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Welcome to the European city of sport, Antwerp in Belgium where
Welcome to the European city of championships has returned to the
place where the competition first began in 1903. It has turned out to
be an historic event. Kohei Uchimura the most celebrated gymnast of all
He did it in emphatic style. We not expect anything else. Talking of
greatness, hello and welcome to not expect anything else. Talking of
programme to Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith inside the sports Palace.
Kohei Uchimura did a superb attempt. There was a British interest as
well. Ann Purvis finished in seventh and Max Whitlock finished in fourth.
What a performance. It was great. People say fourth is hard done by.
out for. Yes, it is hers to lose. tensions turning to the women's
out for. Yes, it is hers to lose. She is the favourite. And Kyla Ross
as well. She had a nightmare and qualification but she will be more
Steingruber. And Vanessa Ferrari. settled moving up the rankings. Over
Steingruber. And Vanessa Ferrari. She won her first word title in
2006. It makes me fill quite old! And this is where the great British
interest is, Rebecca Tunney and And this is where the great British
Harrold. It is nerve wracking to go to the World Championships but it is
the one with the least amount of place to make mistakes. We will
the one with the least amount of to see how they hold their nerve.
When it is over and done with you can enjoy the competition. And Asuka
Teramoto from Japan, 11th at the Olympics. And Elisabeth Seitz, the
ones to watch out for. The crowd, they are absolutely right behind the
gymnasts. They love the competition and we will head to the commentary
A very good opening for the host difficult but a good performance.
Championships. Good start. She qualified 22nd. Kyla Ross... Part of
Efficient vaulting, not the most we will see today, two twists but one
of the cleanest. She went right will see today, two twists but one
the middle of the landing area. will see today, two twists but one
lands on the middle white line exactly as you should. Legs locked
together, straight arms on the top of the platform. Doesn't really
together, straight arms on the top many marks to the judges to take
16 years old. The Americans keep producing this talent. 15.366. A
The most difficult you will see the platform. Fabulous power and
Miles into the sky. Clean on the twist. Watch the conversion. She
blocks hard. Pushes up, rockets twist. Watch the conversion. She
and the pace at the end but look at the determination. Good low shade,
She comes out beautifully. Out of the twist to meet the floor. Dear,
oh dear. What a start. At 15 point 85. She proves it is no fruit.
Chunsong Shang. Tiny little figure. 17 years old. She qualified in
Well, the contrast in physiques could not have been more stark.
Well, the contrast in physiques lifts up, only enough airtime for
one twist. The tariff for the vault is quite a bit lower. Nice and neat,
The traditional, worried look. Elegance personified. She qualified
determination. A flicker of legs apart. She looks like she means
business today. Very measured in the approach. Backflip onto the horse,
good conversion, double twist. She may get a deduction for being out of
the corridor. She veers to the side, where is the foot going? Just about
get away with it. She very very quickly turned and presented to
get away with it. She very very judges, not giving them too much
time to ponder whether feet had She has been European all-around
off the top. Wraps in nicely. Just off to one side. Quite often the
gymnasts create the wrong direction from the round. She is not too bad,
the push of the top, she pushes from the round. She is not too bad,
preparation for wrapping into the twist. Lovely height, clean legs and
She really wraps it in. You can twist. Lovely height, clean legs and
This is Vanessa Ferrari, she has written her own history book in
terms of this sport. She goes back favourite apparatus. She is swinging
A good solid opening for Vanessa. What a pedigree she has got, world
competing. A powerful gymnast. She holds her style and keeps the swing.
competing. A powerful gymnast. She before twisting double to finish.
Always difficult when you are having to wait to start. The judges will
not signal to start until the score for the previous gymnast is up.
Mustafina has a little bit to do. And that was the British team and
physiotherapists looking on there. Rebecca Tunney, coached by Clare
Duffy at the City of Liverpool, Rebecca Tunney, coached by Clare
She exploded onto the scene at the Britain's topped gymnast, but this
is a very difficult skill. She just did not have quite enough speed
is a very difficult skill. She just power to hold it. That is costly.
