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Hello, and welcome to highlights of the European Gymnastics
Championships. Now, the British team out in Moscow had a storming
qualification, with our gymnasts taking 13 places in the finals. Our
medal count started on Friday with a silver in the men's all-around
competition, and this is how Max Whitlock did it. So all our eyes,
then, on 20-year-old Max Whitlock. He's fabulous at twisting, flips on
lovely high - oh. Costly landing. What a cracking routine for Max.
Max Whitlock now up into third. his moves are done with great flair.
A really efficient routine from Max there. Oh, we like that. Round of
triple twists - what a cracking routine. Well done, Max.
A cracking routine indeed. Come on, Max. Building the difficulty all
the time - well done, Max. He's there. He's in contention! He knows
he has to do the routine of his life. A great route own, job done.
Great work from Max, fantastic competition, second in Europe, a
fantastic achievement, Max. What a competition to have witnessed, and
it was the highest placing ever for a British gymnast at the Europeans
in the all-around competition, and this is how Max summed it all up.
My aim was go out there and do a clean routineed a hopefully a
similar routine to the qualification round. I am happy to
do that so I am happy with the silver medal. In the past people
have seen you as a pommel horse specialist, obviously, on the
ground. You have take and massive leap forward since the Olympics.
That's what I wanted to do. During the Olympics I wanted to go out and
prove myself as an all-arounder. This is my first all-around in
major competition. It was really good, and to come up with a medal -
that's really what I was hopefully aiming for. I am delighted to say
that joining me this afternoon are two British Olympians. We have
Jennifer Pinches and three-times Olympic medallist Lewis Smith. A
phenomenal performance from Max, it goes without saying, but Daniel
Purvis as well, he also placed incredibly high with a fifth. Did
you expect that from Dan? It's nice the see Dan back on the up. I have
been talking to him at the Olympic Games. He said he wasn't quite on
form. He wasn't at his best. He has had a bit of a dip. Why do you
think he didn't quite hit it? had a hard couple of years towards
the Olympic games. He did every competition there was going. I
think he peaked a little bit too early, but he seems very motivated.
He's back training hard now, and he did well at the European Gymnastics
Championships. I am happy for him. You're taking a bit of a break from
the sport. You have been climbing mountains and all sorts since 2012?
Yeah, after the Olympics I went on a two-month volunteering - know I
am back in school and living a bit more of an average life. Are you?
Ruby Harrold is out flying the flag for Great Britain at the moment.
She got the highest ever placing in Europe for Britain's women. She's
filling the shoes. Yeah, she has done fantastically. I think she
came into this competition aiming to do well on the bars. That was
her main aim, but she's done really well in the all-around competition
and not only qualified for the bar final, but for the beam final. So
yeah. Charlie Fellows, the first year of senior competition for her.
Another new experience for her being in the senior European
Championships but she's done really well again, came 18th in the all-
around final, definitely got some potential for the future. Coming
into this championships there was a lot of talk about a certain Gabby
Jupp. But qualification - it was a real shame for her because she was
on form in the first senior British. Definitely. Last month she won the
British Championships. She has been looking absolutely amazing, and
then it was really unfortunate just at the end of this fantastic theme
routine in which she would have qualified for the final, she just
seemed to, as you see there, grab her knee. They have flown her home
back to the UK for further medical... We're still waiting to
hear from the outcome of that'll be. What a trajectory she was on. Let's
just hope it's not going to be too serious. My thoughts are with her.
We're now concentrating on the specialists. We're going to focus
on the finals with British interests, of course, so let's have
a look at our finalists, so we've got on the floor Max Whitlock and
Sam Oldham on even bars, Rebecca Tunney - we'll talk more about her
as the evening progresses as well as Ruby Harrold, who we were just
So we are going to start with the men's floor, but before we see any
of the action, let's hear from Sam We go to competitions expected to
winned meas. We're not just going there to compete, so yeah, there is
a lot of expectation, but we change the game day in and day out all the
time now, and everyone is just striving to get on the team. It's
almost harder to get on the team than sometimes it is to qualify for
these finals that can only be a good thing for British gymnastics.
The floor has improved a lot for me. I have improved my difficulty and
it has been going really well over the last couple of months. I think
all the guys on the floor are quite close in scores and in qualifying
and star values as well. I think it will be really difficult, but
hopefully we can go out there and do great routines and try to stick
a few landings and see if we can grab a medal or two. Grab a medal
or two - sounding very, very optimistic! And there's the start
Is it good news to be going out first? I think the good thing for
Max is he's consistent. Though he's first, he can almost set the
standard, which is a good place to Alexander Shatilov is always worth
the mention. He's an enormous gymnast. He's pretty much going in
the middle of the pack with Sam Oldham. Two gymnasts follow him.
Let's get into action. Joining me is Christine Still and former
Here we go, then, first floor finalist, Great Britain's Max
three-and-a-half, tuck, full twist. Second tumble, two-and-a-half, one-
and-a-half, nailed. Such precise new cord - the gymnasts only
allowed to perform one of those - into the flair work, back up into
flairs, down into flairs, air great control, takes a slight
breath. The handspring, two-and-a- half twist, yet again another great
landing, showing great composure and maturity. Preparing for the
final tumble, roundoff triple twist, a great way to start the final.
