British men qualify for 6 finals at European Gymnastics Championships

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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.

Two finals for Joshua Nathan
Joshua (81.081) secured a place in Friday’s all-around final having scored consistently well on each piece. Known for his qualities on pommel horse, he showed why that apparatus is a particular strength, showing plenty of flair work to score 14.533. That score ensured a top 12 finish in the all-around as well as He’ll also compete in that apparatus final on Saturday. 

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). 

Jake (79.398) produced an encouraging display on his senior major championship debut, and will have the chance to compete again alongside Joshua in the all-around final tomorrow (Friday).

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. 

Speaking afterwards, Joshua said: “It felt exhilarating and special to be competing for GB at a European Championship because of the balance of nerves and adrenaline. It’s definitely something I want to do again. 

“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. 

“I’m so proud of my pommels routine after a mishap on floor. I wanted to respond and put a really good performance on display which made that routine even more special. I’m buzzing for the final and for another opportunity!”

Full scores from qualifying

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. 

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