Great Britain head for European men’s gymnastics team title, Italy claim historic silver

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When Britain’s horizontal bar anchor Jake Jarman got up to perform his routine on Saturday August 20 during the men’s team final of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Munich, Germany, the 20-year-old needed better than 6,200 to clinch the title.

The blocked landing on his full twist double layout dismount was the exclamation on a dominant Team GB performance that gave them their second men’s tag team title at the event. They totaled 254.295, nearly seven points ahead of Italy’s 247.494. Turkey, who finished second in qualifying, won the bronze medal with a 246.162.

The silver medal for Italy is the first European men’s team medal for the team.

GB started the floor exercise, where he posted a 42.433 led by Jarman’s 14.500. They then posted team totals of 41.465 and 42.166 on pommel horse and standing rings, respectively.

But it was the fourth rotation where their strength really started to shine, as their spectacular vault rotation scored 44.700, more than a point better than any other team in the event. Giarnni Regini-Moran’s double twist Kasamatsu and Jarman‘s Kas two and a half received the highest scores with 14.900 and 15.200.

The fifth rotation saw the 2019 parallel bars world champion Joe Fraserwinner of Thursday’s all-around, delivered his signature event, recording a 15.166 as the team totaled 42.599.

On the horizontal bar, the Brits were solid, shooting a 40.932 with Jarman’s 12.966 in last place, more than enough to seal the gold medal.

“Everyone in the crowd supported every gear, every routine, couldn’t have asked for a better crowd,” Fraser said in an in-house interview afterwards. “So thank you all for supporting each and every one of us.”

The battle for silver and bronze came down to Italy and Turkey’s final routines with Turkey Ahmet Onder in competition first. Onder opened the door, sliding off the horizontal bar on a high-flying catch-and-release motion at the start of his routine. His score of 12.600 was just the opening of this floor exercise world champion Nicholas Bartolini necessary.

Bartollini capitalized, as he delivered a clean and elegant routine to earn a 14.433 and secure the team’s historic silver.

For Turkey, this is only their second men’s team medal at the Europeans, having won silver in a sold out edition of the event in 2020 where many teams skipped the competition due to problems with the COVID-19. Saturday’s bronze medal was also a show of strength after the team rebounded from posting the second-lowest total on pommel horse.

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