de LEUR, Verona
Teresa Gargano got the last final of the competition
underway with a full-in; 2 ½ twist punch front and a triple
twist (9,5 SV). Motivated by the deafening cheers of the home
crowd which for once half filled the arena,
>> Dimitra Kastritsi tumbled a double layout, a
handspring double twisting front to punch front and two whips
through to a double pike.
>> Tatiana Yarosh fell
forward on her closing double pike and looked a bit uninspired
throughout the routine.
>> Verona van de Leur
looked on track to finally break into the gold but stepped out
of bounds.>> Elena Gomez
was back on track for Spain with a tucked full-in, 2 ½ twist
punch front full; triple twist and double pike. Riding on a high
since winning bronze AA,
>> Alyona Kvasha gave
nothing away in her tumbling during her Arabian style routine
with rock solid landings.
Svetlana Khorkina returned to her double twist to
split jump dismount (9,5) and took a step to the side after her
whip triple twist.
>> Natalia Ziganshina
could have still taken a second gold, but when she came up short
on her whip triple twist, the gold was Kvasha’s.
Russia’s domination of
these European Championships came as no surprise after the
Romanian withdrawal. With team and all-around medals as well as
a medal in each of the apparatus finals, Dutch gymnastics has
finally made the transition from underdog to European powerhouse.
Holland has arrived. Alyona Kvasha’s success was able to undo
some of the damage the Ukrainian women’s programme had
received after their dismal showing in Ghent 2001.
Svetlana Khorkina won her 10th
gold medal - all together 15 European medals like nobody before!