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Oldham claims gymnastics silver

Sam Oldham won silver in the men's high bar final to add to Great Britain's impressive medal haul on the European Championships' final day.

Oldham scored 15.133 to finish behind Russia's Emin Garibov in gold medal position with a routine of 15.433, with Aleksandr Tsarevich of Belarus winning bronze in Moscow on Sunday.

It capped a strong championships for Britain following Max Whitlock's all-around silver, his gold on the floor and his pommel horse bronze, with Dan Keatings marking his comeback from two years of injury hell with pommel horse gold on Saturday.

Oldham's high bar medal is Britain's first on the apparatus at a major championships and continues the success of last year's Olympic cycle, which saw Team GB win four medals at London 2012, double their target.

The 20-year-old Nottingham-born gymnast, who finished outside of the medals in Saturday's floor final, revealed before the competition in Moscow that he is targeting all-around glory in this year's World Championships.

His success on the high bar is another stepping stone towards that and more British success at future tournaments.

Oldham said on Sunday: "It's amazing it really is, it's been coming a long time.

"I was fourth in this event a few years ago and have been waiting to come back and prove myself.

"The first high bar medal for Britain, it's amazing. I've been working high bar for a long time and I really am so happy to have this silver medal round my neck.

"I knew on landing that I'd done a good routine and I would be close but it's not till you see your name on the scoreboard that you believe it, it's brilliant."

Ruby Harrold was also in action on Sunday in the woman's beam final and finished in sixth place with a score of 13.633.

Ashley Watson, competing in his first senior major championships debut, finished eighth in the high bar final.