Max Whitlock has continued his superb European Championships to follow his all-around silver with floor gold and pommel bronze; with Daniel Keatings taking the pommel gold in Moscow.
Following on from his all-around silver medal Max produced his third superb floor routine of the week to take the title jointly with Israel's Alexander Shatilov who scored the same score of 15.333, it is the first European floor gold for a British male gymnast. Dan Keatings produced one of the routines of the championships to beat Olympic champion Kristian Berki on pommel to take back the title he won in Birmingham in 2010.
Dan Keatings after pommel gold:”That means everything to me, I felt like I’ve had something to prove after missing out on the Olympics so I was very determined. Going clean in the final and beating the Olympic champion - it means everything. I knew I’d done the best routine I could have done and was in with a shout so the cheer on landing was more relief than everything, it’s fantastic.”
Max Whitlock talking after floor gold: “It’s all a bit crazy; to go out there and win a gold medal at the Europeans and to be champion is an amazing feeling. I’m very proud to win the first floor gold for Great Britain, it’s an amazing feeling to stand there and see the British flag and hear the national anthem.”
First up on floor was Max Whitlock , he overstepped his first powerful pass to step just out of bounds but recovered really well and showed great flair work and twisting tumbles in his high difficulty routine to score 15.333. Sam Oldham was full of energy in his routine and did well to control his explosive tumbles, fighting to stay in after his first pass and doing well to remain upright landing his final tumble, he scored 14.400 to take 5th place.
Max Whitlock on pommel continued his spectacular form, a superb routine scoring a brilliant 15.500 - higher than his qualification. Kristian Berki, the Olympic champion followed Max and produced a typically accurate routine, the same difficulty as Max but just slightly higher execution scores gave him 15.533.
Dan followed with a superb routine, again the same difficulty but executed to near perfection, he landed his very difficult dismount with a giant fist-pump and shout of “yes” to the crowd.
On bars both Ruby Harrold and Becky Downie had falls. Ruby going for her unique transition from high bar to low bars couldn’t quite hang on to score her 12.900 (8th), while Becky who looked well placed to be in medal contention after qualification, also unfortunately fell to score 13.000.(7th).
The championships ends tomorrow with Ruby Harrold in the beam final and Sam Oldham and Ashley Watson on high bar.
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