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The beautiful city of the Sofia hosts the Championships this week.
Three the past winners from Moscow have lushed to defend their title.
Clean as can be. Stunning performance there from
Larisa Iordache. Big vault, beautifully executed.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. #
! Super work. What a performance. So graceful.
So from a glorious Bulgaria to a sunny studio in Manchester.
As you have just seen, plenty to look forward to this afternoon and
joining me to talk you through the action is 11 time European
medallist, Beth Tweddle. Lovely to see you, as always. Thank you for
joining us this afternoon. Thank you. A pleasure. Great success from
qualification in the women's side. The highest placing ever on the team
qualification and then to have all the gymnasts we have on the
individuals apparatus. British gymnastics have never qualified in
the women's side in that top spot ahead of Russia and Romania. I could
tell all the girls were on a high and performed magnificently. The
question s how are they going to compete? How will they get on? These
are the highlights. We don't want to put too much of a spoiler on this.
Let's show everybody what they can look forward to. First up we have
the women's team final. Highlights coming forward shortly. Then we will
move on to the individual apour ato usp finals. Starting with the vault:
Another chance for Rebecca Downie to get a medal on the beam. And floor,
another chance for a medal with Claudia Fragapane. Can she get a
metal on that? That's the question. Even though a lot of individual hope
here, but a lot of focus, on the team performance this year, why? I
think Amanda wanted to focus on the team effort. She knew she had the
potential to medal. And obviously... And Amanda being your coach. She
knows the experience. She knows what it takes to medal on the top. We
have done it once before. She thought maybe it could happen again.
And who knows. You have done it once before. You were part of that team
in 2010 that got that historic silver. What did it feel like to be
part of it? Going into those Championships we didn't really know
we had the potential to pick up that silver. We hoped maybe to make the
team final and silver. We hoped maybe to make the
happens on the day. Three up, three to count. It can make a massive
difference. Fond memories. Let's hear from the five gymnast who is
make up this year's British team. We really have nothing to lose in
the final. We have never obviously produced a team gold but we have
produced a medal. That's what we are after. We have to give it our best
shot again. We have a great depth within the British team. We are
close-knit. We have been working hard for this. We are ready.
A lot of new faces on to the squad, including Claudia. It is definitely
a positive change. We have all gelled so well as a team. We are a
family. She is so bright and funny, making
sure everyone is happy. Becky is good. Hannah will get me to calm
down and Ruby will give me hugs. Tony will be walking up to me and
saying - are you all right? Now I'm older and independent and I'm kind
of looking after clawedia. It is different but it is nice. It feels
like we have all bonded. Although we are fighting for individual places,
we know the team is our priority. We have been training with each other
for three weeks prior to the Championships. We have all gelled.
We know how to pick each other up and what happens other people My
first time being in a big international. We are all like
sisters. We are just lovely altogether. We have worked really
hard and, you know, we are going to go out in the finals and give it all
we have got. Any medal we will be happy with but the gold medal would
be the icing on the cake. A real comradery there and Frags as
she is known has brought a real zest, and spice to the team Yes, the
others have done it all before. She is the new face. She has spiced it
up. Rebecca has gone from being the baby and now looking after someone.
There is great camaraderie. I was up with them at Lilleshall. You can see
the team spirit. You have been working closely with
them. Obviously passing on all of your expertise. This is how the team
competition is going to work. There are eight teams in the final. This
is the order in which they qualified. There we are. So Great
Britain there, right at the top. They are top qualifiers.
So, they are going to start on the beam. They will be competing at the
same time as Russia who start on uneven bars. Romania are in group
two. Their first apparatus will be beam. As we were saying, three
gymnasts from the team compete and all three scores count. There is a
lot riding on everyone's performance. Let's have a little
look at the Russian and Romanian teams. Very interesting. There has
been a lot of injury in the Russian team. Led by Aliya Mustafina. She
has ankle problems. Many because of the injury. A young team. Romanian
team. They didn't have a great qualification with the all with a
few falls. But the experience of some of their
team will be vital if they want that 7th team title. Let's see how Great
Britain faired against the best in Europe. Beth was in the commentary
box alongside Craig Heap and Christine.
The first of the Russian team. Daria Spiridonova. She is a great quality
gymnast. There is a good start. Into the Stoop. Straight up to the top
bar and straight back down to the low bar. A lovely form. The coach is
just stepping in, just in case. Slight leg separation there but a
good start to the routine so far. Here is her first release and catch.
Catches at arm's length which is what we are looking for. The reverse
half turn and straight into the dismount. Back and forward. A small
hop at the end. She will be pleased with that routine.
As you can Seaman, nice straight lines, accurate. Full twisting
bubble back. Small hop forward. -- double back.
A fantastic opening score: Here we go on it the bars, Aliya
Mustafina. The leader of the Russian team.
An Olympic champion on this apparatus. Full pirouette. Easily
linked into the flight with half-turn. Every handstand hits
beautifully. High, flighted, pike front somersault. She gives herself
time on the apparatus. Now the full pirouette, straight into the low
bar. Look at that turn right on top of the bar. Flight. Useful straight
arms on her catches. of the bar. Flight. Useful straight
pirouette. Up into a wonderfully landed dismount. That was pretty
immaculate work. Well, the top score of the died so
far: We have turned now to Becky Downie,
the third of the British gymnasts to be working on the beam.
She's qualified for beam final. She had a good qualification. Needs it
all to go right now. Becky will be looking for a nice controlled start.
Gets her on to the apparatus, nice and easy but settles her down It
shows her flexibility off really well with that.
The front somersault, a perfect landing. That will steady her
nerves, showing she has done that first skill.
Straight into the free cartwheel playout. A solid landing.
-- McCartney wheel layout. Full spin with the leg up. Just a
slight wobble but recomposes herself.
Rebecca is always known for her great flexibility. Those leaps show
that off well. The free walkover into the split
jump. Such great performance so far. She
has to keep it going until the end. You can hear the girls in the
background cheering her on. The last little bit with the dismount.
Can she do it? Yes. Oh, great routine, Becky.
I was holding my breath there. We all were. She just needed to nail
that big dismount. That looks like a great start. It was a really clean
routine. Here is the free cartwheel into the layout somersault. That's
the acrobatic series, every gymnast has to have one of those. She does
an immediate split jump. So 14.133. .
Ta puts Great Britain in rank three at the moment. -- that puts.
The first of the Romanians. 14. # in qualification. A sleight
gymnast. A double twist on. Beautiful landing. Much bester than
the last we have seen. The Romanians are known for their powerful
vaulting. That's the hardest vault you will see in this competition.
And Alina Stanila has 14.666, the opener for Romanian on the vault. A
strong apparatus for us. A double twist. On a nine-pence,
fantastic. That's how you do It a really beautiful line. You can
fantastic. That's how you do It a the lines on the mat. The gymnasts
have to land on the line if they are not going to have a deduction. You
you can see she does that. Romania qualify top on vault and they look
like they are going to keep on going. That was a super vault score
for -- Iordache. So, here we are, Romania leading at
the moment. Great Britain in fourth but they have had their weakest
piece. Beam is certainly the British team's weakest piece. They survived
it well. Hannah Whelan first. Enjoy the
dance. Hannah Whelan, Great Britain, opens
the competition for them on floor. Beautifully landed, full-twisting
double back. Needs to concentrate hard. This is a
big tumble. Two-and-a-half twists into straight fronts. Fabulous
flight. Lovely change leg.
