Britain’s senior and junior gymnasts have claimed four medals on the opening two days of competition at the 2019 Acrobatic European Championships in Holon, Israel.
Senior men’s pair Jamie Jeffery and Aidan Lim produced a stunning dynamic routine to secure silver on the second day of the Championships, with a score of 28.710.
With a maximum of eight partnerships able to make it through to finals, and only 1-per country, the second men’s pair team of Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott just missed out, finished third in qualifying, one place behind Jeffery and Lim.
Senior mixed pair, Finley Cochrane and Kirsten Owen, successfully made the final for their balance routine, scoring 27.450 in the final to place in seventh.
Great Britain had two senior women’s groups competing in dynamic qualifying, with Erin Henderson, Sacha Muir & Chloe Rowlands (28.030) finishing seventh, but just edged out of the final due to teammates Emily Stock, Katie Jenkins & Hannah Jenkins (28.080) qualifying through in sixth. In the final, the group performed another solid routine, scoring 27.880 to finish in sixth.
The opening day of competition belonged to our junior acro stars (13-19 age group), as they successfully made it through to four finals, winning three medals, including two gold.
The mixed pair of Jordan Franklin and Ella Hannah Sanz topped qualifying with their balance routine, before scoring 28.400 in to final to secure a brilliant gold medal.
Men’s pair, Sam Large and Sammi Nassam, also came out on top. Having qualified for the balance final in fourth place, a faultless routine in the final gave them a score of 28.750 to claim the title.
Max Crawford, Kieron Holbrook, Andrew Morris-Hunt and Cameron Patrick-Lothian made up the men’s group, and they produced a routine packed with difficulty in the final to win a silver of their own, scoring 28.350.
With the same 1-per country ruling in place for the junior competition, the women’s group of Lauren Conlin, Olivia Parker and Hannah Smith scored 27.100 to place in seventh, but missed out on a place in the final. The second British women’s group of Molly Berry, Trudie Roper and Sumaiya Hines scored 28.050 to place fifth to advance, before scoring 27.850 to make sure of fifth in the final.
Competition continues over the weekend, with today (Friday) seeing qualifying continue, with more finals taking place on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll be able to read a full report on Monday.
You can also watch all of the final routines from our British gymnasts on our YouTube channel, as well as all of the reaction from our medallists.