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Jessica Gadirova becomes European floor champion

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Jessica Gadirova, from Aylesbury, has become European gymnastics floor champion at her first senior major championship this weekend.

The 16-year-old’s victory capped off an incredible week in Basel, Switzerland, having already secured all-around bronze and silver on vault.

Gadirova went one better for the last day of competition to win the gold medal with a flawless routine in the final.

She is the twin sister of fellow British Gymnastics squad gymnast Jennifer, and coaches say together they’ve made a huge impression in recent years.

Jessica, who specialises in floor and vault disciplines, was the last gymnast to compete in the floor final, knowing that a score above 13.900 would be enough to take gold.

Competing amongst some of Europe’s finest floor workers, she produced a fantastic routine in front of the judges to score 13.966 and secure the top spot.

A British Gymnastics spokesperson commented: “She began with a huge opening tumble and carried that through, with barely a flicker on each of her landings.

“She showed great extension on her leaps and combined that with eye-catching choreography.”

Speaking after receiving her medal, Jessica said: “I’m speechless, over the moon, jumping for joy. 

“Just to even get selected for the European Championships I was so happy and I was so proud to be here.

“Then to make the finals and win the medals, I can’t believe it.”

She added: “I’d been on the podium twice and was getting higher and higher on the steps, then to be on the top was just overwhelming.

“I just thought wow, I’ve actually done it. As this week has gone along I’ve got more and more comfortable and confident and today just feels incredible.”

 

 

 

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