Men's Apparatus Final Gymnastics: European Championships


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Men's Apparatus Final

Matt Baker presents highlights of the men's apparatus finals at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland. Expert analysis comes from Beth Tweddle and Daniel Keatings.


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Welcome to highlights of the European gymnastics champions, if

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you didn't see your today's men's team final, this is what you missed

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is. The first gymnast to go for Great Britain is Nile Wilson. He

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comes for the final tumble, triple twist. Great finish, just what we

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have come to expect from Kristian Thomas, very good opening for Great

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Britain. A fight between Great Britain and Russia. That was an

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immaculate triple twist. A massive class of floor work. Done. Look at

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that, Great Britain back in contention. Super dismount, superb

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performance. That is his own move. Exceptional ring work. Proving how

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much he deserves his place here. Britain closing the gap slightly.

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Yes!. Fantastic. That is very good. Very good

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control. Come on Nile go for it. What a routine. One of the best, if

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not the best today. Here we go again. The half-time and

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a good swing up, come on Nile Wilson. Two twists. What a

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performance. They have really won today. Great performance from the

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British team. They are European champions again. They will now that

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Britain are without a certain Max Whitlock. Great competition and I

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think we all did our job, fantastically well. It is great to

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be amongst the medals. We are not that full capacity, we have Macs and

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other people in the locker, we are doing fantastically well. What a

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team finally proved to be. Joining me this afternoon to talk you

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through today's action is Beth Prodl and then Keatings. Yesterday, rusher

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held on to the European title in sublime style, Britain went 18

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routines without a hitch and the Swiss managed to get their hands on

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the bronze in front of the home crowd, but a moment for them. We

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have not seen the Russian team perform like that for years. As soon

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as they walked out, they looked really calm and collected and even

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in qualification, they were still marks ahead of us, so we knew we had

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to pull it out of the bag and Russia had to make mistakes. We were three

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months behind them at the end of yesterday's result, but like we said

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that, there are still people at home, ten weeks to go until real, --

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until Rio. Over three Mark Stone, that is a big gap even without Macs.

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Where you surprised by the difference? We are always good to

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lose marks not having Macs in the team but I didn't quite realise how

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strong Russia were until the qualifications. ? How much do you

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think Max is work. A minimum of three marks, he does add that to the

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team. With Russia it would have been a real fight. Russia were very good

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on the day. Would have been a good match and we have a lot of other

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people at home as well and they do look good and I was really surprised

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by how much. Sat here having a conversation about being so close to

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Russia and looking forward to the team medal in Rio. When you look at

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the achievements and where this has come from in the last ten years. It

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is remarkable. You look at the top left corner. 2006, 11th. What is the

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secret, what has been happening? For me it is a combination of things.

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The lottery funding has done a lot for British gymnastics in British

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sport and the belief within the camp. Lewis and Daniel were the

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first to bring those medals in and then you have the youngsters

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training underneath thinking hang on a minute, we see them training in a

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gym, if they can do it then we can do it and that belief has just

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continued. When I was first on the scene, they were targeting Louis and

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Daniel and they must have been 910 years old and then the results

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started to come through in 2004 and 2006. Have you always got that

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incredible support network coming up from the junior ranks? Ever since

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Louis got his medal in Beijing. It helps a lot with funding. From then

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we realised we could get Olympic medals, world medals, European

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medals and pushed on and there was that belief, not just the gymnasts

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but the whole support team. I guess you have really known no difference

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but everybody I speak to, they say we love the gymnastics and cannot

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wait to see it. You are in for a treat this afternoon because seven

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more medal chances today for our British gymnasts and here is who to

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look out for. How much focus to think there has

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been within the British squad on the European Championships? I think it

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was a good test to see how the boys would compete under the same format

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without Max we can try out Courtney as well and explore the depths

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within the team and we are not good to be 100%. We will be saving that

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for Rio, 90% but not quite fitting top form so you might feel to

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squeeze some more out. Ethical to peak for a competition but for those

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gymnasts who want to show what they are capable of achieving. A great

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stepping stone, we didn't have to do anything for the test event, we were

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able to give the gymnasts experienced and some of them were

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able to try out routines, may be the first time out in a major

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championships and the national system, the technical director is

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able to see what the gymnasts are able to produce under that pressure.

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What a job that is. The fact that Courtney was able to come into the

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team and shall in yesterday's team final he could score that under that

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pressure situation. We will hear from all of the GB boys this

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afternoon and a couple of European champions hoping to retain their

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titles, Louis Smith on, horse is one of them is as Kristian Thomas on the

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floor but another gymnast hoping to get back onto the medal podium is

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Dan Purvis, a stalwart of the British team on his consistency has

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been invaluable during team competitions. A good performance at

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these championships would be massive, too sure that I can hit my

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routines really clean. Also doing it under pressure, quite a lot of

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pressure, hitting the routines consistently and hopefully I can do

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that will put me in good stead for Rio. The main thing is Rio, that is

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the next plan after these championships. I guess the key is

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just too sure I can show consistency and if I can tidy up my routines

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right now that would put me in good stead for the trials. COMMENTATOR:

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That was fantastic. From Dan Purvis. Unbelievable. This Olympic cycle has

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been so difficult, so many top gymnasts, a couple of injuries here

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and there but everyone is looking to peak for the trials and the squad is

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looking in good fitness, it will be massive. Whoever the team will be

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able be a strong team because everybody is pushing each other and

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ultimately it makes the team even stronger if everyone is at their

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best. It will be a good case for getting to peak fitness than get

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into the Rio selection. Kristian has always had a great

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floor. He is great on fault and high bar as well. We have to hit our

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routines and Kristian is so humble, has a great career and would be

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great to go around with my friend and fellow team-mate. My routine, I

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feel steady with it and confident and I feel like I try to add things

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it might not go to plan and at the same venue have to think if you keep

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the routine as clean as I can and get that mark barrier I can be in

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the ballpark. Not think too much about the other gymnasts. It is just

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a case of being around the ballpark, if I can stay at the top I have got

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a good chance. Lovely sentiment, nice to go round with my friend.

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Two British gymnasts taking part in this final.

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Dragulescu 's world floor champion four times. Dan Purvis, we have just

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heard from him, wrapping things up as the eighth gymnast. We will start

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with Belyavskiy. 24 years old. Was superb in the team competition. Very

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good, double twist, back out. Super definition in his twist, you see him

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lift up, we can then twist. Makes it all very clean. Just a little hop on

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that landing. He is a very classy gymnast. Always extended, legs

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locked together. Looks as bit and as strong as I have seen him in this

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cycle. Just as it should B preparing for the Olympic Games. Really lands

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with ease. He anticipates the floor, absorbs the landing. Textbook bend

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of the knees. Now, big final tumble. Super triple twist, just a little

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hop forward, tiny bit under rotated but first man out, that was a very

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impressive performance. Really precise and older tumbles, very

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difficult opening, double twist, into the back. Out. Lots of gymnasts

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preferred to initiate the twists later. It makes it more difficult.

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There is the Russian Circle, we often see that on the pommel horse.

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And there you can see, wraps up. Superb in the air, triple twist,

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spots the floor. Little adjustment on landing. Very efficient routine.

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Nagornyy, the second Russian gymnast in this final, and also involved in

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parallel bars today. Just raise yourself, this is the definition of

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graceful power. Into the tuck position, down the side. Very

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powerful gymnast. There you go, three and a half. Full twist.

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Accurate and precise as ever. Double twist. In two double front, that is

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huge difficulty. If you combine the difficult skills, that is where you

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get the bonus. Double pike, Arabian. Seems to be a signature move in the

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Russian team. Gymnasts must perform and

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non-acrobatic element, opting for the wider arm handstand. Originality

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within his choreography. Stands up, two and a half. Front half. That is

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the buzzer. 60 seconds, must finish. Stands up, triple twist, glued to

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the floor. Look at the joy and! And the relief on his face. When you

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come here and you know what you can do and you manage to deliver on this

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stage, goodness me, what a feeling. This gymnast is so precise with

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every round, look at the Arms, locked by the years, this was just

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the only tumble. Two somersaults with two twists and he did it from a

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little hop. Watch this one. Two twists forward 's, immediate punch

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front, two somersaults forward and just plopped out of the air with a

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little hop. That is two of the most difficult moves linked together and

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of course, fantastic twisting as well. New good count that Brown,

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three and a half, meets the floor, goes into a front somersault with

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the half-time. -- you can count that round. That should call into the

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lead. Got to be a medal, but what colour? One gymnast has posted a

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higher difficulty is in qualifications all cells -- so still

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somebody who can beat that. Here comes the current European floor

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champion, from Great Britain, Kristian Thomas.

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Really elevate. The double twist forward, full twist forwards. Little

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step out on the landing. Plenty of flight and height. Very stylish

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gymnast, he led the British team superbly to the silver medal. 18

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routines, not a single error, not a fall. Good control. Now, big

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concentration. Has to finish with a D tumble, a double Arabian. That's

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the way to finish. Fantastic gymnast for Great Britain, Kristian Thomas.

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Very steady, super, precise. Time will tell. With Kristian, he has

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such a clever, constructed routine, it is so difficult but precise and

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neat at the same time which is why he is the current European champion.

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He just managed to stay in the floor. Some of his landings were

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slightly off the pace, but the clever routine. There he is, showing

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off his poor more work. He doesn't get to do that much any more. --

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pommel work. He is one of the more senior members, and this was a big

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ask. He will have to spend a lot of time recovering. He is in third.

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15.041 for Kristian Thomas. Pablo Braegger gets introduced to the home

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crowd. Currently holds the bronze medal at the European Championships

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on the floor from last year. He has the high bar final to come as well

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so no doubt the crowd will be cheering him at the beginning and

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end of this competition. Very nice two and a half twist. Double,

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double. He stuttered around and that landing will be expensive, it will

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be a 0.5 loss. I liked that, the second somersault was higher than

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the first, he really elevated. He is settled now. Lovely body-line,

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straight back in the handstand. Smooth lift, beautiful shoulder

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extension. Big, high roll-out there. Rapidly

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into this big last tumble, triple twist. This is almost compulsory

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finish, so many of them using triple twist, an E difficulty. I think he

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might have just went out but after that he seemed to stick every

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tumble, he had to make up for it. A lovely one and a half punch double

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twist. 15.100, Pablo Braegger into third.

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The bearded figure of Alexander Shatilov. He has been on the scene

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for a while now. 29 years old. He got himself a bronze medal back in

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2007. - lighted, full, nice into the two and a half. Does well for at all

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gymnast to stay in the floor. Pinpoint accuracy there. A little

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shrug of the shoulders. Compose, full, nice height, lift of the head.

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Originality, virtuosity. He has got it all. Going well, come on. Two and

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a half, tuck front full, super spatial awareness. Just got to hold

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on. Full twisting double back, what a shame, going out of the floor. Do

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you know, without having a team here, Shatilov hasn't worked

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yesterday, hasn't worked since his qualification competition and really

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looked quite fresh. You can see the difference. He just had a bit of

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trouble harnessing the last tumble but that was a really fabulous

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landing on the double twisting double back. Double twisting front,

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and really high lift. We couldn't see the feet but there was a

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suspicion of the fact that he might have been just over the line when he

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punched but that is the way to have no landing deductions, immediate

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punch. Here, just one twist in the double back.

