He is wavering in it. -- a bit. The stiff breeze could be affecting him.
David Millar is way off the pace. Disappointment for David Millar
today. Still cheered by everybody at the roadside. 1.75 minutes down.
Jesse Sergent starts to sprint here. Geraint Thomas has the time to beat.
Jesse Sergent digging deeper. Just for the final metres. And it is a
good ride. It is, he has picked up over this final section. Not what I
expected. He has got to come around the park but it is still a strong
ride. 45 seconds after they get to the park. He is further away than I
thought he was, Jesse Sergent. He is now coming into the finishing
straight. Sweeping curve, he took that well. Excellent technique.
Quick, strong. Technically good. He is in fine form and it has been an
excellent lover macro 460 macro today, of New Zealand, but it will
not be quite good enough -- an excellent ride by Jesse Sergent. He
will be pushed down a place, he will lose a position to Svein Tuft. Back
in the closing stages with Rohan Dennis. Svein Tuft in silver medal
position. Thomas has done his job, it is about these two now. Alex
Dowsett and Rohan Dennis. What can they do? Nothing more the Welshman
can do except see what happens. He has just got to wait and see. Dennis
has had a tough time over this final section. He has driven hard. The
gear has gone up now as he sets himself up for this right-hand turn.
Narrow section, easy to make a mistake. He is fighting. Really
showing the fatigue. What has he got left? For the last minute or so.
Rohan Dennis. Can he keep his nose in front as it has been for a little
while? Geraint Thomas. He is just waiting. At least he can relax in
the knowledge he has done a superb ride and he could not have done
more. That is the Australian camp. Anxious moments for Wales and for
Geraint Thomas. I think it is still going to be close. I think Dennis is
doing a ride here. He has finished well. He is heading towards the two
right-hand bends. It is around 40, 45 seconds. I think Dennis will do
it but it will be close and it could come down to the sprint. Excellent
finish to the women's raise and an excellent finish to the man's raise.
Rohan Dennis is one of only two people who can deny Geraint Thomas
the Gold medal for Wales. It will be very close but Dennis might just
about make it. Towards the line, he keeps that advantage over Geraint
Thomas. And Dennis crosses the line. 47.51. Geraint Thomas into the
silver medal position. Ennis will have to wait until Alex Dowsett
crosses the line to find out if that is good enough for Gold. Three
quarters of an hour of hard work and four seconds in it, and only this
man can spoil the party. It will come down to the corners. It was so
close at the less cheque. Dashed checkpoint. -- checkpoint. Can he
find five seconds from somewhere in a relatively short space of time? We
have rarely seen anybody dig as deep as Rohan Dennis just did. He was
trying so hard. Alex Dowsett has his work cut out. He always looks smooth
and collected but he lost time over the last two chat points. Can he
finish strongly? -- checkpoints. I do not think he can. He will be
outside here. It will be close. He will fight to the line. It is going
to be close. It might not be close enough for Alex Dowsett. He has to
lay it on the line around the park at Glasgow Green. Look at his face!
Alex Dowsett. Straining in pursuit of Gold. Trying to go one better
than in Delhi. Four years ago when he was beaten by David Millar. In
the blistering heat on that jewel carriageway. He was heavy on the
brakes on that corner. And -- that can cost you seconds. He needs every
bit here. Round the finishing circuit. It is going to be close. It
is going to be close. A sprint for the line, with Alex Dowsett and
Rohan Dennis. He has finished strongly. We said this last downhill
section would suit him at than anybody else but he has not taken
advantage of that style to poll it back. What a finish this could be.
He is definitely within a chance of the Gold medal. It is going to come
down to this sprint. Can he do it or will Gold go to Australia? 250
metres to go. Alex Dowsett grits his teeth, is this a ride for Vic three?
I think it is. Alex Dowsett towards the line, the last couple of metres,
he has pulled it out of the bag! Silver four years ago, Gold in
Glasgow for Alex Dowsett. For England. Just under ten seconds
faster than rowing Dennis of Australia. -- Rohan Dennis. It has
won him the Gold medal. Fantastic and Alex Dowsett. That is an
experienced time trial. He did not think about the others. He allowed
himself to lose time over the middle section. He had to keep something
back for the river and that is what he did. And he took some time back
but also a huge amount out of the ten seconds.
It was mostly downhill from the 32 kilometre mark. He absolutely flew
over the closing kilometres. Here comes Luke Durbridge for Australia.
Not his day. His day will come. A real powerhouse of a rider. Still
just 23 but Durbridge not in contention for the medals this
time. He has come out of this a little bit tired. The pedigree is
there but a bit fatigued. Still a strong performance in the top ten.
Absolutely. A high-quality field. A big variation in the times for the
riders. 60 riders taking part here. There is Alex Dowsett. What a ride.
Here comes Michael Hutchinson for Northern Ireland. Lastly experienced
over 30 national time trial results under his belt. He has had a very
solid performance but certainly not near the podium. It is not a great
course for Michael Hutchinson. He prefers a flatter one as we saw out
in Delhi. This is Berry much a road man circuit. Here comes Michael
Hutchinson. A little over 50 minutes, the time. He crosses the
line. His time will be good enough to move him into 11th place on the
leaderboard. That was a ride which certainly hurt. We are waiting for
David Millar now. Here comes David Millar. Not the result they were
hoping for. His career heads towards its close. The pride is still
driving him on in the final few metres of this ride. He has had many
great days on the bike. Sadly for him, this was not one of them. It is
still a good ride and eighth place for David Millar. Two and a quarter
minutes down on Alex Dowsett. Alex Dowsett was beaten into second place
by David Millar four years ago. But he came on so close in the closing
stages of this ride. Just as it looked to be slipping away, he
really turned it around in the closing half dozen kilometres or so.
We have watched it all day. As long as you are in touch within ten
seconds, it is all possible. It keeps ebbing and flowing, depending
on which part of the course suits which rider. He will have looked at
the course carefully, knew how to spend his effort and knew how much
damage he could do on the run back into town. He turned around the best
part of 15 seconds from the final check. Quite an incredible ride. We
know what he's capable after the individual victory in the jury to
tally. That was a tough course in Tuscany. He beat Bradley Wiggins
that day. He really delivered there, Alex Dowsett. A frustrating
summer. He was recovering from illness. He is back on top here with
a superb ride. Geraint Thomas had a very strong
ride, back from the Tour de France. Some big names further down the
field, Luke Durbridge is another one from the Tour. The field contained
60 riders but there was one who was the class of that field and that is
Alex Dowsett who wins the gold medal for England.
Quite a remarkable race. It looks like he had perhaps gone out too
fast, too soon. Geraint Thomas, after three weeks on the Tour de
France, what a heart he has on the bike. I remember last year in the
Tour de France he had a broken pelvis but rode through for his
team. We thought perhaps he was focusing on the road race but he
cycled his heart out, gave everything he had for third place.
And Rohan Dennis who was perhaps the favourite beforehand, again, finding
a really good effort. I think we can go to jail now. She has been
speaking to David Millar. -- we can go to Jill Douglas now. In fact, I
have a handful of cyclists here. I will start with the gold-medal man,
Alex Dowsett. No one wanted that more today than I did. A silver in
Delhi, disappointment at not being picked for the Tour de France. I
have been angry this whole month. I usually pull something out of the
bag when I am really, really angry. So it is pretty special that. Let's
have a word with you as well. You were in that gold medal position for
a moment or two but this fellow was able to pull you back. Yes, I was of
its prized on the radio when I could hear five seconds up. Then he just
beat me again. A little bit disappointed, to be honest. Second
every time this year. It is getting a bit annoying. I am sure you will
come out fighting after that. And they word for you, Geraint, one of
the quotes of the Tour de France was let's smash it and see what happens
and I think that is what you did there. I was a bit unsure what to
expect today really. Fortunately, I was just able, I just felt strong. I
did not feel zippy or fresh but I was able to smash it. I think for
the next time trial, I will send him some flowers and make sure he is
happy and maybe we will have a chance! You guys have to go to the
podium. I will let you go. I will have a word with this guy. You have
had to ruling the short Commonwealth crown but what an amazing reception
you have had here at Glasgow Green. It is like the Tour de France.