What a start indeed. He scored a 15.466 in qualification. He upped
that in the all-around final to a 15.5, which would be enough, I
think, to take gold, certainly for a medal, Chris. It was a great
opening - it was difficult for us to see, but I think on this first
tumble that he did just hop out of the floor. We saw the red flag go
up. We'll wait for confirmation of that. That's a fantastic tumble as
well, that two-and-a-half twist forwards. Just wonderful style.
He's got such a great future ahead of him at 20 years old, Chris. Oh!
That's the little bit they wanted to capture. He has. He has a
fantastic future, and he's very cool, very calm. We saw yesterday
he made a little bit of an error, not a huge error, but a little bit
of an error on his first piece. He didn't let it throw him. Many
gymnasts - we saw the Ukrainian gymnast - once an error was in
there, they sort of fell apart a little bit, but Max, no, just
battled on through. He really has got a great temperament. It's a
score of 15.333 - .1 penalty. that was great, just the .1. Will
it be enough for a medal? We'll have to wait and see. What does
Alexander Shatilov have to say about this, a vastly experienced
gymnast? We have watched him for many a year, a huge lad. He will
twist and work his way around the court. Thing is, if you're a tall
gymnast and can really harness it, you look so elegant. Now, that was
how to do a front somersault, half- turn, wasn't it, a little kick out.
Whoa! Double twisting, double tuck, and because he's tall, he can't
take a great, long run, just calm of steps into every roundoff - two-
and-a-half, front somersault with that exit out of a tumble once.
They're only allowed to roll out once. That was his. It was very
clean, well executed. A full twisting double back to finish,
just a tiny hop. That is a challenge, I think. He made it look
easy. He absolutely did, and he's got quite a high difficulty value.
Yeah, it was a very precise routine. He's probably the best we have seen
so far on the landings. And you can see there at the start very precise,
nailed there, stepped back into the corner. He had a great balance of
routine with combination, then the double twisting, double back and a
full in, back out, a really, really good routine, and for me, I think
that might just go into the lead. You can see there - that is the
full in, back out, slight hop back for a 10th, but very, very precise.
His start value we think is .1 lower than Max has gone into the
lead with, 15.333 - he's tied with Max Whitlock at the moment, and
here we go with Sam Oldham, part of the bronze medal-winning team at
the Olympics. Another very bright young star of British gymnastics.
Oh, just held that in, I think. A difficult combination to start with
- half into double - fight, fight, Sam. He does. But there will be
He's a naturally really precise extended gymnast. He's just
struggling slightly with these landings today. But here you can
see toes pointed, legs straight, we go. Triple - he's cleanly around,
but he really has given a 10th or so away on every single landing.
needs over 14.666 for a medal at this stage. He twists absolutely
fantastic. He does a great execution there, as she said, on
the roll-out. He's kicking out. He looks elegant, but just can't hold
it together with the landings, and that'll cost him with the
deductions. You know, demonstrating great flair work there, toes
pointed, flair up into the handspring, dropping back down into
flair. What do we think here as a sceer? -- score? He qualified with
a 15.3 - no, that'll be costly. See, if they think that was only a 2.5,
which they might do, then he loses his dismount because he's already
completed a two-and-a-half somewhere else. Just outside the
medals there and a 14.4 for Sam the last two European Championships.
He finished 46th on floor and 42nd. He has done remarkably well to get
here in the top eight. A very clean opening tumble, second tumble, the
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roll-out in the straight position, straight half with ease. Into the Do
is the final tumble. Round off triple twist. One little step. A
great routine. That could push up into the medals. He got a 15. A
15.166 for qualification. 6-2 Many of them are doing
two-and-a-half into front fall, so their tumble half will be given more
marks. But you always have to marry it with the control and not getting
the deductions. When I say the two-and-a-half into full is worth
perhaps 0. 0.2 moreness that the one-and-a-half into front half. If
you are going to take a big step, you will lose big points. This is
why a Teddy routine like this will often win out. 14. 14.9 is enough
Alexander Shatilov. Double celebration for them. Wonderful for
Max to get the gold. The first time Shatilov has a gold on the floor of
the European Championships. What a story for Cingolani, who takes
bronze. Alexander Shatilov and Great Britain's Max Whitlock take gold in
the men's floor final. It has been a great two days of
competition for Max Whitlock. Yesterday he received the men's
all-around silver. Today he's got a gold medal hanging round his neck.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the national well at this stage? The all-around
first and ratus final... He has always had the potential. He's such
a talented kid. We have always known he could do very well at
levels like this. It's nice to see him fulfilling that, and it's
brilliant. Like I said, he didn't expect to get the gold, but he is
crowned world champion on floor. shares it with Alexander Shatilov.
