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Britain's men claim first Euro gymnastics gold

ESPN staff
May 26, 2012
Great Britain's five-man team are presented with their gold medals © Getty Images

Great Britain's men capitalised on errors from their main rivals to claim a first ever European Gymnastics team gold medal in Montpellier on Saturday.

Having finished second in the team event in Birmingham two years ago, Kristian Thomas held his nerve on the high bar to complete a superb final routine and secure gold for Team GB.

Thomas confirmed a little slice of history for the five-man team after the whole squad - also including Dan Purvis, Louis Smith, Ruslan Panteleymonov and Max Whitlock - had made strong contributions in the various disciplines.

Smith led the way with the best score of the day by some distance on the pommel horse, while Purvis and Panteleymonov stood out on the floor and rings respectively.

Whitlock, who had earlier submitted strong displays on the floor and on the pommel horse, unintentionally set up a tense conclusion for Thomas after falling from the high bar, but his team-mate ensured it would not be a fatal mistake.

The performance meant Russia were forced to settle for second, with Romania third as Germany and France both endured nightmare days.

Attention now turns to Sunday's individual finals, which all five of the British squad are involved in.

The GB team for London 2012 will be announced in July, following the conclusion of the British Championships in Liverpool.

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