Corby’s Daniel Keatings reclaimed his European pommel horse title while Max Whitlock become Great Britain’s first male European floor champion after he shared gold with Israel’s Alexander Shatilov in Russia.
Whitlock also won bronze on the pommel horse at the European Gymnastics championships in Moscow as his competition medal haul increased to three after he won silver in Friday’s all-around event.
Keatings, who won the European pommel horse crown three years ago in Birmingham, proved his comeback from two injury-plagued years was complete when he saw off the challenge of Olympic champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary with a gold medal-winning routine of 15.600.
Berki finished with silver after scoring 15.533 while Whitlock repeated his achievement of London 2012 by winning bronze on the apparatus with a score of 15.500.
In the floor competition, Whitlock, who qualified in first place, shared gold with Shatilov after they both scored 15.333 – Whitlock’s higher difficulty negated by the Israeli’s better execution score.
Sam Oldham finished in fifth place with a score of 14.400, well down on his result in qualification.
For Northamptonshire’s Keatings, the result is the culmination of a remarkable comeback.
The 23-year-old missed out on selection for London 2012 after two years of bad luck saw him lose the race against time to regain his fitness after serious injuries.
In May 2010, just days after he won European pommel horse gold, a scan revealed he had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in a fall during training.
It ruled him out for more than a year, with his return in late 2011 cut short when an ankle ligament injury further derailed his Olympic preparations and saw him miss out on last year’s European championships, where the British men’s team won their first ever team gold at a major competition.
The Corby gymmast was understandably thrilled to have made his mark in such a major competition after battling back to fitness.
“It felt like I had something to prove after missing out on the Olympic team and I’ve been working really hard,” Keatings said.
“I came here, had a bit of a shaky qualification and just scraped into the final after making a small mistake. To go clean in the final and to beat Berki, the Olympic champion, is just everything.
“I knew that I had done the best routine that I could have done and I knew I would have a shout because I have a high start score.
“This is my first Europeans in two years and the first chance I’ve had to defend my title and I’ve done it.”
Whitlock, whose rise to prominence has been meteoric in the last 12 months, made a piece of history himself by becoming Britain’s first ever men’s European floor champion.
“It’s a little bit crazy,” he said.
“To win a gold medal in the Europeans is an amazing feeling.
“I’m very proud. It’s an amazing feeling to see your name at the top of the scoreboard.”
In the women’s bars final, Britain’s Becky Downie and Ruby Harrold both fell during their routines to finish in seventh and eighth place.