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Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:40    PDF Print
Five Countries Divide Titles On First Day of European Finals
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



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.

International Gymnast magazine is on hand in Cluj-Napoca, so check back for daily updates on IG Online. Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

External Link: Official Website

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
 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 21 April 2017 21:22    PDF Print
Oklahoma, Illinois, Minnesota Complete the Field for Men's NCAA Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Top-ranked Oklahoma, which hasn't lost a meet since the 2014 NCAA Championships, posted the highest qualifying score (430.600) in the second of two sessions at West Point, N.Y., Friday evening. Starting on floor exercise, the Sooners exceeded 70 points on every event, topping out at 73.60 on vault. They also posted the highest totals on every event from both sessions combined.


Yul Moldauer (Oklahoma)

Defending all-around champion Yul Moldauer (pictured) and Colin Van Wicklen, both from OU, competed on four events, the most among their teammates.

Illinois placed second in the evening session with 421.300, struggling a bit on high bar but scoring 70.90 on floor, 71.90 on rings and 71.10 on vault.

Minnesota grabbed the final berth to tomorrow night's finals with a score of 420.100. Like the Illini, the Golden Gophers covered a low high bar total (66.20) with at least 70 points on the other five events, their best effort coming on vault (72.75).

Iowa placed a distant fourth (412.500), Navy was fifth (400.650) and California placed sixth (400.250).

Tomorrow's finals begin at 6:00 p.m. EST, and will crown team, all-around and event champions.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 21 April 2017 15:01    PDF Print
Downie Overtakes Kovács For European All-Around Gold
(9 votes, average 4.44 out of 5)



Great Britain's Ellie Downie said focus and determination guided her to gold in the women's all-around final at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Friday evening. Pictured: Downie with runner-up Zsófia Kovács (Hungary) and bronze medalist Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos (France)

Great Britain's Ellie Downie said focus and determination guided her to gold in the women's all-around final at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Friday evening.

"Normally I like to know what's going on, but today I felt the pressure quite a bit," said Downie, the 2015 Europeans all-around bronze medalist and top finisher in Thursday's qualifications. "Obviously (having) qualified in first was hard. I knew I had to keep my head down and keep focused, and not worry what other people were doing."


Ellie Downie (Great Britain), 2017 European all-around champion

Second to Hungary's Zsófia Kovács after three rotations, Downie pulled ahead on floor exercise in the last rotation to finish first with 55.765 points. Downie earned a higher total in qualifications, but fought to save a double turn on balance beam and landed short on her second tumbling pass on floor exercise in the final.

Downie is the first British gymnast, male or female, to win the all-around at a senior European Championships. Her all-around bronze medal in 2015 was the first European all-around medal for a British female.

Kovács, who scored 55.432 points for silver, earned the Hungarian women's second Europeans all-around medal following Henrietta Onodi's bronze at the 1990 Europeans in Athens.

Kovács said she was proud of her silver.

"I'm very content," she said. "Second place is a very good result for me and my country."

Kovács said she is confident of more success on Saturday during the event finals.

"I think I will do better in the apparatus finals because I get a chance to rest," Kovács said.

France's Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos took the bronze medal with 55.065 points, the first European all-around medal for France since Marine Debauve won in 2005. Fourth after three events, De Jesus Dos Santos pulled up into the medals with a clean double-twisting Yurchenko on vault.

2016 European junior all-around champion Yelena Yeryomina of Russia placed fourth (54.266) after falling on her beam mount and going out of bounds on floor exercise. Kim Bui of Germany was fifth with 53.499 points, and Martina Maggio of Italy was sixth with 53.199 points.

Germany's Tabea Alt, third in qualification, was forced to scratch the competition because of illness, and was replaced by teammate Pauline Schäfer, who finished 20th.

The competition continues Saturday afternoon with the first day of apparatus finals, featuring women's vault and uneven bars, and men's floor exercise, pommel horse and rings.

