Gymnastics World Cup: Ellie Downie and Joe Fraser miss medals in Birmingham

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Gymnastics World Cup: Ellie Downie slips on bars to dent medal hopes

Great Britain's Ellie Downie paid for costly mistakes to finish out of the medals at the All-Around World Cup Series event in Birmingham.

After a scoring 14.3 in the vault to sit second after the first of six events, the 19-year-old fell twice on the bars to score only 10.5.

Downie, crowned British champion last week, finished seventh on 49.33, as Russia's Aliaa Mustafina won on 53.56.

Team-mate Joe Fraser missed out on a men's medal by half a point.

Fraser, 20, impressed on the high bar as he scored 83.265 overall, leaving him just behind Japan's Kazuma Kaya on 83.731. China's Sun Wei was second on 84.730 as Russia's Nikita Nagornyy took the title on 85.065.

"I have really enjoyed it," Fraser told BBC Sport. "My first major competition in Birmingham - my home city. After the pommel horse, which was tricky, it got easier and easier from there.

"It's my first All-Around World Cup so for me it was just about going through the routines and getting through to move on to the Europeans."

Fraser's Great Britain team-mate Jamie Lewis, who was only called up for what was his first senior international event in midweek, finished ninth overall on 78.231.

Downie, who is building to a tilt at retaining her European title in Poland next month, had a fall on the beam to add to those on the bars.

"It was quite tough for me today," Downie said. "I definitely could have put in a better performance, but it was a heavy week for me after the British last weekend."

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