The British senior men’s team of Max Whitlock MBE (South Essex), James Hall (Pegasus/Maidstone), Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus/Maidstone), Joe Fraser (City of Birmingham) and Dom Cunningham (City of Birmingham) have taken a brilliant silver medal at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.
The team finished with a score of 253.362, behind Russia who scored 257.260 and France who made up the top three with 246.928.
In front of the home crowd, the team started on floor with three clean routines from James (13.700), Max (14.366) who improved his score from qualifying, and Dom (14.600) who showed great execution with a high difficulty score to give the team a great start.
Moving on to pommel, James scored 14.266 and Joe scored 13.800 before Max, last up, scored 14.433. There was an inquiry by the British team in to Max’s score regarding his difficultly level, however it was rejected as the judging panel felt that one of his skills wasn’t executed well enough to be counted. Therefore the score remained the same.
On rings, Joe fought well through his routine for 13.400, James kept his composure for 13.833 and then Courtney followed it up, initially being given a score of 14.433 but after an inquiry was accepted, Courtney’s revised score was 14.733.
Next up for the team was vault, with James up first. He had brilliant alignment and a slight step on landing for 14.433. Dom was up next and produced one of the best vaults of the weekend for 14.900, and Courtney finished a good rotation for the team with his Dragalescu vault scoring 14.533.
The penultimate rotation for the GB team was on parallel bars with Joe scoring nearly half a mark higher than he did in qualifying for 15.233. James (14.800) and Dom (14.500) also scored well to keep the pressure on Russia who led by just a mark going to high bar.
Unfortunately on high bar Dom (11.466) and James (12.466) both had to count falls on their routines but showed plenty of fight for the team to get through. Joe showed why he’ll be in the apparatus final tomorrow on that apparatus, getting the loudest cheer of the day, scoring 13.900.
Max was pleased with the team result: "I think we can all be proud of what we have done today, we’ve done an amazing job. Together as a team we pulled together some really good routines and have come away with a silver medal. We can walk away with our heads held high."
The competition continues tomorrow with junior apparatus finals starting at 10am and senior men’s apparatus finals at 2.30pm. Follow our channels for updates and keep an eye on the BBC for coverage.