MARIAN DRAGULESCU WINS THE EUROPEAN TITLE ON FLOOR.

A great mix in the floor final of veterans and up-and-coming talents which resulted in spectacular gymnastics with few big mistakes. Alexander Shatilov put the bar on 14.400 early on, to be overtaken only by crowd favourite Marian Dragulescu. Russia’s Dmitri Lankin tumbled his way onto the podium but couldn’t overtake the Romanian legend. So 17 years after his first European medal, Marian Dragulescu wins the European title on floor.

“I had a desire, to listen to the National anthem at this European championship, I’m glad it happened.
This is the most important medal for me, because it is won at home.
The atmosphere was wonderful, I felt great to hear my name yelled by so many Romanians, but beyond that I had a good day, as it also was in the qualifications. Of course I have had emotions, I admit, because I thought this would really be my most valuable medal. I really wanted to earn it.
As long as I am healthy and find pleasure and motivation in doing gymnastics I will continue on this road, that’s all I need. Health, pleasure and motivation.
Asked if he thinks about Tokyo he answered that he first thinks about the next  championship. But step by step, yes, I think of Tokyo, too.
In the morning of a competition, today or anytime, I only think about what I have to do and how to do it best.
I am happy with what happened today, tomorrow is a new day, I hope to feel good tomorrow. Anyway, I’ll try to fight for the medals.
It was a strong final, I looked at all the routines, and they all made it very well.”

Marian Dragulescu (ROU)

  1.  Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 14.500
  2. Dmitrii Lankin (RUS) 14.466
  3. Alexander Shatilov (ISR) 14.400
  4. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) 14.333
  5. Dominick Cunningham (GBR) 14.300
  6. Rayderley Zapata (ESP) 14.300
  7. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 14.033
  8. Pavel Bulauski (BLR) 13.766