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Downie wins gold in Sofia

Great Britain's Rebecca Downie won gold in the uneven bars at the European Artistic Championships in Sofia on Sunday.

Downie ended her eight-year quest for an individual gymnastics medal on Sunday.

The 22-year-old from Nottingham scored 15.500 to pip Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina (15.266) to top spot in the competition.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet, it's the most amazing thing ever," Downie said afterwards.

"For me to take the bars, it's just been an incredible day."

She added: "I'd say one of my biggest gymnastic idols is Aliya Mustafina; watching her in training and the way she competes, I love to watch her.

"It's pretty crazy to say I've just beaten her to a European bar title.

"She said congratulations. We're fairly good friends and she always congratulates whether she wins or loses."

Britain's Rebecca Tunney was edged out of a medal by Russia's Daria Spiridonova, who took bronze, while 16-year-old Bristolian Claudia Fragapane finished sixth in the vault.