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15.300, it is a huge score, he has gone into second. He is in the

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silver medal position. Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen,

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this is the four time world champion,

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Dragulescu, he has had every colour medal going. Nice to see you back.

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Hugely exciting, dynamic gymnast. Oh, but the very first tumble turn

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lands with the fought out. -- foot out. Those hours of practising

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landings, and even that was a clever step out. He disguised it but it was

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a step on landing. Steadying himself down with handstand.

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And the half twist, one and a half twist, that's better. The floor is

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quite bouncy and if you don't land with a lot of precision, it really

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coils and bounces you back-up -- recoils. Full twisting double back.

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Great stuff, still got that dynamic excitement. Mightily impressive and

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vastly entertaining. If you look at the difficulty, and the amount of

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twists, it will be right up there. One, two, half, little hop forward,

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but this is where you get the difficulty, by combining these

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difficult tumbles. There is the roll-out. And giving yourself that

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leeway by building the difficult tumbles. The final tumble was double

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twisting double back, that's how much power this gymnast has on the

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last tumble, from a little skip step. Hugely powerful, hugely

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entertaining and a real favourite within the gymnastic community. He

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is in second, 15.333! What a result! Great Britain's Dan Purvis rounds

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off this European men's final. He knows what it's like to get bronze.

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Full twisting double back, deep lunge forward. Unfortunately that

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will be costly. Better in the twisting tumble. Settle in now, Dan.

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That's the double front, and yet again, deep back. Two and a half,

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full. Just struggling to control the landings today. There is the wide

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arm handstand. Into the corner. Got to control those nerves. Better in

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the roll-out. I would say that is the best roll-out in the world, he

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really does that well. There's the final buzzer. Double Arabian, much

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better landing. A strong effort, a strong effort, after a wonderful

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team performance yesterday. He worked every single piece so he must

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be shattered. Really good, precise work, but he just lands with the

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chest down a little bit which means he has got to take a big step. He

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will get a double deduction there from the judges. He was superb on

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floor yesterday from the routine, and that was a wonderful way to

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finish. Dan Purvis scores 14.633. There is the new European floor

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champion. The results, then, of the men's floor final. Nagornyy, back

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from retirement. A little disappointing to be honest. It has

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been a tough week. Early start this morning so my legs didn't seem to

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have it in them. Go back and hopefully improve on that team. So

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no individual apparatus medal, but you did get the team medal. How has

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the week gone for you? Great, the team has done so well. Really

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positive, looking towards Rio now. It has been a successful week.

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It's a shame he said he feels a bit disappointed, after what they have

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achieved. That Nagornyy, the Russian gymnast, the lightness of touch and

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the flair to take that title. Yes, the perfect combination of power and

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elegance, performed perfectly and the well-deserved champion. And the

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other medallists, Beth, you could get back in the sport! 35 years old.

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Two of those medallists have a combined age of 64! I think it shows

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a experience plays a big part. Each competition you do, you learn from

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it. Dragulescu has been winning medals since 2009 and he wants to go

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to Rio and win a medal. They have that experience and they keep calm

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and collected. All eyes will be on Great Britain's Louis Smith in the

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next European final. We are now moving on to pommels, and Louis is

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hoping to retain his European title and state his case for a place in

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Rio. Louis Smith, delivers. Goodness me

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he didn't let anyone down there. I am at full fitness, the aim is to

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peak for when Rio is here and I feel good enough to do a good score these

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championships, what are they really about? It is a chicken run, it is

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nice to put on European champions, we want medals and to do well but it

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is an Olympic year, it takes a back-seat. The Olympics definitely

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takes priority. You don't want to take unnecessary risks and get

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injured, you want to leave the competition fit and healthy and try

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to build as a team, showing the nation what we are capable of on

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what we do. Do you have two up your game on the pommel horse? It is very

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difficult for a specialist to be selected. We are not the strongest

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on pommel horse, we have a self bit. Without me in the team, you are

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losing maybe 1.5 marks from the team event. I am quite consistent, I

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sometimes make mistakes but it doesn't happen very often and you

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cannot I experience, it is definitely scary to step up to the

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plate knowing you have one job to do but I think I am one of the

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world-class pommel horse workers and at the moment, but -- the moment I

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start buckling under pressure is when I have to step down. How would

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you compare yourself now to be for London? I was able to train more

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hours, do more apparatus, I felt younger and healthier, my body was

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like an elastic band. Now that is a lot more difficult. Doing the hours

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in the gym and a lot more conscious of what my body can do, it has been

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really juggling, trying to vary the routine while meeting the health of

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the body. Do you think it is a big chance to nail that place? It is a

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big chance. Since the World Championships last year in October,

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on the selecting criteria they said everything from that World

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Championships is counted for selection. So I had that, I did the

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British Championships, did very well, have done a few Grand Prix

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since then, the European Championships, if I do good scores

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here, it sets me up with a good chance. Would be good to put in a

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good performance here and we should find that the fate of the British

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team. The 27-year-old brimming with confidence. It goes back to what you

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were saying about Dragulescu and Shatilov, later in their career to

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get more comfortable. You do but Louis alluded to it, you have to be

:32:47.:32:50.

a lot more cover with your training, you cannot do the numbers the

:32:51.:32:53.

youngsters are doing, you have to let your body recover and maybe do

:32:54.:32:56.

slightly different training programmes so one it comes to, he

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won't do the same programme as what Max is doing. It has not done him

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any harm so far. For sure and it is important to look good and there he

:33:09.:33:12.

was in that clip with a little cap on keeping his hair still under

:33:13.:33:15.

wraps and everybody wondered what he looked like. We are going on a trip

:33:16.:33:22.

through memory lane. That was 2012. We were in Neolithic village and he

:33:23.:33:26.

was on a half-day and we asked him where he was disappearing too and he

:33:27.:33:29.

said he was going home to get his hair cut. This one, what was your

:33:30.:33:36.

reaction when he turned up in the gym with this? I remember he turned

:33:37.:33:40.

up and he had a hat on for the whole session, he wouldn't show was what

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he was. He changes his hair so much. Just used to it by then. During the

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little chat we were talking about feeling a lot younger and feeling

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more elastic. We can just see, 12 years ago when Britain started to

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make their mark on the European stage, on this particular piece of

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apparatus, we see a very young and Keatings as well. The secret of our

:34:07.:34:12.

juniors on this piece of apparatus because now we are world-renowned on

:34:13.:34:17.

this piece. Yes, I think it started first in 2004 and then 2006 and

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again it is about their belief, seeing that someone could do it so

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we try to follow in his footsteps and it has just progressed from

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there, Ruby and it has now become one of our most famous pieces. And

:34:29.:34:33.

you move up through the junior ranks and he became our very first

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European champion on pommel at a senior level. Here you are, this was

:34:37.:34:41.

then. What do you remember about this routine. Did you know you were

:34:42.:34:52.

going to win? No. I remember Burke hadn't made the final, the door was

:34:53.:34:57.

open. I just knew I had to put in a big performance and let the judges

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judge it. Hopefully I would get a medal. When you look at the table of

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achievement on this piece, it really is something. You still have more

:35:07.:35:10.

titles at European level than anybody else. Look at that. Where do

:35:11.:35:15.

you keep all your European medals? I have got a few of them in frames

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with pictures. I think there are a couple in my kitchen drawer.

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LAUGHTER . Time to see if Louis can put

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another one into his kitchen drawer, but go over.

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Louis will be going fifth, quite a good position, there is no Max

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Whitlock. The main challengers are going to come from Seligman from

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Croatia and Merdinyan. But get to the action. COMMENTATOR: First

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gymnast in the main's pommel final. Has got a bronze medal. ,

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Tommasone. Back down into the single legwork. Great execution and

:36:17.:36:31.

amplitude in the legs. Super like separation. In between the handles.

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The Russian Circle, very difficult. There is the double leg circles,

:36:38.:36:42.

slight loss of form on the one handle, that is where the gymnast

:36:43.:36:46.

gain the difficulty by combining the skills on the one handle. Travelled

:36:47.:36:51.

down the horse, another like separation. Losing a few tense every

:36:52.:36:59.

time and is off. That will be costly, one full mark. Tommasone

:37:00.:37:07.

will lose that. What happened there? That was a much bigger routine that

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he did in qualification and he just ran out of steam. They will be going

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all out to beat Louis, they have to put everything in and this is what

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happens, the more difficult the routine, the more chance you have

:37:23.:37:25.

falling off, straight back in into the hands that, good discount,

:37:26.:37:30.

disappointing start for Tommasone of France. Where his hips round in the

:37:31.:37:37.

wrong direction? I cannot see a mistake, I think he just ran out of

:37:38.:37:41.

steam. He was fighting through the performance, two times where he

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split his legs and had to fight to stay on, that takes a lot of energy

:37:47.:37:51.

from you, you will be tired then that is what will happen. He knows

:37:52.:37:57.

that will not challenge. Robert Seligman from Croatia. He was

:37:58.:38:08.

just outside the medals at last year's Europeans on pommel horse.

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Exploit four difficulty but he has good execution. -- 6.4 difficulty.

:38:16.:38:22.

Posted a good score in qualification. He touched the hearts

:38:23.:38:30.

at the start, but look at the lovely extension through the hips at the

:38:31.:38:33.

front of the swing, the straighter you can hold the body, the better

:38:34.:38:38.

and that is very difficult work, the multiple cycles on one hand. Dear

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me! Is this going to be one of those finals where everybody is going for

:38:46.:38:50.

broke and just cannot maintain it? What happened there? I think with

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his circle, you can easily become out of control and I think he was

:38:59.:39:04.

off on the one handle which made him lose his balance. Because he would

:39:05.:39:11.

sit round so quickly. The same lovely swing, the judges will not

:39:12.:39:16.

have much to take off the execution scores. Really travelling well

:39:17.:39:23.

along. He is very fast. His hands have to move very quickly to work

:39:24.:39:29.

with that very first swing but it makes pommel horse spectacular.

:39:30.:39:34.

Piling in the difficulty now. Very quiet finish and other than the fall

:39:35.:39:39.

in the middle it was beautiful. He was really pushing and he lifted his

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hips at the back, the shoulders went down and there is only one place to

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go and that is on the mat, turning into quite a pommel horse final. Two

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from two falls. He certainly has the style and the difficulty. Could well

:39:58.:40:02.

be a case of whatever you do when you are on the horse, do it well.

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We call to one of the oldest gymnasts in this final, 31 years old

:40:10.:40:33.

Bertoncelj. Can he stay on? Starts off with the scissor work into the

:40:34.:40:37.

middle. Very unique move. Lovely to see. Onto the one handle, again,

:40:38.:40:44.

such extension in the circles, really nice to see. The backwards

:40:45.:40:52.

move across the horse. This is going really well.

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If he hits this dismount, this could be up there. I don't want to say I

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jinxed him there! That was going so well. I think it is going to be one

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of these finals. Three out of three, what is going on? Whatever is in the

:41:16.:41:23.

water over there! I don't quite understand it. Sometimes this

:41:24.:41:27.

happens with pommel horse. It is almost as if the thing is jinxed.

:41:28.:41:36.

Finishes off with a handstand this mind, so unfortunately was right at

:41:37.:41:40.

the end of his routine. At this moment in time it is just about

:41:41.:41:45.

staying on. They could reduce their difficulty and just try to stay on.

:41:46.:41:50.