It's a very controversial point, this, because at European level
you're allowed to share the medals, but at world, Olympic medal, as you
have experienced, even if you have the same score, execution comes
over difficulty, and there you can see Krisztian Berki took the gold
in 2012. You took the silver, but did get the same score. It's a
difficult question to ask you because obviously you passionately
want the gold, but how do you think European gymnastics compares on
that point? It makes sense - if first place has the same scores,
then it makes stones give them both the gold medal. It does.The code
in the last cycle was developed that you push to do the most
difficult - you make the routine more exciting, yet when you're tied
for score, they use that as a disadvantage, so they used your
high start scores and big scores against you. So it doesn't really
alongside L arcs is was Becky Downie, but I'm delighted to say
that Becky is back. I've done numerous finals between
4th and 8th. I've had mistakes and after having too many set-backs I've
worked really hard. I've been waiting for a long time for this
moment. Hopefully it goes well. I'm going to give it my best shot. It is
nice to have the team alongside you. Me and Ruby know we really came here
for bars. Ruby has done great in qualifications and getting further,
but we knew we wanted to hit the routines and get into the final. We
are both really happy we've done that. I came to the European
Championships to focus on the bar final, because I've got some unique
combinations. I was hoping that it would be enough to make another bar
final like I did last year. My coach came up with the idea of a new
combination that has never done before. I go from top to bottom. It
gives me quite a high bonus. Everybody's talking about that move.
She calls it the Schloerdn but you call it unique. It is definitely
different. It is difficult to whip around such rotation and pot it.
Straight up and straight back down to the low bar. It is lovely to Dee
Rebecca back. She won the British bar title last month as was -- and
was looking brilliant. She's is out there to medal. This is the order
Do you think Becky will be able to hold her nerve? It will be a
difficult task. Aliya is Olympic champion. She doesn't buckle under
pressure. And in front of her home crowd in Moscow. Exactly. She will
want to pull out a brilliant in the all round. Watch this bar
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once you've fallen. How do you pull through that absolutely clean, but
she just mistimed the shoot-down. Two D elements together. Apart from
that moment it was incredibly dynamic wasn't it? Very dynamic.
Very interesting bar work as well. Great flight there, transfer to the
shop bar. Just pops off a little bit too early, misses the handstand and
ended up coming down the wrong way. One split second later and it what
have been perfect. A very exciting gymnast and something that is
exciting for the future. Ruby's also in the beam final.
will be disappointed with this. 12. 12.9. All eyes now focussing on
the Olympic champion, Aliya Mustafina. She took gold in the
That was a really efficient routine. Goodness! Potential for a couple of
tens but you can't deduct more than that can you? Even the dismount,
straight to the finish. Bang! That's how you land an uneven bars routine.
It was a confident routine from the start. The stews from the
all-around. A stooping full turn bang into handstand. There's the on
and off up to the top bar with the half turn. Highest difficulty. Look
at that, toes pointed. That's the tricky combination. Most gymnasts
add an extra in the middle. All those pirouettes so clean. Straight
up into the half turn. APPLAUSE
15. 15.3. An enormous score that puts Aliya Mustafina well ahead of
the rest of the field. It is an epic score to try to beat. Great
Britain's Becky Downie qualified with 14. 14.733. How wonderful to
see her back. Oh. She uprised straight into the
Tkachev. So disappointed with herself. Huge difficulty. She needs
A wonderful demonstration of what Becky is capable of there. It was
just that blink of an eye moment and suddenly it's all gone. It was a
very difficult combination she was doing, but she isally wibble to do
it -- she is well able to do it and has done it many times. These are
difficult combinations into the Tkachev. Work of the highest
difficulty there. When you go for broke, if things aren't just right,
you can be off. She just pulled and her feet went over the bar a little
bit too much, which caused her to come away from the bar. She's
obviously been putting in an incredible amount of work in the gym
to get back. She was obviously, that moment aside, routine. Brilliantly
performed. 13 scored puts her in into the next element, a nice
pirouette, a big, high Tkatchev. Super, super style, building her
difficulty, nothing too enormous, just very clean, tidy work, swings
beautifully, and that double straight was very nice indeed. That
was a truly classy routine. Well, to get up into the medals, she
needs over 14.066. Well, she qualified with a 14.3, so I would
suspect that that routine is well able to medal there. I agree with
you, what a lovely routine, and you can see here great height and
flight to the top bar, swings back, spots the bottom bar there, into
the handspring, great control, back up to the top bar. It's never a
flicker of bent legs, is there? It's really stylish work. She could
even push for a silver here. could even look at this - kicks up,
great extension, form, what a lovely routine. Like you said, it's
looking for over 14.066 for a bronze, 14.366 for a silver. It is
a silver. It's 14.633. APPLAUSE
Jonna Adlerteg goes into silver medal place with one gymnast
remaining, so she's guaranteed a medal. A fantastic story, and
really, that was a triumph of style over difficulty. Well, the second
Russian in this uneven bars final is Maria Paseka. Starts confidently.
Here we are - she's done lots of really complicated moves linked
together, a good half turn there, a forward element you have to include
- into the double front dismount - good dismount, but were there too
many execution errors? You could see right from the word "go" the
legs were a little untidy. I have to agree with Christine there. For
me, it looked a bit laboured in parts, quite loose in the lower
back as well in parts of the routine, soft in the legs. It might
just take it because of the difficulty, but we'll have to wait
and see. Certainly, there were - you know, if you watch here, legs
apart - that sort of thing - lots of openings for the judges to
deduct. Yes, not as good a routine as the one we have seen previous.
