May 14, 2021

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16-year-old Jessica Gadirova wins first British gold at European Championships


Jessica Gadirova, 16, wins Britain’s first gold medal at European Gymnastics Championships after winning silver and bronze in her remarkable debut

  • Jessica Gadirova won Britain’s first gold at the European Championships
  • The 16-year-old won the floor drill’s top prize in Basel on Sunday
  • The youngster had already won silver in vault and bronze in all-around

Jessica Gadirova, 16, won Britain’s first gold medal at the European Championships in Basel, winning the floor exercise for her third medal in a remarkable first appearance.

The Aylesbury gymnast, bowing in a major championship, had previously won all-around bronze and vault silver and on Sunday she had a clean sweep.

Gadirova was the last to perform her routine and collected an exceptional score of 13,966 to finish without the Russian Angelina Melnikova and the Italian Vanessa Ferrari in second and third places.

Jessica Gadirova, 16, won Britain’s first gold at the European Championships

She said: ‘I’m jumping for joy. Just to be selected for the European Championships, I was so happy and so proud to be here. Then to win the medals I can’t believe it.

“ I had been on the podium twice and going higher and higher on the steps and then being on top was just overwhelming. ”

Giarnni Regini-Moran added a bronze medal in the men’s vault to the British medals. The 22-year-old from Great Yarmouth placed third behind Ukrainian Igor Radivilov.

The youngster won the floor exercise for her third medal in a remarkable first appearance

The youngster won the floor exercise for her third medal in a remarkable first appearance

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