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Matt Baker presents highlights of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships from Bulgaria, where much is expected of the GB gymnastics men.


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Last weekend saw the women take centre stage in Sofia, Bulgaria, and

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what a couple of days it turned out to be.

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COMMENTATOR: Greg written, silver medallists! Becky Downie is the

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European Championship can hello and welcome to our second weekend of

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action from the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. I am

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joined once again by six time European champion Beth Tweddle.

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Lovely to see you again. Obviously you have spoken to the team since

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they got back? Yes, when you are out there, it is a bit of a blur.

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Whether you can achieve your goals is another thing, but the British

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team achieved amazing results, obviously. I spoke to Amanda, and

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she has gone from being my personal coach to being the national coach,

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being in charge of it all. I think she breathed a sigh of relief. She

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had seen them doing all of the hard work in training, she had prepared

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them how she wanted to, and it was just a case of, would it work? The

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first thing she said was, I have got to work harder, with the

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Commonwealths coming up. But a bit of a break for a key Downie, who got

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the gold, and her sister as well in the juniors. Yes, it was a double

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celebration. Rebecca has had her ups and downs over the past couple of

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years, missing out on London, but I am sure last weekend will have taken

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over that little bit. I think they have had a couple of days chilling

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out, and her focus will now turn to the Commonwealth Games. And a good

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feeling for you, then bastion mark we all wondered what would happen to

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the women's British team when you did retire. Yes, obviously, people

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were thinking, where is the next medal going to come from? We always

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knew that we had the talent. I was never worried about them at all. It

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was nice to see those results, through next weekend. Without a

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doubt. As we say, an outstanding performance from our women. The

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pressure now transfers to the men, who have had plenty to smile about

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at these Championships over the past couple of years.

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COMMENTATOR: That is good work. That was a massive routine!

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Perfect. Daniel Keatings's gold medal position... ! Great routine,

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job done. Sam Oldham, silver on high bar. Max Whitlock takes gold. What

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of performance from our British gymnasts. And no doubt plenty of

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good bits to look forward to this afternoon as well. Let's see what is

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in store. Next we will have highlights of yesterday's men's team

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final. Great Britain looking to defend their title from 2012. That

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will be followed by... Well, this GB team have a lot of

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international experience between them, so let's hear from the famous

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five that are aiming to retain the European team title.

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We have all been training together for years. We have had really good

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preparation, we are all experienced gymnasts, we know how to handle the

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pressure. We are all looking forward to the final. We bounce off each

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other so well in training. We are all so close, and training together

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at Lilleshall before major competitions helps a lot. In London,

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when we got that bronze, that team aspect of everything is always, for

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me I think there is more depth in the squad. Obviously, we had Lewis

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Smith, who was amazing, but if there was an injury, in this team, we have

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people that can cover. In 2012, the French team, one of the guys got

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injured on the vault, and they did not have any cover. But if one of us

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got injured, anybody could step up and cover. This might not be quite

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as important, but for the World Championships, there will be five up

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and four scores to count, and I think that is when we can show how

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much depth we have got in our country. Not many countries do that

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any more, really. Individually, they are very, very strong. But for us,

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we know that we are a really strong team as a unit together. We have

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seen them training day in, day out, and they have got some big skills.

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It is going to be close. Coming into 2012, we knew we had a shout of

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winning the gold medal, but that was not the aim. This time around, our

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aim is to retain that title. We know how everything is going to go, we

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know the order off by heart. We are really confident going into this.

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The last Europeans I did was 2010, when we got the silver medal. I have

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not got the team gold yet, so I want to get that and defend the title.

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For those that are new to the scoring of this, it is made up of

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two things, difficulty and execution. As far as that is

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concerned, we have some of the most difficult routines in Europe, but

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how do you maintain that consistency? It is difficult, you

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are thinking, do I go for the extra difficulty, and accept the risk? But

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our lads are experienced, they have all been in this three up, three to

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count situation when the pressure is on. It is a question of what is best

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for the team, who do we put up, what order do we put them up? And it is a

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long way around, when you have got six pieces, 18 performances in

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total. Yes, if there is one mistake, it is about getting the team spirit

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back together and sorting it. Talking of which, the only

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difference really between the Olympic team and what you see here

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is the replacement of Lewis Smith with Daniel Keatings. We know that

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Lewis is back in training and aiming for a place on the Commonwealth team

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for England. This was him just a couple of months ago, and looking

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good. But like the lads were saying, if you do pick up an injury, you

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need another member on your team to be able to cover that. And

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unfortunately, at the moment, Louis is not able to cover all of those.

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Well Daniel has six European medals, is a good man to have in the team!

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This is how it is going to work. You have got eight teams, great Britain

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qualified top, almost three marks ahead of Russia, a very strong team

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in themselves, but who made a few errors on the day. Ukraine qualified

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third, and the Netherlands qualified sixth, making their first team

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final, ahead of Germany, who were team champions back in 2010. Let's

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have a look at the five gymnasts who are competing for Russia and

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Ukraine, Team GB's biggest rivals. The most powerful gymnast I think in

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Europe, Ablyazin, he will be outstanding. You have got lots of

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others is well, like Belyavskiy. Really making to look their mark.

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Then, Ukraine, well, they were pushed out of the medals in the

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Olympics in 2012, with Britain getting the bronze. It was touch and

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go whether this team would make it, because they were short of funding,

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but they managed to get the money together, and here they are. The

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countries are working in pairs, with Ukraine competing alongside Britain.

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They are going to be starting on wings, and that is where we will

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begin our highlights. Over to Christine Still and Craig Heap in

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our commentary box. CHRISTINE STILL: Up first for Great

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Britain, Max Whitlock. CRAIG HEAP: Into the swinging

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elements, very nice, into the crucifix position. Held for the

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required team. Time. Forward long swing. Great style in

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the handstand. Working well. Just need to hold the form. Double

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twisting, double back! Oh, a roll on dismount, that will be costly for

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Max Whitlock. That will be very expensive one hallmark deduction for

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the fall. It was such a shame, it was a lovely routine. He is the

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current British champion, and he was the previous year as well, and he is

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usually a really solid competitor, as he is showing here. Very good

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style, very good control. But this, the double twisting double Tuck, a

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very difficult dismount and he just did not open up in time to land. .

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That is the fine balance on the rings, being able to control, and

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then it is the swinging element. That puts the others under pressure.

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From Holland, Jeffrey Wammes. Highest ever guilty, very powerful

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gymnast. And coming to the pommel horse, for Russia,

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Nikolai?Kuksenkov. Straight into the single legwork. Good control into

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the handstand. Into the Wendy swing. This is great

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difficulty, travelling along the horse. Travelling back down the

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horse. Keeping the momentum. Well, great start from the young Russian.

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Very solid performance. Never really looked in danger at all, looked

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totally confident. Really good work here. Clearing the pommel horse

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easily, showing good amplitude, good extension. Good start. And Jeffrey

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Wammes, a good piece to start on, the vault, it is quite high-scoring.

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The final gymnast for Russia. He gets on with the job. A bit of a

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loss of form. Again, travelling down the horse. Down and up across the

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handles. Combining the travels, to build the difficulty. Up into

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handstand. A little bit laboured on that dismount. Not the cleanest

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routine. Good style, feet well locked together. Very happy gymnast.

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Anything over 14 is a good school, anything over 15, exceptional. Next,

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the big rings specialist Igor Radivilov. Look at this for

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strength. Flat as a pancake. Into the Malteseno deviation in the

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shoulders whatsoever. And without salute these. Suddenly and with

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absolute ease. Solid in the handstand. Great into the inverted

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crucifix. He wind it up. Double twisting

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double back. Nailed to the floor. What a routine! Almost unbelievable

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strength, to just lift and hold your body like that. Then the double

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double, really cleanly performed. Great stuff. Radivilov, fantastic

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performance. The Netherlands are top, they started an vault ahead of

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Ukraine. Daniel Purvis on the end of the

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runway. He knows Great Britain need a steady showing here.

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Very nicely done indeed. Beautifully down the centre. Stratospheric vault

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for Dan Purvis. I think he struggled in qualification with the vault, but

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that was spot-on. Two and a half twists, nearly nailed the landing.

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Dead in the middle, one step to the side. He will be delighted with

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that. He made a bit of an error on the vault in qualification. That's a

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good start for the British guys. Sam Oldham is the next gymnast out

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for Great Britain. 5.6 difficulty. Good two and a half. Just

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shuffle on landing. Lovely style. This is what vaulting is all about.

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That was absolute textbook technique and quality. Really difficult to do

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the two and a half twists. It's a blind landing. If you don't get your

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head round in time... Just look at this, powers on, wraps in, legs

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glued together. Superb! Look at the height. Spot the flaw. We will have

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some of that! Not too many deductions on that.

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Kristian Thomas. He really needs to be controlled here.

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Just a tiny bit short. Just perhaps a little bit too controlled. He will

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have crunched his ankles a little bit there. Walking just a bit

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gingerly back. That will be a costly mistake for Christian. -- Kristian

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Thomas. The same start a lot of gymnasts are

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favouring. Circle to Maltese, back-up to Maltese. The highest

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difficulty we have seen so far. And he can swing. Look at that.

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Yamawaki, back up rise to the top plunge. And another circle round to

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the crucifix. This is unbelievable strength. Great

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line in the handstand, locks out there. There is a backward long

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swing. Double twisting, double back

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straight. Well, what a performance! A really solid routine there. Really

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powerful performance. He is the second gymnast up for Russia. The

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first gymnast scoring high. This is a very strong piece for the Russian

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team. They qualified top on it. Lovely dismount. Kristian Thomas,

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very disappointed with himself. Abliazin, a massive score, the

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highest we've seen today so far. Here we see Alexandra Balandin.

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Great strength, straight through the crucifix.

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Yamawaki, back-up to the Maltese. A lifting of the head there.

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Can he control the handstand? A slight flicker. Full twisting double

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straight. Slight hop back on the landing but another fantastic

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performance from the Russian team. Wow, Russia have linked together

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three scores all over 15. After two rotations, Russia have taken the

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lead. Unfortunately, we didn't see the vaults from the Ukraine, but

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they pushed on and vaulted well into second place.

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David Belyavskiy knows he needs to fault really well here.

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He does it beautifully. The Tsukahara, the double Tsukahara. He

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came out of that exactly the right time. Look at the power. Strikes the

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front of the horse, wraps in two and a half, opens out, perfect! That

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should go well into the 15s. It does. That won't harm the Russian

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total at all. Abliazin nominating a six difficulty.

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Slightly off-line, but look how long and high that vault was. That was

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into the rafters! Technically better than the one before.

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15.366. Abliazin really superb vaulting. Sam Oldham for Great

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Britain. He is to settle his nerves and keep composed. Come on! Into the

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handstand. There is the under somersault with a half turn. Under

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somersault again. Into the upper arm, back up rise to the handstand.

