19/04/2013 Gymnastics: European Championships


19/04/2013

Matt Baker presents coverage of the artistic gymnastics European Championships from Moscow, with expert analysis from London Olympic medallists Louis Smith and Kristian Thomas.


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A very warm welcome to coverage of the European gymnastics

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Championships. Hello to some more fans that we would normally have

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with us. All of you are now converts after what was a

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sensational summer. The door is open for a medal.

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Great Britain's Beth Tweddell has a bronze medal!

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What a performance from the young 19-year-old! That was first class!

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That is superb. Louis Smith delivered under pressure. What a

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job they have done for Great Britain.

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It sent shivers down my spine every time I say that. Joining me to talk

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through the action are three of the stars of London 2012. It is

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Kristian Thomas, Hannah Whelan and Louis Smith. Good afternoon to all

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of you. I'm sure a lot of people will be wondering why you are not

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out in Moscow. What has been going on? Sadly I had an unfortunate

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injury to my right knee and that was due to a bad vault landing.

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That was about three weeks ago. I was gunning for a spot on the team.

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It was in France in a competition and I landed straight leg on my

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right leg so that caused a small fracture in the tibia so back to

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rehab. We are happy you are here to talk through the action. Hammad,

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what a summer you had. Is it difficult to get back into its --

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Hanna. I had some time out and a holiday. It has taken me a while to

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get back into the swing of things. What have you been doing? I went on

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two holidays. Two Holidays! some time out. And less intense

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training until Christmas. Pit has taken longer than expected to get

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back fit but I am back training now and it is all going well. You have

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been busy, you're not renowned as a floor work get in the world of

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gymnastics but what a sensational performance on Strictly Come

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Dancing. Here you are in the final. You have not got those trousers on

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today. I lent them to Max. He might be wearing them! How was that

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feeling? I am not a natural floor worker, I do not dance, I am a

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gymnast. It is very different. here you while with the Queen, Your

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Majesty -- Her Majesty. We should be referring to as Louis Smith MBE.

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That was an unbelievable experience. How does it feel for you were --

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how does it feel for you all watching the lads out in Moscow? Is

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it a strange feeling? Yes, strange. This are the first major

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championships I have ever missed. I am jealous that I am not out there

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competing with the guys and being out with the team but at the same

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time, I wish them all well and I know they will get some great

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results. If qualification is anything to go by, there will be

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some good results. Week caught up with Max Whitlock and Dan Purvis

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ahead of this competition to get their thoughts.

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The Great Britain's men's gymnastics team receive their

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applause. What an incredible moment. I went to London 12 -- 2012, hoping

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to get on the team. To come with nettles was unbelievable. The team

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is so strong. It was a great achievement for us. Hopefully we

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can continue to the world's. It is hard to get into this team.

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Everybody is good and the juniors are coming up. Everyone is pushing

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each other for that place. When you get to these internationals,

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everyone is looking at G B as one of the best teams. After the

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Olympics I wanted to come out as an all-round gymnastics -- gymnast and

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this is the first competition where I have been put in an all-round

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players. To see my name on that board was a really good feeling.

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has just been phenomenal this year. It is the first time I have been in

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the team as an all round. I am not thinking about medals at the moment.

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I literally want to get in there. Hopefully I can do that.

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So, Max saying he is not thinking that medals at the moment. Do you

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believe that? It definitely will be in the back of his mind. He will be

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out there gunning for a medal. has this nonchalant way of getting

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through routines and seeing what will happen. I think that is what

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you need to do as a gymnast. It is very different from the 100 metre

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sprint or boxing where you have to beat the opponent. Gymnastics is

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very much replicating what you do in training. If you try and put

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more effort in that is where things go wrong. He is right to do his

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routine clean. Every four years as the Olympics progresses there are

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changes to the judges code. There are quite a few this time round. We

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will talk through some of the main They have brought the vault down by

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a full mark. And on the floor you keep rotating instead of landing on

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your feet. And on rings you can only do three strength element

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before you move into a swing. As a vault and a floor specialist, are

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I understand why they have brought it in. Sometimes you would be a

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full mark higher. It makes sense to bring the vault down. And the

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rollouts on floor are dangerous. So again, you may be get some people

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who are not fully technically aware that they should be doing that

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skill so that is a big safety issue. I think it is probably a good idea

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to bring it out to be honest. far as the all-around competition

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is concerned, there are six pieces of apparatus. Let's see who the

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main contenders will be. We start The pommel horse is where Dan

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Purvis is starting. Is it a good piece for him? I do not think it is

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a bad piece. He will be finishing on floor. That is is strongest

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apparatus so he can judge what he needs to do. On to the rings. The

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two Ukrainians, you will obviously know them very well because you

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were up against them in the team final. They are the ones to look

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out for. And then we have Max on vault. A great piece for him to

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start on I think. Definitely. It is a good piece to get your adrenalin

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and use your nerves. He has a good solid vault and is consistent. It

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should not be too nerve-racking for him. We will talk to more Hannah

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later because we have the women's later but first we will turn our

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attention to the men's all round. There is no Mitch Fenner in the

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commentary box because he is on the floor of this competition with the

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qualifier David Belyavskiy from Russia. He is 21 years old. He sat

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down on his salt in qualification. his face. What a great start for

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him. That lays down a benchmark. Whitlock. The highest qualifier.

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Can he keep the consistency that he had a few days ago in

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that was a costly land in there. How costly? They might be very

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unkind and call it a complete mark but I think it would be 0.5. He had

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enormous height and transition but relaxed a little bit before the

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landing and he is down. That was not too costly. Max is a fighter.

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worker all of his career. He demonstrates his strength here.

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Fabulous physique for rings. Lovely upper body strength. The gymnasts

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have to show Swinging as well as hot on the heels of David

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Belyavskiy. You may remember the Ukrainians in the fight with Great

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Britain for the bronze medal in the team competition at the Olympics.

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He winds up in to the dismay at. A full twisting double straight. A

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slight step to one side but a solid just 19 years old. Such a great

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all-round gymnast. He was 11 that circuit of internationals leading

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up to this. He has a fabulous physique, very good technique. A

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For a lot of gymnasts coming off the back of the Olympics, this is

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the first major competition. That was a fantastic performance for me.

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The Ukraine have a tradition of very stylist -- stylish gymnasts.

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He did everything with ease. He is only 19. As he matures and gets

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more strength, the start was a very but back in 2011, he was 5th in the

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all round, and in the Russian championships, he got a second, so

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but here on home ground especially. Fabulous start. Double front. Very

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routine. It has changed quite a bit. You need to be able to land

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has got a great pace to this but really, not much wrong with

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that routine. I really like that, such a beautiful slow, he is so

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confident and charismatic. Double twist into the full twist, into the

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difficult vault. He is just 0.4 behind David Belyavskiy, who is

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still the leaders. That is one of tumble. The trick is to cram in as

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much difficulty as possible in the higher rate. -- hurried. You like

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to see the gymnasts open. Full twisting double back. Full

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difficulty. I was a bit sceptical about the standard of what we would

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see in the handover period of the Olympics but so has our I am blown

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first piece of apparatus. David Belyavskiy it is the leader but all

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very close indeed. This could go thunder down this runway. He is

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very upright but watch how he converts that forward speed into

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rotation and height. This is Essex difficulty! -- 64 stock this is a

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double pike. He is out of the running surely. That has got to

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have hurt his ankles. I am very surprised. I have seen him do the

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vault were lots of times. He knows his all-around dreams are over.

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Hold your breath. He has got the potential to score well and if he

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can push back into the medals, that That is exactly what he needed

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after the vault. That puts him up into second place. But the current

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leader, David Belyavskiy, is still That was huge! Look at the time he

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has in the air! Absolutely amazing. He extends the body to make a half

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turn. He is a superstar, Oleg Verniaiev. That puts him into the

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lead. He got 0.1 more than David landing but a great routine. --

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double double tuck. He controlled the rings beautifully, they wanted

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to swing. He looked a class act there, he is a class act. He has

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fantastic technique. He controlled the apparatus and Ridley showed the

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strength moves. -- and he really showed. Up into fourth place. That

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is quite nice! Great start. He is a good, consistent performer. He will

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quietly built his cause as he goes through the competition. I suspect

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it suited him slightly not to be the top qualifier, Daniel Purvis,

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because he looks a bit more relaxed than we have seen him in the last

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maybe it all-around final in the Olympics and he came 21st -- made

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elbows on the rings of Dom but he strength that we have seen from the

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others. It goes without saying that strength comes with age. He is one

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of the youngest in the competition. He is a very promising gymnast.

