Record-breaking medal haul for British gymnasts

19 April 2015 / 18:11

Britain’s gymnasts capped off the 2015 European Championships with three silver medals on the final day to complete a record-breaking haul at a major championship.

Silver for Becky Downie on beam, Sam Oldham on high bar and Claudia Fragapane on floor – added to Downie's silver in the bars, all-around bronze for her sister Ellie and Dan Purvis, pommel gold for Louis Smith and floor gold for Kristian Thomas – brought the medal tally to eight.

The charge on the final day was led by Becky Downie who scored 14.300 points on the beam to finish second – Britain’s best ever result in the event at a major championships.

She said: "I knew it was possible to medal and I tried to stay calm back in the warm-up gym.

“I had to stay focussed and make sure I went through my routine cleanly, and to take silver is amazing. I really couldn't have asked for anything more in these championships.

“It's been an incredible European’s for the whole GBR team. We're all so proud of what we've achieved, I’m so happy for everyone.”

Next it was Claudia Fragapane’s turn to step onto the podium, after a score of 14.633 saw her finish second on the floor.

“I'm really, really happy and a bit overwhelmed,” she said afterwards. “It’s the most amazing achievement.

“I thought I had a chance but I had to put in good performance which I did, plus I had a lot of fun. I’m so grateful for everything and to everyone who has supported me, it’s amazing I can't stop smiling.”

And reigning silver medallist Sam Oldham looked confident heading on to high bar, going onto score 14.766 and claim a third British silver.

He said: “I’m really happy. Coming into this final I felt a bit tired but just kept saying to myself, ‘stay focussed, go for it’.

“Competing in the all-around was a big moment for me on Friday and this was a bonus, more than I could have hoped for considering the last eight months. I’m really happy overall.”

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