Men's Team Final Gymnastics: European Championships


Men's Team Final

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Well, hello and welcome to coverage of the European Gymnasitcs

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Championships, live from Bern in Switzerland with Beth Tweddle and

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Daniel Keatings. It's all about the man with the women following next

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weekend. The competition is about to start. Let's bring you up-to-date

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with what's been happening. Great Britain, the 2012 team champions

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Waller 548 finals in all including today's team final. They qualified

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in second, 0.7 behind Russia. The big news for Great Britain is that

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the world champion on the pommel horse Max Whitlock is missing from

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Great Britain 's line-up. This is basically to protect him for Rio. He

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is worth at least three marks extra for the team total? How much will it

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affect the dynamic? Obviously it's a disappointment that Max is not there

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but it won't change the dynamic in the team spirit, they are so used to

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training together at the National sports centre, they are like a team

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of brothers anyway. Whether you have someone else in or out it really

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does not matter. We are going to lose his points on the pommel horse

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but we will gain on the rings which was weakest piece because Courtney

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can score towards 15.5 and he is in the individual final as well. The

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first gymnast will be Nile Wilson for Great Britain. He is working

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every single piece today, so he has a big job on his hands. The very

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first tumble is so important and he lands it cleanly.

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That was a super double-twisting double tuck, just a small pace but

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kept well inside the white lines. Roll out. Each gymnast is allowed

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one of those in the floor routine. Super comptroller on the landing,

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there. -- super control. He holds the handstand. That's a

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requirement. It is so important to finish the routine well. Another

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secure forward tumbling pass. Each of these moves builds the

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difficulty. Here comes the big final tumble. Triple twist. Just a little

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hop to the side. Very good opening for Great Britain. Superb start.

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Each country nominates three gymnasts to compete on each piece

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and every single score counts. Every 10th given away will be vital.

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Absolutely, solid performance, a few little shovels and places where

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judges could take the odd 10th, but Nile is spatially aware and he

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stands up well into the twist and opens out to spot the flaw. Maybe

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not fully round so that maybe a bit of a deduction. Good consistency,

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all three scores to count. Into the live competition so quickly I did

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not get the chance to introduce Craig but it's always lovely to have

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you with us. We are over with Ukraine now on the pommel horse.

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Daniel Keatings is dull with us. Great stuff for Great Britain?

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Definitely. -- is still with us. The team with the most clean routines is

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going to win this and it's a really important routine. It's quite a

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young Ukraine team, lots of gymnasts we are seeing for the first time. He

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is just 19 years old. Second at the youth Olympics in 2014 on this

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piece. Straight in there, single legwork, into the handstand. And

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again. Nice control. Great amplitude, there. With the

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separation of the legs. As he winds up into the handstand. That was a

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slight mistake. Contact with the horse. Landing heavily. He needs to

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regain his composure. Good on one handle. He is starting to settle

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into the routine. There is the one handle Circle. Steps down. The

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traditional Magyar. He connects. One handle, up into the handstand. A

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slight adjustment. Pirouette. A few errors. That was heavy in parts. It

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was indeed and that was a heavy hit on the apparatus. Nile has scored

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14.9, the first performance, the first of three. Kristian Thomas is

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the next gymnast to go, the current European champion on floor. He's in

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the floor final tomorrow as well. He is a just Eddie member of Great

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Britain's team. They will need all of his composure here. Whip in two

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double pike, to Arabian. Quite a tall gymnast, he can't run too far

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across before he has to make the tumbles. Double twist, full twisting

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front. Good anticipation of the floor. Two and a half twists into

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the front somersault with half turn. The judges are looking to deduct for

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every error. I love that. An interesting take on a

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straightforward handspring to an immediate roll-out. Gymnasts showing

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their work close to the floor. Good control in the handstand. Real power

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through the shoulders. The judges are looking for clean landings, high

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tumbles. Double Arabian, that is a great finish. Just what we have come

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to expect from Kristian Thomas. Dan, you are applauding your team-mate! A

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lot of pressure in that routine, he is the team captain, and obviously

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he is such an amazing person to have in the team because you know he will

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always go out there and do the job. 27 years old but still looks by the

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much in control and on form. It's amazing what he's doing at the age

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that he is. Hopefully he can keep it going and help the team to win more

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medals. 14.1 there for the Ukraine. Oleg Verniaiev is the next to go. It

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is his sixth World Championships on the pommel horse. His result was

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fifth in the European Championships a few years ago. Look at his body

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shape. This is the man to watch, straight down to business, fluid up

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into the handstand and back down, not a flicker. That's much better.

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Oh! There was a slight pause there as he goes back into the single

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handle work. Only scored 14 point 283. Maybe this is not his favoured

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piece of apparatus. Confident on the one handle. He travels into the

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Russian Wendy on the end of the horse. He keeps his momentum up for

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the Magyar. He connects straightaway into the Giovanni Vio. Straight into

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the handstand, no hesitation into the pirouette dismount. Even at this

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early stage the door is open for Switzerland, they are looking to

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medal in front of the home crowd. Switzerland ahead in third. Ukraine

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are a very young team, they had to go to the test event to qualify for

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the Olympics and they did not make the team final at the World

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Championships and these young gymnasts have come into the senior

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ranks. They are a bit inexperienced. That is a huge floor score for

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Kristian Thomas. Two down, one to go, Dan Purvis is the third and

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final gymnast for Great Britain on the floor. Every single score

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counts. Lovely double-twisting double back. These gymnasts doing

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these huge skills with ease. One and a half in two double front. Just a

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little scurry on the landing. He needs to settle a tiny bit. There he

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does. That was superb, double front, completely blind landing. He

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anticipates the floor. Wraps in the twists. Beautiful, classy gymnast,

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Dan. Stylish. He needs another well controlled

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landing. The roll-out. And he does. That is quite a trademark, rolling

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up without having to put the hands down. This is the important tumble,

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the important landing. Whip back, double Arabian tuck, he's made it!

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Great performance from Great Britain. Just kept his toes in.

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Great control. There is a good vibe out there for Great Britain? They

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all look really up for it, three out of three good routines, that is all

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you can ask for. You are always most nervous on the first apparatus.

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Absolute dominance on the floor from Dan Purvis, such control, showing

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his world-class performance on the floor. A few little wobbles but the

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idea is that these guys can just go around with nothing to major. We

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will have a good chance. A first look at the vaulters. Big scores on

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the vault. That skews the table slightly with gymnasts that have

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been on the vault because they can get such high scores and really it's

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all or nothing with that apparatus. If it works for you you get a big

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score. But wait until all of the nations have been on the vault until

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you get a good idea. Taking on board plenty of water. Dan Purvis, 15.066,

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well, what a benchmark for Russia. Great Britain are teamed with

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Russia. They will sit out, while Russia go next. It is not the start

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that Ukraine wanted. A little bit high, Craig? I think so, yes. I'm

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going to look at Dan because he is the pommel horse expert, ex-European

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champion. 15 seems high. Apart from the stutter in the handstand it was

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a really clean routine, I've seen him scoring 15.6 before. Maybe they

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took away at ten for a little error. Actually maybe the combination as

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well, it is dubious but he is a real favourite, you know, within the

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European circuit. He will be disappointed himself, thinking about

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putting in a good performance, heading to Rio, no doubt they will

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be watching to say, he is going to the competition. He will be really

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disappointed, scoring 15 is a decent score, though. No doubt Max Whitlock

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will be watching. Shout out to him. Absolutely. Great Britain are

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leading the four teams that have competed so far. There are eight in

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all. It is now the turn of Switzerland. They have rotated

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around with Ukraine. This is Benjamin Gischard. Qualified with

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13.1. Into the single legwork. Good amplitude on the circles, the hip

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extension. Quite a fast circle. Works well on one handle. Gaining

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difficulty. He settles down. Into the traditional Magyar. Linked into

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the travel. Up into the handstand. Clean into the pirouette. They have

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taken the opportunity. Ukraine handed it to them. Very much so,

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there is nothing like a home crowd to lift you, Switzerland have been

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one of the country is really rising, fifth that the World Championships,

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automatically through on the first try for an Olympic berth. This is a

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very stylish performance. As you can see. Lovely swing. Good control.

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They did qualify as a team with the third highest score on the pommel

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horse. They are also quite a young team. Big hopes for the future. One

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down, two to go, for them. It is so important to be consistent. And the

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team tactics play quite apart here. Choosing a consistent team. You

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might sometimes forego somebody who's got great flair in order to

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have a steady team. Eric often in gymnastic competition you have four

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people and only three have accounts you can take a flyer on someone who

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is extremely gifted. -- very often. This format means you have to have

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consistent performers. This will be the real challenge for

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Team GB. Yes, absolutely. We are just waiting for Belyavskiy's score

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to comment. The first Russian to comment, scoring 15 point 66. This

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is the second Russian gymnast, Nicky Clark Nagornyy, 19 years old. He

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qualified second for the four final. -- Nagornyy. He has some moves.

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Things are going well so far for Russia. A real fight between Britain

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and Russia today. And head-to-head, they really are. A big super tumble,

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bounces out of the land was lots of control. -- the landing with lots

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of. That was very impressive. 3.5. This is how he builds the

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difficulty. Double twisting front immediate, double front. These are

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moves of serious difficulty. Piked double Arabian, a sort of side past.

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He is very late. Very well rehearsed routine -- side pass. A bit of style

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included there. Very precise, every round off the same. Two and a half

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into tuck front half. Must not repeat elements. A little stutter at

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the finish there, but it doesn't matter because that was an

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immaculate triple twist to finish. That is why he is in the Flora

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final! A masterclass of Flower work -- floor final. A masterclass of

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floor work. Your roses open. To do it as clean as that, that is

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world-class. -- your mouth is open. There is his team-mate, Christian

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Baumann, 21 years old. 15.033 in qualification, just making it to the

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pommel horse final. Straight into the main bulk of the routine, very

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difficult to wind between the handles, travelling back to the

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horse. Confident in the Magyar, into the... Lots of form. He is having to

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fight. Keep going, son. Well saved there. Into the hands Van. Phil

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pirouette. This is where it really takes it toll -- into the handstand.

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Fought and showed every inch of being a true competitor because if

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you actually let yourself fall of you have to start again. This will

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have ratcheted up a bit, perhaps not as much as a hallmark, but he had to

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fight and mark up the next couple of elements because of it -- a whole

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mark. The first in Switzerland have been any medal winning position,

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with that pressure. Holding up Russia's score, and goodness me.

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Speaking of powerhouses. He was world champion here back in 2014 and

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if he can contain the power and keep in this area, you just watch. Well,

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look at the height. Lots of gymnasts make rate twists, but this guy

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tumble tyres well. Launches into the air, double straight, with twist. A

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little hop on the landing. Did he just take out a toe? They have to

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meet the floor and punch into a double front. Such exciting work. He

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had a massive difficulty score of seven in qualification. That would

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mean he was being judged out of 17. That was a step out! You get

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deducted for the step and for the fit being out of the floor. Nice

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control on that twisting pass. He is so fast, crams everything in. There

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is the treble finish! He is quite pleased with that, such bulky

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routine, so many places to make mistakes. This is where that kind of

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combination of this difficulty in execution comes into play, because

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although he is doing very difficult moves comity is giving himself

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enough manoeuvring on his execution. Yes, a lot higher than a lot of the

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other competitors today, and he make of gone out of the floor then but he

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could still get a higher score. 14.14 Christian Baumann. Oliver

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Hegi, the last gymnast for Switzerland on the pommel horse.

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This is a very important routine for the whole team. -- home team.

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Straight into the handstand, not once, but twice. Really nice

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extension there on the doubling circle. Lots of clearance. Between

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the body and the handle. That is the Wu travel straight into the Russian

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handle on the end. Clearly done, legs locked together. The Magyar...

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One handle. Handstand pirouette... Much better fairness on the pommel

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horse. -- much better finish. Just listen to that crowd! He is through.

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Well done. That is a super effort, Chris. Yes, really very impressive,

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and you can see the enthusiasm for the sport in Switzerland. Good

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style. I like this overhead camera because you can see the legs really

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stuck together. The judges will just be looking for a little deductions

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if the hands are not exactly evenly placed, if they are not square. But

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he made the dismount shark and good. What a finish to their first piece

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-- sharp. Relief. On to the rings, for Switzerland. Denis Abliazin

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scorers a 15.2, even with those deductions. That has sealed him and

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sailed Russia ahead of Great Britain, at the moment. -- sailed.

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Now a chance to see Vera Mora on the vault. A lovely high, that was a

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textbook two and a half twist from the entry, 15.066. He scores 15

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point 26 X. -- 15 .266. They are ranked six at the moment, head of

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Ukraine in seven. The Spanish are in eighth place at the moment but I am

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sure that we will get confirmation. There is the top format. Russia are

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a 0.7 ahead of Great Britain, France and third, and Germany, Italy and

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Switzerland there, Ukraine way down the field at present and Spain, they

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are in eighth. Henri go, then. -- there we go. Russia and Great

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Britain onto their final piece on the pommel is. -- pommel horse. It

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has to see some of our favourite momentss from there. -- now a chance

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to deceive. Really, a solid start, Dan. Speaking about Great Britain,

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working the floor, the pommel rings, that seems to sit us, as a country.

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Yes, any false count towards your score and that is something you want

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to avoid. The boys were working hard on that in training. Rate, it will

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be a big ask to try to beat Russia. They did not have the best team

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competition in qualification. They counted quite a few false -- rate,

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it will be. It is quite hard. Yes, if it was down to enthusiasm, we

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would win. I think we also have to be relieved realistic. At the fact

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that, you know, Russia took the win in qualification and then obviously

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Russia had quite a view false. We do not have Max Whitlock, but I think

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what we have to think about with these European Championships, how do

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the guys jell with this format as a team? Let's think about, we have

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seven apparatus tomorrow for the guys and it gives the country

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something to think about, you know, for the Olympics. Philipp Herder...

