European Gymnastics Championships 2016: Nile Wilson claims high bar gold

By David McDaidBBC Olympic sports reporter
European Gymnastics Championships 2016: Nile Wilson wins historic high-bar gold
Men's European Championships
Venue: Bern, Switzerland Dates: 25-29 May
Highlights: BBC Two 15:30-18:00 on BBC Two (not in Northern Ireland) on Sunday, 29 May

Nile Wilson became the first Briton ever to win gold on the high bar at the European Gymnastics Championships.

Team-mate Kristian Thomas posted 15.0 early on in Switzerland but was beaten into second when Wilson scored 15.3 on the last routine.

City of Leeds gymnast Wilson said: "That feeling was incredible. You train your whole life for moments like that."

On Saturday, GB won silver in the team final in Bern behind Russia and ahead of the hosts Switzerland.

Wilson and Thomas had scored 15.033 to go through to the high bar final as joint-best qualifiers.

Thomas, up second, had watched several gymnasts stutter before Wilson came through at the end to snatch gold with a near-flawless routine.

Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas
Nile Wilson (left) and Kristian Thomas after their one-two in Bern

Wilson added: "All the better to do it alongside Kristian, who's helped me so much the last two years on the senior circuit.

"I'd hit that routine twice very well this week so I knew I could do it.

"I felt the nerves today, definitely, but I got through it and I can't be happier."

For Thomas, it was a happier ending to a frustrating day having finished fourth earlier in both floor and vault finals.

There was an uncharacteristic error from Louis Smith on the pommel as the world silver medallist's hand slipped and he fell off the apparatus to also finish fourth.

In other finals, Courtney Tulloch gave another fine showing on rings to come joint fourth, while Dan Purvis was eighth on the floor.

The event is the last major competition before the Rio Olympics team selection is announced on 12 July.