11.5.08 -
Final report - Kristian finished in 8th place in the floor final.

End of the championships - congratulations to the GB team and well done Reece!

11.5.08 -
Reece 4th on pommels - good routine with just a slight loss of form on the 1 handle russian. Also on Pommels a Gold for Dan Keatings - who has also won gold on parallel bars and bronze on floor plus 5th place on rings. Other GB gymnasts were Dan Purvis 5th on floor and 6th on rings and Theo 5th on vault.
Best GB performance ever in European championships.

Kristian still to compete in senior floor final this afternoon.

10.5.08 -
Today is a quiet day for GB as it is the senior team finals - won by Russia again headed by Maxim Deviatovski, this time clearing the 90 point mark on 90.375. Germany were second and Romania third.

Apparatus finals tomorrow with GB in 8 Junior Finals. In the morning:

  • Floor - Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis
  • Pommels - Reece and Daniel Keatings,
  • Rings - Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis
  • Vault - Theo
  • P bars - Daniel Keatings

    In the afternoon session we have  1 senior finalist with
    Kristian on floor.
9.5.08 -
The GB junior team has won the Junior European Championships!!

Dan Keatings came 1st overall and Dan Purvis 2nd, with Sam Oldham in 7th. Reece only did pommels and p bars but has qualified for the pommels final in 3rd place with 14.975, a score that would have got him into the senior finals!

GB has 8 finalists in the apparatus finals - this is the most successful GB team ever. Congratulations to
Reece and Barry.
9.5.08 -
3rd round has now started - great start for Reece scoring a superb 14.95 on pommels and looking very good for a place in the final. (highest score in the first 2 rounds of the junior competition was 13.65)
9.5.08 -
Round 2 now complete and Italy and Andrea Cingolani still lead with Netherlands in 2nd place.   This round saw some familiar faces from the competitions in Porec, Croatia, with Croatian and Slovenian gymnasts competing.   Round 3 starts at 5pm UK time.
9.5.08 -
After the first round of the Junior Team competition, Italy are leading with 247.45, with the Italian gymnast Andrea Cingolani leading the all round standings on 83.550.    GB compete in the 3rd round, starting on pommels, with Dan Keatings, Dan Purvis and  Sam Oldham expected to do all 6 pieces, Reece doing pommels and P bars and Theo completing the line up with floor, vault, rings and high bar.
8.5.08 -
GB finished in 9th place, 2 marks behind Italy. The winning team was Russia, then Germany and Ukraine. Kristian Thomas qualified for the floor final in 4th place with 15.225 but unfortunately Louis Smith fell on pommels so didn't make the final. GB's highest score on high bar was 13.975 - which  our own Sam Hunter can regularly beat when fully fit! The highest all round score was from Maxim Deviatovski on 89.85. None of the British team did all 6 pieces.

9th place is an improvement for GB but who knows what could have been if they had had a replacement for Ruslan in the team.

Tomorrow, it's the turn of the Juniors.
8.5.08 -
At the end of the second round, Van Wammes is still leading the all round competition, with Bulgaria leading the team competition on 253.275, just ahead of Netherlands and Poland.
8.5.08 -
First round of senior competition finished with Jeffrey Wammes of Netherlands in first place on 86.05. Next round due to finish at 4pm our time - but all the main contenders are in round 3, along with GB.
8.5.08 -
Team more settled after the disappointing Ruslan news. The Men's Senior competition is today, 6pm - 9pm local time. Juniors' podium training yesterday was very good - let's hope that competition goes as well tomorrow.
6.5.08 - Bad News.......
FIG decide
Ruslan ineligible to compete so Senior GB Team down to four
2.5.08 - Nothing to report