Harrold impresses again at gymnastics Worlds

02 October 2013 / 21:43

Ruby Harrold showed no signs of nerves on her gymnastics World Championship debut as she booked two finals places in Antwerp.

Harrold, 17, impressed at this year's European Championships and she executed solid scores across all apparatus to reach the final of the all-around and uneven bars in Belgium.

“I’m really happy, just to come here and produce the routines I’ve been working so hard on in training is brilliant," said Harrold, who ranked 16th overall in qualifying.

"I was quite nervous going in to bars with some pressure on me but I knew what I had to do and managed to compose myself. 

"There was more expectation going in to this as I’d done well at Europeans and people were talking about bars. I’m happy I managed to pull through."

Harrold will be joined in the all-around final by British champion Rebecca Tunney while Becky Downie will also line up with her in Saturday's uneven bars final, after she produced the fourth best score on the apparatus in qualifying.

“I’m just really really happy and can’t believe I’ve done it – I’m excited to go into the final and give it my best shot," said Downie. 

"The routine is still very new but I had to put it out there and I’m really pleased it’s come off."

Tunney, 16, is also looking ahead to the all-around final though admitted there were still elements across each apparatus that needed work.

“I’m really pleased with myself, I know there were a couple of mistakes but overall I’m really happy with the performance and enjoyed the competition," she said.

"At the beginning of the year I had an injury and missed Europeans which was really tough but I’ve come back, worked really hard and have proved myself in this World Championships so I couldn’t be happier.”

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