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Nile Wilson flows to European gold medal
Pudsey’s Nile Wilson won the all-around junior gold medal at the European Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, team-mate Brinn Bevan taking bronze.
Wilson, 18, slipped up on the parallel bars but recovered on the floor and pommel horse to finish ahead of Russia’s Valentin Starikov.
The Leeds youngster scored 84.646, while Bevan totalled 82.932 in third.
Wilson, who won silver at the 2012 European Championships, said: “It feels amazing. I’m so happy to have won the gold.
“I felt a bit of pressure and needed to pull myself together because it was having an impact.
“I was saying to myself ‘have a big heart, focus and let’s nail these routines’.
“It’s just brilliant. I couldn’t be happier or more proud to stand with the gold medal and hear our national anthem.”
Earlier in the week, Wilsdon and Bevan were part of the junior team that won gold for the fourth straight championships.
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