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I was going to see traditionally this is a very strong piece for the

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Germans, but actually that was just a double twisting Yurchenko, and I

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think they may still be doing warm up. The board is up, the score, so

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the double twist off, you can see he landed to the side of the white

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line, a bit of a deduction. If you are outside of both lines, it is a

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bigger deduction still. Just the one vault each in this team final. In

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the individual apparatus finals you have the chance for two vaults but

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this really is all or nothing, over in the blink of an eye. Yes, it is

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the test of the true dynamic explosive power. Obviously I am

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sitting beside a lot of gymnastic knowledge here today and if you

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would like to get in touch to ask anything, if you would like us to

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mull anything over, you can get in touch with the details on the screen

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there. Or contact the Facebook page. Loads of ways, so no excuse really!

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No, and we will answer any questions! Will answer by post.

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LAUGHTER We will try! Now, Sebastian Krimmer.

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Building power, a good round off, double twist, again off to the side.

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Not as explosive as we had been used to seeing from the German team. We

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spoke in the past, Chris, about deduction for lack of height for

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this one. Yes, well, really as you hit the top you didn't accelerate

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very much of the top at all, did you, Craig? No, and it was muster

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stroll down to the vault. If they do that really quick and transition of

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the top of the horse, and he did look a little bit salted -- it was

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almost a stroll. It is not simple, but the double twist, in this level

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of competition, we need a 2.5 or triple twist to really push up the

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score is now on this piece of apparatus. There was certainly a

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time, and you will know, that the German team were hard to beat, Dan?

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Yes, medallists as I was growing up, then a few gymnasts finished and it

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is the young guys coming through. They are not very experienced but

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they will be in a couple of yours time -- couple of yearss' time. Now

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it is Nile Wilson, second up. Come on, Nile Wilson Straight into the

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handstand, double leg circle. Onto the one handle, onto the end. Trying

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to keep the momentum and speed going with the leg circle on the one

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handle. Winding down and... He has to keep pushing. There is the

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Magyar. He needs to extend the hips. Under the handle, enter the

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handstand, pirouette. He is the! -- he is through. We have the European

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champion, Louis Smith, still to come, but impressive form, Chris?

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Very impressive, and Dan Purvis scored a 14.5, 2.3 partners

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qualification, and this from Nile, a classy gymnast, European junior

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champion two years ago of course. One more vault to go. The German

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team were in force after the last rotation. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine.

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They are down in seventh, so have it all to do here on rings. Another

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current all-round European champion. Strong on this piece of apparatus.

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Circles round into the Maltese. Shoulders level and flat. Into the

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crucifix. Good piece of apparatus for Oleg Verniaiev. 15.2 in

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qualification. That is the JAMA wacky. Into the crucifix. He has to

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control the rings. -- Yamawaki. Into the plunge. Circle into the

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handstand. Nice shape. Forward long swing. He has to hold on.

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Double-twisting double back. Liberals that on Monday. Yes, but

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that was a vital routine. -- a little step on landing. He needs to

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do everything he can hear. It is not turning out to be Ukraine's day.

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They are one of the few teams that have been to the test event and they

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did well and qualified through the test event in Rio, the top eight

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teams qualified at the World Championships in November. Then the

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next eight had to fight it out for four places and they were one of the

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teams that got one of those four places but it means they really had

:31:30.:31:34.

a very heavy programme in this half of the and they have gone to Rio and

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fought at the test event and some teams who have done that have chosen

:31:39.:31:42.

not to come here, the Dutch team have not come as a team, and they

:31:43.:31:49.

perhaps look a bit jaded. Yes, it is that point about peaking at the

:31:50.:31:52.

right time, three months to go until Rio, do you need to peak now so it

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is an upward trajectory? They will also have trials in their country

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and I have been watching Oleg Verniaiev on social media and he is

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competing in Grands Prix. 15.2, that's a great score. He is the true

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competitor, really. 14.1 for Nile Wilson. Come on, Louis Smith, he

:32:20.:32:30.

says. We all echo you, Nile. Louis here, just for the pommel horse.

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Current European champion. This will be a masterclass on the pommel

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horse. Lovely into the handstand, great control. He joins the legs

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together, right down. Picks it up into the double leg circle. Look at

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the extension, this is where Lewis has improved with his technique and

:32:54.:32:58.

his circle. Nice work on one handle, full spindle on the end. Into the

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Russian. His feet are glued together. Great alignment on the

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Magyar. And the Sivado with the hands. But into the handstand with

:33:20.:33:30.

no hesitation. Pirouette. Great stuff from Lewis. Great Britain back

:33:31.:33:35.

in contention. Huge pressure, every time he comes out and he delivers

:33:36.:33:41.

when he needs to. Yes, he does, that was an awesome routine. Probably

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even better than his qualification routine so he will be scoring high

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15s at least. What a routine under pressure, that is why he is so

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successful. He loves the pressure. He thrives off it. Actually, to be a

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true competitor, lots of competitors are introverted but Louis is a

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performer, a real extrovert who loves the crowd and he loves to play

:34:09.:34:12.

to it. And he just makes it look so easy, never any doubt in his mind,

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or in the mind of the person watching the routine either.

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He has been a great rings work in the past. He is a very good gymnast

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on this piece. Look at his strength, cert -- circling into the top

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planche. Flat into the Maltese. Kip into the Maltese. Lays out into the

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handstand. Into the inverted crucifix. That is a bit high for my

:34:59.:35:03.

liking. Nice in the swing elements and back into the Maltese. Another

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circle to crucifix. Back up into the top planche. Circle

:35:07.:35:26.

into the handstand, must lock out. He flicks his arms and he is winding

:35:27.:35:30.

up for the dismount. Double-twisting double back with a slight adjustment

:35:31.:35:34.

on landing. That is a much better routine for Ukraine. Doing

:35:35.:35:38.

everything they can to get back into the top three. They were in seventh

:35:39.:35:43.

after the last piece but a much happier outing on rings than pommel

:35:44.:35:50.

horse. They have got a couple of quite specialists on this apparatus.

:35:51.:35:54.

As we were saying earlier, Ukraine have got one or two gymnasts who are

:35:55.:35:58.

really good on each piece but they don't have six or seven. This sort

:35:59.:36:03.

of final format as Dan was saying earlier, really suits them. That's a

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lovely picture. Fabulous crucifix. Very powerful gymnast. That's the

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first three teams. Lewis Smith gets 15.9 66. What a team score for Great

:36:21.:36:25.

Britain on pommel horse. Beat that if you can, Russia. CHUCKLES

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The fans like it as well! That's always good. The pressure is on now,

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even though it was a great start, the powerful floor for Russia, that

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will make them sweat a bit, I'm sure. Dan, you train a lot with

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Louis, to me he looks like his technique has improved on the pommel

:36:50.:36:52.

horse. He is not as skewed as he used to be and he has better

:36:53.:36:56.

extension in my mind on the double circle. Is that something he has

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been consciously working on? Definitely. The fitter you get the

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more you can extend on the pommel horse and obviously he has his eyes

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on Rio. He will want to pick but every ten in preparation for the Rio

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Met. Is he more settled when choosing how difficult to go? Back

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in the day he used to choose until he was on the apparatus and see how

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he felt. He still has the bigger routine under his belt. He still

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scored 15.9 and that is an unbelievable score. For his easy

:37:34.:37:37.

routine as well. That is all you can ask for. Well, Great Britain lead

:37:38.:37:42.

the way at the moment, don't worry too much about this because Russia

:37:43.:37:46.

have not been on pommel horse yet. It is confusing when they put up the

:37:47.:37:50.

graphics halfway round the competition. Just four teams have

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competed. Russia, as we say, have joined Great Britain on pommel horse

:37:56.:38:00.

and Switzerland on rings and France on the vault. Spain are on the

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parallel bars. He was third on the floor earlier

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on. Can Russia compete with Great Britain? Straight into the work, the

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handstand. Lovely tempo on the double leg circle. On one handle.

:38:25.:38:36.

Circle into handstand and back down into single legwork. Back to one

:38:37.:38:43.

handle. Travel down the horse and into the Magyar. A little bit of a

:38:44.:38:49.

fight, they are. You've got to keep the momentum going. Up into the

:38:50.:38:55.

handstand. Pirouette. Very efficient routine, there for Russia. He was

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adamant he was getting through that. Very businesslike. He came to grief

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in qualification. 12.86 only so he wanted to put that behind him and

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that was a very businesslike performance. He powered his way

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through. He is a super gymnast at 19 years old. Yes, because the floor

:39:17.:39:21.

routine was one of the best we have seen for a long time. And full of

:39:22.:39:26.

great variety. I know we have gymnasts who do fabulous amounts of

:39:27.:39:30.

twists but he showed true variety on the floor exercise and a great deal

:39:31.:39:33.

of ability and strength on the pommel horse as well. We've seen him

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just in recent years not looking too happy, looking just a bit stuffy and

:39:43.:39:46.

what have you, but here we are, there seems to be a completely

:39:47.:39:49.

different atmosphere in the Russian team. Yes, they look like they have

:39:50.:39:54.

done a lot of training at home and have come out fighting, they feel

:39:55.:39:58.

it's time to grasp power in Europe again, I think. Oh, he did well to

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save that. Double front, very difficult. A big step to the side,

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14.2 33. Working every piece today, Julien Gobaux. The Swiss in sixth

:40:20.:40:27.

place at the moment. After that first piece. There are two teams on

:40:28.:40:35.

each apparatus, one team works first and then the second team warms up

:40:36.:40:40.

and has a go. We are now in the second half of the second piece of

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apparatus. 14.4 33. This is his compatriot.

:40:49.:40:58.

He's had a toe injury. It will be interesting to see how he lands

:40:59.:41:07.

this. Straight into the top planche. A bit high that in the Maltese.

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Gymnasts must be dead flat with their shoulders on the rings.

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Thereupon, a slight murmur. -- there again. Layout. Now we are into the

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swing elements. Nice in the double pike, nice in the double tuck and

:41:26.:41:32.

straight into the top planche. He must fix the handstand. A few more

:41:33.:41:41.

little wobbles and they will add up. He will wind up into the dismount.

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Double-twisting, double back. A little hop on the landing.

:41:47.:41:49.

Switzerland going well. Powerful routines from relatively young

:41:50.:41:56.

gymnasts. That impressed me, they are really very strong. They are

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looking good? Yes, they are obviously in front of the home crowd

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and I know that you can be really lifted by the home crowd. They are

:42:08.:42:13.

going for it today. 14.6 there for Nikita Miller corny. -- there, for

:42:14.:42:28.

Nikita Miller corny -- Nagornyy. Consistency is key. There is

:42:29.:42:32.

pressure on this routine. He has a very unusual move there. Out on one

:42:33.:42:36.

hand, taking all of the support. That is the Russian on the one

:42:37.:42:42.

handle, into the end. Lovely turning travel. Full spindle. Keeps the

:42:43.:42:51.

momentum going. That builds the difficulty. Travelling again. Look

:42:52.:42:57.

at the extension over the pommel horse. Magyar, Sivado. Into the

:42:58.:43:07.

handstand, into the dismount, superb performance. Great to see because he

:43:08.:43:14.

so often falters when there is pressure. That was very good. There

:43:15.:43:20.

is a really good team energy about this Russian performance. Yes, and

:43:21.:43:24.

it's not often you see them like this either. They look as though

:43:25.:43:27.

they are up for it today, they will take the fight to GB. 0.7 between

:43:28.:43:34.

them in qualification. Great Britain and Russia. Russia are keen to

:43:35.:43:44.

really widen the gap today. There will be one more Switzerland gymnast

:43:45.:43:50.

left. Benjamin Gischard, another young gymnast, in fact, the youngest

:43:51.:43:58.

of the three, just 20 years old. A very difficult piece of apparatus,

:43:59.:44:05.

without the majority strength. -- without the mature and strength.

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Kip, into the Maltese again. A slight pause. Into the top planche

:44:23.:44:26.

is the that's better. Circling into the handstand. He's got to watch his

:44:27.:44:36.

back. That's better. Nice in the double pike, connected to the double

:44:37.:44:43.

tuck. Back into the top planche. He winds up into the dismount,

:44:44.:44:48.

double-twisting double back. Large step on landing but a good routine,

:44:49.:44:51.

the Swiss are really piling on the pressure. I tell you what, he really

:44:52.:44:58.

had a go there, Benjamin Gischard. Goodlad. I reckon they are a hot tip

:44:59.:45:03.

for the bronze medal here, Switzerland, especially with the

:45:04.:45:06.

home crowd advantage behind them. It would be a dream come true for them.

:45:07.:45:11.

Actually looking at qualification, the rings and pommel horse were

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their worst scoring apparatus, so even though they know what they have

:45:16.:45:20.

on the board, they have good pieces to come. They finished top on

:45:21.:45:24.

parallel bars, second on the high bar, so they will get big scores.

:45:25.:45:33.

It issuing 15.43-day -- it is showing 15 -- 15.433. Now it is to

:45:34.:45:54.

think of. He can work the pommel horse, that is for sure. --

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Kuksenkov. Building the difficulty on the one handle. Enter the

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handstand, lovely. Back down. Such a difficult move. -- into the

:46:09.:46:14.

handstand. Nice travel. As well, you do not see that much these days. You

:46:15.:46:25.

looks really good. Good extension of the Zivado there. Full pirouette.

:46:26.:46:31.

Russia are on side today. They have certainly answered the challenge.

:46:32.:46:35.