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Long swing double back, highest difficulty. Great height above the

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bars. Another Healy turn. Come on, hold it

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steady. Double pike. Just what we needed. Good routine from Sam

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Oldham. Steadied his nerves, there were just a couple of occasions

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where a little flutter... But he fought on through. He is such a

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stylish gymnast. Really controlled himself well. He fought well.

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Epke Zonderland for the Netherlands. Olympic champion goes to the high

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bar. Full twisting straight over the high

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bar. And talked. And into the Gaylord. Combine in these skills

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gives you the maximum bonus that the squat half. Into the

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handstand. One and a half Rob Balko. Beautiful line.

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He's winding up. Launches into a double twisting double straight.

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Fantastic! So difficult to link all these difficult moves one after the

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other. That was the double twisting

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dismount. He is so aware of where he is. And delighted! Epke Zonderland,

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15 point 633. A massive score. Daniel Keatings, our first look at

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Daniel Keatings today. Dare I say it, one of his favourite pieces of

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apparatus. Front somersault from upper arm,

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into the handstand. Under somersault, under somersault

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half-tone. Into the long swing. Under somersault to one railing

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handstand. Beautiful control. He needs to stick the dismount.

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Fantastic performance there from Daniel Keatings. Absolutely

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delighted. He can actually do a more difficult routine, and I'm just

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wondering if the coach has said, we need this one in the bag. He's a

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really beautifully stylish gymnast, legs locked together, extension

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through the shoulders in all the handstand phases. The Healy finish

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really well. Big, strong dismount. What a team performance just when it

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was needed. For Daniel Keatings' 15.2 on parallel bars. A super

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score. Straight into the front somersault,

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swinging into the hands aren't. -- handstand.

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Gymnasts must perform moves above and below the bars.

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Nice, solid, clean routine. Not the highest difficulty we will see

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today, but a very steady and assured performance. This is very classy

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work. The gymnast from Ukraine are always very well-prepared. Big

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history of gymnastics in their country. They've always got lovely

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technique. They are building on their score.

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Verniaiev for Ukraine. Strong start, using the same front

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somersault. He did well there. Into the Healy.

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Massive difficulty. Double front half term dismount.

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Originality and difficulty to boot! Here we are, Russia top, Ukraine

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into second place. The Netherlands leapt ahead of Great Britain. We

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have two marks to make up if Great Britain want to defend their title.

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The first gymnast on the high bar for Great Britain, Max Whitlock.

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There is the Healy turn, using different grips. Needs a good

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discount. Step forward on the landing. Will be costly, half a

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mark. On the parallel bars for Russia, Nikita Ignatyev.

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Into the front up arise double back. Very difficult. Double back from

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support. Really packing in the difficulty. That is the Diamadov.

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Stutz. Front our prize. Double front somersault to finish. Very unusual

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dismount. Very laboured routine. Max Whitlock, 14.266 - costly, but not

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disastrous. Onto the parallel bars. Straight in, very clean. Under

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somersault, slight wobble, controlled it well. Settling into

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the routine, high difficulty work. Into the handstand. A little bit

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early on the Stutz. Double pike front. Hop forward on

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landing, not the cleanest routine we have seen from young David

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Belyavskiy. I continue that Kristian Thomas has performed well on the

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high bar, for 14.866. Sam Oldham for Great Britain. Final gymnast on the

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high bar. 15 in qualification. We need it now. Lovely stretch into the

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long swing. Full-time, fantastic! Come on, hold this together. Into

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the straight catch. Lovely height. And there is another. Catch and half

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turn, Healy turn. Good solid performance. Linking those moves

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Ford difficulty. Winding up into the dismount. Kicks up high above the

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bar! Double twisting double back straight! Great performance from Sam

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Oldham, just when it was really needed. Russia are keeping their

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nerve. So, Maksym Semiankov knows he wants to give a really good

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performance here. Style and easy swing he has started with. Oh,

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lovely high half-time. Takes the extra upstart rather than trying to

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swing out. Really understands that position well. Swung beautifully

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from it. Gymnasts swing forwards and backwards. Pops the full pirouette

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very nicely indeed. Increasing the speed so that he can do a lovely

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double straight with full twist. Very classy, very nice, but not the

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hugest difficulty, and that is obviously their problem. Yes, super

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there, Christine. Needs a good performance.

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Originality is nice to see. Forward long swing. Slightly off-line,

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recovers well. Very difficult in the mixed grip. Winds it up. Happy with

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that. Good difficulty, not quite such great style as his team-mate.

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But he is an exciting gymnast. In fact, exciting work here. That I

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liked very much. Spots the landing well. Has defied to hold it, but he

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saw the floor early, you could see that. Semiankov, the judges liked

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his style. Not a bad set of scores. Much better than in modification

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therefore Ukraine. -- than in qualification there for Ukraine.

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And here, Dan Purvis, the first gymnast on the floor exercise for

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Great Britain. Double twisting double back, as nonchalantly as you

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like, made it look easy. One and a half in two double twisting front,

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little bound on landing. Lots of energy. Double twisting front. He

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spun it so well. And then the two and a half into the front room. --

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into the front full. This has been a really good piece over the years for

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Daniel Purvis. He knows he has got to be precise. That's the trademark!

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The roll-out, without having to put his hands down. We have had some

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great tumbling. You can see him really harnessing the concentration.

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This final. Needs to be successful. There is the squat half, very nice.

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Into the Katchev with half-time. Into the Markelov, showing nice

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distance from the bar. Interesting swing, backwards around the bar. And

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out. Showing great originality. There is the hop full. Full twisting

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double back. Nailed the dismount. You can see why he is such a great

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all-round gymnast. And he will build on the score put down by his

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team-mate, I expect. He catches in that mixed grip and creates a

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half-time. Quite a quiet finish, just a full twist in the double

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straight, but he gave nothing away on the landing. 14.6 four Sarcevic.

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-- for Belyavskiy. From South Essex, Max Whitlock. Can he

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reproduce his qualification form? What a fantastic full twist into two

:41:07.:41:15.

and a half twists forwards! And another really difficult twisting. .

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This a bit of pommel horse on the floor. A little bit of break dancing

:41:21.:41:27.

as well. Lots of virtuosity lifts that routine! All that activity, and

:41:28.:41:36.

then the control of the handstand. You can see the focus. So difficult,

:41:37.:41:57.

all these tumbles. Some any twists in this routine. -- so many twists.

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Finishes with the big triple. What a routine! British guys are really

:42:09.:42:12.

coming into their own on the floor exercise. So, Kuksenkov. Jumps up

:42:13.:42:32.

without the coach. Winds up. Great catch, full twisting. This is great

:42:33.:42:43.

work. Hop full one and a half, but of a loss of form in the legs. That

:42:44.:42:58.

is the Katchev half-time. Full turn on one arm. Into another release

:42:59.:43:09.

Markelov, little bit late there on that one. Needs to keep it going to

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the dismount. Full twisting double back straight. Very nice work from

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Kuksenkov. Interestingly, he was part of the team for the Ukraine in

:43:26.:43:28.

the 2012 Olympics, and has moved nationalities, now working for

:43:29.:43:32.

Russia, strengthening their team considerably.

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And Max Whitlock, 15.7. Wow! That is some score. And 14.833 four

:43:46.:44:01.

Kuksenkov. Coming to the floor, Igor Radivilov, a really powerful

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gymnast. We are used to seeing him very successful on the rings, but he

:44:07.:44:19.

can. Good awareness in the air. Super height.

:44:20.:44:38.

This should be easy for him. So wide, his arms, his head could only

:44:39.:44:49.

just creep under for the roll. Are difficult, big final tumble.

:44:50.:45:14.

That was a very nice half in, half out with a full twist, he made that

:45:15.:45:16.

look very easy. Radivilov there. Very clean opening. The roll-out

:45:17.:45:45.

smooth. And very well double twisting double tuck. The gymnasts

:45:46.:45:48.

performing such difficult tumbles on this lovely floor.

:45:49.:45:59.

Two and a half twisting forwards. He's showing good versatility. Good

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twisting, good multiple somersaulting.

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The specification of the floor, springs under the floor have been

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changed a little bit recently. It is very bouncy. The trick is to control

:46:19.:46:23.

the landings, though. The triple twist. They are almost

:46:24.:46:40.

becoming commonplace. Really very nicely flighted. Good routine.

:46:41.:46:43.

Ukraine putting the pressure on. So, Britain are pushing up there.

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They are chasing the Russian Federation.

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It Mutai starts proceedings on the floor.

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Quick, fast, exciting. A tough gymnast. He has been really

:47:55.:48:09.

workmanlike throughout this competition.

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Double twist, quite simple. Needed to be perfect in landing. It was. A

:48:20.:48:32.

little bit more difficult finish. Two and a half, a little bit

:48:33.:48:37.

quieter. He was pleased with that but not huge difficulty there. He

:48:38.:48:41.

powers in. That's the double twist into the full twist. Foot out and on

:48:42.:48:49.

the line. That will be a deduction. Lovely flair work, great extension.

:48:50.:48:58.

Dan Purvis, our first gymnast up for Great Britain.

:48:59.:49:05.

Great Britain handing a mark on those first two performers. Daniel

:49:06.:49:13.

Keatings steps to the pommel horse. He can be brilliant on this but he

:49:14.:49:18.

can be edgy as well. Still the current European champion on this

:49:19.:49:20.

piece of apparatus. We need that performance right now.

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There is the Stockli work. Steps down into the triple Russian between

:49:34.:49:37.

the handles. Very difficult. Up into the handstand. Yes!

:49:38.:50:09.

Fantastic performance, thrilled for Dan Keatings to produce that.

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Faltered in qualification and hasn't made the final, but that was a

:50:14.:50:15.

routine when needed. Belyavskiy from Russia, the top

:50:16.:50:29.

individual gymnast around. Can he do the job for the team as well? Double

:50:30.:50:37.

straight with full twist. A little bit of a hop, not quite sure if the

:50:38.:50:39.

flag went up for the foot out. A little bit bouncy in the

:50:40.:50:53.

handstand. He kicks out of that very well

:50:54.:51:17.

indeed. Two and a half twist into front full

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and jumps out. He's really been very good on the landings. This is final

:51:30.:51:40.

challenge. Triple twist, fantastic performance from Belyavskiy. They

:51:41.:51:43.

are fighting hard to get their title back, these young Russian gymnasts.

:51:44.:51:57.

The final gymnast in this team final for Great Britain, Max Whitlock.

:51:58.:52:15.

On the one handle, he's gone for the most difficult start possible. Great

:52:16.:52:29.

control. Up into the handstand. Back down into a spindle on the end. Full

:52:30.:52:36.

spindle, there it is. Great technique. Look how close his hands

:52:37.:52:44.

are together. Into the triple Russian. Circling up into the

:52:45.:52:53.

handstand. With the pirouette. What a performance!

:52:54.:53:10.

That is a big score for Belyavskiy. Abliazin, the final gymnast for

:53:11.:53:19.

Russia on the floor in this team final.