Merdinyan, can he be the first gymnast get through a routine

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without a fall. 31 use old, European silver medal last year. And many

:42:07.:42:12.

times at the Euros on pommel horse. Starts with a single legwork,

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gymnasts have two short double legwork, circles with the feet

:42:18.:42:21.

together and he almost came to grief but fought hard and some single

:42:22.:42:28.

legwork. Quite a new innovation, the pirouetting in the handstand. Very

:42:29.:42:34.

smooth, up and down into those. Really made pommel horse and

:42:35.:42:38.

exciting, he just has to hang on there, keep his concentration. Fast

:42:39.:42:45.

hands. Keep the shoulders in line. As the guys have been saying, he

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knows he just estimated through to the end. Very good swing, very good

:42:50.:42:56.

style. RP goes, into the dismount and gets through. Fantastic, he will

:42:57.:43:04.

be really relieved. He got his way through every attempt of the 6.7

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difficulty. That will be our leader and he did fight, twice in that

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routine I thought he was going to come off and that just shows the

:43:15.:43:19.

determination in that young man. Really packed the difficulty in that

:43:20.:43:23.

routine. Technically in my mind, not the best we have seen, however, he

:43:24.:43:27.

as a mark up on everybody else because he stayed on the apparatus.

:43:28.:43:32.

That was a mistake at the start, fortunately he managed just a

:43:33.:43:36.

flicker in the legs and stayed on. There you can see. The difficult

:43:37.:43:41.

work with the flaring to handstand, down into the flair but battled

:43:42.:43:47.

again to keep the momentum going. 31 years of age. Using all of his

:43:48.:43:54.

experience to get through that Paul Mulrennan team. -- to get through

:43:55.:44:04.

all of that routine. That matches Louis Smith, unless Louis decides to

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go higher in terms of difficulty. The current European champion, Louis

:44:10.:44:15.

Smith. World silver, Olympics over medallist. Can he retain his

:44:16.:44:25.

European title? It is time to find out. Come on, Louis. Time to stamp

:44:26.:44:34.

your authority in this pommel horse final. Just keep the composure.

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Single leg, straight to handstand. And again. Locks out. Picks up into

:44:45.:44:51.

the double leg circle now. On the one handle. There are the Stockley

:44:52.:44:59.

's. That gives the difficulty. Into the Russian on the one handle. Into

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a full spindle. Now that was a slip from the horse. That was definitely

:45:09.:45:16.

a slip from the horse. Just there, it slips of the side. Lack of chalk

:45:17.:45:23.

or shiny leather? It can be a mixture of a lot of things. Sweaty

:45:24.:45:27.

hands which caused him to slip off the side. He is back on and back to

:45:28.:45:30.

business. Very efficient. Still the chance of a medal, up into

:45:31.:45:47.

a handstand. There tap of the chest but a disappointing routine for

:45:48.:45:52.

Louis. Nothing technically wrong, but he obviously didn't place it

:45:53.:45:57.

quite securely enough on the top of the horse. He was a bit too much

:45:58.:46:04.

down the side so he slipped. I don't think so because his hand was on the

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top, to me that was a slip on the leather. You often find as you

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travel around the world and compete on these apparatus, if someone has

:46:13.:46:17.

bought something on the leather before, some gymnasts use water,

:46:18.:46:22.

honey, salt, he has caught that and he's completely off. The others have

:46:23.:46:27.

fallen through technical faults. That was no fault of his own. Louis

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is into second. Merdinyan leading the competition.

:46:39.:46:49.

Kuksenkov from Russia, the next gymnast to challenge. He picks up

:46:50.:47:03.

into the double leg circles. Nice one handle work, which is a

:47:04.:47:11.

requirement. Up into the handstand. Into the flair work, this is really

:47:12.:47:16.

good work. And again, he has actually increased the difficulty.

:47:17.:47:25.

Travelling along the horse in flairs. This is going really well.

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Oh! Again! I think Dan you will have to be careful about saying that.

:47:43.:47:48.

This is unprecedented! He upped that a lot compared to his previous

:47:49.:47:52.

routine. You could see he was struggling towards the end, and

:47:53.:47:57.

there is the dismount to finish. There is only one gymnast who has

:47:58.:48:02.

managed to get through a routine. It certainly is a very unusual pommel

:48:03.:48:09.

horse final. Dan is doing the maths, he has upped that considerably over

:48:10.:48:14.

seven. I'm thinking that is quite a lot actually, towards 7.2 maybe. It

:48:15.:48:21.

is always a question, to really throw the difficulty. 14.566. He is

:48:22.:48:32.

sitting in third at the moment. Let's see if he increases the

:48:33.:48:49.

difficulty or concentrates on the execution. 14.566 is the score to

:48:50.:48:55.

get into the medals at the moment. He did a great job for the team last

:48:56.:49:03.

night. He's certainly working well here. Lots of pace. Good style. He

:49:04.:49:13.

knows he has just got to keep concentrating and go cleanly through

:49:14.:49:18.

this routine. Keeping those legs locked together. Up, round, and he

:49:19.:49:29.

has made it! He could get silver. He could get Switzerland's first-ever

:49:30.:49:34.

pommel medal maybe, or maybe not the first but the first in a long time.

:49:35.:49:40.

Really fast hands, hugely difficult circling in the middle. Swing, if

:49:41.:49:46.

anything a little bit skewed, shoulders slightly out of line with

:49:47.:49:50.

the horse at times, but in this final just to get through from start

:49:51.:49:55.

to finish is likely to put you on the podium. He has gone up into

:49:56.:50:13.

second, 14.9 for Baumann and ahead of Louis Smith. Capable of 15.1, can

:50:14.:50:27.

he get himself a medal here and push Louis Smith out of the medals. Doing

:50:28.:50:36.

everything he can to keep calm and remain composed. Starting off with

:50:37.:50:49.

the scissors to handstand. Lovely full turn on the one arm. Onto the

:50:50.:50:54.

one handle. Just doing his best to stay on here.

:50:55.:51:17.

Up onto the one handle as well. He's fighting, he's fighting. And up into

:51:18.:51:26.

the dismount. It is going to be close. He whipped up that dismount,

:51:27.:51:30.

he wanted to get off as quick as possible. He's through, but is he on

:51:31.:51:36.

the medal podium? That is the question that the judges had to

:51:37.:51:42.

answer. Louis Smith Great Britain has 14.733, Baumann 14.9. Maybe not

:51:43.:51:53.

15, but it could go above Louis' score. There is something about the

:51:54.:51:58.

Russians today, a real energy amongst the team. They are enjoying

:51:59.:52:03.

themselves. And what a performance, to go out there after you have had

:52:04.:52:09.

five falls and to pull off a routine like that. There were times on the

:52:10.:52:14.

spindle again, when you think, has he just stayed on? He did really

:52:15.:52:20.

well. He has never had a European pommel medal, he has now, he has

:52:21.:52:30.

gone into second. Baumann, for Switzerland, takes the bronze. There

:52:31.:52:45.

is the new champion, Merdinyan. Confirmation of the men's pommel

:52:46.:52:51.

horse final. Merdinyan, the European champion.

:52:52.:52:57.

It is not often we see you fall off the pommel horse, what happened? I

:52:58.:53:02.

don't know, I felt good, I started my routine of clean and before I

:53:03.:53:06.

know it's my hand had slipped off the side. When that happens, there

:53:07.:53:14.

is no saving it. Sometimes you can rectify the mistake but it was so

:53:15.:53:18.

quick there was nothing I can do. Was there not enough chalk on your

:53:19.:53:24.

hands? Describe what that is down to. As gymnasts we try to make the

:53:25.:53:30.

sport look easy, when we do it, we try to show how beautiful and easy

:53:31.:53:34.

it is but underneath all of that it is a difficult job. Everyone trips

:53:35.:53:38.

up when they are walking now and again. It is exactly what happened

:53:39.:53:43.

on the pommel horse. I was going through my emotions and my hand

:53:44.:53:48.

slipped off the side. Maybe it's because I'm too muscly!

:53:49.:53:52.

It is one thing to walk down the road and triple but that is another

:53:53.:53:55.

to try and post one of the most difficult pommel horse routines in

:53:56.:53:59.

the world and I think that was the issue, that everybody was going all

:54:00.:54:05.

out because the big guns were there. Yes, obviously Rio is not far away

:54:06.:54:10.

so they want to try out their routines and know that that is the

:54:11.:54:15.

routine they will use in Rio. Gradually as people were starting to

:54:16.:54:19.

fall, as a mentality of a gymnast you think, do I step back and go

:54:20.:54:25.

clean to stay on, but then you are not rehearsing the routine you maybe

:54:26.:54:29.

do in the gym so it can go against you. Also the mindset, if I stay on,

:54:30.:54:40.

I could be European champion. I think for Kuksenkov that was a big

:54:41.:54:47.

thing. And you know the mind games that can be played in a final like

:54:48.:54:52.

that. Yes, I have had it before where a lot of people fell in front

:54:53.:54:55.

of me and I thought this could be my year, then I have made a mistake. It

:54:56.:55:00.

is just one of those things that can happen. This is Louis' moment here.

:55:01.:55:08.

You were sitting beside me in commentary, you were shocked. I

:55:09.:55:12.

didn't expect it. Usually you can see if they are about to fall, if

:55:13.:55:16.

their shoulders are in the wrong place, but that was a random error,

:55:17.:55:21.

just one of those things. We heard Craig talking in commentary about,

:55:22.:55:26.

basically using the contents of his kitchen cupboard, when he said what

:55:27.:55:31.

some gymnasts put on, but it can be an issue who is going on before you.

:55:32.:55:39.

Yes, some use honey, some use sugar water, some just use chalk.

:55:40.:55:44.

Sometimes there might be some honey left on the apparatus but

:55:45.:55:47.

unfortunately that is the elite level sport. You cannot even blame

:55:48.:55:52.

it on a technical error. Louis didn't know it had happened until it

:55:53.:55:58.

had happened. It is not a bad thing. Obviously he will be disappointed

:55:59.:56:01.

today but it is better that it happens now than in eight weeks.

:56:02.:56:07.

What did you use? I was just chalk and water. Dan? Just chalk on the

:56:08.:56:18.

pommel horse, but sugar water on the P bars. Just the one you get down

:56:19.:56:25.

the supermarket! Perfect. With every score counting, there was all sorts

:56:26.:56:29.

of pressure on the British team, none more so than on the shoulders

:56:30.:56:33.

of Courtney Tulloch, having already qualified for the rings final he did

:56:34.:56:37.

a remarkable job in securing the team silver. Here he is talking to

:56:38.:56:48.

David. Courtney Tulloch for Great Britain. How do you feel to be here?

:56:49.:56:56.

