Matt Baker presents live coverage from the women's European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, featuring the team and apparatus finals.
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Helen Lander welcome to continued coverage of the European gymnastics
Championships from Bern, Switzerland, where last week, the
men took to the arena and there were plenty of thrills, spills, lows and
highs for great written. Louis 's chances of retaining his European
title spun away on the pommel horse, but Nile Burton beat his team
captain Kristian Thomas into second. So far, but now 's medals at the
championships this year. As the team were up on the podium yet again,
they achieved another second placed finish in the European team final.
That brings us onto the gymnastics this weekend as the British women's
team are hoping this will be their greatest ever European team
achievement, and their performance at the performance -- last year 's
World Championships is anything to go by, we are in for good times.
That walk in was absolutely amazing, knowing that they were all behind
us. You fight for absolutely everything. They just said, don't
worry about it. Never say never. I knew the mindset that I had to be
in, that I had to focus more. The crowd was so loud, no one could hear
themselves think. That was the best that I have ever completed. It was
pretty special. When we got out of Russia, I couldn't believe it, when
the score came in, I was completely shocked. We just kept looking up at
the scoreboard. That is a bronze medal for Great Britain. It is
absolutely fantastic to get the team bronze medal, and we made history. I
have got tingles! This afternoon we will see plenty of European
champions crowned with highlights of the team final and the apparatus
finals. Joining me our our pundit champions, Beth Tweddle and Daniel
Keatings. Welcome to you both. Let's focus on the team to start with,
there are quite can members in Switzerland of that historic bronze
medal winning team. Amy Tinkler is studying for GCSEs, we know that.
She got in contact to say how much she is enjoying it. Get revising!
This gives chance for Gabby Judd to enter the team. How do you think the
shape of it is looking at the moment? They spent much time working
together as a team is, so they are like sisters, but having those
members from the World Championships will help going into this
Championships. They are used to this pressure, this format, it is a
different ball game and they know that every single routine has to
count, and one little mistake can mean everything. Can this be the
year that the British women start to overtake the men? Since 2008, it has
been, since the women have been on top, so to speak. It would be nice
as a nation to be doing well, both sides, men and women. That is all
you can hope for as a Team GB supporter to be proud of both the
men's and women's team is. So, in general no! The job of selecting an
Olympic team comes down to Beth 's old coach, Amanda Reding. Together
they have become the trailblazers for the success that we are seeing
today. Here is Amanda talking to David about her new focus, the
Olympic team final. Going through qualifying, how pleased are you with
how that went? Obviously very pleased. Enough to make the team
final, that is the main job and trying to get as many girls into the
final so that they can get the experience for the challenge in Rio.
Because of the strength in depth in British gymnastics right now,
picking the team must be difficult. This will be my first Olympics doing
this as a national coach. I have done it for the European Andy will
Championships, and obviously it will be difficult because it can only be
five gymnast so there will be some disappointed gymnasts out there. Do
you have the team in your mind or is there still room for people to
impress you? There is room up until the last minute. We will be getting
together and discussing what is best for the team, and that is what it is
all about. You have Gabby coming back but also the likes of Becky who
has been there and done it at two Olympics already. You have young
girls like Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler. There is quite a mixture of
youth and experience. It is. That is what keeps it bubbling. You've got
some that have been to the Olympics and others that haven't. They have
got to treat it as exactly the same, just another competition. Doing well
leased a level of expectation. What do you think we can achieve in Rio?
When they come to the competition here, the first one since Glasgow,
they have walked in with the that you last and coaches are going, it
is the Brits, and they want to watch the Brits. That is a good feeling.
When you are thinking it is your job to select that team that is going to
go to Rio and given the opportunity, a lot comes with that, especially
when you feast your eyes on the squad that you have got to choose
from. It will be a difficult decision. There are five girls out
there but some at home who are concentrating on exams. And lots of
others, Kelly was part of the team last year. I would not want to be in
Amanda 's shoes. She said in that video, it is going to be a hard
decision. It is hard, when you compare to the men, when you have
only got four pieces of apparatus, your options are reduced even more.
The hard thing is, there's lots of gymnasts who could make two or three
the front teams and makes schools as a team total, so it will down to who
is more consistent in the trials and can be trusted in an Olympic Games.
It is not just Britain that are trying to put their team together,
it is happening across the world, and across Europe. And it was key
for teams to get into this team final that we are going to see. We
can see the top eight teams that are qualified, Britain top qualifiers,
head of Russia. Switzerland in front of a home crowd, great achievement
for them. Can they equal what they ended last week and get the bronze?
Rumania fourth, Italy, France, all in with a real shock. The strength
of the field this year has improved from two years ago. So to see
Britain on top after qualification, it put them in good stead. They were
2.5 marks a of Russia on floor, which was massive. Top qualifiers
not just on floor, but also on vault so they will be in the same group as
Russia so you can see how the team is way up against each other. And
that Russian team you have got Olympic world champions and also,
youth coming through. We saw how those younger gymnasts from the
junior ranks can add a different flavour and spice up the senior
team. Yes, for any nation to improve, the younger gymnasts coming
through have to be pushing the senior gymnasts out. There has been
lots of energy coming through from the junior ranks. And that is what
is lifting the teams. We are adjusting to give you an idea of how
the team competition works. Every country selects three gymnasts from
their team of five to perform on each of the four pieces of
apparatus. Every school counts, so if you fall, you cost the team
dearly. Here are the highlights. -- every school counts.
The second of the Russian Walters. Going for a difficulty of 5.8. A
little bit scrappy, onto the table, loss of form in the legs.
Landing is key. Just one more gymnasts from Russia to vault. Just
as she left the top, you could see the need bend. It is more obvious in
slow motion but the judges will have noticed good grounding and
directionality. The third Russian vaulter. Strong
and powerful, good block off the top. That gets Russia 14.9 16. Good
style. Tiny bit off, direction. How will Great Britain do with their
first piece of apparatus? The first gymnasts up is Ruby Harrold, the
birthday girl. Going for a 5.8 at the godly. Hoping to get rate
written off to a great start. -- difficulty. Hoping to get Great
Britain off to a great start. What a start for Great Britain. Put in all
of the required twists and got around. Great start from Ruby.
Beautiful double twist. Super direction. Right on that line. Ruby
scores 14.7 66. Claudia Fragapane, the Commonwealth champion on board.
She is in the bought final as well and also has a difficulty of 5.8.
The 18-year-old, second up for Great Britain. Very powerful, wraps into
the double twist. Not a bad vault, slight adjustment on landing. Strong
Landing, lists very high, very good length. Just that hop backwards.
