04. May 2003  
Moscow / RUS  
Artistic Gymnastics

ETC: Russia wins the European Team Title again

The national team of host Russia is the old and new Champion of the European Team Championships in Moscow.
In the final the Russian beat the Ukraine (140,574 : 138,324).
The team of Belarus got 71.399 points in the semifinal and placed third. Hungary (67,524) - lost in the semifinal against Russia and came on third place...
Qualification, 1st Day:
On the 2nd European Team Championships ETC in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics the team from Russia leads after the today's qualification before Ukraine and Belarus. The 4th finalist became the team from Hungary.
This four teams won their qualifying duels against Bulgaria, Austria, Italy and Great Britain. The winner will participate in the semi-finals on Sunday. More than 3.500 spectators saw the competitions today.
The best gymnasts of Russian team were Alexei Bondarenko on parallel bars (Joker), Svetlana Khorkina (on the uneven bars, with Joker) and the both rhythmic gymnasts Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina (with hoop, Joker).