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Gymnastics: Record medal haul for Britain at the European Championships

May 19, 2014

It’s been an historic and emotional week for the GB team at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Between them, the senior and junior teams won a total of eight medals – three gold, three silver and two bronze. 


The senior team of Rebecca Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan, equalled their only previous team medal success by finishing in silver medal position.

The team had strong and consistent performances all around and afterwards Hannah Whelan said: “We have worked hard for this and we deserve it 100%”.

An emotional Becky Downie then became only the second British woman ever to win a European title when she took gold on the uneven bars on Sunday, whilst Rebecca Tunney was only narrowly pushed into 4th place by 0.033 points.


16 year old Claudia Fragapane, on her international debut, had laid down solid performances to qualify for the floor and vault finals in 2nd and 3rd place. However nerves and the effects of a long week resulted in a few errors in the finals which left her in 6th and 8th place.

However despite this disappointment Fragapane was still pleased with her performance. “I didn’t get what I wanted, but it was an amazing experience,” she said.

The junior team of Ellie Downie, Teal Grindle, Rhyannon Jones, Catherine Lyons and Amy Tinkler managed to bring home an amazing six medals between them eclipsing their previous best haul of just one.


They matched the senior team performance with silver earlier in the week before Ellie Downie won the bronze medal in the all-around competition.

They then went on to produce two junior European champions with Ellie topping a fantastic week for the Downie sisters by winning the vault title and Catherine Lyons, in her first year as a junior, being crowned floor champion. Amy Tinkler (above) won silver on floor and bronze on vault.

After a fantastic week it is clear that there is real strength and depth in the British squad, which should see them continue to challenge for medals on the international stage. Bring on Rio 2016!

Janet Scholes, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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