When after the Juniors the final highlight of the 32. Gymnastics-European Championships Men's began, the hopes of the hosts were especially high, and the Silver and Bronze of the previous year on the pommel horse became this year Gold and Silver the opposite way round for Daniel KEATINGS and Louis SMITH!
<< The Hallenser Matthias FAHRIG is for the first time the floor European Champion and behind the surprise European Champion Tomi TUUHA from Finnland is also "vice" with vault.
Italy's Matteo MORANDI was successful with the rings and YANN CUCHERAT (FRA) defended his title equally successfully on the parallel bars, like the Greek Vlasios MARAS on the high-bar, where behind Epke ZONDERLAND (NED) the two Germans Philipp BOY and Fabian HAMBÜCHEN each got a Bronze medal...
After the team success of the Brits at the Junior-European Championships in Birmingham, the double victory in the all-around by Sam Oldham ahead of Max Whitlock both had furthur apparatus achievements today:
Sam won the finishing high-bar final after Max won on the floor and on the pommel horse and advanced to the most successful junior.
Also the Swiss boys overstepped their limits: Oliver Hegi is the three-time vice-junior European Champion on the pommel-horse, parallel bars and high-bar. Eddy Jusof added another Bronze medal on the parallel bars.
Germanys Daniel Weinert got the Bronze on the pommel horse - and therewith the only medal for Germany...
Sam Oldham (84,575) ahead of Max Whitlock (84,275) ...
... that was the ranking of the all-around today at the Juniors final in Birmingham and with the repitition of their double-success of Lausanne, 2 years ago, the Brits underline their leading role in the area of European junior gymnastics.
Bronze goes sensationally to Pablo Brägger from Switzerland. It is the first all-around medal ever for the Swiss in a Junior championship.
With Christopher Jursch from Cottbus the best German came through with 80,400 points in 12th psoition. Daniel Weinert from Kiel is 16th of the 24 finalists.
This all-around competition took place without the gymnasts from Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, due to the travel-problems due to the ash cloud.
For the first time ever the German gymnasts win the Gold medal at a Team-European Championship.
After Silver behind Russia two years ago, they won the Gold in Birmingham today with 266,150 points and a comfortable advantage over the host Great Britain(263,025), who, in the last Team-European Championship didn't even reach the finals with the 9th place!
France got the Bronze who in Lausanne 2008 were only in 5th position. In the absence of the title-holder Russia (- who didn't arrive in Birmíngham, also like Ukraine and Belarus) the Swiss were in 5th position behind Spain 4th - therewith both were good in front of Italy and Romania and Greece, who didn't show an upwards trend during this continental Champsionships ...
On the second day of the 32nd MEN's EUROPEANS of Artistic Gymnastics only 21 teams will start in the competion 1 - without titleholder Russia, without the Ukraine and the Byelorussian team, absent due to the Icelandic ash expulsion into the European sky - to compete for Saturday's team final.
The individual gymnasts will fight for the qualification for the apparatus finals on Sunday.
In Friday's program there are three subdivisions...:
After the second Germany leads in front of Spain, Romania and Switzerland ...
... just in progress: Subdivision 3 with Great Britain., Italy, France, Slovenia, Greece and Poland ...
After a changed timetable the Junior European Championships Artistic Gymnastics 2010 start on Thursday with the
>> Qualifications for the all-around and apparatus finals:
- 10:00 a.m. 1. round (also with Austria)
- 12:00 a.m : 2. round (also with Germany)
- 02:45 p.m: 3. round (also with Switzerland)
- 05:15 p.m.: 4. round
- 08:00 p.m: 5. round.
Great Britain have retained their position at the top of the Junior European Gymnastics rankings after taking the Team Gold at the 2010 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
The British Team had an anxious wait after competing in the second subdivision of the day but managed to hold of the competition right to the end to retain there crown from the last Junior European Championships held in Lausanne (FRA) in 2008.
Britain finished with a score of 254.200 to take Gold comfortably from Switzerland (248.525) and France (245.375).
The Team of Sam Oldham, Reiss Beckford, Cameron Mackenzie, Max Whitlock and Frank Baines competed cleanly through all their routines and retained great composure through the pressure of competing on home soil.
Team-European Champion of Lausanne 2008 has cancelled, but ...?!
The well known situation due to the Islandic ash, but also due to bureaucratic European rules, has led to sensitive cancellations of entire gymnastics nations in participating in the coming European Championships Mens in the English World Championship city of 1993, in Birmingaham. So one did not expect the title holder of Lausanne 2008 - Russia to arrive, as stated by the British head of the press Vera ATKINSON, however apparently...
The 32nd MEN's European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Birmingham (GBR) and the 22nd Europeans in Trampoline (Varna, Bulgaria) are definitely confirmed by the European Gymnastics Federation (UEG).
In informal talks at the Rhythmic Europeans in Bremen the UEG offers modified schedules:
** Because of the momentary problems in the European air traffic both events will start one day later - but will finish as planned!
** N E W:
- Men's Artistic in Birmingham (GBR) - will start on Thursday, April 22, until Sunday, April 25;
- the Europeans Trampoline/Tumbling in Varna (BUL) - from Thursday, April 22, to Saturday, April 24;
- WOMEN's Artistic Europeans will take place as provided from Wednesday, April 28 to Sunday, May 2.
... and again an enthusiastic gymnastics atmosphere in Dessau
With the team of Fabian Hambüchen, Philipp Boy, Marcel Nguyen, Matthias Fahrig and Eugen Spiridonov there was a clear country win with 269,000 : 246,600 by the German gymnasts in the Anhalt-Arena to Dessau.
Infront of a thrilled audience of over 1.800 people it was a little bumpy on the first apparatus for the hosts (on the floor) - and the Polish started pretty well on the rings, vault and bars (131,950 by half-time) - but in the comparison of the apparatus they clearly strode infornt of the others.
Especally with the bars and a great high bar round the German men flew past the Polish guests up to an end difference of - 22,400 points...
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