Great Britain won the pommel horse in qualification and Russia look

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like they have no intention of giving in. You can see the relief on

:46:39.:46:44.

his face as he comes off there are, and nice little smile on his face,

:46:45.:46:49.

as if to say, lads, we knew we could do it. I almost feel there is a

:46:50.:46:54.

sense of relief from the Russian team. It is most likely have a real

:46:55.:46:58.

opportunity, and let's not wasted. Certainly been very businesslike.

:46:59.:47:06.

14.54 Gischard. Off to their next piece of apparatus, the vaults, I

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think. -- 40.5 for. This will be difficult, and it is. Look at that.

:47:20.:47:26.

15.4, fabulous. The biggest vault scorer we have seen so far. Onto the

:47:27.:47:34.

third rejection then. When all of those scores are added in and

:47:35.:47:38.

portal. We can give you confirmation of where things are sitting at the

:47:39.:47:47.

moment. -- added in and totalled up. We are waiting for that one more

:47:48.:47:50.

scorer to come and, Kuksenkov. A love that move. It must be quite

:47:51.:48:15.

tricky, that. Yes, I have tried it, and I can't do it!

:48:16.:48:19.

LAUGHTER Is just rotation around the

:48:20.:48:25.

shoulder, keeping balance? Yes, obviously you are on one arm and

:48:26.:48:28.

that is so hard to do in training, let alone under the pressure of

:48:29.:48:32.

competition, so I really do respect that move. Well, the third rejection

:48:33.:48:38.

sees Great Britain on rings. You can see them warming up there. Over

:48:39.:48:43.

there with Russia, they will have Ukraine and Switzerland, Germany and

:48:44.:48:46.

France on parallel bars, and Italy and Spain will be over on the high

:48:47.:48:52.

bar -- the third rotation. Look out for that. There are the standings.

:48:53.:48:58.

After two pieces of apparatus Russia are well ahead of Great Britain,

:48:59.:49:02.

France in third and Ukraine have moved up to fourth, and Switzerland

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go up one place into fifth. Germany and sixth, Italy seventh and Spain

:49:07.:49:15.

are still down in eighth. There is Courtney Tulloch, gracing the Great

:49:16.:49:22.

Britain team due to Max Whitlock's absence. That is just confirmation

:49:23.:49:29.

of where the teams are going. So Great Britain to rings. Looking

:49:30.:49:50.

ahead to the Olympics, we have a question coming in. Is the European

:49:51.:49:55.

teams champions format counting a replica of the Olympics? And, yes,

:49:56.:50:03.

it is, and that is why it is so nail-biting. Yes, and it is great

:50:04.:50:06.

practice for the Olympics under this kind of pressure as well. Dan Purvis

:50:07.:50:11.

starts Great Britain's third piece of apparatus here. Strong start.

:50:12.:50:18.

Circling round to Maltese, into the crucifix, and again. Great control.

:50:19.:50:35.

Watch this swinging elements no, double pike, double tuck, up into

:50:36.:50:39.

the top planche -- elements now. Great control. Super shape in the

:50:40.:50:48.

handstand, long swing, very solid. Can he hang on? Winds up, double

:50:49.:50:55.

twisting, double pike. Great job. First man. He is through his round.

:50:56.:51:01.

He is so dependable, Dan Purvis, and really that has been one of the

:51:02.:51:04.

characteristics we have always spoken about. He does not seem to

:51:05.:51:07.

succumb to the pressure, he always used to get up there and do his job,

:51:08.:51:12.

Chris? Yes, and he will tell you he is quite nervous but he does not

:51:13.:51:16.

appear it at all. He seems most unflappable, and he rises, actually.

:51:17.:51:21.

I trained in the same gem as Dan and I actually think he rises in

:51:22.:51:25.

competition, rather than falling away, which some gymnasts do -- same

:51:26.:51:32.

gym. Dan, how did you feel competing with them? He was one person you

:51:33.:51:35.

could rely on. You always knew he would jump up and do a good routine.

:51:36.:51:41.

You didn't even need to watch it. That your guards on for the next

:51:42.:51:43.

piece, yes. LAUGHTER

:51:44.:51:53.

At the end of the vault runway, lots of gymnasts bringing their own talk

:51:54.:52:02.

with them from their own gyms. The chances are he will grab those legs

:52:03.:52:06.

and pull them round, very talked it! Ukraine often give us some fantastic

:52:07.:52:13.

vaults, very exciting vaults. You will see the tariff on the side, if

:52:14.:52:19.

the camera pans round. He is following a 13.966, from his

:52:20.:52:31.

team-mate. Six, real power, drives high off the top. Double time, kick

:52:32.:52:37.

out at the top. That is the way you do it. Meet that floor. That was

:52:38.:52:42.

beautiful, wasn't it? That was one of the most graceful and have ever

:52:43.:52:48.

seen. This gymnast does everything beautifully. He is a great

:52:49.:52:53.

technician. Meet the floor. Look how he uses the spring out of the

:52:54.:52:57.

platform. The platform is sprung. If you had it correctly, and you can

:52:58.:53:00.

really see how it projected him up into the air, making full use of the

:53:01.:53:10.

airtime. 14.63, a great score their four Dan Purvis, the first gymnast

:53:11.:53:16.

up. Great Britain will be halfway round after this piece of apparatus

:53:17.:53:21.

-- there for Dan Purvis. They are still hanging on to the coat-tails

:53:22.:53:26.

of Russia. As we have said, it is or nothing. Russia are looking

:53:27.:53:32.

powerful, looking strong. -- all or nothing. They are looking steady

:53:33.:53:40.

today. The perfect recipe. 15.44 Oleg Verniaiev. Out of 16. Where did

:53:41.:53:47.

they take off as you point sex, that's what I want to know! -- take

:53:48.:53:57.

off via 0.6. He can do that better than me. He did not make the vault

:53:58.:54:05.

final. But hoping to put everything right here. Igor Radivilov. Another

:54:06.:54:14.

super difficult vault coming up. Double front with have turnout.

:54:15.:54:22.

Kicked it out so other top. One of the deductions for vault landings is

:54:23.:54:26.

if you land with the chest out and there was no suspicion of that, he

:54:27.:54:30.

was bowled operate. Fabulous. It will be interesting to see how this

:54:31.:54:37.

school compares to the 15.4 from Oleg Verniaiev. 15.3, directing! Not

:54:38.:54:44.

quite as good, obviously, with the landing, but his shoulders were down

:54:45.:54:51.

a little bit -- 15.3, I reckon. If you have two bolts like that in your

:54:52.:54:54.

armoury you will score big on that apparatus. -- two vaults. Can you

:54:55.:55:01.

put into context how difficult that is, Dan? Marked out of the sex, it

:55:02.:55:09.

is one of the hardest. There are only a few people who do it in the

:55:10.:55:13.

world -- out of the six. It is a really hard move. If you can do when

:55:14.:55:24.

you will score big. Queue is Courtney Tulloch for Great Britain,

:55:25.:55:27.

the most junior champion on rings. He has made the rings final as well.

:55:28.:55:33.

Wilson scored 15 one, just before Courtney, and look at the power as

:55:34.:55:41.

he presses into that move. A demonstration of shear strength.

:55:42.:55:45.

Look at that. That is the Tulloch. That is his own move. Not many

:55:46.:55:49.

gymnasts have a move named after them. Very flat there in the

:55:50.:55:54.

Maltese, but gymnasts must combine the strengths and the swinging

:55:55.:55:59.

elements. Back up rise into the top planche. Different class. Flat in

:56:00.:56:06.

the crucifix. Slight lift of the head to save, this is easy. -- to

:56:07.:56:17.

say. Waiting for the right swing. Layout, double piked, straight into

:56:18.:56:21.

the Maltese, without a whisker of movement. Locked out Sol and it --

:56:22.:56:28.

solid in the handstand. Must hold onto the dismayed. Full twisting,

:56:29.:56:35.

double straight! Tulloch proving how much he deserves his place here on

:56:36.:56:42.

the British team! -- hold on to the dismount. That was absolutely

:56:43.:56:46.

fabulous, by a long way one of the best rings routines I have seen from

:56:47.:56:50.

a British guy for a long time. He really brought a bit of virtuosity

:56:51.:56:56.

to that, didn't he? Dan, thoughts on that? Really really good. That is

:56:57.:57:02.

going to be a big score. All of his possessions WordPerfect and held for

:57:03.:57:06.

the right amount of time and he stuck the dismount, one of the most

:57:07.:57:09.

difficult things to do with the rings as well, and the most

:57:10.:57:18.

important. -- possessions were perfect. Current Olympic silver

:57:19.:57:21.

medallist, the European champion back in 2011 and 12. Let's see how

:57:22.:57:29.

he works these bars. A great line. Uprising into the double pike, very

:57:30.:57:39.

difficult skill. Somersault, lovely straight arms. 21 bar, had to fight

:57:40.:57:48.

a little bit there. -- to one buyer. He had to rectify that, saved well

:57:49.:57:52.

into the long swing double pike. Huge difficulty. Settling now into

:57:53.:58:03.

the turn. Full twisting double pike, super difficult dismount. Not quite

:58:04.:58:10.

as crisp as we have seen him sometimes, but I love that this

:58:11.:58:14.

mode, he just whips the twist and so fast. -- love that dismount. Just a

:58:15.:58:21.

bit of this fight on his hands, with the bent arms. Such a light framed

:58:22.:58:29.

gymnast. He claims his work so well, very difficult to work on the one

:58:30.:58:36.

handle. -- he times his work so well. 15.766, a huge score for

:58:37.:58:46.

Courtney Tulloch. Well, things are going very well indeed for Great

:58:47.:58:55.

Britain. That 15.766 is the highest score of the competition posted on

:58:56.:58:59.

rings, but that was exceptional. Without a doubt the best routine he

:59:00.:59:03.

has done under that pressure. Just what Team GB needed. Well done young

:59:04.:59:09.

Courtney. Russia will be watching very closely. They have got a bit of

:59:10.:59:15.

leeway, after a very powerful for performance. A good steady pommel

:59:16.:59:21.

horse. -- floor performance. And rings is a key piece for them.

:59:22.:59:28.

Vault. Rings for Russia, they qualified in top position. They were

:59:29.:59:32.

the first on rings, first and vault, so they have got a good couple of

:59:33.:59:38.

strong pieces. But I think there is a real competition hotting up for

:59:39.:59:46.

the bronze, with Switzerland. 15.1, Germany with a good shout there as

:59:47.:59:51.

far as parallel bars are concerned. He did well to keep his composure

:59:52.:59:57.

really and carry on through the routine, Nguyen. Great Britain are

:59:58.:00:02.

ahead of Ukraine, Germany and then Italy. Just a reminder, this is just

:00:03.:00:08.

half of the teams that have completed their third piece of that

:00:09.:00:13.

threat is, the third of six. -- third piece of apparatus. The vault,

:00:14.:00:22.

teamed with Ukraine. The gymnast just talking his feet. -- chalking.

:00:23.:00:50.

So Pablo Braegger wants to keep the consistency for Switzerland. It will

:00:51.:00:56.

be over very quickly. Hope it goes your way.

:00:57.:01:00.

Really harnessing the power. Big push. That will not be what they

:01:01.:01:08.

wanted to start with, added off-line, that's an automatic one

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marked reduction. -- at it off-line. And then all of the other deductions

:01:14.:01:19.

that come from lack of height and direction. That will be costly for

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Switzerland. He could have done with a bit more height, opened out to the

:01:25.:01:32.

floor a bit too soon. Off the top, slightly to one side and then it

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went over across the line as well, so the deduction for being out of

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the landing zone as well. Not a good day at the office for the first

:01:41.:01:44.

vaulter. This format is that you have five in the team and you work

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three on each piece so some of the gymnasts on the third coming in

:01:50.:01:53.

cold, so that in itself is quite a skilled, to do a piece and not the

:01:54.:01:59.

next and whatever, for some of the younger gymnasts it takes a bit of

:02:00.:02:05.

getting used to. A question from Chloe on social media, what is a

:02:06.:02:08.

realistic medal tally for Rio for the team? Bearing in mind the

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gymnasts will be watching this afterwards! Pablo Braegger scores

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13.3. I will throw my hat in and say we will get a team medal in the

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men's. Did she want to know the colour? I think the tally means how

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many can we get? Individual? We will have an Olympic champion. Dan is

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nodding. The gymnasts could come through with quite a few. Do get in

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contact. If you do have any questions. This is a big vault.

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Double Tsukahara. He controls it well, the big step back will deduct

:02:58.:03:02.

marks, but when you have seen your team-mate not performing well and

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you have a risky vault, it is always tough, but he performed well. With

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so much fire in your belly it is difficult to master because you

:03:12.:03:15.

either overcooked it or under rotate. It is so difficult to deal

:03:16.:03:21.

with. I also think that, he watches his team-mate under rotate, and he

:03:22.:03:25.

thinks, I need to G myself up, and he did well to save that. Anybody

:03:26.:03:31.

else might have rolled over. He did really well to save that.

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Nikita Ignatyev. A very strong gymnast. He was in the world final

:03:43.:03:49.

couple of years ago. He entered qualifying with the highest score

:03:50.:03:53.

for Russia on rings. Looking to extend their lead here. Great start,

:03:54.:03:58.

circle to Maltese and then back to the Maltese. Into the crucifix.

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Gymnasts are only allowed to link three strength elements at any one

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time. Beautiful line into the swinging elements, double pike,

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double tuck, flat. That is great work. A slight pause. Back into the

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top planche. You can see the strain on his face, he is working so hard.

:04:27.:04:33.

Can he wind-up? Lovely full twisting double layout. A little shuffle on

:04:34.:04:38.

the dismount. Great start. Beautiful form throughout, I thought. That

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routine follows a 15.25 from Nikita Nagornyy.

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I suppose they are a bit down from where they would want on the vault.

