Joshua Nathan from City of Birmingham put in a standout performance in men’s qualifying at the Artistic European Championships, going through in 2nd place for the pommel horse final and 12th place for the all-around final.
There will also be finals for Giarnni Regini-Moran from Manchester who qualified for the vault final in third and Courtney Tulloch from Pegasus who will join him in the vault final after a 6th place finish. Joe Fraser from City of Birmingham will go in the pommel horse final having qualified in 5th, and Jake Jarman from Huntingdon will compete across the apparatus in the all-around final after a 21st place finish due to the two per country rule.
Elsewhere for GB it was a mixed day of qualifications for current world champions Max Whitlock MBE (pommel horse) and Joe (parallel bars), as both had to count falls on their favoured apparatus, and they missed out on the finals on those pieces.
Giarnni also had a good day with his two vault scores combining for an average of 14.583 for third place. He also scored well on floor (14.133) and parallel bars (14.400).
Courtney (14.516) joins Giarnni in the vault final thanks to two exceptional vaults that qualified him in 6th. On rings, Courtney showed why he’s a two-time European medallist on that piece, but just couldn’t land the dismount which ensured he missed out on the final.
Joe will join his fellow club mate, Joshua, in the pommel horse final as he scored 14.166 for fifth place.
“Overall I am pleased because I gave it my all. The training that I have done in the background leaves me with no doubt that I gave it everything. I’m slightly disappointed about some of the mistakes I made, but I’m putting them behind me for the rest of the competition.
The all-around finals take place tomorrow with Jessica Gadirova and Amelie Morgan competing in the women’s final at 12.30pm, before Joshua and Jake compete in the men’s final at 4pm.