A key member of the Team GB gymnastics squad has won two medals at a major championship.
Hannah Whelan picked up two bronze medals at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Belgium in a strong performance ahead of the Olympic Games this summer.
Overall, the Great Britain team finished in fourth place, with Whelan scoring 14.333 in the beam event to finish in third place and the first two places being won by Romanian gymnasts. It is the first time that a British competitor has won a medal in the beam discipline at a major championship event.
The 19 year-old also managed to pick up a further third place with her artistic floor routine – again finishing just behind two Romanian competitors.
“It feels amazing. I’m over the moon, it’s really unexpected. I wanted to come out and enjoy the competition and I definitely did. I enjoy training beam and feel naturally comfortable on it and to get our first-ever medal on that piece is very special,” said Whelan.
She added: “I’ve always dreamed of getting major medals and to come away with two is unbelievable. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year.”
The gymnastics Olympic championship begins on Saturday July 28th until Tuesday August 7th. All of the medals will be decided at the North Greenwich Arena, with a total of 196 male and female competitors expected to take part in one of the most popular sports on the Games schedule. For those lucky enough to have already purchased tickets for the events and planning to stay in central London hotels, the arena is easily reached via public transport.