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Ellie Downie: 'I Definitely Exceeded My Expectations'
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)



After her field-topping all-around score in Thursday's qualifications at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Ellie Downie of Great Britain told IG that her floor exercise routine in the last rotation highlighted her satisfying overall performance on all four apparatuses. Pictured: Becky and Ellie Downie

After her field-topping all-around score in Thursday's qualifications at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Ellie Downie of Great Britain told IG that her floor exercise routine in the last rotation highlighted her satisfying overall performance on all four apparatuses.

"I've got a new floor routine and I really enjoy competing this routine," said Downie, whose 56.198 total ranked her first above Hungary's Zsófia Kovács (54.882) and Germany's Tabea Alt (54.866). "It's a bit different for me because used to do four tumbles and now I'm concentrating on just the three, which is a lot better for me because I have quite a struggle with stamina. It's quite hard for me. The past couple weeks, because of my (injured) foot, has been a bit up and down. I haven't been able to train as much. So to go out there and nail it like that, I was just so relieved."

Downie said her consistent performance on Thursday reassured her that her training continues to yield results at the top level. She placed third all-around at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier, won silver medals on vault and floor exercise at the 2016 Europeans in Bern, and placed 13th all-around at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"I definitely exceeded my expectations today," said Downie, whose older sister, two-time Olympian Becky Downie, also competed on Thursday and qualified to finals on bars and beam. "I feel I'm pretty up there in Europe and in the world now, I would say. I always feel I never know how good I am at all-around until I do it and see my score. It's always a surprise to me when I see myself up there, which is really nice. It just shows that all my hard work has paid off."

Kovács, who placed fifth on uneven bars and seventh on vault at the 2016 Europeans, said ranking second to Downie on Thursday was a pleasant surprise.

"It is a great feeling," she said. "I didn't expect to give such good performances on all four apparatuses, but I'm very happy I managed to do that."

Kovcas said challenging for a medal in Friday's all-around final will require courage and steadiness.

"To achieve that I have to be confident in my strength, and have good performances in all four routines," she said.

Like Downie and Kovács, Alt said she was happy with her precise performance.

"I'm very pleased with all apparatuses because I didn't have any big mistake, only a small one," she said. "I think that, in the all-around final, maybe my floor routine can be better and I can start with more self-confidence. There are even some small things that can be better than today, but I'm very pleased with my result."

Alt said winning the all-around titles at recent World Cup meets in Stuttgart and London contributed to her readiness for Cluj-Napoca.

"It was very important to me," said Alt. "It's given me much self-confidence, and it's a very good feeling to start the European Championships with such success a few weeks ago."

Alt stops short of forecasting a medal for herself on Friday, however.

"I don't think about that," she told IG. "The main point is to show my best routines for myself and the audience, and then we will see."

Competition continues Friday in Cluj-Napoca with the men's and women's all-around finals.