# Beautifully, mature dance.
Super height on the double back. Holds the landing well.
Dances nooted tumble. One of the changes this year. One step back.
Really well-held. A super leap to finish. A a great
performance from Hannah Whelan. You can see the team are utterly
delighted. Fantastic start. I always loved
training with Hannah. Her personality comes across. The great
two-and-a-half, straight into the front straight and great landing.
Back across the floor. The round-off lift into the double tuck. She held
that. She was almost too powerful. Too much adrenaline and then misses
the last tumble to finish her routine. A very good score there oon
Hannah Whelan. Aliya Mustafina from Russia, leader of the Russian team
steps to the apparatus to perform her beam routine.
She shows her flexibility off. The two jumps connected that you have to
do. Straight into the sides a solid start to the routine.
Beautifully performed sclam Into the double spin. She knows exactly where
that lands is. Very elegant to watch on the beam. The free walkout. The
free cartwheel, just on its own. All these skills are adding up her
difficulty value. She knows she's just got one last
thing to perform to be home safe. A little bit of a dance just to
prepare herself. And into the round -off. Perfect
landing. She'll be pleased with. That one thing with Mustafina, she
doesn't show emotion. Such grace and beauty on the piece of apparatus and
maybe a little bitten taive. We'll look at the dismount here. Some
strapping on that ankle as well, which may be a concern. Here 14.6 -
a good score. Hooer is our chance to see Claudia Fragapane, the new
rising star of British gymnastics on the floor exercise.
Watch this first tumble. The most difficult you'll see in the
competition. She needs to power into it. She needs every bit of height
and flight and she's got it. Full-twisting, double straight.
Full of innovative dance. Into the next tumble. Double straight - look
at that landing! Super high leaps. It is as important
as the tumbling. Such a fun dance as well. Now she
has to dance into the next tumble. Hold your breath - another big
tumble. Can she make it? Yes, she can. Double Arabian.
One final test... Keep the concentration. Up we go! Supper.
Wow! What a routine. 16 years of age, from Bristol Hawks Gymnastics.
We are reel from that super performance, but Maria Kharenkova,
for Russia. Oh! Nearly off there. Very well
controlled! Did well to stay on. A straight back - much improved. The
highest difficulty work there - straight into the leaps. Lovely
control. Spin into another full spin.
Into the pike. Into the ring. A free cartwheel, split leap.
And again a half turn. -- half-turn. A very elegant performer. Here we go
- flick, flick, double pike - back Somerset. What a routine. She had
that slight wobble. She is renown for being - she was Junior European
Champion two years ago and has made the final here. There was the
wobble, but she managed to save it. She did very well. She knows how
important it is for the team. Straight into the pike. So Claudia
Fragapane, 14.766 - that is a very good score. Slightly up on her
qualifying score. The Russian team will be looking for a big score
here. Kharenkova, 14.566. She has held her
nerve and held the team together. And Diana Laura Bulimar, from
Romania moves to the asymmetric bars.
Lovely lines! Down into the shoot down. A good flow with this routine.
The half-turn. A very simple routine.
The full twist and double back and a clean landing. Not the highest
difficulty, but the judges, for execution value, will be high. The
team looked delighted with that. Her team-mate has scored 13.5. As Beth
said, very nice, clean work - nice straight arms, straight legs.
Bulimar, 14.133. A good score for that routine. And Larisa lordache -
the top Romanian. Exciting bar-worker. Super start. Full
pirouette. Didn't manage to go into the next element. She'll lose the
bonus there. Into the half-turn. Nice up to handstand though. Flight
Flighted Jager. Immediately to the low bar. Oh, but
she's had to fight hard and use an exit there, so she now needs to pick
up - the shoot-up, she's covered it well. She winds up now into the full
twist and double back. That was excellent. That routine was not
without fault. That mistake in the middle, she then
had to change her exit. There's the beginning. The half turn and this is
the blind that you can see the Jager summer south and this -- somersault
and you can see she was tired - the handstand wasn't quite there and
into the dismount. She covered it well, but she will not be pleased.
So drops under the magic 14. So, here we are - row main that in the
lead. From Russia, Great Britain clawed up into third place, ahead of
Germany, Belgium and Italy, down in sixth. They are usually expected to
be a bit higher than that. Seventh, Spain and eight, Switzerland.
Rebecca Tunney, for Great Britain. Right, come on Rebecca.
Double-twist. Fantastic performance. She has a fantastic technique. She
is so consistent with it. Lands in the middle. You can see the powerful
run. You can see the British team at the other end all jumping up and
down. 14.533 for Rebecca Tunney. Rebecca Downie for Great Britain.
Double-twist twisting. Lifts, lifts - fantastic height - couldn't have
wished for more. It is so nice to see her back on the vaults. She's
had injury over the past couple of years. She has a wonderful
technique. A small hop on landing. There we are - 14.7. That is a
really good score. Alla Sosnitskaya comes to the floor
for Russia. A very important performance. Absolutely. The
pressure is on. Whip, whip, flick. Very nice
combination there. Double pike-back. That is a bigger
ror. Pfd The final tumble - double tuck.
Slight -- the final tumble, double tuck. The mistakes are starting to
show. The mistakes are there. The other three tumbles were better.
That is vital when you are going for medals, those little steppouts are
what cost you those medals. 13.766 for Sosnitskaya. That is
quite a good score, because there were errors in that routine. Maria
Kharenkova, the very slight gymnast to finish with.
This is their challenge on the floor.
Slight, but powerful. Super double Arabian. So the gymnast has to dance
into the corner and move out into the tumble. That is new rules. Into
double pike. Very nice. And the movement has to mirror the
music. Two-and-a-half twist.
Lovely height! The suppleness on those leaps.
She has shown very good variety here. Not going for massive
difficulty, but really clean, good all-round performance there on
floor. She had the tumbling, she has the leaps and the artistry. And the
two whips into the two-and-a-half twist and then the double tuck to
finish. A good routine. 13.766. The second gymnast for Romania, Andreea
Munteanu. second gymnast for Romania, Andreea
A nice simple entry, to get straight on to the beam and then that
original piece of work there. So composed and ready to work. Straight
into the change leg side - showing off her flexibility and then
composing herself ahead of the big somersault series. Into the big
twist. No problems whatsoever. Straight back into the walkover,
into the jump, into the two jumps connected. This is where she's
building up her difficulty - the sides - absolutely flawless routine.
The flow - the front somersault - no error. She knows she's got to get
from beginning to end. Just how she does in training every single day.
The flick and into the flick to two and the triple twist. Oh, a big step
on the landing. 14.933 from Andreea Munteanu, probably the top score of
the day on the beam and Larisa Iordache knows that is very
important performance for the Romanian team.
Gymnasts just have to mount with an A difficulty. They just have to use
a simple mount. They don't have to do anything spectacular but this is
spectacular, watch care fli. A back flip. Full twisting tuck back, as
easy as you like and she immediately comes back with another big tumble.
This time from a round-off. Round-off. Straight back somersault.