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Many of the Belgians are looking much stronger. They are one of the

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countries that look like they are putting a lot of effort into their

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gymnastics and a swinging work was good, but he has not quite got the

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power yet. He is a little bit and a large step back on the

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landings. That was the Frenchman, he qualified in 10th. If he keeps

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the consistency, I honestly think anything can happen in that top 10.

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Verniaiev, David Belyavskiy it needs over 15.4. When you work

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first, you then drop to the bottom of the group, so he has waited

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until the last gymnast in the second bit. He has had plenty of

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time to see what is happening around him. If he needs 14.8, I am

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the second one in. Can the current control did well. -- controlled it.

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Very unusual discount, double pike front discount, with a large step

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on the landings. There were some areas. Could it match Max's?

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possibly could. There was some errors, a loss of form, bending of

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the arms and the dismount. There are still fall for PCs to go! Let's

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give the lad some credit. -- four PCS to go. With you go for big

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difficulty, you can have the slight errors. -- when you go for.

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dimension. Such difficult work. Occasional loss of form but when

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you are going for this really big work, the double pike, look how

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high he is... And you cannot spot your landing. That is the trouble

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with a four-wood dismount. That will be a 0.5 deduction. -- forward

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dismount. It was a massive dismount. That is probably the first one I

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have seen in a long time, the double pike. The blind landing is

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so difficult for the gymnasts. You have to generate so much power,

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incredible. And in the pie position, there is a bit of hoping! -- the

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in this rotation up onto the high bar. He was part of the bronze

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medal winning team and got a bronze medal on the pommel horse at the

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out. He is showing the different groups that he needs. A really

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efficient routine from Max there. And he really is keeping these

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routines clean. He knows that is the key. You can see here he wants

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to climb higher. A grade routine. Very stylish. Knocks a routine

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packed with high-flying release and catches but he plays sit very well.

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He is not taking the risk of falling off the high bar. He has

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got a really strong shoulder line. He manages to keep his shoulders

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beautifully open. His technique is good. He is not getting marks

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deducted for poor body shape. He and his coach have very cleverly

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made his top routines very difficult and his routines which

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are not necessarily his starring place are efficient and that is

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what I call this, very efficient. great execution of every skill and

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that is what we are looking at. It is probably not one of his better

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pieces. It says he is in the lead at the moment. Let's hope he can

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stake in the top three. Now Fabyan apparatus so brace yourselves.

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full twisting somersault over the He covered it well. He is going for

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broke. A really exciting routine the routine the more likely you are

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to get deductions. That was a pact routine. I think he surprised

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himself with that landing! But he did incredibly well to keep his

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composure and carry on. He should have done a Scott full but he did a

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squat half. These are things which happen in training and you have got

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to go with the routine. Immensely him. He has massive start values on

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always fabulous technicians. They are trained and coached so well.

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Their lines are great. The position on the turns, legs locked together,

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full of difficulty, full of style. Double front half-out, a bit of a

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trade mark. That was a great routine. He has his sights set on

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gold. Oleg Verniaiev goes into the floor routine. What can he offer

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here on rings? He looks a strong lad but he looks heavy. I would

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agree with that but we will find out. But not so heavy he cannot

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hold an absolutely straight body. arms on backswing to handstand. --

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that swing. He finishes the swing with strength. That is what rings

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does well. -- on that dismount. With this new code it has made it a

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fluid experience to watch, hasn't it? I think it has been great for

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the Rings, definitely. The gymnasts have to combine the strengths. You

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can see the strain. He nearly overcooked it. That showed great

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strength. This winning element and the dismount buzz by far the best

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dismount I have seen. A really great straight line. He will

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certainly moved up the rankings bars? He had a hefty deduction on

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the vault. He will want to put that behind him. He was the top scorer

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in qualification on the parallel full-term there. S winning turn

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into the double pike. Just the tiniest hop. That was very

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it stands, David Belyavskiy. This is an all-or-nothing piece of

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apparatus this. No doubt he will be grips and the close bar work. It

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was very clean. Just a single twist on the dismount. Nothing given away

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buried there. Halfway round and he is on target for the title. What a

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hard bar routine. -- what a high release. He is really packing the

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Accelerating into the dismount. he says, I am chuffed that that is

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over. There was a lot of stuff that could have gone wrong that didn't,

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Chris. Yes, he did not hold back. A big reduction on the dismount, I

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to have a little rest and the routine. Great gift to handstand

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for the final tumble. Not a bad routine at all. A wonderful display.

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The style of his acrobatics is really beautiful to watch.

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This could be be make or break routine I feel for down. In the

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past he has had a few problems on the parallel bars. But he has got a

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it Backwell. -- back well. Double pike! Well done! Yes! Cracking.

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Such lovely lines, Dan Purvis. He looks as classy as anyone in the

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competition and the difficult stuff at the start, it wasn't perfect but

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he did not give too much away. is on fire. He has got two

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apparatus to go. Come on, son! Purvis from Stockport. His coach,

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Geoff Brooks, has coached him from very young. He trains a lot at the

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National Centre and he has really worked hard to put the pieces he

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has found less easy right for this better. He is just outside of the

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medals as it stands in fourth place. Andreas Toba from Germany.

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Absolutely nailed to perfection. Good lift. You do not get quite the

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same height from that entry, so he really had to twist with speed.

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did well on the landing to stop it from going outside the side door.

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That is a high score. He's gone up highest score onslaught in

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qualification. -- on the floor. Double twist in the first

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somersault into a straight back. the pommel horse. -- swing. All

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gymnasts must show strength into hands-down as a requirement. It is

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part of the routine. There is the roll-out. No deduction for the

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landing. It is often favoured by master at containing the energy and

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the power. The floor area is not that big and to do that kind of

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acrobatics in that area is phenomenal. He is in complete

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gymnast. -- a complete. That puts David Belyavskiy it back into the

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top spot. Max Whitlock now on the fourth piece of apparatus. He got a

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higher score than David Belyavskiy in the qualification and the

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highest score of all the gymnasts somersault. -- twists him. So

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suited for twisting. He spins like handstand, showing a bit of

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cracking routine! Well done! Cracking indeed. Can he knock Oleg

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Stepko out of the third position? 15.5, he has gone up into third

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place! Come on, Max, just stay that is where the competition is at

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gymnasts must perform. Triple back somersault, slight top forward, but

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a very clean up routine. The competition is hotting up at the

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top. He is of interesting work, not just the same old same old. He made

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that triple back look easy. We often hold our breath on that but

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you did not need to. Nobby Stiles. Really innovative work. -- a lovely

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style. You can see his elbows were bent and the judges can deduct up

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to 0.5 for that because the aim is to catch it at full stretch. But so

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much of the rest of the work was very good indeed. Lovely straight

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arms, the full turn. And the pieces of apparatus to go, this is

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to climb from the 6th place he is there. He could not have done much

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better than that. I think that is the best high bar routine I have

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seen him do. There was only one bit in the squat when he split his legs

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were the judges could possibly take anything off. But the rest of the

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routine was very clean. That lovely straight shape. Fantastic. There is

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a lot of gymnastics still to come but it says first for Daniel

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penultimate piece of apparatus. -- David Belyavskiy. He has led every

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handstand, he just cut it a bit tight. That is the difficult work

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pirouette dismount. Evidence of nerves but he coped with them

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brilliantly. I saw some errors. The first handstand at the start was

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short. Something that Max can certainly perform a lot better. He

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looked a bit nervous to me but he finished off well and then up into

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the hands Stan, there was absolutely no cause with the

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discount, so great finish -- and adjusts the pommel horse. Of course

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he got a bronze medal in the pommel horse at the Olympics. Which

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that dismount, or well done, Max! He is there, he is in contention!