International Gymnast magazine is on hand in Cluj-Napoca, so check back for daily updates on IG Online. Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 20, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Women's All-Around QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Ellie Downie5.414.5665.914.2665.313.4665.413.90056.198 Q
2.Zsófia Kovács5.414.4836.014.3665.113.2004.912.83354.882 Q
3.Tabea Alt5.414.4005.413.9006.013.7004.712.86654.866 Q
4.Yelena Yeryomina5.414.4666.114.4665.512.1335.213.63354.698 Q
5.Eythora Thorsdottir5.413.4665.413.5335.814.2335.213.36654.598 Q
6.Kim Bui4.613.6006.014.1334.912.7335.213.16653.632 Q
7.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.413.8005.814.1005.412.5334.912.90053.333 Q
8.Martina Maggio5.414.1335.313.5665.112.8164.912.80053.315 Q
9.Marine Boyer4.613.7004.712.8005.913.7004.912.76652.966 Q
10.Filipa Martins4.613.4335.513.6665.413.1004.912.74152.940 Q
11.Giada Grisetti5.414.1005.413.4335.313.0334.912.36652.932 Q
12.Natalia Kapitonova4.613.5665.913.8665.412.5005.112.96652.898 Q
13.Nina Derwael4.613.4666.114.5664.812.1334.812.30052.465 Q
14.Lara Mori4.613.4664.913.0005.012.3665.413.53352.365
15.Angelina Melnikova5.414.3664.412.0255.412.6335.513.23352.257
16.Alice Kinsella4.613.4335.113.3915.212.3665.012.80051.990 Q
17.Tisha Volleman5.414.2004.512.8004.211.6335.013.06651.699 Q
18.Pauline Schäfer5.013.8334.812.2664.812.2335.113.13351.465
19.Ilaria Käslin4.613.4335.012.5005.412.1664.913.10051.199 Q
20.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.813.4255.111.4334.912.70051.158 Q
21.Cintia Rodríguez4.012.7664.812.7334.712.8664.612.70051.065 Q
22.Alison Lepin4.813.4335.712.6004.912.5664.812.26650.865
23.Lynn Genhart4.613.4005.212.8665.112.0004.612.36650.632 Q
24.Boglárka Dévai5.414.3004.812.1004.511.9005.112.23350.533 Q
25.Kirsten Polderman4.813.6005.012.0584.612.2334.912.60050.491
26.Olivia Cîmpian5.414.2334.911.4665.311.8165.112.96650.481 Q
27.Barbora Mokošová4.613.5664.712.7004.611.8334.412.36650.465 Q
28.Fabienne Studer4.613.3334.912.7004.812.5664.511.83350.432
29.Ioana Crişan4.613.6004.913.0335.211.0004.912.56650.199 Q
30.Nora Fernández4.613.5005.012.7664.811.5334.712.36650.165
31.Vendula Měrková3.712.3004.712.5165.112.6664.312.46649.948 Q
32.Argyro Afrati4.613.6005.212.2334.911.5004.712.60049.933 R1
33.Coline Devillard5.814.5334.410.8005.112.4334.912.16649.932
34.Jasmin Mader4.613.4664.612.3004.111.7334.412.26649.765 R2
35.Thea Brogli4.613.2004.311.7335.012.4334.312.13349.499
36.Paula Raya i Artigas4.613.2334.912.9004.411.6664.511.26649.065
37.Tamara Mrđenović4.213.2004.111.7004.911.9334.312.20049.033 R3
38.Maija Leinonen4.212.9664.311.7334.512.1664.311.96648.831 R4
39.Irina Sazonova4.613.3004.611.6334.411.7004.711.96648.599
40.Gabriela Janik4.813.6004.911.6664.711.7334.611.50048.499
41.Dominiqua Belányi4.012.7664.311.8334.211.9334.111.80048.332
42.Noémi Jakab3.712.3334.612.0664.811.7334.412.13348.265
43.Lucie Jirikova4.213.2004.412.0664.610.8004.712.13348.199
44.Martine Skregelid4.613.2754.511.6664.811.1334.312.00048.074
45.Dália Al-Salty3.712.3004.311.6754.512.2004.611.80047.975
46.Ágnes Sütő4.013.0003.811.3334.011.8334.011.80047.966
47.Lucija Hribar4.613.2664.312.1334.310.6834.211.86647.948
48.Marlies Männersdorfer4.213.0004.211.3664.511.2004.212.22547.791
49.Veronika Cenková3.511.8664.412.2664.711.0664.712.36647.564
50.Ekin Morova4.413.0004.311.0664.611.3334.211.96647.365
51.Demet Mutlu4.613.3664.711.3004.410.5004.512.06647.232
52.Yulia Inshina4.613.2664.211.1334.111.5664.911.23347.198
53.Greta Banishka4.613.3414.110.4834.711.1334.512.10047.057
54.Yana Fedorova4.613.6004.610.7004.911.0334.611.63346.966
55.Yekaterina Tishkova4.012.7664.710.8664.710.9004.311.86646.398
56.Mariana Carvalho4.212.7004.211.6334.710.4664.311.33346.132
57.Bianca Frysak4.012.7004.110.8584.410.6004.111.73345.891
58.Julie Meyers4.613.5004.811.4664.68.9334.211.83345.732
59.Shailee Weiss4.613.3663.110.3004.611.1334.410.72545.524
60.Julie Söderström3.512.2663.09.3004.311.6334.611.80044.999
61.Mariana Marianito3.712.3002.99.4004.611.4334.311.86644.999
62.Mette Hulgaard4.012.5662.89.4834.310.8004.411.83344.682
63.Ofir Netzer4.112.6004.410.7004.210.9334.410.36644.599
64.Tinna Odinsdottir3.512.0664.410.7664.610.2664.311.33344.431
65.Valeria Osipova4.613.5584.48.2665.011.5664.810.93344.323
66.Desislava Todorova3.712.3332.99.4004.210.8004.111.66644.199
67.Hanna Traukova4.012.9334.38.7664.610.0334.412.16643.898
68.Maria Butskikh4.012.6662.99.1334.49.5334.412.20043.532
69.Solveig Berg3.712.2002.99.7334.710.2004.211.13343.266
70.Anastasija Dubova3.711.7663.19.4004.110.8663.711.06643.098
71.Victoria Bøe3.512.0333.18.8333.310.3004.211.83342.999
72.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.813.2662.88.1254.411.3164.49.56642.273
73.Doğa Özgöçmez4.011.6002.18.9333.69.9664.211.16641.665
74.Marija Ribalcenko4.012.5003.76.4664.79.3004.510.80039.066
75.Diana Balkyte4.012.4661.76.5333.29.6002.79.90038.499

