The British men’s pair of Adam Upcott and Charlie Tate have been crowned all-around champions at the 2019 Acrobatic European Championships in Holon, Israel.
The pair’s combined routine (28.730), added to their balance and dynamic routines during qualification, gave them a winning margin of more than half a mark with 85.100. Watch the routine.
On the final day of competition, Adam and Charlie then added a third medal of the Championships, with silver in the balance final (28.640) to crown a glittering end to a fantastic career.
The event marks the pair’s final acrobatic competition together, having initially been together as the British men’s four with Lewis Watts and Connor Sawenko that won World Games gold in 2017.
Speaking after winning the all-around title, Adam said: “We’re over the moon. Just speechless really. I actually thought winning this was impossible, but look where we are now!”
Charlie added: “It was completely unexpected but it just feels amazing. There was a little bit of pressure with it being our last competition together. It’s gone even better than we could’ve expected.”
Talking about their career in the sport, Adam said: “There’s probably two highlights that stand out. World Games gold in 2017, and then this competition, winning all-around in the senior men’s pair which was incredible.”
It was a superb Championships for the British gymnasts involved, with 13 medals won across five days of non-stop action.
With junior (13-19 age group) and senior gymnasts competing, the team won four medals over the opening two days, before taking nine over the weekend, having successfully made multiple finals.
In the senior finals, the British women’s group of Erin Henderson, Sacha Muir & Chloe Rowlands took a brilliant bronze, placing third all-around after competing a well-executed combined routine in the final for a total of 84.840. The group also made it through to the balance final, and finished their Championships with a 5th place finish, less than half a mark off a second medal of the weekend.
Mixed senior pair Finley Cochrane and Kirsten Owen competed three consistent routines to finish in fifth all-around with a total of 81.420. Senior mixed pair, Rhys Cowler and Mollie Jaggers, qualified for the dynamic final, and scored 27.560 to also place in fifth.
Junior mixed pair, Jordan Franklin and Ella Hannah Sanz, and the junior men’s group of Max Crawford, Kieron Holbrook, Andrew Morris-Hunt and Cameron Patrick-Lothian both had competitions to remember.
Jordan and Ella were inspired throughout, and added all-around gold (85.650) and dynamic bronze (28.250) to the balance gold they won on the opening day of the Championships. Watch their gold medal winning routine.
Max, Kieron, Andrew and Cameron also impressed. Off the back of winning European balance silver, they returned to win all-around bronze (83.550) before claiming an outstanding gold for their dynamic routine (28.300). Watch the routine that crowned them junior European dynamic champions.
Sam Large and Sammi Nassam qualified in 4th for the all-around final before topping the scoring with their combined routine (28.400) which moved them up to third place, securing bronze (83.200). And the duo also won bronze in the dynamic final to finish their competition on a high, scoring 28.150 for third place.
Molly Berry, Trudie Roper and Sumaiya Hines also successfully made it through to both the all-around (83.450) and balance final (27.600), finishing a very respectable fifth in both.
You can also watch back all of the final routines from our British gymnasts, and see reaction interviews from each of the medal winning partnerships, by heading to our YouTube channel.
Congratulations to all gymnasts and coaches on a fantastic competition.