Hall flies flag for GB with European all-around bronze
Great Britain continued their encouraging showing at the 2017 Gymnastics European Championships, as 21-year-old James Hall took bronze in the all-around.
Competing alongside the likes of multiple Olympic medallist Oleg Verniaiev as well as teammate Joe Fraser, Hall showed poise and maturity through his six pieces.
English all-around champion earlier this year, Hall began strongly on the floor and pommel, before further impressive performances on the rings, vault and parallel bars.
He finished on the high bar, his strongest piece, to clinch bronze with a total score of 84.664 behind Ukrainian champion Verniaiev on 85.866 and Artur Dalaloyan of Russia in second on 85.498.
Hall said:"I'm struggling to speak right now; I can't believe what's just happened. I've performed my best-ever gymnastics when it matters on the biggest stage of my career, that's just crazy, it's hard to get my head around to be honest. "My first major championships, I wanted to show the world what I could do and I can't describe the feeling having done that. I thought to myself beforehand,'I've qualified third and I know I can be better, nothing is impossible go for it' and that's what I did."
Fraser also performed strongly to finish fifth on 82.982 in his first year as a senior gymnast.
"I feel unbelievable," he said."My aim was to compete with no pressure, make improvements from qualifying and see where that got me. "I've had the most incredible few weeks after winning the British title and now I've shown European what I can do."