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Romania Defends European Team Title
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Romania won the senior team final Saturday as competition continued at the 2014 Women's European Championships in Sofia.

Romania won the senior team final Saturday as competition continued at the 2014 Women's European Championships in Sofia.

Romania defended the title it had won two years ago in Brussels, scoring 172.754 to top Great Britain (170.663) and Russia (169.329).

Olympian Larisa Iordache led Romania to victory in Sofia, where the Romanians relied on their consistency to take the title. The team hit 11 of 12 routines, with the only major mistake coming from Iordache on uneven bars (bending her legs and falling over after a handstand on the low bar). The team was most impressive on balance beam – with tucked fulls from Iordache and Andreea Munteanu) – and on floor exercise, where Iordache mounted with a tucked double-double and Diana Bulimar with a huge double layout.

Great Britain, the top team in qualification, began with a few shaky routines on balance beam and floor exercise. Then things turned great for Britain after Claudia Fragapane tumbled to 14.766, the highest floor score of the day, with a full-twisting double layout and double layout passes. Britain rallied on vault with three solid double-twisting Yurchenkos before putting on a show of originality and difficulty on uneven bars for the highest event total of the day. The team silver matches the Great Britain's best result to date following its second place at the 2010 Europeans in Birmingham.

Russia gave away the title with two falls - one from Anna Rodionova on uneven bars and one from Daria Spiridonova on balance beam. Superstar Aliya Mustafina, the only team veteran, performed well on three events. She scored the highest mark of the day with her 15.133 on uneven bars, where she is the current Olympic champion, and scored 14.800 on balance beam, where she is the current world champion. Mustafina, who had skipped vault in preliminaries to rest an ankle injury, managed a double-twisting Yurchenko on the final event to secure the bronze for Russia.

Following the European championships, Mustafina will go to Germany to have her ankle examined by the same doctor who performed surgery on injured teammates Viktoria Komova and Ksenia Afanasyeva, Russian coaches said.

Germany, which had been only .166 behind Russia after three rotations, finished fourth ahead of Italy. Spain, Belgium and Switzerland rounded out the eight-nation team final.

The women's competitions concludes Sunday in Sofia with the apparatus finals. The men's competition begins later this week.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Women's European Championships
May 17, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Team FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Romania 44.165 41.599 44.166 42.824 172.754
Diana Bulimar 5.3 14.133 5.8 14.533 5.7 14.225
Larisa Iordache 5.8 14.866 5.9 13.966 6.2 14.700 6.1 14.466
Andreea Munteanu 6.3 14.933 5.7 14.133
Stefania Stanila 5.8 14.666 5.1 13.500
Silvia Zarzu 5.8 14.633
2. Great Britain 43.733 44.332 41.333 41.265 170.663
Becky Downie 5.8 14.700 6.2 14.833 5.9 14.133
Claudia Fragapane 5.8 14.500 6.0 14.766
Ruby Harrold 6.2 14.733 5.3 13.300 5.4 12.866
Rebecca Tunney 5.8 14.533 6.4 14.766
Hannah Whelan 5.8 13.900 5.4 13.633
3. Russia 43.366 43.665 41.666 40.632 169.329
Maria Kharenkova 5.0 13.933 6.2 14.566 5.6 13.766
Aliya Mustafina 5.8 14.700 6.3 15.166 6.0 14.800
Anna Rodionova 6.0 13.433
Alla Sosnitskaya 5.8 14.733 5.7 13.766
Daria Spiridonova 6.4 15.066 4.9 12.300 5.0 13.100
4. Germany 42.899 43.899 41.099 38.899 166.796
Cagla Akyol 5.6 13.533 5.6 13.366
Janine Berger 6.2 14.966 5.9 14.133
Kim Bui 5.4 14.033 6.0 14.766 5.5 13.300
Pauline Schäfer 5.0 13.900 5.6 14.033 5.3 12.233
Sophie Scheder 6.4 15.000 5.4 13.533
5. Italy 42.899 36.599 39.666 42.324 161.488
Giorgia Campana 5.3 13.833 5.7 12.500
Erika Fasana 5.8 14.433 5.9 13.833
Vanessa Ferrari 5.7 13.233 6.2 14.491
Elisa Meneghini 5.3 14.066 5.4 12.366 5.8 13.933 5.6 14.000
Martina Rizzelli 5.8 14.400 5.4 10.400
6. Spain 41.965 41.166 37.633 40.157 160.921
Claudia Colom 5.0 13.666 5.6 13.400 4.2 12.000 5.0 12.891
Ana Perez 5.0 13.833
Cintia Rodriguez 5.6 13.600 4.7 13.033 4.9 13.066
Roxana Popa 5.8 14.466 6.1 14.166 5.7 12.600 6.0 14.200
7. Belgium 41.366 41.365 38.365 39.632 160.728
Dorien Motten
Gaelle Mys 5.0 13.800 5.1 13.233 5.6 12.766 5.3 13.100
Lisa Verschueren 5.0 13.800 5.6 13.866 5.6 12.533 5.2 13.166
Laura Waem 5.0 13.766 5.9 14.266 5.6 13.066 5.4 13.366
8. Switzerland 42.299 40.833 37.999 39.266 160.397
Ilaria Käslin 5.1 13.200 5.7 14.100 5.0 13.100
Nadia Mülhauser 5.0 13.533 5.4 13.500
Laura Schulte 5.0 13.666 5.2 13.166
Stefanie Siegenthaler 4.9 11.066
Giulia Steingruber 6.2 15.100 5.9 14.133 5.8 12.833 5.6 13.000

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