Yes, Great Britain.

The British Gymnastics Program has come on exceptionally strong in the past few years.

The Women’s team came in second place as a team at the 2010 European Championships held in Birmingham, behind Russia and ahead of Romania, making them a force to be reckoned with leading up to the next two World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.

In the team competition, Great Britain had the highest team scores on the Uneven Bars and the Floor Exercise, outscoring Russia by nearly two points on the Uneven Bars and by 0.100 on the Floor Exercise.

Britain also finished fourth on the Vault and fifth on the Balance Beam, both of which are arguably Britain’s weakest events.

High scores on the Vault (14.075) and Balance Beam (14.100) went to Becky Downie, who finished third at the 2009 American Cup and 16th All-Around at the 2009 World Championships.

Beth Tweddle scored the highest on Uneven Bars (15.850) and Floor Exercise (14.825) for the team.

Beth also defended her individual titles on the Uneven bars (15.875) over Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Nataliya Kononenko of Ukraine, as well as on the Floor Exercise (14.825) over Anna Myzdrikova of Russia and Diana Chelaru of Romania.

Other British results: Nicole Hibbert was 8th in the Vault Final  (13.025) [5.3/8.2/13.5 | 5.2/7.35/12.55].

Becky Downie was 5th in the Uneven Bars (6.1/8.525/14.625).

Niamh Rippin tied for 6th on the Floor Exercise with Marine Brevet of France (5.8/7.7[-0.1]/13.400).

Team Results

1. RUSSIA – 169.700
2. GREAT BRITAIN – 168.275
3. ROMANIA – 164.975
4. FRANCE – 163.575
5. ITALY – 161.675
6. SWITZERLAND – 156.175
7. NETHERLANDS – 156.000
8. UKRAINE – 155.375

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For the British Junior Women, Laura Mitchell finished 14th All-Around (51.200) and Leilah Mackenzie finished 17th (50.425). Mackenzie also finished 4th on the Balance Beam (5.3/8.125/13.425). The British Juniors also finished 6th as a team in qualifications.

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On the Men’s side, the Senior Men finished second as a team to Germany, scoring a 263.025.

Individually, Daniel Purvis tied for the Bronze Medal on the Floor Exercise with a 15.250 (6.4/8.85) while teammate Kristian Thomas finished in 5th place with a 14.975 (6.3/8.675).

2009 World All-Around Silver Medallist Daniel Keatings took the Gold Medal on the Pommel Horse, with a score of 15.600 (6.7/8.9) with teammate Louis Smith taking the Silver Medal with a score of 15.375 (6.6/8.775).

On the Parallel Bars, Daniel Purvis finished 8th, scoring 14.425 (5.7/8.725).

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The British Junior Men fared rather well in Birmingham as well.

Sam Oldham won the Junior All-Around (84.575) over teammate Max Whitlock (84.275).

Whitlock won the Floor Exercise (5.2/8.975/14.175) while Oldham was 7th (5.3/8.85[-0.5]/13.650).

Whitlock won the Pommel Horse as well (5.8/8.6/14.400) with teammate Frank Baines finishing in 7th place (4.7/7.45/12.150).

Reiss Beckford won the Bronze Medal on the Still Rings, scoring 14.125 (5.1/9.025) with teammate Max Whitlock finishing in 6th place (4.7/9.15/13.850).

On the Parallel Bars, Frank Baines finished in 4th place with a 13.450 (4.9/8.55) and Reiss Beckford placed 7th with a 13.150 (4.6/8.55).

Sam Oldham won a second Gold Medal on the Horizontal Bar with a score of 13.825 (5.1/8.725). Teammate Reiss Beckford finished tied for 3rd place with a 13.650 (5.1/8.55).

The British Junior Men also led the team qualifying by nearly six points over Switzerland and France.

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