It must be a great opportunity for you. Yes, I got told pretty late

:56:57.:57:02.

that Max wasn't going to be here so luckily I was ready and I had been

:57:03.:57:06.

doing a lot of competitions. I am excited to be here and obviously I'm

:57:07.:57:12.

happy. What is the importance of these championships for you

:57:13.:57:16.

personally? I just want to go out there and do the P bars and help the

:57:17.:57:28.

team. That is the most important thing, and what the selectors are

:57:29.:57:32.

looking at is who can benefit the team the most and that is what I'm

:57:33.:57:37.

trying to do. Have you tried to add anything else to your gymnastics in

:57:38.:57:44.

order to make you more selectable? Yes, I have started doing all around

:57:45.:57:50.

since the worlds in Glasgow. I have been doing more apparatus and trying

:57:51.:57:55.

to get my difficulty levels up. My vault is coming along, floor is

:57:56.:57:58.

getting better so I'm happy with the progress I am making. You get big

:57:59.:58:06.

scores on the rings, don't you, and you have your own move. Tell us

:58:07.:58:13.

about it. I remember when I was pretty young, I was messing about on

:58:14.:58:18.

one of the rings machines, and the thought of it, I remember doing it

:58:19.:58:24.

and getting my friend to record it. I thought this is cool, but then I

:58:25.:58:29.

forgot about it completely. It is almost like a position of laying in

:58:30.:58:35.

bed but on the rings. It is hard to explain but when I do it in the

:58:36.:58:41.

routine, people see what it is. That is immensely powerful... I took it

:58:42.:58:47.

out of my routine just to improve it, working hard in the gym to get

:58:48.:58:52.

it as straight as possible. It is back in my routine now, and it has

:58:53.:58:57.

been going really well. I have just got to prove myself at big

:58:58.:59:02.

competitions like this. Quite something, isn't it, at the age of

:59:03.:59:09.

12 when you realise you can do the Tulloch! We said earlier on what a

:59:10.:59:16.

performance he had put in, proving he is in with a good shout as far as

:59:17.:59:23.

selection is concerned in Rio. Yes, his strength positions on the rings

:59:24.:59:27.

are perfect, it literally comes down to the dismount. If you stick that,

:59:28.:59:33.

you will come out with a big score. To hit that 15.7, you have got to

:59:34.:59:38.

stick the discount. And just a word on the quiet progress he has been

:59:39.:59:46.

making. It shows when he did the bars in the team final, before he

:59:47.:59:51.

would be used for rings and also parallel bars and he will start

:59:52.:59:56.

doing more and more. He has had the 90 rest, our gymnasts have been

:59:57.:59:59.

doing an enormous amount of gymnastics, but this is the way it

:00:00.:00:03.

works when you do the team final and the individual apparatus finals next

:00:04.:00:07.

to each other, how do you find it back in the day, how did you keep

:00:08.:00:12.

fresh? Hill it is difficult, an unusual decision that they put the

:00:13.:00:15.

senior apparatus finals this morning, so the seniors had a 12

:00:16.:00:20.

hour turnaround, which for some day like Courtney that is using an

:00:21.:00:24.

immense amount of strength and that routine, it is not a lot of recovery

:00:25.:00:28.

time but they have the team and medical staff out there helping him

:00:29.:00:34.

recover. He has done his best, he and the rest of the medical team and

:00:35.:00:37.

let's have a look at who he is up against.

:00:38.:00:43.

Petrounias, current world and European champion, he will be going

:00:44.:00:46.

second. Abliazin qualified third. Van Gelder

:00:47.:01:01.

is the last gymnast to go. Let's join the lads on rings.

:01:02.:01:06.

COMMENTATOR: Petrounias, unsurprisingly the highest

:01:07.:01:16.

qualifier, the current world and European champion.

:01:17.:01:23.

He is performing a 6.8 difficulty. Just wait and watch the execution.

:01:24.:01:31.

Immensely compact and powerful gymnast. The pickle to comprehend

:01:32.:01:41.

watching this just how strong he is -- difficult to comprehend. That is

:01:42.:01:46.

a cycle round, Maltese into the top flange. Bounce back to the Maltese.

:01:47.:01:58.

Th lifts his head. Circle round to the Maltese, shoulders flat, body

:01:59.:02:04.

level with the rings. That is what the judges are looking for. Blocks

:02:05.:02:06.

out the handstand. In the crucifix. The front

:02:07.:02:27.

somersault, straight into the crucifix, open hands. Just to prove

:02:28.:02:33.

how strong he is. Double pike. Swings to the handstand, effortless.

:02:34.:02:40.

It is the amplitude. Double twisted, double pike, little adjustment on

:02:41.:02:45.

landing, cracking routine. The sharpness and the precision of those

:02:46.:02:54.

swings, just locks it into position. He is really a specialist. A

:02:55.:02:55.

virtuoso. Perfect physique for the sport. And

:02:56.:03:09.

the idea is to hold the body in a completely straight line and that he

:03:10.:03:13.

does, look at the power through the shoulders. The list of the chin as

:03:14.:03:19.

if to say, I can do this so easy and I can look up as well. And of

:03:20.:03:25.

course, a relatively young gymnast who has grabbed the swinging

:03:26.:03:33.

elements. That super straight line. The only question is that this man,

:03:34.:03:38.

you can see the coach slightly edgily there and a little hop

:03:39.:03:41.

forward, but really excellent work. It is a huge score. Execution in the

:03:42.:03:48.

nines. Higher than qualification. Next up. Never medalled at the

:03:49.:04:17.

European Championships before, could this be his year? He has been in the

:04:18.:04:21.

final many a time. Fantastic strong left. Another

:04:22.:04:40.

circle to a completely straight strength move. Each of these

:04:41.:04:45.

strength elements has got a difficulty score, add them together

:04:46.:04:52.

and the bonus goes up, so the score goes higher. Swung to handstand,

:04:53.:04:57.

little shake at the top and those swinging elements not quite so

:04:58.:05:01.

convincing. Although the strength hold at the end of it was.

:05:02.:05:10.

Each strength element has to be held. The judges have to get their

:05:11.:05:19.

mental clocks out and make sure it is held long enough, just wobbling

:05:20.:05:22.

around a little bit with the rings, not quite in a straight line, lovely

:05:23.:05:27.

dismount but the handstands will tell with the judges's score. Little

:05:28.:05:35.

loss of form, spot-on on the strength elements. You'll notice a

:05:36.:05:39.

lot of the gymnasts now within the crucifix are lifting their hands of

:05:40.:05:43.

the rings, they don't get any more difficulty for this or value, The

:05:44.:05:51.

Jacks show to the judges the virtuosity and the strength they can

:05:52.:05:55.

do that. Punching his hands. That was a good routine. Not good enough

:05:56.:06:01.

to go into first place. Good enough for second at the moment. 15.6.

:06:02.:06:12.

he got a bronze medal at the Championships that year -- Abliazin.

:06:13.:06:33.

Strong start. Write to the Maltese. Flat with the rings. Watch this.

:06:34.:06:41.

Press back to the Maltese. Very difficult work. Now he needs to work

:06:42.:06:49.

on the swing. Double cut, double pike, back up to the top, much

:06:50.:06:58.

better than yesterday. That is when you circle round to the crucifix and

:06:59.:07:04.

kicked back into the crucifix. Little bit of a swing on the rings.

:07:05.:07:10.

Have to control that. Forward into the handstand. Backward long swing.

:07:11.:07:18.

Needs a good dismount. Double twist than double straight, went back on

:07:19.:07:24.

the landing. I tell you what, he has some good timing to try to control

:07:25.:07:28.

the rings. You have to drop down from that handstand position at

:07:29.:07:32.

exactly the right time to try to counteract the swing you have got

:07:33.:07:36.

going and he managed it, got his dismount round without over

:07:37.:07:40.

rotating. Huge dismount as well. Of course, he is a great vaulter, so

:07:41.:07:47.

the dismount phase is not a problem for him.

:07:48.:07:53.

He goes into second. Joint second with daddy -- Davtyan.

:07:54.:08:06.

Ait Said of France. Tied with Abliazin last year. He was a former

:08:07.:08:27.

European champion on rings. Just a tiny bit low with the feet.

:08:28.:08:37.

That is a little bit better. Very stylish. Shoulders well in line

:08:38.:08:53.

with the hands. That is what the judges have to decide, that is what

:08:54.:08:58.

all the little deductions are from, very smooth on the swings.

:08:59.:09:05.

Each of these plans she is our slightly below the hips and just a

:09:06.:09:20.

little of in the back on the handstand. But really nice routine,

:09:21.:09:25.

showing good balance, swung forwards and backwards. Here comes the

:09:26.:09:31.

dismount, the double straight with full twist, good control, a very

:09:32.:09:34.

complete routine, even if there were tiny errors. Probably one of the

:09:35.:09:41.

weaker part of the routine is when he came out of the double hike,

:09:42.:09:47.

little bit clunky, but then fixed well into the Maltese. That is where

:09:48.:09:52.

the body is level with the rings. If the shoulders are at had high, that

:09:53.:09:57.

will be a 10th and the judges, these are the best judges in the world,

:09:58.:10:01.

that will not get past them and he had to do a few little alterations

:10:02.:10:05.

that Christine picked up on on the handstand but the finish, the judges

:10:06.:10:10.

will remember that for that superb. It is not enough. Ait Said into

:10:11.:10:15.

fourth place. Here we go, the former junior

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European champion for Great Britain it is Courtney Tulloch. Great

:10:25.:10:30.

Britain have never had a rings medal, could this be the day?

:10:31.:10:38.

The most difficult routine in qualification. 6.9 but must execute

:10:39.:10:53.

well. Strong start. Up into the top palnch watch this. That is his own

:10:54.:11:00.

move, the Tulloch. The Maltese, lift of the head. Now he needs the swing.

:11:01.:11:13.

Into handstand. Rises to the top planch. Into the crucifix. Little

:11:14.:11:23.

nod of the head. Showing the amplitude. Double pike. Into the

:11:24.:11:37.

Maltese. Position is superb. Fix the handstand. All on the dismount. Full

:11:38.:11:42.

twist, little adjustment, super routine. Could be good enough to go

:11:43.:11:48.

into the top three. A crucial dismount isn't enough -- is it

:11:49.:11:58.

enough? He scored 15.7 in the final yesterday. He needs 15.63 to join

:11:59.:12:08.

the silver medal winning party which is a tie. Look at that superb shape

:12:09.:12:17.

you can just imagine, you know how hard it is holding that shape laying

:12:18.:12:22.

flat on the floor, let alone holding the rings as well and he lifts right

:12:23.:12:28.

to a dead straight line, he really is powerful, he has worked very hard

:12:29.:12:32.

on the swinging and the dismounting phase. Throws the rings away, wraps

:12:33.:12:41.

that full twist in the position. Good style, legs locked together,

:12:42.:12:45.

just a little hop back, he managed to keep away from the big set, that

:12:46.:12:54.

was super work. It is very close. Courtney in fourth, outside the

:12:55.:13:04.

medals tied for silver. Th this is the last gymnast to go, a man who

:13:05.:13:09.

will have something to say. Van Gelder. Three-time European

:13:10.:13:16.

champion, former world champion on the rings.

:13:17.:13:26.

This, this is strength, unbelievable. Circle round to the

:13:27.:13:35.

top planche. Look at how steady his feet are. Maltese, maybe a little

:13:36.:13:43.

high. Into the inverted crucifix. That is a double cup and that double

:13:44.:13:49.

pike, into the top planche. A little flicker of the legs, that is because

:13:50.:13:57.

of the strain. Maltese. Into the crucifix.

:13:58.:14:04.

Got to fix the handstand. Full twist, double straight. Good in the

:14:05.:14:15.

dismount. Good in parts. I don't think just good enough. It was a

:14:16.:14:22.

very similar difficulty score to Petrounias. This will be down to

:14:23.:14:26.

execution. It was looking very clean and precise, incredible strength in

:14:27.:14:33.

those presses. One of the things that up about this routine is that

:14:34.:14:38.

it was quite short and you can pack the difficulty in and you don't have

:14:39.:14:41.

to make a long routine, you don't get too weary. With untidy feet.

