Gymnast Alice Kinsella secure Team GB silver medal in Munich

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The rising star of British gymnastics picked up a silver medal at the European Championships and impressed on both parallel bars and floor.

Alice Kinsella warned she has a lot more in her tank after struggling through a “dodgy” performance to win a brilliant silver medal at the European Championships.

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Kinsella, 21, kept his cool in a hotly contested all-around final, finishing second behind Asia D’Amato in Munich.

The Sutton-Coldfield star, who won team bronze in Tokyo last summer, came to the event with two Commonwealth golds and continued her searing season by beating Martina Maggio for silver.

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Kinsella became the 2019 European champion on the balance beam but suffered a slight wobble while dismounting in Thursday night’s final.

And when asked if she could do better to prepare for the week’s events, she said: “Oh, sure.

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“That bar dismount was pretty dodgy, so I can improve that. Obviously I had a few hiccups today. I was able to improve them and I have the feeling that there is always room for improvement in gymnastics.

“Growing up, I personally always wanted to win an all-around medal at the European Championships. It was honestly a dream of mine and I’m so proud and happy.

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“The Commonwealth Games prepared me well – getting a few medals and now an all-around medal here gives me even more motivation to do even better. I don’t think I would be here without these girls on this team with this medal around my neck.

She added, “Even with my coaches, having them cheer me on motivates me even more and helps me master my routines.”

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Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova battled in Munich when Jessica, who decided to miss the Commonwealth Games to focus on that event, finished in just 10th placeth.

She blew her hopes off the balance beam with a full throw but refused to blame her absence from Birmingham for signs of rust on the big stage.

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Gadirova, who finished 13th ahead of her compatriot Ondine Achampongthsaid: “My last competition was the Olympics and a lot has changed there.

“With time and all that, I wouldn’t have done so well in the Commonwealths. But it’s good to be here.

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“Alice is such a great gymnast and person. I am over the moon for her and so happy that she achieved an amazing result.”

The Munich 2022 Multisport European Championships with athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing, sport climbing will be held in the German city from August 11 to 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games. Follow online at bbc.co.uk/sport

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