A tiny bit loose on the legs but super confident.
You have to have difficult dance elements as well. That's one. That's
of a difficult spin with the leg held right up over her face.
She played a bit safe there. Quite understandable at this stage. A free
walkover oh, and another little hesitation. Then the two jumps.
However well-practiced you are, when you know the pressure is on, it's
easy to be cautious but that was a clean side somersault. She looks
like she's enjoying it up there now. But this is always my favourite
dismount. Watch carefully. Imagine she is on
the floor. Round-off. Back flip. Triple twist. Impressive work from
the Romanian team. They certainly laid down a big, big score on the
beam. 1.4 in the qualification there. We
go. The full twist. Amazing acrobatics on the beam. There you go
from the round-off. A super dismount, round-off flick, triple
twist on something the size of a house brick. That is amazing. And
Larisa Iordache there, 14.7 on the beam.
So, here we have the scores at the moment:
Look at Great Britain, pushed up into second place ahead of Russia.
Ruby Harrold the first gymnast out for Great Britain. The finalist in
the Worlds on bars and in the Europeans in 2013. This is
important. The full turning pack. She is cleanly there. Now this is
the big original combination. The half turn into the shooting
handstand into the toe on and off. Now the full pirouette. Clean. Up
into the shoot up. A big release all to could. All-important, half turn.
Rise the heels, front somersault. It is there. Now, just the dismount to
G come on Ruby, up, one, two, land. What a start. Fantastic start there
and senior national coach, Colin Stills highly delighted. Hannah
Whelan, team captain greets here. Here is the replay. You can see her
straight back down into the low bar. The only gymnast in this competition
to be doing that. The toe full turn straight up into the high bar.
That's sometimes where she has big problems. So, she will be pleased to
have got that. Then the double front and then the clean landing. 14.7333
for Ruby Harrold. Super start. Up on her qualifying score.
The second gymnast for Russia on the vault.
The first gymnast, Maria Kharenkova has had her score.
You see there, a round off, a small little step but directly in line.
14.733. A good double twist. A good score for double twist.
Aliya Mustafina, bronze medallist at the Olympic Games. They certainly
need this young lady now to pull something out of the bag and to show
the maturity. Let's see. Accelerates, pops off the top.
Double twisting. Great landing, but there was a knee bend in the middle
there. She is walking with a bit of a limp as well. She has gone out
there, knowing for the team score she needs to give them a
performance. You can see she is struggling. She knew she had to do
it. For Mustafina, 14.7 on the vault has bolstered the Russian tote A it
means, Great Britain if they want to stay ahead. Need scores in excess of
14.7 all the way around. Next gymnast from the City of Liverpool.
Rebecca Tunney, former training partner of Beth Tweddle. Well,
enjoy. Thanks for this one. Takes a breath and then starts her
fast-flowing routine. A good start with the handstand. Into the
somersault. Cleanly done. A good clean land. A nice toe-catcher pike
into the full-twisting pack. Such an original combination.
And straight back down to the low bar.
The half-turn. Two more elements to G come on Rebecca. The full and a
slight step on landing. -- two more elements to go. That was fabulous.
She just missed one of the combinations in the middle but she
works this so well. 14.766 for Rebecca. Another great
score. So, Rebecca Downie. Top qualifier
for the finals. Can she reproduce that performance? Full of difficulty
and excitement. Very little margin for error. Here she starts. Quiet
upstart. Top. You have to do a forward element. There is hers.
Straight into the flights of the high bar. Into the very difficult
short tier catcher. Super-hard work. Watch this. Big full turn. Into the
pike catch. Another very big release. Down to the low bar. The
Salto. A tricky combination. It is the right way. Into full-twisting
double back. She came off a fraction early but held it well. What a
performance from the British girl. There is the British crowd cheering.
You can see everybody absolutely thrilled.
What a great night tonight. You can see her up to the top bar. A
fantastic release. A lot of pressure there. Down to the bottom bar there.
Up into the handstand. There you go. You can see the wind-up. Come on.
Came off a little early. Full-twisting double back. 14.833.
That puts Great Britain, at the moment into rank 1. Still four teams
to go. ?
STUDIO: Great Britain guaranteed a silver with Romania needing just
1.5. Their first two gymnasts scored over 14. Can Iordache secure for
Romania? We have had 20 years of women's team titles. Every two years
it has been competed, Romania have won six of the titles. Can Iordache
complete this floor to take their seventh?
The double, double to start. A step forward but difficult, difficult
work. A single full-twisting double back.
Just that hop. Not quite the four spins but very
nearly. Full of energy, this routine.
She has the top scorer on flooring qualification for anybody. A triple
twist. It makes it look easy. Hits her beets impressively. She
sells the -- her beats.
Total confidence. This is the moment that counts. The double pike, oh, it
was a big bound back. But, a great powerful could havep
dent performance. Romania have looked impressive today. But have
Great Britain. I would put my money on her. I think she has clinched
that title. I think we have worked it out she needs a 12.376 to go
ahead of the British team. You can see them anxiously waiting for that
score. I think we all know but until you have that score in front of you
and it is confirmed, you never want to believe anything. There it is,
14.466, gives them first place. 172 points. You can see just how much it
means to those gymnasts. So here, confirmation, Romania top,
172. Great Britain second, 170. Russia third, 169 and Germany fought
their way, ahead of Italy in fourth. So Great Britain, silver medallists,
what a moment. Congratulations lady. Let's come to you first. Can you
sum-up what the medal means? Everything. All the hard work that
has gone into this. All the support from home, family, coaches, physios.
We have worked so hard and deserve this, 100%. Ruby, your first
international medal? I can't believe T we have been working so hard as a
team for the past month. All the hard work has paid off. I'm so happy
for everyone. It looks very emotional up there.
Chloe, this is your international debut. You must be thinking it is
easy? It is absolutely amazing. I'm speech ams. I'm so happy. I love
this team. We all did so well. Amazing. Rebecca, obviously you were
there at the London Olympics. This must have been a massive high but
this must rank up. We have been together for the past three weeks
training and we have all worked so hard. It has been tough but we gave
it 100%. We definitely earned it. Becky, you were the only member of
the team here last time that GB won a silver medal. How much has it
changed? A totally different team with different expectations coming N
everybody stepped up to the mark. We couldn't have done any more. I'm
really proud of all of them. ? STUDIO: What an impact that medal
will have on this team. We were talking about the
consistency and quality in that group. You are constantly relying on
one person to put in a big skoemplt if you look across the scores on
every piece they are consistent within three or four 10th. The only
one big score was on floor with Claudia putting in 14.7. It is
amazing how we have progressed massively on vault to have three
double twists. That really helped the team score. What is the key to
delivering the performance that they did in qualification actually in the
final. Because you can tire yourself out. Looking for Romania, they were
shocking in qualification but they knew once they got into the top
eight, didn't matter because they would come out tops in the end.
Amanda learnt a lot from when I was competing day after day. When you
are on the international circuit, you do get tired and you have to
come down and get back up for the next day. They have had to change
their tactics. A team competition, and then maybe another one or
apparatus finals. It has helped the girls. They know their routines
inside out and knew what they had to deliver. That's it. When you get
that confidence, as you know, you can try and try and try in the gym
but when you get there and you deliver on the day. It must just
lift you for the next one. They must delighted.