Oh, hang on. That reaction says you've got yourself a bronze - 14.4
for Maria Paseka. She stayed with the 5.8 difficulty, so interesting
scoring in front of her home crowd. In the absence of the great Beth
Tweddle, Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina takes gold in the uneven
bars final ahead of Jonna Adlerteg in her first senior final and
down to experience. Definitely. Just coming here to
compete in a bar final is amazing. I am really disappointed. I have
waited a long time for this moment, and it didn't quite come off again
today, so it looks like it's going back, picking myself up again and
trying for the next one. You can see obviously how much it means for
Becky. She's vastly experienced. She has been on the world stage
before. She has been there. She has done it, obviously, emotional. It's
a big deal at the moment, but how much do you think in the long run
this is going to affect her? Definitely disappointing for that
final, but as you said, she's an experienced gymnast. She'll be able
to pick herself back up, keep training for the next goal. She's
more than capable - if she'd done what she did in qualification and
caught that reLee, she would have got herself a silver. That moment
was sandwiched with the most beautiful moments. You can see as
we run through here some of the moves she's got in her armoury.
I said, it's a very difficult routine. You can see there all the
combinations that she's trying to put together. Yeah.And there is
risk involved. I mean, you know her very well, obviously. She's very
emotional in her training. Her life is gymnastics. All their lives are
gymnastics, but for her, you can either stand back and say, you know,
what, another day is coming along, or you can take it to heart, and
Becky is one - Yeah, she really puts her heart into everything she
does. You can see as soon as she missed that, she was gutted. Yeah.
Well, we wish Becky, of course, all the very best with everything.
We're now going to move on to the women's vault, and Britain have no-
one in the women's vault final, but as it's such an explosive event to
watch, then we wanted to show you She has absolute power - the one-
and-a-half twist there - it's the difficulty here that really sets
her apart, because you can see the height, the way she converts all of
that speed into the upward lift. Extremely difficult vault. I should
know because I competed this vault in a tucked position in the past,
and you need a lot of strength, a lot of power to be landing that
vault successfully. She was the highest qualifier. We did expect it,
and she was so good as well in the all-arounds, just outside of the
medals there, but a fourth place with a gymnast is renowned for just
kind of vault and floor - what a performance all around for her.
impressed me as well. I have only ever seen her in the vault. We saw
her on the floor final. She's going to be amazing, then the all-around
- great potential, and I think she's definitely one to watch out
for. Well, it is time now to bring on the strong men, so warm up your
biceps and join in if you can. This Radivilov - 20 years old, third
highest qualifier. That is the ring specialist at work, isn't it? So
strong - look at that. Winding up now. Double twisting double back,
nailed on the landing! What a routine. 15.466 - going to be up
there. Samir Ait Said, the last gymnast in his rings final. Off to
a strong start, a nice solid hand stand, into the swinging element.
A full twisting double straight - nailed the dismount. Oh! Oh, my
goodness me! He's gone into gold medal position. He's tried. Proving
to be an exciting World Championships indeed. Louis has
been one of the pioneers taking British gymnastics to new heights,
another is Daniel Keatings. He became Britain's men's champion in
2010, and he did it on the pommel horse.
Very, very strog, this. -- strong, this. It's going to be close indeed.
I think he's put the cat among the pigeons. Louis knows it too.
Keatings is the European champion. In 2010 I got one of the best
results of my career. I became European champion on the pommel
horse. I went back into the gym to start training again and tore my AC
up pretty much a couple of months after I got back, did both my
ankles as well. In the end it caused me to miss the Olympics. I
have gotten over it and back in the GB squad. We're just really
missesing Louis. Hopefully because I missed out on the Olympics, it's
like reliving it, if you know what I mean? Louis and Dan, you have
done so much together, kind of grown up as well training in the
same gym. You must be delighted he is back. It has been a hard road
for Daniel the last couple of years - you saw, getting back from injury.
We're good friends. We're like family. I am so happy for him, for
his mum and dad, his girlfriend who have been on that journey with him.
It's nice to see him back on top and winning a gold as well. From
your perspective, how do you think he's feeling in the run-up to this?
It was his big chance to say, I didn't make the Olympic team, but
watch this. He just missed out on that. He was reserve. This is his
best chance to say, watch out. I am back with a bang. I think he did it.
As well as for Dan, guess who is going for his third medal at the
Euros? It is of course Max Whitlock, but a pommel final wound be a
pommel horse final without World European final Max Whitlock.
It's great to have Christian back, who is a massive - is a gold
medallist at the Olympics. It's great to look up to him in the
routines and be in the finals competing against him. He's really
good. I qualified in second place behind him, which is an achievement
in itself for me, and I am looking forward to the final. Well, let's
see that yaum important order -- after? It's a difficult one. If it
was me, it wouldn't really faze me. I never felt threatened by him. I
always focused on what I needed to do. I would say if I was Max, it's
better to go before and put in a good performance, perhaps try and
worry him. I doubt Berki will be worried, but he's human, so he can
mast make mistakes. We're going to get or of your commentary because
you'll be joining us in the commentary Max. Now we'll join
Max's routine. What does the pommel horse have in
store for Max Whitlock, has a silver, the men's all-around. He's
just got himself a gold in the floor final. Can he increase that
medal haul? Will he deliver? little cleaner at the start there
than we saw in the all-around, massive difficulty on the one
handle - light frame - he works really well above the handles. Good
and smooth, keeping his rhythm. Oh, that's the tough one, a built of a
knee bend, but he held it well, just has to keep his focus, keep
the difficulty building. Come on. Here we go into the big dismount.
