Brinn and Jay target individual medals after winning team gold

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.”