Dom Cunningham from City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club has won the men’s European floor gold medal after holding his nerve in front of a packed our SSE Hydro in Glasgow at the 2018 Championships.
There was also a brilliant bronze medal for Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus) on rings in a very competitive final.
Dom’s floor routine was packed full of big tumbles with his landings near faultless and his execution score high, giving him a massive score of 14.666. It was his third impressive floor routine of the championships showing great promise and consistency. There was then a nervous wait for Dom to find out where he had placed before the final routines were complete, but his score was good enough to win the title.
After receiving his medal, Dom said: “It’s not been easy but to be here now with this gold medal and listening to our national anthem, it’s a surreal moment for me but I’m ready for more feelings like this.
“The crowd were phenomenal. They don’t have to be here, but they gave me so much support. The noise in there was crazy.
“Waiting for that final score to come in, my heart was going. Beforehand I would’ve been happy with silver, but knowing you’re that close to gold, it just means so much!”
Courtney, competing in the rings final having qualified with a score of 15.100, very nearly matched that, sticking his landing and showing off his strength elements, including his very own skill, the ‘Tulloch 2’, for 15.000. That was enough to secure his second medal of the championships following team silver yesterday.
Courtney said: “I gave it my all in that routine. To put down three consistent scores down on rings during these championships, I’m really pleased. No final is easy on rings. There’s so many strong gymnasts out there that could’ve been on the podium, but I loved that final and I can’t wait for the next.”
On pommel it wasn’t to be for double Olympian Max Whitlock MBE who faltered during the middle section of his routine, having to restart before finishing his routine well for a seventh place finish.
Joe Fraser was competing in two finals after a successful qualification and was first to go in the parallel bars final, eventually finishing in eighth place.
High bar was the last final of the championships with Joe joined by GB teammate James Hall. James upped his difficulty from qualifying and got a huge cheer from the crowd after completing his routine. His score of 14.033 gave him a tied score with third and fourth place, but due to a lower execution score, he had to settle for fifth. Joe was the final competitor to go, scoring 13.766 for sixth place.Gymnastics World Cup.