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie Downie5.49.16614.56614.433 Q
5.29.10014.300
2.Maria Paseka5.28.96614.16614.412 Q
5.49.25814.658
3.Coline Devillard5.88.73314.53314.267 Q
5.48.60014.000
4.Boglárka Dévai5.48.90014.30014.233 Q
5.28.96614.166
5.Teja Belak5.49.00014.40014.217 Q
5.09.03314.033
6.Zsófia Kovács5.49.08314.48314.175 Q
4.89.06613.866
7.Angelina Melnikova5.48.96614.36614.166 Q
5.28.8660.113.966
8.Tisha Volleman5.48.80014.20013.967 Q
5.28.53313.733
9.Tjaša Kysselef4.89.03313.83313.900 R1
5.08.96613.966
10.Gabriela Janik4.88.80013.60013.700 R2
4.89.00013.800
11.Valērija Grišāne4.88.80013.60013.467 R3
4.29.13313.333
12.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.88.7660.313.26613.183
4.28.90013.100
13.Gaya Giladi4.68.63313.23313.033
4.28.63312.833
14.Shailee Weiss4.68.76613.36612.900
3.78.73312.433
15.Ofir Netzer4.18.50012.60012.733
4.28.66612.866
16.Argyro Afrati4.69.00013.60012.483
4.07.36611.366
17.Diana Balkyte4.08.5660.112.46612.350
3.78.53312.233