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Double twisting double straight. You won't see much more difficult than

:53:32.:53:35.

that. All that! Two and a half twist into

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double front somersault. The code requires balanced to the

:53:43.:54:05.

routine, not all just dynamic tumbling.

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Double Arabian, big step. He rushes along to the next tumble. Two and a

:54:12.:54:21.

half twist into full turning front. He has packed so much in, he's

:54:22.:54:23.

worked so fast. An immaculate triple twist. They

:54:24.:54:32.

think that is enough to take the title back from Great Britain. Max

:54:33.:54:41.

Whitlock, 16.2. Wow, that is an immense score!

:54:42.:54:50.

15.833. It's enough. Russia in first place. Great Britain in second at

:54:51.:54:59.

the moment. Russia feel fairly confident no one is going to catch

:55:00.:55:01.

them. Their best pommel worker, 15.2 in

:55:02.:55:09.

qualification. A very powerful gymnast, lots of

:55:10.:55:23.

control, circles well. There is the Stockli. Flock sequence.

:55:24.:55:32.

Travels along the horse. Stockli into the handles. Wind it up into

:55:33.:55:46.

the handstand, full pirouette. Solid performance there. Smiles all round.

:55:47.:55:56.

Very nice, controlled work. Lovely style. I like this guy is a gymnast,

:55:57.:56:00.

he's quite complete, he's good on every apparatus.

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Silver medallists, Great Britain. Fantastic team. We had a few errors

:56:12.:56:44.

at the start and left ourselves with a bit too much to try to catch

:56:45.:56:48.

Russia. It's the character we've shown to fight back and get even

:56:49.:56:52.

into medal contention after a pretty rough start to the competition, that

:56:53.:56:56.

shows the true character and grit of the team. We will use this as a

:56:57.:56:59.

stepping stone for the World Championships at the end of the

:57:00.:57:04.

year. Good on the P-bars today, I got the feeling you might have

:57:05.:57:07.

expected a better score on the pommel, though. Yeah, I would have

:57:08.:57:12.

liked a higher mark. You just have to take it. It wouldn't have made a

:57:13.:57:15.

difference to the overall outcome of the school today. I've just got to

:57:16.:57:21.

take it on the chin. Today we showed what a team we are. We can have

:57:22.:57:24.

mistakes individually and those mistakes are as a team. When we

:57:25.:57:29.

win, we win as a team. I'm really proud of everyone today. We know

:57:30.:57:35.

what mistakes we made, we will use this as a stepping stone to get

:57:36.:57:40.

back-in the gym and work on what we might have done. When the next

:57:41.:57:44.

European comes around we can fight for that gold again. Dan, a silver

:57:45.:57:49.

is still a great result for the team. It's fantastic. Fighting back

:57:50.:57:55.

from a bit of a rough start, it showed great determination. Going

:57:56.:57:57.

into the competition, it's been the first time all the expectation has

:57:58.:58:01.

been on us, so that the something that is really good and we will have

:58:02.:58:05.

to learn from it going into the World Championships. That is the

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very point, experiencing something that they've never, ever experienced

:58:10.:58:10.

before. It's a very different ball game when

:58:11.:58:19.

you are going into the competition after racing -- reigning champion.

:58:20.:58:26.

What is the key, because you learnt that very young? It is very

:58:27.:58:30.

difficult, it's trying to put the pressure out of your mind. Those

:58:31.:58:33.

guys were focused on going for gold. It wasn't a case of just going for a

:58:34.:58:37.

medal. The one thing they wanted, and you can tell by their

:58:38.:58:40.

interview, they were quite disappointed they hadn't picked up

:58:41.:58:44.

the gold, even though it's such an amazing result. Russia would just

:58:45.:58:48.

outstanding. Thinking of that on the world stage, they would have medals

:58:49.:58:55.

at the World Championships easy with that. They had their mistakes in

:58:56.:58:58.

qualification and turned it round in the team final. Unfortunately, we

:58:59.:59:00.

did it the other way round. It's the best I've seen Russia for a long

:59:01.:59:06.

time. Britain has still got to be so proud of themselves. Exactly. There

:59:07.:59:10.

is still plenty to look forward to from Bulgaria this afternoon, as we

:59:11.:59:13.

turn our attention is to the apparatus specialists.

:59:14.:59:17.

British double-header, can Daniel Purvis improve on his 2010 bronze

:59:18.:59:24.

medal and will Max Whitlock retain his European crown? Max circled his

:59:25.:59:30.

way to the top of qualifying, but can he beat six time European

:59:31.:59:40.

reigning Olympic champion? Look out for...

:59:41.:59:48.

The most decorated gymnast in parallel bars history, can he make

:59:49.:59:57.

at five European titles? A mouthwatering finale. Ambush and

:59:58.:00:04.

takes on the gold medallist, Epke Zonderland. But can Britain's some

:00:05.:00:14.

old spoil the party? So, lots to look forward to. Me way be watching

:00:15.:00:21.

hot competition among the European elite today, but the grassroots

:00:22.:00:29.

scene is thriving as well. Britain's only gold medallist from Sochi,

:00:30.:00:32.

Lizzy Yarnold, went to London to investigate.

:00:33.:00:38.

Growing up playing sport can mean immense joy. But getting teenagers

:00:39.:00:48.

involved can be difficult. British gymnastics are putting the emphasis

:00:49.:00:48.

on sport with a smile. What we decided to do inset temblor

:00:49.:01:04.

was to introduce eight club within a club, it

:01:05.:01:09.

was to introduce eight club within a teenagers, and they take ownership

:01:10.:01:11.

and empowerment over what happens in the sessions. It is social, it is

:01:12.:01:17.

fun, they have a say in what they achieve. The coaches are more

:01:18.:01:23.

friendly, you can relate, it is like you meet friends and you can

:01:24.:01:32.

socialise. A lot of them, if they were coming to a normal gymnastics

:01:33.:01:37.

session, I do not know how their personality would be suited to the

:01:38.:01:40.

session. We try to be something a bit different to the club. People

:01:41.:01:46.

are expecting a lot more structured classes, more strict, so I try to

:01:47.:01:51.

have a bit of banter with the kids, try to get on their level little

:01:52.:01:54.

bit, have a bit of fun, and that normally works well. That is really

:01:55.:02:01.

good, I am really enjoying it. I come every Friday. The children tend

:02:02.:02:08.

to come from the local estates, some of them also come from quite

:02:09.:02:12.

affluent backgrounds, so there is a mix and balance, which is what

:02:13.:02:17.

creates the community. It makes me want to have a go! Just have a go,

:02:18.:02:24.

that is what it is all about. I might split my trousers!

:02:25.:02:32.

A lot of the fun here is, it is pretty much work and fun at the same

:02:33.:02:41.

time. It is amazing watching these guys. I remember back when I was

:02:42.:02:47.

training in village halls, doing the horrible circuit training, but

:02:48.:02:51.

knowing that it would make you a better athlete. They are

:02:52.:02:51.

inspirational. Do they do adult classes? That is

:02:52.:03:05.

what we want to know, isn't it? You are never too old to start. It is

:03:06.:03:11.

good to see that relaxed approach to gymnastics. Yes, obviously, you do

:03:12.:03:18.

not have to be at the elite level. Without the grassroots level, you

:03:19.:03:21.

will never pick up the future champions. It is so nice to see kids

:03:22.:03:26.

going out and having fun, and you can use it for any other sport.

:03:27.:03:30.

Sometimes it is so difficult, isn't it, to motivate teenagers. It is a

:03:31.:03:35.

difficult stage in your life, your body is changing, peer group

:03:36.:03:40.

pressure... In the past few years, at least we have got role models

:03:41.:03:43.

now, the younger generation have got people to look up to, and it is

:03:44.:03:49.

constantly in the eye of the public. And it is sport as a lesson for

:03:50.:03:54.

life, you put in the effort and you will get a result, which is an

:03:55.:03:58.

important message, isn't it? It is, and not just in sport. If you work

:03:59.:04:05.

hard, you will get the results. I believe I would not be where I am

:04:06.:04:09.

today if it was not for gymnastics. And who knows where the future goes

:04:10.:04:16.

for you, hey? On the floor, we have two representatives, Dan Purvis and

:04:17.:04:21.

defending champion Max Whitlock. two representatives, Dan Purvis and

:04:22.:04:27.

am really looking forward to the floor final. To win it for the first

:04:28.:04:31.

time last year was amazing. You have moved it on a little bit from last

:04:32.:04:36.

year's routine? Yes, I have changed it just slightly, to make it more

:04:37.:04:40.

risky, but hopefully I can pull it off. All round I have done pretty

:04:41.:04:44.

well over the years. It has been great, but also trying to get a name

:04:45.:04:49.

for myself on the floor has been a dream of mine. Individually, you

:04:50.:04:53.

will be up against the defending European champion, Max, how much are

:04:54.:04:58.

you looking forward to that? It is good, Max's routine looks so

:04:59.:05:03.

consistent, with a slightly higher start value than mine as well, so he

:05:04.:05:08.

has got a good chance. Anything for me would be a bonus, to get even a

:05:09.:05:13.

bronze would be fantastic, just to get my name back out there on the

:05:14.:05:17.

floor. So, Max and Dan are the last two gymnasts up in this section. It

:05:18.:05:23.

is worth mentioning that Kristian Thomas would also have made that

:05:24.:05:27.

final, but you are only allowed two gymnasts pro country. We have got

:05:28.:05:37.

the Russian in doubt, who upped his qualification score from the team

:05:38.:05:44.

final. A reminder that Max is the current joint European floor

:05:45.:05:48.

champion, and he shares that's title with the first gymnast we are about

:05:49.:05:59.

to see here, Alexander Shatilov. Over two Christine Still, Alison

:06:00.:06:07.

Mitchell and Craig Heap. Mitchell label and here is. You can

:06:08.:06:18.

just see the second tumble was higher than the first, and he gave

:06:19.:06:22.

himself plenty of time to complete all those twists. Lovely double

:06:23.:06:25.

double, saw the floor, met it perfectly. Two twists, another full

:06:26.:06:34.

twist, using every centimetre of the floor area. Quite a tour gymnast.

:06:35.:06:42.

And that is lovely work, isn't it?! A little bit of virtuosity. Is one

:06:43.:06:49.

of the few gymnasts but when he rebounds from one tumble to the next

:06:50.:06:52.

really lifts higher each time. One-and-three-quarter, the only

:06:53.:07:07.

error really, he did not extend his legs fully there. Not really an

:07:08.:07:11.

error, more a style thing. Here he comes, big final tumble.

:07:12.:07:22.

error, more a style thing. Here he little bit deep on landing. But such

:07:23.:07:23.

fabulous work. Some really quirky originality in there. Into the

:07:24.:07:33.

two-and-a-half, linking those moves. Double double with lots of height.

:07:34.:07:38.

As you say, Christine, spots the floor well in advance. There is the

:07:39.:07:47.

double twist. 15.233 in qualification - will he go better?

:07:48.:08:02.

15.4 puts him at the top of the leaderboard, the person to beat.

