20. December 2020  
Mersin, TUR  
Artistic Gymnastics


One week after the 42nd Men's European Championships in Mersin, Turkey, now the 41st Women's Artistic Gymnastics Europeans since 1957 will take place from December 17-20. In 1994 in Stockholm (SWE), at the 20th title fights, a team title was awarded for the first time, as has since then been awarded every two years.
The favored Romanians missed their possible 8th European Championship team title after mistakes by Ioana Stanciulescu (9,900) on the uneven bars and were "only" vice-European champions. Gold surprisingly went to UKRAINE, bronze medal to Hungary.
* On the Final day, Romania's former vice world champion Larisa IORDACHE won her 6th European title on her comeback after several years of injury on the beam, and added European title No. 7 on the floor. Previously, Hungary's Zsofia KOVACS had prevailed on vaults and uneven bars.
* At the Junior European Championships the Romanian team but also Romanian girl Ana Maria BARBOSU (all-around) won also all the four apparatus finals gold in Mersin.
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             - Mersin / Turkey; 17. - 20. December -

DAY 4: APPARATUS FINALS  (> S t a r t l i s t)

*  V A U L T
After 31 years, since Henrietta Onodi (1989) the first gold medal again for Hungary, won by Zsofia KOVACS.
With two strong vaults, Zsofia Kovacs crowned herself European Champion on vault. The first European title for the Hungarian who won the all-around silver in Cluj 2017. Larisa Iordache (ROU) placed second in her first major competition in over three years, establishing her comeback as successful. Rising Ukrainian star Anastasia Motak claimed the bronze!

  KOVACS, Zsofia     (HUN)  - 14,050
  IORDACHE, Larisa (ROU)  - 13,875
  MOTAK, Anastasia (UKR)  - 13,850
      > Detailed Results


*  U N E V E N  B A R S
Top qualifier Zsofia KOVACS (HUN) overcame a slight hesitation to beat her teammate Zoja SZEKELY for her second European title in just half an hour time! Gold and silver for the Hungarian team with a delighted Barbora Mokosova winning Slovakia’s first European medal, edging Larisa Iordache by just 0.050.
<< Happy Hungarians!
KOVACS, Zsofia           (HUN)  - 13,850

SZEKELY, Zoja             (HUN)  - 13,550
MOKOSOVA, Barbora  (SVK)  - 13,300
> Detailed Results


DAY 3: TEAM FINAL, ELITE  Saturday, December 19
Only with the very last exercise of the team final, the floor exercise of the Romanian Larisa Iordache, who received only 12.766 points, the decision was made to the disadvantage of her team.
The shock and disappointment about it were visibly written on the face of the 24-year-old Romanian gymnast on her comeback (photo, right>)
So the UKRAINE surprisingly beats ROMANIA by a tiny margin of +0.167 points and becomes European team champion for the first time.
As expected, the bronze went to the Hungarians.
But the Romanians broke in on the uneven bars, where they lost over 4 points to the Ukrainians after Ioana Stanciulescu (9,900) fell, although they clearly won the rest of the apparatus team scores!
... incredulous waiting and tension on the faces of the four Ukrainian ladies,
   who only broke away when the score for Larisa Iordache came ...:

Gold went to Ukraine  in front of the favorite Romania!
Ukraine beats Romania by a tiny margin of +0.167 points and becomes European team champions for the first time

  UKRAINE    - 154,663
  ROMANIA   - 154,496
  HUNGARY      - 151,597
      4. TURKEY- 143,795;   5. CZECH Rep.- 140,530;  6.CROATIA - 136,762
       Detailed results

Historical balance --:
At the beginning three times in a row and a total of 7 times, the Romanians have won national gold!
Except once in 2006 in Volos through Italy, all other team titles went to Russia a total of 5 times in the new millennium. Due to the corona-related absence of Russia and other top European nations, there were now new title and medal winners for women this year. ... and although the Romanians were clearly in the lead after the preliminary fight and went into the final as favorites, they were narrowly beaten by the Ukraine:
After 3 bronze medals in 1994, 1996 and 1998 - always behind Romania and Russia, as well as two silver medals in 2000 and most recently in Amsterdam in 2004 - the Ukrainians remained medalless for 16 years, were fifth in 2018 and are now, for the first time, happy European champions in this strange one Corona year 2020!
   ► Women's TEAM-ECh All since 1994

♦ DAY 1: Qualifikation Elite  Thursday 17. December
Of the 8 nations that started, the first 6 qualified for the team finals:

1. Romania - 159,496;   2. Ukraine       - 154,896;  3. Hungary - 154,129
4. Turkey    - 147,129;   5. Czech Rep. - 142,229;  6. Croatia   - 140,064

7. Luxemburg - 139,429;  8. Latvia           - 135,862.
* Detailed results:
   ► Qualification, Elite (Teams)

* Individual Qualification Apparatus (no all-around!)
  ► Vault; ► Uneven bars; ► Balance beam;  ► Floor exercises