SOUTH ESSEX’S head coach Scott Hann has praised the brilliant eight-medal haul by the club’s stars at the European Championships in Bulgaria.
Great Britain hero Max Whitlock beat London 2012 champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary to take pommel gold to go with his team silver and a great fifth-placed showing on the floor.
Juniors Brinn Bevan and Jay Thompson also followed up their team golds with medals in the individual competitions in Sofia.
Brinn claimed an all-around bronze and added silver medals on the rings and the parallel bars, and Jay got a silver medal on the floor, which his efforts richly deserved.
Scott, speaking as the group were about to board the plane home on Monday morning, said: “Brinn was just phenomenal. He arrived with a bit of a back problem but he really stepped up to the mark here. He was a rock for the team and great in the all-around. I’m very proud of him.
“And I am especially pleased for Jay. He’s had a big move to a different club with us and was under a lot of pressure to do well, and he has done his job brilliantly.
“And Max always shows what a great competitor he is. Fifth place on the floor at a European Championships is not bad at all.
“But on the pommel – to perform under that pressure like that three times in a row – is just incredible.
“And to beat the Olympic champion is another huge achievement for him.”