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Gymnastics - 20. April 2013.

Harrold places historic 8th for GBR

Ruby Harrold placed 8th in the all-around final at the 5th Individual European Championships in Moscow - the best ever placing by a British woman in the event. Ruby produced a clean competition on all four pieces to score her a total of 54.633; Charlie Fellows joined Ruby in the final in her senior championships debut and placed 18th .The title was taken by Russia’s Aliya Mustafina with 59.032, followed by Iordache of Romania 58.432 and Grishina of Russia (57.932).

Ruby Harrold: “It feels absolutely fantastic, I came to the European Championships aiming for bars final so to finish 8th all-around is fantastic. The competition went really well, I was pretty chilled as I know my routines inside out. To start on vault was good as it helped settle the nerves and to finish on floor which is my favourite piece to compete also helped. I'm pretty proud of what I’ve achieved - I can’t believe it.”

Ruby got her competition off to a great start on vault landing cleanly and scoring 13.900, outscoring her qualification routine. Onto bars she had a long wait to get started but completed a good routine, a step forward on landing costing her slightly but she still scored an accomplished 14.033. Ruby’s beam routine had moments where she had to fight to stay on but she showed great composure to fight through, dismount well and score 13.300, keeping her within the top ten with one piece to go.
Floor was her final piece where she showed great energy and confidence, despite the music stopping mid routine, she was clearly enjoying her competition and scored 13.400 to complete a clean final for 54.633

Charlie Fellows, into the all-around final in her senior major championships debut, began on bars with a clean and tidy routine to make a positive start with 13.200. On beam she began well but unfortunately couldn’t hold her landing somersaulting backward and fell, she regained her composure to complete the routine with a small hop forward on landing to score her 12.100, likewise on floor she dazzled in her pink GBR leotard but fell her second pass for 12.266. On her final piece Charlie proved her strength with a superb clean vault for 13.633 and a total of 51.199.
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