Sport James Hall holds nerve to take bronze medal in Cluj

17:15  21 april  2017
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James Hall nails 'all or nothing' high-bar routine as he reaches European finals

  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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James Hall won bronze in the men's all-around event at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj.: 2017 Gymnastics British Championships Day Three - Echo Arena © PA WIRE 2017 Gymnastics British Championships Day Three - Echo Arena

James Hall held his nerve on the high bar once again to secure a bronze medal in the men's all-around final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj.

The Kent 21-year-old went into the last of six apparatus holding off Russia's Nikita Ignatyev and a repeat of his superb display in qualifying saw him cling on for his first major senior international medal.

Ukraine's Olympic silver medallist Oleg Verniaiev won gold with a score of 85.866, with Russia's Artur Dalaloyan second on 85.498 and Hall in bronze on 84.664.

In another boost for the next generation of British gymnastic talent, 18-year-old Joe Fraser took a break from revising for his business A-level exam next month to finish a creditable fifth.

Ellie Downie secures European all-around title in Romania

  Ellie Downie secures European all-around title in Romania Ellie Downie became the first British gymnast to be crowned a European all-around champion after a thrilling finish saw her edge Hungary's Zsofia Kovacs to claim gold in Cluj. The 17-year-old had trailed her rival throughout but nailed a dramatic final floor routine to beat Kovacs by just 0.333 of a point with Melanie de Jesus Santos of France a relatively distant third.Watched by Romanian gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci, who won the same title for three consecutive years from 1975, Downie maintained the form which has also swept her into an unprecedented all four individual finals this weekend.

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Hall admitted he had to cope with the extra pressure of knowing Ignatyev had pipped him in similar circumstances in a recent World Cup in Stuttgart and was determined to avoid another near-miss.

Hall told Press Association Sport: "I knew Ignatyev was in contention and I thought, the same thing can't happen again. I knew what I had to do and I went out and did my routine.

"It's hard to admit that this medal has not always been a prospect. I've failed to make the team so many times that I've been left wondering how hard I have to work to make it.

"But in the past few months I've really started to believe in myself and what the guys achieved in Rio really motivated me 100 per cent. I've justified that by coming away with a bronze medal."

Hall will now turn his focus onto Sunday's individual high bar final, and vowed to once again "go for broke" in his quest for a second podium place at the Championships.

"I'm absolutely going to go all out for it on Sunday," added Hall. "My all-around medal has taken all of the pressure off and I'm going to go and perform and see what happens."

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.

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