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Patras, 21-Apr-2002 Today in Patras: All finals on apparatuses

Natalia Ziganshina (RUS) won the first gold medal of senior finals, 2nd is Verona van de Leur (NED), 3rd Joana Petrovschi (ROM).
All around Champion
Svetlana Khorkina won gold on her special apparatus - uneven bars. And once again a gymnast from Netherlands won silver: Renske Endel! Elisabeth Tweddle (GBR) was 3rd - she had won also the Cottbus Worldcup on uneven bars in this year.
Ludmila Eshova from Russia was the est gymnast on beam - with an excellent performance! Silver won Svetlana Khorkina and Verona van de Leur got bronze.
Alona Kvasha from Ukraine won the gold medal on floor - it was the only gold medal, those not for Russia was won in this European senior Championships.
Natalia Ziganshina was 2nd - and Verona van de Leur won bronze again - it was her 5th medal of this Championships!

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Whether it will give again a duel between Svetlana Khorkina (RUS) and Verona van de Leur (NED)? Anyhow today also Natalia Ziganschina (RUS) will fight for gold, after she had missed completely medal yesterday. 

Anna Pavlova, all around European Champion, won also the final on vault of the junior competition. Two Ukrainian gymnasts - Alina Kozich (uneven bars) and Mirabella Akhunu (floor) - won gold medals like Floarea Leonida (ROM), who had won the silver medal in all around competition.

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Patras, 20-Apr-2002 Today in Patras: Svetlana Khorkina Champion for the third time!
Svetlana Khorkina or Verona van de Leur
It was an an exciting duel between the "Queen" and the youngster...
Now, Svetlana Khorkina is European Champion in all-around for the third time, after Nadia Comaneci 1975 - 1979, and in the eternal ranking list she made a jump from 6th to 3rd place, after Vera Caslavska and Nadia Comaneci with all together 13 European titles. Svetlana Khorkina is also now the only one European Champion in history, who took part at 5 different European Championships!

Verona van de Leur did a very good job and got after the silver medal in the team competition also silver in the individual all around. It is the first all-around medal for a Dutch gymnast in the history of European Championships.
 (1963 in Paris Thea won Gold on bars, silver on vault and 
  was 15th in AA.)

  Alona Kvasha won the bronze medal for the Ukraine.

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Anna Pavlova
from Russia - the number five two years ago - is the new Junior European Champion. 

Silver won Floarea Leonida (ROM), the bronze medal got Elena Anochina (RUS).

The best Duch gymnast was Berber van den Berg on fifth place, the best German Heike Gunne came on 13th place.

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<< Photo: (from left to right):
Leonida, Pavlova, Anochina

In the afternoon: 
European Champion 1998 and 2000 Svetlana Khorkina (RUS) would like to win her 3rd gold medal of all around. "The biggest rival is myself," she said.

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Patras, 19-Apr-2002 Team competition seniors: Russia is European Champion again!
     ... but the sensation is zthe silver medal for Netherlands!!
The women's team of Russia is European Champion 2002! Silver won the team of Netherlands - the firrst team medal in history. 

Also the bronze medal for Italy is the very first medal for this country, but to the first time the Ukrainian team,became no medal - 4th place, only! 

In the individual score - qualification for the all around and the final competitions - was "Queen" Svetlana Khorkina the best gymnast. 

Verona van den Leur, who lead over 3 subdivisions, is on the 4th place of the qualifying and she has good chances for a medal in the all-around final on Saturday! 

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Patras, 18-Apr-2002 Junior team competition: Russia is European Champion!

The junior team of Russia is the old and new European Team Champion 2002! The girls won the team competition in the 4th subdivision before the teams of Romania and France. 

>> Press (AP):   "Romanian gymnasts 'lied about age' "

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Patras, 17-Apr-2002 First impressions: Senior Podium Training

Sunny skies greeted the competitors in Patras after two days of rain as the continentís best seniors took the opportunity to test the arena in podium training...

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Patras, 17-April-02 Womenís European Championships start on Thursday

(Today evening, Wednesday, we wait for the first report of our GYMmedia correspondent Nora Schuler from Patras)

From Salt Lake City, Utah/USA:

<< Gritt Hofmann, (photo) the member of the German National team sends greetings from the OLympic City to all participants of the European Championships, but specially, of course to all German girls...(>>... full story)

Altogether 32 gymnastics nations with 119 senior gymnasts and 128 juniors will take part in the 24th European Championships in the Greec city Patras. Most of the participating gymnasts have already arrived in Patras and prepare now for the competitions which start on Thursday, April 18th, at 10.00 a.m. local time with the junior gymnasts.The team qualification of the senior gymnasts will take place on Friday starting at 10.00 a.m.
Titleholder in both categories is Russia which is again the favourite nation as Olympic champion Romania surprisingly wonít compete with a team in the seniorís competition, only a team of juniors will start. Interesting to follow will also be the performance of the Dutch team. At the last European Championships they reached only rank 11, however their juniors were already on the 3rd place then. They can certainly  battle for a potential medal against Ukraine and France, Spain and Italy.

In the all-around the ambitiousFirst-Lady Svetlana Chorkina might be able to win her 3rd European all-around title after St. Petersburg 1998 and Paris 2000. Up to now this was only realised by Nadia Comaneci in the years 1975 Ė 1979.  For the first time since the invention of the team competition in 1994 Germany takes part only with individual gymnasts in the seniorís competition. There will, however, be a team of juniors from which a hopeful aproach towards an Olympic participation in 2004 is expected. (A detailed preview will follow shortly)

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