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A chance to see the high bar. Spanish gymnast. Adria Vera Mora. I

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think that's how you pronounce it. If his mum is watching. Spain is one

:05:12.:05:19.

of the countries who suffered over the past 4-8 years. Men's gymnastics

:05:20.:05:28.

was a discipline where they were a big force in the past. Always very

:05:29.:05:35.

good on the high bar. That was beautiful, had to bend his arms a

:05:36.:05:41.

bit. Same thing on the fold West, very secure, even better. Here we go

:05:42.:05:46.

again, just tucked. You can see when he changes shape that he's going to

:05:47.:05:50.

perform another one of the difficult skills. This time the Tkachev. Full

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of difficulty and excitement. As to pirouette as well. There you go. The

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full turn. Close bar elements. Where the body comes enclosed to the bar.

:06:04.:06:07.

These are long swinging elements. All he needs now is a good secure

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landing. Full twisting double straight, he gets it. That was

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superb. It's interesting to watch that, not only the crowd getting

:06:18.:06:21.

into it but the gymnasts as well, everybody was watching it. Very

:06:22.:06:27.

spectacular piece of apparatus, the high bar. It's nice to see the

:06:28.:06:33.

Tkachev. Otherwise the routine can be slightly one-sided, using the

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Kovac. When you compare that to Courtney Tulloch's, though, I tell

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you, Great Britain are closing the gap. However comes the current

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European champion. CHUCKLES Denis Abliazin. As strong as you

:06:56.:07:02.

like. Third qualifier in the rings final. Flat in the Maltese. That is

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so difficult. Back planche and then pressed back into the Maltese.

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Shoulders level with the rings. It's so difficult to deduct. Layout.

:07:19.:07:26.

Double tuck, double pike, a bit ragged there. And dropping the feat

:07:27.:07:30.

in the top planche. That will be deducted. Circle to crucifix,

:07:31.:07:42.

better. Kip to crucifix again. Week in the swinging elements, for me.

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And will be deducted. Strong in the handstand. He's got to nail the

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dismount. Lock those arms. Kicks in, double-twisting, double straight.

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The key with rings is the transitions. He looked clunky. It

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looked a bit... This is where ring work has changed in recent years,

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it's not just about being good at swinging or strength, you have to

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combine the two, and you can't doubt how strong he is there, but the

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swinging elements were poor and that's what the judges will

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absolutely hammer. Jerky in the somersaults. However that dismount

:08:24.:08:26.

is massive, double straight with double twist. Just chalking up the

:08:27.:08:41.

bars ready to go, Cyril Tommasone. He has had shoulder problems this

:08:42.:08:45.

year. He may struggle with this. A bit short on the somersault but a

:08:46.:08:51.

lot cleaner there. There is the drop chute. Lovely somersault from the

:08:52.:08:59.

upper arm, into the Healey turn. Reverse pirouette.

:09:00.:09:09.

Stutz, Stutz 21 bar. -- to one bar. Double pike. Slight adjustment on

:09:10.:09:23.

landing. That was a solid routine. He has such a light frame but long

:09:24.:09:27.

labours as well which works so well in the parallel bars. I know it is

:09:28.:09:32.

one of your favourite pieces and one of mine as well. Yes, with the long

:09:33.:09:36.

levers it makes you look a lot nicer when you're swinging. Obviously when

:09:37.:09:41.

watching the routine you can see that his line is so nice and it can

:09:42.:09:44.

sometimes make the judges give you a nicer score when it looks so nice.

:09:45.:09:50.

The key to building a good score on parallel bars for you? A good mix of

:09:51.:09:55.

everything, above the bar and below. Joining them both together and

:09:56.:09:58.

obviously being clean and tidy with no hand movement. 15.2 for Dennis Ed

:09:59.:10:09.

Leigh is an -- Denis Abliazin. Certainly ahead of Great Britain.

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Great Britain closing the gap slightly. Ukraine will move up into

:10:17.:10:22.

third. France around fourth but we will get confirmation very soon. I

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tell you what, that performance from Courtney Tulloch bodes well for the

:10:26.:10:34.

rings final. Absolutely. And his bid for a place in Rio may be preserved.

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There's a lot of ground to talk about that as well because the

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juniors, there was a super performance and we will bring you up

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on the juniors later in the programme. Certainly stay tuned for

:10:47.:10:53.

that. Benjamin Gischard scored 15.2. That was a beautiful vault, really

:10:54.:10:58.

good. He didn't half need that after the previous two gymnasts. Really

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excellent. These are some highlights of what is now halfway round the

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competition. And after this I think it will be a good time to have a

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chat with Beth Tweddle and get her thoughts really on the first half

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will stop you in the studio and can you hear us? Yes, I can hear you

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well. We were just talking about Courtney Tulloch and watching some

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pictures here. How impressive was that and how important was it for

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Courtney? It's really important for Courtney and the team, one thing I

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have noticed through the team final is how Russia and Great Britain have

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both upped their game, look at every team score in qualification, they

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have all improved. Both teams are up to the fight and there is only one

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marking it and anything can happen with three pieces left to go. Yes,

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and I was thinking back to your captain 's role, if you were there

:12:08.:12:10.

now, what would you be saying halfway round? Don't look at the

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scores because anything can happen, keep your team calm, they know what

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they've got to do, having Christian that as the captain is great because

:12:18.:12:22.

he has the experience of an Olympic Games and Louis has now finished so

:12:23.:12:26.

he can step back and help the team to keep calm. OK. Just looking at

:12:27.:12:30.

confirmation that Russia are ahead of Great Britain with Ukraine in

:12:31.:12:35.

third, France in fourth, Germany theft, Switzerland six, Italy

:12:36.:12:38.

seventh and Spain are still in eighth. -- Germany fifth. This is

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now the fourth rotation. Italy and Spain will be on the floor and then

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Great Britain and Russia on the vault. Ukraine and Switzerland will

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be on the parallel bars and Germany, France on the high bar. Dan, what

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would you say about Great Britain on the vault? How would you sum it up?

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Is this an area where we can improve? Obviously we have Christian

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who has a big vault and he will always score big. But with Purvis

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and Nile, we have almost two safe 2.5s. You know you can guarantee a

:13:22.:13:27.

good score. Here is Nile Wilson with his fourth piece, he is working

:13:28.:13:31.

every piece today for Great Britain. A busy day today. And very, very big

:13:32.:13:38.

and controlled vault. Look at the distance from the platform. Two and

:13:39.:13:42.

a half twists in the straight position. Quite a blind landing, it

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is pretty difficult and he makes it very easy. He is bearing efficient

:13:47.:13:52.

at it, as Dan was saying. Minimal deductions, legs locked together,

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just a step on minding down the middle. Yes, that was a great team

:13:58.:14:05.

vault. -- on landing. It proves that he can transfer from the top of the

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vault, there you can see that he gets plenty of height and distance.

:14:10.:14:15.

I really like Nile, I think he's a very good gymnast. I think he's

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thinking, well, we don't have max today, I'm going to take on the

:14:21.:14:24.

role, and he is really maturing into a great gymnast. Look at the score.

:14:25.:14:29.

You used the word mature, because he hasn't long been out of the junior

:14:30.:14:34.

ranks. These are early days in his senior career and putting in a

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performance like that, you know, bidding for Rio. This is a very good

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show for him. Dan Purvis. His turn on the vault. They are depending on

:14:44.:14:54.

him again today. Lovely blog. Super two and a half. He shows us how it's

:14:55.:14:59.

done. -- lovely block. He absolutely blocks off the top of the platform.

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One of the best year Shingo -- year performances. He really battles to

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hold onto that. Look at the form in his legs through the air. He

:15:17.:15:20.

absolutely wraps into the twists. You see a lot of gymnasts in the

:15:21.:15:24.

twist starting to slow down or bend their legs but not with Dan. That is

:15:25.:15:30.

Dan the man! We certainly needed that because we have 25.6s where

:15:31.:15:37.

Russia will come out with difficult points, so if you've not got the

:15:38.:15:40.

difficulty, then you have to perform just like that.

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Well, two sighs of relief, and here comes the third... It will be a

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bigger sigh of relief, because this is a much riskier vault. As Dan was

:15:54.:16:01.

saying, the other two are sort of Mr dependable, but this is either

:16:02.:16:08.

great, are on the edge of your seat. 14.866, so here comes the risk

:16:09.:16:21.

factor. Come on, Kristian. Everybody watching at home is right with you

:16:22.:16:25.

here. Every ounce of power will go to this. Just go for the block, the

:16:26.:16:31.

moment the hands hit the table and launch him up into the sky. Saw

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important to get the exact speed of the run correct. Approach it,

:16:37.:16:46.

easily, lifted high, fantastic! Get! That was the risk, he took it, and

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it paid off -- so important. That was absolutely massive. He just

:16:55.:16:58.

seemed to hang in the air, he could spot that landing, Dan, then came

:16:59.:17:03.

down. Yes, as soon as I saw it I knew that. A lot of time to spot

:17:04.:17:07.

that landing. A brilliant vault. One of the best I have seen. Yes, it

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reminds me of backing the Olympics. Now on the parallel bars, the

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European champion, Oleg Verniaiev, he has been for two years now. Just

:17:21.:17:28.

enjoy this. The only gymnast to post above 16 in qualification. This is a

:17:29.:17:34.

real masterclass of parallel bar work. Beautiful shape and line in

:17:35.:17:40.

the handstand. Under somersault, locked out with straight arms. Hi

:17:41.:17:54.

there. -- high. Highest difficulty work. That was the Bhavsar. Double

:17:55.:18:05.

front have, nails the landing. What a routine. -- front half. Ukraine

:18:06.:18:15.

are definitely on their way back now, putting that shaky pommel horse

:18:16.:18:19.

behind them, and that is what you need, European champion like that to

:18:20.:18:23.

go on and just calm you down with two pieces to go. Is a really classy

:18:24.:18:30.

gymnast. He works most of the Grand Prixs, we see lots of them in

:18:31.:18:34.

competition, and he is just so efficient. I think he is of those

:18:35.:18:41.

gymnasts is definitely not working at his maximum. These are routines

:18:42.:18:46.

he can do quite easily. The fact you are seeing how consistent these

:18:47.:18:48.

routines are shows how comfortable he is with them, but they are still

:18:49.:18:52.

getting big scores and winning medals so why is there a need to go

:18:53.:18:56.

higher? Yes, but by not working at his maximum and putting the most

:18:57.:19:01.

difficult things in he can be able to consistently perform rather than

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be on the edge of the time, yes. But it is that kind of relationship,

:19:06.:19:09.

isn't it, between difficulty and execution? 15.4 for Kristian Thomas.

:19:10.:19:20.

Superb vault, superb team effort so far. Just when you think you need a

:19:21.:19:27.

bit of help, it goes Kristian and bangs in a vault like that, 15.4,

:19:28.:19:32.

just what the guys needed. They are piling on the pressure for Russia

:19:33.:19:41.

now. Absolutely. Now the third of the German gymnasts to go up onto

:19:42.:19:46.

high bar, Marcel envoy in. European medallist in the past. -- Marcel

:19:47.:19:54.

Nguyen. One of the very famous German gymnasts. He was actually

:19:55.:19:58.

second at the last Olympics I was going to say, all-around. But he

:19:59.:20:08.

didn't get his second hand anywhere near the Bado did he. Wrapped in and

:20:09.:20:14.

his second-hand was dangling underneath. It was high, but he just

:20:15.:20:18.

did not have that precise and placement. A very risky move. Now,

:20:19.:20:24.

not only has he lost a fall. But he will not get credited with that

:20:25.:20:28.

element. You need both hands on, you need to have at least what the

:20:29.:20:33.

judges call a momentary hang, so he has lost the value. Will he try it

:20:34.:20:37.

again? Straight this time, but a bit similar with the re-grasp. And

:20:38.:20:44.

without the twist, very nicely performed. A bit late on the

:20:45.:20:56.

pirouette. But he swings with such ease and style, one arm very

:20:57.:21:04.

comfortable work. A little bit of loss of leg form on occasion, but he

:21:05.:21:17.

winds up, up, in two, over the bar, the Kovacs again, I thought he was

:21:18.:21:20.

wading into the dismount-mac. There is the dismount-mac! Really

:21:21.:21:26.

disappointed with himself there. -- there is the dismount. It is the ten

:21:27.:21:29.

most difficult moves that are counted, isn't it? So it is not as

:21:30.:21:34.

if they can keep going for ever. The first score we have seen over 16, 16

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.1, and he just looks up and thinks, yeah, of course it is!

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LAUGHTER I'm not surprised. Why are you? --

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16.1. For Italy now, bronze at the European Championships three years

:21:54.:22:00.

ago. First tumble out of the floor area, and that is the difference

:22:01.:22:04.

between the best couple of teams and the other teams. They all do similar

:22:05.:22:08.

work, but it is the control at the end of the landings, the end of the

:22:09.:22:13.

tumble runs, bending his legs a little as he rebounded there. A

:22:14.:22:20.

stylish gymnast. The Italian team very much rebuilding. My goodness,

:22:21.:22:25.

that completely landed out. That is twice he has not managed to stay in

:22:26.:22:30.

the square. Nice full twisting double back. Bit of a hop back. If

:22:31.:22:40.

you step out of the floor area, it is 0.3, well, step out is as you .1,

:22:41.:22:45.

but if you jump out and landed it is your point three. -- it is easy to

:22:46.:22:55.

.1 if you step out. He will be racking up the deductions.

:22:56.:23:00.

Controlling the power now. Very popular, triple twist to finish

:23:01.:23:06.

with. Does so nicely. No major falls, but plenty of deductions.

:23:07.:23:17.

There we go. You see the double twist, into the floor, and very

:23:18.:23:23.

athletic and powerful young man, but they're in the year is to be able to

:23:24.:23:28.

control that power. Difficult tumble in here and you can see he loses leg

:23:29.:23:33.

tension little, crossing of the legs on the triple twist. The judges will

:23:34.:23:37.

pick that up. Lots of little hops and bouncers throughout the routine.