:14:42.:14:50.

You can see he is shaking with the effort. The less moves you do, if

:14:51.:14:58.

you only have to do ten moves, you can only be deducted for little

:14:59.:15:03.

errors ten times. I felt this was quite a short routine, quite a

:15:04.:15:10.

clever routine. Yes, very clever but the swinging element is the weakest

:15:11.:15:16.

part of that routine. Van Gelder outside of the medals in fourth. It

:15:17.:15:28.

ties with Courtney Tulloch. Two ties in this final, but there is your

:15:29.:15:34.

champion yet again! Petrounias. He is world champion and again he is

:15:35.:15:43.

European champion. Confirmation. It juniors retains his European title

:15:44.:15:48.

to go along with a world title he has.

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on the quiet progress he has been making.

:15:54.:16:01.

It was an amazing rings final, really strong. I love watching it

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because I look up to a lot of them. It was really close between all of

:16:08.:16:13.

us. A lot of positives to take away and I'm pleased. And looking forward

:16:14.:16:17.

towards Rio, I suppose selection is coming up. Do you feel able to

:16:18.:16:25.

improve? Yes, my goal is to be in that team. There's a lot of us

:16:26.:16:30.

fighting. I want to take this as a positive and fight my way into the

:16:31.:16:35.

team. It is nice to hear that Courtney enjoyed watching the final,

:16:36.:16:40.

we did too and we will be talking about Rio selection shortly but the

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finals for Britain keep on coming, as they do for Kristian Thomas. It

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is time for the vaults now, and it is a piece on which Kristian has

:16:49.:16:57.

made many historic leaps and landings. Let's hear from the big

:16:58.:17:03.

man. COMMENTATOR: Bring it all home, big

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man, this is down to you. This is just what was needed! Kristian

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Thomas, you are incredible! That night in London was so special

:17:17.:17:22.

for the team. 95% of that crowd was there tattoo -- to cheer on Great

:17:23.:17:32.

Britain. The way the team competition went was that I was the

:17:33.:17:39.

last man on floor. I was so confident I was going to deliver

:17:40.:17:43.

that routine, when I finished I kind of knew we had won the medal, but

:17:44.:17:48.

you never know what will happen. There was a bit of drama, where we

:17:49.:17:54.

second or bronze. It was one of those occasions that I know will

:17:55.:17:57.

live with me for the rest of the life. For you, a good performance

:17:58.:18:03.

here in Bern, what would that do in your head for selection? The

:18:04.:18:09.

European Championships are step towards the Olympics. We know we can

:18:10.:18:14.

take away from it the good, the bad, what we can work on for the summer,

:18:15.:18:19.

but at the same time we are all vying for five spots in the Olympic

:18:20.:18:24.

team so we need to go out there and produce the results we know we are

:18:25.:18:28.

capable of. We want to give the selection committee the headache of

:18:29.:18:34.

who to take. The good thing about having multiple finals is that it

:18:35.:18:36.

gives you more opportunities to do that. COMMENTATOR: Come on, a

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Kristian. Really needs to be precise here. You cannot be much more

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precise than that. That is the stuff of dreams from Kristian Thomas.

:18:52.:19:01.

Vault is one of those apparatus where such a lot can happen in a

:19:02.:19:05.

short space of time and landings are crucial. If I can do that, that

:19:06.:19:10.

gives me an opportunity. It is over so quickly, and you have this burst

:19:11.:19:18.

of adrenaline, and then it is over within a matter of seconds. It is

:19:19.:19:22.

quite a tough apparatus in the finals but nonetheless I'm looking

:19:23.:19:25.

forward to it and hopefully I will be able to seize my chance in the

:19:26.:19:29.

final as well. Quite nice to be reminiscing about

:19:30.:19:35.

Antwerp, 2013 am a commentary. We all thought he had done really well,

:19:36.:19:39.

he got the bronze which was great. Yes, I didn't realise they had

:19:40.:19:46.

filmed us watching it, we were jumping up and down because we

:19:47.:19:51.

thought he had won the title. He such a consistent person. He is the

:19:52.:19:57.

hardest worker in the gym, he knows what his job is and he goes and does

:19:58.:20:01.

it and he's a great team captain. The vibe he creates from your point

:20:02.:20:08.

of view, Dan? He will always go clean, fingers crossed! He is the

:20:09.:20:13.

dependable guy, the captain, he's probably got the most experience

:20:14.:20:16.

apart from Louis and he's someone you can look up to into the team,

:20:17.:20:22.

almost a father figure. If you have any problems, they can really look

:20:23.:20:29.

up to him and ask questions. Let's have a quick word on setting up this

:20:30.:20:33.

vault final because in the team final you only get one vault, in

:20:34.:20:40.

this one you get two. You have got to have two different types of

:20:41.:20:44.

entries and it is such a difficult final. Chris mentioned it, it is a

:20:45.:20:50.

lottery. Those double somersaults, you are talking about fractions and

:20:51.:20:53.

if you are slightly out you are not on your feet and you could be either

:20:54.:20:59.

on your face or your bottom. The vault final for me is the most

:21:00.:21:04.

dangerous, the hardest to be in, because they walk out of the gym and

:21:05.:21:09.

literally have to go without a warm up. Whereas with the other

:21:10.:21:13.

apparatus, the first skill you do warms you up. For Kristian, going

:21:14.:21:18.

six, let's have a look at the start list. You can see Nagornyy already

:21:19.:21:33.

has a gold today so he is sitting pretty. It is just wonderful to see

:21:34.:21:49.

Dragulescu in fourth position. Kristian will be going six. Let's

:21:50.:21:53.

get down to the runway and see what happens.

:21:54.:22:03.

To start, Nagornyy of Russia. He had no problem with coming straight off

:22:04.:22:07.

the podium and to the end of the vault runway. That was a fantastic

:22:08.:22:12.

vault. An absolute belter to start off this men's final. Look at that,

:22:13.:22:22.

two and a half somersaults with the half turn, spots the landing. Wow,

:22:23.:22:31.

what a start. Looks up the floor, that's how you do it. 15.466 out of

:22:32.:22:44.

a possible 16. 9.466 for execution. Here comes the world number two.

:22:45.:22:49.

Instead of that handspring entrance he will have to do something

:22:50.:22:52.

different, go backwards onto the horse. Again, a six difficulty. And

:22:53.:23:03.

he has done his favourite vault first so is always a challenge. Oh,

:23:04.:23:12.

and it is a challenge. Triple twist off, and a big hop to the side. But

:23:13.:23:19.

incredibly difficult to control that twisting vault as you come in to

:23:20.:23:24.

land. Absolutely, and I would be saying is it a triple. He's about

:23:25.:23:30.

two and three quarters round. Because he was still twisting as he

:23:31.:23:36.

hit the mat, he had no option but to go sideways. Shoulders back, not

:23:37.:23:43.

over his centre of gravity, and off. They have given him the sixth. An

:23:44.:23:52.

average of 14.916 after both vaults are added together. The European

:23:53.:24:01.

champion twice in 2014, 20 13. He has been in a world final as well.

:24:02.:24:06.

Can he really gain this European title? That's the aim here. Now this

:24:07.:24:16.

is something rather special. Big vault, it is the first twist within

:24:17.:24:29.

the double back. Really efficient, chest down, shoulders down, hands

:24:30.:24:39.

down. There you go, 14.066 for vaults number one. Keep an eye on

:24:40.:24:46.

the scoreboard to his right hand side of the runway, you will see it

:24:47.:24:55.

as he runs past. Another hugely difficult vault, different approach.

:24:56.:25:00.

Handspring into the two and a half, and he absolutely nails the

:25:01.:25:06.

landing... On his head. Not the best outing on vault today whatsoever.

:25:07.:25:10.

You can see, I think he was a little late, just lost the height. Bang on

:25:11.:25:16.

the middle, absolutely, just not enough block. He was given the 6.2,

:25:17.:25:26.

no penalties there, but he has an average of 14.033. Abliazin, just

:25:27.:25:32.

not your day-to-day. Davtyan, 23 years old now, I think

:25:33.:25:53.

he will go for the six difficulty first. Armenia have had a great

:25:54.:26:01.

finals so far. Is it going to be another one? That was beautiful

:26:02.:26:08.

vaulting. Absolutely fabulous. Held that body shape, wrapped the twist

:26:09.:26:16.

in really impressively. Yes, a gold and a silver in today's final so far

:26:17.:26:25.

for Armenia. Handspring on, two and a half twists off. Fabulous. Watch

:26:26.:26:33.

the block, hits the table, rockets high into the air. You can see the

:26:34.:26:40.

difference between that two and a half and Abliazin on the height. He

:26:41.:26:52.

can spot the flaw in the middle. One adjustment on landing. So, the --

:26:53.:27:03.

very much on target here bearing in mind Nagornyy's second vault was 14

:27:04.:27:08.

point 366. Unbelievable difficult to hear. --

:27:09.:27:33.

unbelievable difficulty here. The second vault is always the tricky

:27:34.:27:39.

one. Triple twist, not quite so well controlled but he turns on, snaps

:27:40.:27:45.

off, wraps in the triple twist. He really twists beautifully. I think

:27:46.:27:51.

that is worth more than 14.360 six. If the judges agreed, he will go

:27:52.:27:56.

into the lead. He is superb in the air. Wraps in, legs straight, maybe

:27:57.:28:08.

apart a little bit but the judges won't spot that. Slight hop back,

:28:09.:28:14.

but two very good consistent vaults. This is where I think... Davtyan

:28:15.:28:25.

goes into the lead! Can he hang on? Will he be the third gymnast from

:28:26.:28:35.

Armenia to medals today? -- to medal. Dragulescu, back from

:28:36.:28:46.

retirement. Can he get his second medal of today's finals? This is his

:28:47.:29:00.

vault to do it. On the money! That is how you do it. That was really

:29:01.:29:09.

good. You have seen Nagornyy earlier do a Dragulescu, and he has bought,

:29:10.:29:20.

I can't let him do my move. He matches the best score of the day.

:29:21.:29:25.

15.433 for vault one. So, what has Dragulescu got in the

:29:26.:29:43.

locker? He has upped the difficulty so this one is harder than the last

:29:44.:29:50.

vault. Yes, powers down the runway. Straight front, two and a half. Big

:29:51.:29:55.

step on landing but it was on his feet. Very clean, efficient vault.

:29:56.:30:04.

Look at that. He really twists very efficiently. There will be a few

:30:05.:30:08.

deductions. He was outside the centre line, landed inside the

:30:09.:30:12.

double line but that was a clean turn on. He comes aggressively low,

:30:13.:30:18.

out through the shoulders, nice straight body shape.

:30:19.:30:23.

He does step outside of both lines. It has joint lead with Davtyan.

:30:24.:30:38.

Verniaiev, qualified with the fifth highest score. Got a bronze a couple

:30:39.:30:46.

of years ago at the Euros on vault. Starting with a six difficulty.

:30:47.:30:52.

For a slight gymnast he can generate some power. Such hike, such power,

:30:53.:31:02.

that, for me is the best we have seen. So right when he lands. The

:31:03.:31:09.

height on that Dragulescu was at least a foot or even higher than the

:31:10.:31:16.

ones we have seen, they might take 0.1 on the dismount for such a

:31:17.:31:21.

small, compact gymnast, that way he transfers the block in from the

:31:22.:31:24.

table into height and look at the length of the vault, shoulders up,

:31:25.:31:35.

superb vaulting. Great scorer, but not the highest we have seen. That

:31:36.:31:45.

is the 0.1. So they cannot split the vaults.