Little directional deductions, but that was super vaulting. Great
Britain 's Ellie Downie needs something in the region of 15. Such
a powerful gymnast. Into the double twist, superb vaulting, without a
doubt. Just what we need. There is confirmation that Russia lead Great
Britain by just over 0.1. France in third, Switzerland fourth at the
moment. There was a lot of expectation on the home team to
medal, but that fall from Julia Steyn Gruber halfway round gave the
Swiss and enormous amount to do. The current world and European champion,
from Russia. And Russia are superb on the bars. A full term, Doohan
stand, the legs locked together. Immediately up. Linked perfectly
together, lovely high somersault. So confident. Lovely, straight arms
through her swing. The full pirouette, straight into the full
twist and double back. There wasn't much to did up on that routine at
all. That was absolutely beautiful. It could be the piece of apparatus
where they put some ground between themselves and Great Britain. That
is an enormous score for Russia. She qualified with the highest
score. She has a 6.5 difficulty. Here goes, the Olympic champion. The
full pirouette now. Up to the high bar, down to the low bar, will she
go straightaway again? She does. That is five elements looped without
anything extra. Floats that Pike from somersault. Smooth handstand.
Straight into the full pirouette and into the dismount. That is what it
is all about, ten elements and every one of them matters. Russia will be
difficult to beat today. What a performance. Not only are they doing
the difficult work but they are doing it in such style. There was
not a lot for the judges to did that. She did every single element
straight into a new element and there is the dismount with the
landing which just shows the judges that final bit of, look what I can
do. 15.3 three. What a performance from
the Russians! Great Britain have the difficulty. Great treasure. Ruby
Harold... A big routine. That was the danger of going for the big
element! She now has to remount, she will not get the credit for that
element, she did not actually get her hands on. Well... What a shame.
What a shame for Great Britain. All is not lost. Come on!
She has to carry the routine on... Paul Turner impact... Now... She
must settle. That is good. Phil Perot wet... Cleanly through. Every
score has to count. It is no good feeling defeated. Still got a
release to come, all-important, Jager somersault, very good. Come
on, Ruby! Up... Double front... Well, it is a big disappoint and but
she managed to hold Turner and carry on to the end. It follows a 14.38
from Gaby job. Scoring 14.1 six. One gymnast from Great Britain left.
What can Rebecca Downie do? European champion. Commonwealth champion.
Her forward element right at the beginning. Cleanly done.
Immediately, securely into her release, ethical. Full Perot wet,
down to the low bar. Good linking of elements. Just the turn... The
dismount... , on! Full-twisting double back, beautiful routine. Just
what was needed. Great Britain still in with a chance. You can see the
turn, full turn, straight into the next release and catch. Fantastic
lines, great height, just pin is that bar at slightly on the
dismount, you can see her sporting. Great way to finish off for the
team. After that disappointment with Ruby. Rebecca Downie scoring... Half
way around. Russia leading the way, Great Britain in second...
The Italians were in the bronze medal spot but an expect departure
left them with a huge amount to do. One piece of apparat is left,
meanwhile, over on the bin after posting 14.8, the Russian took a
tumble. Was this the chance Great Britain had been waiting for? One
for each for Great Britain and Russia. She was sensational on the
bars. No doubt she will be sensational here but the pressure is
on the former world team champion. An elegant, smooth gymnast. Starting
off with a very difficult double spin, makes it look easy. Lovely
split. Smoothly into the site somersault. Gymnasts have to link
acrobatic skills and she goes for unusual links. The half-turn. Change
leg. Three cartwheels... The single element so far. Free walkover...
Just a little wobble. She gets the two elements linked. Has to do a
backward element as well as a foreword. Fairly simple act flip.
The change leg leap to a ring position, head released. It has been
elegant. Smooth and secure. Building up. Here it comes... The double
tough! Secured dismount. She was unfazed, always difficult after a
team-mate has fallen. Russia do not look rattled. You can see the double
tough dismount, she was not going to give anything to the judges.
Slightly chest down on the landing, other than that, not a lot to deduct
in that routine. Clean and tidy, very elegant. Gabrielle Jupp has
already been on the bin. Scoring 14.1. Now it is time for Claudia
Fragapane. With a 6-point to difficulty. This routine is
absolutely packed. Had a falling qualification. Really up against it.
Standing Arabian. Nails that. Change leg into sheep jump, such a
difficult skill, concentrate. Backflip, up into the full twist.
Just as we saw from the previous gymnast... Very difficult to combine
somersault and twist. Regained her composure. Free
cartwheel. Still quite a load of difficulty to go. Smooth spin, very
nice rhythm. Now... A big dismount. Preceded by
two backflips. Double pike... Holding it well. What a shame. What
a courageous performance. That must have really taken... It was a nasty
fall and she got up and did not let it get the better of her. The flick
into the full-term... Bad left foot was down the side and there is
nothing you can do. Marine Boyer... For France. There will be a
deduction. 14 points 73. That looks like a remount... Great
Britain's Rebecca Downie, we are joining her halfway through the
routine after a fall. And a second... This could result in no
medals at all at the end of today... This is where you have to be strong,
get focused. The front somersault, that must have caused the problem.
Attempts to change leg ring, that was good. Must do a good round of,
the dismount... Right arm, double pike, but the damage was done. This
team final is certainly not going the way of Great Britain.
We may get a better idea of what happened to Becky. That will have
been missed to falls, she fell on the first element, the front
somersault, which we did not see but we saw before long the free
cartwheel. This is the situation, another piece of apparat has to go.
-- piece of apparat has. This young gymnast, just 15. 6-point
to difficulty. She had a slightly hard time in qualification. Scoring
only 11. Stoop in and out with the full Perot wet.
Cleanly done. The stoop works a lot. This is going to be a strong
routine. Down to the low bar. Into the handstand. Using that element
loads. Smooth. You can see the team willing her on. This will be good.
Full-twisting double tough... A huge improvement. She put all hope her
qualification wrongs to bed there. 15, surely she is a dream for a
coach. She looks at, doesn't she? The prize into the Tkachev...
Difficult combination. The French in third, look at them. Aliya
Mustafina, the last gymnast to go. The Olympic runs medallist, can she
get through this. The team title will be various. -- bronze
medallist. A little bit out of control in that
spin. Must workers. One and a half... Full
twist straight... Not the most difficult we have seen.
Adjusting the landing. Big combination.
Double tough... Better on the landing, not the most of the Gold
routine. A little bit of a nonchalant performance. -- not the
most ethical. Down on what she is capable of but
it is enough for Russia to take the gold. Claudia Fragapane needs this
to secure silver for Great Britain. Prepare to be entertained. Watch
this. Full-twisting double layout, immediately. Superb.
Loving the music. Working the floor. Watch this.
Really smart... Straight into the league, to avoid a deduction.
Working well in the leap, controlling the power. Such an
original gymnast. Hold on... Stands up... Triple
twist... Much better on the landing. Really selling this routine. Good on
the spin. Can she hold on? Stands up... Double
layout... Did well to seal the landing. Superb. Have it! It is a
great warm up for tomorrow. Just a leap too far for this team title.
Sauber for Great Britain. 14.833 for Claudia Fragapane. Can
Drake ridden finish second? The results of the women's team final.
Russia take gold, head of Great Britain in finish -- in second and
France take that. Russia take gold in the women's team final. Great
Britain, silver and France take the bronze.
