12/05/12 Brussels (BEL): The British senior team of Hannah Whelan, Jenni Pinches, Danusia Francis, Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold have taken 4th place at the 2012 women’s artistic gymnastic European Championship.
Mistakes on beam were the only errors in a brilliant display from the in-experienced team, featuring two 15-year-olds Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold making their senior debut, and without the likes of Beth Tweddle, Imogen Cairns and Rebecca Downie.
The British girls began well with Ruby Harrold’s bars - a great first routine - and having qualified in third place, they looked to be in the hunt for a medal spot. It was on the second piece the beam where they had troubles, Jenni Pinches and Hannah Whelan both falling. The team picked themselves up on floor and ended brilliantly on vault where both Rebecca and Ruby completed double twisting Yurchenko vaults, one of the hardest vaults to execute.
Romania took the title from Russia and Italy with the British girls just over 3 points adrift on 4th.
Ruby Harrold: "I’m really happy and pleased to have got the vault out having practiced a lot at the national centre it’s great to then produce it in a European final. I’m happy with my progress this week and looking forward to my bars final tomorrow”
Rebecca Tunney: “I had good performances all round and I’m really happy with how the team have done. I was nervous coming into this event but think I’ve coped really well. To make no mistakes in all my routines so far is brilliant, my floor has been solid all week so I’m looking forward to the final tomorrow “
Hannah Whelan “I’m a little bit disappointed, it’s a shame but we will learnt from it and 4th is still a great results for us. It shows how strong we are that with mistakes we are still in the medal hunt and I think when we look back we can all be very proud of this team and it certainly looks good for the future that we have so much depth of talent.”
Video interviews of all the girls can be views here - http://www.youtube.com/user/BritishGymnasticstv/videos
The championships end tomorrow with the junior and senior apparatus finals. Charlie Fellows will compete on floor and Gabby Jupp, who came 5th in the junior all-around, will compete on beam and floor.
In the seniors Hannah Whelan competes on beam and floor, Rebecca Tunney on floor and Ruby Harrold on bars.
Romania – 176.288
Russia – 175.536
Italy – 171.430
Great Britain – 167.763
France – 164.295
Belgium – 163.821
Spain – 163.522
Germany – 160.497
Rotation one – bars 42.632
Ruby Harrold began the competition for GBR with a fighting performance, showing all her strength to muscle the right side of the high bar in her difficult routine she dismounted well to get the team off to a great start with 14.333.
Rebecca Tunney was next up, her lovely long lines and rhythmic swing combined with great catches meant she was able to add a combination she missed in qualification and score 14.266.
Team captain Hannah Whelan was last up with another great routine, with a step forward on landing her only error to give her 14.033.
Rotation two – beam 40.333
Jenni Pinches got off to a good start but then fell following her free cartwheel. She remounted to complete her routine with a good dismount for 13.000.
Danusia Francis produced a lovely routine, a slight wobble on her double spin but held together really well - with an increased difficulty level to her qualification routine she scored 14.000
Hannah Whelan last to go for Britain fell early as her foot slipped following her ‘onodi’ She continued on and battled to settle her routine with a very nice dismount for 13.333.
Rotation three – floor 41.566
Jenni Pinches began looking determined with positive aggressive tumbles and stuck landings for great routine for 13.600.
Rebecca Tunney produced a huge first pass, and lovely spin mid routine to continue her great form and score 13.900.
Hannah Whelan competing one of the more difficult routines so of the championships went out of the floor by a matter of millilitres in her second powerful tumble. She recovered well and scored 14.066
Rotation four – vault 40.333
Ruby Harrold produced a double twisting Yurchenko vault for the first time in a major competition upping her start value by .5 to score 14.500
Hannah followed with a one and a half Yurchenko again a nice stuck landing to score her 14.066
Last up Rebecca Tunney, like Ruby a brilliant difficult double twisting Yurchenko vault to score her 14.600.