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What a routine! What a performance under that pressure. The lines and

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the style was exceptional. Whitlock behind David Belyavskiy.

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He is in second place with one more piece to go. Oleg Stepko now.

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did not award might well so has he got a problem with his power

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apparatus -- he did not vault wealth. Maybe not, that was clean

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the performed! Very dynamic. -- difficulty you can get him. It is

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your 10 most difficult of moves that are added together have real

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difficulty score. -- for your humbles you can do. -- tumbles.

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Triple twist, he is the whole package on the floor. Twisting,

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multiple somersaults. He dropped down into 5th after the last

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rotation and he is clawing his way back up. He had the whole package

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there. He started with some powerful tumbles. Arabian double

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pike from somersault and very precise on the landing. -- front

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loose in the legs. Oleg Stepko is key fault Gonzalez. - Mackey for

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the legs, the more difficult it is to keep them locked together. The

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more taxing for the gymnast. He had a good Olympic Games. He is

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experienced gymnast now and he is showing that experience. That was a

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bit of a fall off the end just as I was saying he was controlling it

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You would not necessarily expect and have power but he has also a

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good tumbler as well as being right mistake, it was certainly a big

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step. He effectively landed it outside of the area. He is still up

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in medal contention in third behind into the swing elements. Great

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position. Such confidence. Lift to are totally locked out. A full

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twisting double straight. It could be good enough for the title.

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gave a very, very little away there. I would be surprised if that was

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not the winning routine from the Russian gymnast. He has worked

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almost faultlessly today. brilliant performance. Strong,

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lovely shoulder line. Lifts his head to show he is totally in

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control. Lex locked together. He is really very stylish. Lovely height.

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Their knees locked together. He is not only strong and stylish, he has

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got great technique. Became here to do a job today and he has done his

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job. I will be surprised if anyone can dislodge him from the top of

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the leaderboard. Any gymnast wants to go clean and that is what he has

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mind of not only max but the coach as he lists -- lift his gymnast to

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the rings. Once he has lifted him up, it is out of his hands.

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Whitlock from Great Britain goes into his final piece. He was second.

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He knows he has to do the routine of his life to challenge or even

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just to stay in the medals. Absolutely. He starts off with a

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backward rise. A slight wobble but presume there was a hot forward

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there. A great routine, job done. great routine from Max. He came

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into the competition with all the pressure on his shoulders and he

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has handled it fantastically. Just 20 years of age. This was a superb

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routine. The slightest wobble at the beginning but then he settled

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himself right down. Some very and watch - the challenges of the

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at the heels of Max Whitlock. He of a horse. A slight loss of form

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great routine but there were areas. It started off fantastically but

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Max Whitlock. Oleg Verniaiev looked so impressive until his last two

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tumbles on floor. But he is a very again. And he is off! Verniaiev

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went into this apparatus in third position. He was hoping to hold on

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to that but he certainly will not of a -- with a mistake of that

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nature. 1 whole mark deduction if you fall from the apparatus. His

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shoulders were miles for what. Well, not the performance we

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expected at all. A great shame because he looked so in control of

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everything. As soon as a little error crept into the floor, instead

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of fighting back like mad, he sort of allowed it to get right to him

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and crumbled under the pressure. shows you that the pommels is not a

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great piece of apparatus to finish on when you are under pressure.

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is in third ahead of his team-mate Oleg Stepko. Dan Purvis will no

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doubt have seen that performance and seen a little opening. He has

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worked so well today. Here we see Daniel Purvis for Great Britain.

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Can he perform a routine to propel double pike somersault. Top

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from Daniel and I am sure he will be disappointed to finish the

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competition off with that. What I would call a fighting routine. We

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could not see absolutely everything from the camera angle. I think

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there were a couple of steps on landing he will be disappointed

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with. He is a great floor worker but he has had to change his

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routine to deal with the new rules. You are only allowed the one roll-

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out now and he has been trying some new difficult elements. Lots of

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twisting. That was a very deep landing. But what a fight. Many a

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gymnast would have just sat down top six. That is a fantastic result

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and the silver medal as well. Two in the top five in the Europeans,

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fantastic. David Belyavskiy from Moscow, on home soil, taking the

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title. An emotional scene for him and all his coach has. But Max

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Whitlock should not be in any way disappointed with himself. Second

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place. A bit of a step on his very first piece of apparatus but he

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showed great fighting spirit just the same. He did not give up. Every

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piece got better. Second in Europe. A fantastic achievement, Max. Here

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rugby results. -- here are the David Belyavskiy gets the gold. We

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are obviously all talking about Max Whitlock. Such an unlucky start for

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him on vault. If there had been another piece he would have

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probably taken the gold in the end. Maybe the nerves did get the better

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of him slightly but he did ever so well to claw his way back into the

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competition and finish amongst the medals. And D obviously going into

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this, Louis, with a certain amount of pressure. Yes, fair play to Max.

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He did what he had to dig. Look what he has produced. He is on the

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podium, a silver medal in the all- round finals. He is a brilliant guy.

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Congratulations, you first senior European medal. I am very happy

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with that. I hope to do similar routines to qualification and I did

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and I am ready happy. You got a bronze a few years back. The

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quality is stepping up so ones like slip and you can fall down?

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seems to be like that. Everybody seemed to nail their routines and

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was so consistent. With my own performance, I am not quite as fit

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as I wanted the, but I am quite happy with that. The in the past

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people have seen you as a pommel horse and floor specialist but you

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have taken a massive step forward since the end Olympics. That is

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what I wanted to do. I wanted to prove myself as an all-rounder and

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to go into this competition, my first all round in a major

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competition, and to come up with a medal, it is what I was hopefully

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aiming for. He went into the competition saying

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he was not thinking about a medal but he knew what he was capable of.

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Can it compete with the very big guns in the world? He is still very

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young, so when he matures a little bit his rings will definitely get

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stronger. The disinterest in, because the new code works for the

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likes of Max -- it is interesting. It is not just all about solid

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strength, you have more swinger. lot of the small and the younger

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guys are doing a lot of swings and it is any they really big guys you

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see in the finals that can use the strength to boost up their routines

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-- and it is only the really big guys. Do you think privately they

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will be really pleased with that? Definitely. He has had quite a few

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competitions after the Olympics. Only two weeks ago he was in Japan.

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Mentally and physically, that will drain your energy. I think he could

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have tied up a few different apparatus but overall I think he

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will be very happy for. gymnastics is not over because he

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has another couple of finals to go. All the gymnasts from Britain did

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incredibly well in qualification. Let's see who will be competing

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back. He is a training partner. Definitely. We have Sam Oldham and

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a new name that none of you may have heard of, Ashley Watson. And

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then we have Becky Downie, and Ruby Harrold. Rebecca Downie it was in

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the Beijing Olympics but there are no British gymnasts from the

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women's side from the London Becky Downie has had a difficult

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few years with injury so it is great for her to be back on the

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international scene and getting in finals. If of course, Louis, you

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are not the only one to be adorned in sequins! Beth Tweddle has been

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named as the Ice Queen as well. She has been spending a lot of time in

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the ice rink so we thought we would rapper in some furs and put her by

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a fire and get her thoughts! young lady who changed the face of

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gymnastics for Great Britain. Tweddle has a bronze medal! I had

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had a tough few months leading into the Olympics. I had surgery and was

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not sure I would even make it, and my dream rested on that final in

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the bars. As soon as I walked in, I could feel the warmth so I just

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enjoyed every minute. To stand on the podium, I had to pinch myself

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to say, finally, I have done it. From the age of seven all I have

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known his gymnastics and listening to my coat and everything revolved

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around that, booking a holiday, meeting up with friends -- my coach.

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Now I have the freedom. I can say, I want the weekend off. I still do

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not know what I once for gymnastics. I love it. I never thought I would

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accomplish what I have done. I am making the decision to carry on

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training but not to compete. I wanted a break from the competitive

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side. All people are bothered about is what you do in the gymnastics

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hall, before the Olympics, but now people are bothered about what you

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do and what clothes you are wearing. E Louis winning Strictly Come

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Dancing and me winning on the ice rink, it is great for gymnastics.