Scottish flags everywhere and everyone sharing my name. There were
brief moments, it was amazing. Not your day to day. When did you
realise perhaps this would not be your day? When a motorbike went
ahead. When I realised there was no point in watching me any more! I am
not as good as I was when I was younger. This is a younger man's
game. Do you think if you had ridden the Tour, you would have been
fresher? Stronger but not fresher. You cannot predict. You can see with
Geraint, he is on his hands and knees and gets third. I was very
realistic about today. My time trialling has not been so good for
the last couple of years. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Yes, we look forward to seeing David Millar on Sunday and Geraint Thomas.
First of all, Chris, what a ride from Alex Dowsett. It was an
incredibly polished performance. He had a bit of everything there. He
stayed with them on the climbs. He had to look after himself through
the technical section and then drove down the descent. Peopled back 15
seconds which is quite remarkable. And Rohan Dennis, perhaps the more
measured of the medallists. He faded towards the end. You could see it in
his body language. The cadence goes down, the gear goes up as you force
it to happen, but he fought courageously all the way to the line
there. And talking of courage, Geraint produces a ride like that!
You could see he really wanted it and he really dug deep. Dowsett and
Dennis, they were going to be the powerhouses on the way down. He
really needed to make a big offer in the middle. All three of them fought
courageously. And a word on David Millar, he was quite phlegmatic as
he always is in his interviews. I was quite disappointed for David. He
really wanted to go out on what was his last major competition and do
something, but physically, it was not there. He knows how to handle
the bike technically but the legs were not there. Chris, thanks.
Jason, it is back to you. Congratulations to Alex Dowsett but
you do have to say well done to Geraint Thomas, straight into the
men's time trial after the Tour de France. But some going. That is it
from me. I will hand you over to Hazel Irvine. Do you know that there
are some in our presentation team who are women and men of many
talents. Do give iPod, one of our co-presenters on BBC Three, I found
out that not only will he be presenting programmes on Sunday
afternoon, he will then grab his drumsticks and go to Hampden Park
and line up as a drama -- Dougie Vipond. I am a super fan of Deacon
blue. I think he is arranging a meeting with Ricky Ross for May. I
think it will be fantastic. So many talented men and women on BBC Three
broadcasting alongside us. Not only a world-class line-up at Hampden
Park. We will also have Kylie Minogue, Lulu and so many others but
also world-class performances in the gymnastics that we are all about
today. It is the hydro, here we come again.
Max Whitlock is the man of the moment.
The uneven bars was the event that Beth Tweddle once ruled. Rebecca
Downie would like to inherit the crown. She will have a tough tussle
with the Aussies. One of the undisputed stars of the games will
be Max Whitlock. We will see him later but we also have the 200
metres this evening. I mention Max Whitlock. He's going for a treble
gold today, after a gold in the individual all-around. The team
event is over at the Hydro. There could be a sack full of medals
because he is also qualified for six events. We have the floor, pommel
and rings final for the men's and the vault, and uneven bars for the
women. There could be a highly profitable afternoon in store for
the home nations gymnasts. Max Whitlock was the top qualifier for
the floor event. Daniel Keatings has two silvers for Scotland so far. He
has qualified in third place. Kristian Thomas comes in for the
injured Sam Oldham. Over we go and we will join Mitch Fenner, Christine
Still and Max Baker. It is very important to make the two
second hold, which he does. That was a good routine, a good
start for him. He is putting everything into this. Not many
deductions. What a benchmark to have set. Not much room for error, Chris?
Not much room. Like we were talking earlier, you have got to married
difficulty with quality. If anything, you would say the New
Zealand team have aired safety first, but they have been very
classy in their performances, men and women. So, lovely technique.
Really keeps the head well fixed. Spots the floor and extends out.
That was a lovely example of how you should extend the legs out before
you role. expect his East score to be very
good. -- E score. Very precise. Technically. Somebody has had a word
in the camp and it is showing here. The difference between two
Commonwealth Games is very noticeable. He scored 14.3 in
qualification. He has gone up. 14.55. Execution is close to nine.
Very impressive. That could sneak into bronze. A sterling effort for
Wales over the last couple of days. Clinton Purnell. 25 years old. Very
experienced gymnast. This will not be the last time you see him because
he has also made the pommelhorse final and the rings final. The fifth
highest qualifier on the floor. Nicely kicked out.
A double twist. A half turn. So good to see him working at this level.
And consistently. Successfully into the twisting
element. So far, very good. A bit shaky. Those handstands are so
important. Working with great control and pace.
Secure, and he is holding his focus after a long, long competition.
Clinton Purnell! The score to be is 14.550. Just posted by David Bishop.
And he has gone a long way to achieving a better score, Chris.
Yes, he has. A similar type of difficulty, he qualified with. It
was very good, there were no noticeable errors. No big steps and
landing, nothing. He punches a floor. He is landing the more simple
half turn -- he punches the floor. This was very impressive. The blind
twist landing. The 1.5 into the full twist. So well rehearsed. Let's give
an idea of the kind of deductions the judges will be giving. He has
slightly loose legs. A lack of height on each tumble. It depends on
the competition sometimes. Steps on landing, but he hardly had any of
those. Clinton Purnell. 14.366. Just behind David Bishop.
Kristian Thomas for some old who injured his left foot. -- some old.
But he did live I with the six highest score on the floor. -- he
did qualify. He is big but he handles his size very well. Arabian.
He lost that. You must landing. -- he lost the landing. But straight
back into a controlled series. It takes your breath away.
Very nice and very low. Showing strength as well as control.
He started with a pike and he finished with a top. Very
uncharacteristic to roost -- to lose his footing. But such a stylish and
powerful gymnast. Heat puffed his cheeks a bit and he did not do it
well in qualification either -- he puffed. I think he lost where he
was, but that is very unusual. We will see what did happen. That is
the first tumble, so effective, that kick out. It is this tumble here.
You can see he just flicked his head and he lost as orientation.
You can see he just flicked his head and he lost as He stopped at 1.5 and
he thought, I will put another half in. His head was wild. This is very
clean. Very confident finish. I think he normally does 1.5 and that
is what happened, he did not open out at the right time. It did look
as if he stalled at the 1.5 and the extra did not work. Such a shame for
Christian. He knows is attempt at a medal is out of the window. -- his
attempt. He will put this down to experience. It shows you how easy it
is to lose your way. When you see somebody like Max Whitlock twisting,
you think, how does he know at the right moment to break out? 13.366.
Thomas is in third. Another chance for a Gold medal for England's Matt
-- Max Whitlock. 21 your old European champion. He took Gold in
the all-around final. He missed a twist. It was square around after
the full twist setup. That was very impressive. 3.5. A half turn out. To
make absolutely sure of where he is. Posh hard... There you go! So many
gymnasts have tried to imitate that, it is not easy. Lovely control.
Short diagonal, they have to include that. One and three.
He just wraps those in like it is nothing! Superb technician. And a
triple twist. What a performance! And he is just not faltering.
Breathtaking gymnastics, every single move was never in doubt. And
I think he has become quite a bit more stylish. That was where he
perhaps was lacking. He had untidy legs. That was very well performed.
The mind boggles! How can a human do that? Only one other guy in the
world can do that, the Japanese man. He has a particular way with
his twisting. He almost does not set the somersault up at all, he is so
powerful. The snap out of the round of, getting his chest up, he does
not have to lift his arms. Very rare to see such solid technique. A lot
of them just amble through it, but very good technique and that is why
he can do this. 3.5 twist. Another somersault. Three and a half twists!
He just throws the arm. He takes the weight on the right. Transfers very
quickly. That is so, so impressive! He scraped the floor, but forgive
him that! That will be the little deductions. It is like a gymnastic
robot! A robot with feeling. Unbelievable! Max Whitlock. 15.533.
That is the score to beat. This lad has certainly got some
moves. Can he contain that power? That is the challenge ahead. Kumar.
I hope so, he has not hit it well all week. He just put a foot out.
But very impressive stuff. He made the two and a half from it. He
frightened us to death in Delhi. But he has had control since he has
settled down. Very confident gymnast.
He is measured. He has got the skills. He put his hands down. That
is a landing deduction, he did not need to do it. He made sure of that,
he said. And this is the final tumble.
It is a pity because good skills, he just put his hands down for no
apparent reason. This was not to be. It is difficult to follow Max
Whitlock, let's be honest. Just a different class completely of
gymnastics. A similar opening tumble. , -- not the opening tumble,
this is the link tumble. But this is fantastic skill. -- the opening
tumble. The next one, when he went for the two and a half twists, Max
was completely round and he was three quarters. This was a bit
better. But this was so strange, that will probably cost him a medal.