How important was it to seal that silver? It was really important or
stop by just give it my all on the floor, and the audit, really. Gaby,
it is your first international back after several years of injury. What
does this medal mean to you? Incredible. Still silver medallists.
To be back with this team, I cannot ask, any more. It is what it is. And
hopefully it next time we will have a few less falls. We did our best
and everyone can do a little bit better, so it is promising. Ruby,
that is one of the big positives. With the mistakes that were made,
there is room for improvement moving ahead to rear. Definitely, it shows
how much we are growing as a team, and we're proving that even with
that many mistakes we can produce results and we can still produce
medals. Just to put it into context, two marks clear of third position,
France. All round, great performances. But of course there
are areas for improvement. Gaby said it herself, a few less falls next
time. But there were a lot on the beam. We do as a team have to count
four falls. With this scenario, it is gruelling. A few years ago if we
had had that many mistakes there would have been no chance of getting
near the medals. That is one boost that we can take away. The girls,
you could see were laughing at those falls, but genuinely, they were
disappointed, having qualified in first, not to have taken home the
gold. Russia did up their game and they would have been difficult to
beat. It would have been interesting to see where we would have stood had
both teams gone clean. What are the chances of getting a team medal in
Rio, is it a little bit out of reach, perhaps? The difficulty level
that we are seeing now from the women's team, it is way up there,
and it is going to push. The strength and depth of the British
team is continuing leap pushing each other. The fact that we have left
gymnast at home who could quite easily be in that team as well, and
still have a similar result shows how strong we are, as a nation. Just
a word on Romania who finished sixth. They have had a nightmare
couple of years, 13th in the World Championships, and they will not be
competing in Rio, at the Olympics. It is so frustrating for them. You
would always see them up there among the medals. They have been plagued
injury, which is unfortunate that it is so strange not having them up
there challenging for the medals. It will be the first time since 1976
that they will not on the medal podium in that final. The team job
is done as far as the Europeans are concerned. Now it is time for the
individuals, the specialists, for the apparatus finals.
We feel the good times coming. Great Britain have gymnasts in every
apparatus finals, seven in all, more than any other country. Are you
surprised by what came out in qualification? To be honest, no. A
few years ago you would have said yes, but the results have been
coming through thick and fast over the past few years. We have a lot of
experience and medal potential in that team. In some ways we could
have three gymnasts in the final but with the ruling, you are only
allowed two so it pushes the gymnasts to performing
qualification. This could be the time that they were men are going to
go ahead of the men. Don't worry! Camaraderie and trust is the key to
team success with Great Britain and two of the gymnasts could not be any
closer, and that is because they are sisters. David Ming paid has caught
up with the competitors, the double Downies. How much do you enjoy
competing for Team GB together? It is nice to have that on the floor.
It is more nerve wracking watching her, I couldn't do it, I had to sit
down and hold my breath a little bit or stop and for me, after London had
was a tough time, whether to choose to carry on or not, but I felt that
I loved the sport and that I had more to give. And not just because
Ellie has been on the team. This team of girls have gelled together
very well. And now we are fighting for medals. Becky Downie prepares
for the bars. And Ellie, you grew up watching your big sister at the
Olympics, and Beijing. What sort of inspiration was she for you? It
definitely spurred me on to think, if Becky has got there, I can get
there, too. I remember watching her on TV. But when you are little it
seems like she's just at another competition, I guess. You are
sisters. You get own most of the time. Do you ever fall out? I would
say that we fall out Adderley. We just irritate each other sometimes.
Normally, Becky moaning irritates me. And I don't give her full access
to my room, to be fair. You expect things to be there when you go home
and it is gone, that is the most annoying thing. And she is a bit
bigger than you. It is everything. It is clothes, body spray, not so
much make up now, because she has got quite a good collection of her
own, but anything, she will happily just take. In what ways do you think
you are different? I am definitely more organised. Ellie is a bit more
the crazy, fun type. We both like to have fun at the same time. But I
would say that I am more serious and keeping my room tidy and that kind
of thing. And Ellie is not. You have been here before, you have done it
all. You have the Olympic Attu. Will you get one of those with the rings?
Yes, definitely. Have you ask your mum, are you allowed? Yes, she was
like, yes, do what you want. Do you think that you will come back with
medals from Rio? I think so. To be able to say that you are an Olympian
is just a special thing that will stay with you for the rest of your
life. Hopefully, we get through the experience together. That will be
incredible. Just so much to look forward to. However it works, it's a
winning combination. Between them they have I was at these European
Championships and the first one that we are cutting to is the vault.
Ellie is the current British champion. Claudia Fragapane begin
Purse. And Julia Steingruber, look out for her, she's looking for the
title and fun of her Sofia Busato is the first to go, the
first of two vaults. And on the way. The double twist, Colleen in the
air. Good distance, good first thought. -- cleaning the air.
Divorce are added together and the average is taken to the total score.
-- the false added together. There will be a bit of a deduction for
being off the centre line. But she really lifts well. Very up in the
air. Good, pure technique. The second vault for the youngest
gymnast in this final. Straight from the half term, slightly off to one
side, not as accurate as the first thought, but not a bad start. -- the
first vault. Good lift, here. Nice shape. Clean half-turn. She needs to
get the feet right up and over. She makes the half-turn. Holes are good
shape and lands with one foot in front of the other which is a
deduction but only out of 5.4 for this vault. 14.599 is the final
score. Here we have Julia Steingruber, the European champion
of 2014 and 2013. The most difficult vault we have seen yet. Look at the
difficulty as well as the hike. Huge power. It certainly was a very
powerful efficient gymnast. High off the top of the table. Slightly to
one side but not deductible. 1.5 twist forward in the straight
position. You almost think there could be another half-turn end
there. The time that she has got to look down and spot her landing at
the end. Often favoured the 1.5, 2.5, she is the only gymnast in this
final to average with both vaults over 15. Slightly easier vault at
5.8. Not quite the same attack but good control, double twist. Not so
well rehearsed on that. She hung in the air a little bit and she got
those feet down. Ellie Downie of Great Britain will be close
competition for her. That was quite a big step on landing. And off to
the side as well. Not as well rehearsed. She twists early off the
top, with a big hike on the landing. Twisting early of the top, that is
deductible. Landing chest down. Fortunately she has two high-scoring
vaults which gives her that security within this competition. When you
twist early, it pulls you to that side. You can see, off to one side.
That is 14 point 983. Steingruber goes into the lead at the moment.
She is 0.38 ahead of the rest of the field. Claudia Fragapane of great
button, the Commonwealth champion on vault. Can she vault her way onto
the medal podium at the Don macro? Double twist and what the landing.
That was neat, very neat. -- at the European Gymnastics Championships.
She absolutely nailed that landing. Really dynamic. She has tidied this
vault up a lot. Slightly off line. She comes on very early, twists
well. Loses it a tiny bit at the end but much better vaulting than we
have seen. I know that it is a very girly thing to say but I love that
leotard. Let's balance it out... Me too!
