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British Win Four Golds as Europeans Conclude
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Junior all-around champion Sam Oldham (Great Britain) added the high bar title Sunday at the 2010 Europeans in Birmingham.

The host nation won four more gold medals Friday as 2010 Men's European Championships concluded in Birmingham.

The British juniors followed their team and all-around victories with three more titles in Sunday morning's finals. All-around silver medalist Max Whitlock began the day with gold medals on floor exercise and pommel horse. All-around champion Sam Oldham ended the competition with the high bar title.

"I really wanted pommel - it was my main aim to win a medal because that's my best piece," Whitlock said. "I’ve been practicing on pommels for a long time and I have quite a high start score. I just hoped to go clean and then hopefully I get a good score. It was amazing to hear the national anthem."

On high bar, Oldham performed a layout Tkatchev and Tkatchev and hop-full Rybalko and dismounted with a layout double-double to win his third gold of the championships.

"It feels really good to get another gold medal," Oldham said. "I was considering whether or not to do a harder routine but the first four made a few mistakes so I decided to go with my normal routine. What we’ve achieved is incredible really, we’ve trained really hard. Its probably our best performance ever!"

Spain's Nester Abad won still rings and Romania's Andrei Muntean won parallel bars. Artur Davtyan won the first European title for Armenia with a victory on vault.

In the senior competition, reigning world and European all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings won pommel horse, Great Britain's fourth gold medal. Clubmate Louis Smith, the 2008 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist, broke form for second.

"I feel awesome!" Keatings said. "I qualified in second place, just behind Louis. Louis made an unfortunate error, which opened the gap for me. Yesterday I fell off the pommel in team final so I tried to redeem myself today, come in and do the best pommel routine I could do, and I did it!"

Germany's Matthias Fahrig won floor exercise, opening with a front double full to punch double front.

Finland's Tomi Tuuha won an upset victory on vault with clean execution on his Tsukahara 2 1/2 and double-twisting layout handspring front. Fahrig placed second, with a low landing on his Dragulescu.

France's Yann Cucherat defended his parallel bars title from the 2009 Europeans. The 30-year-old Cucherat postponed surgery on his right shoulder in the hopes of defending his European title, although the delay may cause him to miss October's world championships.

"I have zero regrets," Cucherat said. "My choices were good."

Cucherat's tears turned to smiles during the awards ceremony, when his ears detected the French junior team in the stand singing the words to La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

"I was crying. But when I heard the boys singing, I could only laugh," Cucherat said. "Whether it's tears or laughter, it's the same joy behind them. That will remain a beautiful moment — it is not every day we hear 'La Marseillaise.' I loved this live version!"

On high bar, Greece's Vlasios Maras performed a Pegan to Rybalko and stuck layout double-double to win his fifth European title since 2002. He edged Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland (Kovacs to Kolman), 15.400-15.375.

The 2010 European Championships continue this week with the women taking the floor Wednesday.

External Link: Official Competition Site

2010 Men's European Championships
April 25, Birmingham, Great Britain

Senior Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Matthias Fahrig6.78.95015.650
2.Eleftherios Kosmidis6.78.70015.400
3.Daniel Purvis6.48.85015.250
3.Marcel Nguyen6.58.75015.250
5.Kristian Thomas6.38.67514.975
6.Flavius Koczi6.28.75014.950
7.Rafael Martinez6.48.42514.825
8.Adrian Bucur6.08.70014.700

Senior Pommel Horse FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Daniel Keatings6.78.90015.600
2.Louis Smith6.68.77515.375
3.Saso Bertoncelj6.38.60014.900
4.Flavius Koczi6.48.47514.875
5.Vid Hidvegi6.28.65014.850
6.Koen Van Damme6.38.27514.575
7.Alberto Busnari5.78.17513.875
8.Cyril Tommasone6.17.22513.325

