09/05/12 Brussels (BEL) - The first day of the 2012 European Championships saw the best juniors take to the Expo Arena. For Great Britain a chance to see how our young talent matches up with some of the great powerhouses of world gymnastics in the qualification event.
With the senior team cheering from the front row of the stands, the British girls – Gabby Jupp, Charlie Fellows, Raer Theaker, Angel Romaeo and Georgina Hockenhull - many of whom will have never experienced such a major event, did themselves proud.
Each gymnast contributed to the team score of 160.121 which placed them a brilliant 4th place in the standings, behind Russia, Italy and Romania.
Gabby Jupp, Charlie Fellows and Angel Romaeo led the team, looking more like seniors than juniors as they confidently performed for the Belgian crowd, Gabby showing her best in the final routine of the day on beam where she scored a brilliant 14.283 points.
With two gymnasts per country making it into finals, Gabby (54.082) and Angel (52.932) both comfortably qualified for Friday’s all-around with Charlie scoring 52.299 just edged out. Gabby also makes Sunday’s beam final qualifying in 2nd, with both Gabby and Charlie into the floor final.
Gold – Russia 167.330
Silver – Italy 164.031
Bronze – Romania 161.037
4th Great Britain 160.121
Gabby Jupp - 54.082
Charlie Fellows - 52.299
Angel Romaeo - 52.932
(Georgina and Raer competed two pieces)
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Floor - GBR 39.899
Georgina Hockenhull, in her first ever GBR competition bravely led the team off on floor in the first rotation. She started with a few nerves and a small step out on her first tumble, but composed herself well and with the GBR crowd cheering her on grew into the routine with nice dance and a good ending to give her 11.500.
Angel Romaeo took to the floor next and as ever showed great personality. Her dance work impressing and entertaining everyone and her tumbles aggressively performed to give her 13.133.
Charlie Follows looked more like a senior than junior in her mature and confident routine – near faultless- to give her 13.133.
That left Gabby Jupp last up for GBR and like Charlie she looked very composed and purposeful, brilliant high leaps and solid tumbles to score an impressive 13.444.
Vault - 40.499 (Total after two pieces 80.398)
Raer Theaker was the first vault up for GBR, having sat out the floor this was Raer’s chance to get into the competition and she got the team off to a confident start, her two vaults of 13.533 and 12.900 giving an average of 13.216.
Angel up next performing one vault (so not going for a vault final) scored 13.133.
Gabby Jupp continued her great form scoring 13.866 and 12.966 for a 13.316 average, and Charlie Fellows finished off again with a mature performance for 13.300 and 13.00 for a 13.150; Gabby and Charlie both making positive strides in the all-around rankings.
Bars – 39.699 (total after three pieces 120.097)
Raer Theaker was again up first for GBR, she fought brilliantly through her routine showing great strength to re-catch the bar on her final release and dismounted well to score 12.933
Angel Romaeo showed similar determination and style, her more difficult routine scoring her 13.333 and placing her 4th so far in the bars rankings.
Charlie Fellows looked like the most comfortably gymnast in the arena, striding purposefully to the bars and nailing a perfect landing in her difficult routine for 13.433.
Gabby Jupp up last had problem at the beginning of her hugely difficult routine losing her swing and falling at one point she composed herself brilliantly to finish off in style, a stuck landing and 12.700.
Beam – 40.024 (GBR Final total – 160.121
Georgina Hockenhull, having performed the very first routine of the completion had to wait until beam to compete again. She competed a tidy routine with only the smallest of wobbles and a good dismount for 12.408
Angel followed up with confidence, well known for the style and artistry she proved it once again o give her 13.333 and put her well up the beam rankings.
Charlie Fellows had one fall in her routine, the only error in a brilliant completion for Charlie. She again showed maturity beyond her years to re-mount and complete a nice routine for 12.233
Gabby Jupp last up in the subdivision had to fight to stay on the beam and did well to remain concentrated with a noisy arena cheering on the nearby floor work, Gabby put in a tremendous performance giving her a massive 14.283.
Full detailed results will be available here.