Gymnastics: GB's women's team win European Championship silver medal

Last Updated: 17/05/14 7:59pm

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Beckie Downie in action

Beckie Downie in action

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Great Britain's women's gymnastics team have won silver at the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday.

Hannah Whelan, Becky Downie, Rebecca Tunney, Claudia Fragapane and Ruby Harrold finished clocked up a team total of 170.663, just over two points behind gold medallists Romania (172.754) with Russia (169.329) back in third.

Downie scored an impressive 14.833 on bars and also top scored for GB on

vault (14.700) and beam (14.133), while Fragapane claimed the best score of the day with 14.766 on the floor, enough to edge experienced Venessa Ferrari of Italy into second place.

After the event British Gymnastics head of performance Roy Headey praised his team claiming their ultimate goal is the Summer Olympics in Brazil in two years' time.

"Today has given me a lot of belief as to how we are progressing but we always have one eye on the 2016 Games in Rio," he said.

"Romania are leading the way and our task now is to analyse how they are achieving the scores they are and see how we can make gradual improvements to reach that level."

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