Sport Claudia Fragapane to spearhead British women's challenge at Europeans

17:30  12 april  2017
17:30  12 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Lights go out on Strictly star Claudia Fragapane's European routine

  Lights go out on Strictly star Claudia Fragapane's European routine Claudia Fragapane's European Championships campaign was momentarily plunged into darkness due to a lighting malfunction in the Cluj Arena on Thursday. Fragapane was midway through a tough beam routine when the lights flickered, distracting her from a display she hopes will earn her a place in Sunday's final.The 19-year-old, returning to major competition after a stint on the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' programme, scored 13.200 after failing in an unrelated inquiry over a judging element.

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Claudia Fragapane (born 24 October 1997 in Bristol) is a British artistic gymnast. She came to prominence at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she was the first English woman to win four gold medals since swimmer Joyce Cooper 84 years previously.

Claudia Fragapane will spearhead the Great Britain women's team at the European Championships: Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Four © PA WIRE Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Four

Claudia Fragapane heads up a four-woman British team at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj next week.

Three-time European silver medallist Fragapane returns to major competition and will be joined by newly-crowned British all-around champion Becky Downie alongside Ellie Downie and 16-year-old Georgia-Mae Fenton, who makes her senior major championships debut.

Olympic and World Cup bronze medallist Amy Tinkler was a notable absentee from the squad. The 17-year-old had been struggling with a calf injury since the start of the year, which restricted her at the recent British Championships.

British Gymnastics women's head coach Amanda Reddin said: "As the first major championships of the new Olympic cycle, the European Championships present an opportunity to assess our gymnasts' progress.

"Becky, Ellie and Claudia have all taken medals at World and European level and so will go in to the championships aiming for more success. For Georgia-Mae, this is a well-deserved opportunity to test herself at the highest level."

The men's team includes former Olympic bronze medallist Sam Oldham who leads an inexperienced squad to Romania.

Evergreen Pavey focused on World Championship qualification .
Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey admits she has a fight on her hands to qualify for the World Championships as she prepares for her first marathon in six years. The 43-year-old will run the London Marathon on Sunday bidding to seal a spot on the Great Britain team for the championships in the capital in August. She must be one of the first two British runners home and run under the qualifying time of two hours and 36 minutes to clinch her place for London in the summer.Alyson Dixon, Charlotte Purdue, Louise Damen and Susan Partridge are also aiming to qualify and Pavey knows she has tough competition.

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