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It is more than a sport, that is their new motto, and we have proved

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that. People have gathered that British gymnasts are moving up the

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ranks but with the games being in London, the profile of the gymnasts

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themselves, ten years ago you could not even name one but now people

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would be able to name two or three gymnasts. It will be strange, this

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is the first major championships after the Olympic Games so from all

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round Europe you will see a lot of new faces. We haven't got any of

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the women's Olympic team now. It is just because people are taking a

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break, unfortunately Becky Downie has been -- Rebecca Tunney has been

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injured. But it is great the new ones are getting their faces known

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and that experience. Shall we talk about a hot tub in your garden?

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can if you want! We will not talk about it! Beth Tweddle was

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mentioning Gabby Jupp. She was on top form, everybody was talking

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she has potential to make a name for herself. She almost made the

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beam final and then this happened on the beam. Such a shame. And that

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was it. The end of a qualification competition. High hopes indeed.

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could have done really well. She was one of the ones that everybody

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was hoping to announce as a superstar. We hope she is OK.

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are still waiting to get the definite word on this. We know she

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has been flown home and she will be looked at by doctors over here. Now

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we are focusing on Ruby Harrold and Charlie Fellows. It is quite a big

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moment, Charlie Fellows is very She came second at the British

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Championships in March, fantastic for a first-year senior. And Ruby

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Harrold qualified with the 6th highest score. Would you have

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expected that? She had the potential. Oh don't think she would

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have expected it. She is very talented. She has been through a

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rough couple of months with injury so to see her get that is an

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amazing result. Let's hear from her. I came to this European

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Championships to focus on the final of the bars because I have some

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unique combinations and I was hoping that would be enough so. And

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to walk away yesterday with an all round final and to find out later I

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had a beam final was fantastic. is that wonderful moment after

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qualification when you realise you have a chance in the finals but

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then suddenly the pressure hits. She is in a very unique position.

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She is in new waters. She has done very well and now she is probably

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thinking, if I can push it a little bit harder I can do even better,

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but she needs to focus and say, let's not change anything, I am

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here because I know my routine, let's rely on it. You have messed

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up at a very big level and it has helped you in the long run.

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need to make those mistakes and understand why you make the

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mistakes and then you can move on. And understand it for yourself. You

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can be told but until you go through it, it does not go in.

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is one thing this minute -- listening to it but unless you do

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it you will not know. Another the vault final due to various

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injuries. She is definitely one to look to in the future. She has

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great potential. She trains with me and Rebecca Tunney in Liverpool.

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One to look out for. Let's turn our vault? It is always a steady piece

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Fellows obviously is the British gymnast. An interesting group. Two

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Ukrainians. You want but top guns to be in your group was so you can

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keep your sights on them. -- the top guns. Some gymnasts like to

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just focus on themselves and they will not watch anything else but

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other gymnasts like to know what they need to get to beat their

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competitors. Let's go to beam. Aliya Mustafina is an obvious name

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to pick out. That is a great group. The two at my throat -- Romanians

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and the Russian are the ones to watch out for there. The Russians

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and the Romanians are that two top groups. Aliya Mustafina has always

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been one of my favourite gymnasts to watch so... Where will you put

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your money? It is difficult. I know that two Romanians came out on top

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but the Russians tend to hold back a little bit in qualifications and

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bring it all in their final, so it will be interesting to see. Is that

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a tactic to hold back on the Possibly. It is hard to Safe. I

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don't think they intentionally make mistakes. -- it is hard to Safe.

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But you can opt for an easier route team. We would always say, which

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one will you go for? It is nice to have the back-up, keep them

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guessing. What is strong about the Russians, they are trained

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religiously. They will always be very stable and consistent, which

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sets them apart from the rest of the people that compete.

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noticeable difference between men's and women's is the age difference

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as well. What do you put that down to? You are doing much more

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difficult skills at a younger age. Two Olympics at the age of 20?

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How old Will you at your first Olympics? 23. Gymnastics has always

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been a young sport for men and women but for the females it is

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easy for us when we are smaller, our frames are younger. They go

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through puberty a lot earlier so it is a younger age sport but the

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women are more developed to handle the tides of pressure and the

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impact that the sport will have on them, -- types of pressure. But we

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develop later. And four apparatus instead of six for the men. That

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leaves a lot less room for mistakes. Yes. If you fall, it is almost like,

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that is it. It is a bit risky. There is Aliya Mustafina getting

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ready. She has had controversy from the back of the Olympics. Head

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coach left the team because they said he spent too much time with

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her and they got jealous. Politics involved. Be it does not stop, does

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it. We are all a cut in and ready to go. Max Whitlock did incredibly

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well. What will be -- the British women have in store for us? We join

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onslaught. Both the Russian gymnasts had some problems in

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qualification. They still ended up in the top four. Anastasia Grishina

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was third in qualification but she classical performer to classical

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music. Wonderfully stretched. Feet pointed all the time. But she had

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some deductions on the tumbles. are looking at deductions for going

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outside the floor. When one foot goes out it is a 0.1. She managed

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to keep the other one in. If it had joined it it would have gone up to

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a 0.3 deduction. We have a new rule on the women's side. You cannot

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just stand in the corner Catherine your breath and tumble from two

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feet. You have to move one for it and she only just fulfilled that

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criteria. To there was a slight hesitation in the corner, I will

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just wait even though I am of facing the deduction -- direction.

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It was a very solid performance. Very accurate on the tumbles.

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and the ace count just as importantly as the tumbles. A

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massage their to get the next working. An important opening

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routine. Important to the judges as well. They see it and set their

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Romania. The leader in qualification. Romanians are so

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famous for their confident beam spin as well. The gymnasts have to

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include eight elements. Only five of these have to be acrobatic. The

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other three have to be leeks and A lovely routine full stuck -- a

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lovely routine. She finishes off, not a wobble in sight. The arm

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positions and executions look really well performed. A couple of

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four balls. But always difficult to open on beam. Here is Aliya

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Mustafina. A great favourite of qualification and she will be

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wanting to improve on that if she wants to walk away with the title

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today. I think it will be a fight difficult links. But with the

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difficulty comes the risk. She managed to hold on. Matters very

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three elements together. She went moves together. A 0.5 reduction if

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dismount. What an improvement. You can hear the whole audience with

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her on that. She does not look too happy with that performance. A

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steps back on landing. Nice and late. -- she wraps the second twist

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in quite late. Very clean and well back. Not the highest difficulty

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vault but executed really well. Ruby has had ankle injuries so she

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is just regaining have full power Junior European champion. She won

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dismount. That was very efficient teamwork. Great work. She is very

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small. She almost had to jump to get up to the beam. Very elegant

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placed for it except when the delay side somersault. Her first thought

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was forwards and some judges will not credit the side somersault if

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you land like that. A beautiful height in the double pike back. A

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Seeing the emergence of quite a lot of juniors coming forwards. Now

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Harrold. The judges tend to get for the judges to be ready.

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compare the beam to the men's Every moment is choreographed. She

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knows where every finger should be That was a fantastic performance

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there. She nailed every element. Great execution in beliefs, height

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of the legs. A lovely start at the beginning. I loved the backward

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roll over. It shows some flair and see much more fluency in the dance

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lacks a little bit of height. This is our first time to look at

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Charlie Fellows and see the Union flag on the back of her leotard.

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13.1 in qualification. Her coach will be with her. She is at

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Liverpool gymnastic clubs. This is a new routine for her, lots of

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Charlie Fellows of stock such maturity in that routine! Fantastic.

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Great transition between the top but and below -- between the top

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sure as a performance of stock -- a very mature performance. The Becky

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Downie is in the bars final later in the weekend. Diana Bulimar, 14.4,

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so they obviously didactic a little bit for a lack of artistry. --

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deducted a little bit. We obviously have a little problem with the

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music here. Giulia Steingruber from double straight, great power, and

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of start really impressive first tumble. As difficult as you will

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see from any of the gymnasts today. doing that so very powerful

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at that speed, you will not be able gymnasts, we have worked a lot of

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the gymnasts working into the corner. They are paying lip service

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to it. Charlie Fellows, 13.2. A little bit up on her qualification

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score so that is great. Very interesting how the judges would

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interpret the pause in the corner, and not being allowed any more.