She will be started with one whole market deducted for the fall. Much
but has managed to hold her nerve. Double pike somersault, did that
excellently. Good recovery for Rebecca. A very difficult element.
She was not so much off-line. It just really did not have enough
speed to bring the shoulders up just really did not have enough
when she does the double pike off the end, she is so efficient in
when she does the double pike off round off. Three pieces to make
when she does the double pike off the damage. And she is already
looking a very keen competitor. She was British champion in 2012, in her
first year as a senior, and she was British champion in 2012, in her
into the Olympics as the youngest competitor from Great Britain in any
sport. She was the baby of Team competitor from Great Britain in any
at the Olympics and she performed without a flicker of nerves. She
came 12 all-arounder at the Olympic but since then she has had a bit of
injury. She did not perform at the European Championships because of
injury and she is probably a little bit short in the competition this
year. The judges are taking their time, the deliberations. Judging on
There is the double pike. A tiny skip backwards. That was a very
There is the double pike. A tiny improved performance. She struggled
a bit in qualifications. She was well down the pack, having been
really impressive at the Olympics. 11.966. She has a little bit to
really impressive at the Olympics. -- the school for Rebecca Tunney.
Really rude to see this. 20 of hard work. What are they going to reward
her with? We will have to see. work. What are they going to reward
really good to see this. She does not all be time connect lots of
difficulties together. The first two she does but to get really good
That was a mount! What a shame, straight-backed Somerset Mount she
She could have tried to join those big, strong double pike dismount.
You are right, this is Gail my Gaelle Mys, even though the caption
said location macro. -- this is Gaelle Mys, even though the caption
Lovely double pike. A lovely moment for her in front of a packed house.
Apart from that one error, making appearance. Double pike. Enjoying
Good to see Vanessa Ferrari in eighth. Yes, a great start on bars.
The fact she is there, she will eighth. Yes, a great start on bars.
pleased. You can never tell from the first piece, different apparatus you
can score better on. And of course the British gymnasts, Rebecca Tunney
and Ruby Harrold. Ruby qualified in six but this is how she has ended
up. What has been going on. A unique exit, it is always difficult to
confident at this stage. Yes, a great front somersault, quite solid.
And this is where she had a mishap. Slightly off-line. When you are
off-line, you cannot pull it back. She tried to compose herself and
calm down and get on with it. When you for once, you have to think
great dismount. You have to keep composed. The fact she got up and
did a dismount was brilliant. And now, she must get as much experience
styles. One is so dynamic, one so mistakes, you cannot do anything
styles. One is so dynamic, one so beautiful. She is a powerhouse.
styles. One is so dynamic, one so knows where it is. It is the same
every time. Beautiful gymnastics. We'll Kyla Ross be able to compete?
As it stands, Kyla Ross and her team-mate. We move on to the second
piece of apparatus. Back to the A very nice vault. She is delighted.
The one twist in the second flight. But it was good. It was high. She
did not give many marks away at Very nice, very clean. She has made
That really is a good routine. Kyla Ross building on a good start.
She swings with beautiful ease. uses the stoop in and out. The front
judges who deduct a little bit for the bent arms will stop she is very
efficient in and out, that is when you do not put your feet on the
efficient in and out, that is when very well rewarded. A very nice
double straight. She holds her shape into the floor. Congratulations
double straight. She holds her shape round. She is halfway through the
competition. These four pieces are a real challenge, you have to stay
Simone Biles, if you did not know An interesting score. She was in
Simone Biles, if you did not know her before, you will know her name
Not the most difficult we will see but power packed from beginning
Not the most difficult we will see end. She doesn't have any wasted
Not the most difficult or elegant but the efficiency, dear oh dear!
