Britain’s junior gymnasts have won four gold and four silver medals on the final day of the European Championships in Sofia.
Nile Wilson was the star taking the pommel, parallel bars and high bar titles, with Giarnni Regini-Moran taking floor gold and vault silver, Brinn Bevan rings and parallel bars silver and Jay Thompson floor silver.
The results confirm Britain’s greatest ever junior European championships. The medals are added to the team gold and all-around gold (Nile Wilson) and bronze (Brinn Bevan) from earlier in the championships.
Nile said afterward: “It’s just the best week of my life. When we met this morning all the boys were determined to hear the national anthem playing today. The whole week has been incredible. I felt good starting on pommel today and then had to grit my teeth for parallel bars and high bar which was a big test but I was focused and was motivated and it paid off. It’s a great relief to have finished and have these medals around my neck. The support from my family and the entire British crowd today was incredible and I want to thank everyone who has helped me. It’s my last competition as a junior and now I have to move up to the senior level and I’ll do that with confidence.”
Giarrni said after “It’s the best feeling in the world. I had a bit of a minor injury scare yesterday but felt good today. Floor was great, I knew if I put in the performance of my life I would be right up there and I’m so happy to have done that. On vault I felt a bit of pressure and had to fight but I’m also really happy to have taken the silver. I kept telling myself that this was my big chance and I had to give it everything.”
National Coach Barry Collie summed up the week for the British juniors “A lot of hard work and emotion goes in to our performances and we do it all with pride at representing our country. We train with confidence and courage and take that into every competition. The trust and belief between the coaches and gymnasts is always there. We have a belief and culture in the system that our gymnasts will deliver and there’s never a doubt in our minds that these lads will perform. We are very proud of all of them.”
Giarnni Regini-Moran’s floor routine was excellent, he confidently attacked his twisting tumbles, making light of a niggling ankle difficulty, his routine was greeted with huge cheers from coaches and the crowd to score 14.700 and gold. Jay Thompson was just as impressive and determined, his routine executed really well for a score of 14.500 and the silver medal.
All-around champion Nile Wilson continued his dominance of these championships. On pommel he was controlled and clean to score 14.200 points, well above his competitors for the gold medal.
On rings Nile started strongly, however a few small wobbles and loss of form midway in his routine cost him as he scored 13.433 for 7th. Brinn Bevan was the joint top qualifier in to the final and proved just why with a rings routine high on difficulty and executed very well, his landing was stuck perfectly to score him 14.100 and take the silver medal.
Giarnni Regini-Moran’s opening vault was superb , very nicely executed for 14.866 points, his second pass was equally as impressive just a tiny hop on dismount to score 14.600 for an average 14.733 and the silver medal. Jay Thompson went for a big opening vault but couldn’t quite control his landing unfortunately stepping of the mat and putting his hands down for 13.333, his second pass was much more controlled to score 14.366 for an average of 13.849 to place 6th.
Nile Wilson topped the parallel bars qualification and was even more impressive in the final, his routine was performed superbly, very little for the judges to find fault with as he effortlessly moved across the bars and produced perfect lines for a huge score of 14.800 and the European title. Brinn Bevan joined Nile in the final and produced another great routine, with nice combinations of skills and a perfect landing to score 14.733 and silver.
Jay Thompson began his high bar routine beautifully with a huge release and catch move, he did however lose momentum mid routine and had to right through, dismounting well he scored 12.466. Nile Wilson took to the high bar confidently, his routine including several big release moves and great style for a score of 14.166 and yet another gold medal.
The European Championships conclude with the men’s senior apparatus finals.