Ellie Downie makes history as British women qualify for nine European finals - British Gymnastics

Ellie Downie makes history as British women qualify for nine European finals


It was another successful day for the British team at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj, Romania with all four of our women making finals with nine achieved in total.

Ellie Downie led the way by finishing with a big total of 56.198 to finish top in the all-around event qualifying her to tomorrow’s final in a strong position. Ellie also powered her way vault finals in first (14.433) and topped the floor with 13.900. She also impressively made the bars final in 6th (14.266) and the beam in 7th (13.466). Ellie makes history as the first ever British gymnast to reach all finals at a major international event.   

Ellie Downie: “I definitely exceeded my expectations today! It was one of my best qualifying performances across all pieces so I’m really happy. Floor was definitely the stand-out apparatus for me today, my new routine seems to get a lot of attention and when the music kicks in it gets the crowd going. I feel like I’m pretty much up there with Europe and World now. I always feel like I don’t know how good I am until I look up and see my score, it’s always a real surprise for me.”

Sister Becky Downie also had a strong qualification competition after competing on the bars (14.433) and beam (13.333) and made finals in both in 4th and 8th respectively. The reigning European champion will be looking to make her mark come finals.

Claudia Fragapane looked ready and raring to go with a new found confidence and style. Her beam was full of difficult skills and earned her a solid 13.200 but unfortunately she just missed out on the final. She did however make the floor final with her new, stylish routine, scoring 13.766 and qualifying in 2nd place.

Alice Kinsella had a good competition after flying out to Romania just two days before the competition as a last minute reserve. Although she had to count a fall on the beam on her difficult free cartwheel layout layout series, she competed with confidence and style and finished with a beautiful floor routine to make the all-around final in 14th with a total of 51.990.

Results will be available here.