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British Olympians Max Whitlock and Daniel Keatings were golden Saturday while gymnasts from Israel and Sweden made history at the 2013 European Gymnastics Championships in Moscow. Pictured: All-around champion Mustafina won the uneven bars over Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg and Russia's Maria Paseka.

British Olympians Max Whitlock and Daniel Keatings were golden Saturday while gymnasts from Israel and Sweden made history at the 2013 European Gymnastics Championships in Moscow.

Whitlock, second all-around to Russia's David Belyavsky on Friday, picked up the floor exercise title. The two-time Olympic bronze medalist tied for first place with Alexander Shatilov, who became the first Israeli gymnast to win a gold medal at the senior European championships. Italy's Andrea Cingolani won the bronze medal, while defending champion Flavius Koczi fell on his piked double front to place fourth.

Keatings, a 2008 Olympian, earned a stunning victory on pommel horse over Hungary's Krisztian Berki, the reigning world, Olympic and European champion on the event. Keatings, who was left off Britain's team to the 2012 Olympics, won a tight final where seven of eight gymnasts scored 15.000 or higher. Whitlock won another medal for Great Britain with the bronze.

There was shared title on still rings, where Ukraine's Igor Radivilov and France's Samir Aït Saïd matched scores. Italian veteran Matteo Morandi and France's Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues tied for the bronze. Favorites Denis Ablyazin (Russia) and Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) were equally frustrated in fifth.

In the women's competition, Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber won the vault gold (layout Rudi and full-twisting Tsukahara). The judges could not separate all-around silver medalist Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Noël van Klaveren (Netherlands), giving them the same marks for the same vaults (double-twisting Yurchenko and Tsukahara full).

Russia's Maria Paseka, the bronze medalist on vault at the 2012 Olympics, decided to risk an Amanar but came up short. Looking dejected, she then fell on her layout Podkopayeva for seventh place.

All-around champion Aliya Mustafina, a Moscow native, was untouchable on uneven bars (inside-Stalder-full to Maloney-half; inside-Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; Stalder-full to Pak to Stalder-half; toe-shoot to high with a slight pause; stuck full-twisting double). Compatriot Paseka perked herself up after her vault disaster to take the bronze with a much-improved routine (Maloney to uprise full to Tkatchev-Pak;; Maloney-half; double front).

Olympian Jonna Adlerteg claimed the silver with a beautiful routine (Shaposhnikova to Pak; Maloney to bail to toe-shoot to high; toe-on full to Tkatchev; Jaeger; double layout), becoming the first female gymnast from Sweden to win a medal in a fully attended European championships. Swedish women won five medals at the 1963 Europeans in Paris; however, all the Eastern-bloc nations boycotted the event.

Competition concludes Sunday with the second day of apparatus finals. The competition will be streamed live to viewers in Europe at this link.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2013 European Gymnastics Championships
April 20, Moscow

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.10015.30014.750
2.Noël van Klaveren5.89.10014.90014.466
2.Larisa Iordache5.89.10014.90014.466
4.Ofir Nezer5.38.90014.20014.166
4.Teja Belak5.38.90014.20014.166
6.Chantysha Netteb5.37.7660.112.96613.533
7.Maria Paseka6.37.7660.113.96613.499
8.Tijana Tkalčec5.37.56612.86613.183

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina6.39.00015.300
2.Jonna Adlerteg6.08.63314.633
3.Maria Paseka5.88.60014.400
4.Sophie Scheder6.08.36614.366
5.Giorgia Campana5.68.46614.066
6.Ida Gustafsson5.87.36613.166
7.Beckie Downie5.97.10013.000
8.Ruby Harrold5.87.10012.900

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Max Whitlock6.68.8330.115.333
1.Alexander Shatilov6.48.93315.333
3.Andrea Cingolani6.28.70014.900
4.Flavius Koczi7.07.66614.666
5.Sam Oldham6.38.2000.114.400
5.David Belyavsky6.38.2000.114.400
7.Matthias Fahrig6.37.43313.733
8.Jeffrey Wammes6.57.4660.313.666

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Daniel Keatings6.78.90015.600
2.Krisztian Berki6.78.83315.533
3.Max Whitlock6.78.80015.500
4.Alberto Busnari6.78.73315.433
5.Harutyum Merdinyan6.48.96615.366
6.Donna-Donny Truyens6.68.53315.133
7.Sašo Bertoncelj6.58.50015.000
8.Filip Ude6.28.06614.266

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Samir Aït Saïd6.88.66615.466
1.Igor Radivilov6.78.76615.466
3.Danny Pinheiro­-Rodrigues6.78.73315.433
3.Matteo Morandi6.78.73315.433
5.Eleftherios Petrounias7.08.40015.400
5.Denis Ablyazin6.78.70015.400
7.Yuri van Gelder6.88.56615.366
8.Marcel Nguyen6.38.83315.133

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
Jonna Adlerteg: "Swedish History-maker" (profile) - November 2010
Ida Gustafsson: "Swedish Upswing" (team profile) - November 2010
Larisa Iordache: "Growing Pains" (interview and cover photo) - March 2013
Aliya Mustafina: cover photo - December 2010; "The Mustafina Mystique" (profile) - January 2011; cover photo - July/August 2012; center poster - January/February 2013
Giulia Steingruber: "A New Hit for the Swiss" (profile) - December 2009
Matthias Fahrig: "Giving It His All" (profile) - July/August 2007
Daniel Keatings: interview and center poster - June 2009); "Early Graduation Day" (profile) - July/August 2007
Marcel Nguyen: "Silver Streak" (interview) - November 2012
Sam Oldham: interview (June 2010)
Daniel Purvis: "Pure Purvis" (interview) - March 2012; "Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" (British team profile, with Purvis on cover) - November 2011; "In Steady Pursuit" (profile) - June 2009
Alexander Shatilov: "Aiming High" (profile) - January/February 2009
Filip Ude: "Great Expectations" (profile) - June 2011
Yuri van Gelder: "Power Trip" (profile) - January/February 2009; center poster (June 2008)
Jeffrey Wammes: "Comebacks Complete" (profile) - October 2007; "Destiny''s Child" (profile) - August/September 2002

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