11/05/12 Brussels (BEL) – In the first of the 2012 women’s artistic gymnastics European Championship finals, Britain’s Gabrielle Jupp and Angel Romaeo took to the arena in the junior all-around event.
With Gabby qualifying in 7th she knew that with a few improvements she could be right in the hunt for podium places and that proved to be right. A sensational performance by the 14-year-old gave her a final score of 54.698 and 5th spot, just 0.159 points off the the bronze medal.
Her consistency and calmness under pressure the stand out attributes in a composed competition, the highlights being on bars and her favourite piece of apparatus – beam – where she will compete again in Sunday's in apparatus final, as well as on floor.
For Angel a difficult start on bars put her the on the back foot but she battled back well and showed her trademark artistry and style on beam and floor ending with 51.166 and 15th place.
Enus Mariani of Italy took the gold with 56.265 from Shelgunova of Russia (55.199) and Munteanu (ROM) in bronze with 54.857.
Gabby began on vault, with great support from the GBR crowd and only the smallest of hop on landing she scored 13.766, .1 better than in her qualification to get off to an encouraging start.
After a nervy wait following a lengthy routine preceding her Angel began on bars and unfortunately slipped early reaching for the high bar in Yaeger and fell. She composed herself brilliantly to finish the routine off and score 11.400
Brilliant bars from Gabby Jupp, she makes it look easy with perfect dismount and nice clean lines throughout to score 13.433, a massive improvement from qualifying keeping her on track for a good result.
Angel on beam shows her flair as always and remains nicely controlled, has to work to hold a couple of her landings and dismounts very well to give her 13.333
Gabby in 5th (27.199) and Angel in 18th (24.733) after 2 pieces.
Gabby onto beam, her favourite piece of apparatus a beautiful high leap to start, and a confident and performance from then on with only the slightest of mini wobbles, and perfect stuck landing giving her 13.833 keeping her right in the medal hunt.
Angel on the floor delighted the crowd with the her style and performance combined with massive tumbles, a short landing on her final pass sending her slightly off line to score 13.200.
Gabby in 3rd (41.032) and Angel in 17th after 3 pieces (37.933)
With Gabby well in the medal chase she knew a good final performance would be key on the floor. She gave her it all, looking purposeful and confident as she has done throughout, a great performance for 13.666 and an all-around total of 54.698
Angel on vault end perfectly, very neat and tidy with stuck dismount for 13.233, and all-around score of 51.166
The competitions continue on Saturday with the senior team final, Britain having qualified in third place, and then the junior and senior apparatus finals on Sunday.