You see them training day in, day out and producing those routines.
And a word that the chances are those tha will be the team for the
Commonwealth. They are all English. We will not lose anyone to Scotland
or Wales. We have a very strong... That's a strong taesmt unbeatable.
Anyway from, the team competition our attentions turn to the
individual specialists. Here is some of what you can look forward to this
afternoon. Will Claudia Fragapane fly high.
Rebecca Downie led qualifying on bars.
Mustafina is the reigning champion. Can Downie challenge for a medal?
Will Claudia Fragapane's individual style wow the judges on the floor
final? All questions which will be answered very shortly. Let me tell
you, it is not just the seniors who have been impressing out there. The
junior team a started their bid for European glory on Friday.
Here is Nick to bring us up-to-date. No junior British squad had won a
European medal. The 2014 team blaef they could -- believe they could.
There were two classy vaults. they could -- believe they could.
Downie was brilliant on the bars. A medal would be won or lost on the
beam. Here was a clean routine. There was almost a tumble. Britain
secured behind Russia and ahead of Romania. Amazing. It is an
experience. This is our first medal. Hopefully we'll get a lot more.
Catherine Lyons was back. Gymnasts competed on all four apparatus. She
had to settle for fourth overall I was left to Ellie Downie to make
history. She claimed bronds and became the first British won to win
an all-round medal. It was nerve-racking to see the
final scores on the score board. I am really pleased with myself.
Ellie's success didn't end there. She got a gold this morning on
vault. Beth? She had such I credible vaults. It could be in the --
incredible vaults. It could be in the seniors. What a celebration.
Celebration. What a result. Beths, we are looking
at six medals out of 15. The amount in juniors before, we
only brought one home at a time, the fact we have brought home six. Their
coach has been working really hard with them and the preparation
leading into this championship - ahave the belief now. They have seen
-- they have the belief now. They have seen the seniors. And to be
turning up at that young age and to make such an impact on the European
stage it is something. This week has been about the women. Next weekend,
it is the turn of the men. Here are the details and how you can see them
in action. Next Saturday: We will report on how the juniors
get on as well it is time for the individual apparatus final. First we
have vaults. Let's look at who the gymnasts are who will be competing.
Giulia Steingruber will be difficult to beat. She has the most difficult
start. It is so cleanly performed N qualification she opted for a
simpler second vault. I know she can upgrade that second one. We will see
what she does today. We heard Claudia Fragapane - she was
obviously delighted. Let's see how she was feeling ahead of her first
final. One of the most popular vaults in
this championship - among the top performers.
A tiny bit of leg form lost as she finished the twist. A good, tidy
vault down the middle. Good height. The score comes in,
14.766 for the first vault. Second vault to come.
Here we go! Very nice! Very clean vault, but
slightly to one side. Very classy vault this. Beautiful
straight body held. You can see she bounds to the side. The direction
problem came off the top. You can see that and that will be quite a
heavy penalty. So the first score in for
Sosnitskaya: Giulia Steingruber - the defending
European vaults champion, from Switzerland. Now she has one of the
most difficult vaults in the bag - 6.2 her start value. Just watch!
Forward on, one-and-a-half twists off. No problem with diviation
there. -- deviation there.
Yes, very powerful. Into the handsprings. Wraps into the
one-and-a-half twist. She plucks off the top, wraps in, very nice!
Accurate in the mid-. Slight pace on landing, but very difficult vaulting
indeed. 6.2, the start value. 15.2 for that first vault. That
beats the qual qualification score. Now we'll see what vault she has
nominated. 5.8, going for a double twist. Let's see how it goes. The
flip-on t twist. It was not secure enough to do the double. The judges
just judge what they see and don't deduct.
Yes, as you can see here she goes for the vault - lovely and high. Not
that higher difficulty, as you can see. Smack, back in the middle.
Great on execution. It might not be enough today.
Here we go - Great Britain, Claudia Fragapane - qualified in third.
This, her senior championship debut. Really focussed. Power and attack
down the runway. A good double twist. Right down the middle.
A fabulous start for her. Totally different vault in from the
previous. Stood up brilliantly! Look at this - reaches back into the
vault block. Double-twist. It is just a touch down on her qualifying
score for her first vault. Her second vault. It has to be different
to the first. She went on backwards. This time needs to come on forward.
She'll make a round-off, straight stront somersault. Just a little --
straight on somersault. Just a little loss... Look at this!
Straight front half turn. There is lack in form slightly. Look at this
- off the top - straight front, half-turn. A very powerful gymnast.
There you see! Half turn, spots the landing and the coach is very
pleased with that. There's the score then, 14.433. She's put in a couple
of strong performances. Here is Larisa lordache - qualified
in fourth. Won a bronze on vault last year at the Europeans. What can
she do today? Very precise. A good round-off. Lovely style. That is a
lovely double-twisting. . Probably the best double twisting
Yuchenko we have seen so far. Look at that! Right down the middle.
Fantastic! Blocks off the top. Well! What an opening vault. The crowd
like it. That is a very good execution score. 14.866 for that
first vault. A relatively low score for her first vault. She knows it
has to be perfect if she wants to challenge for the medals. She's
measured. She swings the arms. The full-twisting Tsukahara.
Look at this going for the Tsukahara - great execution. The style here is
absolutely top-class. Just look at that! Legs glued together. Block off
the top - right down the middle. Wow! And the coach seems happy with
that as well. It is putting her up there into the
medal force the moment. 14.
Double twist. Very clean. Very nice. Very precise double twist.
One to watch. We last saw Pavlova in the Olympic
Games in Beijing on the international stage. She has worked
very hard. She looks in great shape. That was a well-flighted, beautiful,
technical vault. Tiny bit off direction, but no great deductions.
14.766. Just a little down on execution.
Absolutely magnificent. The coach has to catch her. This vault will
challenge. Very precise. Half-turn. Straight, straight body. She did
actually bend one arm. The judges can deduct for that. It happened
very fast and it didn't affect the flightpath. Very difficult to hold
that straight shape all the way through. It has put her into second
place. One gymnast to go. Kim Bui of
Germany. She is competing a vault that is tariffed at five.
Lots of power. Lovely height and flight. Full twist. Not the most
difficult vault. Very stylish. A very measured performance.
Yuchenko off the top. Bags of time. I am sure that will be a
double-twist in training. Maybe not ready yet.
A little down on her qualification score. Second vault, a little bit
more difficult than the first. An unusual way this.
I think there she knows she has defended her vault title.
Very powerful vault. You need acceleration and heel drive. Look at
this. Striking the vault. Bolt in the hair. Massive hop-back in the
landing. She finishes 7th with an overall score of 13.916.
Here is the confirmation of the women's vaults final: Guilia
Steingruber defends her title she won in Moscow:
Claudia Fragapane, coming sixth in her first final.
How did you find that, your first senior final? I wanted to go out
there and get both vaults to my feet. Great. Have you happy with how
they went themselves? It wasn't my best vault but, obviously to get
into the final was just incredible. I didn't really mind where I was. It
was just great being out there. Did any of the team have words of
encouragement for you today? They are more experienced. Were they
passing on knowledge? They just said enjoy it, whatever happens, we are
proud of you and it is your first Europeans, so go out and enjoy it.
