Britain's women gymnasts complete 'incredible' week

  • 19 May 2014
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Great Britain's women gymnasts have had a fantastic week at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Bulgaria.

For the senior team, Rebecca Downie stole the show by winning gold in the women's uneven bars on Sunday.

The British juniors had their best-ever European Championships, winning six medals in total.

14-year-old Ellie Downie, Rebecca's younger sister, won gold on the vault and Catherine Lyons, 13, won the floor.

Amy Tinkler, 14, was just behind Catherine in silver position, adding to a bronze she won earlier on the vault.

Juniors' best-ever European total

These medals came on top of the silver they won in the team event, and the bronze in the all-around floor event, earlier in the week.

It was the juniors' best-ever performance in a European Artistic Championships.

Ellie said: "I just can't believe it; the whole week has been incredible."

Downie's long wait

Rebecca Downie, from Nottingham, is the first British women's European champion since Beth Tweddle in 2011.

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Image caption Rebecca Downie: "It's such an amazing feeling, I'm so happy."

Rebecca said: "It's such an amazing feeling, I'm so happy." She added: "I think you could see the emotion when I landed and it was just a massive relief.

Her last medal was at the Commonwealth Games back in 2006 so she's had a long wait for this success.

Great teamwork

Great Britain's senior team matched their best-ever team result at the event by claiming silver behind reigning champions, Romania.

Hannah Whelan, Rebecca Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold scored 170.633 points.

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Image caption GB's senior women take the podium with their silver medals

On Wednesday it's the turn of the men and the boys as the men's European Gymnastics Championships get under way.

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