:08:03.:08:02.

Now, Denis Ablyazin of Russia, something of a vault and rings

:08:03.:08:08.

specialist. But he was a medallist on the floor at London 2012.

:08:09.:08:15.

CHRISTINE STILL: And he is a really busy gymnast, he really races around

:08:16.:08:20.

the floor. He makes an enormous number of tumbles. That was one of

:08:21.:08:27.

the most difficult tumbles you are likely to see. And that was a

:08:28.:08:36.

fantastic combination. Jams his toes in there, not giving

:08:37.:08:42.

anything away. Like the rings specialist he is,

:08:43.:08:54.

makes that look easy. Powerful and dynamic.

:08:55.:08:58.

Big double Arabian offer jump. We are seeing such enormous tumbles

:08:59.:09:11.

here. Every single one landed with ease. He just needs to concentrate

:09:12.:09:18.

right through to this finish. Triple twist, just a step back, but that

:09:19.:09:22.

was fabulous floor worked. So dynamic, so exciting.

:09:23.:09:30.

CRAIG HEAP: Phenomenal floor work there from the young Russian,

:09:31.:09:31.

absolutely jam-packed with difficulty. He runs into a

:09:32.:09:40.

two-and-a-half twist. Stratospheric! And this tumble here, well, back in,

:09:41.:09:45.

double twist out, the highest difficulty. Unbelievable tumbling.

:09:46.:09:52.

And then again, there is the double twist,

:09:53.:09:55.

And then again, there is the double front. To connect those tumbles

:09:56.:09:59.

gives the gymnast massive, massive points. And then finishes,

:10:00.:10:07.

two-and-a-half, easily. For me, that is the one to beat. Well, all that

:10:08.:10:14.

power has earned him a 15.7, rocketing him into first place -

:10:15.:10:22.

what a performance. Next up, from Greece, former world champion on the

:10:23.:10:29.

floor in 2010 Kosmidis, European champion in 2012. He specialises in

:10:30.:10:39.

the floor exercise. Good combination to start with.

:10:40.:10:45.

And another super tumble, one and a half twist, Punch, double front.

:10:46.:11:06.

But he gave a little push of his feet there.

:11:07.:11:16.

And that is a little deduction the judges will not have missed.

:11:17.:11:22.

Two-and-a-half twist, front full. The gymnasts practice their landings

:11:23.:11:28.

so much, and you can see the reason why. Under pressure like this, they

:11:29.:11:32.

need to be sure they know exactly where the floor is. What is he going

:11:33.:11:44.

to show us at the end? Full twisting double back, and he held that really

:11:45.:11:50.

excellently. Wow, that was a battling performance. What a floor

:11:51.:11:56.

final this is turning into. A really well-controlled routine. He pushes

:11:57.:12:01.

into the double twist, into the one and a half - not a murmur. Into the

:12:02.:12:13.

double front, kicks out. There we go, that is the two-and-a-half

:12:14.:12:19.

twist. If anywhere, he snatched a little bit into that full twist, but

:12:20.:12:21.

yet again, perfect landing. It is not enough to put him top of

:12:22.:12:33.

the leaderboard, but he goes into second. I think he well, Max

:12:34.:12:42.

Whitlock became Great Britain's first-ever European floor champion

:12:43.:12:46.

when he won joint gold last year. Can he defend his title? He has

:12:47.:12:53.

watched the opposition, he knows he needs a big performance here. He is

:12:54.:12:58.

a fabulous twister, see if you can count them. Front somersault, into a

:12:59.:13:05.

two-and-a-half. Already pushing the way. Three and a half, into a front

:13:06.:13:11.

half, and he landed with one foot out, and that will be costly. Lovely

:13:12.:13:25.

work on the floor, very exciting. Super control. Good body shape.

:13:26.:13:39.

One-and-three-quarter, rolls out smoothly. Another big tumble here.

:13:40.:13:51.

Two-and-a-half, into one and a half. This is how he increases his

:13:52.:13:56.

difficulty. The combinations added together, needs this big finished on

:13:57.:14:01.

it triple twist, that was clean, that was great! -- needs this big

:14:02.:14:10.

finish. That was a hugely complex tumble. He really can twist. Look at

:14:11.:14:23.

this, three and a half. Fantastic flexibility in the flare work as

:14:24.:14:26.

well. He really does pack in the difficulty, combining the twisting

:14:27.:14:34.

elements, really great kick out there in the roll-out. The judges

:14:35.:14:38.

will be looking for that. He nails the landing.

:14:39.:14:44.

Not enough for a medal today for Max Whitlock. The penalty stepping out

:14:45.:14:55.

has cost him. All eyes now on Dan Purvis. Can he get in amongst the

:14:56.:15:00.

medals? Super start, super landing. One and

:15:01.:15:09.

a half into the double twist front. He opened out really well of the

:15:10.:15:33.

double front. What a landing that is!

:15:34.:15:44.

Daniel, a very good, all-round, strong gymnast.

:15:45.:15:53.

That is beautiful. He doesn't need to use his hands on the roll-out.

:15:54.:16:04.

Everyone knows this is a very complex, difficult tumble.

:16:05.:16:10.

Into the double Arabian, blind landing and he nailed it. Superb

:16:11.:16:17.

routine. That might just be his performance of the championships on

:16:18.:16:21.

the floor. Fantastic. Double front, there. There was a step but that's

:16:22.:16:29.

only 0.1. Two and a half, full twist. There is the roll-out, great

:16:30.:16:40.

control there. No deductions and a massively difficult final tumble,

:16:41.:16:46.

the Whip salto into the double tucked Arabian. He needs 15.4. More

:16:47.:16:53.

to get into the bronze medal position. He's there!

:16:54.:17:02.

There will be a medal for Great Britain in the floor final. Dan

:17:03.:17:06.

Purvis with a joint bronze. Great to see Dan Purvis back on the

:17:07.:17:26.

podium. His first major medal on the floor since he took bronze at the

:17:27.:17:31.

world and euros on this apparatus in 2010. I'm really pleased with it.

:17:32.:17:38.

Hopefully I can sustain it for the World Championships. If I was on the

:17:39.:17:46.

British team I would want him beside me.

:17:47.:17:51.

He bangs it out in training and he does the same in competition. He has

:17:52.:17:56.

had a couple of years where he is maybe not been at the forefront of

:17:57.:17:59.

the team but still picked up those team medals. It's nice to see him

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getting that individual medal. And it is one up for Scotland, looking

:18:04.:18:07.

ahead to the Commonwealth Games. Slight disappointment for Max, with

:18:08.:18:11.

his foot out on the floor. But he was hoping to add to his medal

:18:12.:18:15.

tally. Let's look at it, it's remarkably impressive on the

:18:16.:18:16.

international scene. He is not just picking up one medal

:18:17.:18:36.

at a time at a Championships, he's got the potential for the all-round

:18:37.:18:41.

team. He is a massive potential for 2016. 21 years old. His target is

:18:42.:18:48.

Lewis Smith's medal tally of 13. He still got quite a way to go to beat

:18:49.:18:53.

yours of 20! But he still got a lot of years left in him. We will see.

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The future is looking incredibly bright and strong for Great Britain.

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Dan Keatings is the current European pommel horse champion. In fact, he's

:19:05.:19:09.

won that title twice. But in qualification things really didn't

:19:10.:19:11.

go according to plan. This is his equivocation routine.

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He ended up qualifying in 13. You just saw then he had the leg

:19:17.:19:24.

separation, the bent leg. Unfortunately, that can be enough to

:19:25.:19:29.

put you out of a final in this top-level game. Unfortunately, you

:19:30.:19:32.

can see he was very disappointed with that. He knew he had to carry

:19:33.:19:36.

on fighting for that team but that face says it all. It's the story of

:19:37.:19:41.

what could have been, so no transfer him to retain his title. But Great

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Britain do have the highest qualifier in Max Whitlock. In the

:19:46.:19:50.

team final he posted an enormous 16.2. Here are Dan's thoughts on

:19:51.:19:58.

Max's difficulty. It's the hardest in the world, 17.4. There's quite a

:19:59.:20:02.

big difference between the next guide to him. If he goes through his

:20:03.:20:06.

routine like we've seen him in training, he's got every chance of

:20:07.:20:10.

taking the title. It's a really long routine, he's worked really hard on

:20:11.:20:16.

his fitness and stability. It's looking really good and I'm quite

:20:17.:20:23.

excited for the final. This routine, it's hard. Guess, it's a

:20:24.:20:29.

hard start and the skills are risky in there. I'm going all out. I want

:20:30.:20:34.

to keep that up for the final. You have to have a high start score to

:20:35.:20:38.

compete with these guys, Krisztian Berki, Olympic gold medallist. They

:20:39.:20:47.

are world-class. There are some strong people in that final. Let's

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look at the strong gymnast in this final and see where everybody is

:20:55.:20:55.

going. First up on pommel is Bertoncelj of

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Slovenia, bronze medallist in the Europeans in 2010. Start

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straightaway into the single legwork.

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A very nice move on one handle there. Building up into the

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wendeswing is on the one handle. Really build the difficulty there.

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Wu travel into the full spindle. Nice start.

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they are going to have to do something special, when you start

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with a good performance it often goes right the way through the

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final. Lovely style. I love that on the one arm.

:22:29.:22:33.

The aim is to hold the body as straight as possible, with the heels

:22:34.:22:40.

up hide behind, hands in line. You can see he's really got a good

:22:41.:22:44.

style. All these finalists will have good style, they won't have got

:22:45.:22:47.

through to the final without. A little bit of a bend of the elbows,

:22:48.:22:49.

there will be a deduction. He does improve his qualifying

:22:50.:22:57.

score, he'll be pleased with that. Now we have a former Olympic silver

:22:58.:23:12.

medallist. It is Ude, 27 years of age. Straight into the single leg

:23:13.:23:20.

scissor work, great extension there. Lots of amplitude on the circles, up

:23:21.:23:25.

into the handstand. There was a pause there. The highest difficulty

:23:26.:23:39.

work there. There is the wendeswing in the middle between the handles.

:23:40.:23:47.

Really difficult pommel work here. There is the Wu travel. He's off!

:23:48.:23:54.

What a shame! That was such a virtuosity and amplitude there. He

:23:55.:24:00.

was going for broke in that routine. Packed with difficulty. He can be

:24:01.:24:07.

temperamental on these big occasions. He qualified in second

:24:08.:24:15.

place, he was a real medal chance. Back-in there. Fantastic extension

:24:16.:24:22.

on those circles. Lots of clearance on the Magyar travel. There is the

:24:23.:24:27.

full pirouette. Real disappointment there because some of that work was

:24:28.:24:29.

really very special. It is such a taxing apparatus. You

:24:30.:24:39.

have to keep absolute control of the body all the time through. All the

:24:40.:24:46.

great work is spoilt by the fact that if you fall off, the judges

:24:47.:24:50.

just take one mark away. There are no ifs or buts about it.

:24:51.:24:59.