International Gymnast magazine is on hand in Cluj-Napoca, so check back for daily updates on IG Online. Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Ellie Downie5.414.5665.914.3005.313.0665.513.83355.765
2.Zsófia Kovács5.414.6006.014.3335.113.4664.913.03355.432
3.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.414.3665.814.1005.813.8334.912.76655.065
4.Yelena Yeryomina5.413.9666.014.3005.712.7005.213.30054.266
5.Kim Bui4.613.5336.014.0334.912.5335.213.40053.499
6.Martina Maggio5.414.1005.213.2665.112.9004.712.93353.199
7.Nina Derwael4.613.5335.913.6005.112.7334.712.96652.832
8.Filipa Martins4.613.4665.513.2005.413.1664.913.00052.832
9.Natalia Kapitonova4.613.6006.114.1005.311.9005.113.16652.766
10.Alice Kinsella4.613.4665.112.4005.413.4335.012.80052.099
11.Tisha Volleman5.414.2334.512.7334.212.0665.112.96651.998
12.Eythora Thorsdottir5.414.1005.412.3665.511.9665.413.53351.965
13.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.813.7004.911.5335.012.50051.333
14.Ilaria Käslin4.613.2665.011.9005.413.0334.913.06651.265
15.Lynn Genhart4.613.2005.112.5665.212.8334.812.66651.265
16.Marine Boyer4.613.7664.711.4335.913.1335.112.90051.232
17.Barbora Mokošová4.613.6334.712.7004.712.2664.412.46651.065
18.Ioana Crişan4.613.3664.913.0005.411.5664.913.10051.032
19.Cintia Rodríguez4.012.8004.812.7004.712.7004.612.80051.000
20.Pauline Schäfer5.013.7334.711.5665.413.7665.011.93350.998
21.Giada Grisetti5.413.9335.513.5335.311.7004.911.53350.699
22.Vendula Měrková3.712.3004.612.3335.112.9004.512.63350.166
23.Olivia Cîmpian5.414.2664.810.5415.212.3665.112.93350.106
24.Boglárka Dévai5.414.2334.812.0664.011.1335.111.76649.198
 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 21 April 2017 14:45    PDF Print
Stanford, Ohio State, Nebraska Advance to Men's NCAA Championships
(4 votes, average 3.50 out of 5)

As expected, No. 2-ranked Stanford easily won the first of two NCAA Championship qualifiers at West Point, N.Y. The Cardinal were not flawless in the all-scores-count format, which features five gymnasts per event. But they still posted a 420.450. Led by 2017 Nissen-Emery Award recipient Akash Modi, Stanford exceeded 70 points on every event but high bar (69.20). Top-ranked all-arounder Modi had a few mistakes but still tallied the leading score (85.950). On parallel bars his legs hit the bars on a Tippelt-type skill and he went the wrong way on a Takemoto on high bar.


Akash Modi (Oklahoma)

Mourning the loss of former Buckeye gymnast Larry Mayer, who passed away on April 17, Ohio State placed second with 414.650. There is room for improvement. The Buckeyes amassed their lowest total in the first rotation on floor (67.75) and gave away at least three points on pommel horse in the second rotation. Ohio State topped 70 only on vault (70.75). Look for the 2017 Big Ten champions to improve tomorrow night.

Nebraska earned the third and final spot in Saturday's finals with a 413.050. The Cornhuskers are the only team to win five consecutive team titles (1979-83) and have been trending upward in recent years. In 2015 they placed fifth in their qualifying session and fourth last year. Nebraska had an excellent fourth rotation on floor, where its 71.15 led the six-team field. It followed that event with a third-best 69.10 on pommels. As a team, Nebraska placed second on vault with 71.10.

Penn State placed fourth with 410.500, scoring only 65.70 on high bar. Michigan, which won back-to-back championships in 2013-14, placed fifth with 406.950. The Wolverines are definitely in a rebuilding phase with plenty of freshman and sophomores. The team did win vault, however, helped my Anthony McCallum's piked double Tsukahara (14.90).

Air Force placed sixth with 403.800. The Falcons fell behind early on high bar, where it posted the lowest score of the field (65.40). Vault (70.55) and parallel bars (69.70) were the team's best results.

The team, all-around and event champions will be crowned during Saturday's team finals. Bonus points are also available for stuck dismounts on every event but pommel horse. A 'C' dismount can earn 0.10, and a 'D' or above can add 0.20. Any stuck vault earns 0.10 regardless of its value.

