Great Britain celebrates successes in rowing and gymnastics at European Championships


After further successes, the British rowers topped the medal table on the last day of the European Championships in Munich.

After winning four golds, two silvers and a bronze in Oberschleissheim on Saturday, Great Britain picked up two more golds and a silver on Sunday to take their overall tally to 10.

Frankie Allen, Giedre Rakauskaite, Ed Fuller and Ollie Stanhope were the dominant winners in the coxed PR3 mixed four, winning nearly 20 seconds ahead of France with Germany third.

It was an emotional victory for Cox Erin Kennedy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three months ago and has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy since being named to the squad.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Kennedy told BBC Sport. “It’s a lot for me, but it’s a lot for her too. They picked me up every time.”

Following the PR3 victory, Imogen Grant and Emily Craig took gold in the lightweight women’s doubles sculls, while the women’s eights – six of whom had previously won medals at Munich – took silver after being passed by Romania in the final 500m.

The women’s eight won silver in Munich


Over at the Olympic Hall, teenage Jessica Gadirova successfully defended her floor title as Ondine Achampong took silver on beam.

Gadirova, 17, scored 14,000, beating Italy’s Martina Maggio with 13,933 and Angela Andreoli with 13,866, with twin sister Jennifer finishing fifth.

“I’m a bit dazed, I’m shocked that I kept my title to be honest,” Gadirova said. “It’s not really sunken.

“This is the last time I will do this floor routine so winning the title with it is incredible and will always have a special place in my heart. I’ll work on a new routine after that and look forward to the World Cup in Liverpool where I’m sure the crowd will be amazing.”

Jessica Gadirova defended her floor title

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Achampong added European silver to the gold and two silvers she won at the Commonwealth Games, with the 18-year-old finishing with the same score – 13,400 – as Carolann Heduit but surpassing the French with her execution.

“I’m just shocked, I really can’t believe it,” Achampong said. “I really didn’t expect that at all.

“I went into these finals with no particular goals, I just wanted to do what I do in the gym and feel like I’m getting more and more used to dealing with the big moments like today.

“To have competed in the Commonwealth Games and then these Europeans was a big step up for me and to have won medals in both feels really special.”

Britain’s Jack Carlin fell in the men’s sprint


At the velodrome, Britain’s Jack Carlin valiantly secured a silver medal in the men’s sprint as he pushed through the pain barrier after a bad fall in the semifinals.

Carlin won the first race of the final against Sebastien Vigier and was inches away from taking the title when the Frenchman defeated the second race in a photo finish.

Vigier then won in the deciding set when the aftermath of Carlin’s fall proved too much for the 25-year-old Scot to overcome. Great Britain celebrates successes in rowing and gymnastics at European Championships

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