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Whelan secures bronze double

May 13, 2012 19:03 pm

Hannah Whelan claimed bronze medals in both the beam and floor at the Women's Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Brussels on Sunday.

Whelan, who was part of the Great Britain side that finished fourth in the team event on Saturday, scored 14.333 to finish third in the beam behind Romanian duo Catalina Ponor and Larisa Iordache and claim Britain's first-ever medal at a major championships on that piece.

She then followed that up with another impressive display in her floor routine to win a second bronze, coming in behind Iordache and Ponor again after scoring 14.533.

The 19-year-old British champion said after winning her first major medals: "It feels amazing. I'm over the moon, it's really unexpected.

"I wanted to come out and enjoy the competition and I definitely did. I enjoy training beam and feel naturally comfortable on it and to get our first-ever medal on that piece is very special.

"I've always dreamed of getting major medals and to come away with two is unbelievable. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year."

Meanwhile, Britain's Gabrielle Jupp also won floor bronze in the junior event.

She said on www.british-gymnastics.org: "It feels amazing to have won the bronze. The whole week has been very good for me - a great experience. There's such a nice feeling within the whole team and to learn from the seniors has been amazing. To stand on the podium was a great feeling and I'm very proud."

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