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More than 250 gymnasts from 36 nations have been entered into this year's European championships, taking place April 19-23 in Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania. Pictured: Defending European champion Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) will be difficult to beat in Cluj.

More than 250 gymnasts from 36 nations have been entered into this year's European championships, taking place April 19-23 in Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania.

The European gymnastics championships are returning to Romania for the first time since 1957, when the very first women's continental event was held in Bucharest. The competition will take place at Sala Polivalenta, the largest arena in Romania with a capacity of 10,000 spectators.

The European championships follow a biennial schedule; this year's event is the individual championships for seniors, with the all-around and event titles up for grabs. (Senior team competition and the Junior European championships are held in even years.) Each country can enter up to six male gymnasts and four female gymnasts, with up to three gymnasts competing each event in qualification. A maximum of two gymnasts per nation may qualify to any one final.

Defending men's champion Oleg Vernyayev will be back in Cluj, but a new women's champion will be crownded as 2015 champion Giulia Steingruber will be absent.

Following a nightmare 2016 in which they failed to qualify for the Olympic Games, the Romanian women will be looking to uphold their golden legacy in Cluj. Three-time Olympic champion Catalina Ponor, the only medalist for the Romanian seniors at the 2016 Europeans in Bern, is the top hope for a medal. 2012 Olympian Larisa Iordache will be back in action in Cluj, but has been struggling with plantar fasciitis that forced her to withdraw from the all-around World Cup in Stuttgart.

The Russian women will be without the services of two-time Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina, who is expecting her first child this summer. Olympian Angelina Melnikova, new Russian champion Natalia Kapitonova and first-year senior Yelena Yeryomina are expected to compete all events in qualification, leaving Olympian Daria Spiridonova to serve as alternate.

Olympic balance beam champion Sanne Wevers has a chance to capture her first European title, while teammate Eythora Thorsdottir could push for medals in the all-around and on floor exercise, where her unique choreography sets her apart from the rest.

First-year senior Diana Varinska, the Ukrainian women's top hope, and Nina Derwael (Belgium) are potential champions on uneven bars. Stuttgart World Cup champion Tabea Alt leads the German charge, which has medals hopes on several events.

Vernyayev is the favorite once again for the men's all-around and parallel bars titles, with few gymnasts able to catch him if he hits. Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, the all-around bronze medalist behind Kohei Uchimura and Vernyayev last summer in Rio, is sitting out the first half of the year.

Olympians Nikita Nagornyy and David Belyavsky lead the Russian men's squad, which includes new national champion Artur Dalaloyan, Dmitry Lankin and Kirill Prokopyev, all of whom are potential medalists. Lankin tumbles a triple back on floor exercise and is the Russian champion on vault (Randi and Tsukahara 2 1/2). Dalaloyan, a long-time junior standout, impressed this year with increased difficulty, including a triple-twisting Yurchenko. Four-time Olympic medalist Denis Ablyazin, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Ksenia Semyonova, is taking a break as he recovers from injuries and spends time with his new family.

The British teams will be announced in the week following the London World Cup, which takes place April 8 at the O2 Arena. Likely contenders include new national champions Ellie Downie and Joe Fraser; Olympic floor exercise bronze medalist Amy Tinkler; Olympians Brinn Bevan, Sam Oldham and Becky Downie; European still rings medalist Courtney Tulloch and World Cup medalist Dominick Cunningham. Ellie Downie, Tinkler, Bevan and Oldham are slated to compete in London, the third and final stage of the FIG's all-around World Cup series for 2017.

In addition to Vernyayev and Wevers, Olympic champions Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece (still rings) and Krisztián Berki of Hungary (pommel horse) will be tough to top on their specialties.

The nominative list below is preliminary; teams may change their lineup until shortly before the competition begins.