:31:46.:31:54.

Verniaiev posted a six for his second vault as far as difficulty is

:31:55.:32:01.

concerned. I'm sure he will stick with the same plan of action here.

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An average of 14.9 needed. Another hugely difficult vault. The

:32:05.:32:18.

turn. The triple. That was a fabulous second vault. Very

:32:19.:32:27.

effective. Blocks high into the air, Rapson, executes the twist superbly.

:32:28.:32:35.

Verniaiev, into the lead by 0.0 eight.

:32:36.:32:40.

Kristian Thomas at the end of the vault run. He got a third in the

:32:41.:32:51.

World Championships back in 2013. Such a powerful falter. Capable of

:32:52.:32:59.

wonderful landings. Come on, Chris. Double pike. And that is what we

:33:00.:33:10.

needed. Get in there, my son. He is so efficient on this, isn't he? We

:33:11.:33:15.

have watched this vault grow in time, when he first did it he had to

:33:16.:33:20.

squeeze it round, now he blocks so efficiently, lifts up, almost able

:33:21.:33:25.

to start opening to land. Really good vaulting. And it is a massive

:33:26.:33:35.

15.5. The highest score we have seen in this vault final so far. Can he

:33:36.:33:43.

just maintain this consistency. Giving himself just the slightest

:33:44.:33:54.

offer there. And easier vault, very important to keep the form, execute

:33:55.:33:59.

as clean as possible, spot that landing. Come on, Chris. Not so easy

:34:00.:34:05.

to learn. Hands-free, double front somersault. Splits the landing,

:34:06.:34:11.

takes a step back. Let's just hope the first vault will carry that

:34:12.:34:16.

average. This is fantastic vaulting from Kristian Thomas, such a precise

:34:17.:34:20.

gymnast, other than the step that. There are no deductions on that,

:34:21.:34:28.

often the gymnasts hit with their legs already bent, he depresses the

:34:29.:34:32.

springs and that is what lifts up in the year, he leaves the platform

:34:33.:34:36.

with his legs straight and then snaps into that double somersault,

:34:37.:34:40.

because he doesn't have turned out it is lower tariff and also it is

:34:41.:34:44.

blind, doesn't get sight of the floor until very late. Just came out

:34:45.:34:52.

a fraction early. It is not enough to get up into the medals.

:34:53.:35:01.

Benjamin Gischard from Switzerland. The Swiss having such a storming

:35:02.:35:09.

Europeans in front of their home crowd. One of the youngest Swiss

:35:10.:35:17.

gymnasts in the team, 20 years old. Scurrying down the runway. Super

:35:18.:35:23.

twisting but he ran out of rotation, really. He had lots of hype but as

:35:24.:35:30.

you come off the top you have two snap and create rotation as well.

:35:31.:35:34.

Look to me like something happened on the springboard like he slipped

:35:35.:35:38.

and he went into the vault at the wrong angle and that meant he

:35:39.:35:43.

couldn't block from the top and obviously at that height, it causes

:35:44.:35:44.

a lack of rotation. Gischard's second vault. Scored well

:35:45.:36:20.

with this vault in qualification. I was going to say performed much

:36:21.:36:24.

better but just a little bit ran out of legs and had to step back and

:36:25.:36:31.

down. There you can see, just lacks a little bit of block, he really has

:36:32.:36:35.

to transfer the power into a bit more height. On the rotation, steps

:36:36.:36:43.

back. The back arm, he really needs to block a little bit higher. To

:36:44.:36:51.

land, the blind landing. If you nails both vaults, he will be

:36:52.:37:13.

in with a chance. If. He has got two six difficulties. Let's see what is

:37:14.:37:20.

first, a ruffle approach. Big block. The Dragulescu again, little bit

:37:21.:37:24.

deep on the landing, not as good as we have seen so far. He tapped a

:37:25.:37:31.

little bit early. And I think the hands possibly touched there. Feet

:37:32.:37:36.

first but I think the hands did touch. He is already talking.

:37:37.:37:41.

Creating a bit of a problem for himself.

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I would let him for that, he wasn't putting his hands down, it was just

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a load landing. They agree with me. Thank you. It wasn't an intentional

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hand. Second vault, needs every single

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10th he can muster here. Strong approach again. Got the block. Much

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better there, that double pike. That second vault. Little bit too much,

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too late. Got his hands well away from the mat. Very true. That was a

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brilliant second vault. Super. Just 18, give him a few more months and

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he will be competitive with those two vault. One of the cleanest

:38:50.:38:57.

rounds on the time, so was able to snap and block off the top as well.

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Seemed to land a little bit straight, it took him by surprise.

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Gets his shoulders run, this platform is quite springy, if you

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hit it right, it will lift you up. Li it is a fifth least finish for

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Hrimeche. Verniaiev is the new European champion. Davtyan taking

:39:25.:39:31.

silver and Dragulescu taking bronze. Was so close, nail-biting final, we

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love the vault, it is over so quickly but so dynamic. The exciting

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thing with the vault is you never know what is going to happen. There

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can be so many mistakes and there were a few big vault is that managed

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to land both. Is it too late for Kristian to be working on the

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difficulty on the second vault because he is a brittle bit down on

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the world stage. The lament the second vault is what brings him

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down, that is why he didn't get into the medal today. It is never too

:40:10.:40:14.

late to learn anything but you have to look at though risk of putting

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that extra difficulty in. With the consistency, we know he can do those

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two vault and at first vault, there is nobody else that does it in the

:40:25.:40:29.

world like him, it is unbelievable. It is hard to make that decision, do

:40:30.:40:35.

you go for more difficulty. Verniaiev, he really is an all-round

:40:36.:40:40.

gymnast. Interesting to see his tactics and the European

:40:41.:40:43.

Championship and what he is working on, how he is building his

:40:44.:40:46.

difficulty so when it comes to the all-round he will be a tough one to

:40:47.:40:51.

beat. Thinking about individual apparatus as well and trying to get

:40:52.:40:56.

as many as he can. The all-rounder, got a lot more in his locker and

:40:57.:40:59.

interesting to see what routines he puts out. The senior British results

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that we are seeing now are the culmination of years and years of

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hard work, all born out of a record-breaking junior programme

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that has become world-renowned. The juniors have been competing

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alongside the men out in Switzerland, let's just bring you

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up-to-date with what has been happening. Great Britain's star boy,

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Regini-Moran has been impressing everybody yet again on the

:41:26.:41:28.

individual apparatus for them they have just finished the finals, he

:41:29.:41:35.

got gold on the floor. Impressive stuff from a former world champion

:41:36.:41:40.

yourself. His style and class and the skills he can do, good enough

:41:41.:41:47.

for a senior team and since the -- age of nine. All-round competition.

:41:48.:41:54.

Also gold in the team for the juniors. A superb junior gymnast.

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Took gold on the parallel bars, Sobron the high bar and bronze on

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the pommel horse. Not bad. They are both really talented. They will be

:42:13.:42:15.

looking to move up into the senior ranks soon and on these couple of

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pieces both of them are doing the routines ready for senior

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competition. Didn't stop with the medal on the floor, silver on

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vault,. Also a silver on the parallel bars but the man who is in

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charge of making the all-important team decision for Rio is one of my

:42:35.:42:37.

old coaches. You must be a man with a big

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headache right now because Great Britain does have such a strong pool

:42:47.:42:50.

of talent and you go to have to make a big decision about who to take on

:42:51.:42:53.

the plane to Rio, how tough a decision will be for you? Probably

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going to be the toughest decision I have had to take. I thought London

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was bad when we changed the team from the European Championships at

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that time but this time there are a few other guys still in the wings

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and if you look at the situation and accommodations of scores, they all

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have an argument to say I could count here, I could count their and

:43:17.:43:21.

contribute to the team. It is by no means set in tablets of stone, the

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team, all of them are well aware that you have to earn your place by

:43:27.:43:30.

performance and results and from this competition onwards we still

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have a couple of control competitions to do before

:43:35.:43:38.

finalising. In your head, I'm not expecting you to reveal it, do you

:43:39.:43:43.

have a team in your mind? I have about three! About three different

:43:44.:43:49.

combinations of gymnasts that we could use and mix and match to make

:43:50.:43:54.

the strongest team and the focus is on the team medal, that is what we

:43:55.:43:59.

are really going for. If that works, we know that everybody who is on the

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team would have done their best performance in the individual

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results and they should look after themselves in terms of qualifying

:44:06.:44:08.

for finals. The team is the priority. All the selection will be

:44:09.:44:13.

about getting that strongest team. What a decision Eddie has to make

:44:14.:44:21.

now. Regini-Moran is eligible for the seniors, when you take his

:44:22.:44:32.

results into account, how will Gianni compare? Is there a chance

:44:33.:44:35.

for him to be selected? There is always that chance. We have seen on

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the vault, during this competition that he can mix it with the big

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guys. His scores can win medals at senior worlds, it is amazing and on

:44:48.:44:51.

the floor, seen him training senior routines and he would get up towards

:44:52.:44:56.

a seven on the senior. Those apparatus alone could make the

:44:57.:45:00.

final. That is how he does nearer the trials. There is potential for

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her to be considered and to think about including him in one of the

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three teams. Yes, the team is not set in stone.

:45:09.:45:20.

At the European Championships they are out there to say this is my

:45:21.:45:29.

case. Then you have some of the athletes who can say this is why you

:45:30.:45:33.

need to pick me. Both the boys and girls selection, I would not want to

:45:34.:45:40.

be making the team selection. We will keep on steam with the men now

:45:41.:45:46.

and have a look at the contenders. Dan, you are still in there but

:45:47.:45:52.

there's 13 names. We were talking yesterday, there is only five that

:45:53.:45:57.

can make it. We can see Max Whitlock sitting out, being protected, but we

:45:58.:46:04.

know Dan Purvis can go all round incredibly well. We have seen what

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Kristian is capable of, in terms of mailing landings and so on.

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Courtney, rings, it just goes on and on. Yes, that is what making us so

:46:16.:46:23.

strong as a nation at the moment. We are all fighting for the same team

:46:24.:46:28.

and it is making everyone better. Like Eddie said, there are three

:46:29.:46:32.

different combinations of teams who could get similar scores and it is

:46:33.:46:35.

down to who is most consistent within the trials and who he will be

:46:36.:46:40.

able to rely on. How will he put pressure on them to know how he --

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they will perform in Rio? It is going to be incredibly close. It is,

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and when you are out on that world stage, you have Japan, China and

:46:57.:47:02.

America coming into the mix as well. He will be putting them under

:47:03.:47:07.

different scenarios, putting different teams together, seeing how

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they perform as a team, because just as important as having that team

:47:12.:47:16.

spirit. And obviously the consistency is the key thing. If

:47:17.:47:20.

they can be consistent, the individuals will look after

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themselves. How confident are you the team medal in Rio? I would like

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to say because I seem to have a habit of jinxing things! Just forget

:47:32.:47:41.

I even mentioned it! A reminder to Eddie that the clock is ticking now,

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and something to get you all excited.

:47:46.:47:59.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is back on top of the world! Nicola Adams has just

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made history! Laura Trott, world champion!