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.46614.566 Q
1.Nina Derwael6.18.46614.566 Q
3.Yelena Yeryomina6.18.36614.466 Q
4.Becky Downie6.18.33314.433 Q
5.Zsófia Kovács6.08.36614.366 Q
6.Ellie Downie5.98.36614.266 Q
7.Kim Bui6.08.13314.133 Q
8.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.88.30014.100 Q
9.Tabea Alt5.48.50013.900
10.Natalia Kapitonova5.97.96613.866 R1
11.Larisa Iordache5.88.03313.833 R2
12.Filipa Martins5.58.16613.666 R3
13.Martina Maggio5.38.26613.566
14.Eythora Thorsdottir5.48.13313.533
15.Giada Grisetti5.48.03313.433
16.Ana Pérez5.87.62513.425
17.Alice Kinsella5.18.29113.391
18.Alma Kuc5.47.90013.300
19.Ioana Crişan4.98.13313.033
20.Lara Mori4.98.10013.000
21.Paula Raya i Artigas4.98.00012.900
22.Lynn Genhart5.27.66612.866
23.Tisha Volleman4.58.30012.800
24.Marine Boyer4.78.10012.800
25.Nora Fernández5.07.76612.766
26.Diana Varinska5.86.96612.766
27.Cintia Rodríguez4.87.93312.733
28.Barbora Mokošová4.78.00012.700
29.Fabienne Studer4.97.80012.700
30.Alison Lepin5.76.90012.600
31.Vendula Měrková4.77.81612.516
32.Ilaria Käslin5.07.50012.500
33.Jasmin Mader4.67.70012.300
34.Veronika Cenková4.47.86612.266
35.Pauline Schäfer4.87.46612.266
36.Argyro Afrati5.27.03312.233
37.Lucija Hribar4.37.83312.133
38.Boglárka Dévai4.87.30012.100
39.Lucie Jirikova4.47.66612.066
40.Noémi Jakab4.67.46612.066
41.Evangelia Plyta5.56.56612.066
42.Kirsten Polderman5.07.05812.058
43.Angelina Melnikova4.47.62512.025
44.Dominiqua Belányi4.37.53311.833
45.Thea Brogli4.37.43311.733
45.Maija Leinonen4.37.43311.733
47.Tamara Mrđenović4.17.60011.700
48.Dália Al-Salty4.37.37511.675
49.Martine Skregelid4.57.16611.666
50.Gabriela Janik4.96.76611.666
51.Mariana Carvalho4.27.43311.633
52.Irina Sazonova4.67.03311.633
53.Aleksandra Rajčić4.37.16611.466
54.Julie Meyers4.86.66611.466
55.Olivia Cîmpian4.96.56611.466
56.Marlies Männersdorfer4.27.16611.366
57.Ágnes Sütő3.87.53311.333
58.Demet Mutlu4.76.60011.300
59.Angelina Radivilova5.06.26611.266
60.Marie Skammelsen3.87.36611.166
61.Yulia Inshina4.26.93311.133
62.Ekin Morova4.36.76611.066
63.Yekaterina Tishkova4.76.16610.866
64.Bianca Frysak4.16.75810.858
65.Coline Devillard4.46.40010.800
66.Tinna Odinsdottir4.46.36610.766
67.Vasiliki Millousi4.76.03310.733
68.Ofir Netzer4.46.30010.700
69.Yana Fedorova4.66.10010.700
70.Greta Banishka4.16.38310.483
71.Shailee Weiss3.17.20010.300
72.Solveig Berg2.96.8339.733
73.Mette Hulgaard2.86.6839.483
74.Desislava Todorova2.96.5009.400
74.Mariana Marianito2.96.5009.400
76.Anastasija Dubova3.16.3009.400
77.Julie Söderström3.06.3009.300
78.Maria Butskikh2.96.2339.133
79.Doğa Özgöçmez2.16.8338.933
80.Victoria Bøe3.15.7338.833
81.Hanna Traukova4.34.4668.766
82.Valeria Osipova4.43.8668.266
83.Agata Vostruchovaitė2.85.3258.125
84.Diana Balkyte1.74.8336.533
85.Marija Ribalcenko3.72.7666.466

