It was a successful first day for Great Britain at the 2019 artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Szczecin, Poland with the men qualifying for nine finals.
Olympic champion Max Whitlock MBE was outstanding in qualifying top for the pommel horse final where he’ll be joined by Brinn Bevan. Reigning European champion Dom Cunningham also powered his way to qualify for the floor final.
Joe Fraser and James Hall will contest for medals in the all-around final with James also making the high bar final. Courtney Tulloch qualified for rings and vault with Brinn adding the icing on the cake qualifying for parallel bars with the final routine of the day.
Sadly competing on vault after his floor performance Dom landed awkwardly. He was instantly attended to by the British Gymnastics medical team and taken on a stretcher from the arena. He is currently being assessed by the team with further updates to come once this process has been completed. * Update - Following assessment Dom has withdrawn from the floor final as a precaution, he will have follow up scans when he returns to the UK.
Joe Fraser (City of Birmingham) was in great form as he competed on all six apparatus in qualifying. Joe scored a hugely impressive 83.097 points that was typified by well executed routines and very few errors showing the kind of consistency that puts him among the medal contenders for Friday's final.
James Hall (Pegasus GC/Maidstone) competed alongside Joe and posted notable routines on high bar (14.200) and pommel horse particularly whilst there were some uncharacteristic mistakes on parallel bars and floor to give him a total of 82.798 points. The reigning European all-around bronze medallist will be buoyed by the fact that he is well capable of adding points in the all-around final whilst in the high bar final he can go for big skills in the closing event of the championship on Sunday.
2018 floor champion Dominick Cunningham (City of Birmingham) showed he’s keen to keep his crown with a confident routine with very well executed tumbling passes scoring him 14.700 and comfortably qualifying him to the final.
Max Whitlock MBE (South Essex) showed a masterclass in how to qualify for his pommel final. The difficulty of his routine is a level above the competitors and he went smoothly through his work and dismounted well to score 15.033 and top the rankings.
Brinn Bevan (South Essex) was stylish and smooth on the pommel horse, he had great rhythm throughout his routine to score a very impressive 14.233 to make the final alongside his club mate Max. Brinn then added the parallel bars final to his plans with a very tidy display last up in the competition scoring him 14.533 points.
Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus GC/Maidstone) has won European rings silver and bronze medals and had a high difficulty routine in qualifying to score 14.600 with room to improve his execution score in the final and once again push for a medal. On vault Courtney scored 14.533 for his two well performed passes to place him 7th and make the final.
Elsewhere Brinn put in a tidy display on the high bar scoring 13.866 and scored 13.066 on rings. Max also competed on high bar – for the first time since Rio 2016 – scoring 13.333 as he increases his apparatus repertoire ahead of Tokyo.
Full scores can be found here.