Romanian fiesta in Cluj
The atmosphere in Cluj’s Polyvalent Hall was truly electrifying, packed to the brim with more than 5000 spectators. Loudly cheering for all gymnasts, the audience got their money’s worth, witnessing spectacular performances on the last day of these European Championships. Crowd favourite on vault Marian Dragulescu vaulted to another medal, silver this time after winning gold on floor yesterday. The former European and Olympic Champion on this event, nailed her routine and was in tears when the score flashed. Catalina Ponor – 5th European title on beam! When the legendary Nadia Comaneci awarded Catalina Ponor the gold medal, the audience went wild. Larisa Iordache finish at 3th. Other champions: Artur Dalaloyan (Russia) – vault, Oleg Verniaiev (Ukraine) – parallel, Angelina Melnikova (Russia) – floor.
Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan kicked off this final with a huge and stuck Yurchenko triple twist and a double front pike, putting up a high score that proved impossible for his rivals to beat. Crowd favourite Marian Dragulescu vaulted to another medal, silver this time after winning gold on floor yesterday. Defending champion Oleg Verniaiev adds another medal to his steadily growing collection, a bronze this time and just 3 hundredths of a point ahead of France’s Zachari Hrimeche. Israel’s Andrey Medvedev attempted the one of the most difficult vaults in the world, a piked Dragulescu, but touched with his hands before his feet, so got a zero.
1. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.933
2. Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 14.733
3. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 14.649
4. Zachari Hrimeche (FRA) 14.616
5. Artur Davtyan (ARM) 14.583
6. Dominick Cunningham (GBR) 14.133
7. Igor Radivilov (UKR) 14.033
8. Andrey Medvedev (ISR) 6.733
In a final that had all spectators on the edge of their chairs, several gymnasts made mistakes including Romanian star Larisa Iordache who, after an otherwise fantastic routine, stumbled on her triple twist dismount. Olympic Champion Sanne Wevers also counted a few hesitations so the door opened for her teammate Eythora Thorsdottir. In her usual elegant style, Thorsdottir flowed to the top position until Catalina Ponor climbed the podium. The former European and Olympic Champion on this event, nailed her routine and was in tears when the score flashed. Her 5th European title on beam! When the legendary Nadia Comaneci awarded Catalina Ponor the gold medal, the audience went wild.
1. Catalina Ponor (ROU) 14.566
2. Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) 14.066
3. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 13.966
4. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.433
5. Sanne Wevers (NED) 13.341
6. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 13.133
7. Marine Boyer (FRA) 12.966
8. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 12.533
9. Tabea Alt (GER) 10.966
Olympic Champion Oleg Verniaiev went into this final looking to regain the European title he lost to David Belyavskiy last year in Bern. As the last gymnast to perform he knew exactly what he needed to do, and despite a hand adjustement, he scored 1 tenth more that Germany’s Lukas Dauser. Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy was another tenth further down the ranking, clinching the bronze medal, narrowly edging his teammate David Belyavskiy.
1. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 15.466
2. Lukas Dauser (GER) 15.366
3. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 15.266
4. David Belyavskiy (RUS) 15.233
5. Eddy Yusof (SUI) 15.000
6. Marcel Nguyen (GER) 14.800
7. Ferhat Arican (TUR) 14.633
8. Oliver Hegi (SUI) 11.866
2014 junior European Champion Angelina Melnikova suffered from irregular performances lately, even apologising to her fans on social media. But today, she showed what she is capable of, performing a dynamic floor routine on her way to her first individual senior European title. Ellie Downie added a fourth medal to her collection, the silver this time. Eythora Thorsdottir made up for her mistakes in the all-around by showing the crowd how to truly perform on floor. She got rewarded with the bronze medal, her second medal of the afternoon.
1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.100
2. Ellie Downie (GBR) 14.066
3. Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) 13.700
4. Kim Bui (GER) 13.566
5. Lara Mori (ITA) 13.566
6. Pauline Schaefer (GER) 13.533
7. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 13.533
8. Elena Eremina (RUS) 13.466
The last final of the event belonged to Switzerland. Oliver Hegi qualified in top position but it was Pablo Braegger that run away with the European title. Performing the most difficult routine of all 8 competitors, Braegger easily overtook his teammate on way to the gold. David Belyavskiy clinched the bronze, ahead of James Hall and Edgar Boulet. The last gymnast of the competition, Anton Kovacevic, suffered a fall on his dismount and injured his knee. We wish him a speedy recovery.
1. Pablo Braegger (SUI) 14.933
2. Oliver Hegi (SUI) 14.500
3. David Belyavskiy (RUS) 14.366
4. James Hall (GBR) 14.333
5. Edgar Boulet (FRA) 14.333
6. Bart Deurloo (NED) 13.133
7. Anton Kovacevic (CRO) 13.066
8. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 11.700