Senior Still Rings FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Matteo Morandi6.78.55015.250
2.Samir Ait Said6.88.30015.100
3.Jordan Jovtchev6.78.20014.900
4.Davtyan Vahagn6.78.00014.700
5.Paolo Ottavi6.38.35014.650
6.Marcel Nguyen6.38.17514.475
7.Nikki Boeschenstein5.88.57514.375
8.Fabian Hambuechen5.57.50013.000

Senior Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Tomi Tuuha6.69.35015.95015.975
2.Matthias Fahrig7.09.15016.15015.962
3.Flavius Koczi6.29.35015.55015.925
4.Jeffrey Wammes6.69.32515.92515.862
5.Marek Lyszczarz6.69.32515.92515.800
6.Marcel Nguyen6.69.30015.90015.750
7.Isaac Botella6.69.30015.90015.737
8.Yann Rayepin7.08.9750.315.67515.125

Senior Parallel Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Yann Cucherat6.29.07515.275
2.Vasileios Tsolakidis6.38.90015.200
3.Adam Kierzkowski6.09.10015.100
3.Hamilton Sabot6.58.60015.100
5.Epke Zonderland6.18.97515.075
6.Roman Kulesza6.09.02515.025
7.Manuel Carballo5.88.87514.675
8.Daniel Purvis5.78.72514.425

Senior High Bar FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Vlasios Maras6.98.50015.400
2.Epke Zonderland7.18.27515.375
3.Philipp Boy6.98.45015.350
3.Fabian Hambüchen7.08.35015.350
5.Jeffrey Wammes6.78.32515.025
5.Yann Cucherat6.88.22515.025
7.Roman Kulesza6.47.82514.225
8.Aljaz Pegan6.67.20013.800

Junior Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Max Whitlock5.28.97514.175
2.Volkaert Siemon5.38.82514.125
2.Adelin Kotrong5.48.72514.125
4.Fabian Gonzalez5.38.65013.950
5.Thomas Neuteleers5.18.67513.775
5.Ivan Rittschik5.08.8750.113.775
7.Sam Oldham5.38.8500.513.650
8.Andrei Groza5.18.6500.213.550

Junior Pommel Horse FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Max Whitlock5.88.60014.400
2.Oliver Hegi5.08.47513.475
3.Daniel Weinert4.88.40013.200
3.Artur Davtyan4.58.70013.200
5.Jimmy Verbaeys4.78.42513.125
6.Brandon Prost4.88.17512.975
7.Frank Baines4.77.45012.150
8.Christopher Jursch3.78.10011.800

Junior Still Rings FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Nestor Abad5.09.25014.250
2.Stephen Micholet5.38.85014.150
3.Reiss Beckford5.19.02514.125
4.Andrei Muntean5.28.75013.950
5.Alberto Tallon4.89.12513.925
6.Max Whitlock4.79.15013.850
7.Artur Davtyan4.79.12513.825
8.Vahan Vardanyan4.69.15013.750

Junior Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Artur Davtyan6.29.25015.45015.462
2.Fabian Gonzalez6.29.42515.62515.350
3.Marco Lodadio6.69.35015.95015.275
4.Michael Meier6.29.12515.32515.262
5.Nestor Abad6.29.02515.22515.187
6.Daniel Radeanu6.28.62514.82515.075
7.Pablo Braegger6.29.12515.32515.000
8.Tomas Thys6.28.8750.314.77514.800

Junior Parallel Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Andrei Muntean5.28.60013.800
2.Oliver Hegi5.18.65013.750
3.Eddy Yusof4.78.77513.475
4.Frank Baines4.98.55013.450
5.Christian Keil4.68.80013.400
6.Ferhat Arican5.18.27513.375
7.Reiss Beckford4.68.55013.150
8.Jim Zona4.97.77512.675

Junior High Bar FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Sam Oldham5.18.72513.825
2.Oliver Hegi4.88.95013.750
3.Fabian Gonzalez5.68.05013.650
3.Reiss Beckford5.18.55013.650
5.Dimitris Krasias5.18.40013.500
6.Jim Zona5.07.72512.725
7.Pablo Braegger4.77.90012.600
8.Robert Tvorogal4.77.80012.500
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