Not what he was hoping for today. Could this be the man, then, to

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challenge for gold? The living legend of the pommel horse, six time

:25:08.:25:11.

European champion, two-time world champion and the reigning Olympic

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champion, Krisztian Berki. This will be phenomenal.

:25:16.:25:21.

The amplitude in the legs there, up into the handstand, back again.

:25:22.:25:28.

Beautiful line. This builds the difficulty. A little

:25:29.:25:46.

legs split on the Wendy swing. -- wendeswing. Onto the end, into the

:25:47.:25:54.

womb. He's going for the difficulty. There's the Magyar travel. It's

:25:55.:26:00.

slightly laboured. He's having to fight this. Up into the handstand.

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There is the pirouette. But fight he did. That was a really

:26:04.:26:17.

exciting routine to watch. Such amplitude. Look at the height of the

:26:18.:26:23.

legs. No problem clearing the pommel, is there? There's no chance

:26:24.:26:28.

of the legs hitting. Right up into the handstand and lovely swing the

:26:29.:26:30.

whole time. Really exciting stuff. He didn't

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have the highest start of value in qualification but he looked like he

:26:46.:26:50.

added a bit in there and made it much more difficult. Fantastic work

:26:51.:26:55.

on the one handle and between the handles.

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He had a couple of little deductions when his legs splayed apart. You can

:27:02.:27:07.

see he's just tiring a little bit, closer to the handles now by the end

:27:08.:27:09.

of the routine. It was a very difficult routine. He

:27:10.:27:24.

fought right to the end. I expect this will be a very big score. But

:27:25.:27:29.

beatable, I feel. It has taken him into first place.

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Terrific work from Krisztian Berki, putting him into the gold medal

:27:43.:27:44.

position. Straight onto Macs. Single legwork,

:27:45.:27:57.

onto the one handle. That's the big difficulty skill. Back onto the one

:27:58.:28:05.

handle there with the Stockli. Into the circle. This is a difficult

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Busnari. Fantastic, come on, Max. There we go. Winds up the circle,

:28:12.:28:16.

into the full spindle. He needs to travel along the horse, compose

:28:17.:28:24.

himself. Magyar, into the Wu travel. Into the triple Russian. Keep it

:28:25.:28:32.

going. Up onto the one handle, into the handstand. Full turn dismount.

:28:33.:28:38.

Well, what about that? Fantastic difficulty. You can see the Brits in

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the crowd cheering away. He really went for all his difficulty. It's

:28:43.:28:46.

those fantastically difficult moves all crammed in together that make

:28:47.:28:50.

the difference. Here, he also shows lovely amplitude. This very

:28:51.:28:58.

difficult work, just a tiny flicker of bent knees at that point, but

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this is so difficult. He was well into the sevens on difficulty in

:29:04.:29:07.

qualification. This is powerful stuff indeed. Look at this here.

:29:08.:29:18.

Wonderful work. He is such a composed gymnast as well. Quite

:29:19.:29:24.

relaxed sort of person. Right from a young age he's always been able to

:29:25.:29:27.

produce the goods when it has mattered. That is one of those

:29:28.:29:34.

skills, as a coach, you can do lots for your gymnasts and help them

:29:35.:29:37.

improve, but it is a little bit something that is in a gymnast,

:29:38.:29:41.

being able to soak up the pressure and perform on the moment. Max has

:29:42.:29:45.

certainly got that ability. 16.166 puts Max Whitlock into the

:29:46.:29:59.

gold medal position, and that surely will be enough to make in European

:30:00.:30:04.

champion! There is confirmation, Max Whitlock takes gold, he is the new

:30:05.:30:08.

European champion on the pommel horse. And the Silver ghost of the

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reigning Olympic champion Krisztian Berki. The bronze goes to Saso

:30:12.:30:19.

Bertoncelj. Max Whitlock is the European champion on pommels for the

:30:20.:30:23.

very first time. He takes the congratulation from his fellow

:30:24.:30:31.

gymnast, and a score of 16.166, the only gymnast in the final to break

:30:32.:30:34.

16 points. A tremendous performance from him. He keeps that European

:30:35.:30:39.

gold medal within British gymnastics, taking over from Dan

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Keatings. Max, European pommel horse champion,

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that must have a nice ring to it wanted yes, I am really happy, I put

:31:32.:31:36.

everything into that routine, and to beat somebody like Krisztian Berki,

:31:37.:31:40.

who I really look up to in this sport, it is a real achievement for

:31:41.:31:45.

me. You did not just beat him, you destroyed him, which sends out a

:31:46.:31:50.

massive message. Yes, I am really happy for the team, and to get

:31:51.:31:55.

through it, every routine that I do, I try to up it more and more. How

:31:56.:32:00.

tough is this routine been to learn and to perfect? It is really tough,

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the hardest bit has been building up that stamina, in the build-up to the

:32:07.:32:11.

competition. Once you get that, it is all about cleaning the Scot

:32:12.:32:17.

worked really hard to get and managed to pull it off on the day.

:32:18.:32:20.

What can you say?! I think he took a lot of that fight and disappointment

:32:21.:32:25.

from the floor and put it into that Rommel 's routine. Yes, he qualified

:32:26.:32:32.

first on pommel and floor, and he had the disappointment. Sometimes

:32:33.:32:37.

you do take it onto the other routine, as you say. He does take

:32:38.:32:44.

the risks, and he will be working towards the world's, wanting to put

:32:45.:32:50.

it out there. He did not hold back, he wanted to do it in style. Yes, I

:32:51.:33:00.

think he already knew what plan he wanted to do, trying the difficult

:33:01.:33:04.

routine, hunting for the future, not just for gold on this occasion.

:33:05.:33:09.

Let's have a look at the routine. As Max was saying, 7.3 difficulty, so

:33:10.:33:16.

the whole routine was marked out of 17.3... Max has got such clean

:33:17.:33:23.

lines, there is not a lot for the judges to take. He is so fast, and

:33:24.:33:27.

he knows exactly what is going on. That was the new skill which we just

:33:28.:33:31.

saw there, which really builds up his difficulty. One thing he has

:33:32.:33:35.

struggled with this season is that it is a lot longer, and he has found

:33:36.:33:41.

the stamina hard, so he has spent a lot of time just building that up.

:33:42.:33:45.

And he does not do all the difficult stuff at the beginning, when he has

:33:46.:33:48.

got the muscle power, does it the middle as well. You could hear the

:33:49.:33:55.

British crowd in the background, they knew that if he went from a to

:33:56.:33:59.

be at the end there, that he would have that title in his pocket. If

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you were with us last week, you will have seen how brilliantly our junior

:34:08.:34:18.

girls performed. So, how have the junior boys got on in Sofia? Nick

:34:19.:34:24.

Pope will let you know. Having won the team title three times in a

:34:25.:34:27.

row, there was expectations rather than hope that the British junior

:34:28.:34:31.

squad would succeed again. The Russians had other ideas. Despite a

:34:32.:34:36.

clean rings routine by J Thompson, great return were trailing their

:34:37.:34:42.

rivals early on. But Gianni then delivered big. The parallel bars

:34:43.:34:46.

brought out the best in Nile Wilson. Bryn Bevan impressed on the

:34:47.:34:53.

high bar, eating Great Britain a clear lead heading into the final

:34:54.:35:01.

rotation. GB edged ahead of Russia to secure gold. It was going to be

:35:02.:35:08.

close between us and Russia but we managed to stay strong as a team and

:35:09.:35:12.

encourage each other. Wilson returned for the all-round final.

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Bevan had a less dramatic day, consistent throughout, with a solid

:35:21.:35:22.

display on the pommel horse, claiming bronze. Wilson put in a

:35:23.:35:28.

powerful performance on the floor, landing the 18-year-old his first

:35:29.:35:33.

individual European title. I had a bit of an error on the parallel

:35:34.:35:39.

bars. I thought, what am I doing, grit my teeth, big heart, went

:35:40.:35:42.

through the rest of it and absolutely smashed every

:35:43.:35:50.

routineextraordinary, Nile got himself three golds. A super

:35:51.:35:59.

dismount. And look at the release on the high bar here. Just remarkable.

:36:00.:36:07.

And Gianni as well, on the floor, he got a gold. Just strength in depth

:36:08.:36:13.

with this team, Beth? Yes, they have come away with a lot of medals.

:36:14.:36:17.

Barry Callier has been working really hard with them. Four times

:36:18.:36:22.

consecutive team champions, what an achievement from our junior boys.

:36:23.:36:29.

And there is another page, it does not stop there. They took six out of

:36:30.:36:36.

the eight gold medals, a few years ago, you would not even have

:36:37.:36:39.

believed that British gymnastics would be able to do that. When you

:36:40.:36:44.

compare the girls to the boys as well... Yes, the girls took the

:36:45.:36:51.

lead, then the boys took over, and now the girls are coming back into

:36:52.:36:55.

their own. British gymnastics is looking really bright, the prospects

:36:56.:37:02.

for 2016 are amazing. Going back to the men, and our next final, which

:37:03.:37:08.

will be the rings. It will be some time before those juniors make their

:37:09.:37:12.

mark at a senior level on this particular piece of apparatus. No

:37:13.:37:17.

British interest, the highest was Dan Purvis, who was in 14th. The

:37:18.:37:24.

Netherland competitor, now 31 years old. But we are going to start with

:37:25.:37:31.

the highest qualifier, Denis Ablyazin. Let's see how the strong

:37:32.:37:38.

men get on in this European rings final.

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ALISON MITCHELL: Here is someone who is built like a classic rings

:37:46.:37:50.

gymnast, floor champion Denis Ablyazin, let's see what he can do

:37:51.:37:59.

on the rings. This is his piece of apparatus.

:38:00.:38:09.

Qualified in first place. Down and back up. Highest difficulty work.

:38:10.:38:21.

Laying into the Yamawaki. And straight to that flat top planche.

:38:22.:38:33.

Circle round again to the crucifix. Showed a little flicker in the

:38:34.:38:40.

face. Only difficult work. Must show control on the swinging elements. He

:38:41.:38:46.

is winding up. It is going to be a big dismount. Double twisting double

:38:47.:38:50.

back straight! Slight hop on the landing. Fantastic routine there

:38:51.:39:03.

from the young Russian. . Really special work. Are we going to see a

:39:04.:39:07.

double gold medallist? White and usual, floor and brings together.

:39:08.:39:12.

Such a powerful gymnast, but he swings nicely as well. Kills it into

:39:13.:39:19.

a strength element. That is really wonderful. Shoulders in line with

:39:20.:39:32.

the hand. He was the bronze medallist on the rings in 2012. Big

:39:33.:39:42.

score on execution. This is the joint defending champion, from

:39:43.:39:47.

France. CRAIG HEAP: Very strong gymnast,

:39:48.:39:51.

straight up to the top planche. Swing into the Maltese, pressing

:39:52.:40:05.

into the invert. Shoulders flat. Highest difficulty work. Circle

:40:06.:40:12.

backwards into the hands stand. Into the swinging elements, that is the

:40:13.:40:13.

double pike. Circling round to the Maltese. He is

:40:14.:40:25.

having to work now. Beautiful crucifix.