Death... What about you? I love it. It's a big score. -- Beth... The
second vault, slightly easier, you can see on the difficulty
scoreboard. Here we go. Powerful run-up, have turned... A
little off to one side, a little bit untidy. But solid. I thought she
could well but that misdirection, managed to control it. She is so
gritty. She goes off direction a little bit. She arches to show the
straight shape and that deduction... It will have its deductions but it's
so complicated, have turn on, off... Somersault. So easy to be slightly
off direction. It's improving, this vault. But she needs the next eight
weeks. To be really ready for fighting for a final at the
Olympics. A total score of 14.5 four. In third at the moment.
Third-highest qualifier. Big, powerful falter, style and
height. The legs were locked tight. You can see, in her face, the
concentration for the second vault. Here we go. Probably the highest and
cleanest we have seen. Twists... Two steps on landing, that will be
costly. Rounding off, blocks, must have straight arms. You can see her
toes are pointed, great execution. Double twist. Large step back.
Already chosen the same difficulty vault as Claudia.
Second complicated vault... Half on, have out... Nicely performed, nice
and tidy, well... The school to go ahead is 14.5 49. Limping a little
bit. Slightly better in the block. A little bit low, a deduction, the
flight, more central, blocked for the half-turn, slightly to one side.
A real battle for these gymnasts. Blocking, needing to lock out the
arms, locking the legs. Good length. Could do with more height. Those
were two pretty clean false. And she goes ahead of Claudia, into second.
Giuilia Steingruber currently leading. The schoolwork to beat is
14.5 99. Just a reminder... Two faults are added together, the
average taken. The junior European champion, Ellie Downie. The current
British champion. Chance for a medal. Needs a strong, clean fault,
that is what we get. You default. Lovely height. Well... It is getting
exciting! That is how you respond, superb block. Height, wrapping in,
double twist, straight down the middle. You could not have asked for
any more. That is the entry... Wrapping in... Locking the leg and
feet, but will certainly challenge. She surely must get why nine
execution for that... Absolutely locked to the Central line.
The second vault to go over 15 in this final so far. Second vault,
slightly easier. How measured do you go? This is the point. It is a big
challenge. Her less favoured vault. Very technical.
Needs to be clean... Very good. That is clean, such lovely shaping in the
air. The front somersault straight with half-turn. Beautifully
performed. Has to be a European medal but what colour? That is as
clean as we have seen for the second vault. Handspring straight, the best
we have seen. If any false deserve to go into first place, it will be
those. Down on the difficulty. But for execution... Those were superb.
The score to beat for gold is 14.983... Everybody waiting. Eyes
glued on the scoreboard. What will it be? She has a silver!
CHEERING Hugging the leader. Giuilia
Steingruber, yet again, European vault champion.
The European vault silver, how do you feel? So chuffed, came into the
final, qualified in second. Did good like I usually do, I should
hopefully come in the top three and I came second, it's amazing. Second
behind Giuilia Steingruber, how pleased are you with how it went?
Some of the best I could have done and I knew she had hired difficulty
than me. I knew to share a podium with her. We will see how she gets
on the floor final later. Let's have a word on the European champion,
Giuilia Steingruber. The difference between the first and second vault.
The only reason she took the title head of Ellie was the first vault.
Her second vault, we know she had trouble with it. Not a favoured
vault, she got injured at the World Championships, she has had to fight
back from injury and you can tell she's not confident with that. She
has eight weeks leading up to the Olympics to consolidated. It's
difficult to believe that Ellie is 16. She hasn't been out of the
junior ranks and to see the style and grace and execution she is out.
Quite remarkable. It is, with them vault, the only reason she got beat
was because of the stored value. What she did, really good, the
height and power off the top is unbelievable. Speaking with Beth
earlier, she has been training on different faults to get up the
difficulty. The chance of vault final in the Olympics? It depends
whether she goes with the upgrades or she plays safe. She's an
all-rounder, they have to take that into consideration. She works well
on the other apparat us. It will be a tough decision. An interesting
time in her career. The only team member missing from the world bronze
medal winning line-up is Amy Tinkler who should be studying for her
exams. Any, we know you are watching, you keep messaging us, get
to work, it's nice to have you with us. In her absence, Gabrielle Jupp
has been called up. The perfect time to introduce the current British
bars champion, the biggest challenge to date has been injury. It's so
exciting to be back in the kit, I have been out for a while, it's a
relief to know I made it back. European Championships in Moscow,
tell us what you remember. I remember I was on the beam, I heard
a snap in my knee... I knew something was wrong but at the time,
I didn't know how serious it was. In 2015, it happened again. Plenty of
times I felt like I couldn't do this any more but it's part of the sport
and you know you can get there... If you put your mind to it. To see the
girls compete last year and get a bronze... It is amazing. Incredible
moment to watch. Part of you wishes you were there in the team. But yes,
I guess it makes you more motivated to get back. Tell us about how you
managed to get so good on the bars. The bars has no impact on my legs
since I was injured so I got good in it, the starred values have gone up
I quite allot, that has helped. Hard work has paid off. It is really
exciting to have made the finals. I think, sometimes I am a bit hard on
myself, I forget what I have been through. Quite big injuries and I
get annoyed when I do not perform my best not to be back here, the
European Championships, I think I have to be a bit more pleased with
myself. She is here and in with a good shout and a chance for the
Olympics. We are world renowned on this piece of apparat us because of
what you managed to achieve and it has gathered pace within the team.
It has, it has been one of our strongest pieces and I think Gaby
alluded to it, myself, Becky, Ruby, we have all had injuries to knees
and feet so it gives you more time to train on it. Gaby was always a
nice bar worker but didn't have the biggest difficulty and during her
time off with her knee, she has been able to increase the difficulty,
putting new combinations and obviously it's paid off. Must be a
great feeling to hand the batten onto the likes of Becky Downie. She
is in this final and she became European champion back in 2014.
Towards the end of my career I was making the finals and Becky was
there as well. Aliya Mustafina in there as well, the current champion.
Let's find out what happened in the bars final.
The moves linked together. And upstart handstand. Have turned. Must
have release and re-grasp. Front somersault. Clean half-turn. Up...
Accelerating into the full-twisting double back. This mount. That is the
sort of routine that many of the gymnasts will favour. You will see
with the lot of the top gymnasts... There is no empty swings. Every
single skill is connected. To the top bar, clean lines... Good lines
on the handstand. Really focusing in on nutbar. The toll on and off... Up
to the top bar, clean lines. Straight... The coaches happy. Great
to see Hungary in a couple of finals. Moving up the ranks. She is
pleased. Good day. She is having a great day! Really light and stylish.
Nice to watch. Champion of the future hopefully. On the dismount...
Shoulders down at the end. She posted a 5.9 difficulty. There
is room for improvement. A score of 14.4.
Hope for the future for the 16-year-old.
