Daniel Keatings claimed an emotional gold for Team GB at the European Gymnastics Championships in Moscow on Saturday, securing victory on the pommel horse just months after missing out on London 2012 through injury.

Keating, who won the European crown back in 2010 and was the all-round silver medalist at the 2009 World Championships, scored an impressive 15.6 to nudge Olympic champion Krisztian Berki down into silver medal position. 

The Huntingdon Gymnastics Club member missed out on a spot at the Olympic games on home soil last summer after damaging his ankle ligaments before last year's European Championships.

Speaking after his triumph, Keatings admitted that being unable to take part last summer was the driving force behind his performance in Russia.

"That means everything to me," the 23-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I felt like I've had something to prove after missing out on the Olympics, so I was very determined."

Keatings added of his performance: "I knew I'd done the best routine I could have done and was in with a shout, so the cheer on landing was more relief than [anything] and beating the Olympic champion - it's fantastic."

His performance rounded off an excellent day at the office for Team GB as Max Whitlock also claimed gold on the floor - the first Briton to ever do so.

Whitlock shared gold with Israel's Alexander Shatilov after both were awarded scores of 15.333.

"I didn't even know, 100% [that he was the first British male to win gold on the floor], but that's an amazing achievement," the 20-year-old said afterwards.

"I'm also so proud with bronze on the pommel, it's been an incredible event.

"After the Olympics I really wanted to step it up across all of the apparatus and it's happening, which is just brilliant."

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