Such power to call upon. A nice transfer. A little shuffle along
She struggled through big problems It adds up. You fight and fight
She struggled through big problems it catches up eventually. She showed
It adds up well for Simone Biles. Vanessa Ferrari. Will she ever
She is the Olympic champion on uneven bars. This is her piece of
apparatus. She has a new element in here as well. Watch carefully when
she transfers from the low bar to the high bar. She does it with a
she played safe in qualifying but went for it there. Great stuff.
she played safe in qualifying but the superfine elegance we are used
to from her but grit and difficult skills in that routine. Lots to
to from her but grit and difficult your teeth into here. You at home
transfer, she proceeded with a full and powerful. This sets out her
twists in the double. Great to see. school. -- score. It is refreshing
to see she did not hold back. She went for it. And it is the way she
What do you think? Well, she will be delighted. She messed up in the
qualification on the bars and that is her for peace. -- that is her
She was great as a junior, Iordache, four peace and she performed it
She was great as a junior, Iordache, on the bars, but somehow lost her
She was great as a junior, Iordache, way a little bit as a senior. But
Romania and Russia used to give way a little bit as a senior. But
Van Klaveren is not happy. But she has got the second half still to
come to make good some damage. She did not have a great time on
bars in qualification, much better here, but she did have a good time
on beam. She qualified top four beam. This is setting her up nicely
Just a bit untidy on the legs. She lets fly apart moments. Fourth-place
Front somersault over the bar, the only female gymnast to do that.
That was very strong work from Vanessa Ferrari. 22 years old now.
She has been European champion, world champion... Showing us that
She was precise. She was confident. I have seen so often in the past
You can see just a tiny figure at the back there, one gymnast still
routine, and nicely tidied up at the end. Yes, one of the iconic gymnasts
It is incredible to think we are halfway round already. Simone Biles
leads the way ahead of Kyla Ross, who has now closed that gap to less
than 0.1. But Jinnan Yao has swung her way up into medal contention.
Seitz is doing well as well, now up in tonight. -- up into ninth place.
routine and she nailed it. It is floor routine. She got a score of 13
routine and she nailed it. It is Ruby Harrold's routine. She did
routine and she nailed it. It is disappointment on beam that she
thought to herself, let's get back up, and every landing on her tumbles
she nailed. She had a great routine and really showed off to the crowd.
It is so difficult when you make so many mistakes. You know this so
well, Beth, and obviously with your routine you had to change a lot
because of your ankle. Yes, I had the same difficulty in the fact
because of your ankle. Yes, I had had to land forward. It is a lot
more difficult. You cannot slot things in as easily when you are
going backwards, like the dismount. The double Arabian on the first
tumble with Rebecca, it is all about high bar kind of stuff, isn't it?
LOUIS SMITH: Unbelievable. I have only seen one girl ever do that
before, in 2005. Incredible. I like to see things that are quite unique
and original. And she is third place, so... We kept laughing at the
coach, who kept stepping in. Onto already, and the top six are moving
on to beam, and this is going to be a really interesting rotation,
because only one of them has made it into the big final. You have your
top six powerhouses on beam, and it is who can hold their nerve on the
night. They are beam specialists as interesting, this one, and Simone is
going to be up first, so in a way she can get it over and done with
some tension. Yes, get rid of those she can get it over and done with
nerves and do the job. What will be going through this gymnast's mind am
thinking about it. She will just be going through this gymnast's mind am
They are experienced gymnasts and sharing it here. Simone Biles. This
The power at salute the rock-solid no signs of nerves. 16 years old.
The power at salute the rock-solid double. Incredible stuff. Carlotta
Vanessa Ferrari. In the past she has captured a lot of hearts. Some great
She has matured and so has her work. Absolutely living the performance.
Vanessa Ferrari, you have lost nothing. That was a really lovely
performance. One of the things is, it look easy. She lands very well.
A flicker of the golden eyelids keep her focused. When you are as
tiny as of this, some pieces are hard but the beam looks wider!
difficult leaps and spins and the double spin is one of the best
She really is very dynamic. What a shame she made the error earlier on.
It has not fazed her at all. So shame she made the error earlier on.
acrobatics and leaps. A confident Double pike. A lesson in focus after
Controlled and elegant but it wasn't to get focus together. Such an
important stage of the competition. She was very happy. I little bit
Well, she was in fourth at the halfway stage. That was an important
routine for her. The beam has dashed so many hopes in the past. She was
focused. She started very solidly indeed. She kept her present and
Only one occasion where she just lost her Mojo. She wrapped it up
was the top qualifier on the beam, European Championship on beam. It is
She didn't give herself a chance. We her piece and she felt the pressure.