Technically, that was a landing. That should be one marked deduct
did. I imagine it will be. Dashed deducted. -- deducted. Such a shame,
a medal for India would have been very significant. They may be kind
and they may not give him a hallmark. -- one mark. That was
interesting in slow motion of the two and a half. He looks over the
shoulder. 7.3 for execution. The score is
down. 13 point eight. Dashed 13.8. He goes into fourth and still a lot
of gymnastics this final. Dashed 13.8. The Jack -- the next gymnast
now. The 25-year-old. He also made the vault final and he squeezed into
the top eight. 14.3666 was his qualifying score. Very light.
That is very nice. A very light gymnast, very quick across the
floor. that the shoulders are on the
landings. It is very busy. He was light, he was quick. And he
is capable of potentially squeezing up into medal contention. There are
two gymnasts still to go. I liked the tempo of that routine. Those
starters around will be quite costly. I would be surprised if he
went ahead of David Bishop. He twists very well indeed.
That was the best one. Just a little the blend with where the arms are to
steady the landing. This guy is on his way, he has a lovely twisting
technique. The currently do, Max Whitlock. He
leads David Bishop and Clinton Purnell currently in third place --
the current leader, Max Whitlock. The question is, is Dan Keatings
going up on a six difficulty that he posted in qualification. These days,
the yardstick is a six difficulty, did that well and take it from
there. It is thing for Wah Toon Hoe. -- fifth.
So now it is Dan Keatings for Scotland.
Here's not messing about. He is fairly zooming across the floor.
I think that was out. As long as he is on the line, it is OK. He does
the combination into Russian, very nicely done. And you would expect it
from someone who has taken the European gold medal on pommel.
Keep your focus, Dan Keatings 's. A little skip to the side. He was in
control of that. Well, he zipped through it to get as much difficulty
as he possibly could. But the bad news that a red flag did go up. He
was out but how costly will that be? A score of 14.366 for a bronze.
Well, that was a classy routine. Lots of energy to it. .1 for
stepping out and that tumble had a bit of a deduction on the landing,
didn't it? But I think that will score quite well. I do not think it
will beat Max Whitlock but I would not be surprised if it was the
second-highest score so far. I think he is safe. He is in a medal. Look
at the way he is really piling it in there. It is this relatively
straightforward double twist. He almost rushed into that tumble
little bit quickly. I like this as well. It is a gymnastic link they
have to include. What was clever here is if he had parked at their
his feet would have been out of the area so he walks forward slightly
and then drops his feet down. Lovely to see him working like this. I like
to see routines that show a variety of twisting and rotating skills. He
shows us a clue that there. Twisting and rotating. Two twists, two
somersaults. Well, if you see a number two on the side of the
scoreboard, he is guaranteed a medal. It is third at the moment.
There is one gymnast still to go. It is that 0.1 out which is the
difference between second and third. Will the Canadian upset the home
nation party? Scott Morgan, 25 years old. He has a difficulty value of
6.4. This is power personified. He just
floated upwards, a double straight, is punch one and he lifted. And then
open the parachute to land. Dear, oh dear, oh dear, he means business.
Significantly controlled here. That is a nice pace. He will take a
little breather. He did not really kick it out but managed to roll down
from the soldiers which is what the judges will be looking for. Here's
wrapping in the twists. He is really meaning business here. Worth every
10th. The absolute precision on the twisting double. I tell you what,
that difficulty must go up. Surely, that must be a medal? The question
is, what colour? David Bishop knows he is guaranteed a medal because he
is up in second. That has to be a medal. I think it will come close to
Whitlock's score. Whitlock scored 15.533. That was super work, Chris.
Very clean and really good variety in this routine. Into the punch, one
and a quarter to a prone position. There were not any landing
deductions there. From a style perspective, he is not in the same
class as Whitlock. Know, especially when you see the slow motion. There
are some bent legs. But the judges do not have slow motion. They do not
but I think you can see the bent legs. He has just piled it in. But
there is room for deduction. While we are talking difficulty, Max
posted a difficulty score of 6.7. I have not got my calculator but I
think he has stepped up from 6.4. That was amazing, the way he
launched and kicked out. In my eyes, I think Max just has the edge. Oh,
yes. I would say so. Our debate will go on but I think the judges have
come to a decision. There it is. It is silver medal for Scott Morgan.
David Bishop will take the bronze medal, pushing Daniel Keatings from
Scotland down into fourth. What a floor final. Cracking. That is
world-class performance. Less than .1 ahead of Dan Keatings.
The step out on the floor lost him the medal. Potentially the circle of
the arms could have done that. Yes, he rushed a little bit, Dan
Keatings. But what a performance from David Bishop from New Zealand.
We have been talking about how impressed we have been with the New
Zealanders and the work they have put in, they have reaped their
reward with a bronze medal on floor. Somerby has had a talking to. There
is Max Whitlock, confirmation. There is your leader, Max Whitlock, the
gold medallist. And yet another gold medal, that is gold medal number 34
Max Whitlock. Will the medal count continue for him? Surely. How many
finals has he got? He could potentially have six. That is to
restrict. -- that is terrific. I did say David Bishop could potentially
get bronze. Yes, you did. And Morgan, the last gymnast, he had a
long wait and that can play on your mind, Chris, because if you are
debating Shaddai up my difficulty or not, it can be a tough ten or 15
minutes? Yes, it could be. The thing is, I think he thought he could not
beat Max. He knows he has not quite got that difficulty. But with the
difficulty he has got, he could take the others. I think you went for
that safety. Just looking at Max on that 3.5 twist, the shoulders were
absolutely square. Amazing awareness. Well, Max Whitlock
without doubt, the gold medallist. Scott Morgan takes silver and David
Bishop from New Zealand is more than happy with bronze.
STUDIO: Yes, Max Whitlock's third gold medal means he has one more
gold medals than anyone else at these games. The golden hat-trick,
England's 40th at these games and he has still got two more chances to
come this afternoon. The 24-year-old from Hemel Hempstead is making
himself at home on the top step of the podium. Another wonderful
performance from Max Whitlock. that. It is a major achievement but
I have to focus on the next events. It looked like you are showboating
at one stage. You are just incredibly talented, how much
confidence does that give you going into the other apparatus? A lot of
confidence and it makes me chill out.
I can enjoy the rest of the experience and stay as relaxed as I
can. Two left and a battle coming up. Are you looking forward to it?
I am really looking forward to it, they are great competitors and
hopefully it will be a great competition but I just want to be
happy with what I do. Good luck with the next two.
Pommelhorse and the rings final this afternoon for him. There was also a
golden hat trick on offer today for the new store of the English team
and British gymnastics between macro. She is 16, fourth at seven,
but she took the title last night and pulsate in style. -- for Claudia
Fragapane. Wonderful scenes last night. And now she has another busy
afternoon because she's about to take part in the women's vault
final. She was the top qualifier the other day on the opening day of
qualification and also included is like. And Kirsten Beckett is also
fancied. Kelly Simm looking for her first medal. And good to see Emma
White in the final. Back to the Hydro now with our commentary team.
The gymnasts have been warming up outside, no time here in the arena
which makes all the difference for those gymnasts going later. So
George Rose Brown first from Australia. The sixth highest
qualifier. A tall, elegant gymnast, beautiful style. The straight twist
on the vault, simple but beautifully performed.
This is the first of two. She will have to make a different entry to
the vault. Still looking for a similar difficulty value of around
five. Lovely contact. Look at the technique in the twist. Oddie macro
together. Fully extended. Lovely style in the end -- legs together.
Georgia Rose Brown with her second vault. Her first was 14.1. Her
second now. Georgia Rose Brown saluting the
judges ready for her second vault. This is slightly easier. 4.6, value.
Interesting vault. A half turn. Front somersault.
She has to make sure she is square and she did that very well. A half
turn, very effective. You have to be very quick on this turn. Very
square. Well done, good vault. Again, not a lot of deduction.
Really strong. A bit of line. -- off-line. That is quite often the
problem. She does not quite get square as she makes that turn. So
quick of the top. -- off the top. I thought she was square but slightly
to the left hand side. An average will be taken. 13.833 is the final
score for Georgia Rose Brown, from Australia.
