After becoming the first Irish male Irish gymnast to make a European Senior All-Around Final, Adam Steele was glad to be competing with the elite of the sport.

The 23-year-old finished in 21st position with a total of 76.730 to progress at the European Championships in Basel.

There was a stumble on the vault in qualifying, but Steele was just reveling in the "buzz" of it all when he spoke to RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"It wasn't my best competition by all means, there were a lot of mistakes and errors, but I got to the point where I got so excited that I couldn't control it," he said.

"I'm still trying to come down from that amazing buzz of being in the finals.

"I had two pieces that went very clean for me - my floor and my high bar - got some good scores from those. The other pieces didn't go to plan. I did try a few new skills there and while they didn't go terribly, being fatigued as I was at the time it wasn't the right call."

Steele is also relishing the opportunity of competing with Europe's elite.

"It's very intimidating because these guys are the best in the world but I feel so much pride in myself to be able to compete alongside them. There are no words to explain how happy I am to be with them. When I was a kid I didn't think it was possible but now I'm here.

"Qualification was about trying a few things, now it's time to show what we got."

Watch live coverage of the European Gymnastic Championships on RTÉ2 and RTÉ player from 11.45am on Sunday.