Sport Britain's Ellie Downie qualifies for all-around and all apparatus finals in Cluj

22:00  20 april  2017
22:00  20 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Ellie Downie takes European Championships medal tally to four

  Ellie Downie takes European Championships medal tally to four Ellie Downie sealed her fourth and final medal of the European Gymnastics Championships by claiming silver in the women's floor apparatus final in Cluj on Sunday. The Nottingham 17-year-old was narrowly pipped to gold by Angelina Melnikova of Russia with Eythora Thorsdottir of Holland taking bronze.It means Downie, who was crowned all-around champion on Friday, will leave the Championships with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals.But for a single step out on her crowd-pleasing routine, Downie could have been celebrating another gold as she finished on 14.066, just 0.036 behind the winner.

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Given she competes two vaults, Ellie Downie of Great Britain , with clean and well executed but rather straight forward vaults should also be noted as a contender for the VT final if not a VT medal, fresh from WAG All - Around – Final . Saturday the 22nd of April. 13:30 – 16:40. Apparatus finals – Day 1

Ellie Downie has qualified for every individual final in Cluj: Artistic Gymnastics British Championships 2016 - Day Three - Liverpool Echo Arena © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES Artistic Gymnastics British Championships 2016 - Day Three - Liverpool Echo Arena Ellie Downie could become the first British gymnast to win a European all-around title on Friday.: Olympics - Team GB Kitting Out - The NEC © PA WIRE Olympics - Team GB Kitting Out - The NEC

Ellie Downie is poised to make history on Friday when she bids to become the first British gymnast to win a European Championships all-around gold medal in Cluj.

The Nottingham 17-year-old topped the standings after qualification on Thursday with a series of dazzling performances, which also saw her become the first Briton to qualify for a clean sweep of individual apparatus finals at any major finals.

As well as scoring a leading mark in the all-around classifications, Downie topped the standings on both floor and vault, with scores of 13.900 and 14.433 respectively.

Ellie Downie adds to Euro medal haul by landing vault silver

  Ellie Downie adds to Euro medal haul by landing vault silver Ellie Downie claimed her second medal at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj with silver in the women's vault final.Ellie Downie claimed her second medal at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj with silver in the women's vault final.

With under a week until the action gets going in Cluj -Napoca Romania, read on for information on how to follow the British team as they aim for success at the 2017 European Championships. Gymnasts will compete in qualifications hoping to score high enough to qualify for AA and apparatus finals .

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She also posted qualifying marks on the uneven bars and beam – where she will be joined in both by her elder sister Becky, making her first major appearance since re-considering a decision to retire in the wake of a personally disappointing Rio Olympics.

Ellie Downie told Press Association Sport: "I definitely exceeded my expectations. I never know how I good I am at all-around until I look up at the scoreboard and it's always a big surprise.

"I felt a bit nervous and my warm-up on the bars didn't go quite right. But I settled down and I'm really happy with how I performed. I feel like I'm pretty much up there in the world right now."

Becky Downie, the reigning and two-time European champion on the uneven bars, qualified for both her apparatus finals, vindicating her decision to commit to another cycling in the wake of the Rio Olympics.

Nadia Comaneci heaps praise on British gymnast Ellie Downie

  Nadia Comaneci heaps praise on British gymnast Ellie Downie Ellie Downie left Romania with four medals and the praise of gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci ringing in her ears after a successful European Championships in Cluj. The Nottingham 17-year-old emulated Comaneci by winning all-around gold then went on to take silver on beam and floor apparatus respectively as well as bronze on the uneven bars.Comaneci, a five-time Olympic gold medalist and the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in major competition, also won the continental title three times in succession from 1975.

Given she competes two vaults, Ellie Downie of Great Britain , with clean and well executed but rather straight forward vaults should also be noted as a contender for the VT final if not a VT medal, fresh from WAG All - Around – Final . Saturday the 22nd of April. 13:30 – 16:40. Apparatus finals – Day 1

Elissa " Ellie " Downie (born 20 July 1999 in Nottingham) is a British artistic gymnast and sister of Olympian Becky Downie . She represented Great Britain at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. A prodigious junior, Downie , at the age of 15

The 24-year-old admitted she considered retirement but was spurred to continue by her desire to crown her career with an individual world medal, having won bronze with the team in Glasgow in 2015.

Downie said: "If you'd asked me last year whether I'd be at these Championships I'd have said no. But I think that was mostly due to disappointment with how I performed in Rio.

"One of the reasons I decided to stay was that I still haven't achieved my individual world medal. In Rio I made mistakes but I did enough to prove that I have still got it in me."

Claudia Fragapane marked her return to major competition by qualifying for the floor final in second place, her score of 13.766 beaten only by team-mate Ellie Downie.

Fragapane only missed out on qualifying for the beam because of the rule which only permits two gymnasts from the same country to compete in each individual final.

But she shrugged off suggestions that a lighting malfunction midway through her performance had hindered her chances of earning a higher score on the apparatus.

Fragapane said: "I noticed the lights flicker off just before I went for my difficult move, and obviously it did affect me a little bit because I didn't know what was going on.

"But I just had to get on with it – I couldn't blame the lights. I did the beam and I stuck the routine and I'm really happy with myself – even more proud because of what happened with the lights."

Sixteen-year-old Alice Kinsella, who was only called up as a late replacement on Tuesday after an injury sustained by Georgia-Mae Fenton, also made the cut for Friday's all-around final.

Both the men's and women's all-around finals are set to be contested on Friday, with James Hall and Joe Fraser having qualified in the men's competition.

James Hall nails 'all or nothing' high-bar routine as he reaches European finals .
James Hall's high-bar gamble paid off handsomely as a young Great Britain men's squad rose to the occasion to book six final places at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj. Hall reached high bar and all-around finals and will be joined in the latter by teenager Joe Fraser, while Dom Cunningham marked his senior international debut by reaching floor and vault finals, and Courtney Tulloch qualified on rings.It was an impressive achievement from a team shorn of star names like Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Nile Wilson, whose fearless bronze medal-winning routine in Rio inspired Hall to land an ambitious routine.

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