European Gymnastics Championships: Max Whitlock wins pommel gold, Ellie Downie wins bronze on vault

By David McDaid

BBC Olympic sports reporter

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European Gymnastics Championships: Max Whitlock wins pommel horse gold

Huge Britain’s Max Whitlock claimed the European pommel title to take his first main gold since 2017 in Szczecin, Poland on Saturday.

The 26-year-vulnerable, whose last main title got here at the World Championships nearly two years within the past, claimed a satisfied victory with a gather of 15.533.

Ellie Downie earlier won her 2d medal of the tournament with vault bronze.

The 19-year-vulnerable carried out with a entire of 14.316 – appropriate Zero.2 marks within the again of gold medallist Maria Paseka of Russia.

Downie’s vault consequence marked her 10th profession medal at European level.

Whitlock loved an 18-month a success shuffle on the pommel after a success Olympic gold at the Rio Video games in 2016.

Nonetheless, twice in 2018 – first at the Commonwealth Video games and then the World Championships – he became once beaten to gold by advantage of his opponent’s greater execution gather.

Whitlock urged BBC Sport that the victory became once “a huge reduction”.

“With last year no longer going fully to devise, the strain ramped up increasingly extra,” he said.

“I realized so necessary from last year and I must open building on that, and I’m satisfied to level that at the unique time.”

Whitlock’s compatriot Brinn Bevan became once unable to create the pommel podium, placing sixth.

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