Now it is the turn of Becky Downie of great written, she was European
champion on bars in 2014, current, nor champion. -- current
Commonwealth champion. Gymnasts have to swing forward and
backwards. She starts with the forward element, quite difficult and
precise. Now, the big combination. The up rise, the kite, very
difficult. The full direct that you have to include beautifully done,
into the shoulder catches, she is linking it altogether. Up to that
high bar again. Here we go. The third release, the bigger routine,
the half-turn, come on, Becky, into the dismount, full twisting double
back into the landing, well done, Becky Downie, she went for broke.
That is going to be the benchmark for gold. She went for difficulty
and you can see the difference between those first couple of
routines and that, every single element linked into another element.
The first release, straight down into another release for the low
bar, that is how they build up difficulty, then up to the top bar,
into another release and catch. Becky has such dynamic work on bars.
Just the final piece, with the full twisting double back dismount. And
the small step on landing but a fantastic routine and she has set
the mark for the others to follow. She has certainly laid down the
gauntlet there. Delighted for her. She had a bit of a wobbly day
yesterday. She always wants to push and go for the harder routine. Some
sense would say don't, really, but she stayed true to herself, and when
she was given the freedom, to do this routine from her coach. There
was no way that she would win this final playing it safe. And that was
packed with difficulty. Great job. But she could have meddled. That was
choosing the silver medal or chancing it and pushing for the
gold. I like the style of that, go all out, go for it! Becky Downie
lays down the Golden gauntlet of 15.5. That's going to be a very
difficult score to beat. Look at that. Aliya Mustafina can certainly
challenge Becky Downie, the current Olympic champion. How difficult will
she go? The stoop in and out, the immediate pack, and she has missed
that connection and taking the handstand. Beautifully performed.
She will have lost some bonus points there. Super scoop in and out with
half-tone, she has got a real fluency on the bars. Full pirouette.
Straight out of the half-tone. And into the big dismount. Beautiful
routine, but not quite as difficult as the one we saw yesterday. It
looked good on execution but down on difficulty. Do you think that Becky
is safe? I am not predicting. I would say that she is saved.
Beautifully executed routine. She went for perfection but she did miss
the connection just before this low to high bar transition. That will
bring the difficulty down. And Rebecca brought her difficulty up.
But a great landing on this dismount. But her face said it all
afterwards. She knew she had missed that connection. So you can't really
tell. I thought yesterday that the British girls were not affected by
the work of the Russians out of them, working so well, but it sort
of make them doubt themselves a little bit. And a little bit the
same today, and Becky having gone for the bigger routine and scoring
15.5, that left her knowing that it had to be perfect, and she did not
quite rise to it. She didn't have any other connections to add, she
was always going to have that 6.5 that she posted in qualification.
Becky is the current leader. I think that Mustafina will go into the
second spot. You know what that is like there, pacing around... You
cannot control it, you have done your job, but he can stand there
knowing that she has done the best that she could have done. Better to
go before the other gymnasts? That must settle your little bit. Yes, to
get your routine done and dusted. I would rather be sat waiting than
waiting to actually perform. 15.1 four Mustafina. 6.3 difficulty as
opposed to 6.9 from Becky Downie. So Becky Downie leads ahead of
Mustafina. The third spot is 14.4. A score that Gabby Jupp of Great
Britain can challenge. Current British bars champion. Starts to
work on the low bar. Steep full turn. The half-tone. She didn't just
get her hands on the bar. 30 seconds to recover. You could see just not
high enough, got one hand on and the other one just couldn't get on, the
hand guard over the top of the bar. She went for the full pirouette at
the beginning. It gets you more marks, but it is riskier. Certainly
is. She wants to finish well. Onto the high bar. The half-tone. Good
somersault. Much better. The handstand. Down to the low bar.
Takes the up start, back up to the top, more secure that time. The
somersault towards the low bar. Very interesting work. Come on, hang on
for the dismount, double layout, super finish. Just a shame at the
start. That is a sign of great composure to take that ball, get
back onto the bars and to whip through that routine in such a
beautiful fashion. It is. She has been out of competition for a while
as well. The more you compete the or build your confidence so to take
that fall and a European final, you can just see that the left hand
wasn't quite on, luckily her coach was there to catch her, towards the
end. Slightly early on she came off the bar, so she was not quite on top
of it, but a great release on catch, you can see her spotting it, the
whole time. 13.44 Gabby Jupp. The current world and European
Championships, Spiridinova. The school to beat, 15.5. -- the score
to beat. Full connected, straight into the top bar and back down, back
up again, that is the connection. Steep path, perfect hand position,
into the pike Jagr. Working well. On and off, full turn. The full twist
double back. Is it good enough? Not today. It was compact, concise and
over very quickly, packing in the difficulty. This is going to come
right town to the wire. Becky Downie of great written currently leading
the field at 15.5. -- of Great Britain. It was a similar routine to
the team final yesterday. Very elegant, lovely, clean lines, you
can see on the release and catch from the low bar to the high bar,
everything is elegant to watch but I think it is going to be down on
Rebecca. I am going to say that Rebecca 's got it. When she was
world champion she scored 15.36 and in qualification scored 15.36. It
was as good as qualification but no better. Fingers crossed we have Team
GB champion. Do you know, if Rebecca has done this, she's done it in very
good company? She has had to really rise to it. She should be delighted
with her performance, whatever. That is beautiful bar work. What shall I
say? A black little bit of sparkle, of excitement. -- it lacked a little
bit. It had no wow factor to it. And Becky certainly had that. 15.466,
not enough to go ahead of Great Britain 's Becky Downie. She is the
champion, again. Fantastic for Becky Downie. You can see what it means.
Well, there's confirmation that Becky Downie regains the European
bar is vital ahead of Spiridinova. Aliya Mustafina, the second Russian,
takes bronze. This year 's European champion, from Great Britain, is
Rebecca Downie. She beats the world and Olympic champion to become
European champion, 2016. What a moment. What a time to win back the
European title. Just the right moment. And the Russian team that
did not take her challenge lightly. They change the person they put in,
the current world champions, who have qualified. They swapped with
the one who have qualified. They threw everything at Becky Downie,
and she responded. It was a performance that was so needed for
her. Looking ahead to the next few months, what her future would be,
how certain was that place in the Britain team? Today, she has
delivered, and nobody can take that away from her. Great Britain 's
Rebecca Downie is the bars European Championships.
APPLAUSE She came here and she delivered. She
knew what she was capable of doing. The question was, could she
replicate it today on this stage? Well, there is the evidence. Very
pleased, not just to win the gold, but the fact that I made my hardest
routine, I have been working on it for at least a year, and for its
finally off now is amazing. I knew that I would have to test it and put
it out for the team for Rio and I'm pleased that I did. I was
disappointed that I fell, but I needed to go for my connections.
