Home favourite Giulia Steingruber stands atop the floor exercise podium at the 2016 European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Switzerland’s capital Bern ©Bern 2016/Twitter

Home favourite Giulia Steingruber claimed the senior floor exercise and vault titles as the apparatus finals took place at the 2016 European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Bern today.

Steingruber posted a score of 14.983 points to defend her vault crown at the PostFinance-Arena, edging out second-placed Ellie Downie of Great Britain by just 0.050 with Russia’s Kseniia Afanaseva taking bronze on 14.699.

The Swiss followed this up with success in the floor exercise, registering a score of 15.200 points to again hold off nearest challenger Downie by 0.634.

Romania’s Catalina Ponor rounded out the podium with a score of 14.466.

Two silver medals for Downie, but sister Becky went one better in the uneven bars with her total of 15.500 points bettering that of Russian runner-up Daria Spiridonova, the world and European champion, by just 0.034.

"I’m so pleased, not only to win the European title but to also put out my more difficult routine - it feels amazing," said Becky Downie.

"I’ve been working on this routine for about a year now and really wanted to show people what I could do in a major championships.

"I made the decision to go for it in this final and it’s paid off.

"I need to do routine like that if I’m to reach my ultimate goal - if selected for Rio - of an Olympic medal."

Russia's Aliya Mustafina triumphed in the beam final
Russia's Aliya Mustafina triumphed in the beam final ©Bern 2016/Twitter

Completing the top three with 15.100 points was Spiridonova’s compatriot Aliya Mustafina, who also triumphed in the beam final with the same score.

France’s Marine Boyer came second with 14.600 points, while Ponor claimed the first of her two bronze medals with 14.266.

Russia's Anastasiia Iliankova was the standout performer in the junior apparatus finals, winning the beam and uneven bars titles with scores of 14.400 and 14.766 respectively.

Italy's Martina Maggio finished at the summit of the vault standings with 14.499 points, while top honours in the floor exercise went the way of Romania's Denisa Golgota.