:40:26.:40:37.

Layout up to the handstand. Half in, half out dismount. Nailed the

:40:38.:40:52.

landing. You can see a well strapped shoulder, that is the danger for

:40:53.:40:57.

these ring specialists, they do so much strength work. You have to

:40:58.:41:05.

circle as well, and he just gets a little bit of movement at the top of

:41:06.:41:16.

the rings. He controls it well. Into the double front somersault. Now,

:41:17.:41:26.

that is a lovely position, really good, straight body-line. And look

:41:27.:41:29.

at him stretches fingers out, not even gripping the rings. A little

:41:30.:41:36.

bit of virtuosity. The full twist in the double straight, it was a little

:41:37.:41:42.

bit piked again, but it was a strong challenge. You used the word

:41:43.:41:47.

virtuosity there, is that almost an element of showboating? Look at that

:41:48.:41:53.

school, it puts the defending champion up into second place. Yes,

:41:54.:41:58.

a little bit of showboating, I can do this easily. No effort at all!

:41:59.:42:06.

Now, this man from Armenia qualified in third. If he can repeat that all

:42:07.:42:09.

better, he will be up in the medals. If rates strength, through to the

:42:10.:42:37.

top planche, back to the Maltese. Onto the crucifix. But alignment

:42:38.:42:41.

with the shoulders, good body position.

:42:42.:42:50.

Nice swing, into the handstand. Swinging straight to the Maltese.

:42:51.:42:59.

Circle background to the crucifix. Back prize to the top planche. --

:43:00.:43:20.

back prize. Now that is more like it. That was a nailed dismount, full

:43:21.:43:31.

of confidence and determination! Full of difficulty, this routine.

:43:32.:43:38.

Needs to lock out through the shoulders into a pure line, just

:43:39.:43:44.

holding a slight shoulder angle. Here comes the swinging sections.

:43:45.:43:50.

And this, the excellent dismount, not a flicker. That is how to land.

:43:51.:43:58.

Has he done enough to get himself up into the medals? He looks excited -

:43:59.:44:05.

and he is out there, 15.7, he is in the bronze medal position! Fabulous

:44:06.:44:12.

marks for execution. Aleksandr Balandin of Russia. Former European

:44:13.:44:15.

champion on the rings. In 2012. spot, it will be this man. Look at

:44:16.:44:32.

that strength. That is Balandin, spot, it will be this man. Look at

:44:33.:44:36.

that is his move. Circle round to Maltese. Very flat. This will be his

:44:37.:44:48.

second move. That is also his own move, absolutely packed with

:44:49.:44:50.

difficulty, and great swinging elements.

:44:51.:45:01.

Slight lift of the head to say, this is easy!

:45:02.:45:20.

There's a slight wobble there. He's got to hold on. Full twisting double

:45:21.:45:30.

straight. Much better on the dismount. Will it be good enough?

:45:31.:45:37.

Well, he had the highest difficulty in qualification. A 6.9 difficulty

:45:38.:45:42.

score. Even with a tiny waiver, that looked really impressive work.

:45:43.:45:58.

Such strength and style. We've seen good execution scores on the rings

:45:59.:46:05.

being awarded today. That was a lovely shape.

:46:06.:46:14.

If he can match the others on execution he certainly will be the

:46:15.:46:21.

work -- the winner. He makes the landing. He thinks that's good

:46:22.:46:27.

enough. He gave a little view nonchalantly nods to the judges. He

:46:28.:46:31.

has done it. He's up there. It equals the score of Abliazin. There

:46:32.:46:38.

will be not one but two European champions on the rings this year.

:46:39.:46:58.

We are moving on to the vault. Kristian Thomas won a bronze medal

:46:59.:47:05.

at the worlds in Antwerp. There were high hopes for him but could he go

:47:06.:47:08.

one further? It didn't quite work out.

:47:09.:47:14.

His first vault was fantastic, just a small hop at the end.

:47:15.:47:19.

Unfortunately, it was the second one. It was a blind landing, he

:47:20.:47:23.

didn't get his block and didn't get enough height to get around. This is

:47:24.:47:29.

the thing with the vault final, you get two and the average is taken. It

:47:30.:47:33.

is, but they are so difficult and there is little room for error. If

:47:34.:47:37.

you don't get it quite right it is the end of the game. It is

:47:38.:47:41.

effectively one move, it's over in the blink of an eye. If you don't

:47:42.:47:45.

quite get that block right, which was the case in the second one...

:47:46.:47:50.

And it's also very difficult in the finals, you have no time to get

:47:51.:48:04.

yourself warmed up. And judging your adrenaline as well. The run ups are

:48:05.:48:08.

so different, because some gymnasts don't want to overrate it that much.

:48:09.:48:12.

You've got that excitement which can give you the extra height, it can be

:48:13.:48:17.

crucial on the landing. Millar having had experience in the final,

:48:18.:48:21.

it really helps with wanting to get those medals. Some of the names in

:48:22.:48:24.

this final have been there, done it and know exactly how to control that

:48:25.:48:29.

adrenaline. Let's have a look at the top eight who made the final.

:48:30.:48:55.

Let's get down to the end of the runway and watch the final.

:48:56.:49:14.

The gymnasts have to do two different vaults. Here we see a

:49:15.:49:21.

scuttling run. Big double front with a half turn out. A fantastically

:49:22.:49:27.

difficult vault. He landed in quite a good, straight line and then

:49:28.:49:31.

hopped to the side a little bit. That was good execution of a hugely

:49:32.:49:39.

difficult vault. Yes, it blocks up. That's a double front somersault,

:49:40.:49:42.

half turn out, favoured by some of the gymnasts.

:49:43.:49:50.

Two somersaults off. Really fantastic vault. He did very well

:49:51.:50:16.

not to bound forwards and put his hands down.

:50:17.:50:25.

There was nothing nonchalantly bout this approach. Powers in, rats into

:50:26.:50:33.

the double pike back. Very lucky not to bounce forward. Just look at the

:50:34.:50:37.

front on push. Plenty of length, opened out at the right time. Just a

:50:38.:50:40.

little kickback. Two and a half twists, lovely

:50:41.:51:05.

spatial awareness. He planted his feet down very well indeed. He won't

:51:06.:51:11.

have too many deductions there. Beautiful vault.

:51:12.:51:17.

Very difficult to land, it's a blind landing. He locks his legs together.

:51:18.:51:26.

He hits the floor. Very difficult to be done from that vault.

:51:27.:51:32.

He's just 18. 15 for that first vault, very good start.

:51:33.:51:46.

The challenge for all these gymnasts is the second vault.

:51:47.:51:54.

Very good indeed. Straight front with double twist. Very difficult.

:51:55.:52:02.

That same super spatial awareness and meeting of the floor. Yes, the

:52:03.:52:08.

mass appeal draft from the springboard, blocks of the top, the

:52:09.:52:12.

double twist in the straight position, very difficult to create

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so much rotation. A little bit down on execution for

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the second one, but two very strong vaults from the youngster. Tuuha of

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Finland steps up. The former European champion himself on this

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apparatus. Willed that power, lifts, two and a

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half twists, nice big, long vault. Just that little hop on landing.

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Very tidy, very well performed. Nice acceleration. If anything, slightly

:53:12.:53:16.

higher than the previous vault. A little bit longer as well.

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The judges doing the execution score have to decide whether there was any

:53:27.:53:32.

lack of height, lack of length. There was a little hop. They quite

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liked it. A good start for his first vault.

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Double twisting front, but he went well off line when he landed. A big

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jump across. He is obviously thrilled to have made the landing

:53:58.:54:02.

securely but there will be directional faults. A very difficult

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vault with the blind landing. Did very well to control that. He

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could have easily sat down. He really holds a lovely shape.

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This man already has a floor gold and a rings gold to his name. He is

:54:29.:54:36.

the defending vault champion. He's going to do one of these big,

:54:37.:54:40.

huge vaults with a six star value. Super-speed, super height, super

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landing. Two and a half somersaults off the hand. He just makes it looks

:54:56.:54:59.

like he stood on the top and done back somersault to in training. Just

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look at the power. He attacks, wraps in, almost the double straight off

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the vault. Huge faulting. Only one tenth on deduction therefore the

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landing. Great height. Very powerful indeed.

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9.2 for the execution, 15.2, a strong start from Abliazin.

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Unusual, the second vault harder than the first. The mat in front of

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the board shows he's going to make around off action. Fantastic!

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Straight front off with two and a half twists. That is really massive

:55:52.:55:55.

difficulty. And he only just squeezed it in. Look at this. The

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half term, wraps into the two and a half. Just about kept his knees

:56:03.:56:04.

there from the mat. With such difficulty, he might just

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be good enough. What a Championships he's having so far, this young man

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at 21. It has put him into first place.

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Verniaiev has never won a gold medal at the European Championships. A

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slight but technically perfect gymnast.

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The floor didn't come and hit him, he landed on it. That was very

:56:58.:57:08.

impressive. Yes, he performed much better there. " landing. He had

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plenty of time. Wraps in, half turn, open out. One step back on the

:57:18.:57:24.

landing. The nominal faulting. Cashback vaulting. His chest was

:57:25.:57:25.

right up. He rubbed his Achilles a little bit

:57:26.:57:37.

because he bent his knees and took a landing. A few of them land on

:57:38.:57:41.

straight legs and just bounce. He really gave a textbook landing.

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This has to be almost perfect for a medal. His knees touch. He just lost

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a bit of direction. Huge twist. He didn't quite get the block off the

:58:10.:58:11.

top. Ouch! He went round the side, lost form in

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his legs, stepping out over the zone there. He twisted very early,

:58:27.:58:31.

forcing him to bend the legs, losing control on the landing. It was

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almost a cross between a half arm and a handspring. I think it will be

:58:36.:58:39.

deducted quite heavily. There will be deductions but... It's

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putting him up there into the medals.

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It is a third individual gold medal for Abliazin.

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No doubt Verniaiev will be getting strapped up, he's in the parallel

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bars final next. The next major competition for our gymnasts will be

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the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with the opening ceremony taking

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place on the 23rd of July. There's going to be a very interesting

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battle within the British team, with the two Dans representing Scotland,

:59:32.:59:36.

and Max and Sam flying the flag for England.

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To be in Glasgow, in the home arena, I cannot wait. It is great to

:59:45.:59:52.

compete for England. There is already banter going on in the gym.

:59:53.:59:58.