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Larisa Iordache6.28.36614.566 Q
2.Sanne Wevers5.98.40014.300 Q
3.Eythora Thorsdottir5.88.43314.233 Q
4.Cătălina Ponor5.98.16614.066 Q
5.Tabea Alt6.07.8000.113.700 Q
6.Marine Boyer5.97.80013.700 Q
7.Ellie Downie5.38.16613.466 Q
8.Becky Downie5.67.73313.333 Q
9.Claudia Fragapane5.18.10013.200
9.Zsófia Kovács5.18.10013.200 R1
11.Filipa Martins5.47.70013.100 R2
12.Elisabeth Seitz4.88.26613.066 R3
13.Giada Grisetti5.37.73313.033
14.Cintia Rodríguez4.78.16612.866
15.Martina Maggio5.17.71612.816
16.Kim Bui4.97.83312.733
17.Vendula Měrková5.17.56612.666
18.Angelina Melnikova5.47.23312.633
19.Vasiliki Millousi5.67.00012.600
20.Fabienne Studer4.87.76612.566
21.Alison Lepin4.97.66612.566
22.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.47.13312.533
23.Natalia Kapitonova5.47.10012.500
24.Thea Brogli5.07.43312.433
25.Coline Devillard5.17.33312.433
26.Ioanna Xoulogi4.97.46612.366
27.Lara Mori5.07.36612.366
28.Alice Kinsella5.27.16612.366
29.Kirsten Polderman4.67.63312.233
30.Pauline Schäfer4.87.43312.233
31.Dália Al-Salty4.57.70012.200
32.Maija Leinonen4.57.66612.166
33.Ilaria Käslin5.46.76612.166
34.Nina Derwael4.87.4330.112.133
35.Yelena Yeryomina5.56.63312.133
36.Lynn Genhart5.16.90012.000
37.Dominiqua Belányi4.27.73311.933
38.Tamara Mrđenović4.97.1330.111.933
39.Göksu Üçtaş Şanlı4.87.13311.933
40.Boglárka Dévai4.57.40011.900
41.Ágnes Sütő4.07.83311.833
42.Barbora Mokošová4.67.23311.833
43.Olivia Cîmpian5.36.51611.816
44.Jasmin Mader4.17.63311.733
45.Gabriela Janik4.77.1330.111.733
46.Noémi Jakab4.86.93311.733
47.Irina Sazonova4.47.30011.700
48.Paula Raya i Artigas4.47.26611.666
49.Tisha Volleman4.27.43311.633
50.Julie Söderström4.37.33311.633
51.Yulia Inshina4.17.46611.566
52.Valeria Osipova5.06.56611.566
53.Alīna Circene4.86.73311.533
53.Nora Fernández4.86.73311.533
55.Argyro Afrati4.96.60011.500
56.Mariana Marianito4.66.83311.433
57.Ana Pérez5.16.33311.433
58.Ekin Morova4.66.8330.111.333
59.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.46.91611.316
60.Tzuf Feldon4.96.36611.266
61.Marlies Männersdorfer4.56.70011.200
62.Greta Banishka4.76.5330.111.133
63.Shailee Weiss4.66.53311.133
64.Martine Skregelid4.86.33311.133
65.Rosanna Ojala3.97.20011.100
66.Evangelia Plyta4.76.40011.100
67.Veronika Cenková4.76.36611.066
68.Yana Fedorova4.96.13311.033
69.Ioana Crişan5.25.80011.000
70.Ofir Netzer4.26.73310.933
71.Zoi Lima4.86.13310.933
72.Yekaterina Tishkova4.76.3000.110.900
73.Anastasija Dubova4.16.76610.866
74.Desislava Todorova4.26.60010.800
75.Mette Hulgaard4.36.50010.800
76.Lucie Jirikova4.66.20010.800
77.Marie Skammelsen4.85.93310.733
78.Lucija Hribar4.36.4830.110.683
79.Bianca Frysak4.46.20010.600
80.Ana Đerek4.26.36610.566
81.Demet Mutlu4.46.10010.500
82.Mariana Carvalho4.75.76610.466
83.Victoria Bøe3.37.00010.300
84.Tinna Odinsdottir4.65.66610.266
85.Solveig Berg4.75.50010.200
86.Hanna Traukova4.65.43310.033
87.Doğa Özgöçmez3.66.3669.966
88.Diana Balkyte3.26.5000.19.600
89.Maria Butskikh4.45.2330.19.533
90.Marija Ribalcenko4.74.7000.19.300
91.Julie Meyers4.64.7330.48.933

