Baku 2015: British gymnasts well placed at halfway stage

14 June 2015 / 05:58

Great Britain's gymnasts are well placed half through their apparatus qualifying at the European Games in Baku.

Qualifying is stretched over two days rather than one and the men's team provisionally rank second, behind Russia, posting 85.232 points after three rotations.

Team GB's women scored 54.832 points to rank third half way through their rotations behind the always dominant Russians and Hungary.

"The format of the event means we have to stay focussed over two days," said Brinn Bevan, 17, the highest ranked Brit in the men's all-around standings in fourth, with qualification ongoing. 

"This is only half the job done. We've put in some solid routines that we can build on and see where that places us. 

"It's a very high quality line up here so we know we have to push for our best to be amongst the team medals, it's straight back to the training halls now."

Charlie Fellows, 18, is the highest ranked British woman in the all-around standings after solid displays on the vault and uneven bars ranked her a provisional fifth.

Russia's Aliya Mustafina - a former world all-around champion who won uneven bars gold at London 2012 - is currently leading the way.

"The competition was over so quickly, competing in only two apparatus," said Fellows.

"It's a good start from the team and, personally, I'm really happy with my routines."

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