Claudia Fragapane and Ruby Harrold admitted they had gained plenty of valuable experience after finishing 10th and 11th respectively at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships all-around final in Nanning.
The duo both claimed multiple medals at this summer’s Commonwealth Games – Fragapane winning no fewer than four golds in the team, all-around, vault and floor– and they put in solid performances again in the final in China, with no major errors on any apparatus.
American Simone Biles took the gold medal with a score of 60.231 but Fragapane’s score of 56.098 for tenth – with high points on the floor and beam – left her delighted.
“I’m really happy. The experience of being in a World Championship final is just incredible and I’m really happy that I went out there and competed well under pressure,” said the 16-year-old, who will also contest the floor and vault finals.
“The week has been amazing and there’s still more to come with the apparatus finals on the weekend, I’m just going to go out and enjoy myself again – I can’t wait.”
Harrold, a member of the European silver medal winning team earlier this year, ended with a score of 55.615, earning her highest score on vault, and she will also compete again over the weekend in the uneven bars.
“I enjoyed that from start to end,” said Harrold. “The atmosphere was so good and to have that experience and to be able to produce good routine shows that all the hard work in training is absolutely worth it, we both had lots of fun.”
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