European Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2013 – Live on BBC Sport

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BBC Sport will have coverage of the key events from the 2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Russia.

Some of Great Britain’s London 2012 medallists, including Dan Purvis, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham, return to action as the road to the Rio Olympics in 2016 gets underway in Moscow this week (April 17-21).

Host nation Russia will be overwhelming favourites to top the medal table, having been the top-performing European nation at the Olympics last summer.

The 10-strong British team team will be hoping to build on their outstanding performances at last summer’s Olympics, where they won a record four medals and became household names thanks to their stunning exploits inside the North Greenwich Arena.

Despite the absence of star performers such as Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle in Moscow, a new bread of youngsters look set to emerge as the first major competition in the build up to Rio 2016 takes place.

Among those is 15-year-old Gabby Jupp, who makes her major international debut having won bronze at the European juniors last year.

She also impressed at last month’s British Championships to secure her place in the all-around competition alongside fellow senior debutant Charlie Fellows.

Great Britain may be fielding a women’s line-up deprived of any London 2012 gymnasts, but they will have experience in the form of Beijing Olympian Becky Downie who is looking to re-establish herself in the squad.

The men’s team includes 2012 bronze medal winners Max Whitlock, Dan Purvis and Sam Oldham, who will look to play their part in carrying over the success of last summer’s London Games through to Rio in three years time.

Daniel Keatings also returns to team after claiming bronze at a recent World Cup event in Japan following a frustrating spell out of the team through injury, which forced him to sit out London 2012.

Moscow’s European Championships represent the first major gymnastics competition since London 2012 and will also serve as ideal preparation for the World Championships which will be held at the end of September in Antwerp, Belgium.

BBC Sport will cover all the key action from day three through to day five of the competition in two programmes on BBC Two, as well as live action on Saturday via BBC Red Button and online.

Matt Baker presents BBC Two’s coverage on Friday and Sunday afternoons, where he will be joined for expert analysis in the studio by Olympic medallists Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and fellow London Olympian Jennifer Pinches.

Commentary comes from Baker, Christine Still and former Commonwealth champion Craig Heap, with reports and interviews from Moscow with Nick Hope.

British Eurosport will also show live action from the third day of competition, including the men’s all-round finals (10am) and the women’s all-round finals (3pm) on Friday afternoon, plus highlights of the weekend’s action.

DAY 3 – Friday 19th April

LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm – BBC Two

Day three of the continental showdown in Russia features live coverage of the women’s all-round competition plus of the men’s all-round, with some of Great Britain’s London 2012 heroes back in action.

Dan Purvis, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham – who were part of the Olympic bronze medal-winning men’s team alongside Louis Smith and Kristian Thomas – are all competing.

Also in action will be 15-year-old rising star Gabby Jupp, who makes her senior international debut fresh from winning the British all-round title.

DAY 4 – Saturday 20th April

LIVE: 10.30am-2.00pm – BBC Red Button

Live coverage of day four’s individual apparatus finals will be available to watch via the Red Button and BBC Sport website.

British all-around champion Max Whitlock will be hoping to at least emulate the bronze medal he won on the pommel horse at last summer’s Olympic Games.

Team-mate Daniel Keatings could also be a contender, having won the European title in 2010.

The men’s floor and rings titles are also decided, along with the women’s vault and uneven bars.

DAY 5 – Sunday 21st April

HIGHLIGHTS: 1.00pm-2.30pm – BBC Two

BBC Two has highlights of Saturday’s individual apparatus finals along with a complete review of the week’s main action as the 2013 European Championships concludes in Moscow.

The eight gymnasts in each final came through qualifying during the week and now start afresh in their quest for gold.

Host nation Russia will be expected to dominate, while Great Britain’s best medal chance arguably comes in the men’s pommel horse.

Max Whitlock, who took bronze at London 2012, is in the British team along with Daniel Keatings, the first British man to win a major gymnastics title when he clinched European gold in 2010.

In the women’s events, 15-year-old British prodigy Gabby Jupp is looking to fill the void left by experienced pair Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan, who won two European bronze medals last year.

Jupp earned European junior bronze in the floor exercise in 2012 and makes her senior international debut in Moscow.

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