The national coaches will sometimes shout out, after we have done a

:59:59.:00:02.

routine on the pommel horse, 2-0 to Scotland! It will be interesting

:00:03.:00:12.

fighting against each other. There have been a few jokes already. There

:00:13.:00:19.

are rivalries between team-mates, so it is even better. In the training

:00:20.:00:25.

camps, we are all going to be at Lilleshall together, the different

:00:26.:00:31.

teams. Scotland have never got a team medal before, and that will be

:00:32.:00:37.

one of our main targets. I am sure we will have plenty of English fans

:00:38.:00:41.

supporting us as well. You want to be facing someone from England,

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don't you? It would be great! Well, all the gymnastic events are in the

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same venue as where the 2015 world gymnastics Championships will be

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held. Craig Heap is joining us now, having just popped out of the

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commentary box. The reason you are here is that you won two golds in

:01:07.:01:12.

the Commonwealth Games. We have got some footage, which

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the Commonwealth Games. We have got the archives! This is you on the

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high bar, Craig! A packed crowd as well. I mean, this is top-level

:01:21.:01:26.

gymnastics, you do not get much better than that, to be honest! I

:01:27.:01:30.

should be at the Europeans this weekend, to be honest, but old age

:01:31.:01:35.

got in the ways! There is a very squeaky bar, I did not know if that

:01:36.:01:42.

was your knees, or the apparatus! What a dismount, look at that! It

:01:43.:01:47.

was a massive decision, to be honest, to carry on after the Sydney

:01:48.:01:52.

Olympics, two more years. But actually being given the opportunity

:01:53.:01:55.

to compete in your own country, representing your own country, is

:01:56.:01:59.

something that will probably stick with me for the rest of my life,

:02:00.:02:03.

something that I am really glad I did. And we have talked about this

:02:04.:02:07.

competition within the British team, England and Scotland - what are your

:02:08.:02:13.

predictions? Well, I like the underdog so I am really rooting for

:02:14.:02:18.

Scotland. It was the same for us back in 2002, we trained with some

:02:19.:02:22.

of the guys in the Scottish team. Even though they were qualifying for

:02:23.:02:26.

individual, they were not at that level to push for a team medal, so

:02:27.:02:32.

it is really exciting. There is also a rivalry between the coaches, isn't

:02:33.:02:36.

there? Eddie will be looking after the England team, and Paul will be

:02:37.:02:42.

looking after the Scotland team. Yes, I think there might be a few

:02:43.:02:47.

bets going on. Definitely, the coaches are really put that stiff.

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-- the coaches are really competitive. It makes for

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interesting debate in the bar afterwards. I think we found out

:02:58.:03:02.

where your loyalties are lying last week! It is England for you wanted

:03:03.:03:07.

should definitely. Most of the British team at the moment are

:03:08.:03:11.

English. And I will be supporting team England, I am an ambassador for

:03:12.:03:16.

them. Within the boys team, it will be a massive battle. It is nice to

:03:17.:03:21.

see that Scotland have got that strength and depth to content for a

:03:22.:03:25.

team medal. Moving onto our penultimate final of the day, we are

:03:26.:03:30.

looking at the parallel bars final. Let's have a look at the top eight.

:03:31.:03:39.

The highest qualifier is the one we just saw, this is his third final.

:03:40.:03:54.

And Mitja Petkovsek is now 37 years old. And if bars are involved, Epke

:03:55.:04:02.

Zonderland will always be in with a shout. Let's find out what happened.

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ALISON MITCHELL: To get us under way, on parallel bars, the European

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silver medallist from 2012, Oleg Verniaiev.

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CRAIG HEAP: Straight into the handstand. Very precise, under

:04:24.:04:32.

somersault with the half-time. Under somersault, into the Healy turn. Top

:04:33.:04:40.

difficulty. Another under somersault, looking out those arms

:04:41.:04:49.

that is the under bar skill. Straight up to the handstand. Healy

:04:50.:04:58.

turn, reverse pirouette. That is the Stutz. Front uprise. Double front

:04:59.:05:04.

half term, nails the landing! What a performance.

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CHRISTINE STILL: Well, that was a great routine, he is a real

:05:11.:05:14.

no-nonsense gymnast. Beautiful work, beautiful body shape. Lovely

:05:15.:05:19.

extension through the shoulders in the handstand position. Feet locked

:05:20.:05:23.

together, and this is a very difficult skill, right at the

:05:24.:05:34.

beginning of the routine. Very clean in his pirouetting work, and this,

:05:35.:05:41.

so high, swings up to the handstand. Beautiful body-line at all times.

:05:42.:05:47.

And then, for good measure, he adds in a really difficult, interesting

:05:48.:05:58.

dismount. Bronze on the vault, he really wants to be top dog on this

:05:59.:06:04.

apparatus, doesn't he? First to go in the final, and he was delighted

:06:05.:06:10.

with his dismount. A very good score to start this final.

:06:11.:06:17.

Here is a legend of the parallel bars, Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia.

:06:18.:06:28.

Two-time world champion, four-time European champion on this apparatus.

:06:29.:06:34.

Straight to work, up into the handstand. And he has made a

:06:35.:06:37.

mistake. Under somersault straightaway. Off the bars. Looked

:06:38.:06:49.

like he was not happy with the grip there. Whether he slipped

:06:50.:07:06.

underneath... He has 30 seconds. Starts from on one rail. Beautiful

:07:07.:07:14.

now front somersault, nice and high to catch. Half-time. Into the

:07:15.:07:23.

Tippelt, come on, this is more like it. Healy turn.

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Cuts the routine short. That is the end of his European Championships.

:07:31.:07:44.

It has been a long way since qualification, and always

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disappointing if it finishes without success. A bit of a bent leg on that

:07:50.:08:00.

catch. Lovely lift off the bars. Double pike, finished easily. There

:08:01.:08:10.

is his score. So, a disappointment for Mitja Petkovsek. David

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Belyavskiy of Russia, 2013 bronze medallist. Can he go better here?

:08:19.:08:28.

Under somersault to handstand, to one bar. Front uprise Diamadov,

:08:29.:08:38.

straight into the Tippelt. Very difficult gymnastics. That is a

:08:39.:08:43.

front somersault to catch. Straight into a handstand. Healy turn.

:08:44.:08:49.

Slight flicker of the lakes on the Stutz to one rail. Into the Stutz.

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Front uprise. Double pike front dismount, great routine from David

:09:02.:09:09.

Belyavskiy. Fabulous pace to this routine. He is crisp. Fast and

:09:10.:09:14.

dynamic. Very strong gymnast. And here, lifts

:09:15.:09:36.

up high, double pike front, just that little bit more difficult than

:09:37.:09:41.

the doubletalk front. Body a little bit slower through the air. Coach,

:09:42.:09:49.

highly delighted. Oleg Verniaiev is really the only gymnast to really

:09:50.:09:55.

put in a score so far, so he should be right up there. And indeed

:09:56.:10:06.

Belyavskiy goes up to second place. Epke Zonderland, he should be able

:10:07.:10:09.

to challenge for a medal. Hugely talented gymnast, last man to go

:10:10.:10:20.

full very original. It is a beautiful move. Healy turn, straight

:10:21.:10:35.

in to the front somersault. Really difficult combination. That is the

:10:36.:10:44.

Diamadov. Back into the bar. Needs a strong finish. Double pike back.

:10:45.:10:55.

Well, he just needed a good dismount, Epke Zonderland, better

:10:56.:11:00.

known for his phenomenal high bar work, but he has always been a good

:11:01.:11:08.

parallel bars work as well. In fact, in 2011, he got a silver on

:11:09.:11:14.

this apparatus, and just like his high bar work, it is full of

:11:15.:11:17.

original combinations, difficult terms. He is wonderfully spatially

:11:18.:11:23.

aware, he knows just where his body is. And he has become over the last

:11:24.:11:28.

few years a really stylish performer. He was always exciting,

:11:29.:11:36.

but look at this. Pirouettes along the rail, along the bar, smooth...

:11:37.:11:46.

Looking in very good shape. His lines are improving. There, the

:11:47.:11:53.

double pike, chest beautifully up on landing - good stuff. He has had a

:11:54.:11:58.

silver and a bronze at the European Championship 's in the past. It will

:11:59.:12:03.

take an almighty effort to top the score of Oleg Verniaiev. Yes,

:12:04.:12:09.

probably not enough to top the table, but certainly enough to get

:12:10.:12:12.

into the medals, I really hope so... . Well, he has got bronze. He

:12:13.:12:21.

is up into the medals, and it means the European Championship is

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Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, who takes home the gold medal. He improved on

:12:26.:12:33.

his qualifying score. A deserved winner, in what turned out to be a

:12:34.:12:38.

low scoring parallel bars final. There is the confirmation.

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Thank you, Alison. Now, the last of the individual apparatus finals, and

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what a way to finish. It is the high bar. If you are watching this on

:12:54.:12:58.

your own, just get everybody around the telly, because two of the

:12:59.:13:01.

high-flyers to look out for, the former world champion, as well as

:13:02.:13:12.

Epke Zonderland. He is such a performer under pressure, Fabian.

:13:13.:13:26.

There was a lot of pressure, because after the Olympics year, you have to

:13:27.:13:33.

prove that you can do it again. The preparation was not that long

:13:34.:13:36.

because I spent a lot of my time on my study. For these Europeans, more

:13:37.:13:41.

time to prepare, and I expect more of myself. Studying to become a

:13:42.:13:49.

doctor? Right now, I have to do internships, in hospitals, but I can

:13:50.:13:57.

do it part-time. Both of us, we are always in touch. We both wanted to

:13:58.:14:02.

be in the final. We are good friends, we have known each other

:14:03.:14:05.

for more than ten years. We always say in touch and he is a nice guy.

:14:06.:14:11.

We will have a nice battle. Both of us are going to raise up the

:14:12.:14:15.

difficulty in the final, so we will see. Six weeks ago, he was in doubt

:14:16.:14:20.

if he could compete because he had some trouble with his shoulder. It

:14:21.:14:24.

was disappointing to me because he is that good, that I have to do the

:14:25.:14:30.

best that I can to beat him. That is a big goal to compete with him, so I

:14:31.:14:33.

am really happy that he is healthy right now, healthy enough, and I can

:14:34.:14:40.

trust that he will do very well in this competition. We will have

:14:41.:14:46.

another battle, which starts at zero points, so the best one will win. I

:14:47.:14:50.

have improved a little bit on high bars, so hopefully I can get closer

:14:51.:14:55.

to him this time and maybe I can beat him. That is a big motivation,

:14:56.:15:00.

but I just want both of us to hit our routines and just have a good

:15:01.:15:01.

battle. Here is Fabian Hambuchen. A highly

:15:02.:15:43.

decorated gymnast. A really talented high bar performer.

:15:44.:15:49.

Gymnasts are allowed to be lifted up. He winds up with the big full

:15:50.:15:57.

twisting co-Fach in the straight position. Oh! That was a nasty Cain

:15:58.:16:13.

under the bar. You have such speed, he caught the bar. He obviously

:16:14.:16:20.

didn't quite get over. That was a bit of a nasty fall. He's definitely

:16:21.:16:28.

winded himself. The speed he was coming through the bottom there. He

:16:29.:16:32.

was going for full stretch catch, lovely hide.

:16:33.:16:39.