She didn't give herself a chance. We full twist but if this mad I loved.
To give you a measure, she will Not a flicker. The judges will take
a bit for height and length but She looks so disappointed. She must
put it behind her. It is the next apparatus mentality. That being
looks daunting like that. It is daunting, especially when you are at
this stage of the competition and you know if you can do it just like
you do in training, you are there. Mustafina is in second at this
Goodness me, they have some current -- they have succumbed today, some
This is where the damage was done. Full-twisting. And just did not
This is where the damage was done. strong enough with her feet and
gymnast is performed these routines do it almost in their sleep. --
Her final tumble exploded into double pike, with a little step
Her final tumble exploded into back. Double straight with full
It is when you link the acrobatic skills with the jumps that the
Not a flicker. They are looking appreciation, too. Kyla Ross is
Not a flicker. They are looking lovely combination of energy and
power. She was precise. Isn't that lovely? She was determined. A very
good routine from her. She really attacked it. Head well back. Lovely,
Look at this. With one piece left to go, Kyla Ross goes ahead of Simone
Ross was the performance of the competition so far. How she managed
to keep her composure, it was just Having seen so many gymnasts fall
before her, she knew she had to Having seen so many gymnasts fall
in medal contention and she is now leading. What a rotational, Beth. We
hardest part and to see three of the leading. What a rotational, Beth. We
hardest part and to see three of the We are going to see those vaults
hardest part and to see three of the now. There is not a lot there that
the judges can take off her good double twist for a year or so now so
she knows exactly what to do for that landing. What a start she
she knows exactly what to do for what a shame kick she could not
she knows exactly what to do for started with that piece. That would
have given her confidence. The difficulty score of five there. She
went for the full twist. Nice and landing, obviously, that the judges
you can see the British girls are going to uneven bars. Ross is a
you can see the British girls are at the moment, ahead of Biles. Biles
is the highest qualifier on floor. We are going to see fireworks on
that floor. The interesting thing was just to see Biles walking to her
last piece of apparatus. She was smiling and almost dancing to the
music. It is going to be an exciting final. They are definitely putting
on a good show for us. It will be good. Mustafina, second up, is
currently lying in third place. good. Mustafina, second up, is
whole competition will finish with all eyes on Biles. That is a test.
She's used to that pressure and performing in front of thousands,
She is working accurately. A little bit hesitant, perhaps. The double
very different routine. We are used 1.5, into triple twist, immediate
punch front. Really good open. Lots of confidence. The 2.5 into the
hike. Strong on her landings. And really quite a clever different
hike. Strong on her landings. And of routine. She almost paused. She
She has the more difficult routine so she has the highest start score.
Kyla Ross is the more classical have the higher execution scores. It
really is going to be interesting. In qualification she fell on the
first tumble. No such problem today. She gave that everything. What a
performance! That is Mustafina at Majestic is the word. There was
performance! That is Mustafina at choreography. That was wonderful.
Real elegance in the choreography. It was a performance, the type of
choreography you cannot teach. You have to perform. The power was
tumble. The head comes up. She was really in control of this routine.
She just about made the fourth turn. Triple twist, lost her legs a
is what women's artistic gymnastics is all about. That was to rhetoric.
And the contrast really with the American gymnasts is quite stark.
They are very good, well rehearsed but it is an imposed performance as
opposed to something from the heart performer. It is her performance,
not something taught. She transcends sport into the realms of art. Pure
thinking that was truly artistic. And if they give the maximum marks
competition. She made amends for the problem on the beam. That man must
put the beam behind her, really problem on the beam. That man must
for it on the floor. She is so powerful and dynamic. She makes
floor her own. Such a great tumbler. Double, double, two twists and
They are delighted. That is the Congratulations. She really strikes
the platform well. She lifts high, efficient in the twists. She has
been very impressive. We saw her as a junior at the Junior Europeans and
come back after a problem apparatus gymnasts have shown a maturity and
come back after a problem apparatus and produced what they are capable
Giulia Steingruber... She is the really strong and powerful vaults.
Very clean and efficient. That is difficult. It was to decide for
Now, then is it enough? It was very deceptively powerful gymnast. She
looks quite slight but she is very powerful. Isn't that nice to see?
