Amelie Morgan from The Academy and Jessica Gadirova from Aylesbury produced fine performances on the opening day of qualifying at the 2021 Artistic European Championships to secure several finals for GB in Basel, Switzerland.
Both Amelie (54.032) and Jessica (53.699) will compete in the all-around final on Friday as they qualified in 6th and 8th place respectively as well as two individual apparatus finals. Amelie qualified in third place for the beam final (13.433) and eighth on uneven bars (13.966), and Jessica topped the scoring on vault (14.516) and finished third on floor (13.866) to see her through safely to both finals.
Alice Kinsella from Park Wrekin also competed for GB and showed why she has been a mainstay of the British team in recent years by scoring consistently well across the apparatus, missing out on the all-around final due to the two-per country rule. Her all-around total of 53.090 was enough to finish in 11th place.
Phoebe Jakubczyk from The Academy, was competing in her first major championship and although she counted a fall on the uneven bars, looked confident amongst Europe’s best for an all-around score of 50.365.
Starting on the uneven bars, both Amelie (13.966) – who would qualify in 8th place for the final with this score - and Jessica (13.700) made confident starts to qualifying before moving on to beam where Amelie competed a stunning routine. She produced a lovely flight series at the beginning and composure throughout ensuring a score of 13.433 which would see her qualify in third place for the final. Jessica unfortunately had to count a fall midway through her tough series of beam skills but composed herself well to score 11.433.
On to floor, Jessica, also competing at her first major championship as a senior, bounced back exceptionally well with brilliant choreography and great execution resulting in a superb 13.866 score. Amelie meanwhile continued to be consistent across each piece with 13.000 on floor to add to her all-around total.
Vault was last for both gymnasts and Jessica produced two fine passes - the first for 14.700 and the second for 14.333 (14.516 average) - to top the scoring on vault and finish with 53.699 across the apparatus. Amelie concluded her qualifying on vault too and secured her place in the all-around final with a full twisting Yurchenko for 13.633 and a total of 54.032.
“Going into finals I’m just going to focus on doing the same as qualifications and trusting in all my preparation. It already feels unreal to have made a final so I’m just going to go out and enjoy it!”
“The fall on beam, I don’t know what happened, but I knew straight away to write it off my memory and with floor and vault to come focus on those as my best pieces. I wanted to show Europe what I was made of and I’m super proud of myself. I’m so excited to have the chance in the final to show what I can do again and I’ll be trying my best to do as well as I can.”
Tomorrow will see the British men’s team in qualifying, with Max Whitlock MBE, Joe Fraser, Courtney Tulloch and Giarnni Regini-Moran in action at 9am, with Jake Jarman and Joshua Nathan set to compete at 4pm.