He must have severely winded himself. Not wise to continue under

:16:40.:16:47.

those circumstances. He looks OK but he will be stiff and sore. He

:16:48.:16:53.

wouldn't get back on and do himself any justice at all. The most

:16:54.:16:58.

important thing he -- see was able to get up and walk away from the

:16:59.:17:00.

apparatus. It is the turn of Great Britain. Sam

:17:01.:17:18.

Oldham stepping up a little earlier than he thought he might have to

:17:19.:17:22.

Hambuchen's fall. A silver medallist in Moscow.

:17:23.:17:33.

Here comes the big release. Full twist in the co-Fach in the tuck

:17:34.:17:47.

position. The Tkachev, he's working out of these elements. The half-tone

:17:48.:17:48.

very smoothly up into the handstand. That close element. Now winds up,

:17:49.:18:13.

changes the swing again. Uptight, two twists, beautiful landing. Very

:18:14.:18:20.

good work. British gymnasts delighted up there. You can see the

:18:21.:18:25.

juniors who freely stormed this Championships. Fantastic, Junior

:18:26.:18:29.

European champion on the high bar. To go up after the first ball and

:18:30.:18:33.

deliver a routine like that was as good as he could do. Just look at

:18:34.:18:39.

this, straight from the start. That is the marker love, catching on

:18:40.:18:40.

straight arms. That is the straddle Tkachev with

:18:41.:18:58.

half-tone. -- turn. He winds up, kicks high into the

:18:59.:19:23.

air, wraps in, double twist in, double back. He's happy with that.

:19:24.:19:29.

It is a little down on his qualifying score.

:19:30.:19:42.

For Switzerland, here is Oliver Hegi. 21 years old, in his first

:19:43.:19:47.

major final. Very nice. The extra full twist.

:19:48.:20:01.

Release the bar, one and a half twists... He stalled it likely on

:20:02.:20:03.

that full turn. -- stalled it slightly. Just a

:20:04.:20:13.

little bit short on control on those couple of elements. Regained his

:20:14.:20:16.

composure now. Single twist in the double straight

:20:17.:20:26.

with a step. Some great work there but a couple of little areas where

:20:27.:20:32.

you can see... You can see he is relieved. The release, with one and

:20:33.:20:38.

a half twists to re-catch, something you used to do, Craig. Yes. Very

:20:39.:20:45.

difficult. It's called the DEET double F. Really difficult to keep

:20:46.:20:52.

your legs jammed together, which he did. He was slightly laboured. The

:20:53.:21:06.

judges will be looking out for that. There's the Healy turn. Not just

:21:07.:21:16.

flat in the shoulders on the invert. Winds up nice. Kicks up and hide.

:21:17.:21:22.

Just the full twist in, double back straight with a step back on the

:21:23.:21:24.

dismount. Sam Oldham still leads the way.

:21:25.:21:38.

Could Kristian Thomas beat that? I'm sure he will be very keen to give a

:21:39.:21:40.

great performance. Into the straight Tkachev and the

:21:41.:22:09.

Tkachev to mixed grip. Lovely swing. All important to maintain the swing

:22:10.:22:14.

as you work. Full turn out of the endo. Straight into... Really good

:22:15.:22:21.

swing. He's got to give it everything on the dismount. Just a

:22:22.:22:27.

little pace, but that was fabulous work from Kristian Thomas. It would

:22:28.:22:32.

be good to see a smile. That was packed with the highest difficulty.

:22:33.:22:37.

That straight Tkachev with full twist is absolute top drawer. Really

:22:38.:22:40.

did nail everything in this routine. Hop forwards, squat, bang into the

:22:41.:23:02.

handstand, so precise. That's the straight Tkachev, catching on

:23:03.:23:06.

straight arms, straight arm out. Then we see again, there's the

:23:07.:23:12.

straddle Tkachev with a half turn. Then he winds up into the dismount.

:23:13.:23:18.

Nice, straight legs, kicks high above the bar. Nice extended full

:23:19.:23:23.

twist. One step back on the landing. Well, I think we might just have a

:23:24.:23:26.

new leader. I think you could be right. He goes

:23:27.:23:35.

into second place. Sam Oldham keeps his place in the gold-medal

:23:36.:23:39.

possession, but it's silver at the moment for Kristian Thomas.

:23:40.:23:51.

Epke Zonderland aiming to go straight in at the top year if he

:23:52.:23:57.

can. Zonderland without doubt the most

:23:58.:24:25.

exciting gymnast on the high bar. He's so fast, he swings round this

:24:26.:24:27.

so quickly. Look at that, straight into the

:24:28.:24:40.

front somersault over the bar. That is two of the most difficult moves

:24:41.:24:45.

in the code linked together. That's where he gets his enormous

:24:46.:24:46.

difficulty score from. Really got lots of energy, lots of

:24:47.:25:05.

speed. Double twist in the double straight. That is really special.

:25:06.:25:11.

This was just absolute classic gymnastics. Beautiful line. Really

:25:12.:25:21.

accelerates and works the bar. The full twist in, double straight, the

:25:22.:25:28.

casino. Then he does another one for good measure.

:25:29.:25:37.

Straight into the Gaylord to over the bar. Hop full turn, bang into

:25:38.:25:47.

the handstand. We have said in the past he has lost a bit of form, but

:25:48.:25:53.

he has really tarted up his routine. Double twisting, double back. Will

:25:54.:26:03.

it be a 16? 15.866. The rockets into the gold medal position. He's the

:26:04.:26:08.

world and Olympic champion. No doubt soon to be confirmed European

:26:09.:26:09.

champion. First of all stepping up, Kristian

:26:10.:26:34.

Thomas, his first individual medal at the European Championships,

:26:35.:26:39.

taking the bronze. Kristian Thomas would probably have expected it to

:26:40.:26:44.

be a vault medal, if anything. Delighted with these medals.

:26:45.:26:50.

Kristian Thomas, from the girls gymnastics club, Sam Oldham, from

:26:51.:26:56.

Huntingdon. Repeating his feet of silver from last year. No doubt we

:26:57.:27:01.

will have further accolades coming his way in the future. Epke

:27:02.:27:07.

Zonderland, such a tremendous high bar gymnast, so exciting to watch.

:27:08.:27:12.

Up on top of the podium, European champion again. He adds it to his

:27:13.:27:20.

world and Olympic titles. Bronze and silver for Great Britain on high

:27:21.:27:25.

bar. Standing alongside one of the great high bar gymnasts, Epke

:27:26.:27:29.

Zonderland. That is going to be a photograph to savour.

:27:30.:27:37.

You made it look easy today. Daily it's definitely not easy. On high

:27:38.:27:44.

bar, my biggest rival fell down. I felt really sorry for him but also

:27:45.:27:48.

for the competition, because when he sets a good score, it triggers me to

:27:49.:27:55.

do my ultimate best. But now it is sometimes even harder to do a good

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routine because sometimes even harder to do a good

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you know you don't sometimes even harder to do a good

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best. I know that I have to focus and try to show my best routine.

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Congratulations, your first European individual medal. Yeah, it was a

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pretty close call. I finished fourth two or three times in finals, so I

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was praying that wouldn't happen again. Fortunately for me I

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delivered the goods today and came up with the bronze medal. I'm over

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the moon. I'm pretty speechless. I thought that Bible, I was training

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in the other gym, my big routine. I was going to put out a 6.9 or seven.

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As soon as that happened, the first ball, a serious injury, I

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straightaway switched my tactics and went with the routine I've done all

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this week. That's a lot of experience I've had in the last few

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years. But I'm incredibly happy and proud to be on the podium with this

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man, Kristian Thomas as well. He's been a team-mate of mine for a long

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time, team captain, and we've been roommates for this trip as well.

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Such an amazing competition, we've won so many medals, to finish it

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with two medals both on the podium, it's an amazing day. As a former

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European silver medallist, he did look

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European silver medallist, he did gym. Maybe I would have been tempted

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to bang it out there after that final because somebody has got to

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try and push Epke Zonderland a bit more, I think. He was streets

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ahead. It's remarkable. You see various different things. Where is

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ahead. It's remarkable. You see the ceiling for this? Epke

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Zonderland is always pushing the boundaries. You have always got to

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have that one person that is pushing, and the others will follow.

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I think I would go with what Sam decided, he saw that Fabian had had

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that fall, and obviously, he knew that he could get a medal. He had

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qualified in fourth, so it was a safe play. Let's have another little

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luck at Epke Zonderland, let's treat ourselves. He used to be a lot more

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wild with his actual form, Craig? Yes, he has really tidied up over

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the last few years. I like the way he catches. That is a full twisting

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Kovacs. In the past, he has been really close on the bar. There was

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just one part in the routine where he was a little bit wild. If you

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look here, from the Stalder, that was the only bit. He absolutely bang

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that dismount. And you are sitting in Mitch Fenner's seat at the

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moment, and he is now the performance director for the

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Netherlands, and doing a great job. I know that he has been mailing him

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for his leg form, if you like. Let's have another little look at Sam's

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routine, the easier one! When I say that, I use that term loosely. What

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he has done, he has executed it really well. It was probably the

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most sensible thing for him to do, once Hambuechen was out of there. He

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had a real medal opportunity all of a sudden. And he delivered. There

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was probably some questions back at home about, should he be in the

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team? And he did really well. It is worth mentioning, just as Sam

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absolutely nails that landing, that the word is that Fabian Hambuechen

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is all right. He was winded but he is all right. Obviously Kristian

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Thomas got bronze on the high bar, but we are now going to have a look

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at Dan Purvis, the first of the individual apparatus finals. This

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yes, much better than the qualification. He has already won

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runs medal in the European Championships before on the floor.

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For a couple of years he has been really pushing to get amongst the

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medals and just been a little bit short, but today, he was dead on the

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money. Could not be more happy for him. We talked about difficulty and

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which routine to go for, Max went for a very difficult one? Yes, up

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against Berki, trying to push for that European title, absolutely

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fantastic to go all out. He has worked really hard, and full credit

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to him. What a Championships it has been. There is still plenty more

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sport coming up for you on BBC Two. Next a documentary on the young

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golfing sensation who helped Europe win the Solheim cup last year. If

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you are in Scotland, you can see that on Wednesday. That is then

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followed by more golf, from Wentworth. But it is goodbye from

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what has been the most successful European Championships ever for

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British gymnastics. Everything is on target for the worlds in October,

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with the joy of the Commonwealths in between. There will be coverage

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across the BBC. We hope you can join us then four more medals. Goodbye.

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MUSIC: "Kickin' It Up" by Virus Syndicate

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# I be livin' it up Kickin' it up

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Matt Baker presents highlights of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships from Bulgaria.

Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle and Baker will review a busy week's action from Sofia, where much is expected of the GB gymnastics men.

Great Britain's men claimed team bronze at London 2012 - the first Olympic team medal in 100 years - and were among the gold-medal favourites in the continental team event.

There is also much expected in the six individual events from a GB squad that claimed five medals - including two golds - at 2013's European Championships in Moscow.

Commentary by Christine Still and Craig Heap.