Before she performs she makes time for the other gymnast. Very nice
double Arabian, immediately into the jump. That gets a bonus mark. The
difficult tumble and link into a jump. And that was super. Tried
difficult tumble and link into a touch her head in the middle of
difficult tumble and link into a leap. 18 double pike, chest really
well up on landing. The judges deduct if the chest is pointing
well up on landing. The judges the floor on landing but here you
can see the tumble finished with the chest right up. That really is
she was very little. She has really been on fire in these championships.
All eyes are on Kyla Ross. The game, the judging is severe. Marks are
focused on Simone. 59.332 is out there in front. Mustafina is second.
performance in deed and there cannot be any doubt, surely. She was the
only gymnast in qualifying to make 15 on form. Certainly she has done
and she produces that. Wonderful stuff. Both his gymnasts have not
faulted. They have been strong. stuff. Both his gymnasts have not
wonderful training they have had. If you train enough, it works. Such
power. She unleashes it time after she produced it so many times. Just
I know I can do this well. Watch it in my body language. Better still,
watch it in this fantastic tumbling. Just a tiny little touch but it
watch it in this fantastic tumbling. shows. That is great to see. That is
team spirit. She has certainly won this competition. I cannot see
anything stopping her. Mustafina will get a medal. She knows that.
They are taking their time over Simone's score but it surely is
They are taking their time over They have loved this competition...
A colossal score! A worthy world competition. Mustafina is in third.
Absolutely fantastic competition. well, but these gymnasts are so
Absolutely fantastic competition. Really impressive. That has to be
mum and dad. Mike she has captured a Really impressive. That has to be
mum and dad. Mike she has captured a few hearts and the way she is,
mum and dad. Mike she has captured a silver. Mustafina did well to get a
It was never in doubt that the Americans were going to get up there
on the podium. We wondered if times had got harder but what a champion
pressing her all the way but I am Mustafina up there on the podium.
BETH TWEDDLE: It is so nice to see, like Mitch was saying, she is so
open with the other gymnasts. So she is a worthy champion and I am really
pleased she has taken it. Elisabeth Seitz there as well. Ruby Harrold of
the UK in 17th place and Rebecca Tunney of the UK in the 19th place.
Let's have a look at their routines. Ruby Harrold scored 14.533. You
Let's have a look at their routines. got the clean start. Straight back
to the low bat with the Pak salto. got the clean start. Straight back
Such a difficult start, going down, Rebecca has grown slightly and lost
her timing, so that is just where she has fallen there. Ruby Harrold
you get to see the men's floor. she has fallen there. Ruby Harrold
have the apparatus finals life. she has fallen there. Ruby Harrold
Harrold is on bars as well. You It was never really in doubt about
the Americans, was it? You can tell that they train hard. They do their
routines with such conviction. It was that battle as well between
routines with such conviction. It explosiveness of Biles and the
Mustafina. Yes, and Simone is just a powerhouse. She's just explosive in
everywhere. It is so nice to see all Mustafina in the couple of years
that she had before the Olympics, it is so nice to see her back-up. Can
we just say, when gymnastics is heading, 16 new moves have come
we just say, when gymnastics is 16 new accredited moves. It just
shows that as hard as gymnastics is at the minute is still -- it is
tomorrow. For Mark, it will be hard. He is a cool, calm and collected
guy. There you go, Simone Biles He is a cool, calm and collected
been crowned the all-around champion and has certainly made a name for
herself. Tomorrow, five more world champions will be crowned. Maybe one
of them will be British. Goodbye.
Live coverage of the women's all-around final from Antwerp, introduced by Matt Baker with expert analysis from three-time world champion Beth Tweddle and fellow Olympic medallist Louis Smith.
The top 24 qualifiers compete on four apparatus - vault, uneven bars, floor and beam - for the right to be crowned world champion. Neither current world champion Jordyn Wieber or Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas are expected to compete, so national champion Simone Biles spearheads the American challenge against Russian favourite Aliya Mustafina.
Britain could be represented, with 2012 national champion Rebecca Tunney the most likely to be involved.