Well, what a fantastic Championships. What a great routine
for him to finish. Louis, you're clapping. He coped very well with
the pressure. He kept going when he needed to. He stepped up the
routine, made it harder, put an extra Russian on one handle, which
made it an F as opposed to an E association he made it that little
bit more. It affected him a little bit on the spindle, got me on the
edge of my seat, not going to like, but he did it in style. He didn't
have anymore errors, so that's a great performance Max has done.
so cool there on the handles. He has his stocklies on the one
handle before he goes into the Russian swing, you know, a great
extension. It's nice to see him stepping it up for the final.
That's what we like to see. That's him. Does that put pressure on
Berki now? I don't think he looks at the other competitors as
pressure. I think he wants to get through his own routine, and that
is the best way to think. 15.5. That is a big score. That's
it. That is a very good score, considering there was an error. I
think he'll be very pleased with that. Here he is Krisztian Berki,
28 years old, the highest qualifier, Olympic gold medallist, world
champion, European champion, keep great style, the flairs, the leg
separation. Everything looks so very measured - legs locked
together, picks the pace up a little bit - in fact, that is
something I really like about his pommel horse work, not just the
difficulty, but the virility in it and the variety of pace. And for a
big gymnast he doesn't skew on the pommel horse. A lot of the gymnasts
- oh - skew. His hands are very much in line. Lifts, lifts, lifts -
the extra turn. There was just a little flicker in the middle there,
but that was the work of a champion. Lewis, how good... Oh!Normally
you're used to seeing him from the floor, but I have to ask you to
comment on - he is a master, isn't he? He's a master at getting
through the routine. He went for his easy routine. I noticed right
away he didn't go for the flair full spin at the start. He's
thinking Lewis isn't here, it should be an easier field. I think
it threw him a little bit. OK.Got towards the end of the routine, hit
the pommel horse. That's a deduction and his dismount didn't
finish in control, so, again, that could be up to a 5 or 3/10
deduction. Max is in with a chance. He'll still get the start score,
but the deductions might be more decreased. We'll have to see. I
would say he'd just creep in in front of Max, but wouldn't be
surprised if it was under either. Max Whitlock has the score of 15 -
he's just creeped ahead at a 15.533 - Whoa! Berki by the skin of your
teeth. He does it every time, doesn't he? It is an exciting final.
A really tight final. I know what Dan is thinking now. What is he
thinking He's thinking Berki has a low score. I need to smash this
routine. He needs to stay calm. in the middle. Spindle on the end.
Good extension. Hasn't hit the pommel. Picks up great into the
travel. Not skewing an awful lot. Keeping square. Just the dismount
lef He's up, he spins, he's down, yes! And he shouts on his dismount
as well. We know it's close, but is that enough? If I was judging it,
that would be a gold medal for me. I would give that 15. That 15.7, 15. ,
15.8. Would you? 15. 15.533. The form in this, to keep the composure
under extreme pressure. It was a great routine. That's all Dan needed
to do, get through his routine the way he knows he can do it. I would
say that's a deserved gold. Well, whatever, it is a fantastic
performance and the performance that Dan really needed for his own
confidence and to put himself back on the world stage. He's a great
gymnast. I guess we are allowed to think that as your training partner
all the years you can be slightly biassed. You can see how nervous he
is. Yes, he says, it is 15. 15.6. Daniel Keatings is in gold medal
position in this men's pommel horse final. There are two gymnasts le to
go. This guy, he has the potential to score a 16. Let's hope it is not
today. He just never goes through his routine in the finals, buckles
Just a flicker of the legs apart. He has got a lovely swing and a great
speed and rhythm to the routine. He through, that was a fighting
performance. He did well. There were a few times I thought he would be
off, but he got through to routine. Fair play to him but I don't think
it is enough to beat Daniel. Esaid he had the potential to go up to
16.He was full of confidence and he gripped when he needed to. A 15. A
15.1. Donna Donny Truyens is in sixth.
Great Britain's Daniel Keatings It is incredible to think that in
the three finals of the men's we've had four medals in it It is
absolutely fantastic. People used to say who is Britain in the gymnastics
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It has been a tough couple of years for you. That must be a phenomenal
feeling to be back on the podium, at the top of your sport? Yes, the last
few years have been hell through injury. It is the first time I've
been back since 2010. This is my first major since then. I came here
and I've done my job. I only scraped through in qualification, so I was
nervous, but I've retained the title. I had a chance to retain it
and I did, so I'm really happy. Max, congratulations. It was a close one
but you completed the set though. I'm really happy to have completed
the set. It was much more than I needed to do. That is the best final
I've ever done, the craziest one and the closest one. He managed to pull
through that and done an amazing routine. He deserved that gold
medal. You were celebrating as soon as you landed. How soon did you
know? I didn't know I had won. I just knew I had done a really good
routine, the best I could do. And I had the start score. I knew it was
going to be in the mix. It was more a sign of relief after everything
that's gone on in the past. Just getting the routine in the final.
