Downie continues European success with final day silver

An elated Ellie Downie claimed she could not have wished for a better European Championships after capping her record-breaking week with a silver on the floor, on Sunday.

That medal took her total for the week to four, meaning the only event she failed to secure a podium spot in was the beam – where she finished fourth.

Just a day after winning silver and bronze, and 48 hours after becoming the first British gymnast to ever win a European all-around title, the 17-year-old scored 14.066 on the floor, with Russia’s Angelina Melnikova taking gold on 14.100.

And despite just missing out on a medal on the beam, Downie was understandably pleased with her medal-laden week.

“I’m definitely very, very happy. My championship really couldn’t have gone much better, to hit 12 out of 12 routines is pretty unbelievable,” said the Rio 2016 Olympian.

“I’m definitely tired now but the crowd and my training got me through today. I worked really hard after Rio to push myself in training and its paid of this week, I’m looking forward to a rest now.”

Elsewhere on the final day in Cluj, Romania, Claudia Fragapane suffered from a big step out on a double Arabian pass, meaning a score of 13.533 placed her in seventh.

And she finished eighth on the beam after a fall, with a score of 12.533, while Downie’s 13.433 was not quite enough to get a clean sweep of medals.

There was more frustration for James Hall on the high bar, too, after hitting a challenging routine including three daring release and catch elements, as he scored 14.333 to finish fourth – while Dom Cunningham finished sixth in the vault final.

Downie’s medal means Great Britain finish the week with a total of six medals.

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