Those were my chances to get a medal. I thought this was the chance
to try it out and it did not pay or if well worth trying those
connections as far as Gabby is concerned. She said in her
interview, if she wanted to medal today, she had to go for the those
connections. You don't want to try it where you can maybe mess up in
the team event and mess up the team's medal position but today it
is all about doing it for yourself. When you are doing the routine, can
you train them so that they are so fluid, or is there always an element
of when you do it? There is different lighting, you walk from
the back gym, she will be relying heavily on her coach, Steve, to make
sure that the bars are set exactly how she wants them. Today the
connection did not quite a off. But there is still more to come from
Gabby. And Becky Downie, how content must she be feeling knowing that she
had been working on that routine for a year, and it all happened at the
right time? She will be over the moon. She will have been working
hard on that routine and to hit it in a major competition, she will be
so happy, especially with it coming before the Olympics. She has beaten
the current Olympic and world champion, so she will have a lot of
confidence. The best from America and China will no doubt be watching
that. What message does that send out to them?
The biggest message is the starred value, she has time to improve it
even more, she had a 6.9 routine, the current world champion couldn't
even match it, the current Olympic champion, it will be interesting to
see what the Chinese come up with. You think they will go all out?
Definitely. One of the most experienced gymnasts in the British
squad these days is Ruby Harold who has helped the team reach greater
heights. Many happy returns to the gym of the British team, here is
Ruby. How do you see your role within the
team? I like to see myself as a team leader, making sure everyone is OK,
the girls have what they need. As part of the team, you don't
necessarily have your coach on the floor with you, it can be difficult
when you are new, younger athlete. Trying to keep the team Cameron
focused, making sure I and cheerleading when I am not
competing. You have show the world what you have in Glasgow, tell us
what it was like. World Championship success last year was phenomenal,
it's nice to know there are is people behind us and the sport is
growing. You have had injuries and sadness. My mum passed away for
neither seven, I very young and naive, I am pretty sure I did not
understand the situation to the extent I should have. He and my
sisters are close, two years apart, always there for each other and I
try and make sure I bring that to the team. It was a big thing to
happen when you are young but I have gymnastics to keep me occupied so I
kept busy. That helped. If you make the Olympics, you are going to have
to postpone another stage of your life? What is happening? I have for
your scholarship to Louisiana State University this coming August. It's
really exciting, new chapter of my life, as an international student I
have to be there on the 11th of August but of course if it goes to
plan I will miss that date so I probably won't be able to get there
until the 25th, I will potentially miss the first week of schools which
is unfortunate but I have a valid reason so it doesn't matter. I am
sure you want to go out on a high after doing well in the Olympics,
how important would it the to make a new life in the States, having
competed for great written? Making the Olympic team were top of
everything, round of my gymnastics career but if that doesn't happen I
have something to look forward to and the next four years of my life
in a completely different environment which is fantastic. We
will come and visit. Louisiana, it's quite a common thing, most of large
gymnasts hop over the pond. Nicola Willis in 2004, she was one of the
first to start and it's a great way for our gymnasts... They are not
quite ready to retire but they don't want to carry on competing, Becky
and others, they have done well. Dan, I am just imagining you in a
soft top, do you fancy a trip there? It would be nice, but it's not for
me. When I am done with my gymnastics, that will be yet, I will
not want to prolong it. Concentrate on a new life. From one of the most
experienced members of the British team to the new gymnasts coming
through. A word on the juniors, bring you up-to-date with what's
happening. Some wonderful pictures. The junior girls to the team silver,
all of those gymnasts between the age of the team and 16, it didn't
stop with the team, look at the individuals, Maisie Methuen, took
fourth in the all-around, fifth on the beam. Look at the difficulty.
Such a young age. Alice Kinsella, just a few hours ago, but the silver
medal in the bin. After already achieving a fifth in the all-around
that she did not stop as far as the apparatus finals, she also got the
silver medal on the floor. Coached by the one and only Christine who
sits alongside us in the commentary box, wonderful achievement for coach
and gymnast. Alistair not necessarily have a great time in the
British Championships but she took time to go back into gym work and
work on her skills and it shows she can have bad day the office. But
it's fantastic. She will make that step up to senior level next year.
Coming through, it's also exciting but on to the beam we go, Becky
Downie will be up in seventh position, you can see. The
remaining, the former Olympic champion kicking things off. Aliya
Mustafina, the former champion there as well. Here is what happened with
the best of the beam. The former Olympic champion on beam.
One of the most beautiful bin workers over the years. Smooth, she
works with such speed. -- beam. Arms working and moving all the time.
Exactly what the judges need to see. Rounding off, straight back
somersault. Controlling the landing. Very nice, change leg leap with half
term. Gymnasts have to include at least three leaps or spins in their
difficulty. This is super. She misses that connection.
Lovely layout somersault, smooth, not a flicker. She made that
connection, the free walkover into the jumps.
Gymnasts have to show artistry and fluency. Another little connection
missed. She did the leap and then... The handstand. She would normally
try and hold that handstand and swivel around.
Big dismount... Double pike... Very secure routine but it won't be quite
as high on the difficulty score as for qualification. Probably not but
it was stable. Super work, look at that. The layout, does well to
control it. Flick, into layout somersault. But
as her schoolwork. The others will chase that. -- that is her score.
The French gymnast next. She could challenge here. The first
outing for the French. Simple start. We can see the Randolphe into the
layout. A split leap and again... Slight
adjustment. Straight into free walkover and
again... Again... Nice control, full spin one way,
then the other, had to make a slight adjustment.
Nice rhythm so far. Needs to hang on. Rounding off, double pike. It of
adjustment. Super from the young French girl. If she can get up into
mid-14 that will definitely challenge for a medal. Difficulty
scoring qualification is 6.1, we have seen Catalina Ponor are with a
5-.9. Steady gymnast. We have seen her work very well in the team
competition. For the French. Strong gymnast, lovely technique. Landing,
immediately jumps, quite unusual to do to spins, you get a bonus if you
can link them and a lovely dismount, the Cal hi her chest is on landing.
Very nice work. She has gone ahead! Look at the difficulty. She has
increased that. A very eager wait to find out if she has a medal.
Aliya Mustafina has the pedigree on beam, world champion three years
ago. European beam finalist, will she get a medal today? Such an
elegant, classical gymnast. This is usually beautiful. So smoothly out
of the double spin. That is a letter D difficulty element, just a tiny
wobble. Linking the leaps and jumps nicely. Gymnasts have to do a little
bit of sideways stands, a tiny wobble, changing immediately, very
nicely performed, she will get the bonus for those linking moves.
Most of the aerial moves are worth point four. Free walkover is.
Backflip. That is her acrobatic series.
The judges have to judge whether the foot touched the head. She has been
smooth... And very controlled. Big, long pause... For the dismount. Has
to be dynamic. Double tough... What a beautiful landing. She has thrown
down the challenge, that will be a big score. She is a class act, that
was mesmerising. Very elegant performance. She made a connection
that she can't possibly have used before. Not often we see her smiling
but she is full of them today. I think she wanted to put the bars
behind her even though she picked up a bronze. That double spin, such
precision, the three element connection. The walkover into the
flick, building up the connection values. The change leg ring...