? STUDIO: I guess when you have a team
silver in the bag, you just go and enjoy
it is that question - how hard do you go in competition? It is a piece
where you can use all of your adrenaline. It is not like the beam
where you have the smallest, minor error. Steingruber decided to go
with the difficult first vault and played safe and just did the full
twist but performed it cleanly. Looking ahead into the future this
is a piece she can excel on. She is going to get more powerful as she
gets older. Definitely. She has the two vaults. She needs to tidy them
up. During qualification and team final they were better. It is just
experience. Like you say, going from winning a team medal last night,
straight into a final today it will have been hard to fight with those
emotions. We will move on now to uneven bars. What a pedigree we have
in Great Britain for this, obviously yourself included. We qualified
three gymnasts but you are only allowed two. It is really difficult.
All three of them know they are good enough to be in the European final
and it is the slightest, minor errors that could have changed the
order. So this time it was tunny and Downie that made the final. It could
have been Ruby on a different day. Rebecca Downie, vastly experienced.
She has quite a few different routines. We think she went for the
easiest or the easy side of the routine in qualification. She had a
lot of qualification was Amanda and her personal coach. Amanda decided
for the team she wanted to go through a routine she knew that 100%
of of the time she would go from A to B and they did the same in the
final. Individual finals, it is up to you whether to go all-out and
take that risk or whether to go with the simple. But bank your place
first of all and then you have the option Yes, exactly, if you mess up
in qualification... Let's hear from Becky on that difficult decision. In
qualifying Amman dap wanted me to go for an easier routine. I have never
done that strategy before. It was a different tactic for me T seemed to
work. I was really surprised with the score. I think for the finals I
want to go all out. I have worked hard to put the big routine
together. It is not a massive change, it is a small change but it
can increase my start value by quite a big amount. So it is quite
exciting. We are team-mates. We don't see each other as rivals.
Obviously on the day it will be a bit different but whatever happens,
we will both be happy for each other. It is not like we will - we
don't see each other as rivals. Last year it was going to be my time, I
thought but in the final I was so nervous and I put too much pressure
on myself. The routine was still knew. I hadn't had long to put
together and it was gamble getting through it and qualifications I
think came off more by luck than judgment. This time I feel prepared.
If it doesn't come off, it doesn't mean I have not put in the work or
worked hard enough, it is just unlucky, I guess. I'm feeling
confident that we can end this medal hunt. Let's try and end it and
hopefully the pressure levels will be right. It will be very
interesting to see which routine Becky opts for in the final. As we
are talking about Beth's area of real expertise. We might get an
inside track from a World Champion. We put her in front of - this is a
different type of apparatus. Good luck, everyone, with this.
I wanted to try and explain how the asymmetric bars have changed.
Gymnasts used to do individual elements on their own. Now they have
to connect the skills to get the difficulty barriers and you have to
be more original. Rebecca Tu in, y of Great Britain is the perfect for
this. She is the only gymnast to this this.
-- Rebecca Tunny. Tow catch inial pike position straight down into a
full twisting pack. By adding the two skills together she picks up the
difficulty value. Difference between the team final routine and
qualification routine was the fact she missed one connection. I will
try and show you this now by showing the two different routines. The
first element is this element up to the high bar, straight back down
with a packed salto to the low bar and straight back up. In the time
final routine she did the same entry, back down to the pack and she
had to add in another move before she did the next one. That's what
resulted in a two tenths, lower start value. Let's look at the
gymnasts she will be competing against. Rebecca second up. Third
highest qualifier. Second highest. Aliya Mustafina Olympic champion
from 2012. Becky Downie will be going in the penultimate spot S that
a good order? With the fact that Rebecca has so many different
routines, it is great. She can make that decision if she goes with the
easy routine F there is a lot of mistakes, and -- there is a lot of
mistakes and she knows she can play safe or if there has been great
routines, she can go all out. How do you meet? Aliya Mustafina?
Have the performance of a livetime. They are both going to have the
performance of their life times. We'll start with Rebecca Tunny.
Here is Rebecca Tunn for Great Britain. Missed the Europeans in
Moscow with a fractured foot. A real opportunity for her here.
A great clean hand stand to start. Straight into the move, easily
performed. Into the pike toe. Straight on to
the low bar with the full-turning pack. A good start to the routine.
Here is the schapp. Straight down into the pack and straight up to the
connection. That's the important connection in this routine. The last
part. Into the back in full. And the smallest step. It was a great
routine, wasn't it? That was the routine she would have hoped for.
You can see from Hannah Whelan and Colin Still congratulating her.
That's her best routine. I can breathe. It is so hard commentating
on them. This is the difficult xe combination. She goes up into the
full turning pack. So that's two of the most difficult moves linked
together. She will get good bonus for that. That's how her start score
builds. You can see the height, into the full turn. She has to keep her
eyes on that low bar. She was a little bit wonkey landing on the bar
but she's so strong and this is the other big connection. The flight to
one bar and they cut the middle bit out but she got all the connections
she wanted. Improving in her handstand shapes and looks, finishes
that perwet right on top of the bar and straight into the dismount. A
really good effort. Her coach, Claire will be sat at
home, pleased with that performance. She put everything into it. 14.933.
Is it going to be enough to bag her, her first medal in a major
Championship? Now Daria Spiridonova, the Russian
bars champion. Russia are the top nation in this Championships on
bars. That super stoop into flight to the high bar. She's very smooth.
Half turn, an anxious-looking coach there. But when you don't put the
feet on, when you stoop in and out, it raises the difficulty. That was a
lovely front somersault. A little bit of a scrambled half turn. Into a
big, high, dismount. Very clean. Very difficult work. That was an
excellent routine. Got lovely lines from beginning to end. Obviously the
smallest bit where she has to fight for it and the coach was a little
bit anxious on that transition from the low to the high bar This is the
one that she has go-gadget arms, as we used to say, to grab the bar. The
Stoop in and out into the half-turn into theawayer somersault. No
problems there. -- the yaegar. She puts her feet on the bar, so it
is a little bit easier. There is the Stoop, where you don't
put your feet on the bar. And a different angle for the yaegar.
This is the wind-up into the dismount. She uses what most
gymnasts use, the back in full dismountain a great landing. A very
nice landing. A score of 14.966. She will be pretty pleased with that.
Now this could be a routine to save her. The World Champion and reigning
Olympic champion. This is the routine we will be waiting for. She
is the one to take the title. We will see how it goes. The stoop
full. Great lines. The coach just stepping in, the stoop half into the
pike piked jaegar. Nice clean handstand. Straight down to the low
bar. The pack. Straight into the next move. She knows she has the
last little test. The toe, full turn into the back in full and nails that
landing. That was a pretty clean routine.
Amazing. She's so effective on the pirouettes. That's where the marks
can get lost if you are late with the turns. Judges like
can get lost if you are late with finishing handstand. Superline with
her handstand. She locks the legs together using the stoop action and
super height no. Doubting she is go to catch that. She sees the bar
easily. Every handstand has to be held and shown and she really works
with great style. She catches the front somersault with the arms fully
straight. That's again something that if the arms are bent the judges
deduct for. Look at that pirouette. Finished at the top of the swing,
immediately in the full-twisting double back. She has a high
difficulty level. I bet you her score will be high. Snoonchts a
fabulous score from Aliya Mustafina. She is at the top of the standings.