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They are only 0.1 their deductions but if you do that three times,

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that is 0.3. It is the first major championships with these new rules.

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Maybe be a little bit harsher in the apparatus finals. We will see.

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The gymnasts now move round to the next apparatus, where they will get

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a quick warm-up. The gymnasts from the floor moved to vault, the vault

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to the bars, it always goes in that allowed. The gymnast and the coach

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will have decided on the strategy before they start. Giulia

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Steingruber's score is in. You can see that routine again in the floor

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final. This is how things start in has just come through the junior

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ranks. Ruby Harrold is joint 7th, 13.9. Charlie Fellows is in 16th

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place. The young Italian coming up through from the junior ranks. Is

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it a massive step from the junior ranks through to the senior ranks?

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Yeah. She will only be 16 this year. Her senior debut. It is great for

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her to bring out that beam score, the Italians are known for their

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great beam work. And a great start for Ruby Harrold and Charlie

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Fellows. It was interesting to see Becky Downie, who put the chalk on

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the bars. In his quite an important role as a team mate! -- it is quite.

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You have to get it right for your team-mate. You said it is the worst

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job in the world! It is not the greatest job. The especially if she

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slips off. But I want to get it right. Ruby Harrold will be on bars.

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I wonder if Becky Downie will be back to shore up for her. She will

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hopefully do well. This is one of her best pieces so hopefully she

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will get a good score. Are you surprised at how well the goals are

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doing? No, they are very talented gymnasts. And they looked so

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confident on bars. Charlie Fellows is moving over to beam. We heard

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Craig compare the beam to the pommel horse but obviously it is

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something you thrive on. The pommel horse is very nerve-racking and

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beam is the equivalent. She needs to enjoy herself. It is her first

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major, major competition so she needs to enjoy it. Just get on with

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it. The some of the big guns are building on the floor next. Is this

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a piece of apparatus you particularly enjoy? Although it has

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to be said, it doesn't look like there are that many people there.

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It gets a bit of personality out in your routine, and with the new code

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artistry is a lot more prominent, so it will be interesting to see

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what gymnasts change about their routines to make it more of a

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performance. Let's rejoin the having her legs worked on. She has

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got the vault next, her big piece of operators. -- apparatus. That

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sound marked the end of the warm-up. Roxana Popa from Spain. Their best

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you have to include. Good effort at powerful. She is almost so powerful

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that she struggles to harness it. She could barely get halfway across

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the floor area before she had done all of that tumbles. She is very

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powerful. It is very rare that you see so many fix in a combination. -

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- Philips. And she still had plenty of room. And of course there is a

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bonus for linking elements like that. But the bonuses are really

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only 0.1 and 0.2, but they do add up quite well. Two-and-a-half twist

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wrapped in rice and tightly. Finishing with the double pike. --

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nothing is going on in the arena at the moment. The first gymnasts have

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the gymnasts have the time to go and chalk up and to gather their

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thoughts. May be last minute words of wisdom from their coach.

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realise what has happened, on the bars you are allowed 50 seconds

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each, and if you are tall, you are allowed them put up, which may well

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have happened, so this is still the warm-up, although we have had the

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first floor routine. The other pieces are allowed the three-minute

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warm-up but the bars are allowed 52nd seed because every gymnast is

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allowed to prepare it as they wish so we are a little ahead on the

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floor, which is great, because we are now going to see Aliya

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Raby and immediately. Fantastic spatial awareness. -- double

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the legs but well spotted on the landing. Mustafina was the bronze

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medallist on floor at the Olympic Games. You can see all the class

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that she has in this routine. Such a popular and polished gymnast. As

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a junior she was the absolute darling of World gymnastics. She

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suffered a terrible knee injury in the 2011 competition. She required

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surgery and took a year and a half to get back from. Everybody in

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but the performance during the routine was of such confidence. I

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think it shows the levels of maturity between the older gymnasts

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very dynamic. Beautiful flight, beautiful shapes. I think that was

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occasion. Very much so. The Russian gymnasts did not work very well in

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qualification. They all make mistakes but here on home ground

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and having watched the men work so well, they look like they have come

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out knowing there is a job to be done. Sometimes when you are on

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home soil the crowd can be quite daunting, the expectation of the

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crowd and sometimes it can be totally uplifting. A little look

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here at Anastasia Grishina. We saw her floor work. And an impressive

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score on the vault for Giulia top. That was a very good fault. In

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gymnastics, a lot of people talk about the 2.5 twisting Tsukahara

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which many of the Americans do but typed. She brings the arms out to

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steady the landing. That is a fantastic vault for somebody so

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very young gymnast going on the element and a backward element. And

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they have to have a full pirouette. A nice high double piked somersault.

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Well executed. A lovely line in the have clipped the lower bar before

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you, Craig. I like the style of the Romanians, it is not so classical

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but they always perform routines with difficult tumbling. It is part

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of the routine and that is impressive. She had a fraction of

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feet apart. Not that you could see when she was going in full speed.

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This is slow motion and look how talked about the new rule and that

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is the only floor routine which with the Romanians and Russians

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fighting for the top spot. That is always as it has been in the

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Europeans. Occasionally Great Britain and the Italians have been

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able to mix it up a little bit. But Romania and Russia historically

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between the bars that you have to show. She held the first somersault

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straight but piped the second one in. The judges can sometimes be

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harsh about that and call it only a double pike. I thought it was a

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very fluent routine. A very nice could not match the artistry of

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Aliya Mustafina. That is what she scored in qualification. A lot of

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marks to be given for artistry now. vault. -- a clean vault. That

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had the bars altered slightly so coach. We move on here to Larisa

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that? A really well choreographed routine. She used the music well.

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Expressive through the face. I thought that was excellent. She is

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excellent on the dance things as well. Hair leaps are super high.

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Had tumbling as fantastic. -- her tumbling is fantastic. Talk about

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know your distance. Right into the corner. She did not stand on two

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feet in the corn and wait. Following the new rules she moved

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from a dance position straight in. They have to be more secure on

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their tumbling. They cannot stand in the corner and think, thing,

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think. They have to move straight into it. Beautifully landed.

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beautiful routine. I prefer the new rule to the floor. You do not see

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the gymnasts standing in the corner fit. She is barely puffing after

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that routine. One minute and 30 seconds of constant movement with

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the most difficult skills. You can imagine the volume of work they

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have done to be able to perform a routine like that with such

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confidence. And the quadruples spin, the difficulty in that is

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unbelievable. The gymnasts will spray the water towards the bar so

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that the bar is not soaked with its water but it is moist. If you are

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over a certain height, you are allowed the bars to be put up. But

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it delays the competition. Look at that score! The judges thought the

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same as us. We should maybe take up judging because it was a fabulous

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routine and it is easy to see that is the best floor routine we have

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seen today. I don't think judging is hard when it is like that! It is

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when you have to choose between the not so good ones that it is more

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tricky. That scorch increases Larissa your Dutch lead --

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You don't have to. But most choose to. When you're swimming for an

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hour a day, your hands get lots of blisters if you don't. And lots of

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tears in the early days but I think your hands built up a resilience to

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it. Even the top guys will be contending with blisters on a

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weekly basis. It is important US some protection. I have noticed

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some of the girls used a bandage for storm different countries use

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different things. But if they do not wear handcarts, they're like

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the bars scrub quite clean of chalk, as so within your team you want to

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have your team using the same the higher part to Lola Bath. The

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that was late but she recovered well. -- high bar to low bar.

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put into it a little bit too much on the dismount, it was almost, I

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will put my hands down to save myself. She did struggle through

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that routine and it looks like she may have caused a bit of injury.

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The first turn dam was a bit late heavily. -- putting her hands down.

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She twisted a little bit early. That will be uncomfortable. But

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quite difficult when you have been waiting for a long time like that.

