Briton takes silver at European gymnastics

Daniel Keatings, a 17-year-old from Huntingdon, today became the first British man for five years to win a medal at the European gymnastics championships, when he took silver in the pommel horse competition in Amsterdam.

Scoring 15.450 points, Keatings was runner-up to Hungary’s Krisztian Berki (15.800), with Flavius Koczi of Romania (15.325) in third.

Team mate Louis Smith nearly made it a double celebration for Team GB but was just edged out of the podium places.

Keatings took a creditable 13th place overall on Saturday in the men’s all-round individual competition.

The last British male competitor to win a European medal was Kanukai Jackson in the vault in 2002.

A delighted Keatings said: “I’m thrilled, I came here to make a final but never expected a medal, so I’m over the moon.”