SOUTH ESSEX’S brilliant juniors Brinn Bevan and Jay Thompson have turned turned their attention to individual honours after helping Great Britain to a stunning gold medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria.
The duo played a key role in helping a GB team – which also included Nile Wilson, Giarnni-Regini Moran and Joe Fraser – to win their fourth straight European junior title, despite fierce competition from runners-up Russia.
And despite a niggling back injury which affected his floor routine, Brinn was the third-highest scorer behind leader Wilson and second-placed Russian Kirill Potapov.
And South Essex’s head coach Scott Hann says Brinn be a serious challenger for the all-around title on Friday and for individual medals in the rings and parallel-bars finals in Sofia on Sunday.
Hann said: “The medical team are working hard to get Brinn back to full fitness, but he showed what a great competitor he is again.
“Nile did fantastically well and he is in pole position for that all-around title.
“But it is still a big opportunity for Brinn and it would be great to see either British gymnast win it.”
Jay has qualified for Sunday’s finals on the floor, high-bar and vault, and Hann praised his contribution for Great Britain so far.
Hann said: “Jay was a real rock for the team – and that ‘s what you need.
“He made a mistake on pommel and will miss that final, but overall he did really well.
“He has a chance on vault, and a good opportunity on floor, and an outside chance on the high bar.
“It’s a great opportunity for him to shine and I hope he takes it.”