:23:38.:23:43.

Something to go and work on. Nguyen, 12.93, after that fall on the high

:23:44.:23:55.

bar. -- 12.933. If you're wondering about the size of the floor area it

:23:56.:24:02.

is 12 metres by 12 metres. Extra strong. Or not, in his case! Extra

:24:03.:24:07.

sprung, because it is on the podium, so the podium is wood and has a

:24:08.:24:12.

little bit of a spring on its own, but interestingly this is an ace

:24:13.:24:15.

rink, so the podium is up and over quite a solid hard circus -- ice

:24:16.:24:33.

rink. It sounds obvious but the junior men had to cancel their

:24:34.:24:35.

podium training halfway through because it was so cold! The heating

:24:36.:24:44.

was not working properly and, so, really, our junior boys did so well

:24:45.:24:48.

without a full podium. All across Europe and certainly in Britain, as

:24:49.:24:51.

was it the championships, the amount of people who want to watch this

:24:52.:24:56.

sport now, they have to go to these bigger places or ice rink and so one

:24:57.:25:02.

that can actually get the people in. Back in our day, Craig, it was just

:25:03.:25:15.

mum and dad upon the balcony the photo. Yes, how times have changed,

:25:16.:25:23.

luckily! -- up on the balcony taking the photo. Certainly Russia will

:25:24.:25:31.

have something to say about that. But this, goodness me, I wonder what

:25:32.:25:35.

they are saying to themselves, Dan, Russia? They know it is hit or miss?

:25:36.:25:40.

The pressure will really be on and Russia have three big vaulters, so

:25:41.:25:45.

it is released it or miss. Up first, there are big vaulters, the current

:25:46.:25:53.

European vault champion, Nikita Nagornyy. He has looked very

:25:54.:26:00.

impressive so far and another vault just flew out the rafters, didn't

:26:01.:26:05.

it? Well, that was what we were speaking about before, the half-time

:26:06.:26:13.

that Verniaiev scored 15.4 with, but that was just beautiful. The hate of

:26:14.:26:19.

the floor, similar to Verniaiev's, so I think it will be around the

:26:20.:26:24.

same score at, beautiful. Look at the time he has got. Think more

:26:25.:26:29.

likely is an extra twist out of it. The one and a half out of the double

:26:30.:26:33.

front, that would be more what I would expect to see. You can see the

:26:34.:26:36.

landing, you can see how he could get ready for the landing a lot

:26:37.:26:41.

easier than just doing the double front. Really impressive young man.

:26:42.:26:55.

15.3! Darren, actually, on Verniaiev's. Next up, he has been

:26:56.:27:07.

great in competition, a very important vault for Russia, there

:27:08.:27:13.

is. Yes, it was on its -- he was on his face in qualifications, so he

:27:14.:27:18.

will not want to go there again. He is really pushing hard, and he has

:27:19.:27:23.

made it. He definitely did not want to go there again. We have seen him

:27:24.:27:30.

false or many times, brilliant to see him land. You would think,

:27:31.:27:34.

wouldn't you, looking at that, he seemed to have an enormous amount of

:27:35.:27:38.

time and space to land it. You would wonder how he could not land that

:27:39.:27:44.

every time. It all depends on the run-up on the block there. If you

:27:45.:27:48.

can get your hips in the right place, you can go a split-second too

:27:49.:27:52.

early or too late and you can be on your face rolling backwards and that

:27:53.:27:55.

is why it is such a difficult vault at the sixth value, but that was a

:27:56.:28:02.

super vault, and he will want to prove to himself and the coaches

:28:03.:28:05.

that he can actually do the vault, and what a time to pull it out, in

:28:06.:28:12.

the team final. 15.233, one gymnast to go, and two pieces of apparatus.

:28:13.:28:27.

Over to the high bar. Zachari Hrimeche, from France. Had his

:28:28.:28:37.

senior debut last year. Smooth swing, quite a quiet start. He is in

:28:38.:28:43.

the reverse grip. Gymnasts have to show more than one Brit. This is an

:28:44.:28:48.

over grip, so he has done that already. Changes his swing, ready

:28:49.:28:56.

for the full turning, and Kovacs, but nowhere near. He kicked over the

:28:57.:29:00.

bar rather than up into the air and that is again somewhere we will see

:29:01.:29:03.

he will not get any value for the move because he completely missed.

:29:04.:29:09.

Floundering in the error there. Just a word, Dan, and how you actually

:29:10.:29:19.

train these? -- chalk. You will begin to build up confidence then

:29:20.:29:23.

move onto the hard floor and it just about seeing the bat-mac. -- the

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bar. You can see the change the shape of verse when depending on

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what they are going to do. They are just ordinary, swinging their

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straight body, then they change the shape when they are going to make a

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release. That was a nice pirouette. The different shape of swing will

:29:42.:29:45.

change what you can do at the end of it, the timing. And now you can see

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he is in a dislocated grip. Working against the shoulder line, and now

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he is changing shape, ready to kick it into the desperate, double

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straight with full twist. Some very nice work, -- kick into the

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dismount. Doing what he can to build the difficulty and make those marks

:30:08.:30:12.

back, so plenty of changes in grip. Shapes, and the swing, as we can

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see. You have to be quite precise, don't you, Dan? To get your thumbs

:30:21.:30:24.

right are like that? Krhin Matt Jess, you have to catch it perfectly

:30:25.:30:27.

to make sure your thumbs are underneath the mark -- yes, you do

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have to catch it. This is the second of the Swiss to go on parallel bars,

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Yusof. A good clean start, showing great control. Nice in the front

:30:45.:30:49.

somersault, straight to Pirouette. Long swing. Clean into

:30:50.:31:09.

the handstand. Turns, working well. Squeezes the feed together. Oh, he

:31:10.:31:17.

had to hold it there. He nails the dismount. Only one little error in

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the routine. I tell you what, that was a great rescue. He could have

:31:24.:31:27.

gone for a wander there. Yes, it's so easy to mess up your hand

:31:28.:31:33.

placement. I don't know how he manages to save that but he kept

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still to reduce the deductions. Good work on the one rail. You can see

:31:41.:31:51.

the flight there, again, he's looking at the rail. He is still

:31:52.:31:56.

moving up and he's able to lock out with straight arms. Very difficult.

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That is because of the fall on high bar.

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Zapata from Spain. And very, very explosive gymnast. He got a bronze

:32:22.:32:31.

at the world year. A bit of a step there but that was the one and a

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half, double front. Just a little hop. Oh, no, that was never on, the

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two and a half, he did not contact the floor properly and he did well

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not to sit right down. I think he brushed the floor. Double straight

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with full twist. Not quite as sharp as we saw him at the World

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Championships. This is super difficulty. Just a little step

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through the landing. Many of these gymnasts will be

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fighting for team places for the Olympics.

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That was a secure landing. Hours away, double straight, nice finish.

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Just the little step as though he did not quite have the confidence to

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keep his feet still. It's an interesting point. Zapata got a

:33:44.:33:54.

bronze at the last world's. How much can sharpness fluctuate on a piece

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of apparatus like floor and how do you get it back? Obviously at the

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point in the year where you are trying to peak for the biggest

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competition. It can be the biggest between Tensai Lee Janzen -- one or

:34:06.:34:13.

two tenths on each landing. Tips to get the sharpness back? What do you

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do? It is just the amount of training that you do in the gym,

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putting in the numbers. Christian Baumann. The last gymnast for

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Switzerland, this is an important piece, they want to try to make it

:34:28.:34:34.

onto the medals table. 15.666 in qualification, fourth, we know he

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has the skills. Nice in the Stutz, combined into the Healy turn.

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Pirouette, very efficient. Back into the handstand. Here wet. Again, that

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was nice shape in the handstand. Stutz Just can't afford a flicker.

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Double pike. Slight adjustment on landing. Switzerland stay in

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contention. They are certainly on their way back. That man got a

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silver medal at the last Europeans, he did his country proud. He will go

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on to the high bar now. This is their big piece. Parallel bars. Very

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successful, the Swiss team, here. Confirmation of the order, Russia

:35:45.:35:45.

are still ahead of Great Britain. Just a little sit down. Yes, we had

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a replay of that, it was a hallmark. This is the final Swiss gymnast. --

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a for Mark. -- full mark. Keep your eyes on this. Full twist. Not only

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is that two and a half somersault but with a full twist as well.

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15.666, goodness me, that seemed to defy gravity in every single plane.

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One minute he was twisting and then somersaulting and turning. Goodness

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me. I'm surprised he was able to squeeze that in. That's the best

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I've seen that, normally he goes to one side but it was bang in the

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middle. Obviously something he has been working on, thinking, you know,

:36:52.:36:59.

I've got a real challenge -- real chance. With vault like that there

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is every possibility he could be the Olympic champion. This is the thing,

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let's hope they don't overcook it as far as is concerned. They have to

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maintain that level for quite a while. -- as far as Rio is

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concerned. Russia are similar to Great Britain in that the gymnasts

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are fighting for their places. Five British guys out there and another

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three or four at home who are also looking to push them out.

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Realistically they could. I guess it's probably quite the same story

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in Russia. Here we go, confirmation after four pieces that Russia are

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ahead of Great Britain by 2.35 marks. Switzerland are now in third.

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They have knocked the Ukraine down to fourth. Well, what a strong

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parallel bars performance from Switzerland and they will be able to

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keep the swing going into the high bar. Looking at qualification, this

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team was second in the high bar so they will have a real chance but

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it's not just a guaranteed, we're going to nail this. It will be

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interesting. Switzerland will be very excited at the fact they are in

:38:16.:38:19.

this position and hopefully they can hang on. That would be really nice

:38:20.:38:23.

for them. It's worth knowing that five marks is quite a nice cushion

:38:24.:38:27.

between second and third that Great Britain have. Russia and Great

:38:28.:38:32.

Britain are well ahead of the rest of Europe. What a fantastic thing.

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I've been around in gymnastics long enough to remember the days where we

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just looked in or at Russia and never for one minute thought we

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would be able to consider meeting them. What a great situation we are

:38:47.:38:52.

in now. I'm of a generation when I was in the team and we wouldn't even

:38:53.:38:56.

make the team final. We were in war of the rest of Europe. The last ten

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years has been absolutely extraordinary. -- we were in awe.

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Let's get him onto the high bar so he can carry on. Ukraine are forth

:39:13.:39:17.

at the moment. Oh dear. That did not do their chances any good. First of

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all he took three swings before he got going and then a relatively

:39:23.:39:29.

quiet move, doing the hop over the bar, trying to catch it with a mixed

:39:30.:39:34.

grip and he does not make the turn. When they catch in mixed grip it is

:39:35.:39:38.

so they make another turn and he just did not really commit himself

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to the turn. You can see the bar twanging away. Loss of the value of

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the element plus a fault and they still have to use this score,

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whatever. Do it again, this time without the mixed grip.

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Stolder and the half turn. They should turn as close to the vertical

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as possible. Looks much more suited to the rings than high bar at this

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stage of events. We've seen him do a great rings routine, and that's an

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excellent dismount, but the work on the high bar was not very

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comfortable at all. They were desperately trying to put pressure

:40:32.:40:35.

back on Switzerland. 0.6 between them and the Ukraine in four.

:40:36.:40:40.

Goodness me, what a disaster for them. 13.666 in qualification and

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depending on where the angle was for the camera, some of the turns looked

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quite late for me as well. It was quite a sloppy routine in parts.

:40:53.:41:00.

Obviously losing the mark for the mistake and the difficulty, the

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value of the skill as well, it was really costly and you can tell that

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he's not happy at all. Courtney Tulloch but in an absolute storming

:41:10.:41:12.

performance for Great Britain on rings. Here is his opportunity to

:41:13.:41:17.

show us what he can do on the parallel bars. Front somersault.

:41:18.:41:25.

Firmly into the handstand. Under somersault. A bit short but he

:41:26.:41:31.

blocks it out. Low swing, double pike. Difficult work. Pirouette.

:41:32.:41:42.

Front up rise, double back. Ads are there to protect the arms. Double

:41:43.:41:50.

front. -- the pads. Working very well so far. The gymnasts must

:41:51.:41:57.

perform moves above and below the bars. That was nice. Executing the

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routine well so far. Healey turn. Slight adjustment. Into the double

:42:11.:42:16.

pike. Safely landed. That was good work. Job done for Courtney Tulloch.

:42:17.:42:21.

He came here to do two pieces of apparatus and goodness me has he

:42:22.:42:25.

done the team job today. He certainly has indeed, I would not

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say he was cautious but you could see that he did not want to give

:42:31.:42:34.

away anything there. He is really competitor, isn't he? I think he's

:42:35.:42:40.

grown a lot in this Championships. I think people will go away from this

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thinking, there's more to come from Courtney. 11.8, that has to hurt in

:42:45.:42:54.

more ways than one. Goodness me, what a shame for Ukraine. It's going

:42:55.:42:57.

to be a real battle between fourth and third. It could well be on

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because goodness me, 0.5 is nothing in the world of high bar. We have

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seen that. We have seen a few coming to grief today.

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Ukraine are usually considered to be a team who work well on the high

:43:17.:43:24.

bar. That was lovely, smooth, straight Tkachev. And a very nice

:43:25.:43:34.

turn at the top, big straddle Tkachev. There he had to end his

:43:35.:43:40.

elbows over on the forward swing out of it. Nice full pirouette. That was

:43:41.:43:46.

good into the hop. Very late turn, though. And another late turn. Those

:43:47.:43:56.

are areas where the judges can deduct very easily. And they will.

:43:57.:44:00.

