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Gold to Russia, first ever medal for Great Britain
The top five teams of the junior women's competition were all in the fourth subdivision. Russia won the gold by a fairly wide margin of more than three points, but the race for the silver was down to the wire. In the end, Great Britain took second over Romania by .033.
Russia was led by junior national champion Angelina Melnikova and runner-up Seda Tutkhalyan, who grabbed the same spots in the all-around qualification. Their strong vaults were key to Russia's win. Melnikova also had the highest uneven bars score of the day, while Tutkhalyan was third on the floor exercise.
Great Britain started off fantastically on the floor exercise, then continued their momentum with an amazing rotation on the vault. They made a few mistakes on uneven bars and weren't perfect on beam, but they managed to hold on and win silver in the end. It was the first team medal for British Gymnastics at a junior European championship. Elissa Downie and Catherine Lyons both qualified to the all-around final in fourth and fifth places respectively. Downie was first on the vault.
Laura Jurca led Romania's third-place team effort, qualifying third to the all-around and to three event finals. Andreea Iridon also performed well for Romania; despite a mistakes she will be in the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise finals.
Germany, led by Tabea Alt, finished fourth, while Italy was fifth.
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