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She is a young gymnast. It will need to focus now. Two at ramps

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have to go. -- two rounds to go. After two pieces of apparatus,

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Louis set be your day key stays out in the lead. -- Larisa Iordache.

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Ruby Harrold has moved up a place. Giulia Steingruber, the Swiss

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amazing to think that the competition is halfway over.

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does go quite quickly. It is different when you on the floor

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because you are totally focused on the routines. But it is only 90

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seconds on three pieces and then a ten-second vault and that is it.

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saw a phenomenal performance from floor from Iordache. Yes, it will

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be interesting to see what score sheet debts and Aliya Mustafina.

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Giulia Steingruber has done her best two. She is moving over to the

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Bar's now. We would expect her to drop down. I think that is a given.

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She has given us up the best chance. I think now she can really start to

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enjoy the competition and see where she finishes. Ruby Harrold is

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moving up a place and that is all you can ask. She is in the beam

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final as well. Only two gymnasts per country allowed so things could

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change. She got a personal best on beam in qualification. The same if

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not better would be a great achievement. How did Charlie do on

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the floor? It is one of her best pieces. She had a fall on it

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qualification so I am sure she will be hoping to improve on that.

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piggyback us from the all round to the team. How do you think that

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works out within the British camp? Everyone has adjusted to the system

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and that is how it works. I much prefer the team competition but the

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individual one really gives you the opportunity to specialise on

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certain apparatus and push on with individual apparatus. It is a

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different dynamic but it is still an enjoyable competition. If you

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look at the likes of Iordache, put her in their team and you have a

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winning combination. Exactly, if you have a gymnast but can

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contribute like that, you can start to put together a really strong

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team and that is what the Romanians will be doing this year. You always

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used to training in Olympic Order and this is different because it is

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random. Do you think that will throw the gymnasts, not being with

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those they are competing with? it depends on the gymnast. I just

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focus on my own routine. I do not tend to look around. But I am sure

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Aliya Mustafina is looking out in the corner of her eye what the

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other top contenders are doing and making sure she is just ahead of

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them. This is Aliya Mustafina, former world champion in the all

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round, looking to build on her of the vault runway. Ready to

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emphasise her bid for this title. Fantastic vault. Look at that!

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Beautiful performance. We have seen her compete before with two-and-a-

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half twists. That is how she damage Tony in competition. The double

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twist is well within her grasp -- she damaged her knees. Absolutely.

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Good strike on to the vault. Double twist. Very tight in her legs. I

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think psychologically, knowing she is not doing their two-and-a-half,

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gives her extra confidence. Tiny bit of direction. The white line

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down the middle shows you if the gymnast is bang in line, she was

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slightly off to one side but only a very small deduction, 0.1, but she

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did not give anything else a wave. She will be very happy with that of

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stock absolutely. It will keep the Doctor of the bars left, which is

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her favourite. -- she will be happy with those scores. Just the bars

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left, which is her favourite. Now plenty of height, very clean.

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is probably a very little difference from the junior gymnast.

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She won the Junior European Championships last year and this is

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her first year of senior. Not quite ready yet. The wise coach does not

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put it out until it is absolutely ready. Lovely technique. Straight

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body. That will be doing double twists in training all day long but

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like you say, it is the maturity of the coat and a gymnast to make it

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safe and do a good, clean a vault - - maturity of the coach. Of course

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that double twist has a higher start value. That is why it is

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worth doing it, otherwise no one Aliya Mustafina for me but it will

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be a reasonable score nevertheless. She is also very tiny and dynamic.

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It was difficult to see from the angle but I do not think her feet

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absolutely maybe two twists. No, they did. There was no question.

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Nice type legs. Nice body shape. It would just be the deduction for

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being slightly off-line. She was quite arched. I think she twisted a

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little bit la and then she struggled to come around. -- a

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little bit early. The judges agreed with you. Not quite as good as

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Aliya Mustafina. Noemi Makra from Hungary, another gymnast who

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excited us in the junior ranks. Particular on the asymmetric bars

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for the asymmetric bars. She drinks the skills excellently and

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generates speed as she goes along - on bars. She knows she needs to

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build her lead on the first three pieces. She knows this vault needs

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tidy, very neat. It is not always possible to see on the TV but I do

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not think that had quite the flight back to we have seen from some. She

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brought the shoulders a little bit forward, slightly, but it was very

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clean. A bit of a direction deduction again for being off-line.

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Good shape and good confidence. was a very positive run-up. May be

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double twist look easy. Slide crossing of the legs. Probably not

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matching Aliya Mustafina but it will not be far off. She looks

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happy. 14.9. We are doing all is packing the difficulty in. Some

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of it looking a tiny bit rushed. A double front dismount. Nice and

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high. I was very impressed, Christine. Talk about packing in

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the difficult it. That full-term, it was quite late in the turn. Jam-

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packed. Every time they bend their elbows the judges can deduct. A

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routine like this can be heavily didactic. It is how they are

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applying the judging system. It made it look a bit rushed although

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it was difficult and exciting. totally agree. That look like she

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was put in the effort in. She was working hard in back rete in. --

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she was working hard in putting that in. Giulia Steingruber has

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made good progress since we saw at to lay her challenge. She is just

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applying the water. That will make sure her grip will be perfect in

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the routine. Last year on bars Grishina took the silver medallist

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-- silver medal on ours. The Russians always are. It is one of

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their favourite pieces of apparatus. I have never seen a Russian gymnast

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who could not swing bars. It is a very technical piece for the women.

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The floor and vault and beam are very similar in terms of acrobatic

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skills. The uneven bars are very technical. The Russians are very

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technical in their coaching of gymnastics. That has not changed.

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Many Russian coaches coach or around the world.-all around the

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place. Here we have Anastasia full of difficulty this routine --

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hike Jager. Very nice indeed. A big smile. A high-five at the coach.

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Very happy with that. They head into their final rotation. You can

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see the influence of Russian gymnastics in every piece of that

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that she could just pours a little. That is the skill of a great bar

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worker. A sign of classic give the difficulty value. A very

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impressive score puts her into Grishina but that was a packed full

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routine. Really nice to see the Swedish gymnasts here getting among

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thick. That routine did not look out of place whatsoever. The judges

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are looking for the gymnast to have been promising for some time.

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They have had good juniors for quite a while and now they are

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starting to make good senior gymnasts as well. Bars are always

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but very compact. Why not the best double twists we have seen. It is

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difficult to tell the distance but she had those legs locked together.

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A super height. I thought that was a very nice malt. -- a very nice

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well. She has already qualified for bar final from the earlier

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competition. She is not renowned all-round Championships. It is

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really good for the younger gymnasts to get the experience of

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the first major after an Olympic Games. It is really good for

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want to see. They want to see a back and lose sight of the beam and

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injury so not chancing a backward landing but that was a very

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confident impressive performance from Ruby Harrold. A very solid

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performance. I think she will be very proud of that. It looked very

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confident. Not many wobbles. I liked the start with the lift to

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handstand into a heater and. -- into a Healey turn. Very confident

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about the routine. She could have from Ruby. A nice little wave.

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Really enjoying her European experience. Let's hope in a few

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years' time we will see her at the Olympics. There is one of the great

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Russian gymnasts. There you go. A real show a girl of gymnastics. She

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could really perform. She is sadly missed. There are a few gymnasts

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here looking impressive. Certainly the desire from the powers that be

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in gymnastics is to reward performance.

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With one piece of apparatus to go, this is how things look. Larisa

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Iordache leads again. She has done had a shame with her landings. She

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did not do too well on her last piece of apparatus either. That

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puts Charlie Fellows into 21st place. The last piece of apparatus.

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I think all eyes will be on the bars, Hannah. It will be between

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Larisa Iordache and Mustafina. Mustafina is Olympic champion on

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clean through teams... Charlie Fellows will be finishing on the

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vault. It is all about getting that experience. Louis, you said you

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cannot remember your first Europeans. You are going to make

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mistakes early on, with your debut, but it is going to happen. You have

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to pick yourself up, and built on it for the future of. Halkidiki

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think it is that Aliya Mustafina is up last on bars -- how key do you

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think it is? It is big pressure. It is going to be a lot of pressure.

