The man of the European final day in Sofia was indubitable Russia's Denis ABLIAZIN: The title holder on vault from Moscow 2013 not only defended his title successfully, but he beat the former world champion on floor, Greeces Eleftherios Kosmidis and he won his third gold medal on still rings, together with his teammate Alexander BALANDIN. Thus, Russia raked in most titles on the final day. But with the most valuable and best performance of the day shone again a Brit:
Olympic bronze medalist Max WHITLOCK has been crowned European pommel horse champion with the highest score of these Europeans: with 7.3 difficulty he scored 16,166 points and he directed the Olympic and world Champion Krisztian BERKI from Hungary impressive on second place!
Britain’s junior gymnasts have won four gold and four silver medals on the final day of the 36th Men's European Championships in Sofia.
Nile WILSON was the star taking the pommel, parallel bars and high bar titles, with Giarnni REGINI-MORAN taking floor gold and vault silver, Brinn Bevan rings and parallel bars silver and Jay Thompson floor silver. A little sensation wa the gold medal on still rings, which was won by the historical first Austrian athlet, Vinzenz HOECK from Graz for his most difficult performance.
The results confirm Britain’s greatest ever junior European championships. The medals are added to the team gold and all-around gold (Nile Wilson) and bronze (Brinn Bevan) from earlier in the championships.
With voltage, the first decision of the 36th Men's European Championships of artistic Gymnastics was expected: While the title race looks well everything after a duel between Britains and Russia - both nations had already been twice Team European Champion, the Brits were also the defending champions.
But today RUSSIAN men's team was the best and scored 267,959 points and won the European title to the third time (after Volos 2006 and Lausanne 2008).
The silver medal went to the title holder from 2012 (Montpellier), to GREAT BRITAIN, with 265,953 points. To the very first time UKRAINE won a medal on third place, thanks especially to its outstanding athlete Oleg Verniaiew, with altogether 262,087 points.
Germany compared with the preliminaries improved by three places and finished fourth at the team final (260,711) today, followed by France, the Netherlands, Romania and Belarus.
Britain’s Nile WILSON is the 2014 European junior all-around gymnastics champion with teammate Brinn BEVAN taking the bronze medal. Nile controlled the event in Sofia while Brinn tussled for the podium places with Russia’s Valentin STARIKOV going right to the final routine.
Nile scored 84.646 with Brinn scoring 82.932 and Starikov 83.540. Starikov's best result were the 14,733 on vault, the highest score at this apparatus, so he won the silvermedal in front of Bevan
Competing across all six men’s apparatus the all-around champion truly defines the most complete gymnast.
Great Britain's men's team leads the qualification with the highest team total on floor, pommel horse and high bar.
Russia scored the highest total of all events with a huge 46.399 on still rings. They also topped on vault, but the Ukraine was the best on parallel bars. Great Britain*s men's team had few mistakes which is crucial to the 3-up 3-count scoring system, but also Russia had some mistakes and will look to better their performance on Saturday in the team final. If they want to close the gap of almost 3 points they can't afford any mistakes. Surprises: weak showing by German team advancing only as 7th to team final and only Hambuechen on high bar in event finals. Strong performance by Dutch team: First time they advance to team finals. Also qualified to vault, parallel bars and high bar event finals, but this year Switzerland missed the final and came on a unlucky place 9 only ...
As in the previous week with the girls now the focus of interest at the first day of the 36th MEN's Europeans 2014 in Sofia is one of the young generation, the juniors qualification rounds, but also the team decision:
GREAT BRITAIN's junior male gymnasts have once again proved their dominance of European gymnastics by claiming their fourth straight European team title. Russia won the silver medal to the fourth time since 2006 with a score of 252,395 and the bronze went this year to France (246,402) in front of the Swiss Team, which scored 246,194 - the bronze medalist fom Montpellier 2012
As in the previous week (Women's ECh) also in this week the first competition day is the junior qualification day!
On Thursday will follow the elite's qualifications for men's team decision on Saturday (- the best eight teams) and for each best apparatus finalists (8) on Sunday.
The juniors elect on Friday its all-around European champion and look for the best apparatus finalists on Sunday morning.
<< Great Britain's men's team is the defending nation for the European title. This competion will be the highlight of upcoming Saturday in the teamfinal of the eight best nations.