European Gymnastics Championships: Great Britain win team silver medal

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Men's European Championships
Venue: Bern, Switzerland Dates: 25-29 May
Live coverage: Watch the apparatus finals live on BBC Red Button from 09:30-13:00 on Sunday
Highlights: BBC Two 15:30-18:00 on BBC Two (not in Northern Ireland)

Great Britain's men won the team silver medal behind Russia at the European Gymnastics Championships in Bern.

Kristian Thomas, Courtney Tulloch, Dan Purvis, Nile Wilson and Louis Smith scored 268.4 points to finish ahead of hosts Switzerland, who took bronze.

"It was a great competition." Thomas told BBC Sport. "I think we all did our job there."

GB increased their score from qualifying but finished almost three points behind Russia.

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Smith, on pommel, and Wilson, on parallel bars, both contributed major scores of 15.966.

There were also scores of more than 15 for Tulloch and Wilson on rings, Purvis on floor and Thomas on vault.

"I think there's a lot we can take from this competition," said Smith, who is optimistic about the British men's team's chances of success at the Olympics in Rio.

"We did 18 clean routines and we're not at full capacity yet. We're eight weeks from Rio so I think we're doing fantastically well."

World pommel champion Max Whitlock withdrew from the team with a virus and was replaced by Tulloch.

On Sunday, all five British men will compete for individual apparatus medals.

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