Could that be enough for her to defend her European title? Well,
that's the top score we have had of these Championships. 15.266. It is.
As Beth said, it was the best performance we have seen but Rebecca
Downie now knows that she has to perform the highest deafy she can
here. For Great Britain, Becky Downie needs to pull out all the
stops if she is going to win a medal on the uneven bars.
She has given two solid performances for the team. Hasn't always done her
most difficult routine. Needs it now. The full element. Fabulous.
Beautifully flighted. Watch now the full pirouette. Hits it really well.
Into the stoop catches. I'm sure we will see another big release. Here
we go. The second one, straight into the packed salto. She is going for
broke. This is the final test. This is tricky. She has to swing turn.
She goes the right way. Must hold on and lift this dismount. She does.
Absolutely fabulous work from Becky Downie. It is the routine we have
been wanting and waiting for. Look at that emotion. You know what, she
has been waiting for that. She has been in so many European and world
finals. She has landed and it has overcome her. A great start. Forward
toe on. Strayed into the next move and into the short clear catcher. A
massive start for that routine and sets the judges' eyes. Such
difficult work, Beth. The combinations she uses. Yes. Such a
hard combination when you are tired and then the... She held her feet on
the grounds. You can see her British team-mates. They have been training
with her day in, day out. They know what it must mean to her. The
waiting is agonising. 6.2 in qualifying. She upped it
considerably. If they can give her anything, it could be as high as
6.6. Let's keep our eyes on it. There's only one gymnast to come.
So, we should know whether she's amongst the medals. It says it all -
she's got into the gold medal position. 15.5. Look at that
elation! She is guaranteed a medal. It could even be gold. The emotion
comes pouring out for Rebecca Downie.
So pleased for her. Obviously she's had so many injuries and kept
fighting back. Scheder of Germany. On the uneven
bars. Starts with the handstand into the stoop fall. Had to fight it
back. Straight into the stoop-half. The
coach is stepping in. The Jager somersault - clean cleanly done.
Winding up into the dismount. And a near-perfect landing. Another
difficult routine. A difficulty of 6.4 in qualifications. So, this
routine can go high and push into the medals there. For Rebecca
Downie, the wait is whether she's got gold or silver. That is not a
bad position to be in, is it? It is not. I am happy to put money down
that she has got that gold medal. And uses very effectively, Scheder,
the stoop action. She is a tall gymnast. She was the European Junior
Champion on uneven bars. Lovely lines. Just had a bit of a fight on
that pirouette. Swings effectively. Accelerates into
her dismount. A favoured dismount. A full twist. In the double back, but
nicely landed and performed. Here is Sophie Scheder's score. She has gone
into fifth place. That means Rebecca Downie is the European Champion on
the uneven bars. What a result for Great Britain. The flags will be
raised for her. She is the Europe pine champion on the uneven bars.
She takes gold ahead of Aliya Mustafina of Russia. Spir spir spir
w the bronze. Rebecca Tunney -- Daria Spiridonova with the bronze.
Rebecca Tunney in fourth. What a proud moment for Becky
Downie. She is the European Champion. She is sniffing back some
tears. The emotion is there. She is the gold medallist - European
Champion. The second British woman to be crowned European champion. She
really gave a fabulous performance. She didn't hold back. She went for
everything. She knew she had to by the time her performance came. That
is one of the things about going late. She could have performed
earlier and thought, I will go for safety, just to get a medal. She
knew, to be in the medals - it has been a great final - she knew she
had to go for broke. She did just that and it took every bit of
resolve. Now, she may be blinking back a few
more tears! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
What a moment! The gold medal around her neck, she is the European Bars
Champion. What an achievement for her.
Raze Ray congratulations - European Champion. I can not believe it. It
has not sunk in. What was it like out there today? You said you could
play it safe or go big and you went big.
There was a bit of doubt in the back of my mind this morning. I was like,
if I go big and it doesn't come off I will kick myself. Or if it does
come off, it could be a gold medal performance. I had one mistake at
the end of the routine. For me, I didn't try and go for that last
handstand. I troo I keep it safe. I have not seen the start of the
routine yet. I am really happy it paid off. It was an amazing score
and to finish ahead of the Olympic champion as well. It is an amazing
feeling. I knew it was possible. I have worked so hard on the routine I
was so amazing for it a all to come together. It was fantastic to watch!
Just to put it in context as well, people know 2006 was the last time
you won an individual medal at the Commonwealth Games - to have got one
must have been amazing? I knew it would be a medal. I didn't know what
colour. I think it was relief because I had worked so hard for it.
In every final I have missed, it has been harder to pick myself up and
tell myself that I'll get there and that every time I miss it again, I
am like, is this worth snit to have this moment today, it means so much
to me. I am so proud. Of course it is worth it! Look - that smile says
it all. She beat Mustafina. She beat her fair and square, didn't she?
That is the thing. You cannot say she won it because someone else
failed. Every gymnast performed well. She won it fair and square. We
heard Rebecca talk about that deliberation over breakfast. What a
trauma tick time to think, what -- traumatic time to think, what do I
do? I know there have been talks between them and Amanda. I know
Amanda was insisant on get her into the play -- insistent on get her to
play safe. For her to deliberate over breakfast this morning...
Amanda always made the decision for myself. I remember, obviously
through your routines, you would watch that confidence grow and build
throughout the actual routine. You could sense it there with Becky.
When she landed and that emotion - just that release and relief as she
is walking back - you can see what it means. You can see. Obviously
they were saying, it is 2006 when she lost won an individual medal.
She's been in so many individual finals. It has not yet come off. So,
the fact she's finally done it - it all came out and she couldn't
control it. It is so nice to show that. It shows what it means to her.
What proud parents. Her mum was in the audience and the fact she has
two champions - I think there'll be a few parties tonight! If we can
contain ourselveses and if Becky can keep her composure. Let's look at
the start list here. We will join this competition with
the third highest qualifier and we will see how this competition goes.
26 years of age - the oldest performer in these championships.
There we go into the acrobatics. A slight wobble. Very graceful on this
piece of apparatus. That is interesting - a full leap -
very difficult. Very hard to control.
Another interesting, full pirouette on one foot.
Nice originality. And she wobbles to stay on the beam. Very well fought
there! Those nerves showing slightly. A standing back
somersault. Qualified in third place.
She'll have to stick the dismount and then we have another gain - a
full twist off the end of the beam. Lots of mistakes there.
Yes, a little bit of a disappointing performance. She did well in
qualification. The free walkout. The leg into the side. That is her
acrobatic series. The judges have to decide whether she linked them
completely. Gymnasts have to work low on the
beam. This is the change-leg leap, with half-turn. She did not quite
get the shoulder around. She fought and fought. She was not giving up,
was she? I am sure they were all meant to be linked.
This is - row have to travel away from the beam and somersault - it is
difficult. It is a bit unspectacular.
13.7 p .733. Linked to the side somersault. A
super change. The back-flip with half-turn. Wept for that connection
beautifully. A double spin. She's done a big change and a walkover.
That's her acrobatic series. You have to do forward and backward
elements. She uses a relatively simple backflip.