I'm over the Moon. APPLAUSE
We've got to applaud him. Well Max summed it up, under extreme pressure
he knew what he was capable of. A. . It has been hard for Dan. Funding
has been an issue. To do that, he can not worry about funding and he
can just get back into training and being focussed. I'm very happy to
him. Also treat ourselves to another look at the end of the routine. Is
he going to pick up now where you left off? I hope so. I think it will
be a battle between him and Max who is going to fill the spot I once had
on pommel horse. First and third, unbelievable. Listen to him on the
end of the dismount. Yes!He knows. The relief. Everything went into
that. We were just saying there Jenny, can you believe we've heard
the national anthem played twice now, in Russia? Fantastic. I'm so
proud of our gymnasts. It made our day. It certainly made Dan's life.
The equivalent of the men's pommel horse is the women's beam.
Representing Great Britain in this final is Ruby Harrold. I can't
believe I'm in the final. A few years ago I was a very nervous
person on the beam. It is another apparatus where I can gain
experience from. I haven't got the highest start but I know if I do the
routine to the best of my ability, I could perform well. Let's look at
the order of balancing. I do hope the nerves have settled.
Beam is the last place that you want the jitters, especially when you're
up first. Ruby Harrold for Great Britain, her
first ever beam final. She's had a fantastic European Championships
here. Calmly into the handstand and the Healey turn. Very nice original
Sets herself up for the front somersault. Beautifully high and
controlled. Now the back flip and the layout somersault. Two acrobatic
moves that gymnasts are required to incloud, linked together. Very
nicely done on the change-leg leap with the quarter turn. Well
connected. Two leaps connected forwards and backwards elements. And
runs into the full twisting front somersault dismount. Very good
secure opening from Ruby. Flick, layout, very solid and finishing off
a straight front somersault, full turn, controlled nicely. 13. 13.633.
Very good Diana Laura Bulimar, from Romania impressed us with her
of the apparatus. Beam work is a great deal about confidence. If
you're confident, perform every skill with purpose, you are much
more likely to be able to maintain balance and control the middle of
the body. She's barely had a wobble. Up into a double pike. That really
was a very impressive routine. APPLAUSE
There's the free walkover into the immediate leap, and again.
judges have to decide if they feel it was immediate from the free
walkover into the jump she gets a bonus. A beautiful double pike back
to finish. That will score well. 14.833 puts her into the lead. Very
good work there. The local favourite, third in the all round.
From Russia it is Anastasia Grishina. Didn't have a great deem
routine in qualification but is capable of fabulous work here. So
supple, so fluent. Really positive on that landing.
Super hands. Her fluency and Very difficult and unusual that
combination. No pause. Really special work.
And she hits the splits in her leaps effortlessly.
Lovely style. Big double pike. Just a little pace.
That was superb work from Grishina. APPLAUSE
Look at the height in the round-off straight back. Sets up, wraps in for
the double pike back. Look at the toes pointed for the landing, arms
forward, one pace back. The smile says it all. 5. 5.6 difficulty. Not
quite enough to take her into first place. Larisa Iordache from Romania.
Impressed us immensely during the the leg lifted high - that'll give
her plenty of marks - that difficult element, and the change
leg leap with the half turn. Free walk-over, and she didn't go for
the jump there that we probably be joined. They can be simple, but
they have to be joined. Very good pace and rhythm to this routine, no
long pauses, use of arms, very nice. Now watch this dismount - roundoff,
back flip, punch-up, triple twist, clean as can be. Now, that beam had
all the difficulty, all the pace. This is my favourite, this dismount,
of all. Seen her do this since a very young junior, and it's always
been stunning. Wrapped in for the triple twist, not only the best
routine for me so far, but the most accurate dismount. And it's up to
15.266. That's a massive score, 6.4 difficulty that puts the Romanians
first and second, Iordache first, Bulimar second, Grishina from
Russia third, Ruby Harrold performing excellently in sixth
place - that's the highest score for her of this Championships.
She'll go very pleased. I couldn't agree more, congratulations to Ruby
Harrold, unsurprisingly, the two Romanians one and two. Orarea we
showed you the women's vault final, so it's only fair we do the same
with the men, and here are the Hasn't he just? Look at the height
he gets. Unbelievable.Plenty of time to spot the landing and
straight down the middle. Flavius Koczi took silver, believe it or
not, a triple twisting - well, he was the European champion. Ooh!
That wraps it in, that twist. much of a somersaulter, but he can
twist. 6, difficulty, as well. about made it there. The gold who
landed on the medal was Denis Ablyazin. Watch this, a double Pike.
He had so much time, so much space. How can you get that high just by
running down a runway and then hitting a large object? Denis
Ablyazin is proof of that. The penultimate final for the men is
the parallel bars, got no British finalists here, but here is the
from Ukraine, always faultless on the parallel bars. A very difficult
combination - the final pause, wraps up, a double Pike-back, what
a performance. What a contender. Oleg Stepko wins the gold medal. So
he had a much happier time in the parallel balls, finally ending in
the all-around, but Mustafina has been the star of the show from a
Russian perspective so far, and Jenny, I know that you are a huge
fan of hers. You even film her routines off the telly. Yeah, she's
a beautiful gymnast, puts the "artistic" in artistic gymnastics,
and to be performing in front of a home crowd for her must be very
special. What was it like competing against her on the floor alongside
someone you respect so much? To be on par technically with her in the
competitions is amazing because she's such an aspiring gymnast. I
just look up to her. What is it about her because everybody loves
her, don't they? Not only is she an absolutely brilliant gymnast, but
she's very modest, a team player, and she's just really what you can
call beautiful. Great eyes as well. She qualified with one of the
highest scores on the floor but content with two European goals
already she's pulled out of the final to give her team-mate
Anastasia Grishina a chance, and here are the highlights from that
Romania. Such precision - double straight somersault, the body
travels straight through the air in that position. Here we have - oh,
so high into the double tuck, difficult leaps, and she gives
herself plenty of time to do that, doesn't rush them into a corner.
