High bar falls cost British gymnasts as Russia takes European team gold

Courtney Tulloch, Dominick Cunningham, Max Whitlock, James Hall and Joe Fraser of Great Britain show off their silver medals in Glasgow. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Russia were pushed all the way by a brave Great Britain but ultimately came through to win their third successive title in the men's team gymnastics final at the European Championships.

The reigning champions had to endure a tense final round on the horizontal bars but -- thanks to a succession of falls from the British quintet -- managed to triumph by 3989 points in Glasgow.

Great Britain had to settle for silver, finishing comfortably ahead of France in bronze.

The British team -- made up of double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, Commonwealth Games gold medal winners James Hall, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham, and British champion Joe Fraser -- had the lead after the first two rotations on the floor and pommel horse.

But Russia fought back thanks to exceptional performances across all the apparatus from Olympic silver medalist Nikita Nagornyy and a perfect parallel bars routine from team-mate Artur Dalaloyan.

Russia's five-man team of Dalaloyan, Nagornyy, Dmitrii Lankin, David Belyavskiy and Nikolai Kuksenkov were leading by just 1132 points going into the final of the six disciplines -- the horizontal bars.

But Great Britain missed the chance to exert pressure as Cunningham and Hall both fell from the high bar -- effectively ending any British hopes of gold.

Russia then produced faultless final programmes to win with a total of 257.260.