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Cannot wait! Anyway, P bars now and this is the only final without

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British interests, which is surprising when you think that Nile

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Wilson got the second highest the bars score in yesterday's

:48:29.:48:35.

competition, just 0.2 behind the current world champion. Anyway,

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let's have a look at who has made it.

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Verniaiev will be the man to beat. Nagornyy, such a wonderful addition

:48:57.:49:08.

to the senior Russian team, up from the juniors, 19 years old. His first

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on the youth Olympics on this piece of apparatus. Lovely front

:49:19.:49:28.

somersault, immediate pirouette. Very comfortable on the one rail.

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Just had to fight a fraction there, and there is that little shuffle of

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the hands. Good, confident work on to the one rail. Out with the Healy

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turn, then the second Healy turn, but that was a bit short. With the

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extra pirouette, just overcooked. This is the first time we have seen

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this young man falter at all. He didn't set up very well before and

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he had to take a step. He knew it was pointless trying to fight, and

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off he went. He has really got a strong core. Super double front half

:50:19.:50:28.

turn, very good dismount. A surprise, but at least we know he is

:50:29.:50:33.

human! The first part of the routine was exceptional, and it was just

:50:34.:50:40.

this bit where he lost momentum on the first one, which on nerve him.

:50:41.:50:46.

His feet were out of line, then he was off the bars. 14.1, that will

:50:47.:50:49.

do, considering. Oleg Verniaiev, looking to retain

:50:50.:51:10.

his European title. Style and grace personified. Making sure everything

:51:11.:51:25.

is absolutely right, he is set. Parallel bars masterclass. Smooth

:51:26.:51:33.

into the handstand. Blocked out with straight arms, 21 bar. Hard fight

:51:34.:51:47.

there. Nice and high, the amplitude, the flight there. Now look at that.

:51:48.:51:53.

Healy turn, reverse pirouette. High in the front foot prize, nails

:51:54.:52:12.

the landing. There was areas for the judges to deduct from, but surely,

:52:13.:52:16.

surely the quality will win out in the end. Yes, he missed one of his

:52:17.:52:23.

Healy moves from the one bar as well so his start score will be two

:52:24.:52:27.

tenths down, which will make a big difference in the final.

:52:28.:52:38.

We will have to see what the score comes out as. It is the highest

:52:39.:52:55.

score so far, 15.700 and 16. Will it be enough?

:52:56.:53:17.

What can he do here in the men's final on the parallel bars? There is

:53:18.:53:32.

a big chance of a medal. Start straight into his under par work.

:53:33.:53:34.

Held that just long enough. -- under bar work. Drop chute into

:53:35.:53:56.

the front, semi-swing to handstand. Nice pirouette. Swing to handstand

:53:57.:54:15.

on the one bar. Huge dismount to stick. He has got to go into the

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lead with that. It had everything, such original work. Even to the

:54:27.:54:32.

final dismount. I'm thinking, if he takes a step here, it might just

:54:33.:54:37.

cost him but he absolutely glued that landing. His team-mates are

:54:38.:54:41.

absolutely made up for him. Just watch on the replay the quality.

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Locked out in the handstand, there you go, transfers into the

:54:50.:54:54.

handstand, pirouette. Look from another angle. Directly over the

:54:55.:55:00.

rail. But he hit 16 with this? Look at this dismount. Double front, half

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turn... It is over 16! David Belyavskiy scores 16.0 33. Surely

:55:16.:55:18.

unbeatable? It all calms down for Marcel Nguyen.

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Former European double pommel horse parallel bars champion. And some

:55:45.:55:49.

lovely original work. Super double somersault backwards. So flighty.

:55:50.:56:03.

But that he didn't hold long enough. And everybody could see the legs

:56:04.:56:10.

apart on the turn. But as for the speed, the flight and body shape,

:56:11.:56:18.

absolutely fantastic. And what that dismount! Double back with full

:56:19.:56:24.

twist. Really sensational dismount. That was very nice parallel bar

:56:25.:56:30.

work. I think he gave a few too many hearts away to win but it was really

:56:31.:56:37.

classy work. Probably the worst part of the routine for me was the long

:56:38.:56:50.

swing. This is what they are looking for, the virtuosity. Not just doing

:56:51.:57:02.

skills, but doing them with ease. 15.560 six. Nguyen inferred at the

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moment. -- in third at the moment. This is Pablo Braegger. Unusual

:57:26.:57:42.

start on the end, facing outwards. Slight step. Nice combination.

:57:43.:57:57.

Really high tip out there, there will be no deductions on that. Healy

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turn. Lovely handstand shape. Drop chute to the front Siamese. Missed

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the swing to handstand, but covered it up well. Just a little bit off on

:58:14.:58:24.

the handstand on one rail. Looks like he was fighting the whole way

:58:25.:58:29.

through that routine there, then just run out of steam and came off.

:58:30.:58:36.

He will be wanting just to finish this off nice and clean now. There

:58:37.:58:47.

is the double pike. Such a shame for the guy. Yes, a lack of experience

:58:48.:58:59.

now from this young team, starting to falter a little bit. This is

:59:00.:59:04.

where the mistakes creep in, but they have had a superb

:59:05.:59:08.

Championships, they should be immensely proud. He was slow getting

:59:09.:59:13.

his shoulders up and over. The centre of gravity has to be forwards

:59:14.:59:23.

to get up into handstand. Braegger's score is 13.933, he is in seventh.

:59:24.:59:33.

Will this last gymnast push last year's gold medallist down into

:59:34.:59:39.

third? He got the silver of last year's

:59:40.:59:55.

Europeans. All this possible. Just a little bit edgy. These to be

:59:56.:00:04.

settled. Works out. Think that was probably an escape route. Good

:00:05.:00:12.

swinging, up to handstand, into the double somersault. Just all looks a

:00:13.:00:17.

tiny bit rushed, there is a distinction between being fluent and

:00:18.:00:26.

rushed. Nicely up into handstand. Settles a bit. The full the Healy

:00:27.:00:35.

turn. Pushes back into the double pike, very nice dismount but that

:00:36.:00:39.

was a bit of a rush, it all looked a little bit out of control. Going to

:00:40.:00:53.

challenge Nguyen for bronze. Really good understanding of how the bars

:00:54.:00:54.

work. It is a score of 15, Berbecar

:00:55.:01:04.

finishes fourth Nguyen takes the bronze. But this final was all about

:01:05.:01:12.

this man, David Belyavskiy takes gold for Russia. Confirmation that

:01:13.:01:19.

David Belyavskiy with an enormous score. Takes the gold. Verniaiev

:01:20.:01:27.

take silver and Nguyen back on the European podium with a bronze.

:01:28.:01:30.

Certainly one of the gymnasts of the Championships. More sporting

:01:31.:01:35.

highlights coming your way on BBC Two. The first is Rugby union. Seven

:01:36.:01:43.

o'clock tonight and if you like your Olympics bought, fast and furious,

:01:44.:01:48.

then look no further than the BMX track.

:01:49.:02:11.

You think that is pretty full on, no helmets involved in the next piece

:02:12.:02:17.

of apparatus, getting warmed up for the last final of the day, the crowd

:02:18.:02:22.

pleasing, nail-biting high bar, one of the many pieces that during the

:02:23.:02:25.

Commonwealth Games launched Nile Wilson high onto the senior stage.

:02:26.:02:37.

What a moment! Was never in doubt. Absolute perfection.

:02:38.:02:40.

I got chucked in the deep end, 18 years old, going from doing this to

:02:41.:02:49.

the junior European competition to two months later competing in the

:02:50.:02:52.

Commonwealth Games and that was a massive step and I managed to handle

:02:53.:02:56.

it well and took a lot of confidence out of it. I performed really well.

:02:57.:03:00.

I believe there could challenge on the senior circuit, so that moved

:03:01.:03:05.

forward and made the team and had the final of my first World

:03:06.:03:08.

Championships at 18, so it fills me with confidence and I am capable of

:03:09.:03:13.

performing. It excites me and I loved every minute of it and it is

:03:14.:03:17.

what I focus on. Tell us about her that experience. A lot of experience

:03:18.:03:25.

coming to the world champion, this is my first Europeans and each time

:03:26.:03:29.

you build and you learn being on this bigger stage, there is no

:03:30.:03:35.

feeling like it and you get a buzz, the nerves, difficult to explain. To

:03:36.:03:41.

put in the performances I have been doing at the World Championships and

:03:42.:03:44.

things like that, hopefully I have a bright future in the sport, I am

:03:45.:03:49.

only 20, a lot of years left and just really excited to move forward.

:03:50.:03:55.

He is not here this week, but is he somebody you aspire to, Max, one of

:03:56.:03:59.

the very best in the world. Definitely. All the GB team, we look

:04:00.:04:06.

to Max, Louis, Kristian, what they have achieved and they have pushed

:04:07.:04:11.

us forward and kept us fighting towards them and their achievements

:04:12.:04:15.

are incredible and to get the opportunity to train with them on a

:04:16.:04:18.

regular basis, for me as a youngster was incredible and we have always

:04:19.:04:25.

wanted to be there and now I have your competing with them as

:04:26.:04:28.

team-mates and brothers, it is awesome. Loving and relishing in

:04:29.:04:33.

every single second of it. That kind of appreciation and excitement has

:04:34.:04:38.

become a trademark. Some shots of him yesterday, look at the release.

:04:39.:04:43.

The passion that he has got. He is such a player as far as far as the

:04:44.:04:48.

six pieces of apparatus are concerned in the team, completed

:04:49.:04:52.

every piece yesterday. A really good all-round gymnast and he has a lot

:04:53.:04:56.

of pieces that can count in the team environment and it showed yesterday

:04:57.:05:02.

how important he is. Is he in your three teams? I don't think he has

:05:03.:05:09.

done himself any harm! Not nailing your colours to the mast. Let's talk

:05:10.:05:14.

about parallel bar -- high bar, the blue riband event. As far as

:05:15.:05:21.

routines are concerned, to give our viewers an idea of what makes the

:05:22.:05:25.

perfect high bar routine. Dynamic, fluid, good accommodation between

:05:26.:05:29.

release and catch moves and turns on the bar and you have to stick the

:05:30.:05:37.

dismount connection is the key. To build up the difficulty you will see

:05:38.:05:40.

a lot of turning elements going into the lease and catches but with his,

:05:41.:05:49.

he has five big release and catches and coming from bars myself, I

:05:50.:05:53.

watched the boys, I took a lot of my skills that are used to work in my

:05:54.:05:57.

routine, I stole from them and some of the lads's coaches helped teach

:05:58.:06:03.

me my skills. The key to the good release and catch? Apart from

:06:04.:06:08.

grabbing hold of the bar, how do you spot it? You have to get enough

:06:09.:06:13.

fight over the Barca you have the time to spot it and try not to catch

:06:14.:06:17.

Timm Klose or too far away when you miss it. The top eight gymnasts

:06:18.:06:21.

after qualifying. Cubicle, hang onto your hats and

:06:22.:06:38.

call everybody round the TV, it time for high bar.

:06:39.:06:42.

A chance for Great Britain's Kristian Thomas to get himself a

:06:43.:06:52.

European medal. He got a third in the European Championships on high

:06:53.:06:57.

bar in 2014 but he is joint highest qualifier. Told gymnast, works this

:06:58.:07:05.

piece of apparatus well. Great flight. There is an catching it with

:07:06.:07:13.

a full-time, very difficult work. Needs to settle in. The in bar

:07:14.:07:23.

element which is required. Working well.