The second gymnast now. Listen to the crowd. Scotland's Emma White.
She was sixth on this apparatus in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. A
strong and powerful approach. Good technique. Beautiful extension. Just
one step. Good vault for number one. A lot of power and determination.
Just as she has approached this competition. One hand is slightly in
front of the other on contact. But very nice and very clean. Very good
alignment. Good and straight. Landing as you are meant to, one
foot either side of the red line. I thoroughly -- she thoroughly enjoyed
her experience. She is making the most of this. She needs to stretch
at this point, keep stretching. A full twist. The shoulders come up.
This is a battle of the execution score. Brown's best execution was
9.1. This is eight point eight. -- 8.8, execution. In qualification,
she did a 4.8. This is the same. She needs to execute this is precisely
as possible. -- as precisely. This is generally the less favoured
vault. That was a shame, the big step. That was a very nice vault.
Half turn. She punches really high. Pike front somersault. There is
nothing more she can do now. She has to wait and hope that she scores
over 13.833. She gets extra points for the pike shape. Similar vault
but in the pike shape. Very nice. She just overcooked it at the end. I
watched her in training and she landed on straight legs. I could see
she was anxious not to allow that to happen again. Taking into
consideration that they do train beforehand, having a bad session can
play on the mind, Chris. Yes, it can. Which he performed that well.
She just looked on her knees to early. -- took ten. They will give
her the four, eight, but that propelled her forwards and it
increased her rotation. Emma White, silver medal position at the moment.
The. Behind the current leader, Georgia Rose Brown. -- she is
behind. Kirsten Beckett could get into the medals. She qualified with
the third highest score. Gymnast from South Africa. Also in the floor
final and the bars final. A very powerful and purposeful gymnast.
Very nicely done. One and a half twist, that increases the score.
Quite a large debt forward at the end. How costly world that he? If
you step and you join your feet, that is a .3. If she had stepped
back to the landing place, that would have been a .1. That is a.
Full. Very good contact, the feet low. -- that is a fall point. The
hardest vault we have seen so far. They go up in increments of three.
5.3 is given. The execution is over nine. Second vault is still to come.
She got good height and flight and they do deductions for a lack of
height. This is good and powerful. they do deductions for a lack of
height. This is A lot riding on this vault. Really strong. Quite a lot of
difficult than the flip entry. She looks very relieved. I doubt she
does those many times in competition. Using that approach, it
is harder to get the height you need, Chris. It is, so it is given a
greater tariff. She cannot contact with the feet so low when you make
the half turn like that. Some gymnasts have a wide base with the
arms and some quite close, and she was quite close, I thought. Quite
good technique, isn't it? The feet are already quite high above you so
you cannot rocket off the top the same way. That is why she is trying
to create that wide base. To give the conversion upwards. Enough
airtime for the full twist. She would want a bit more if she was
putting an extra half on that twist. Good vault, I thought. That is two
vaults done. 13.833 is the score to beat, and she does it. 14.1664
Kirsten Beckett. -- 14.166, Kirsten Beckett. That could push the leading
score into third. A powerful gymnast, very good indeed. Brought
in to help the England team for the rest of the Commonwealth Games and
it worked a couple of days ago. Total aggression in the approach.
Double twist. Sliding to one side. To get two twists, her feet must
have been low on contact. Very good. A very fast gymnast. When she
contacts the platform, her elbows locked. She bounces off and up. That
gives her the time for the two twists. And it really is an all or
nothing about, it can go so wrong, especially at such a high level. I
said it before, if you match airtime with rotation and twisting... And
she does it very well indeed. Yes. There will be a deduction for the
chest down but it is so fast and dynamic, it is difficult for judges
sometimes to see that. She has gone up slightly, 14.633. She could be on
target for a medal here. If she can land this next vault. A five
difficulty. So slightly easier. She really needs to focus, it has to be
precise. Very well done. The front somersault with a half turn, that
was a great vault. And that is going to challenge. It definitely will.
She is coached by Keith and Debbie Richardson, Simm. Very experienced
coaches. Once again, the aggression. A half turn. Two before have done
this and she did it with a twist. Plenty of attack. I mean business!
They do not get the credit they should do. It is very complex
twisting for these gymnasts. You can see the extension through the
shoulders really powers up. That is what is missing in so many vaults.
That was good vaulting. Consistently difficult. And consistently
accurate. Kelly can now enjoy her experience. She and all the other
vaulters can do no more. Just waiting.
Will it be good enough for a medal? That was close. Yes. She is ahead by
.0 83. Ellie Black hoping to put right what went wrong yesterday. A
big first vaults. She hung in the air, made it look very easy. A very
good style. You could see it in her face, the absolute determination.
She means business today, Chris. She was a finalist in the Olympics. A
really good style, Mitch. Absolutely dead centre. She can twist and come
out nicely. That is great vaulting. Look how precise that was. It is a
5.4 difficulty. This gymnast has made every individual final. A very
tough schedule for Ellie Black. But she starts superbly.
She needs now to keep this consistency if she is to go ahead of
Kelly Simm. She really needs lots of speed to
drive her feet into the board. Lovely! She is really on fire today.
Where will the judges deduct from on this because it looked incredibly
smooth. It is incredibly difficult to do these Tsukahara base fault
with one and a half twists. The arm well forward. A nice base, spot on.
She had a starter yesterday but today, this was perfectly landed.
The textbook style. Potential may be lack of height. And may be tucking
the knees up a little early on that last half twist. But I would be
surprised if that has less than nine for execution. Look at that broad
base. Chris, you're quite right, a little bit loose at the of the
knees. But we can see this in slow motion and it was a very fast vault.
Surely she have to lead the field? The current leader Kelly Simm looks
up. Three gymnasts to go. One of which is Claudia Fragapane. She goes
into first place. The trick is to have both vaults as good as each
other. The second Canadian in this final, Maegan Chant. An interesting
start. A real no-nonsense approach to this
vaulting. You could see in the way she did that, it was quite a
different style to that of Ellie Black. She means business. Was it
piped or straight? Very nice technique. She hits the
platform, extends, opens those hips and then comes into a pike. I think
she holds the park. If she had piked and then extended out, they would be
giving it a straight but I think that is just the pike. My old coach
used to say pike extension, hip rotation.
I think they are having that debate, is it pike or straight? They need to
have a word with your coach, Mitch! That was lovely. That was another
Tsukahara vault. Neither of the Canadians opting for the more
popular flip on. That was arguably better than the first one. A lovely
shape. She really held her shape. Interestingly, the same technique on
the top of the table. Almost as centrally landed. A lovely
conversion of power. Whether it will be enough to go ahead of Ellie Black
is one point. Kelly Simm is second at the moment.
gymnasts. Canada have not had a very happy time at these Commonwealth
Games, in terms of medals and success. Very close between second
and third at the moment. It is second. She scores exactly the
same for both vaults, as does her compatriot. Dipa Karmakar next.
Again, the Tsukahara with full twist. She just got her head stuck a
little bit and struggled with the second half. Nothing like as strong
a quality with that vault. She made it difficult than herself because
she stayed piked. An ideal shape is the straight shape to twist. You can
see the break of the hips and it wriggled a little bit and destroyed
the flight. She did not quite get those feet right over her head from
the beginning. However, it was a good solid vaults. Deductions for
legs apart on. A really unorthodox technique, we
would say there. Technically, a little bit lacking.
Look at the scoreboard there. That gives you an idea of how difficult
this vault is. A seven! Chris is wincing.
And she made it! She made it! How about that? Absolutely fantastic! I
have not seen that in 20 years. Well done! That is her moment.
Absolutely. To get that round. She had maybe an inch between her bum
and the mat. a deduction for brushing the floor
but definitely feet first. Huge delight.
This is fabulous vaulting. Courageous and it paid off. We did
have our hearts in our mouths little bit up here but that was great. She
is delighted. A seven difficulty obviously gives her a big, big
cushion. Ellie Black leads the field. Kelly Simm is hanging on for
England in bronze medal position. Dipa Karmakar is in silver medal
position for the moment. One gymnast is still to come and it is
England's Dipa Karmakar -- Claudia Fragapane.