Eibar scores are generally quite difficult to get. -- high bar. A lot

:44:01.:44:09.

of deductions. A nice dismount. Just a step on minding. A big improvement

:44:10.:44:13.

on the first gymnast from the Ukraine, he stayed on the apparatus.

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That's the key! You got on, went round and got off in one piece. If

:44:22.:44:25.

you look at the differences in expression on the faces of the

:44:26.:44:29.

Ukrainian and Russian team, that says it all, he looked deflated on

:44:30.:44:35.

the high bar. He did a decent job. He would be heavily deducted on the

:44:36.:44:39.

bent arms after the catch and being late on the turns. It is not their

:44:40.:44:42.

strongest piece but this is where every 10th really matters. Yes. As

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far as talking about those turns, you have to get between five to and

:44:50.:44:56.

five passed. A little bit low for Courtney Tulloch? I think that was

:44:57.:45:00.

slightly harsh but he must have been deducted heavily for a heavy

:45:01.:45:04.

landing. This is the turn of the Commonwealth champion Dan Purvis.

:45:05.:45:08.

This is a good piece of apparatus for Dan. 15.066 in qualification. He

:45:09.:45:15.

had to fight on the somersault to one bar. Just calming it down. Into

:45:16.:45:23.

the Healey. Long swing. Confident in the Stutz. High into

:45:24.:45:45.

the double pike. Better from Purves. That was impressive, using all of

:45:46.:45:47.

his competition experience. You could sense that he was rushing in

:45:48.:45:52.

the first half and he just brought, I'll take it steady and then we'll

:45:53.:45:56.

get through and that's exactly what he did. Two down and want to go and

:45:57.:46:00.

one more piece of apparatus, high bar.

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For years now I have watched him and that, stock to one rail, for a

:46:06.:46:13.

gymnast, such a difficult skill to do. He has obviously changed his

:46:14.:46:17.

routine edit in the years to find something he is comfortable with --

:46:18.:46:26.

stuck to one rail. Is certainly comfortable with landings, to his

:46:27.:46:31.

benefit. Super dismount. Good job done. 13.5 four Semiankiv. -- for.

:46:32.:46:44.

Switzerland will be watching this very closely. The next gymnast, the

:46:45.:47:01.

last gymnast, to go on the high bar. He has been so impressive, on vault,

:47:02.:47:09.

parallel bars, and no on high buyers. that is how it is done, a

:47:10.:47:14.

little off line. kept his elbows straight. that is very nice, the

:47:15.:47:20.

turn of the top. you see, hot on bull-mac straight arms, nor

:47:21.:47:30.

interruption of swing. -- caught on full straight arms. very difficult

:47:31.:47:34.

to do this and keep the swing going. pushing the shoulders forward quite

:47:35.:47:40.

a bit there. there is his in-bar work. the turn. lots of confidence

:47:41.:47:49.

and composure. here is the big kick, the two twists and the double

:47:50.:47:52.

straight. and the trademark dismount we have seen, he is very slick,

:47:53.:48:01.

isn't he, with his work with so efficient. Very confident. And is

:48:02.:48:08.

going to throw this in there, but I am not a fan of this routine. I tell

:48:09.:48:13.

you why. I think it is quite safe. It over

:48:14.:48:26.

users the Markelov quite a lot, and if you watch, if you convert our

:48:27.:48:34.

guys, they do that a lot better than that. But you have to use the court

:48:35.:48:37.

to your advantage and body type. Hang on. We will carry on with that

:48:38.:48:45.

in a minute. 14.7 four Daniel Purvis. We have at the Commonwealth

:48:46.:48:50.

champion. Now Nile Wilson, who came second at those Commonwealth Games,

:48:51.:48:57.

behind Dan Purvis. 20 years old. Something special. Straight to

:48:58.:49:04.

handstand. That at the line in his back. -- look at the line. Have

:49:05.:49:18.

torn. That is very good control. -- half turn. High into the double back

:49:19.:49:27.

with kick out, that is how you do a double back. Pirouette. Look at

:49:28.:49:31.

that. Pirouette. Fluent into the

:49:32.:49:46.

handstand. Can he hold it on the dismount?

:49:47.:49:58.

Healy turn, come on, Nile. That was made to impressive. Dan, you know

:49:59.:50:12.

what it is like to work them at the championship? Yes, you look so calm

:50:13.:50:17.

and composed, and it is not an easy routine. To go onto one bar and hold

:50:18.:50:20.

it as still as he did under that the mode of pressure is unbelievable. He

:50:21.:50:24.

has such a good head on his shoulders. Yes, just waiting for the

:50:25.:50:28.

right moment and going when he knew it was right. That takes a lot of

:50:29.:50:32.

confidence. It does, and it is something he has obviously work hard

:50:33.:50:37.

on in training which make him feel confident about it. Full of

:50:38.:50:43.

confidence, drive and determination, Nile, wears his heart on his sleeve.

:50:44.:50:47.

Very untypical of us Brits, to be honest, but great to see. Sinai and

:50:48.:50:51.

somebody actually who loves to compete. He is absolutely loving

:50:52.:50:57.

every minute of that performance -- yes, and somebody actually lost to

:50:58.:51:04.

compete. It has to be a big score. It is 15.966, well done, Nile

:51:05.:51:12.

Wilson! One more piece to go for Great Britain. Things are looking

:51:13.:51:19.

very good. That one step on landing denied and that 16. So impressive,

:51:20.:51:25.

wasn't it? Such a difficult landing off any piece of apparatus, and

:51:26.:51:32.

actually, if he could half out, it gets similar advantage... Look at

:51:33.:51:35.

that. Great Britain are ten marks ahead of Ukraine. That is what one

:51:36.:51:48.

fall from the high bar does for you. 14.766, four Oleg Verniaiev. You

:51:49.:51:52.

were saying about the high bar routine, and I agree. It is not his

:51:53.:51:56.

best routine, but the secret of becoming an all-round good performer

:51:57.:52:00.

is to make your strong pieces really good and your weaker piece is good

:52:01.:52:04.

enough. It is not his best piece but he has made a good enough. For our

:52:05.:52:16.

viewers at home, there are kind of graded levels, and I think G is the

:52:17.:52:28.

hardest. Yes, but I think now there is an H. A double twist with the

:52:29.:52:32.

double straight with a triple twist on the floor. Dreamer but that is

:52:33.:52:43.

the only H in the Code of Points. So for most of us, it is a G. -- yes,

:52:44.:52:51.

but that is the only H. Do not want to see it as a bad routine, but for

:52:52.:52:57.

me... You have said it now! For me hard work is being able to use a

:52:58.:53:00.

variety of skills and releases. It is smart, the way he has come up

:53:01.:53:06.

with the routine that he has. I have a feeling we are watching the first

:53:07.:53:11.

Swiss competitor here. On the final piece of apparatus. Yes, we did not

:53:12.:53:17.

get the intro for him but he is doing far more than you would ever

:53:18.:53:22.

do in your warm up. And he fell on the dismount, if it is. And they

:53:23.:53:27.

look like it was. We did not get the introduction, but here it is, Oliver

:53:28.:53:33.

Hegi, and the work on a high bar was great, but the dismount just flew

:53:34.:53:38.

away from him. This is their fifth, then. Yes. What a shame. First up in

:53:39.:53:49.

the second half is what is happening now so the Russians will be up on

:53:50.:53:53.

parallel bars to follow Great Britain then the Swiss are following

:53:54.:54:03.

Ukraine on high bar. Yes, Pablo Braegger will be the next to go for

:54:04.:54:06.

them and then this will be the penultimate piece of apparatus.

:54:07.:54:13.

Nikolai Kuksenkov, the first of the Russian gymnasts. Sloppy there in

:54:14.:54:22.

the front somersault, bit of fall backdown on apparatus, and that will

:54:23.:54:33.

be heavily deducted. Krhin in the Healy turn. Somersault, long swing.

:54:34.:54:49.

-- clean in this Healy turn. A little flicker, in the switch to one

:54:50.:54:58.

buyer. Loss of tension the legs. Better. High in the front uprise,

:54:59.:55:04.

and can he spot the landing? Yes, he can. Double front, left time. A

:55:05.:55:10.

costly routine I think that was for Russia. There are looking under

:55:11.:55:15.

pressure, and rightly so. Two marks between then and Great Britain. It

:55:16.:55:21.

was not a major mistake, but it was all this routine, here and there,

:55:22.:55:25.

when you see the legs straddled, a bit bent, the very first bet he lost

:55:26.:55:35.

marks and rhythm with. 13.5. They have seen Ukraine go and know there

:55:36.:55:41.

has been a fall there. Coming into this rotation. A tiny bit of

:55:42.:55:45.

breathing space. They just have to keep going. Pablo Braegger now. To

:55:46.:55:52.

get into the high bar -- he did get into the high bar final last year's

:55:53.:55:55.

European Championship in it and he has qualified for this year's. So we

:55:56.:56:02.

should see an exciting routine here. Here it comes. Finance Bill twist,

:56:03.:56:07.

very nicely negotiated. -- full twist. The mixed grip, swings

:56:08.:56:16.

smoothly up. Beautifully linked, the two difficult elements. Clean

:56:17.:56:28.

pirouettes, but a little bit late on that one. But he linked it into the

:56:29.:56:42.

Markelov. Lots of energy. By this dismount, lifted up, and makes the

:56:43.:56:48.

landing. Much, much better. What a performance there! Two gymnasts on

:56:49.:56:53.

high bar, one more to go. They are sitting pretty for that bronze medal

:56:54.:56:56.

at the moment, and the pressure is on. It is building. However, it has

:56:57.:57:02.

been relieved slightly by the home crowd. You can almost sense they are

:57:03.:57:05.

lifting their gymnasts up into the air to give them that extra bit of

:57:06.:57:16.

time to reach out and grab the bar. Kovacs, executed really well. Full

:57:17.:57:19.

extension. That is what the judges like to see, launching those arms

:57:20.:57:24.

out, straight arm into the long swing, a real variety. There is one

:57:25.:57:31.

of the locals, getting the cowbells going, we'll have some of that!

:57:32.:57:33.

LAUGHTER The thing is when there is an

:57:34.:57:37.

atmosphere like that it can lift you even if they are not cheering for

:57:38.:57:40.

you, can't it? If you are doing well and you just hear the crowd go.

:57:41.:57:52.

14.266, Kuksenkov. Down from where he would want to be, and no doubt

:57:53.:58:04.

with that two and a bit but we have between Russia and Great Britain.

:58:05.:58:06.

Here is the Olympic champion on the parallel bars. Usual front

:58:07.:58:14.

somersault, into the handstand. Beautiful and somersault. One-to-one

:58:15.:58:24.

-- on to one buyer. Little fluctuation of the arms, get the

:58:25.:58:38.

momentum -- H. Into the Healy turn. Off one and a quarter. He had to use

:58:39.:58:42.

a bit of strength there and bring it back into the bars. Double front

:58:43.:58:50.

have line. Very good rescue. -- land. Although impressive stuff,

:58:51.:58:55.

this is their shakiest piece, I would say, wouldn't you? Room for

:58:56.:59:00.

improvement between now and Rio? For the Russians, on the parallel bars,

:59:01.:59:05.

Dan? Yes, there probably is. If you look at their qualification, their

:59:06.:59:10.

bars was amazing, amazing for any team. It shows the pressure is

:59:11.:59:16.

getting to them slightly. As a 19-year-old just up from the junior

:59:17.:59:21.

ranks, he looks very strong. Very strong, mentally as well physically.

:59:22.:59:27.

Yes, I mean every time I see him he has improved and he has impressed me

:59:28.:59:33.

every time I have seen as well. 14.633, good job done for Paolo Bray

:59:34.:59:41.

go on high bar. -- Pablo Braegger. Switzerland are wondering, can

:59:42.:59:46.

thereby do this? It is floor after this, one more piece of apparatus,

:59:47.:59:50.

but this is vital from Christian Baumann. Is the big star, clearly

:59:51.:59:57.

through that release -- he the big star. That little floor, he cover

:59:58.:00:02.

that it well. That was very nice, one and a half turn. Times in the

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handstand. -- towns in the handstand. Full of pirouettes this

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routine and a lot of pirouettes can attract a lot of deductions, but

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there is this day and in swings, against the shoulder blade.

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Controlling the swing well, controlling his nerve. Just that

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twist, that step back. Satisfactory performance. Not great, but... That

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will do! I was thinking, that was very efficient and just what the

:00:42.:00:46.

Swiss guys needed. You can easily through a competition away on the

:00:47.:00:51.

high bar with a fall and he did an absolutely super job under that

:00:52.:00:59.

pressure. Some really well executed times in that routine, to what we

:01:00.:01:03.

have seen. You know, I think this team final, it just sums up, doesn't

:01:04.:01:08.

it, hope diverse gymnastics is? When you move from one piece, to another,

:01:09.:01:13.

to another and, I don't know, just how diverse and all the different

:01:14.:01:16.

skills you need to be able to compete as a nation around the whole

:01:17.:01:25.

gymnastics arena? 15.466 four Nagornyy. What a score for the

:01:26.:01:32.

19-year-old. -- for. The last gymnast for Russia on the parallel

:01:33.:01:34.

bars. He is in the parallel bar final as

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well tomorrow. Somersault to handstand, locking those arms, to

:01:47.:01:50.

one bar. Favoured by so many gymnasts now. That was really

:01:51.:02:04.

difficult work. Into the pirouette. There is the drop chute. Front

:02:05.:02:11.

somersault and cleanly into the handstand. Shoulders a little back

:02:12.:02:19.

in the Healy. Drops to one bar. Into the handstand. Stutz. Can he hang

:02:20.:02:31.

on? High into the double front, yes he can! He is looking as good as

:02:32.:02:37.

ever. He is looking a bit fitter, a bit more slight, like he has lost

:02:38.:02:40.

weight and he is really in control of his work. I haven't seen him

:02:41.:02:45.

looking like this for a while, he's looking confident and he is out to

:02:46.:02:50.

take the fight to GB. What a routine. That will be in the high

:02:51.:02:57.

