Our British men’s team have qualified for six finals on the first day of the 2017 Artistic European Championships in Cluj, Romania.
Competing for a spot in the all-around final was 2017 English All-Around Champion, James Hall and 2017 British All-Around Champion, Joe Fraser. James was calm and confident and proved how reliable he is in competition with clean routines across all six pieces scoring 84.473 and finishing in 3rd for the final. James’ best routine was his high bar, in which he went for broke with a very difficult set of skills, including lots of impressive release and catches to score 14.200 and make the final in 3rd place. Joe, although had an error which saw him pause on the high bar, had a great day for his first senior major international scoring 81.131 and qualifying to the final in 14th.
James said after: “I got off to a shaky start with a few nerves but managed to find my form and really got on a roll with the last few apparatus and by the end I was flying. There was a lot of new routines and skills in my competition and there’s even more things I can change to try and up my score again on Friday (all-around final). It felt great to compete today and I feel like I’ve really arrived on the world stage.”
Joe: “I’m really happy with my competition, it’s a dream come true to compete in a senior championship like this. I’d aimed to try and make the all-around final and had to battle through the last two apparatus. Being out there with James really helped me as he’s always very calm. I’m excited for the final now.”
Dominick Cunningham didn’t hold back in his first ever major international. He powered his way to the floor final with difficult tumbling, finishing with 14.333 and qualifying to the final in 8th place. He then kept his composure and performed two difficult vaults including a triple twisting Yurchenko to score an average of 14.366 and make the final in 7th.
Dom said: “I’ve done my job today, two competitions and two finals so I couldn’t be happier. I’m now going to rest up and go for it in the finals, I’ve been working so hard for so many years for this and the relief when I landed my routines was massive. It’s my first major championships and that does creep in to your mind but I have great coaches and teammates who guided me through.”
Courtney Tulloch also impressed, competing only on the rings, the British masters champion did not disappoint. He produced a stunning routine with impressive strength to score 14.933 and make the final in 3rd.
Sam Oldham performed well in qualifications but unfortunately he missed out on finals on the parallel bars (10th) and high bar after a few small errors.
Former junior European Champion, Frank Baines was back in action and performed three solid routines on the parallel bars, floor and pommel.
Full results will be available here.