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Oldham silver helps Great Britain end Euro Championships on a high

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24/7

Sam Oldham rounded off a superb European Gymnastics Championships for Great Britain by claiming a silver medal in the high bar final on Sunday.

The 20-year-old recorded an impressive 15.133 and only missed out on top spot to Russia's Emin Garibov, but finished ahead of Bulgarian Aliaksandr Tsarevich.

Oldham's second place finish marks Great Britain's first ever high bar medal in Gymnastics - and the Huntingdon club member could barely contain his delight after an almost perfect dismount.

"The first high bar medal for Britain, it's amazing," Oldham told BBC Sport.

"I knew on landing that I'd done a good routine but it's not until you see your name on the scoreboard you believe it."

The Nottingham-based gymnast got his rewards for pulling off an ambitious routine which included three big release and catch moves - helping him make up for the disappointment of a 5th place finish in Sunday's floor final.

Oldham, who claimed an Olympic bronze in the team event last summer, admitted afterwards that he felt the need to make up for his performance in the floor final - which saw GB team-mate Max Whitlock claim an historic gold.

"I'm not going to lie, Saturday was really difficult because really I should have taken a medal [on the floor] so I was pretty disappointed," he said.

"I did things a little differently, I didn't really watch the other guys but I was aware there were a lot of mistakes and that made me a bit more nervous.

"I'm so pleased to have my own senior medal now and to have that under my belt is great for the future."

The championships in Moscow proved to be an outstanding success for Great Britain; Whitlock's three medals and Oldham's silver along with Dan Keatings gold on the pommel horse gave the team an excellent five-medal haul.

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