Ellie Downie has become the first British gymnast to win a European all-around gold medal

Ellie Downie becomes Great Britain’s first European all-around champion

Ellie Downie was crowned Great Britain’s first European all-around champion after a thrilling finish in Cluj.

The 17-year-old trailed Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs throughout the competition before she nailed her final floor routine to pip her rival by just 0.333 of a point.

It was a superb performance from Downie, who has also qualified for all four individual apparatus finals on Saturday and Sunday.

Downie said: “It was a fight for me out there because I was always second, but I knew when I saw her floor score come in that I had done better than that in qualification.

“Obviously I was aware of where I was standing throughout but I tried to ignore her scores and just focus on myself. It was just crazy when I discovered I’d won and I don’t think it will sink in for a while.

“I’ve definitely surprised myself in the last couple of weeks. I had to have two weeks off after the British Championships because I had to rest my foot, so to come out here and win gold is amazing really.”

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