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02/10/13: The British girls have made it into four finals after qualifications at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp. Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold will compete in Fridays all-around finals whilst Ruby will be joined by Becky Downie in Saturday’s uneven bars final.
Ruby Harrold went it to these championships with heightened expectation having had a very successful European Championships earlier in the year and she didn’t disappoint. A confident opening floor routine and clean vault was followed by a superb signature bars display. Ruby, who is renowned for her unique “Zuchold-Schleudern “combination of skills between the bars, performed her routine brilliantly to score her 14.600 and make the bars final. Ending on beam she had a couple of small wobbles but completed her competition with no falls to place her 16th all-around with a total of 54.232 (VT 13.766, UB 14.600, BB 12.600, FX 13.266)
Joining Ruby in the bars final is Becky Downie who in the very last qualification subdivision produced one of the routines of the day to seal her bars final spot. An extremely difficult routine packed with skills ended with a full twisting double tuck to score her 15.100, the 4th best bars score of the competition.
Rebecca Tunney, still just 16 years old put in a fine all-around qualification performance displaying the same great composure that equipped her so well as a 15 year old Olympian in 2012. A good double twisting yurchenko vault to start was followed by confident bar work and despite a fall on beam she recovered very well to put in a powerful floor routine to finish for a total all-around score of 54.132 and 18th (VT 14.866, UB 13.600, BB 12.200, FX 13.466)
Competing on floor Hannah Whelan produced a brilliantly expressive and artistic routine, choreographed beautifully and combined with some powerful tumbling to score her 13.366. Ending the competition on beam Becky Downie had a few small wobbles in an otherwise well executed routine to score her 13.600
Ruby Harrold: “I’m really, really happy; just to come here and produce the routines I’ve been working so hard on in training is brilliant. I was quite nervous going in to bars with some pressure on me but I knew what I had to do and managed to compose myself. There was more expectation going in to this as I’d done well at Europeans and people were talking about bars so I’m happy I managed to pull through. “
Rebecca Tunney: “I’m really pleased with myself, I know there were a couple of mistakes but overall I’m really happy with the performance and enjoyed the competition. At the beginning of the year I had an injury and missed Europeans which was really tough but I’ve come back, worked really hard and have proved myself in this World Championships so I couldn’t be happier.”
Becky Downie: “I’m just really really happy and can’t believe I’ve done it – I’m excited to go into the final and give it my best shot. The routine is still very new but I had to put it out there and I’m really pleased it’s come off.”
Hannah Whelan: “Choreography is something I've worked on and I really enjoyed competing that routine. My main aim was to get myself back on the world stage and show what I can do and I think I’ve proved myself and I’m really happy to have shown off my new floor routine.”
Full results can be found on the FIG website.
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