External Link: Official Website

2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 19-23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Women's Competitors
Bianca Frysak
Jasmin Mader
Marlies Männersdorfer
Yulia Inshina
Marina Nekrasova
Mariia Smirnova
Yekaterina Tishkova
Senna Deriks
Nina Derwael
Julie Meyers
Hanna Traukova
Greta Banishka
Valentina Rashkova
Desislava Todorova
Ana Đerek
Veronika Cenková
Lucie Jiříková
Adéla Měrková
Vendula Měrková
Mette Hulgaard
Marie Skammelsen
Claudia Colom
Nora Fernández
Ana Pérez
Cintia Rodríguez
Maija Leinonen
Rosanna Ojala
Marine Boyer
Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos
Coline Devillard
Alison Lepin
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Maria Butskikh
Tabea Alt
Kim Bui
Pauline Schäfer
Elisabeth Seitz
Argyro Afrati
Vasiliki Millousi
Evangelia Plyta
Ioanna Xoulogi
Dália Al-Salty
Dorina Böczögő
Boglárka Dévai
Zsófia Kovács
Dominiqua Belányi
Norma Robertsdottir
Irina Sazonova
Ágnes Sütő
Tzuf Feldon
Gaya Giladi
Ofir Kremer
Ofir Netzer
Desiree Carofiglio
Giada Grisetti
Francesca Linari
Lara Mori
Alina Circene
Anastasija Dubova
Valērija Grišāne
Marija Ribalcenko
Diana Balkyte
Agata Vostruchovaite
Kirsten Polderman
Eythora Thorsdottir
Tisha Volleman
Sanne Wevers
Solveig Berg
Sofie Bråten
Martine Skregelid
Julie Soederstroem
Gabriela Janik
Alma Kuc
Beatriz Dias
Zoi Lima
Filipa Martins
Leonor Silva
Olivia Cîmpian
Ioana Crişan
Larisa Iordache
Cătălina Ponor
Natalia Kapitonova
Angelina Melnikova
Daria Spiridonova
Yelena Yeryomina
Teja Belak
Lucija Hribar
Tjaša Kysselef
Dejana Kuzmanović
Tamara Mrđenović
Thea Brogli
Lynn Genhart
Ilaria Käslin
Fabienne Studer
Barbora Mokošová
Ekin Morova
Demet Mutlu
Doğa Özgöçmez
Göksu Üçtaş Şanlı
Valeria Osipova
Angelina Kysla Radivilova
Alona Titarenko
Diana Varinska
Men's Competitors
Artur Davtyan
Vahagn Davtyan
Vigen Khachatryan
Harutyun Merdinyan
Armen Petrosyan
Artur Tovmasyan
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Michael Fussenegger
Vinzenz Höck
Dirk Kathan
Matthias Schwab
Murad Agharzayev
Bence Tálas
Maxime Gentges
Dennis Goossens
Daan Kenis
Kristof Schroé
Jimmy Verbaeys
Jonathan Vrolix
Pavel Bulavsks
Denis Sanuvong
Ilya Yakovlev
Martin Angelov
Hristos Marinov
Matija Baron
Anton Kovačević
Leonardo Kušan
Robert Seligman
Tin Srbić
Filip Ude
Irodotos Georgallas
Ilias Georgiou
Marios Georgiou
Michalis Krasias
Martin Konečný
Daniel Radovesnický
Jacob Buus
Joao Fuglsig
Christian Riisberg
Helge Vammen
Joachim Winther
Nestor Abad
Rubén López
Joel Plata
Alberto Tallón
Adrià Vera
Rayderley Zapata
Juho Kanerva
Oskar Kirmes
Elias Koski
Heikki Saarenketo
Tomi Tuuha
Sakari Vekki
Cameron-Lie Bernard
Edgar Boulet
Kévin Dupuis
Zachari Hrimèche
Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues
Cyril Tommasone
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Saba Abesadze
Dmitry Govorov
Konstantin Kuzovkov
Nikita Letnikov
Lukas Dauser
Philipp Herder
Christopher Jursch
Marcel Nguyen
Felix Pohl
Ivan Rittschik
Georgios Chatziefstathiou
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Konstantinos Konstantinidis
Vlasios Maras
Eleftherios Petrounias
Antonios Tantalidis
Ádám Babos
Krisztián Berki
Krisztián Boncser
Zoltan Kallai
Botond Kardos
Dávid Vecsernyés
Rhys McClenaghan
Andrew Smith
Jon Gunnarsson
Atli Thordur
Artyom Dolgopyat
Eyal Glazer
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Shatilov
Michael Sorokine
Moran Yanuka
Tommaso De Vecchis
Lorenzo Galli
Marco Lodadio
Carlo Macchini
Stefano Patron
Marco Sarrugerio
Vitālijs Kardašovs
Sergejs Pozņakovs
Rihards Trams
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
Michel Bletterman
Boudewijn de Vries
Bart Deurloo
Casimir Schmidt
Anthony van Assche
Bram Verhofstad
Pietro Giachino
Harald Wibye
Sofus Heggemsnes
Odin Kalvø
Nikolai Rønbeck
Henrik Stiansen
Łukasz Borkowski
Sebastian Gawroński
Bernardo Almeida
Simão Almeida
Vasco Barata
Tiago Barbosa
Francisco Fragoso
Cristian Bățagă
Vlad Cotuna
Marian Drăgulescu
Robert Ghiuzan
Ioan Nistor
Andrei Ursache
David Belyavsky
Artur Dalaloyan
Nikita Ignatyev
Dmitry Lankin
Nikita Nagornyy
Kirill Prokopyev
Sašo Bertoncelj
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Jure Pavlica
Žiga Šilc
Luka Terbovšek
Christian Baumann
Pablo Brägger
Benjamin Gischard
Oliver Hegi
Taha Serhani
Eddy Yusof
Slavomir Michnak
William Broman
Karl Idesjö
Christopher Soos
Ferhat Arıcan
İbrahim Çolak
Yunus Gündoğdu
İsa Hamaratcılar
Ümit Şamiloğlu
Hamza Yılmaz
Vladyslav Hryko
Igor Radivilov
Andrii Sienichkin
Oleg Vernyayev
Eduard Yermakov
Yevgen Yudenkov
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