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Anastasia Grishina will be going on beam and she is one of the best in

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Europe on beam. May exit interesting. Ruby wraps up her

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competition. She is a really good slower cat and she has some

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interesting choreography so she puts on a good performance -- boot

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floor were cut. Is it possible for Aliya Mustafina to catch Larisa

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Iordache? And maybe. I think she will do it. She has led the way it

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all along. Giulia Steingruber has done incredibly well, she is now

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down in 5th. Ruby Harrold is in 9th, she qualified six. She has had a

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great competition. She has had a clean competition. She will be

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hoping to do a clean the floor routine and score as best she can.

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It is great experience for her. or why you feeling not be in there?

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It is a bit difficult. -- how are you feeling? I always want to be

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competing but it is the best for me to be training and walking on new

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skills for the rest of the year. you could finish on one piece of

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apparatus come up what would you finish on? The floor. Why? I enjoy

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performing on the floor, it is one of the least nerve-wracking pieces.

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It is a nice one-two finish on. are looking at Larisa Iordache. She

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knows she has one of her weakest pieces coming up. What is your

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gameplay? Show has to keep it calm. Don't make any stupid mistakes. --

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she has to. It would be pointless to try something different and make

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mistakes. Keep it cool. She is quite an experienced competitor now

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so she will know. She knows exactly what she needs to do. Whether she

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does it or not... She has moved up the ranks with every piece of

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apparatus. Can she go one more? She is in second position, Aliya

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Mustafina, behind Larisa Iordache. Back to the commentary box. I think

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that Aliya Mustafina has got the she does not look very happy with

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that at all. -- a big hop back. has not been a good competition for

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her. We have not been able to see everybody but that is very much the

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picture of a disappointed gymnast. Very nice in the air, great height

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Yushchenko, the first gymnast to do this -- we name this. It has

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changed a lot. You can hit the platform with your feet so low that

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you can rub it off and it has changed the vault considerably for

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women. It is safe as well. Les. -- yes. She needs to take a quick

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picture of her score board and Guinea, she is not using hand

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guards. -- Elisa Meneghini. She is doing a lot of inverted turns so

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she likes to feel at the bars of. It is definitely a bit of an

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insight into what the gymnast will the best executions. You can almost

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see the potential in this gymnast. She has done some great work in

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this competition. I am sure her coaches will be very pleased with

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without the hand guards. Very clean dismount. Nice routine. Happy with

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that. She has worked pretty cleanly. She looks in control of her work.

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She looks ready probably to take a step up. I do not think we saw her

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floor routine and I know she had trouble with that in qualification.

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I think the focus. On the bars, this is where it is going to happen.

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I think not only will Aliya Mustafina take it, I think she will

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overtake it by a mob. -- by a long way. A very good total for a first-

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outing on the asymmetric bars in qualification. I am sure she can do

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be the most difficult but she was very happy to have got through.

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12.7 in qualification. Looked a lot clean that then. You get some idea

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hit their dead handstand. If she does, she gets more marks than if

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she was a bit off. They only competition so far. It is never

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easy to start on beam but it is even more difficult to finish on

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difficult. It does not look spectacular because it does not

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rise higher but you have to rotate away from the beam. That was a good

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performance. She has had a very good and clean competition. You can

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see the acrobatic skills you are tiny, if your two feet can

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stand together on the beam, it is quite a lot easier. Much better

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than her qualification for Diana on the big stage, it is this

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ahead of that score. She will want to post a score that cannot be

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caught. Larisa Iordache from Romania. The lead all the way

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but she got the link. She is fighting and giving it everything.

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Here we go. Not a flicker. A much better routine. There were errors.

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A bit of loss of form in the back when she transferred to the routine

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in part. She needs 12.466 to take the lead. De DEC the flicker in the

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legs. -- did you see be flicker in the legs? I am sure the judges will

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not miss that. They will not miss it but I think she made a big

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mistake on it in qualifying so she will have been pleased to achieve

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it. The dismount was secure and well landed. She had built herself

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a big lead. Whatever she gets, Mustafina needs to be 0.8 better.

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Are I would want at least two marks in the lead! The other Russian

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apparatus. But it is very easy to Whatever the scores, she has done

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her job in front of her home crowd. Very delighted for her. We have

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seen have as a gymnast with ups and downs but to date is an up. A great

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performance. A lot of pressure going on to the beam. What style

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and grace. It was so nice to watch It was a tiny bit slow. You could

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to spare but she cannot afford to fall. One mistake could cost her

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the title. She needs anything above 14.533 to steal it. How upsetting

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is that to be a gymnast, to lead or through the competition and to lose

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on the last piece of apparatus? But she has to do the routine. She is

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the Olympic champion on the ace element to another which makes the

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difference in the difficult to shuffle on the landing. What a

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performance. What pressure. She still doesn't look happy with that.

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She is such a perfectionist. She will be thinking it could have been

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a bit better but she knows in her heart that is good enough. From the

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first move to me it set it out. She banged into bat handstand. Just

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watch a master at work. I think she performed immensely. The European

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champions should be a walk in the park, if I dare say so. What a

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a fabulous results. She is such an accomplished gymnast. And all-round

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gymnast. There is not a piece of apparatus she cannot perform well

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on. A great performance. She will be a lot happier with that

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performance. She has held herself well. She has the confidence to

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know she can go into a piece like the bars last which gives you a

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real boost. A well deserved winner today I think. Absolutely. We have

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witnessed on the public stage high- rise as a great junior. She got a

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terrible injury, fought back from the injury and came back when she

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was not really on top of her work. We have seen have gradually come

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right back to being right on top of her work. But also Larisa Iordache

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as well, I must say. She did not have a great Olympics. She was

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suffering from injury. It is fabulous to see her so confident

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here. Yes, unfortunately, the bars did let her down at the end of the

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day. I am sure in the back of your mind you know you're going up

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against the Olympic champion on that piece of apparatus, it does

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throw a bit of doubt into your mind and knock your confidence. But she

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gave it Harrall. It is something she has got to be pleased with. A

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silver in the all round, not eight Bad Day at the office. They all

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worked at their best. That is what you want from a gymnastic

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competition. You want to see everybody work at their best and

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the best gymnast come out at the top. I am really impressed with the

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Swiss gymnast, Giulia Steingruber in 4th. That has got to be a

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massive improvement. A yes, she had upped her work considerably since

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the Olympics. There were a Kubica - - there were a few bits that she

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was pleased to do competitive live. A clean sweep so far for the

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Russians, overall champion in the men earlier today and in the

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Women's there. Absolutely. We did not see Ruby Harrold on floor but

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she's got 13.4 which puts Tarin eighth position which is a

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fantastic achievement. Top 10. about winning a title in your home

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country. I guess the guys in the studio will agree that to win a

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medal in your own country when the pressure is on is a really special

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feeling. I certainly think the occasion and the home support have

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really helped her in this competition. As we said earlier,

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sometimes the home support can be a pressure but on this occasion it

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was definitely an asset. De gymnasts rose to that situation.

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They can do this, they train hard and they can do the routines many

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times over. If you know you can do your work, the support of the home

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crowd, as was seen with our gymnasts and athletes that the

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London Olympics, it was a really big asset to them. Larisa Iordache

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is definitely a bit disappointed. She gave it her everything. She

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knows she needs to go back and work hard. There is Ruby Harrold

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delighted with her performance. Some work to be done on the Bar's

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there. 13.833 against Mustafina at 15.133. It was a massive jump on

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the ace metric bars there. -- on the asymmetric bars. The you can

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see great comradeship between all the gymnasts. They have competed

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together, a lot of respect for each other and every gymnast works

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exceptionally hard. You are not able to be at this level without

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giving your whole life to it really. A lot of these gymnasts will have

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trained with other gymnasts from other parts of the country. We used

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to have training camps abroad with the French and the Russians. You

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get a real camaraderie. When you go to competitions you want to win but

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there is a real sense of comradeship and congratulating the

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the women's all around the European Championships. Aliya Mustafina,

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is well inside the top 10. Charlie Mustafina could do it and she did.

