Sport Sam Oldham to head up British team in Cluj

14:40  11 april  2017
14:40  11 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Sam Oldham bears no grudge over Rio 2016 snub ahead of European Championships

  Sam Oldham bears no grudge over Rio 2016 snub ahead of European Championships Sam Oldham insists he bears no grudge over his controversial omission from the Rio Olympics as he prepares to make his long-awaited international return at this week's European Championships in Cluj. The 24-year-old was forced to watch his team-mates' unprecedented medal haul from home having missed out on selection and subsequently failed with an appeal.It was a further bitter blow for Oldham, who had returned from nine months out following a serious ankle injury at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and impressed in the pre-Rio London Open.

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Sam Oldham will lead an inexperienced British men's team at the European Gymnastics Championship in Cluj.: World Cup of Gymnastics - The O2 © PA WIRE World Cup of Gymnastics - The O2

Former Olympic bronze medallist Sam Oldham will lead an inexperienced British men's team at the European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj next week.

Oldham is joined by newly-crowned British all-around champion Joe Fraser plus Frank Baines, Courtney Tulloch and Dom Cunningham in the five-man squad for the event.

Rio medallists Max Whitlock and Louis Smith are taking time off from competition while fellow Rio team member Brinn Bevan is struggling for form.

British Gymnastics head coach Eddie Van Hoof said: "As the first European Championship of the new Olympic cycle this competition gives the unknown a chance to become known.

"Our British team members are relatively young and inexperienced in such events and this affords them the exposure to compete against Europe's best and measure their progress. There are a number of medal opportunities for the taking."

The women's team, which is expected to include Claudia Fragapane and Rio bronze medallist Amy Tinkler, is due to be announced on Wednesday.

Britain's Ellie Downie qualifies for all-around and all apparatus finals in Cluj .
Ellie Downie is poised to make history on Friday when she bids to become the first British gymnast to win a European Championships all-around gold medal in Cluj. The Nottingham 17-year-old topped the standings after qualification on Thursday with a series of dazzling performances, which also saw her become the first Briton to qualify for a clean sweep of individual apparatus finals at any major finals.As well as scoring a leading mark in the all-around classifications, Downie topped the standings on both floor and vault, with scores of 13.900 and 14.433 respectively.

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