That was a good, strong vault. Well, Chris, weighed you think the
deductions will come from there? Little bit slack knees. Her knees
are little bit bent and the direction. She very cleverly lands
to one side and jumps in but she gets that because she bends one
elbow on the contact and that is where the deviation comes. It is
fabulous vaulting. She is a tiny gymnast. It is the right arm which
bends. She just attacks it. A lot of good stuff. She lands with
her chest well up. She is cleanly round. Very impressive vaulting from
Claudia. She scored 14 points six in qualification. She has gone up on
that score. Nile Wilson watches on. Very good vaulting. It will be a
child end. It will be very, very close this. -- it will be a
challenge. I am sure it was good enough. Very, very courageous. Did
not hold back. The second vault was equally impressive.
legs. The power and the height and the attack is fabulous. Definitely a
medal. Yes, her energy, will look at this. -- look at this. Power and the
determination she overcomes it. The somersault with the half turn. And a
characteristic smile. There is no doubt that is not straight. This
starts straight. You have to hold the shape for half of it. That could
be a deduction. We will blow them to give it. -- we will wish for them to
give it. Will we see a number one? Everybody is eagerly awaiting the
result including Ellie Black who is in the lead with a score of 14.433.
The judges are keeping us in suspense. Her only final today, she
has floor tomorrow. She got 14.2666 qualification to become the highest
qualifier. -- 14 .266 in qualification. They are making her
weight. The suspense is too much for Claudia Fragapane. Her eyes are
glued on the scoreboard. That debate between pike or straight. Calm down!
The judges are not sure and they can as to watch the video. -- they can
asp. Dipa Karmakar is definitely guaranteed a medal. Great news for
India. I think they are watching things back. Dipa Karmakar is in
second. Ellie Black is third. They will have to wait longer as Claudia
decides to take a seat. The Hydro have started to clap. To encourage
the judges story up. -- to hurry up. The emotion of yesterday is that!
Here we go. She got Gold in the all-around yesterday. And
confirmation, she has got Gold here in the women's vault final. An
average score of 14.633. Fragapane, the Golden bowl once more! -- the
Golden girl. She is only 16 and four foot seven
and a giant of these Commonwealth Games. Fabulous performance gain
from Claudia Fragapane. We will go to the man's more horse
final shortly. We have Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings. They are
running 15 minutes late at the Hydro so we were fair in about ten
minutes. That gives us time to go to the Emirates Arena. We are enjoying
the man's badminton. The English number one, the silver-medallist
from Delhi, is trying to get into the quarterfinals. He is up against
the man from Singapore. It is eight all in the second game.
Getting nicely out of that, he was in deep problems all the way. That
was a good shot, a camera shot. It is not a badminton shot.
He is getting to it very early. On this forehand. That is very nicely
played. Ouseph is under great pressure. He cannot reach him,
despite his long legs. That is nice. Exactly the same score
as in the first game interval. Ouseph leading 11-10.
First-time Ouseph has had a two point advantage in this game. What a
chance! He took a long swing here. Ouseph was lucky to get away here
and I think he knows it. That was not well constructed.
He has pushed that long. Ouseph did well to get out of the way here.
That was straight down the middle. Once again, I feel Ouseph is really
sort of edging away. Gliding away. Gliding away! I feel he is slowly
but surely adding on the margin one point at a time. Nice and easy. It
will possibly now go to 17-12. It is always good fun to guess now and
again! What worries me is that you are normally right! I get many
right! But sometimes I also get them painfully wrong!
You see? You said it was going to be 17-12. It was close! One point, yes.
He got the first. You were 50% right! Good to defence from Ouseph
here. -- good defence. Huang taking nice control of this rally. Ouseph
will have to react to whatever is thrown at him. But at that. That is
a beauty. -- look at that. Nice to see he is taking the pace away from
that shot, he is the reverse drop shot rather than going for the big
smash. But at how effective that was. -- look at. Ouseph is nowhere
near it. We can have a highlight of the
expressions of Huang! He is having delightful expressions! Well
intercepted. Good anticipation here. Another one is long. These are five
match points. The Ouseph. -- for Ouseph. Yes! Interesting way of
changing his mind at the last moment. Ouseph is through to the
quarterfinals and it will be a battle between England and Scotland.
Awaiting him in the last eight is Kieran may release.
England against Scotland. And Kieran is Ouseph's training partner.
Stand-by, it is time for the man's pommelhorse final, one of the most
eagerly anticipated events. Louis Smith was the main man a couple of
years ago when he took silver in the Olympics in this event and he became
part of sporting royalty in this country. But the man who finished
one place behind him in bronze was map Chris Whitlock a couple of years
ago -- Max Whitlock. And he has created more pain nearing moves than
even the Louis Smith achieved. -- pain nearing. And Daniel Keatings is
the reigning British champion in this list two silver medals so far.
So sit back and enjoyed the man's pommelhorse final. -- and enjoy.
the home nations will prevail and keep this medal winning that we are
seen? I do not want to keep -- put my money on anyone. Max has had an
amazing competition. He has already been out here. This dominance is
continuing, because down below us, 28 has received a gold medal -- Amy
Regan. -- Amy Regan. -- Matt Claudia Fragapane. -- Claudia Fragapane.
APPLAUSE. This moment is all about English National Anthem -- Claudia
Fragapane. She has been on a high and she has had to pick herself up.
She does not seem to get fazed by anything. Going last it is a long
way. She was composed and off she went. Here are the bolts. -- vaults.
She was likely off to the side. This is the second one. She is
incredible. I had to have her, Black gets the first bronze and India
McPeak gets the bronze -- Black gets the silver macro -- silver medal --
India McPeak. McPeak gets the bronze -- Black gets
the silver macro -- -- -- Dipa Karmakar. We cannot discount Daniel
Keating 's. He had a great day. It might give him that fight. He is
penned sharp in his execution. The score is split between difficulty in
execution. Those gymnast who want to push it, there is a risk there. Well
Lewis know that he can go 64 nine. All we had to go on was his
qualification routine, none of us had Seaman was going to be like. On
the execution point, talk us through this. He did swing very smoothly. He
had a 7.2 in the locker he was determined to move. He has been
criticised in the past, but he has claimed that out. Also, the fluid
nurse of the swing, when he gets into the air, -- fluidity, he keeps
them in a parallel line. He has worked on his score. I think he has
got the edge. Here, when he sets the dismount, there is no hesitation.
Superb work. The difficulty billed as the whole routine continues.
Now, there is a massive deduction -- bills. There has to be a constant
flow. That has a knock-on affect on the final score. When they get into
that routine, they are thinking they have to land. Lewis is determined to
go out with 272, is he ready? He has been preparing since the beginning
of the year. He was starting to get fit at the beginning of last year. I
cannot call this one. The lads are out. Louis Smith was sat up
watching. Now, he is ready, he has his tracksuit on. Let us look at the
competitors. Anderson kicks this off. The Scottish competitor is
third up. Jack Davis for Wales and then Louis Smith. Then Daniel Purvis
and Max Whitlock will round things off. How crucial is this order?
Daniel Keatings will be edgy. He can go out there and get his job done
and sit and relax. He is setting the benchmark for Louis Smith to come
up. Max will not be watching. He will take themselves into a corner
and do his own thing, he will hear the reaction from the crowd. Louis
Smith already has Commonwealth gold. He has been there and done it. He
has nothing to lose. Max already has three gold medals and has nothing to
lose. It will be a battle of difficulty. Louis Smith is looking
relaxed. I spoke to him the other day and he said that his goal was to
come here and prove he was ready. The final is a different story. You
want to get into that final and Louis Smith will say he does not
want that title, but every athlete is here to win. This is the men's
pommel horse final and it starts with Anderson Loran from Canada. You
have to close your legs at the top. Deductions. He has to keep his hands
together. If you do not have your hands parallel, he keeps them on the
dismount. On pommel horse, that is a level field. It is great when the
first person starts off well. It sets the tone. That was probably the
most important routine. Well executed, good style am a little
brushes on the handles, there will be deductions -- and little brushes.