Touching the back of the head? And why into the dismount. Her knees are
locked together, if they open their legs, it could be a 10th or three
tenths abduction. A huge score... Not often you see a beam routine
over 15. Good job! It is now the turn of the British
beam champion, Rebecca Downie. Already crowned the bars champion
today but what does the beam have in store? We saw how much that bars
title meant to Becky, full of emotion. It will have been quite a
challenge to settle down for this. A very nice front somersault. This is
the all-important acrobatic series, very difficult. Hold it tight,
Becky. She had to fight and make that
landing and she did, that is good to see. You can see she is a bit edgy.
Very nice. Spin, immediate free walkover. Lovely rhythm today. Side
somersault. You can see this routine has all the makings of a really
high-scoring peace. Change leg ring right at the end. Now... Has she got
enough power and energy left? Double pike... She does. Well done, a bit
of a battling performance but very impressive. She pushed for all of
the difficulty and she managed to hang on in. Great performance. That
was nice, sometimes you have fighting routines, this is what we
give credit for. She had to fight every little bit. You can see this,
the back leg off to the side, but wobble at the end but she could have
quite easily given up and follow not but she was determined.
She will lose 0.5 for that, so the score will not be massive but in
view of how much emotion she had expended on the bars, she did really
well, I think. And finished off with a double pike
at the end. 14.066 for Becky Downie and it is met with a huge smile. The
last gymnast in this final on the beam, Angela Melnikova, still just
15 years old. The future star of the Russian team, for me. Great 2.5
spin, there, really difficult. Good on the leap, nice to see some
originality within the work. Flick, flick, straight back, just a little
and adjustment. The series. Top front somersault. Good, head right
back. The walk over. Nice tempo to the routine. Another side
somersault. The gymnast must go forward, backwards and sideways.
Standing this up, and high into the double pike, did well to recover the
landing with the big jump forward, might be big enough to pull it back
for a medal, but not good enough to take Mustafina off the top spot. She
has got a great degree on beam, but she was a little bit edgy. From that
angle, that looked like a better leap. Shame about this dismount. It
will be quite a big deduction. She opened out just a little bit early,
you can see how the shoulders were down. That will be at least 0.5.
Goodness me, 14.1 66. She finishes in fifth. Down on the difficulty. In
comparison to Mustafina with a 6.3 on the difficulty. But what about
that for the French gymnast, Marine Boyer? Aliya Mustafina takes the
gold, Marine Boyer the 16-year-old takes the silver medal back to
France, and Catalina Ponor gets bronze, the former Olympic champion.
Becky Downie Allbritton gets six. Interesting, that 3-way tie for
sixth place. Beam is the equivalent of the men's pommel horse. Different
to the final we saw last week on the pommel horse. It looks like the
piece that is easiest to pull off but it really is hit or miss. Only
three people stayed on in the pommel horse final and yet everyone stayed
on on the beam final. You don't want to win something by somebody falling
off. For all four apparatus finals the best are out there, and if you
win, you're beating everyone that you could. You missed a brilliant
moment just now. It has been a while since you have done beam, and you
went, 6th of June. 6th of June 2000 and eight. It was a momentous day. I
am never getting back on that thing again. Of all of the question pieces
of apparat is, beam is... For me, it was always a nightmare, with the
other apparat is you have a little bit of leeway to play with. For most
gymnast standing thinking I have got ten centimetres of beam to stay on,
it is not a nice place to be. The floor is more your thing. It is the
last final of these championships, one of the many places that Claudia
Fragapane made her mark two years ago in Glasgow. She got a quartet of
gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and now the pocket rocket has
her sights set on Rio. You are from Bristol but you have an Italian
background. How is your Italian? SHE SPEAKS FLUENT ITALIAN. How are
you feeling with the Olympics coming closer? It is a little bit nerve
wracking. It is quite exciting to be able to see how close it is to
making the team and representing your country. Did you always want to
be a gymnast? Since I was about six years old, because my two older
sisters used to do it and I love it. The competition in the girls' squad
is tough, isn't it? Yes, really tough, we are battling it out to do
the best performance we can to make sure that we are on the team. We are
rivals but we are good friends, anyway. What would you be if you are
not the gymnast? I would like to be diving. But I can't swim. I am good
in the air, but I would not be able to get back out! How are you with
the floor routine at the moment? I just want to go out and hit my
routine as best I could. And to look back and see that I have got 15
personal bests, I could not believe it. What a World Championships it
has been for Claudia Fragapane. And you do not like to be called
Maccadee. No, it is the way that it is spelt an Italian that I prefer.
We will just see how it goes. Thank you very much. Grazie Mile! She
seems to have this remarkable energy and joy. She is such a light-hearted
character. It rubs off on her team-mates. She brings the stress
off of everyone, makes everyone sit back and enjoy everything that is
going on. The conundrum is how difficult you go. With Becky Downie
it paid off to push for the difficulty. And Claudia Fragapane is
up there with the difficulty. She has upgraded even more with adding a
couple of jumps out of the big tumble, so not just straight with
the full twist but then I jump out of it, which is a little bit insane.
And the music is a big part of the routine on the floor. The kind of
music you prefer that delivers the best performance as far as the
judges are concerned? It depends on the style of the gymnast. Claudia
uses music with somebody popping in it that gets the crowd going. If you
have a gymnast, we saw a couple ended been finals that were very
elegant and balletic, if they have a dramatic piece of music, it would
not suit them as much. The gymnast and the coach will make that
decision along with the choreographer. And there is a switch
from that dance element into what are remarkably powerful tumbles.
Yes, you see some even bigger ones on the men's side, it is amazing how
powerful that the gymnasts are and to switch into the dance element, it
is good to see. And if you get behind, you are chasing four other.
Let's see what happens. Let's look at the gymnasts that have qualified
for this floor final. You can see that Claudia Fragapane is in sixth
place, but all eyes will be on the home girl, Giulia Steingruber. Let's
see what happens. Here are the highlights.
Giulia Steingruber has had a bronze medal twice at the European
Championships on floor and has posted the highest floor score
during these championships of all the gymnasts in this final. Very
athletic but also graceful. You have to have a good leaps and this
gymnast certainly has. What opening tumble will we see Chris macro
double double, just a little step forward, huge difficulty. -- what
opening tumble will we see? Five difficult acrobatic moves. And
another one, the twisting double straight. She really has pushed up
the difficulty. The third big leap. Is she going to do double straight
in the third? The twisting double back.
Expressive in that elite series. She moves powerfully across the floor.
What a routine! Have we just seemed a winning performance? Time will
tell. It has got to be over 15. In qualification she did double
straight with full twist. Second conversation she did double twisting
double back and in the third, she put them both in for the first time
that I have seen. She has upgraded, definitely. This was the time to try
it. She knows that she has to upgrade. She is level pegging with
Fragapane, but she wants to try and have that of an advantage going into
this final. It is great to see that she does the double double at the
beginning and a very clean landing. Just very slightly chest down, then
to go straight back into that double straight with a full twist. And she
looked like she was enjoying the routine at the same time. She really
sold it to the judges and the crowd were clapping along. A great
routine. You can see her smiling, doing the leaps. Lots of gymnasts
struggle to combine the power and grace and what she does
exceptionally well, she has got double twist, full twist and double
straight, so she has got the difficulty but she combines that
with such a good routine. The judges are turning round and watching that
routine. It was beautiful. 15.2, and a leap in the air from Giulia
Steingruber. 6.4, the difficulty score. That is going to be very
difficult to beat. Let's welcome a former European champion from 2004,
the Olympic champion, three Olympics ago, Catalina Ponor. She's here
after that bronze medal winning performance on beam. Beautiful in
the double layout. Great extension. Great flick, fling back out, pike,
good difficulty work. Lovely choreography. Good in a spin. Very
dramatic. Working so well with the music,
keeping the rhythm and power. Little adjustment.