The judges have to decide, did the head touch the foot? She's been very
composed so far. Barely a flicker. This has been good. Quite a long
pause at the end. They will deduct here. A big round-off. Double tuck.
She wants that medal, having lost out to the gold. She really looks
like she's after something here. A magnificent performance there.
Coming straight from the bars. Over here, very measured, very solid. She
was almost glued to the beam. Look at that! The jumps, split leg-leap.
A great landing. Back to business for Mustafina. She has put herself
into a strong position. 14.733 for Aliya Mustafina.
Can Maria Kharenkova challenge? Qualified in second place. Straight
to business. There's a front somersault, in the
acrobatic series. Wow, that is fantastic beam work.
Straight into the split leaps. Great control there. Full turn, full turn.
Beautiful beam work. Free cartwheel. Split leg leap. Into the piked back
somersault. Great difficulty. Sees' only 16. There is another
leap. Beautiful flexibility. Split leap half turn.
Now she'll need to compose herself for something special here. Flick,
flick, double pike back. Wow. What a routine, that. A jam packed routine.
Flipped to unw flipped to two. Straight back. No question of it
being straight. As high as can be two. Backflips. Double pike. A very
good score. 14.933. That difficulty, 6.4. Approximate puts her into the
lead. Now, on beam. The defending champion, Larisa Iordache of
Romania. And Iordache can match anybody on beam for difficulty but
it is very risky. What this first backflip. Stand up, full twisting
tuck. Landed very nicely indeed. But not content with one super
difficulty. She comes straight back. This is a round off. A straight
somersault and just a wobble on that. She held that really very well
indeed. Super control and amplitude. All gymnast have to include a full
spin. Links the leaps. The changed leg leap into the changed leg half.
More bonuses added there. A free walkover. No question of it being
joined. But, again, a tiny little wobble there. A side somersault. The
gymnasts lose sight of the beam there.
This has been a strong performance and this, such originalality in the
dismount. Watch. Round-off, backflip. Punch up high. Triple
twist. Just a little hop. That was a strong challenge from Iordache. A
couple of tiny wobbles but very difficult. Very difficult. Round
off, straight back. That's where she did well to stay on the beam. Great
leaps. I'm sure there will be no doubt with the combination. Look at
that split leap half turn. A free walkover. A free cartwheel and look
at this dismount. Round off flick. Triple twist. ! Well, she won't be
defending her title but Larisa Iordache ghoos second place. Becky
Downie, then. The European champion on bars. Can she turn what has
already been a brilliant day into a spectacular day, with a medal on
beam? Who knows. Becky Downie is a beautifully fluent, elegant gymnast.
But it will be quite a test to have come from the high er perform here.
But that was a lovely front somersault. A little hop on landing.
Lovely technique. She's a super supple gymnast, Becky.
And you can see, with those leaps, every gymnast has to join two leaps.
That was hers. Big deductions if you don't. Full spin backwards and then
the free walkover, immediate split jump. She's going for those
connections. She knows if she wants to push into the medals, she really
has to go for all the connections. Really good side somersault.
This is important. The leap with the head back and she does that very
well indeed. Head taken all the way back.
Now, the legs have to do some power work for the last time in this
Championships. Big round off, big push. Double pike. Super stuff from
Becky Downie. She is on fire. Woo-hoo, what a performance there
from Becky Downie. I don't know where that confidence has come from
that. Gold medal from the bars has transformed on to the beam. So much
confidence and control. Look at this. In the free cartwheel, into
the layout somersault A front walkover. Into the split leap.
Fantastic flexibility. And probably the highest double pike dismount we
have seen on the beam in this final. Just outside the medals for Becky
Downie 14.366. She knows. She is European champion on bars.
The final competitor. From France. Just 16. Qualified down in 7th.
The gymnast need an A mount difficulty. So they can compose
themselves. A flick layout. Very precise. Free walkover and side
somersault. Very difficult full spin. Showing
control and flexibility there. A split leap. A split leap the half
turn. A very elegant gymnast. A free cartwheel. I think this is the first
French gymnast we have seen in these finals. There we go into the round
off, double pike. Over unfortunate landing there. Out too soon. So, big
celebrations there from the Russian team. They know they've got the
medals. They know they've got one and two. We wait for the score to
come in from Claire Martin to wrap up proceedings. 13.366 puts her in
7th. It means Becky Downie will finish in fourth, just outside the
medals for her. So the reigning World Champion takes the bronze and
Becky Downie is heading in the right direction on the beam certainly but
has a gold and that's what she will remember from these Championships,
in that bars' final. Gold as we know on the uneven bars.
In the beam just missing out on the podium? I was on such a high after
bars. It was emotion A everyone knows I have waited so long to get
this medal. I had about ten minutes to go into the back ji. I changed
leotards to freshen up and get my head back in it. I had a quick go on
the beam. My warm-up was pathetic. My coach said to me - calm down, you
know the routine. I went in to enjoy it. The last few things I have done
on beam has been huge pressure for the team so. There was relief that
pressure had gone. I wanted to enjoy T and to produce the best beam
result I had at these champions and the first beam final, I couldn't ask
for any more. It must take a lot to regain that composure, as you well
know. She went into the back gym. Changed leotard and tried to change
the frame of mind. In the back of her head she knows she is European
quhach yob and was so overwithheld. But like she said, with the team
there was so much pressure. Whereas today there was - I might as well
enjoy it. I have the medal I want. Let's see what could happen on beam.
Well, we are now going to move on to floor. Two time European champion
yourself there. You always - I mean you were the Queen of getting the
crowds clapping. Looking at Claudia Fragapane, she has a real style and
zest in her routine. If you watch it. It is very different. It has
break dancing half way through. I don't know, it is a routine you want
to watch. The tumbling is unbelievable. She has just, in the
past year, upgraded so much. It is definitely one for the future. I
love the break dancing bit. If youp haven't seen it in the semifinal,
you will love T let's look and see who she is going to be up against in
the final: she was the second-highest qualifier. The
highest qualifier, Larisa Iordache looking to add to her tally. We have
European champion in 2007 all the way up to a second in 2013. Vanessa
Ferrari has been on the scene for ages. Anyway, let's hear from
Claudia Fragapane. She will talk us through her classy, cutting-edge
qualifying performance. I wanted to go out there and do the best of my
ability. I wanted to make the finals but I wanted a good qualitification
for the team as well. They were just like helping me through that
routine, so with the full in straight, it felt quite solid to me.
The double straight I did quite well. Anyway it came to the double
Arabian, I kind of got more nervous that's one like that I have to go
hard but then control and then the double pike, I just needed to land
on my feet. Talk to you me about the street dancing bit. My coaches tried
to teach me the back spin. I liked that. I put my input N the first one
I put my head all the way around to make it more unique. So, yes.
-- I put my input in. A huge moment for Claudia Fragapane.
16. Performing in the floor final. Keep your eyes wide open for this
first tumble. Big, powerful round off flip. Double
straight with full twist. Just gets those feet down.
Now, another big tumble to come. Double straight. Floats ta one.
Gives it more but stays inside the area.
Super control and height on the leaps.
And this is the third big, big tumble. She needs her legs working
there just fine. The big double Arabian.
