Downie Sisters Make Finals at Europeans 2015
17th April 2015
Becky Downie, reigning European bars champion, completed her qualification round with ease and confidence placing second on bars and beam meaning she is now in the apparatus finals for both.
Ellie Downie, making her senior major championships debut, had a fantastic qualification round making the all-around finals and vault and beam apparatus finals.
Ellie Downie is the junior European vault champion and it showed in her highly difficulty, well performed routines. Her first pass scoring a superb 14.933 and her second (gymnasts compete two different vault if they aim for apparatus finals) just as well landed, Ellie showing great confidence to score 14.166 for a 14.549 average. Ellie showed more of her difficulty skills on bars with big release and catch elements and a nailed dismount for 13.966. On beam Ellie continued to demonstrate her style and skill, composed and controlled throughout to score 13.891. Ending on floor Ellie was powerful, she couldn’t quite control the landing of her first tumbling pass but that didn’t faze her at tall and she energetically completed a great routine for 13.400 and an all-around total of 56.190 points her personal best score.
With just the two apparatus to focus on Becky Downie put everything in to her beam routine. She performed a superb opening series of acrobatic skills and looked controlled throughout, a well-landed dismount giving her a score of 14.366. On bars she was equally professional and composed knowing she had the routine to comfortably make the final. She executed her skills well to score a strong 15.233 with more to offer in the final where she will hope to retain her title.
Claudia Fragapane will be joining Ellie in the all-around final and has also qualified for vault, beam and floor apparatus finals and Amy Tinkler has qualified for Floor finals.
To read about the women’s teams qualifications, click here
To read about the men’s qualifications, click here