Three medals for British gymnasts on amazing day of finals at European Championships

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Jessica Gadirova from Aylesbury, Amelie Morgan from The Academy and Joe Fraser from City of Birmingham have all won medals on the first day of apparatus finals at the 2021 Artistic European Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

Jessica won her second medal in as many days by securing silver on vault, Amelie claimed a fantastic bronze medal on the uneven bars and Joe scooped bronze on the pommel horse during an action-packed afternoon. 

Jessica, making her senior international debut this week, won bronze in the all-around competition yesterday and backed that up with two brilliant vaults to win silver. 

Her first vault was a double twisting Yurchenko, identical to the one she competed in yesterday’s all-around final. Great height and form through the air gave her a score of 14.600, and she backed it up with a difficult second vault that had smallest step on dismount for 14.333. 

That gave her an average of 14.466, and after six gymnasts she led the way, only for Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber to take gold with the penultimate routine. 

Jessica was elated and said: “To have the opportunity to compete in another final and then to win another medal, it feels amazing. I know from my training I could do the two vaults, so it was a matter of staying calm and doing what I usually do. 

“It’s absolutely crazy for me to be in these finals and winning medals. I’m just a newcomer and the gymnasts I’m against are legends who’ve been to so many championships and won so many medals. It’s amazing to compete with them and even more amazing to stand next to them on the podium.”

Amelie has had a fantastic Championships and returned following a 4th place finish in yesterday’s all-around final to go one better in the uneven bars final. She competed her best routine of the Championships on that piece at just the right time, with her score of 14.100 enough to win her first medal at a senior major championship.

It was a lovely routine with great lines throughout, and speaking after receiving her medal, she said: “I said I was over the moon yesterday (after placing 4th in the all-around final), today I don’t even have the words to describe how I feel, I literally can’t stop smiling! I couldn’t ask for anything more. To win a medal is more than I could ever have asked for, it feels unreal. 

“I’ve had a lot of experience now of major competitions particularly from junior level, but this is a step up. To firstly have made my first senior individual final, to then come away with a medal is the icing on the cake. Going into it I just wanted to prove my consistency and put in another good routine, it wasn’t about aiming for that medal. I never expected to be on the podium at the end. It’s amazing!”

In the pommel horse final, Joe was the second to last gymnast to go. He competed a great routine with his feet locked together and keeping good momentum throughout for a score of 14.066. That put him in third place with one gymnast to compete, and he hung on for bronze to add to his growing collection of major championship medals. 

Joe said: “I’m really happy with that result, I had a little mistake mid routine that set me back and from there it was just a case of going for it, swinging as wide as I could. I wouldn’t class myself as a pommel worker so to be in the final was a big achievement and made even more special by being with Joshua (Nathan) from the same club as me. 

“Given that in qualifying I made mistakes on the apparatus that I would consider my better ones, it gave me the opportunity to approach this final without expectations so to come away with a bronze medal, I’m more than happy.”

Joshua qualified in second place for the pommel horse final and would’ve had high hopes going into it. He decided to compete a highly difficult routine and it looked to have paid off following some great flair work and good momentum through the early part of his routine. Unfortunately he just lost his form at the end and had to count a fall. He scored 13.033 to place in 7th, to conclude a positive major championship debut for him.

Amelie will be back tomorrow for the beam final, with Jessica in action on floor. Giarnni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch will both go in the men’s vault final. 

Sunday 25th April
Apparatus finals
From 9am-10am on BBC2 catch highlights of Saturday’s apparatus finals. Sunday’s apparatus finals will be live in full on BBC Online and BBC iPlayer throughout the day. Highlights of Sunday’s apparatus finals will be on BBC2 from 6pm-7pm. 
Women’s beam final and men’s vault final (12pm-12.45pm)
Women’s floor final and men’s parallel bars final (1pm-1.45pm)
Men’s high bar final (2pm-2.30pm)

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