Obviously, a hugely skilful tumbler, full twisting double backed Pike
include five acrobatic skills and three dance elements for their
difficulty. This was packed full with them both. What about that?
Talk about a little pocket rocket - from the start to the finish, it
was dynamic. I always like to see the Romanians on the floor. They
have great choreography and spend a lot of time in the gym working on
this aspect. As we can see there, on the tumble there, round-off
flick, double lay-out, straight from top to toe, nailed the landing.
Look at this - the full twist, half, walk-out, round-off flick, has to
really power back into the double- back somersault, very difficult to
generate a double somersault from a walk-out. Combines some beautiful
dance work and power. There we see there the full twist in the first
somersault, pipe back out, the highest difficulty. For me this
routine had it all. 14.533, Diana Bulimar goes into first place. A
great favourite of the Russian crowd, certainly this gymnast
qualified top. Afanasyeva. Superb double straight, world champion on
floor. Two whips into a triple twist, very cleanly performed.
Combination of spins, beautifully a-half, straight front. Only one-
she left herself enough energy? Yes, she has, great double Pike finish,
what an exciting, mature performance from Afanasyeva.
Certainly proving there why she is the world champion and such power.
Look here at the tumbles. Round-off, double lay-out, great extension and
execution, perfect on the landing. There's the whip, generating the
power, flick, stands up, into the triple twist, perfect landing again.
So in those two tumbles, she's shown such variety, double rotation,
multiple twists, and the jump is so well executed and cleverly landed.
Yes, 15.166, slightly down on the difficulty, but first place, and
that is a massive score. That's going to be difficult to match or
beat. So Larisa Iordache, silver all-around - gold on beam. She'll
be wanting to add another gold to her tally, and watch this first
tumble - double twisting, double tuck, but that was a big step
forwards. Such a dynamic gymnast, though, full-twisting double-back,
all those leaps, works very hard on the new rule of not waiting in the
pauses. Really ambitious routine, no major errors, but there were a
couple of steps on landing that might well be the difference
between the gold and the silver. There were errors, unfortunately.
If anybody could challenge for the top spot, it would have been
Iordache, and as we can see this, this is a very big full in, back
out, slight hop-back. That wasn't anything too major on the
deductions. Here we see again - generates great power in the round-
off flick flack, stands up into the double tuck, opens up in plenty of
time, slight hop-back. 15.166 to beat. It will be up there, but will
it be in the 15s in well, -- 15s? Well, the replay didn't show us but
there was an error on the first tumble. 14.733 - she's not going to
take the gold, but she's in the silver medal position. Afanasyeva,
the world champion on floor, adds the European title to her
incredibly relaxed - obviously relief there performing in front of
the home crowd, so much expectation on her shoulders as the world
champion. A little bit because I think that's the only final she did
qualify for, but she clearly made the most of it. She's a very
enjoyable competitor to watchen the floor, and deserving I think.
moving on to the blue-ribboned event. It's the men's high bar and
one of the two British high fliers we have got going in this one is a
new face to the British public. Meet Ashley Watson. I'm at
university. I am doing my dissertation on pre-performance
routines in gymnastics and anxiety levels. I try to incorporate that
stuff into my routine, and it seems to have done the trick. It's my
first big sport as senior. All of my training has been building up to
this routine. My focus was on the bars, messed it up, now I am
working on the high bar. I am not looking for any medals at this
stage, but if I can sneak one in, I would be happy with that. To
experience it will be good enough for me. It's always a nailbiter.
well, if they keep their nerve. Lads, just hang on. Aliaksandr
Tsarevich open this is high bar A slight fight but he's got it over
into the Markelov. Another Healey turn.
Kicks it up, triple-back somersault, nail the landing... Well, what an
The Kovac, the somersault over the bar, caught with a bit of a bend
over the arms. And this, the dismount. Knees beautifully together
as well. Very good dismount. 14. 14.833, a very good score to
start this competition. Ashley Watson from Great Britain.
His first senior European final. A great junior gymnast, one of the
team that won the Junior Europeans. Has been dogged by injury for the
past few years but performed fantastically.
The one-armed swing. Impressive work. Confident in the twist, the
one-and-a-half twist, straight up Oh, what a shame, the full twisting
Kovac, over the bar with the full twist. So little room for error.
was going for broke there, the full twisting Kovac's not round enough.
One hand gets on first and then just misses out with the other. This is
the highest difficulty. But what a gutsy performance.
The coach puts him back up on the high bar in a final. You have to go
for broke. Everyone else will be Has to nail the dismount. Very nice.
