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Five Countries Divide Titles On First Day of European Finals
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In spite of his collection of previously earned Olympic, world and European championships medals, Marian Drăgulescu said the gold he won on floor exercise in Saturday's apparatus finals at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, shines the brightest. Pictured: Uneven bars champion Nina Derwael (Belgium) with silver medalist Yelena Yeryomina (Russia) and bronze medalists Ellie Downie (Great Britain) and Elisabeth Seitz (Germany)

In spite of his collection of previously earned Olympic, world and European championships medals, Marian Drăgulescu said the gold he won on floor exercise in Saturday's apparatus finals at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, shines the brightest.

"It feels good to compete in my home country, with so many Romanian people who came here to cheer for me and for us," said the 36-year-old Drăgulescu, who won his first European title 17 years ago. "I think it's the most important medal in my life."

In the other men's finals on Saturday, Russia's David Belyavsky won pommel horse and Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias earned his third consecutive European rings title. 2012 Olympic champion Krisztián Berki lost the pommel horse title after he was hit with a .3 deduction for exceeding the 30-second limit before he started his routine. The Hungarian Gymnastics Federation appealed the deduction unsuccessfully.

Coline Devillard of France placed first on women's vault, a result that caught her off-guard.

"I was just satisfied with my two vaults because I had to stick them to be satisfied with myself," she said. "When I saw I was the winner, it was very, very fast, so I didn't even know what to think."

Nina Derwael of Belgium made history for her country as its first European gymnastics champion, and the second medalist ever after compatriot Aagje Vanwalleghem's bronze on vault in 2005. She credited her gold medal-winning performance on uneven bars to blocking out the performances of her seven rivals.

"I think I just focused on myself," she said. "I didn't watch any other routines or scores of those who went before me, so it was just my routine and I. That really helped me."

Derwael said she is still processing the significance of her newly acquired title.

"I'm not quite sure yet because it needs to sink in," she told IG. "But I think that once I realize I'm the European champion on bars, it will be amazing."

Competition concludes Sunday with the remaining apparatus finals: balance beam and floor exercise for the women, and vault, parallel bars and high bar for the men.

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2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 22, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Coline Devillard5.88.83314.63314.467
5.48.90014.300
2.Ellie Downie5.49.00014.40014.350
5.29.10014.300
3.Boglárka Dévai5.49.00014.40014.317
5.29.03314.233
4.Maria Paseka5.28.83314.03314.283
5.88.73314.533
5.Tisha Volleman5.49.00014.40014.250
5.28.90014.100
6.Zsófia Kovács5.49.16614.56614.200
4.89.03313.833
7.Teja Belak5.48.90014.30014.183
5.09.06614.066
8.Angelina Melnikova5.49.00014.40014.000
5.28.7000.313.600

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Nina Derwael6.18.53314.633
2.Yelena Yeryomina6.08.30014.300
3.Ellie Downie5.98.23314.133
3.Elisabeth Seitz5.98.23314.133
5.Kim Bui6.07.90013.900
6.Zsófia Kovács5.87.30013.100
7.Becky Downie5.58.0000.513.000
8.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos4.96.80011.700

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Marian Drăgulescu6.28.30014.500
2.Dmitry Lankin6.48.06614.466
3.Alexander Shatilov6.08.40014.400
4.Artem Dolgopyat6.38.1330.114.333
5.Dominick Cunningham6.08.30014.300
6.Rayderley Zapata6.38.00014.300
7.Oleg Vernyayev5.78.33314.033
8.Pavel Bulavsky6.17.66613.766

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.David Belyavsky6.28.90015.100
2.Krisztián Berki6.29.0000.314.900
3.Harutyun Merdinyan6.18.73314.833
4.Robert Seligman5.98.86614.766
5.Oliver Hegi6.08.70014.700
6.Sašo Bertoncelj5.48.03313.433
7.Oleg Vernyayev5.97.30013.200
8.Ferhat Arıcan5.97.06612.966

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.13315.433
2.Courtney Tulloch6.48.66615.066
3.Igor Radivilov6.38.73315.033
4.Vahagn Davtyan6.18.75814.858
5.İbrahim Çolak6.28.63314.833
6.Konstantinos Konstantinidis6.08.66614.666
7.Artur Tovmasyan6.28.46614.666
8.Dmitry Lankin5.98.56614.466
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