You can see on the screen, the execution score. He is doing very
well. He is very cleverly using the handles. They cannot deduct you for
having one hand in front of the other on the handles. A good
exercise. His qualification score was 13 point 66. He did well to go
through. He will put the pressure on the rest. If you go through, you
have set a marker. A lot of people fall off. 13.6. As you say, the
benchmark has been set. Clinton Parnell for Wales. -- Clinton
Purnell. He got a 5.14 difficulty. Clinton Purnell for Wales. Forgive
me for saying, I remember him as a tiny lad. This is not his favourite
and he is delighted to make this final. He has made a very solid
start. Look how far the hands are part, that is deductible. He has to
keep them together. He is keeping the swing. The rhythm is good. And
he has to keep it now. That is the pause you did not want to save. He
could lose the value of the dismount. Tough, but a fact. Well,
we have to point out there has been a lot of gymnastics going on, but in
the individual finals, nothing else is happening, it just that one
performance and all eyes are focused in on the gymnast. That is quite
nerve-wracking. Lovely overhead shot. You can see him brushing the
handles. The overhead shot gave us a good look at how straight the body
was. You can see a little bit of a hike and that was the problem. He
used strength rather than swing. He will get add deduction. -- a
deduction. A little resigned smile. Good work on the apparatus. He did
not fall off. Watch the left hand, he will tap it in quickly. Good
technique. He has got good technique -- attack. -- tuck. Daniel Keatings
waits for the judges to put up the score for Clinton Purnell. I doubt
they are deliberating on the dismount. It is in, 12.966. A little
shrug. Daniel Keatings. He has been European champion. He is in with a
chance of a medal, but the tiniest of mistakes pushed him out of the
medals on the floor. The smallest margin. The smallest mistake. He has
a lovely swinging style. Nice pick-up, into the stretch body
swing. Keeps the swing. Such a difficult one to control. This is a
great start. Hands are absolutely parallel. Very nice work indeed.
Into another triple Russian. Very good work indeed. Travelling back,
keep the swaying! That is huge! -- swing. Daniel Keatings is through.
He has laid down the gauntlet now. Louis Smith knows he has a job to
do. As does Max Whitlock. He did not hold back. That was so difficult.
And so elegant. That was the best I have seen Daniel Keatings swing on
the pommel horse. Look at that style. For so many years, he has
been in the shadows but this could well be his moment. It is easy to
forget that this guy companies with the best, trains with the best, has
won an Olympic medal. The adjustments will tell you, it is
three tenths every time you do it. Look at him, is he smiling? He
knows! Yes! He is smiling there. You come here with an idea what it is
you want to achieve and to absolutely deliver with your own
expectations must be the best feeling. Absolutely. You can do no
better. 16.058! The gymnasts in this pommel horse final have real work to
do. Max and Louis Smith cannot hold back. Dear oh dear. Davies now for
Wales. 18 years old. The youngest in this final. Very nice. His flop.
Interesting that they call it that. A triple Russian in the middle. This
is good swinging. Nicely extended at the front. There are each confident
work. This is a good routine. Driving forward. Good discipline
with the hand placement. Come on, don't lose the rhythm. Lift your
hips and lift your feet. Yes, that was a lovely routine. Jac Davey is
going for a very high execution score. He looks a little bit
lightweight as he is swinging. I have known the coach for many years
and he will be delighted. He wasn't overawed in any way at all. Just
came to work on the pommel horse, it was the only PC did. Quite often
that can be quite nerve wracking. But not for this young guy. I do not
think that the difficulty level will be quite a seven but it was very
well executed. Lovely hip discipline. Watch the hand
disappear. That is a sign of good technique. If you get the hand
behind the hip. A lovely line. And look how he kept it here. Again! You
can see the elation! The relief. You just don't want to make a complete
fool of yourself in front of these people. 14.8. A very respectable
score in this company. When you think of a six difficulty. Louis
Smith for England. He has put so much work in the gym for his
comeback. Now is his time to shine. The question about difficulty will
soon be answered. When he gets onto this one handle, you need a double
stretched circle. He is going well. See when he stretches. There is the
first. No, he has played safe there. Clean in the spindle. And he is
flaring on, picking up the circle. This is where the difficulty is
coming up a bit. Mikey. This is crucial. He has lost the
rhythm. That will be the difference. The dismount will be a question. It
will only be a. It may not be gold this time for Louis Smith but it was
all about proving he can come back. It was a really impressive routine
until the very end. I was thinking how are the judges going to split
them? He did their job for them. He really did have a go here. The
second handstand was a little bit short. Let's have a look at it. But
he got onto the end. Step up. And we watch leg Trail. And it is good
night, Irene once that happens. But mostly very successfully done. He is
a big man, you know. He is very sure about hand placement on the handle.
You wonder how Paul feels with two such brilliant performers in this
final. The execution of his work through the routine. There is the
pause. That is the moment. That is not a dismount. They might give him
a C. But in this company and with the fault on the handle before. He
goes into second. It is a score of Dan Keatings for Scotland leads.
Gabriel Gan. He was just outside of the medals at the Olympic Games. The
struggle in the values it a little bit but nice and clean. -- the
straddle in the values it a little bit. A very good final so far. And
he didn't hesitate through the sequence to give him a clear
dismount. A similar approach to Davies from Wales. It will be
interesting to see the battle between those two. He didn't qualify
with anything like such a score. But a good line, light and slight, that
is the name of the game for easy pommel work. Absolutely. To swing
straight. He reminds me of the Australian who used to swing very
quickly. Another small man. Look how that hand is hidden behind the
hips. Good extension. Lovely shape in side support as well. This is
very good quality work. I am keen to see the difficulty score. Whether or
not it will see the difficulty score. Whether or
be higher than by four. It needs to be to get up to Davies. That is good
work from him. High quality. Davies in third at the moment with 14.8. It
is 14.266. He had a go. He knew he had to if he was going to have any
success in this final. Somebody else who will have a very good go is
Daniel Purvis for Scotland. He posted a 6.1 difficulty earlier. He
has been in the 15th before. He is no stranger to it. He cut it short.
Variation. Very swift in the Russian. Pike. I tell you what,
there is a determination in this. Through the Russians on the end.
Travelling through. Keep the rhythm, young man! There is another one.
Another one through. Lovely work from Daniel Purvis. It is going to
be the top end of 14. Can it creep into 15? Will that put him into
third? Are you excited? What a pommel horse final we are
experiencing here. Come on down! Good to see him. He has faltered a
bit in this championship but he was really at his fighting best here. He
has been criticised for being pike at the front but he kept the swing
going. This has proved crucial. To be able to keep rhythm in any
handstand, including the dismount. It is hard to be critical but the
judges have two separate them somehow. What is your prediction? I
would like to see him get a 15. What is his difficulty? His difficulty is
6.1 in qualification. He needs an 8.9. I think it was good. Are the
judges seeing it? He took as by surprise in parts of his routine
because he navigated his way differently to what he has done
before. He wondered whether to put another turn in there but he thought
he would play it safe. Get off, while you are winning! I have to
say, technically, not quite as stretched as some of them. The last
man up is Max Whitlock, adjusting the pommel horse. He is fourth.
14.516. Execution down at 8.4. That is harsh in my book. The judges are
doing a good job. They are sticking to the new rules. Hand placement.
Louis Smith is guaranteed a medal. But what colour? Will it be gold and
time again for Max Whitlock? He is more than capable but a big score to
beat. Handstand, very secure. One Russian, two Russians. He really
needs that 7.3. If anything, so far he is even more stretched. The same
mistake as in qualifying but he has picked it up. There is the spin.
Very difficult work. Good placement of the hands. Still going. Go one.
There we go. He keeps his rhythm. He is going back again. He really got
hold of it. It was the execution quite as good as Daniel Keatings?
Not to my eye. I don't know if it will creep into the 16? It is easy
for us, but 31-macro went through something special. -- Daniel
Keatings. He will hold onto that gold medal. You saw a little brush
there. I see this as a silver medal. I am a great admirer of Max.
Beautiful work. Confident on one handle. There, you could see that
was a big break and a big hike at the back. -- pike. He had a break of
a line and picked it up again. That is due to his great strength that he
is able to think quickly and adjust his body quickly. He had to know
whether the judges are sharp enough to pick up on the shapes. We are
told that you need to pick up on the quality of shape. C. It is silver
for Max Whitlock. -- let us see. There is golden, Daniel Keatings. We
thought the smile was big yesterday when he got a silver medal, but to
achieve at this medal and in this company, they were all here, Louis
Smith, Maxwell Clark... -- Max Whitlock. Daniel Keatings would have
been the least likely. Max Whitlock really went for it. Louis Smith did
so well to make that final. He ran out of steam little bit. -- a little
bit. You lose a bit of your edge when you are competing. He will know
that the right man took a gold medal. Any other competition
involving the pommel horse, Max Whitlock would have won. Louis Smith
did not get the medal he wanted, but he gave a very good account of
himself to win the bronze medal. Brilliant to show that sort of form.