15s. It was packed, not a single moment where he just took an extra

:02:58.:03:06.

handstand, extra weight. That would be a deduction, knees bending pass

:03:07.:03:09.

the bar but as soon as one element was finished there was the next one

:03:10.:03:12.

and that is how the difficulty scored builds. By adding the D and

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immediately another D element. You get a bonus for that. The British

:03:22.:03:25.

coaches as you can see knew that that was a good performance. It

:03:26.:03:30.

makes you wonder what the situation would be if Max Whitlock was there.

:03:31.:03:37.

They seem to be taking the opportunity, don't they? In Max's

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absence. And rightly so. We would do exactly the same if their best team

:03:48.:03:50.

player... Let's think about this. Our best guy is at home probably

:03:51.:03:56.

watching this and GB are probably on Brazil the medal. That would have

:03:57.:04:02.

been unheard of. -- on for a silver medal. We have to think about how

:04:03.:04:06.

well we've done. Given the opportunities, Courtney Tulloch has

:04:07.:04:14.

shined as he has. Remarkable. How do you feel about this? It's almost as

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though it has become the norm over the past few years, we were always

:04:19.:04:22.

fighting Russia over the top spot and that's how much British

:04:23.:04:26.

athletics has improved in ten years. I remember growing up and my first

:04:27.:04:30.

World Championships we were struggling to make the top ten and

:04:31.:04:34.

we have improved year by year. And of course interestingly,...

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Confirmation that Russia are well ahead of Great Britain in second.

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Look at the gap between Great Britain and Switzerland in third at

:04:45.:04:48.

the moment with one piece to go. Goodness me. I don't know how they

:04:49.:04:59.

must be feeling. But there are now three marks between Switzerland and

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Ukraine. David Belyavskiy. There is confirmation. That is a massive

:05:07.:05:14.

score. Massive, but not as big as 15.9 66. That is one of the routines

:05:15.:05:21.

of the competition so far. And he's the reserve for the final! Yes! What

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a shame. Hopefully he may get a chance to work. You sometimes do as

:05:28.:05:32.

a reserve. The rest of the field will be hoping that he can't after

:05:33.:05:33.

that performance! And of course, the junior team

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competition was two days ago and that was a big fight between Russia

:05:49.:05:52.

and Great Britain as well. So it very definitely is the case that

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they are the dominant forces in Europe. Yes. The junior men got

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their fifth title for the team, and we will bring you up-to-date very

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shortly after this competition. We will give you a quick rundown and a

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video montage of what happened. This is how the final piece of apparatus,

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the final rotation, I should say. Ukraine and Switzerland on floor,

:06:19.:06:21.

Germany and France on the pommel horse and over on the rings it is

:06:22.:06:26.

Italy and Spain. Rate Britain alongside Russia round up their

:06:27.:06:31.

competition on the high bar. The stage is set for Dan Purvis. He has

:06:32.:06:38.

just been superb today. And the lads can enjoy this. I hope, I really do.

:06:39.:06:46.

They have a good buffer ahead of Switzerland in third and the key to

:06:47.:06:50.

this is just going through and then you don't really want to rely on

:06:51.:06:55.

your opponents to fall, but let's see what happens. The final piece of

:06:56.:07:00.

apparatus in the men's team final. Dan Purvis has made his opening

:07:01.:07:07.

elements. And the next combination well. That was not so spectacular.

:07:08.:07:12.

Such a great technician on the high bar. Lovely hop, full pirouette.

:07:13.:07:24.

Clever routine, quick routine. That was a beautiful dismount. Packed

:07:25.:07:28.

full of difficulty. The shorter it is the less the judges can deduct.

:07:29.:07:32.

That was a great start for Great Britain. What a team job for Dan

:07:33.:07:36.

Purvis, put on your tracksuit, take the weight off your feet, well done,

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that man. There you can see, the one on work, very clean, search a

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productive performance on this piece of apparatus. Great at the in bar

:07:47.:07:53.

work and clean through the turns and the lines. He propels high into the

:07:54.:08:01.

air for the double twist. 13.9 in qualification. Hopefully that will

:08:02.:08:10.

go a bit better. Germany, just warming up and getting the handle is

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right ready for the pommel horse. They were probably wish they were

:08:14.:08:17.

finishing somewhere else. Anything but the pommel horse! Exactly.

:08:18.:08:29.

He is 25 years old. We have just seen Daniel Purvis's score. There we

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are. What a consistent day he has had.

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Another consistent day. See you in Rio, Dan. See you at the airport!

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CHUCKLES I think Dan is definitely on the

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ticket, for sure. I beg your pardon. Waldemar Eichorn is open now. Second

:09:13.:09:18.

for Germany on the final piece. Single legwork. He picks up into the

:09:19.:09:27.

flare. Up into the handstand. Using a bit of strength there. Got to keep

:09:28.:09:34.

the momentum going. Well done. Back into the handstand. Another

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pirouette. Back into the flare. There is the spindle. And again.

:09:41.:09:47.

Travelling down the horse, and again in the flare. Will he use the double

:09:48.:09:58.

leg circle? Yes, he is. Russian Wendy. There you are, keep the

:09:59.:10:02.

momentum going. Lines up into the handstand. Full pirouette. Wind him

:10:03.:10:13.

up and go. I tell you what, he put in so many flares, he must be

:10:14.:10:16.

exhausted towards the end. That was a good effort. You have to say, even

:10:17.:10:22.

though you don't get the most marks it is the most exciting. It is. It's

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got flare! That is why it is called that. A bit less extension in the

:10:30.:10:34.

end but it was still very good. Will he do any leg circle work and when

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he did he realised why he was doing flares! LAUGHTER

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Nile Wilson is the second gymnast for Great Britain, this is his sixth

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and final piece of apparatus of the day. Like Dan he has worked all six

:10:52.:10:56.

and he is Commonwealth champion on high bar. Nile, stand-by for

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fireworks. This is a risky routine. He needs to be and concentrating.

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You can see the full turning straight Kovac. Fingertips. And now

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the second one in the Moyes position. Makes sure. -- the tuck

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position. Now the turning, one and a half pirouette. This location. Full

:11:26.:11:33.

turn. Very nicely done. With the half turn. Hide Tkachev, swings out

:11:34.:11:46.

beautifully. There we go again with the mixed grip. Half turn and a big

:11:47.:11:56.

swing up. -- high Tkachev. This is a really intense routine. Come on,

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Nile, hit the dismount. Two twists, not a problem, what a performance,

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Nile Wilson, you really have impressed today. Goodness me, what a

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day that man has had, it was just the most outstanding high bar

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routine. It was packed with difficulty and it was clean as well.

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He was catching high, no arm bends all exploits. This is what I call

:12:24.:12:27.

high bar work. He had ever thing in there, Kovac, Tkachev, this is the

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best Tkachev half turn being done in the world because he makes the half

:12:35.:12:38.

turn before catching the bar and the lines throughout, there you can see,

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half turn, and he's about horizontal and he's already made the turn, I

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don't like to see gymnasts catching in the mixed grip and letting the

:12:50.:12:53.

bar turn them at the bottom. That was fantastic. What a way to finish.

:12:54.:13:01.

So, Italy over on the rings. This is his strongest piece of

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apparatus, if you will pardon the pun. Italy have had generations of

:13:23.:13:30.

strong gymnasts on the rings, going back to the very famous Uri Keki.

:13:31.:13:42.

There is the Maltese. Into the layout. Swing to inverter. Double

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pike, double tuck. Straight to the top planche. Clean, efficient.

:13:52.:14:05.

Circle to crucifix. Kip To crucifix. Swings into the handstand. Slight

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adjustment. Got to fix the rings. Double double. Slight adjustment on

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landing. That was good work from the Italian. Keeping up the tradition of

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Italian rings workers, that was very nice work. Smooth, very smooth.

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Italy down the second half of the competition.

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That should have been over 15. Definitely. He was robbed. He

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thought the same and you could see it on his face! Kristian Thomas, he

:14:44.:14:50.

has qualified first for the high bar final and with a similar score,

:14:51.:14:55.

actually the same as Nile Wilson but the execution and difficulty was

:14:56.:15:00.

slightly different. Kristian Thomas, the last gymnast to go for Great

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Britain in the men's team final. He is a Paul gymnast. He almost sweeps

:15:06.:15:10.

the floor. That was a super Tkachev with full turn. Very unusual.

:15:11.:15:25.

And the Stolder with one and half. This location. That was a lovely

:15:26.:15:38.

shape. Tkachev with a half turn. Very smoothly out. This is a big

:15:39.:15:47.

routine. Full pirouette. He changes the swing and lifts up high and he

:15:48.:15:52.

puts the fall twist in. Perfect landing, Kristian Thomas has led

:15:53.:15:57.

this team. Fantastic. Gold or silver, they've really won today.

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There he is, there he is, doing what Kristian Thomas does best, he has

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definitely landed on a team medal there. It wasn't just clean as we

:16:08.:16:12.

know it can be, but obviously under that pressure. Yet again a brilliant

:16:13.:16:20.

Tkachev with a half turn. We really do maths that skill within Britain.

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And then high into the arena for the full twisting double back.

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Has landings today, he just seems to know what he needs to do and when to

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do it, Dan. Weaving no run for deductions and that is what you want

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from your captain. 14.93, for the Italians. But they train every day.

:16:48.:16:53.

Every afternoon. Landings... Yes, and you can gain so much in wins for

:16:54.:16:59.

the team are the six pieces and that is what we have really concentrated

:17:00.:17:03.

on the last couple of years. Great Britain can do no more. They have

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gone all the way around, everything goal-scorer. Three scores and every

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single one of them has delivered -- every single score. They just have

:17:15.:17:21.

to sit and wait, and what Russia on high bar. -- watch Russia. Well,

:17:22.:17:35.

this has been a fantastic tussle to watch, and you know that Russia

:17:36.:17:40.

still have to stick three people up and go clean. I have to say the

:17:41.:17:44.

Russian team look much more secure than I have seen them look for a few

:17:45.:17:52.

years. Kristian, 14.233, that will do. I mean, yes, 15" the good. There

:17:53.:17:59.

were a few errors there, and obviously you will get deducted for

:18:00.:18:07.

that -- he was 15 in qualification. But look at that. Up on their

:18:08.:18:17.

qualification of 267, and you can't ask for much more than that. Well,

:18:18.:18:29.

the first gymnast Opera Russia. Three routines, every score counts

:18:30.:18:35.

-- up for Russia. I know we keep saying it but it is important. David

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Belyavskiy, qualified for the high bar final, fifth in the World

:18:41.:18:43.

Championships on this piece of apparatus a couple of years ago.

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This was actually there third-highest scoring peace

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importation. -- in qualification. Lovely one And Circle.

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Here comes the big release. The straddle, catcher over the bar, and

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again with the turn in the straddle position. Always a very stylish

:19:13.:19:23.

gymnast. That was a little late but he controlled it well. Into the

:19:24.:19:35.

Markelov. And this, the stain on swings, which I think he is the only

:19:36.:19:41.

gymnast to use -- Steinerman swings. Efficient work, very efficient

:19:42.:19:48.

routine. Balearics skied today, he has really impressed me, and Russia

:19:49.:19:55.

need an average of 14.38 here to take the gold -- David Belyavskiy

:19:56.:20:01.

has really impressed me. That was probably one of the most efficient

:20:02.:20:07.

high bar routines we have seen. Job to be done, got up there, times, in

:20:08.:20:16.

the right position, clean on the catch, under that pressure. He will

:20:17.:20:26.

be happy with today's work for sure -- turns, in the right position. And

:20:27.:20:31.

he should be. Great to see him now with a bit of maturity and

:20:32.:20:35.

confidence. He is starting to be able to show what a good gymnast he

:20:36.:20:40.

is. I was going to say, we have often gone to competitions and

:20:41.:20:42.

thought this guy could do a lot more. Maybe this is his year. What a

:20:43.:20:48.

time, going into the Olympics. Perhaps that has been in the back of

:20:49.:20:52.

his mind. That is the thing. We do not even know if he has peaked yet,

:20:53.:21:00.

14.733. He is on the rise, absolutely superb. Has worked every

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thing today? It will be interesting to see whether he is ahead of Nile.

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I am looking forward to watching tomorrow. Sometimes you just need

:21:11.:21:14.

that drive. If you do not have it internally or as an individual, but

:21:15.:21:17.

as soon as you get up there you're doing it for somebody else, and from

:21:18.:21:19.

a psychological perspective, that could really be what is just pushing

:21:20.:21:24.

him, David Belyavskiy, researchers and today. And I think they have

:21:25.:21:29.

thrived today with Team GB being one man down. Here is another gymnast

:21:30.:21:41.

that has done a team job today, Nikita Ignatyev, superb work. Full

:21:42.:21:49.

twisting, straight, then tucked. A lot of the gymnasts do this,

:21:50.:21:54.

straight and then tucked. Exciting work, the release and then

:21:55.:21:57.

recaptures. That is what makes the high bar such an exciting piece of

:21:58.:22:06.

apparatus -- re-catches. It looks like his legs are a lot of the time.

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That is the impression you get. His feet are together. The judges

:22:11.:22:17.

probably do not get the luxury of this view. Two twists, double

:22:18.:22:21.

straight, another good solid routine. They know they are on to do

:22:22.:22:28.

well. Scored the lowest of the team involved addition, 14.4033 and for

:22:29.:22:35.

me, yes, it looks a little sloppy in the legs, but maybe the judges

:22:36.:22:39.

cannot pick up from that view, I do not think we have the best view

:22:40.:22:45.

there of his routine. What pressure for the young Swiss. Benjamin

:22:46.:22:52.