:07:24.:07:29.

Squat half, very good, here is the catch. Straight. Straight on. Swing

:07:30.:07:37.

out. Catch it, half term. Come on Kristian, keep this up. Needs to

:07:38.:07:45.

nail the dismount. Winds up. Kicks high into the stadium. My word! Get

:07:46.:07:55.

in, Kristian. Boom. He is in medal contention. This is the full-time,

:07:56.:08:04.

full turn above the bar and then you have to read catch, yesterday he

:08:05.:08:09.

came in close, today, much stronger. Really good work. Catching it with a

:08:10.:08:17.

half-time and he didn't falter, on dead straight arms and went straight

:08:18.:08:22.

up into handstand. Super height and shape, fantastic landing. I don't

:08:23.:08:28.

think he could have done it much better than that to be fair. No I

:08:29.:08:36.

think it is a exactly what is needed, should be in contention with

:08:37.:08:43.

a medal. We are all very excited. Another six gymnasts to go in this

:08:44.:08:49.

final, wrapping it up with Nile Wilson, who is another very good

:08:50.:08:55.

chance, he has got the difficulty. 15 scored for Kristian Thomas. Beat

:08:56.:09:02.

that if you can, the rest of Europe. This don't apparatus final today,

:09:03.:09:10.

Baumann, the hardest working Swiss gymnast ever. LAUGHTER

:09:11.:09:18.

He's got a 6.5 difficulty in the locker. He is able to challenge.

:09:19.:09:26.

Nice and flighty. Little hesitation, snaps the legs together to make the

:09:27.:09:31.

full pirouette. Here comes the big release. Full-time. Very nicely

:09:32.:09:40.

done. -- full turn. One 1/2-time, little but wild with the legs. Bit

:09:41.:09:46.

short on that squat dislocation, the half term was a bit off handstand.

:09:47.:09:52.

One and a half pirouette. -- the half turn. Th so, clearly through so

:09:53.:10:04.

far, kicks up high. Two twists and two somersaults, just a hot, tiny

:10:05.:10:11.

little error. He has had a very good try indeed. Looking for high 14s,

:10:12.:10:17.

waves to the crowd and thanks them for their support. What the European

:10:18.:10:22.

Championships he has had. Can't do anything more now. Really good on

:10:23.:10:28.

some of those elements, lots of high above the bar. There you can see,

:10:29.:10:33.

that is with full twist. Winds up. Hi. Double twist and doublespeak.

:10:34.:10:38.

That will be three tenths. Time will tell if that is enough.

:10:39.:10:52.

Looking for high 14s four medals in this final. Verniaiev, silver on

:10:53.:11:02.

parallel bars, the last bees of apparatus, been a very busy gymnast

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today in the individual apparatus finals. Qualified fifth. Eau Claire

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Market double of high 14 roll. -- qualified.

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Catches half-time, catches well, shoulders extended in the swing out.

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The squat half. A more difficult routine that we have seen. And he is

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off. Went into the half turn didn't get his hand over the top,

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completely off the bar, the second fall we have seen in this high bar

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final. He is showing us that he has a lot more in the locker if he wants

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to use it. Obviously in all-round competitions he goes for feeling

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secure but there is a lot more to be seen from this young man. He has to

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put these routines together if he wants to have a stab in this Olympic

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title. Really impressed with this routine. Obviously without the fall.

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Needs to finish off solidly. He has met all bookworms. The in bar. In

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the straddle position. There is the full turn into the inverted grip.

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Just needs the this man. Big clock jump on landing. Triple twist. Huge

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dismount and you can see his plan for the all-round title as far as

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the Olympics is concerned. He has got a lot to work on over the last

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few months, but I tell you what, look out. He is not unhappy about

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that, he wanted to go out and try that routine, that was obvious.

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Didn't get the down bar, did he? Belyavskiy, just took gold on

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parallel bars. The chance here to get a medal on the high bar. He is

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man of the moment, let's see what he does here, lovely one arm swing.

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Clean squat dislocation with half turn. Big catch. And with the half

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turn, he swings beautifully, very light and fit. Full pirouette. But

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you know there is a giant between each theme, links the two skills.

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The secret is to put in the difficulty move after move. His

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signature work. Very nicely done. And then the big dismount. Straight

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with full twist, I really beautifully executed routine. He had

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difficulty of 60 qualification and the judges on high bar are so harsh,

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will be interesting to see, so far the execution scores have all been

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in the sevens. It is so rare for us to see an execution score of eight

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and nine, be very interesting to see if he achieves it because his work

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is so clean. What about this dismount? Yes, he just floats it.

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Goodness me, close as you like. Great Britain leading this men's

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final. Pablo Braegger, the second of the Swiss gymnasts in this final.

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Just two gymnasts allowed per country. They have been using their

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quota beautifully. This is his second ever European high bar final.

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Tall gymnast. Straight down to work. Winding up for something big. Great

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extension on the catch. Straight catch, half turn. Cleanly out. Goes

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the wrong way out to save it, that will be costly. Into another

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straight catch here. Hop, one and a half. Squat full, connects...

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Just a slight error at the start, can he hang onto the dismount?

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Little adjustment on landing. Is it good? -- good enough? He had to

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readjust, quick thinking to go back, but that is a big bonus. There is

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some real potential there. He is in third at the moment, 14.760 six. 6.9

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difficulty. Maras got a third at last years

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Europeans high bars. This will all come to execution.

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11 world and European medals in the locker. Can be a little

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inconsistent. Let's see how he gets on today. Winds up the forward long

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swing, this is original work. There is the double front half turn to

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catch, known as the pagan. Good extension on the catch. A

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little bit close. That has just cost him. Didn't get his hand on the

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toggle over the bar. And yet again, inconsistency in this final. Very

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long routine, Craig, I felt it was going on and on and he was just

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collecting more deductions as he went. The first eight moves were

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fantastic. 30 seconds to get back on the bar. A bit pointless now. He

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will be out of the medals. He has got to finish off. Nice one arm

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work. Such original high bar work. Just the dismount to go, winds up.

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Kicks high into the dismount, slight adjustment on landing. Not to be

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today. Not to be for Greece but a great day for Great Britain because

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that confirms that we definitely have a high bar European champion

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for the first time ever. Really? First-ever! The question is, is it

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going to be Kristian or Nile? This is a story of what could have been

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for Maras. For Great Britain, Nile Wilson, Commonwealth champion. Come

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on, he says to himself. Can he beat his team-mate, Kristian Thomas, with

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a score of 15? Well, can he control the adrenaline? That is the

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question. Always determined. Watch the wind-up, full twist in the

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straight, fantastic catch. Got another one coming. In the tuck

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position, cleanly there. Now he needs to keep calm. Lovely one and a

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half turn, shuffle along the bar. Squat dislocation, lovely. With the

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half turn. Big straight catching. Full of difficulty, lovely style,

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another struggle -- straddle catch. Pirouette. Concentrate... Great

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landing! Well done, Nile Wilson. It is very good. Is it good enough to

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go over 15? Whatever it is, Great Britain have two medals and a

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definite European champion on high bar for the first time ever. What a

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fantastic performance, that is so difficult work. There you can see

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high into the straight catch, catching all the releases at full

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extension. That gives the judges nothing to take off. Then wraps in,

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double twisting double straight, spot the flaw, little adjustment on

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landing. That is going to be close. Bearing in mind Belyavskiy is just

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0.9 behind Kristian Thomas. Look at the score! 15.3, Nile Wilson is

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European high bar champion and he makes history. It is the first time

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ever. Look at that, what a moment from Nile Wilson, what a moment for

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Great Britain. Get your name in the history books, young man. Absolutely

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superb. One and two on the European high bar stage. There is a

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leaderboard that will go down in history. Nile Wilson for Great

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Britain takes gold, the first ever British European high bar champion.

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Kristian Thomas takes silver, Belyavskiy bronze. Here they are,

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receiving the medals. Kristian Thomas's best high bar achievement,

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but Nile Wilson makes history and gets his name in the record books.

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I cannot imagine there is a much better way to end your first

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European World Championships as a senior? Definitely, you train your

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whole life for moments like that and I loved every second of it. All the

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better to do work alongside the team captain, and my brother who is

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coming on to the senior circuit. I just want to thank everyone back at

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home, the support they give is incredible. Looking forward to Rio,

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let's do this. You had watched Kristian putting a big score, then

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another gymnast starter, what was in your mind? I was just focusing on my

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routine, I have hit it twice very well this week so I was focusing on

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my potential. I knew I could do it. Trying to get about what other

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people are doing and focus on myself. It did feel wobbly, I felt

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the nerves, but I got through it and posted the score. I could not be

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happier. Kristian, silver for you, you lead all the way. Was part of

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you thinking, I hope he wobbles a little bit here. No, you want to be

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competing against the best and you want to be able to beat the best,

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and Nile did the cleaner routine today. Full credit, he stepped up,

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last man. He has seen some scores in front of him so full credit to step

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up and do the job the way he did. I suppose it is a good end to what has

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been frustrating. Yes, it was frustrating but I had confidence I

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could deliver my routines, and it is another take in doing that. This

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week I have shown consistency, so for me I cannot be happier and I

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have got to take the positives from that. Obviously then to crown it off

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with the silver medal, next to Nile on the podium, I couldn't have asked

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for a better finish. This man next to you already has all of the

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medals, there is only one you are missing now, how good would it be to

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get it and be selected for Rio of course? Incredible, and that is the

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plan. Let's do this! He hasn't done his

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chances any harm at all, superb. That will be in the selectors'

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minds, how well he did. He stepped up and performed admirably. He did,

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but just to see his face, listening to Kristian saying the things he was

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about him, he seemed so happy and content. He said he was feeling the

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nerves, so knowing he can control that on the big stage was a big

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lesson for him. Definitely, when you go from performing in the team

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situation to having to step up by yourself, I think it will have

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calmed his nerves having Kristian alongside him. It is hard when you

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have people falling alongside you. He knew he had one of the biggest

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start values out there and could take the title. The fact he

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controlled his nerves is good ahead of Rio.

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Talking of looking ahead, we will be back next weekend with the women's

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team and the individual European Championships.

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Just looking ahead to that, how does the women's team compared? They have

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definitely got a lot of medal chances. LA this year has had a

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fantastic start to the year, in the World Cup she won all four

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apparatus. -- Ellie. They are all pushing each other. With one week to

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go, what will be the final preparations? They have flown out

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there so they will be getting used to the environment, and podium

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training will start on Monday, then the competition will go ahead on

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Wednesday. There is a tough act to follow. We have had a great weekend,

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and we do really hope you can join us then. Thank you for your company,

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but listen, the British men and selectors now just have 69 days

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until the gymnastics at the start of the Olympics. It is not long but it

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seems our men are very much on target to peak. From our team, cheer

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Rio. Commentary : That was a slip from

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the horse. Get there, Kristian, boom! Nile

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Wilson is

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Matt Baker presents highlights of the men's apparatus finals at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland. Great Britain have the reigning champions in two of the six disciplines - the pommel horse and the floor events - and are looking for more medal-winning performances.

Expert analysis comes from Beth Tweddle, a six-time European gold medallist, and Daniel Keatings, with commentary from Christine Still.