Such a difficult leap. She's matching the tumbling with the
leaps. She's now got to really concentrate.
Find the floor at the right time. Super stuff.
What a routine from Claudia Fragapane. That first tumble looked
just a little bit tired but she's had a fantastic Championships and
fighting right to the very end. Well, that was a sick performance.
Look at this in the first tumble. This is massive. Double straight
second tumble. The first was the double straight with full twist.
Look at the height on the leaps. The originalality. Love the break
dancing. Look at this here. That's the influence of the young coach.
Maybe she has seen me in my day strutting my stuff in a few
nightclubs. Look at this, double Arabian, controlled it well. She is
under immense measure -- pressure. Look at thchl the power. Double pike
back. None chantly done. In third place with 14.133. The difficulty of
6. A little down on the execution. Here is the potential big challenge.
Larisa Iordache, the 2012 European floor champion.
Top qualifier. Very dynamic. This a big tumble. Watch. Double twisting,
double back. A little pace forwards but controlled well. And turns
immediately into this second big but controlled well. And turns
tumble full-twisting double back. This is new rules - the gymnasts
aren't allowed to just stand in the corners and wait. A little bit of a
mishap on the spin. She made the triple. She has to turn straight in
and go for the tumble. Quite a lot more difficult. It is easy to be
disorientated. That was a super triple.
Off she goes. Really needs to use her strength and experience. She
does just. That very nicely flighted.
Strong performance. Right to the very end there from Larisa Iordache.
Bravo! A mature performance there. It shows the preparation is key. The
first tumble is very difficult. The only real error she had on the
tumbles, she quickly turns back around. A much cleaner landing.
So, precise on the tumble. There you go! There's a triple
twist. She likes that. Why not? 14.8 puts
her into gold medal position. Fabulous work from Larisa Iordache.
Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland. She was fifth on the floors in
Antwerp. Look at the power and the height of
those jumps. This will be the big opener. Full-twisting, double double
back straight. Double layout. Magnificent tumbling.
There's the turn. Into the third tumble. Double tuck.
Needs to keep that focus. Double pike. Magnificent.
Reelingly nice floor routine. She's a very -- really nice floor routine.
She's a very good competitor. We have seen the pou frer the vault.
Won -- power from the vault. Won the vault already. This - the opening
tumble - two somersaults in the straight position, with a
full-twist. These floors are allowing the gymnasts to explore the
more difficult tumbles. The body travels so much slower through the
air when it is straight. Shorten the radius into the pike and it whizes
around. It with us a fan -- whizzes around. It had everything.
Into second position - 14.5 for Giulia Steingruber. That was a
fabulous routine. Vanessa Ferrari. 23 years of age.
Former European floor champion, back in 2007.
And Vanessa Ferrari, last year's European Championships, she took the
silver medal. She hasn't meddled here. She will be very -- got a
medal here. She will be very keen to do her best.
Oond another big tumble here to come. We are double straight in the
second. Really impressive stuff here. So, we have seen two huge
tumbles. A third and a full-twisting-back. She is packing
the power in here. Strong leaps.
Sets up for another difficult leap. Turn, with the head back.
So, she's had difficult tumbling, difficult leaps. She needs a very
impressive fipish here. A deep -- finish here. A deep breath. Double
pike - yes, she can really land well.
And a smile sells that routine. A strong bid for a medal there. What a
performance that! I thought it was an amazing routine. It had
everything. This floor final will be separated on the landings. For me,
she had the best landing so far. On a nine pence - the only difficult
landing she had was the first tumble, which was the huge
double-twisting, double back - beautiful choreography. Look at this
tumble here! Right down to the end. Pops into that double pike. Bang!
For me, that might be the best performance we have seen. She goes
top! She goes into the lead w one more gymnast to come - she's
guaranteed a medal. She goes into gold medal position.
Alla Sosnitskaya, 17 years of age and her first European Championships
on the floor. Great control there in the spins.
Funky music! We like it. Powerful double layout!
Into the second flick - triple twist. Great control!
The final tumble. Crank it up. A double tuck. Well, then! A beautiful
performance. Not classical in the performance, but in her skills.
Always straight legs - beautiful feet. In time with the music, but
not quite the... A little flicker on the knees. The judges will deduct a
bit there. This - nice - two flips. A triple twist.
A tiny bit off with the feet but she controlled it well.
And double pike. A step backwards. And there, the double tuck to
finish. So sixth place for Alla Sosnitskaya.
14.266. That means that the gold medal, two gold medals will be
awarded. They cannot be separated on 14.8.
Giulia Steingruber, there with her coach. Vanessa Ferrari, there in the
black leotard - she was the European champion in 2007 on this apparatus.
Seven years on, she takes the gold medal once more. This is how it has
finished in the women's floor final. How have you found your first taste
of European finals? Amazing. I didn't get what I wanted. It was
just amazing. I feel so happy, like whatever I have done, I am proud and
everyone else is. Talk me through the floor routine. I don't really
know what happened. I think I felt, the floor routine. I don't really
my legs felt really jelly. I didn't feel... I obviously hit the other
two teams. I was like, oh, no, and then it came to the double straight.
Then double Arabian, OK and then the double pike. I thought, I've done it
now. I have made two finals. I am pleased with that. Christine Still
joins us from what must have been an emotional weekend! Very emotional
weekend. I think, really when we saw Becky sort of burst into tears on
the landing of the dismount, it was very difficult not to be bursting
into tears in the commentary box because we have lived through all
those triumph ofs. It has been a successful championships. It has
been fantastic. An amazing weekend for the British girls. We have to
mention the Downie family - not just Becky but Ellie as well. If you
missed it earlier on, this is Rebecca Downie winning gold in the
European senior uneven bars final. So, here we go. Go on, Beth, talks
through this again. You felt that confidence building throughout the
performance. She's had two great competitions leading into this. She
went for the harder routine. The thing is with bek di, when -- Becky,
when she goes for something, she gives it 110%. There's the big
connection down to the low bar. That is what upped her difficulty.
This is the hard connection, right at the end when she was tired. She
knows she had to put the dismount on her feet and the emotion came
flooding out of her. You felt it with her. Absolutely! That was as
good a routine as we have seen her do. I have watched her in training
this past month. It was very good. Her sister, Elli, taking gold in the
juniors. . Right -- Ellie, taking gold in the juniors.
How will the medals transfer to the gym? We have a lot of good juniors
underneath. We have a good generation of young coaches as well.
Several of whom were out there with their gymnasts. I think they now
will be working towards the expectation of winning medals, not
just making the British team, but intending to make finals. It has
been a lony club -- - a lonely club. There is more for you to look
forward to here on BBC Two. Next up, we have triathlon
highlights. Well, that is all we have time for
this week. No doubt Great Britain's men team will have been watching.
They have a tough act to follow. Join us from 3pm next Sunday on BBC
Two. From all of us here, it is goodbye.
Ted, I wondered if... I'm not interested
Live coverage and highlights from Sofia, Bulgaria, of the team and apparatus events in the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Great Britain have selected five gymnasts to participate, including two-time Olympian Hannah Whelan and 16-year-old Claudia Fragapane. Matt Baker presents alongside three-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle, while commentary comes from Alison Mitchell, Christine Still and Craig Heap.