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Britain's Hall claims European all-around bronze

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GB's Hall claims European all-around bronze
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Great Britain's James Hall won all-around bronze at the European Gymnastics Championships in Romania in his first major senior competition.

The 21-year-old scored 84.664 to finish behind gold medallist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, and Russia's Arthur Dalaloyan.

Team-mate Joe Fraser, 18, came fifth in his first senior year, scoring 82.982.

"To come to a European Championships, do my best gymnastics and come away third, I can't get my head around it," Hall told BBC Sport.

Hall has a world team silver medal to his name and was at the Olympic Games in Rio last summer.

However, he was reserve in both competitions and did not compete.

"My first senior major and I've shown the world what I'm made of. I'm so happy. I can't believe it," he said.

The Kent gymnast qualified third best and improved his overall score in the final, with increased apparatus scores on floor, pommel, rings and parallel bars.

"In the training gym I was thinking just go through the same as qualifying and nothing is impossible," he said.

"I started hitting floor, hitting pommel, did my best rings and I thought nothing could stop me after that."

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Fraser's fifth was also a significant improvement from his qualifying position of 14th.

"It's unbelievable. For me this was a competition just to get myself out there and show the best routines I could under pressure," said Fraser.

"Me and James, in our first senior major, have shown Europe what we're all about."

Later on Friday, Ellie Downie will go in the women's all-around final, having qualified top.

She will be joined in the event by fellow Brit Alice Kinsella.

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