19. April 2015  
Montpellier, FRA  
Artistic Gymnastics

37th MEN's Europeans Artistic Gymnastics 2015

60 years after the first European Championships for men (1955, Frankfurt / Main), the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) leads the 37th European Championships for Men by the last, every two years, now in its 6th times as a so-called Individual Championships, it means without team competition.
* On Friday Oleg VERNIAIEV (21) from Ukraine, the bronze medalist two years ago won, as expected, the  European all-around title. He beat the defending ECh champion (Moscow 2013) Russia's  David BELYAVSKIY as well as the ECh third in 2011 (Berlin), the British Daniel PURVIS.
Oleg VERNIAIEV, the gymnast with the most competition starts in this Olympic cycle, that denote also by some as the "European Uchimura", was the most succesfull gymnast, after winning his second title at the parallel bars final on Sunday. But best nation was Great Britain with the two gold medallists Kristian THOMAS on floor exercises and Louis SMITH on pommel horse and Sam Oldhams bronze medal on high bar. European champion on rings was Eleftherios PETROUNIAS from Greece,  Nikita NAGORNYY won the only one title for Russia at the vaulting table and at the end Croatia was happy about the gold medal on high bar by Marijo MOZNIK

* The International Gymnastic Camp (IGC / USA) supports the 2015 ECh GYMmedia reports.

MEN's Apparatus FINALS, Part I
* Saturday, Apr 18

Kristian THOMAS (GBR) showed beautiful execution in his floor routine to take the gold medal just ahead of Russia’s David Belyavskiy who had more difficulty but also more deductions. Pablo Braegger (SUI) took the bronze medal.  A bit of drama on floor for Zapata (ESP) who was allowed to do his exercise again after an error in the timing. When his score was posted he was in third place but a line penalty was not included so the score had to be changed which dropped him to fifth place.

1. THOMAS, Kristian   (GBR)  - (6.2) = 15,166
2. BELYAVSKIY, David       (RUS)  - (6.6) = 15,066
  3. BRAEGGER, Pablo (SUI)  - (6.5) = 14,941
   > Detailed results


S T I L L  R I N G S

Greece’s Eleftherios PETROUNIAS grabbed his first European title, on his specialisation, rings, showing both the highest difficulty and execution mark. Defending Champion Denis Ablyazin tied for second with former Champion Samir Ait Said, which got the French crowd to go wild. Dutch veteran missed out on a medal by only 33 hundreds of a point.

1. PETROUNIAS, Elefterios (GRE) - (6.8) = 15,866
2. AIT SAID, Samir             (FRA)  - (6.8) = 15,566
2. ABLIASIN, Denis             (RUS)
  - (6.8) = 15,566
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European and World Champion on parallel bars, and the new all-around champion, Oleg VERNIAIEV successfully defended his title, scoring 15.866 which was more than half a point more than Marius Berbecar (ROU) and Christian Baumann (SUI) who tied for silver, narrowly beating Azerbaijan’s Oleg Stepko.

  1. VERNIAIEV, Oleg      (UKR) - (6.9) = 15,866
  2. BAUMANN, Christian (SUI)  - (6.4) = 15,300
  3. BERBECAR, Marius   (ROU) - (6.7) = 15,300
           > Detailed results



Verniaiev - top favorite also for the final!