Sparkling display earns Sapphire star double Doha delight

Gabby Jupp in action. Picture by Alan Edwards
Gabby Jupp in action. Picture by Alan Edwards

Sapphire gymnast Gabby Jupp picked up her first ever international medals as she bagged two bronzes at the World Cup Challenge Event in Qatar.

Taking part in her second international event of the year – following her appearance at the American Cup – hopes were high that Gabby could return from Doha with a medal.

Gabby Jupp. Picture by Alan Edwards

Gabby Jupp. Picture by Alan Edwards

And the recently-crowned British champion did not disappoint as she finished third on bars and beam.

The event is solely an individual apparatus competition, meaning the gymnasts have to qualify in the top-eight on each piece to reach the finals.

Gabby competed in three events, qualifying for the final of each despite facing stiff competition from some of the world’s top gymnasts.

The first day of finals saw Gabby compete on the bars along with GB team-mate Ruby Harold. Following near-flawless performances from both gymnasts, Ruby placed second with a score of 14.500 and Gabby took third with 13.925.

The following day, 15-year-old Gabby battled it out on the beam and floor.

After a gruelling beam contest, Gabby held her nerve to put in a solid display and take bronze behind Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania and China’s Zeng Siqi.

She then followed that with another good display to finish fourth on the floor.

Gabby now sets her sights on Moscow at the end of the month for the European Championships.