What a final, we have all waited and wondered what the outcome -- outcome
would be. The lads did not disappoint, joining us here,
Scotland's only gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games. He has just
had that title taken away. It is now an exclusive club that Daniel
Keatings is a part of. I am delighted for him. The time had to
come and see it happen here, it was absolutely incredible. I am so
happy. You were delighted for him yesterday, but how different is the
gold medal? It is incredible. The expectation and pressure was on him
and under that pressure, he pulled it off in front of the home crowd.
We were saying, for so long, Daniel Keatings has always been there, he
has taken on a lot of the pressure, pushed British gymnastics forward,
but it feels right that here, in front of a home crowd, he has done
it. He has had his ups and downs, but he has used that will stop it is
unbelievable, because he was first up, he did not have a benchmark to
follow. Then Louis Smith and Max Whitlock came in and knew they had
to up their difficulty. It did not work. With the score of 16, let us
treat ourselves to another look at what was close to perfection. It
starts well, it had this real flow. There was real tempo and rhythm. It
really helped him to do that floor routine and when it came to the
pommel horse, he did not need to worry about adjusting to the
atmosphere. There was no part where he -- were you thought he was losing
rhythm. Obviously, you have to wait to the end because the dismount
could be costly. It is so crucial, you have to remain calm on the
pommel horse. He is swinging, going with the flow, going for the gold
medal. He punches the air in delight. A special moment. It is
worth mentioning that Max beat the gymnast that pushed Louis Smith out
of the gold medal position in the Olympics. The quality of gymnast
that we have is second to none. -- gymnasts. How will this compare to
the other medals he has won? It is a massive achievement. It was not just
a normal final, this was hotly contested. This is the one he
wanted, this was the anticipated final. We had two Olympic medallists
going for a gold medal and it was amazing. A word on Louis Smith, this
was his big moment coming back stop you could see in his face that he
would give it a good shot. You could see that he was adding the
difficulty throughout the routine. The whole routine was so clean and
tidy, he had that flair we have seen so many times. There was real
determination. Yes, he was going for broke, not holding anything back. He
has such a great character. He was swinging, he was calm. He finishes
off the routine and I think he knows that he gave it is best shot. -- his
best shot. We have seen him in other championships and was a focus on
getting their medal, but here it has been different. It was different
pressure, he wanted to put the critics write and show that he was
not living a celebrity lifestyle and he had focused on his gymnastics and
still has that passion. Max Whitlock, he has been having a
storming competition, but it goes to show, a tiny bend in the arms and
the placing changes. Going last is pretty bad macro putting yourself
under pressure. It is a difficult place to be. You have to find the
best within yourself. It is not an easy place to be. Are you part of
this schedule? You have been part of the bed will stop is this your fault
that the gymnasts are working every single hour? -- bid. To see the
development of the gymnast, they believe in themselves. They are
standing on the podium and getting the rewards they deserve, the hours
in training they put in, it is wonderful. I think Max might be
tired. The bend in the arms might be a result of that. He has more finals
to come. It is split over a week. If you have made the team finals and
the individual finals, it is a tough task. The gymnasts are out to
receive their medals and once again, it is a home nations are fair. Louis
Smith, Daniel Keatings and Max Whitlock -- affair. What a final it
was. Louis Smith leads out three world class performers on the pommel
horse. Daniel Keatings has found the miracle of form just at the right
time. Max wedlock, we know all about him, he is on a roll, it he is
focused -- Max Whitlock. The man that everyone wanted to come out, he
is such a nice guy, Daniel Keatings emerges on top of the pile. The
medals will be presented by the Earl of Wessex. There is the Earl of
Wessex. Alongside Helen Phillips who has done so much for a Welsh
gymnastics, as well as in her role for the Commonwealth -- for Welsh
gymnastics. The winner of the Commonwealth medal, Louis Smith. He
came here to prove something to himself. Lots of us who know the
sport know he has nothing to prove. himself. Lots of us who know the
This is to show that is hard is still in gymnastics. That bronze
medal is so well-deserved. -- heart. Great stuff. Louis Smith
takes a bronze medal to out to his considerable collection. The winner
of the silver medal, representing England, Max Whitlock. A silver
marvel to add to three gold medals. Whichever way you look at it, he has
had a great games -- Games -- medal. He was 15.966, as close issue can
get! That was a superb performance -- as close as you can get.
get! That was a superb performance -- as close Max Whitlock, gymnast
extraordinaire. Max Whitlock takes the Silver medal for the pommel
horse. Gold medallist and Commonwealth champion, representing
Scotland's, Daniel Keatings. No need to say his name -- Scotland. He has
joined the exclusive 16 stratospheric club. A man who can
score over 16 on the pommel horse. A golden performance. He accepts his
medal in the way only he can. Humbly and gratefully. Daniel Keatings is a
great sportsman. He is the pride of Scotland. Ladies and gentlemen, the
National Anthem of Scotland. Scottish National Anthem.. --
Scottish National Anthem. Let's celebrate our Commonwealth
Games gold medallist. Emotional moments as Scotland get
their gold and Daniel Keatings restores his status as one of our
very best gymnasts in the whole of Great Britain. Good to see him back
and what a final it was. Max Whitlock taking the silver and Louis
Smith proved to us that his heart is still with us to take the bronze.
What a final it was. In our heart of hearts, I think that was the order
we wanted. I know his mother and father are in the crowd. Paul Hall
was with him. They have gone through that tough time with him, so it is
great and to do that in Scotland and become only the second ever gold
medallist is a massive achievement. There is the confirmation. Flower of
Scotland sounds really good in here. It is amazing. I am so happy for
Dam, he is only the second man to do this. It is wonderful to see. I
don't know if your microphone was up at the time but Beth and I were
treated to a wonderful rendition of flower of Scotland from you, Steve.
He has such a wonderful smile on his face. Yesterday with the silver, and
about gold just means so much. How do you think Louis Smith will be
feeling? You can see that he is pleased for Daniel, they have been
together since they were four or five years old. They have been
training for a long time. I am pleased for him. His coach Paul Hall
has had a big influence on him. It is hard because he has got to of the
best pommel workers in the country and he has taken them both to medal
status. European Championship. He has had a big influence on both
their careers. What do you think this will mean an Daniel Keatings
from a selector 's point of view? I think it turns the table. He was
performing under pressure and he has pulled it off. It is going to make
the selectors think again about that team selection. We are going to lose
you very shortly. You have duties to do as Scotland's first gold
medallist. You will always be that. I am looking forward to it. I am
presenting the rings medal. It is going to be a great honour to pass
it onto our gold medallist on the rings. It is the discipline for
which you received a gold medal. I think we might have a photograph.
That we are. Look at you there. I remember watching that. It was
straight after my final. That's right. I remember. Seeing images
like this. You will have seen so many images. The year that you got
to that you got about gold medal, annual Keating 's was born. It is
incredible. I suppose everybody needs somebody to look up to. Sorry
to cut you off. We have been wondering what Daniel is thinking.
Here we go. We are in an incredibly privileged position watching these
three perform. It was the one to watch. It was the one that you were
looking forward to and you delivered on the big stage. It was amazing
being in front of a home crowd and doing one of the best routines I
have done. I upped my game to a seven point to start and I hit it.
You say it was the Olympics that you never had. You seemed to thrive in
the atmosphere. Yes. I have had my best results in front of a home
crowd and I was happy to continue that here. I am ecstatic with the
win. Was it extra special being up against your mates, two of the best
pommel horse workers in the world. Definitely. All three of us have the
highest start scores in the world at the moment. The medal could have
gone to any of us. I was just happy to be in the final with these guys.
I am sure you are going to revel in it. And the rings to come later.
Max, another medal. A silver. A huge achievement. I am very happy. Such a
great final to be a part of. Scoring 16 is huge in front of a home crowd.