The second qualifier, featuring No. 1 Oklahoma, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, California and Navy, starts at 7:00 p.m. EST.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 21 April 2017 08:41    PDF Print
Vernyayev Rallies To Defend European All-Around Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

After successfully defending his all-around title at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Friday afternoon, Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine told IG he was prepared to rally after a mistake on floor exercise in the first rotation.


Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine, 2017 European champion

"It's not the first time that I've started badly," he said, laughing. "I knew my power and my next apparatus, and that I needed to the next ones normally."

Vernyayev said his overall performance was not as sharp as it could have been because of a recent illness, but he pulled into the lead after four rotations. He secured the gold medal on high bar in the sixth rotation, finishing first with 85.866 points. He is the first male gymnast to win back-to-back European all-around titles since Belarusian Ivan Ivankov in 1994 and 1996.

Russia's Artur Dalaloyan, who led the field after one rotation, fell off pommel horse in the second rotation but performed consistently thereafter. He took the silver medal with 85.498 points.

James Hall of Great Britain won the bronze medal with 84.644 points, although he admitted that his high bar routine in the sixth rotation was less risky than his routine in qualifications.

"Sometimes you have to make that sacrifice to paw your way onto the podium, and today it really paid off," he told IG.

Russia's Nikita Ignatyev finished fourth (83.964) over British champion Joe Fraser (82.982).

Competition continues with the women's all-around final on Friday evening. Germany's Tabea Alt, the overall World Cup champion, has scratched because of illness and will be replaced by teammate Pauline Schäfer. Alt was third in qualification.

International Gymnast magazine is on hand in Cluj-Napoca, so check back for daily updates on IG Online. Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

External Link: Official Website

2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 21, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.113.4666.214.5006.014.7005.614.7006.514.5005.714.00085.866
2.Artur Dalaloyan6.214.7665.312.6335.414.2665.614.9336.014.5005.814.40085.498
3.James Hall5.914.2665.914.1665.413.8005.214.1665.814.1665.714.10084.664
4.Nikita Ignatyev5.913.9665.313.3665.914.6335.213.9335.913.9336.114.13383.964
5.Joe Fraser5.713.6005.814.0005.113.6335.214.0165.313.9335.213.80082.982
6.Artur Davtyan4.713.2665.313.6665.314.2335.614.8334.513.7004.313.16682.864
7.Lukas Dauser5.613.7004.913.1005.313.6005.214.2666.314.7005.512.83382.199
8.Ferhat Arıcan5.513.6005.913.6664.612.8335.213.8666.314.8665.113.26682.097
9.Eddy Yusof5.713.2664.912.6335.613.6665.614.3336.014.5665.313.30081.764
10.Philipp Herder5.613.5665.313.6665.413.3335.214.1666.013.9335.012.64181.305
11.Casimir Schmidt6.013.8665.512.8005.213.5665.214.3335.213.7004.512.73380.998
12.Oliver Hegi5.712.6665.712.0005.313.2335.213.1666.214.6666.214.50080.231
13.Marios Georgiou5.012.3005.814.3664.613.4004.812.4335.613.8005.513.90080.199
14.Bart Deurloo5.411.5665.613.9005.313.3005.214.2665.513.4006.413.56679.998
15.Yevgen Yudenkov5.213.6665.112.9336.114.0334.813.6665.213.0334.812.40079.731
16.Daan Kenis5.413.5335.112.4664.512.9005.214.3005.513.5335.312.50079.232
17.Oskar Kirmes5.413.4335.312.9334.812.4334.813.8005.513.6005.512.86679.065
18.Botond Kardos5.813.5665.012.8004.212.4665.214.0004.812.7335.012.96678.531
19.Maxime Gentges5.113.6005.513.2004.713.2335.212.8665.512.9005.112.70078.499
20.Robert Tvorogal4.412.5664.611.6664.713.0664.813.5665.513.8005.112.63377.297
21.Lorenzo Galli4.913.0004.913.0334.212.8334.814.0254.713.0665.011.33377.290
22.Ádám Babos5.413.0665.413.5664.812.8004.813.1005.013.2334.911.50077.265
23.Tomas Kuzmickas5.713.1004.713.1334.411.7334.813.8334.210.1665.113.20075.165
24.Michalis Krasias4.712.7005.112.0334.613.0334.013.1334.513.1333.811.06675.098

 


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