She must hang on, standing up into the double pike... What a response!
Super difficulty, fantastic execution, posting a six difficulty
in qualification. What does the future hold? For Catalina Ponor are.
Well... Really maintaining her great dynamic tumbling. Lovely style, this
double straight... The bounds out is a .1 deduction. So fast across the
floor. The triple twist... She will lose marks. Her legs are crossed,
the judges will deduct for that. Second, as it stands. All eyes in
the arena on Claudia Fragapane A, the Commonwealth champion, the
highest qualifier. She is capable of a difficulty score of 6.5. A chance
here. So exciting to watch, original, dynamic. Straight into
the, great start. Loving the music. Double pike
Arabian, does well to control and stay inside the floor.
The leap series, such as bouncy and bubbly, energetic performer. Stacks
of originality. Great dancing. Got to hang on and control the
power. Triple twist... Slight adjustment there. Craftily done.
Got to hold on for this... Usually a double layout... And again... Knees
buckling a bit on landing, that will be costly. Packed with difficulty.
She had a goal. A very good effort. Is it enough to get up into the
medals? Very dependent on whether those knees touch the floor, if they
did, it will be a fall, she gave it everything but looked a little bit
weary, big competition last night. Very big and asked to try and finish
with a double straight. She has really upped her difficulty. She
jumped out of it but struggled to control, she did so well to stay
inside the floor, there will be deductions.
Very cleverly choreographed, jumps and leaps. Third tumble, triple
twist, landing, a little bit of a jump, well disguised. This, the
final tumble that is all-important. She held it... There will be a
deduction, it wasn't a fault. I don't think it will challenge for
the title... You can see, she is here disappointed. This is
all-important to be able to bang out these routines. This experience will
help her, if she wants to get into that Olympic final and challenge for
a medal, there is a learning curve. That is the same mistake on the
floor routine twice. Third at the moment. Well, the last gymnast to go
is Ellie Downie. For Great Britain. We are guaranteed a medal, Claudia
is in third. Ellie was the fourth highest qualifier. Can she add to
her medal tally today? A powerhouse tumbler. Look at that one and a half
walk-out, double Arabian. Jumping out of it. Looks like she can do
that. Another big tumble. Double pike
Arabian, as to control the landing and she does just that.
Clever music. Needs to be powerful and did this. Two and a half twist,
punch front, slightly overcooked. Come on, concentrate. Hubble pike...
She nailed it! -- double pike. Cheering-macro what a mature
performance. Well... Is it going to be enough to go ahead to go ahead of
her team-mate? It will all boil down to the difficulty.
Ellie had a 14 point in qualification but we know she
stepped out of the floor and you can see this, powerful first tumble. One
and a half walk-out into the double Arabian, strayed into a jump.
Using the Arabian again but in the pike shape, such height. The same
tumbles, Beth, that you used. But like Chris said, she has improved
her leaps and consistency. A very different floor routine, I really
liked the choreography. And then... Musically, two and a half, into the
punch front, every gymnast hast to show off for Wade or side salt oh.
She did really well in the punch front. That was a part of the
routine I sat on the edge of my seat and I thought,, on! Hugely powerful.
Work the floor well. And she gets her second silver medal of the day!
What about that! Julia Stine Gruber takes the gold. Ellie goes into
silver. Catalina Ponor takes the bronze. Claudia Fragapane eight
finishes fourth. Look at the top half of the table. Julia Stine
Gruber taking the gold. Claudia just outside of the medals
and forth. Great Britain's Ellie Downie gets her second silver medal
of the European Championships. This is for the floor. What a week to
round-off the European Championships. Definitely wasn't
expecting that. I wanted to go out and enjoy it the best I could,
qualified and forth, I knew to go out there and do it, my first senior
European Tour final, I enjoyed it, to come second, the icing on the
cake. You won a medal earlier on the vault, did you go in without
pressure? I went in there, trying to enjoy it, to think it was the last
routine of the competition, I was last of, I went out and did my best.
A word for your big sister, her gold medal... Amazing performance, so
proud of her. Those sisters are celebrating. Goodness, you forget
she is just 16. You see her talking, so much confidence. We have talked
about her for so long, you forget she is in her second year of the
seniors. 17 later this year, her skill level, talent, the way she
composes herself other major championships, that is something you
cannot teach. Dan, and impressive medal table, we can show you the
totals. Seven in all across the two weekends of gymnastics. Three for
the men, four for the women, a European champion each! But very
impressive. Just another word on the bars, Becky. She has regained that
bars European title in very impressive style. She has... She had
a game to play today, does she play safe and is guaranteed a medal or
does she go for the upgrade? Her coach, they decided to go for the
upgrade. One of the highest tariffs in the world. You wouldn't have
known she was upgrading, the rest of the routine was so clean and sharp.
This is where she added the extra release and catch. And she finished
off with this dismount, she knows so well. That is the end for her.
European champion. We have talked about the younger gymnasts coming
through but when it is your sister... It's completely different.
Obviously, she will support her sister. To improve as a nation you
need younger girls and boys coming up. Pushing the seniors as much as
you don't like to admit it. That is how you improve. Speaking about
European competition, the Euros are less than a week away. To get you
prepped for that... There is a documentary tonight.
But, I tell you what, after the European Championships we will be
treated to some wonderful sport because it's the Olympics and time
is ticking! Jessica Ennis Hill is back on top of
the world. He wins the gold. Nicole Adams has just made history! That is
a huge jump. Laura Trott... World champion. Streaking away.
Gymnasts, get home from Switzerland and start prepping. As far as you're
concerned, what is key before the Olympics? Consolidating the
routines. That was precise. Dan... Get back in the gym and try to
repeat all the skills that have gone wrong, to make them consistent.
Well, there we are, a lot of talk about Europe at the moment, in or
out... That has been the question and as far as the Downey sisters are
concerned, they are very much on top of that. From all the team, goodbye.
Matt Baker presents live coverage from the women's European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, featuring the team and apparatus finals. Britain's team includes all three of their individual medallists from 2015's European Championships in Montpellier - Becky Downie, who won silver on the beam and uneven bars, her sister Ellie, who was the bronze medallist in the all-around event, and floor silver medallist Claudia Fragapane.
Expert analysis comes from Beth Tweddle, a six-time European gold medallist, and Daniel Keatings, with commentary from Christine Still and Mitch Fenner.