Courtney Tulloch has made history for Great Britain in winning the country’s first ever medal on rings at a major international championship. A master on this piece of apparatus, Courtney performed some incredible strength elements without a flicker, with just a small step on landing he scored a huge 15.066 to take the silver medal behind the reigning Olympic Champion Petrounias from Greece (15.433) and ahead of Ukraine’s Radivilov (15.033).
Courtney said after: "I'm super happy. My first major championship medal and I aim for more to come. I'm going to be chasing gold in the future, I just love competing and pushing myself. It's an honour to compete amongst the very best and I'm massively motivated to keep improving - this is my time!”
Ellie Downie has continued her successful European Championships by adding a further silver and bronze medal to her all-around gold. Ellie powered her way to vault silver after two strong performances to score an average of 14.350 to finish second behind France’s Devillard (14.466) and ahead of Hungary’s Devai (14.316). She also then went on to take bronze on the bars after another consistent routine with a score of 14.133 which she shared with Germany’s Seitz. Belgium’s Derwel took the gold with 14.633 ahead of Russia’s Eremina in silver with 14.300.
Becky Downie was also competing in the women’s bar final and although started off with a beautifully executed routine, missed one of her release and catch elements and fell awkwardly, leaving her unable to continue the routine. Our medical support team were immediately by her side however and she managed to walk out of the arena unaided. Becky finished in 7th place with a score of 13.000.
Ellie said after: “I was really happy with the vault silver. After such a crazy night (after winning all-around gold) last night it was hard to get any proper rest so I wasn’t expecting big things today. Both my vaults could have been better so to take the silver is amazing. Bars was a totally different story. Going up second I expected everyone to then overtake me but that didn’t happen. It’s really hard to be happy after seeing my sister Becky fall and get injured, it’s definitely mixed emotions with that and winning bronze. Becky is such a hard worker and such a fighter and I know she’ll come back stronger. I’ve now got the complete set of medals and two more finals to come tomorrow, it’s ridiculous!”