Well done. This competition has been great. You have been taking on a lot
of stuff. Three outrageous finals. Did you feel like anything from the
early apparatus are affected you? It helped to chill me out and kept me
relaxed. I am starting to get tired after my fourth day in a row. I have
one more piece to focus on. Well done. We are looking forward to
watching you. Louis Smith, you seemed to enjoy that. I had a
brilliant time out there. The crowd has been fantastic and it has been a
brilliant pommel horse final. I went for a harder routine, I had nothing
left to give. I was quite tired. It didn't go my way but I have come
third. I am happy. Unlucky for the Welsh guy who did a brilliant
routine and came fourth. You were cheering and clapping of every
minute. Everybody was looking forward to seeing all of you. What
was it like to be amongst your friends in this arena with thousands
of people cheering you on? It has been unbelievable. There are not
many pommel horse finals I have thoroughly enjoyed but this was
brilliant. It was an intense experience, the anxiety and it was
such fun. I am glad I am back and I am looking forward to carrying on
training. That is the question. Are we going to see you more on the mat?
After what I have done at this Commonwealth Games, it would be
silly to give up so I am looking forward to doing more. Thanks to all
of you. Huge congratulations to all three lads. We will have a chat with
them later. The line-up now for the women's uneven bar.
Elizabeth Beddoe is the first to go from Wales. She has the mat to go
but for the moment she concentrates on the uneven bars. Very nice full
pirouette. That is an error. Very difficult for these inexperienced
gymnast to come straight in. She didn't quite get the swing into the
somersault. In this format, the gymnasts have no warm up in the
arena. Well, they did about three hours ago but they have been in the
gym training while they are waiting for their go. Elizabeth, although 18
years old will not have done a massive amount of finals like this.
Down to the low bar. With the half term, very well performed. Handstand
and a big swing up. Needs a good dismount. She does. That was such a
shame. The difficult work she did fairly well. She was just unsettled
on the hop. It is a pity. A fine gymnast. Once you lose your rhythm,
Chris, and she did, it is very hard to get it back. She hopped on the
way. This is the one that worked. Then she struggled to early and
didn't get her heels pop. Her hips lead and not their heels. That made
the somersault quite low and she didn't cling on to the bars. The
judges have to decide whether she had a momentary hang. From the
reaction of the bar, she might get away with it. If so, it is a
decision that is worth about one marks. A lovely dismount. She is a
fine gymnast. The Welsh women did fantastically. There is Tracy, the
national coach for Wales. Most of the gymnasts are training at the
National Centre. She was British champion aged nine and ten.
Elizabeth Beddoe. 11.633 was the score. Chalked up and ready to go is
England's Becky Downie. She has a similar dilemma to the lads on
pommel horse she has a difficult routine and another one. Which will
she do first? Full pirouette, straight into the pike to catch up.
A move named after her, the Downie. Another release. Back down to the
low bar. She has got to get back up to the high bar. She makes the turn
just right. Needs to speed the Giants are up. Well done, Becky
Downie. That is a routine that will be hard to beat. A commanding
performance. She hit every handstand. I was relieved that you
said it was the difficult routine because that was just immense. She
missed one link. Sometimes she can get the second catch but she didn't
chance it. She did be easier routine in qualification. She obviously
thought very quickly. Original, courageous. As European champion on
this apparatus you would expect her to produce under pressure and that
is exactly what she did. She did a tall Katchev in the pike position
and that is the move named after her, the Downie. She does a clear
circle into Katchev. You have to be so clean. Accuracy on the timing and
the shapes have two be right. That is great stuff. She is going to need
a score in the high 14s for the gold. This should hover towards the
15s. I would have hoped for her. We have seen Becky be a bit
inconsistent when she was younger. Like Dan Keatings she went to the
Olympics in 2008 and didn't get the selection in 2012. She was teetering
on whether to fight back and she has done so and is now reaping the
rewards. Larissa Miller will be the gymnast after her. The
second-highest qualifier. Becky was the highest qualifier. 14.683. The
difficulty down a little bit? 16.4! 14.666, she is up on qualification.
Representing Australia, Larrissa Miller. A finalist at the World
Championships. She qualified second. Jumps straight to the high bar,
lovely extension. Huge catch. Links two releases together. A pike in and
out. Super high somersaults. Three big releases already. Locked solid
handstand. Lovely line on the handstands. Increases the swaying,
Phil, twisting, that is a strong bed -- swing. It is going to be very
close. Not a highly difficulty score, but her execution was clean.
Lovely line, clean. The precision... Quality of swaying,
quality of line and accuracy. Will it be a winning formula? -- swing.
We will have to wait and see. Focus and determination. Lovely, look at
that. Keep the swing on the transfer. So many gymnasts struggle
there. Beautiful line. It is worth talking about the handstand, because
with those turns, you have to be at 12 o'clock. If you cannot include
too many turns, you can do better. Lovely dismount. Lovely turn. They
both included one peril wet, her and Rebecca Downie. -- piroutte. The
score for Rebecca Downie is 14.666. It is not good enough. 14.5664
Larrissa Miller. Rebecca Downie holes on. 38. -- Elsabeth Black. She
is a great gymnast. She spends that somersault straight down to the low
bar. Really building her difficulty up. She was really right above the
bar, there was no question. There is the full piroutte. Love the
dismount. Straight body with a half turn. Lovely work. She set up that
beautifully. Lovely technique on the dismount. In qualification, she
posted a 5.4. I think difficulty will be what makes the difference. I
think there will be a similar score. She linked that very well. Two
difficult moves. Lovely straight arms, good body shape. This was
impressive, look at the height. She has very good energy. She creates
energy. Lovely technique. has very good energy. She creates
energy. Lovely Because these buyers are wooden or fibreglass, they do
their hand and the gymnasts can use the bend of the bar 's -- bar 's. --
bars. Different bars have different bounce. It is an anxious wait for
Rebecca Downie. The first to go. Elsabeth Black, 13.7, a difficulty
of 5.5, but execution very similar to the previous gymnasts. Now, the
South African, Kristen Beckett. -- Kirsten Beckett. Leisurely turn,
another gymnast who works with great energy. Into the forward element,
stretches out, he was out, good work. -- heels out. She was the
eighth highest qualifier. A good showing, second final of the day.
She will not have such a high difficulty score. It was a good
performance. Nice. Nice rotations. It enabled her to swaying from it --
swing. It was a clean routine. Heads the handstand on the transfer. --
hits. Just a question of difficulty. Look at that. The release was
perfectly timed. Their heels driving backwards to give her rotation. --
the heels. The coach there. The coach is allowed on the podium to do
that. Did she not miss that in one of the competitions? She missed the
dismount last night. She set it up well there. These gymnasts have had
to turn around quickly. They were competing last night until after
nine o'clock and they are back in again. Kirsten Beckett 12.933, she
is in fourth place. Rebecca Downie leads. He is a gymnast who could
threaten for medals. -- here is a gymnast. Georgia-Rose Brown, the
third highest qualifier. This is her favourite apparat is. Lovely long
line. -- apparat is. Passion apparatus. Front somersault --
apparatus. Her feet are not quite above her head on the handstand.
This is usually very nice. Beautifully done. Double front. She
may not have the highest difficulty, but she will certainly
be well up on execution. Superb dismount, what a way to wrap it up.
A very tall gymnast. There it is, the connection there. Very nicely
done. Into the fold turn, a fraction late will stop -- fool turn. -- full
turn. Plenty of room for clearance.
Slightly bent arms. You could not see it quite so much at normal
speed. Her arms were quite bent. That was a cracker. Best landing so
far. Georgia-Rose Brown is in fourth place. Rebecca Downie is still
leading a head of Larrissa Miller. Still two more gymnast to come,
including Ruby Harold. -- gymnasts. We have to change channels. Before
we go, a brief reminder of the headlines. Some magical moments.
Alex Dowsett one the gold medal in the members macro time trial with
Geraint Thomas taking the bronze -- won. There was a third gold medal
for Max Whitlock as he added the floor title to his individual, all
around and team triumphs this afternoon. There was a golden
hat-trick for Fragapane. Daniel Keatings has made history with
Scotland's second ever gymnastics gold medal which came on the pommel
horse. He says he will continue in the sport. Historic moment for
Daniel Keatings because it was 12 years ago that they claimed a gold
medal, Scotland is macro only other gold medal in gymnastics. He will be
there to see him today -- Scotland's. A few years ago Daniel
Keatings said he was on the verge of quitting after failing to make the
team for the Olympics. His coach persuaded him not to. Max Whitlock
and Louis Smith also won medals. We have a whole wealth of things to
say. It is all happening in Glasgow. I hope you will change channels --