He will be desperately disappointed but it's been a long wait from
qualification until now. Here's the squat with the half turn.
Straight into the somersault with an extra full turn. Very difficult to
keep your legs together. He did that element as well as I've
seen it done by anybody. Really stylish. He almost caught that. He
just didn't get the dowell over the bar, so his hand touched. You have
to get the block, the dowell, in the hand guard over, so that you can
resist the forces that hit the bottom of the swing. There you go,
and the timing was perfect. He just released a little bit too late. But
finished very vongole here -- finished very strongly here. Full
twisting double straight. Ashley Watson from Leeds. Here is his
score, 12. 12.833. Second at the moment but I guess there'll be more
big scores to come. Fabian Hambuechen from Germany. European
champion in '07 and '08. This will be something spectacular.
That's the full twisting cover after caught at full extension. The Kovac.
There's a squat full. Oh, came out too early. Down on to the apparatus.
That's cost him. That is so unusual for Fabian Hambuechen. He usually
loves the pressure. We've seen him A great dismount. He will be
disappointed with that performance. Good form on the dismount. The
landing as confident as ever. 13. 13.966. In second, ahead of Ashley
Watson, but behind Aliaksandr Tsarevich. Emin Garibov from Russia,
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the only gymnast to post a start What a performance!
He makes a half turn before his body swings through the bottom, and that
way he can swing back up to handstand. The half turn. He took an
extra long swing there before he went into this difficult
combination. Stoop Tkachev, straddle with half turn. Now it is linking
those difficult elements together that builds four start value. That's
why his start value will be higher than others.
APPLAUSE The scores are in. Seven difficulty.
15. 15.433. The other gymnasts are going to have to do something pretty
special to overhaul that score. The final British competitor of this
European Championships that's held so much success for Great Britain.
Sam Oldham, from Nottingham, comes Straight Tkachev, straddle Tkachev.
Come on, Sam! Tkachev off turn, executed fantastically.
There's the hopful, into the Ribalco, a hop one-and-a-half. Come
on now, hold it together. Double twisting double straight, what a
routine from Sam Oldham! Fantastic gymnastics. Well done, Sam. Our
final competitor showed just all the fight that's been in the British
team this Championships. Lovely turns, really clean, lovely style.
Body shape really good. Extension, height above the bar is so
impressive there. He catches really cleanly makes the turn before he
hits the bottom of the swing. Super work. Toes locked together, fully
extended. Kicks up high. Finishes the double twist easily, so he can
make the landing. 15. 15.133! Second place. What an
impressive performance. Just one gymnast to go, so he is assured of a
medal. The final gymnast of these Championships, the man who shared
Just a little stall on the swingout but such difficulty.
Such vooishcts such difficulty in this routine. Tall gymnast swings
with ease. What about the dismount? Double, double, without a flicker on
landing. That was a fantastic routine.
APPLAUSE Very difficult but there'll be a
deduction there. You can see the arms bending and the close shoulder
angle. We were looking for a good catch.
Ten out of ten for effort. A late catch. He has to work very hard and
bend the arms to get up to the handstand. Finishes very strongly.
And fourth place, 14. 14.733. Alexander Shatilov very
disappointed. Execution down. 8. 8.233 but that gives Great Britain
another medal. Sam Oldham silver on high bar. And there's confirmation.
First place Emin Garibov from Russia. Second, Sam Oldham from
Great Britain. Third Aliaksandr Tsarevich from Belarus. What a
fantastic finish. Yet again Great Britain on the medal
podium. Sam Oldham took gold at the junior Europeans in 2010. Gold at
the youth Olympics as well. Here is ehad taking a wonderful silver
medal. It is such a difficult piece to watch when you are all wired in
with microphones as we are. How do you sum that up Louis, you do
wish you were there? Some part of me wishes I was there. 60% of me wishes
I was there just to watch. Even if I wanted to get my leotard back on, I
would struggle to get into it. need to lose a few pounds. Alright,
it is OK for me to say that, the but don't be cheeky. A quick word Jenny,
highlights? I'm so proud of all our British gymnastsment so many medal
amounts it has been fantastic to watch. Are you in retirement now or
are you coming out of it slowly. I'm officially in retirement but we'll
see. It has been super to have your company this afternoon. I thoroughly
enjoyed it. You can see more tonight at 7 o'clock on BBC two HD. We'll
have highlights of the London Marathon. If all of that is a little
Matt Baker introduces highlights of the ten apparatus finals as the European Championships conclude in Moscow.
The eight gymnasts in each final came through qualifying during the week and now start afresh in their quest for gold.
Host nation Russia are expected to dominate, while Great Britain's best medal chance arguably comes in the men's pommel horse, despite the absence of Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith. Max Whitlock, who took bronze at London 2012, is in the team along with Daniel Keatings, the first British man to win a major gymnastics title when he clinched European gold in 2010.
In the women's events, 15-year-old British prodigy Gabby Jupp is looking to fill the void left by experienced pair Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan, who won two European bronze medals last year. Jupp earned European junior bronze in the floor exercise in 2012 and is making her senior international debut in Moscow.
Analysis comes from Louis Smith and fellow London Olympian Jennifer Pinches, with Christine Still and Craig Heap providing the commentary.