Sam Oldham provided Great Britain with their fifth medal, a silver, at the European Individual Championships to round off his country’s best ever performance at the major gymnastics competition.
It was a high bar routine ramped up with difficulty, including three huge releasing moves and Oldham knew he had done well upon landing. “I knew on landing that I’d done a good routine but it’s not until you see your name on the scoreboard you believe it,” Oldham revealed. “The first high bar medal for Britain, it’s amazing.”
Ashley Watson was also involved in the high bar final, but the degree of difficulty was notably lower than Oldham’s and, considering he fell during the routine, it was understandable that he finished well behind the other seven gymnasts.
Ruby Harrold, who had earlier achieved Great Britain’s highest finish for a woman in a European all-around competition with a top ten, also enjoyed a strong beam final on the last day in Moscow. Her execution was much stronger than some of her nearest rivals but, with a degree of difficulty lower than all but one opponent, Harrold was forced to make do with sixth. Nevertheless, Harrold was only 0.7 points from a medal, an amazing achievement for someone who didn’t make the Olympic squad.