Hannah Whelan – Britain’s golden girl

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With the news that Beth Tweddle would not be competing in this years European Championships, many fans worried for the young and inexperienced team put forward to compete in Brussels. Lead by two time All Around British Champion Hannah Whelan, the team of Danusia Francis, Jennifer Pinches, Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold aimed to defend their silver team title.  Halfway through the last rotation Italy prevailed, pushing Great Britain back into fourth place from third. Falls on beam from Whelan and Pinches brought the team score down. The gap between third and fourth place was nearly 4 marks, disappointing for Team GB although a lot of good was still to come.

This European Championships was without an All Around finals, in the “unofficial” AA competition, Whelan placed third behind two new seniors, Russia’s Anastasia Grishina and Romania’s power house Larisa Iordache. A firm favourite of Full Twist, we were delighted to see Hannah qualify to both the floor and beam finals.
In yesterdays Event Finals, Hannah did not make the mistakes made on beam during the team final. A tight beam routine with minimal wobbles earned her a bronze medal on one of her specialties. She stuck her beautiful combination of Front Aerial, Switch, Onodi with just a small check on landing. Her double turn in wolf position was also cause for some wobbles, the routine was finished off with a nice roundoff, 2.5 twist with a hop forward earning Great Britain their first beam medal in a major championships.

Rebecca Tunney joined Whelan in the floor final, a fantastic achievement for her first European Championships. Whilst her routine was not without mistakes, she showed massive potential for the future of British Gymnastics. Whelan’s Adi Pop choreographed routine is always a crowd pleaser, Jennifer Pinches remarked on how the crowd reacted and smiled to her quirky choreography and dance. The nineteen year old showed great confidence, and maturity to score 14.533 which brought her into third, knocking Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari back to fourth.

Whilst Whelan brought home two bronze European medals, for now she is Britain’s golden girl. She shows great potential as an Olympic Event and All Around finalist.

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