Gischard, the second gymnast to go for Switzerland. One more after him

:22:53.:22:57.

and then the Swiss bid for a medal is over. Lovely high opening front

:22:58.:23:08.

somersault twist. Did he keep those tools in? -- toes. I did not see a

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flag. I didn't either. He really does run a long way. Very light,

:23:19.:23:23.

into the front somersault twist. So many of these gymnasts twist so

:23:24.:23:27.

fast, they are so efficient. And Switzerland have also qualified

:23:28.:23:47.

acting for Rio. These gymnasts will all be fighting for those places. --

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qualified a team for Rio. The very nice roll out. Whereas other

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gymnasts pack into McAfee tumbles in each run, his starting score, his

:24:09.:24:13.

difficulty score, will be a little less -- pack in two or three

:24:14.:24:22.

tumbles. Very well done. It is all down to Braegger now. They enjoy

:24:23.:24:29.

performing for the home crowd. There you go, the twist roll-out, not the

:24:30.:24:33.

same control were seen before. Steps up there, into the final. The triple

:24:34.:24:39.

twist. A little bit bouncy around the floor. They just need to hang

:24:40.:24:45.

on. Ignatyev scores 14.333 for Russia

:24:46.:25:08.

and one jam last less to go, and here he is -- one gymnast left to

:25:09.:25:14.

go. One of the best in the world. Very much so, and he twisted so nice

:25:15.:25:24.

and early, so that by easily. -- saw that bar. A little bit off line with

:25:25.:25:32.

the poets. The ten most difficult moves, and together for your

:25:33.:25:35.

difficulty score, he has done half a dozen already and now another one.

:25:36.:25:44.

The judges are deducting every move you do. Just tenths. This is

:25:45.:25:53.

swinging well, just need to be secure. He has held on. Needs this

:25:54.:25:59.

strongest... There it is! You can see it, as soon as he released. A

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great performance from the Russian team. They all know that is it. They

:26:04.:26:09.

are European champions again. We gained their title. And, you know

:26:10.:26:14.

what, just to see the happiness within that team and the team

:26:15.:26:19.

spirit, and the energy that is in there, I mean, that bodes very well

:26:20.:26:23.

for them as far as Rio is concerned. They will know Great Britain are

:26:24.:26:28.

without a certain Max Wilcock. -- Max Whitlock. For me you can see

:26:29.:26:34.

there is room to improve as well. There are a few errors in there,

:26:35.:26:41.

just little bits here and there, catching, maybe, armbands. But, yes,

:26:42.:26:45.

a super job, and they have really capitalised on the fact that Team GB

:26:46.:26:47.

were missing Max today -- arm bends. 15.06 X for Gobaux. One more to go

:26:48.:27:16.

and the chance for ceiling this bronze medal for this was false to

:27:17.:27:21.

one who got the bronze at last year's European Championships -- 15

:27:22.:27:31.

.06 X. Very nice to start. A lovely clean landing. Double twisting,

:27:32.:27:41.

double back. Classy gymnast. Centimetre perfect. He has that

:27:42.:27:49.

natural class, the legs locked together the whole time.

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APPLAUSE Showing the attribute gymnast needs

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for a good floor routine. Control, dynamics, extension on the roll-out,

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you can see, as he met the floor. Extended his legs, and here we go,

:28:21.:28:26.

the triple twist, just a little shovel at the end, but that was a

:28:27.:28:31.

very good finish for Switzerland. It has to be enough, it has got to be

:28:32.:28:36.

enough. Surely, the crowd wanted to happen. Everybody wants it to

:28:37.:28:41.

happen. Go on, give them the bronze! -- little shuffle at the end. They

:28:42.:28:45.

feel they have certainly done their bit, and they have been a very

:28:46.:28:50.

impressive young team. They have indeed. They scored 14.933 in

:28:51.:29:02.

qualification and anywhere near that will be enough. You can see, just

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look at it. That is not just one year of hard work, that is maybe ten

:29:07.:29:10.

years of hard work, and that is so nice to see. Well, they wowed us at

:29:11.:29:20.

the World Championship, Switzerland, they have booked their place for

:29:21.:29:23.

Rio, this is a very good build-up towards it and this is a young team.

:29:24.:29:33.

The eldest out there today is 22. Came up through the junior ranks in

:29:34.:29:41.

the last cycle. There is the final pass, the twist. Not the tidiest of

:29:42.:29:47.

landings, but as long as he is on his feet, that will be good enough.

:29:48.:29:52.

There is confirmation, then, that Russia are, again, European team

:29:53.:29:58.

champions, with a total score of 271. Goodness me, what a wonderful

:29:59.:30:04.

team on petition they have had. The camaraderie, the energy they went

:30:05.:30:09.

round with at the start, it was such a powerful performance they put out

:30:10.:30:12.

on floor and they just did not stop from there and it built and built --

:30:13.:30:17.

team competition. Britain held onto their coat-tails, but without Max

:30:18.:30:23.

Whitlock, top all-rounder gymnast, what a competition from Great

:30:24.:30:26.

Britain. My word, that sends out a message to the rest of the world.

:30:27.:30:32.

And there we can see Switzerland, confirmation of the bronze. 263.2

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78. Fantastic performance by them in front of a home crowd. It really

:30:40.:30:42.

lifted the arena. And lots of celebrations. From all

:30:43.:31:03.

of the teams. It's been a great team final here. There will be plenty of

:31:04.:31:13.

celebrating in Switzerland tonight. That was a truly well-deserved

:31:14.:31:19.

bronze medal. And also that was a fantastic job to capitalise on the

:31:20.:31:28.

fact that GB had their best man at home. Another superb performance

:31:29.:31:35.

from Team GB, picking up silver. When you think two days of

:31:36.:31:40.

competition and not a single fall, that is all you would ever ask for

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as a coach. Whatever will be will be with a result like that but I think

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the British guys should be very pleased with their performances.

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They took it to the wire with the Russian team. And I think we've seen

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a couple of outstanding performances today as well. Courtney Tulloch's

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rings, Nile Wilson's parallel bars, two pieces that Great Britain have

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not historically been fantastically strong on. It is really showing

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progress. Let's not forget Kristian Thomas's superb double pike. There

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is confirmation of the scores. Russian Federation take the gold

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medal with 271. Ahead of Great Britain with a silver and quite a

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long way ahead of the bronze medallists, Switzerland. Ukraine

:32:31.:32:37.

have to be satisfied with four. Germany in fifth. Now we are going

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to see how the junior men performed yesterday in a big battle with

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Russia. Three days of qualification. And Dave has been out there in Bern

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with them. Objective number one for the junior men was a fifth straight

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team title. It was tight and tense but in the last routine Joe Fraser

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showed his mettle to beat Russia to the gold medal. It was really close

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with Russia the whole way. To pull off that routine under that amount

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of pressure, it was unbelievable. I didn't know how to react. And when I

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came down to my team, it was the best experience I could have hoped

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for. Team gold in the bag and could there be more in the all round?

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Reggie Moran led the British charge. The Team GB Champion leading the

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way. He excelled on the pommel horse but wobbled on the parallel bars.

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Fraser got a bronze. Reggie he led from start to finish. The

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gold for him. Could he be off to Rio too. I am happy that all of the hard

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work has paid off. Is it ridiculous that you could be in with a chance

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of going to Rio? I won the European Championships and I'm doing really

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well on vault and floor, it comes down to Sunday, if I do well in the

:34:16.:34:18.

finals there could be a possibility. Well, they're certainly could be a

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possibility for Gianni. It's quite harsh in the world gymnastics

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because you only get five to go as far as Rio is concerned, but there

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will be a travelling reserve and you will have to choose a gymnast that

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could fit in anywhere because you obviously don't know who will be

:34:47.:34:50.

injured. It is a very tough decision and I would not want to be the

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selectors but the men's team. Christine said earlier that there

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are five out there at the Europeans but we have another five or six sat

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at home training and wanting to pick up that spot and obviously Gianni

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has done himself no harm. Looking at his vaults from qualification he

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would have been third at the World Championships last year. Dan, you

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have been mightily impressed with him in the Jim? Yes, he's got a good

:35:16.:35:20.

head on his shoulders and he's a good competitor and he trains well,

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talent and hard work, that is what you need to be a champion and he's

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got a bright future. You know what it's like to have a successful

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junior career and then start competing in the senior world, but

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that is what he has not had experience with. Is it too much of a

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risk to say, go out and see what happens? It will be in trusting

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dizzy how he does in the trials, he turns senior after this competition

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so there are still a few trials and he will take part and if he places

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in the top view there is always a chance. How does the selection go

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from here until Rio? There is the London open which will be one of the

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biggest selections for Rio. Then there will be a lot of in-house

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competitions at Lelia sure. That is the National sports centre. There

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will be quite a few to make sure that we can see who is best.

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Courtney Tulloch, obviously Max was being protected so he was not

:36:30.:36:33.

competing at the European Championships. It gave Courtney the

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opportunity to work the rings and parallel bars. We spoke pretty much

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after this. So impressive. It is. He was the last-minute call-up

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obviously to protect Max, but that doesn't take away from it, the

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performance that he did today was one of the best performances I've

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ever seen him do and doing it in a team final where you know you're up

:36:57.:37:00.

against Russia, and coming away with a 15.7, the highest score posted, is

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just incredible. You know, you mentioned it in the commentary, it

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is kind of expected now, you go out there with this kind of

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air of confidence and Courtney goes out and he looks like he should have

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been there for years. Yes, and he still only young, and he's in the

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rings final. With a score like today that could put him in with a chance

:37:35.:37:37.

of a medal. It will be interesting to see how he does. Confidence runs

:37:38.:37:39.

through the whole team and were on top of the world at the minute. He

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has a twin brother but he is massive, Kortney Hause all of the

:37:43.:37:45.

power and his twin brother James... I can see that the gymnasts will be

:37:46.:37:48.

coming out for the medal ceremony very soon. But just a word on

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Russia. And what you thought about their performance today. There was a

:37:53.:37:56.

happiness to their gymnastics? As soon as they walked out they looked

:37:57.:38:04.

really relaxed. He was the leader, David Belyavskiy. Normally he is

:38:05.:38:08.

quite nervous OTC and very settled and he settled the whole team and

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they looked so stylish. -- normally he is quite nervous. After that

:38:14.:38:21.

performance they went through every routine possible and have come

:38:22.:38:24.

second and you could see that they looked pretty disappointed but

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Russia were just superb today. You know what it's like to try to

:38:29.:38:32.

maintain that composure and six pieces, the women do four, it is a

:38:33.:38:38.

long way round to do six? Obviously Nile went out today and did all six

:38:39.:38:42.

and picking up that squad on the parallel bars, and he's not even in

:38:43.:38:47.

the parallel bar final, there is so much talent and depth and strength.

:38:48.:38:52.

For all of these spectators there, we remember what it was like when

:38:53.:38:56.

Great Britain started winning medals, it was like oh my word! This

:38:57.:39:01.

is it. Switzerland must be feeling that way with their bronze medal

:39:02.:39:06.

today? It's been a long time since they competed with the top boys. And

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doing it in front of a home crowd as well, getting on the podium, an

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amazing result and it shows the hardware they've been putting in. We

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will hand back to the commentary box with Christine and Craig so that the

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gymnasts can receive their medals. Here we are.

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Bronze medallists at the European Championships, Switzerland, in front

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of their home crowd, absolutely delighted with their performance.

:39:47.:39:53.

They qualified in third place, they managed to repeat that performance

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today. A very young team. The eldest is 22. For all of them this will be

:40:02.:40:05.

a first chance to go to the Olympics later in the year. In second place

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and winner of the Silver medal... Great Britain! And a silver medal

:40:20.:40:23.

for Great Britain, very experienced team. They performed virtually

:40:24.:40:33.

faultlessly. Without the British champion, Max Whitlock, who is a bit

:40:34.:40:35.

under the weather and staying at home to recover. That gave the

:40:36.:40:42.

opportunity for some of the youngsters to come out here, and

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they have really thrilled us with their performances. The winner of

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the gold medal and the European champion 2016...

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The Russian Federation! And the Russian Federation take the gold

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medal, they too worked without major error today. Which is something we

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haven't seen for quite a while from them. They came out right from the

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very beginning. Full of determination. They are always full

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of style. They really made this an exciting competition.

:41:29.:41:39.

They had to take second place in the juniors to Great Britain but they

:41:40.:41:44.

have reversed that today. Real team spirit there, all of these teams, in

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preparation for the Rio Olympics. And the medals, presented to the

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teams, a really fantastic competition. And the start of what

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will be a fantastic season for gymnastics. Superb competition.

:42:28.:42:32.

Switzerland taking the bronze. Slightly down on qualification. The

:42:33.:42:37.

interesting fact is that GB improved by nearly 1.5 marks. Today's

:42:38.:42:42.

competition was all about the Russian Federation. They dominated

:42:43.:42:45.

the competition from start to finish. Improving by a massive four

:42:46.:42:58.

and a half marks. It does bode well for an interesting summer of

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gymnastics. When GB are there with the full force of their team.

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So, Great Britain that takes silver in the men's team final. You can

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join us tomorrow on BBC Two at half past three. There you are. That is

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not in Northern Ireland. That's all we've got time for, from all of the

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team here and the silver medal winners out in Bern, it's goodbye.

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Matt Baker presents live coverage of the final of the men's team competition at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland.

The British team will be aiming to regain the title they won for the first time in their history in 2012 as they look to lay down a marker ahead of this summer's Olympics. However, the world silver medallists will face stiff opposition from reigning champions Russia.

Expert analysis comes from Beth Tweddle, a six-time European gold medallist, and Daniel Keatings, with commentary from Christine Still and Mitch Fenner.


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