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Wilson Wins Junior European Crown
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Nile Wilson became Great Britain's fourth consecutive junior all-around champion as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Friday in Sofia. Pictured: Wilson with runner-up Valentin Starikov (Russia) and bronze medalist Brinn Bevan (Great Britain).

Nile Wilson became Great Britain's fourth consecutive junior all-around champion as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Friday in Sofia.

Wilson, second two years ago to teammate Frank Baines, won by nearly a full point over Russia's Valentin Starikov. Great Britain's Brinn Bevan took the bronze medal.

Wilson continued Great Britain's streak of domination at the Junior Europeans, held biennially. He follows Daniel Keatings (2008), Sam Oldham (2010) and Bains (2012) in taking the overall title.

"It’s the best feeling in the world," said Wilson, the top qualifier. "Coming in to this, I had a lot of pressure which may be showed in the first few routines but I put my head together gritted my teeth and went for it. I was saying to myself 'have a big heart, focus and let's nail these routines.' It’s just brilliant, I couldn’t be happier or more proud to stand with the gold medal and hear our national anthem."

On Wednesday, Wilson led the British juniors to their fourth consecutive team title at the Junior Europeans. However, Starikov, fourth in qualification, interrupted Great Britain's streak of finishing 1-2 in the all-around as well. Teammate Kirill Potapov, second all-around behind Wilson in qualification, finished 15th after a disastrous 11.166 on high bar.

Russian team coach Andrei Rodionenko noted many of the gymnasts were less confident than they had been in the team competition, but that he was happy with what he saw. He emphasized that Russia's junior standouts need to be nurtured to become part of the senior national team in the next Olympic cycle.

"Today's results reflect the true state of things," Rodionenko said. "The competition in the men's junior all-around was very interesting. Young gymnasts are already doing interesting routines. And, most importantly, they have good potential. This is the main point of this competition. How they place is not important, but that they are showing what will come in the national team. Everyone knows that one result today, but tomorrow it could be completely different. But the experience that the guys have gained is just enormous."

Bevan also acknowledged some mistakes but said he was happy to take another medal at the end of the day.

"I’m well happy," he said. "There were a few mistakes and I could have been better, but I still have the bronze medal, which is fantastic. I knew it would be a close call but didn’t feel any pressure. We did amazingly as a team on Wednesday and that was the main aim, so today I could go out there and do it for myself."

Competition continues Saturday in Sofia with the men's team final. The European Gymnastics Union (UEG) will stream the final live via www.ueg.org.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Men's European Championships
May 23, Sofia, Bulgaria

Junior All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Nile Wilson 5.5 14.666 5.4 13.766 5.1 14.016 5.6 14.266 5.5 13.666 5.5 14.266 84.646
2. Valentin Starikov 5.5 14.283 5.1 13.533 5.3 13.700 5.6 14.733 5.7 14.200 5.1 13.091 83.540
3. Brinn Bevan 5.2 13.266 5.3 13.700 5.0 14.233 5.2 14.400 5.0 13.500 5.0 13.833 82.932
4. Sascha Coradi 5.3 14.100 4.4 12.891 4.8 13.633 5.2 14.600 5.2 13.833 5.1 13.666 82.723
5. Florian Landuyt 5.7 14.333 4.9 13.233 4.7 13.166 5.6 14.733 5.4 13.733 4.7 12.933 82.131
6. Vigen Khachatryan 4.9 13.733 4.3 12.866 4.8 13.866 5.2 14.533 4.5 13.533 4.1 13.133 81.664
7. Paul Degouy 4.8 13.633 4.4 12.933 4.8 13.725 5.2 14.400 4.8 13.050 4.8 13.833 81.574
8. Nicola Bartolini 5.2 13.900 4.7 13.033 4.6 13.200 5.6 14.266 4.8 13.400 4.8 13.566 81.365
9. Jonathan Vrolix 5.4 14.166 4.6 12.758 4.8 13.391 5.2 14.300 4.6 13.366 4.4 13.333 81.314
10. Marios Georgiou 4.9 13.833 5.0 12.833 4.8 13.600 5.2 14.400 4.9 13.533 4.4 12.900 81.099
11. Zachari Hrimeche 5.3 14.000 4.4 11.933 4.6 13.200 5.6 14.600 5.1 13.233 5.2 13.758 80.724
12. David Huddleston 4.9 13.325 4.6 13.466 4.5 13.233 4.4 13.266 5.0 14.066 4.5 13.333 80.689
13. Tomas Kuzmickas 5.7 14.066 4.4 12.833 3.8 12.466 5.2 14.066 5.0 13.700 4.8 13.166 80.297
14. Botond Kardos 5.4 13.933 5.0 12.466 4.8 13.266 5.2 14.166 5.0 13.400 4.7 13.033 80.264
15. Kirill Potapov 5.4 13.983 5.5 13.383 5.3 14.100 5.2 14.366 5.4 12.741 4.8 11.166 79.739
16. Adrian Pfiffner 4.5 13.400 4.4 12.500 5.0 13.566 4.4 13.366 4.8 13.400 4.9 13.500 79.732
17. Andrea Russo 4.8 13.183 4.7 13.066 5.0 13.633 4.4 13.366 4.8 13.000 4.6 13.266 79.514
18. Frank Rijken 5.0 12.800 5.1 13.300 4.5 13.500 4.4 12.900 5.1 13.633 4.9 13.233 79.366
19. Antonios Tantalidis 5.2 14.108 4.9 13.691 4.3 12.833 5.2 14.233 4.5 12.933 4.1 11.433 79.231
20. Vladyslav Gryko 5.2 13.600 5.6 13.566 4.9 12.333 5.2 13.966 4.9 13.233 4.6 12.433 79.131
21. Nils Dunkel 4.6 13.083 5.0 12.333 4.7 13.166 5.2 13.933 4.9 13.333 4.7 12.966 78.814
22. Eyal Glazer 4.8 12.166 4.8 13.333 5.3 14.075 3.6 12.733 4.8 12.933 4.2 13.100 78.340
23. Norbert Dudas 4.5 12.633 4.7 11.500 5.0 13.633 5.2 13.400 4.9 13.066 5.1 12.166 76.398
24. Ahmet Onder 5.1 14.000 3.5 10.200 4.7 13.366 5.2 13.958 4.7 11.566 5.2 12.500 75.590
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