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Yes, she is a very mature and experienced competitor now. She has

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been there, done that and she knew what she needed to dig on all four

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It is slightly gutting for Larisa Iordache to be leading for three

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pieces and then suddenly... She obviously knew it was coming.

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must have known bars was not her great peas but she gave herself

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every opportunity to hold on to the lead. I think it was set up for

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Mustafina in Russia. She was last up in the competition. She deserved

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it. And Giulia Steingruber worth a mention. We said it halfway through

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she has had her best piece of apparatus and she kept that

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consistency. She really impressed me. She showed she is right up

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there. She is definitely one to watch over the next couple of years.

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Have vaults and floor work were amazing. It is great to see her

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asymmetric bars have improved as well. She is one to watch. It is a

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different discipline being an all- round gymnast as opposed to being a

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specialist. For some delight Giulia Steingruber to work on those other

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pieces, suddenly she's up there with the best in the world as well

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as being a strong vaulter. That shows a true athlete. The ones who

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can do the all-round and find a specialist peas and work on it

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individually. She has done well to be up there with the Russians and

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Romanians. She has done wonders for Switzerland and putting gymnastics

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on the map in her country. Larisa Iordache, is it a case of

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going back to the gym to hammer the bar work? As a said before,

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Romanians are not known for their bar work. I'm sure they work just

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as hard on that piece as every other piece, it just does not come

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as naturally. I am sure she will be back in the gym working really hard

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trying to improve that score. Mustafina, she is a beautiful

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gymnast, that goes without question, style and elegance all the way

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through. Not Justin had our work but floor work as well. Look at the

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height that she gets. She is really impressive on floor. Very neat and

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tidy and clean. There is not much deduction you can take on her floor

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She knew that finishing on bars was good for her because it is her best

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piece. And she was last up in her own country, in Russia. She will

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have been feeling the pressure. So to go through the way she did is

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You have that difficulty of how difficult you go against how

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beautiful you go. I guess in the gym, you are constantly working

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more difficult moves but you have got to be able to execute them.

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Aliya Mustafina has always had the heart start values and the

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difficult skills but as well as that, she has always been able to

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perform them a beautifully and artistically with very few

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deductions. Do you think she knew as soon as she landed, up Larisa

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Iordache? That she was opening the door? I think she knew it wasn't

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her best. There were a few tactical errors and deductions that she knew

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-- her score. You will get to see a lot of that again in the individual

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apparatus finals. They start for us again tomorrow. You cannot see us

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-- you can join us on the red What is successful qualification

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this has been. We wondered if there would be a bit of a hangover for

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the Olympics but for Great Britain to come and make so many finals.

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Definitely and it is great to see some new names. Lots of people will

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not have heard of Ashley Watson and he has had lots of injuries. He has

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been really unlucky the last few years. He has had some injury

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setbacks but he has kept going and he has made the high bar final and

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it is a special routine so he has every chance. Can he keep his

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composure because he has not had that much experience of the world

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stage? There will be a lack of experience but the other lads will

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be trying to keep him calm, for him not to be looking for a medal but

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to try to enjoy the experience. If he does well, it opens the door for

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big internationals. If Max of the pommel horse, second highest

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qualifier behind your good mate, in This is his all-around performance

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He bends his legs, that gets him very close to Christian Berkeley.

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The only thing you could possibly take off his his hands are not in

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line. Where you put one hand in front of the other. Yes. You can

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get a 10th of each circle, which can amount to quite a lot.

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Literally, when it comes down to it, he has so much potential on the

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pommel horse and it is fine-tuning. This was his final piece of

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apparatus, the rings. Not the strongest of pieces but was it a

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good one for him to finish on? think it was safe. You do not

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really make too many mistakes on rings. For him it is better than

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finishing on pommel horse and a high bar. It was a stable peace to

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finish on. It is the random draw. You don't know where you will end

:20:35.:20:39.

up finishing. It was a phenomenal all-around performance from him and

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it was that method which he said, I was see what happens, and if you

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now them at this level, it is surprising what can happen -- if

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you Rik Mayall them. Exactly and he He really could do great things for

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Great Britain in this sport and this is hopefully a platform on to

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bigger and better things. You have bigger and better things. You have

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made everybody realise what is possible and all the younger

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gymnasts that are coming through. Look at the juniors. The strength

:21:17.:21:27.

within the British team. It is incredibly exciting. The whole

:21:27.:21:32.

point is to get the ball rolling. We wanted to encourage the kids and

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show what is possible. The fact we can see Max and Ashley making

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finals is brilliant. Congratulations, you first senior

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European medal. Thank you. I am really happy with that. My aim was

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to do a clean routine and I did that so I am really happy. You are

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the highest qualifier in the qualifications coming into the

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final but you were right up there. I am very happy with that score. I

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am aiming for a bit higher but I am really happy with that, six clean

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routines. For me to go into that in first place shows to myself that I

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have got the potential. Whitlock finished behind David

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Bailey Laski, who took the gold medal, and we can look at the

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women's ceremony now -- David Belyavskiy. Aliya Mustafina got the

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gold, Larisa Iordache got the silver and Anastasia Grishina got

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the bronze. For Russia to receive these medals in front of a home

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crowd, you know more than anybody what that feels like. I have never

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experienced an atmosphere like it. It is a very stressful environment

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but then it is so rewarding when you do do well. It is fantastic.

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Larisa Iordache was leading for three of the apparatus but had to

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settle for silver. A sterling performance for her. No doubt now

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it is this not after dismount, release and catch, release and

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catch, and somebody who knows all about that is the Olympic champion

:23:23.:23:33.
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Aliya Mustafina. She takes the gold What a moment, to take that gold

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medal alongside David Belyavskiy e What do you do with the flowers?

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normally give them to my mum! But if I am going to be a way for a

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while, I throw them into the crowd. If I spot a nice lady, I give them

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to her! I give them to be cleaner in the hotel. I am sure Aliya

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Mustafina's mother will probably get them. It must be special to be

:24:15.:24:22.

crowned European champions in front of that home crowd. An there is the

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top eight. Giulia Steingruber did so well, didn't she. The Italian

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worth a mention and Ruby Harrold, finishes in a there. -- in eighth

:24:41.:24:46.

place. To come and get this kind of experience, Ruby Harrold must be

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happy with that. It is a great result for her. She will be really

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happy with that. She had a clean competition and it was a great

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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Or Aliya Mustafina takes gold ahead Russia get first and third. What a

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competition. Aliya Mustafina qualified in fourth place and then

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ended up taking the gold. What are the chances of you see more

:26:30.:26:40.
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gymnastics this weekend? Quite The highlights on BBC Two on Sunday

:26:43.:26:53.
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What a great line-up of sport we have over the next few days. The

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World Snooker Championship start tomorrow at 10 am. You can watch

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that unsold for the next 17 days. - Plenty to get your teeth into.

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Looking ahead for the individual apparatus finals, can Max Whitlock

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beat Krisztian Berki? He is human. He can make mistakes. He has been a

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nemesis for it so long. And I have beaten him a few times myself so it

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is possible. Max needs to keep a cool head. And Daniel Keatings is

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back. We are delighted to see him. He can definitely be Krisztian

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Berki because he has done. He has indeed. -- definitely beat. It will

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be an interesting, Hall's final, I am just glad I am not in it! --

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pommel horse final. More I highlight was Max getting this all

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the medals. Ruby Harrold, keen competition. Max, it has to be.

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Matt Baker presents coverage of the artistic gymnastics European Championships from Moscow, with expert analysis from London Olympic medallists Louis Smith and Kristian Thomas.

Day three of the continental showdown in Russia features live coverage of the women's all-round competition plus highlights of the men's all-round, with some of Great Britain's London 2012 heroes back in action.

Dan Purvis, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham - who were part of the Olympic bronze medal-winning men's team alongside Smith and Thomas - are all competing, while 15-year-old rising star Gabby Jupp makes her senior international debut fresh from winning the British all-round title.

Host nation Russia will be overwhelming favourites to top the medal table, having been the top-performing European nation at the Olympics last summer.

Christine Still and former Commonwealth champion Craig Heap provide the commentary.


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