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Whitlock and Keatings strike gold

Gymnasts Max Whitlock and Dan Keatings both claimed two gold medals each on the final day of the British Championships in Liverpool.

Whitlock retained the men's all-around title on Saturday and duly added two more golds to his collection - on the floor and on the rings - during the men's 'Masters' competition.

European champion Keatings saw off the threat of Olympic medallist Louis Smith to take gold on the pommel horse and also excelled to take top spot in the parallel bars competition.

Whitlock used twisting tumbles and expressive flair work to score 15.600 for gold on the floor - Giarnni Regini-Moran took silver as Reiss Beckford and Frank Baines tied for the bronze.

Smith and Whitlock then battled for the pommel horse gold with Keatings, who rose to the occasion to score a personal best 16.133 for the top prize.

All the gymnasts tried highly complicated routines but Smith lost momentum and took bronze behind Whitlock.

Whitlock (14.933) took rings gold ahead of Dan Purvis and both Sam Oldham and Theo Seager, who shared bronze, while Keatings scored 16.000 on the parallel bars to beat Purvis and Whitlock into second and third place.

Oldham averaged 14.566 for the gold medal on vault, denying Regini-Moran and Dom Cunningham, but lost out to Kristian Thomas on the high bar.

The Olympic bronze medallist wowed the Echo Arena crowd with his skills in catching and releasing the bar to score 14.600, while Ashley Watson and Oldham took silver and bronze respectively.

In the women's apparatus finals, all-around champion Rebecca Tunney produced a near faultless appearance to win gold on the bars.

Teenager Tunney, who won the women's competition with a score of 56.750 across their four pieces of apparatus on Saturday, dazzled on the bars to score 15.400 and beat Rebecca Downie into silver with 15.100.

Claudia Fragapane - making her senior debut in Liverpool - was in bronze with a score of 13.950.

Kelly Simm's average score of 14.225 across two routines saw her take vault gold ahead of Fragapane and Emma White while Downie (15.140) took gold on the beam ahead of Hannah Whelan and Tunney.

Lizzie Beddoe of Wales impressed on the floor to take gold with a score of 13.250 at the expense of Emily Crowe and Whelan.