14. June 2014  
Baku, Azerbaijan  
EM RG 2014

World Champion Kudryavtseva is also Europe's Gymnastics Queen

With top marks with hoop, clubs and ribbon and a total score of 73.499 points Russia's world champion an top-favorite Yana KUDRYAVTSEVA named in the Mili Gymnastika Arena of Baku as the new sovereign all-around  European Champion. Since her also favored teammate Margarita Mamun was not flawless with hoop and clubs and dropped back to fifth place (69.715), the hour struck the Belarusian Melitina STANIOUTA that was with 72.416 points European silver medalist.
For bronze, the vice-world champion Anna RIZATDINOWA (UKR; 71.649) and was thus the strong  Neta Rivkin of Israel (Worlds tenth, 2013) straight away even a mini-difference of -0.15 points from the podium.
Austria currently the best gymnast Nicole Ruprecht, finished with 65.783 points at the end rank 17th. German gymnasts were not qualified at these championships. Eligible were in this field of the continental Olympic all-around only the best 20 gymnasts of the previous year's European Championships in Vienna.

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Elite's  European Star Parade in Baku
- reported by Esther Teijeira, Baku

In the elite individual all-around competition competed the best 20 gymnasts qualified at the last year’s European championships in Vienna. In group B, gymnasts placed from 11 to 20, took the provisional lead Katsaryna Halkina from Belarus ahead of Kseniya Moustafayeva from France, Salome Pazhava from Georgia and Carolina Rodríguez from Spain. Carolina, with 27 years, is the oldest gymnast in this year’s competitor’s field and placed on an excellent 10th place in the final ranking.

Melitina Staniouta (BLR)

Marina Durunda and Gulsum Shafizada from the host country Azerbaijan placed 6th and 15th.
Durunda did a nice first routine with ball, but then she seemed to become a little bit nervous with clubs and ribbon - with the hall arena screaming to her support. After a beautiful hoop routine she spread some tears in relief.
Gulsum Shafizada, still very young an inexpert, did a string competition, even if she had to repeat her ribbon routine, due to a problem with the music.

With this all-around, the senior gymnasts ended their performances in Baku and look forward to the European Games next year in this incredible city.

* Esther Teijeira for GYMmedia INTERNATIONAL