Max Whitlock leads British men’s team to European silver medal in Sofia

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Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock has helped the senior British men’s team to win silver at the European Championships in Bulgaria.

Max, along with team-mates Sam Oldham, Dan Keatings, Kristian Thomas, and Dan Purvis, put in a gutsy display but Britain were not able defend their title as Russia took top spot.

The Russians won gold with an overall score of 267.959 points, ahead of Britain with 265.953. Ukraine finished third to win bronze.

The format of the competition saw three of each country’s five-strong team competing on each apparatus and every score counting towards to the team total.

There were no major errors in the British routines, but a number of small errors at the beginning of the competition cost them the chance of retaining their title. However, the British quintet fought back bravely on floor and pommel horse to surge up the standings to claim second spot.

Standout routines from Max on floor and pommel, along with Oldham on vault and high bar, were the highlights for Britain, with all the gymnasts contributing well to the team total.

The silver medal continues a fine week for the men’s team who have already claimed the junior team gold and junior all-around gold and bronze.

Max will now turn his attention to tomorrow’s individual finals where he is strongly fancied to add to his medal collection.