Nile controlled the event in Sofia while Brinn tussled for the podium places with Russia’s Starikov going right to the final routine; Nile scored 84.646 with Brinn scoring 82.932 and Starikov 83.540
Competing across all six men’s apparatus the all-around champion truly defines the most complete gymnast. Nile was outstanding throughout, great difficulty levels and range of skills across all pieces with top scoring high bar, pommel and floor performances the standout routines as he follows his 2012 European all-around silver to become the champion. Brinn was also exceptional, as he produced the top rings and second best high bar and pommel routines of the day.
The medals continue a fine week that has already seen the junior team crowned champions for the fourth successive championships with more medal opportunities in apparatus finals on Sunday.
Nile said after: “It’s the best feeling in the world, coming in to this I had a lot of pressure which may be showed in the first few routines but I put my head together gritted my teeth and went for it.
I was saying to myself have a big heart, focus and let’s nail these routines. It’s just brilliant I couldn’t be happier or more proud to stand with the gold medal and hear our national anthem.”
Brinn said “I’m well happy, there were a few mistakes and I could have been better but I still have the bronze medal which is fantastic. I knew it would be a close call but didn’t feel any pressure. We did amazingly as a team on Wednesday and that was the main aim so today I could go out there and do it for myself.”
Nile began his campaign on vault where he was confident and powered to a score of 14.166. On to parallel bars and Nile produced a routine high in difficulty, he unfortunately couldn’t quite stabilise himself re-catching the bars mid routine and had to re-grasp but continued well to score 13.666. An awesome high bar routine for Nile saw him come back in to the reckoning in style and score 14.266.He followed up on floor with another superb display producing a perfectly landed double twisting double back tumble pass he punched the air as he finished to score 14.666. On pommel Nile was fluid and composed with high difficulty in his skills for a great score of 13.766. Finally on rings Nile knew a clean routine would be enough for the top spot and that’s exactly what he did, controlled and calm his coach let out a shout of relief as he landed safely for 14.016 points.
Brinn began his event on rings with a superb routine and a perfect stuck dismount giving him 14.233. On to vault he was again in fine form, only a small hop on landing to score 14.400. Brinn had to fight hard to save one of his handstands on parallel bars but battled through well for a 13.500. On high bar Brinn was again in great form with a superb double-double dismount for a 13.833. On to floor, Brinn produced some excellent energetic twisting tumbles; he couldn’t quite control the landing of his final triple twist and took a pace forward for a great score of 13.266. Ending on pommel needing 14.308 Brinn handled the pressure superbly, a lovely dismount but not quite enough to seal silver as he scored 13.700.
The championships continue on Saturday24th May with the senior men’s team final where Daniel Keatings, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham, Max Whitlock and Kristian Thomas aim to defend their European title.