Brilliant fourth place for Joe Fraser at Gymnastics World Cup - British Gymnastics

Brilliant fourth place for Joe Fraser at Gymnastics World Cup

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Great Britain’s Joe Fraser has narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth place at the Gymnastics World Cup in his home city of Birmingham.

In front of huge home support at Resorts World Arena, Joe finished in fourth place, amongst a high quality with a score of 83.265. Jamie Lewis, competing for GB in his first international event as a senior gymnast, finished in ninth with 78.231 all-around.

Joe started his competition on pommel and showed no signs of nerves in front of the home crowd, executing his routine well for a score of 13.933.

Moving on to rings, Joe packed the difficulty in to his routine which included two crucifix holds and a well-executed dismount with just the slightest step back on landing, scoring 13.100.

On vault, Joe scored well with 14.199, before moving on to parallel bars, one of his favoured apparatus. Holding each of the strength elements well and taking a small step on dismount, he scored 14.300.

The loudest cheer of the day came for Joe’s high bar routine. Producing three huge release and catch elements and a double-double straight landing that was stuck, he scored 13.900. Finishing on floor, Joe scored 13.866 thanks to multiple stuck landings.

Joe said: "I enjoy it when the competition’s close like that. For me to know that I’m in the mix with those guys, it just really spurs me on for the rest of the competition. With it being in Birmingham as well, the crowd were behind me and I’m really grateful for that. I took each routine as it came and I’m really happy with the outcome.

"My friends and family came to watch, and they don’t usually get the opportunity to come and watch me at competitions. I’m really happy, it’s my first all-round World Cup and I was really enjoying myself out there."

Jamie gained valuable experience as a senior gymnast, scoring well on pommel with 13.666, showcasing his impressive flair work, and competing a Tsukahara vault with two and half twists for 14.233. Jamie had to count unfortunate falls on floor and parallel bars but showed plenty of composure and enjoyed it in front of the home crowd.

Jamie said: "It’s been incredible coming out here, with the different atmosphere that I’m not really used to compared to a normal competition. I came out here just to enjoy myself. There were little blips here and there, but I was happy to carry on with my routine, stay positive and compose myself. It’s been incredible coming out here today."

Russian star Nikita Nagornyy took gold (85.065), with his powerful vaulting (14.900) and huge tumbling on floor (14.366) wowing the crowd, Wei Sun from China took silver with 84.730 and Japan’s Kazuma Kaya scored 83.731 to win bronze.

See the full results.