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Ellie Downie5.48.50013.900 Q
2.Claudia Fragapane5.58.26613.766 Q
3.Yelena Yeryomina5.28.43313.633 Q
4.Lara Mori5.48.13313.533 Q
5.Eythora Thorsdottir5.28.16613.366 Q
6.Angelina Melnikova5.58.0330.313.233 Q
7.Kim Bui5.28.0660.113.166 Q
8.Pauline Schäfer5.18.03313.133 Q
9.Ilaria Käslin4.98.20013.100 R1
10.Cătălina Ponor4.98.16613.066 R2
11.Tisha Volleman5.08.06613.066 R3
12.Natalia Kapitonova5.17.9660.112.966
13.Olivia Cîmpian5.17.86612.966
14.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos4.98.1000.112.900
15.Tabea Alt4.78.16612.866
16.Zsófia Kovács4.97.93312.833
17.Martina Maggio4.98.2000.312.800
18.Alice Kinsella5.07.80012.800
19.Marine Boyer4.97.86612.766
20.Filipa Martins4.97.9410.112.741
21.Cintia Rodríguez4.68.10012.700
22.Ana Pérez4.97.80012.700
23.Kirsten Polderman4.98.0000.312.600
24.Argyro Afrati4.77.90012.600
25.Ioana Crişan4.97.9660.312.566
26.Vendula Měrková4.38.16612.466
27.Ioanna Xoulogi4.48.03312.433
28.Barbora Mokošová4.47.96612.366
29.Lynn Genhart4.67.76612.366
30.Giada Grisetti4.97.6660.212.366
31.Veronika Cenková4.77.66612.366
31.Nora Fernández4.77.66612.366
33.Ana Đerek5.27.16612.366
34.Nina Derwael4.87.6000.112.300
35.Jasmin Mader4.47.86612.266
36.Alison Lepin4.87.7660.312.266
37.Boglárka Dévai5.17.2330.112.233
38.Marlies Männersdorfer4.28.02512.225
39.Tamara Mrđenović4.37.90012.200
40.Maria Butskikh4.47.80012.200
41.Hanna Traukova4.47.76612.166
42.Coline Devillard4.97.4660.212.166
43.Thea Brogli4.37.83312.133
44.Noémi Jakab4.47.73312.133
45.Lucie Jirikova4.77.43312.133
46.Greta Banishka4.57.7000.112.100
47.Demet Mutlu4.57.6660.112.066
48.Martine Skregelid4.37.70012.000
49.Ekin Morova4.27.76611.966
50.Maija Leinonen4.37.66611.966
51.Irina Sazonova4.77.26611.966
52.Lucija Hribar4.27.66611.866
53.Mariana Marianito4.37.56611.866
53.Yekaterina Tishkova4.37.56611.866
55.Fabienne Studer4.57.6330.311.833
56.Victoria Bøe4.27.63311.833
56.Julie Meyers4.27.63311.833
58.Mette Hulgaard4.47.5330.111.833
59.Ágnes Sütő4.07.80011.800
60.Dominiqua Belányi4.17.70011.800
61.Dália Al-Salty4.67.20011.800
61.Julie Söderström4.67.20011.800
63.Bianca Frysak4.17.63311.733
64.Desislava Todorova4.17.56611.666
65.Yana Fedorova4.67.03311.633
66.Gabriela Janik4.66.90011.500
67.Göksu Üçtaş Şanlı4.77.0330.311.433
68.Alīna Circene4.37.10011.400
69.Tinna Odinsdottir4.37.4330.411.333
70.Mariana Carvalho4.37.03311.333
71.Zoi Lima4.66.70011.300
72.Paula Raya i Artigas4.56.8660.111.266
73.Yulia Inshina4.96.7330.411.233
74.Doğa Özgöçmez4.27.3660.411.166
75.Solveig Berg4.27.2330.311.133
76.Anastasija Dubova3.77.36611.066
77.Tzuf Feldon4.46.9660.311.066
78.Valeria Osipova4.86.4330.310.933
79.Marija Ribalcenko4.56.30010.800
80.Shailee Weiss4.46.7250.410.725
81.Gaya Giladi4.95.60010.500
82.Ofir Netzer4.46.5660.610.366
83.Diana Balkyte2.77.2009.900
84.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.45.4660.39.566

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