Ellie Downie is poised to make history on Friday when she bids to become the first British gymnast to win a European Championships all-around gold medal in Cluj.

The Nottingham 17-year-old topped the standings after qualification on Thursday with a series of dazzling performances, which also saw her become the first Briton to qualify for a clean sweep of individual apparatus finals at any major finals.

As well as scoring a leading mark in the all-around classifications, Downie topped the standings on both floor and vault, with scores of 13.900 and 14.433 respectively.

She also posted qualifying marks on the uneven bars and beam – where she will be joined in both by her elder sister Becky, making her first major appearance since re-considering a decision to retire in the wake of a personally disappointing Rio Olympics.

Ellie Downie told Press Association Sport: “I definitely exceeded my expectations. I never know how I good I am at all-around until I look up at the scoreboard and it’s always a big surprise.

“I felt a bit nervous and my warm-up on the bars didn’t go quite right. But I settled down and I’m really happy with how I performed. I feel like I’m pretty much up there in the world right now.”

Becky Downie, the reigning and two-time European champion on the uneven bars, qualified for both her apparatus finals, vindicating her decision to commit to another cycling in the wake of the Rio Olympics.

The 24-year-old admitted she considered retirement but was spurred to continue by her desire to crown her career with an individual world medal, having won bronze with the team in Glasgow in 2015.

Downie said: “If you’d asked me last year whether I’d be at these Championships I’d have said no. But I think that was mostly due to disappointment with how I performed in Rio.

“One of the reasons I decided to stay was that I still haven’t achieved my individual world medal. In Rio I made mistakes but I did enough to prove that I have still got it in me.”

Claudia Fragapane marked her return to major competition by qualifying for the floor final in second place, her score of 13.766 beaten only by team-mate Ellie Downie.

Fragapane only missed out on qualifying for the beam because of the rule which only permits two gymnasts from the same country to compete in each individual final.

But she shrugged off suggestions that a lighting malfunction midway through her performance had hindered her chances of earning a higher score on the apparatus.

Fragapane said: “I noticed the lights flicker off just before I went for my difficult move, and obviously it did affect me a little bit because I didn’t know what was going on.

“But I just had to get on with it – I couldn’t blame the lights. I did the beam and I stuck the routine and I’m really happy with myself – even more proud because of what happened with the lights.”

Sixteen-year-old Alice Kinsella, who was only called up as a late replacement on Tuesday after an injury sustained by Georgia-Mae Fenton, also made the cut for Friday’s all-around final.

Both the men’s and women’s all-around finals are set to be contested on Friday, with James Hall and Joe Fraser having qualified in the men’s competition.