Joe Fraser excels to finish 8th in world all-around final with James Hall 14th - British Gymnastics

Joe Fraser excels to finish 8th in world all-around final with James Hall 14th

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British gymnasts Joe Fraser and James Hall enjoyed a brilliant day in the individual all-around final at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart.

Joe scored a career high 85.098 across the apparatus to finish in 8th place in his first world all-around final, with James ensuring a place inside the top 15 with 83.532 to finish 14th. The title went to Nikita Nagornyy of Russia (88.7720) with teammate Artur Dalaloyan in silver (87.165) and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine in bronze (86.973).

Joe said: "It’s unbelievable, I went out with a really positive mindset to go for all of my routines. To hit the high bar routines in particular having had problems in the week was a big lift. It’s so inspiring to compete amongst these big names in my first world final and to finish 8th is a dream come true – I feel amazing! I’ve got the parallel bars final still to come on Sunday and I’ll go with just the same attitude. I’m just going to be really positive and go for it."

Joe had a day to remember, and starting on rings, showed no sign of nerves. Showing good strength elements and just a step back on dismount, he put up a solid opening score of 13.966. Moving on to vault, he showed that he’s becoming a consistent scorer across the apparatus by putting 14.266 on the board with a hop forward on landing.

Joe will compete in the parallel bars final on Sunday (13th October) and he showed why he enjoys this apparatus. He’s becoming a master of it, and packed his routine full of difficulty to score a massive 14.900. That moved him up the standings to 7th at the halfway mark.

He continued his brilliant competition on high bar. With some big release and catch elements and a high twisting dismount he scored 14.000. And that didn’t stop when he got to floor; the penultimate apparatus. He barely moved on any of his tumbling passes and looked delighted as he came off for a score of 14.166. Finishing his competition on pommel horse, Joe didn’t let up. It was another accomplished routine, showing good flow throughout and a strong finish to score 13.800. That guaranteed him a top 10 finish.

James got his competition off to a solid start on rings. He showed good control and several strength elements for a score of 13.633. In the team final, James produced a brilliant vault, and matched that here. He got great height off the vault and stuck his landing clean to score 14.266.  On to parallel bars and James scored 14.200; another strong score to go to his all-around total. A routine with good flow to it and a dismount that only saw the slightest of moves put him in 12th after three of six apparatus.

High bar was next, with James starting his routine with two big release and catch elements. Unfortunately, on his third, the bar was just out of reach and he had to count a fall. After taking a moment to compose himself, he finished his routine well, sticking his dismount for 12.800.

Moving on to floor, James recovered well and showcased some quality tumbling passes to score 14.200, before heading to pommel horse for the final rotation. And it was another good one for the GB gymnast. Good flow to his routine and a really nice dismount scoring 14.066 to make sure of 14th place.

James said: "I’m so happy with my performance all week. Three all-around competitions takes its toll, but I’m proud of how I’ve competed. Yes, it’s frustrating having such a long wait on high bar but that’s gymnastics, and something to learn from. Overall I’m really happy – a great Championships."

Full results.

Tomorrow the apparatus finals begin with Dom Cunningham competing on floor, Max Whitlock MBE on pommel, Ellie Downie on vault and Becky Downie on uneven bars.

Live coverage will be on:
14.45-16.30 - BBC1
16.30-19.00 - BBC2
14.45-19.00 – Connected TV and online