28. June 2005  
Almería / Spain  
Artistic Gymnastics

XVth Mediterranean Games 2005:Artistic Gymnastics events finished with Italian and Spanish Dominion

Mediterraneans are opened now...
Last Friday Spanish King Juan Carlos officially opened the 'XVth Mediterranean Games Almería 2005 to a full house and after a spectacular ceremony organized by “La Fura dels Baus”.
In front of an enthusiastic audience that filled the Mediterranean Stadium, “Al-Mariyat Bayyana” traced back the history of Almerian civilization as a tribute to the combination of different cultures.
Eleven nations have sent gymnasts to this quadrennial multi-sport event for European and African countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. 2005 European all-around champions Rafael Martinez (ESP) and Marine Debauve (FRA) are set to headline the gymnastics competitions, which started on Saturday, June 25 and will finish at Tuesday...
Saturday, June 25: First Decision:
Italy won gold in women’s artistic gymnastics team competition
France finishes second and Spain obtains a praiseworthy third place .
Italy has achieved the first gold medal in artistic gymnastics in the Games. The Italian team, comprised of Daria Sarkosh, Monica Bergamelli, Vanessa Ferrari, Federica Macri and Rosso Ilaria, obtained 108.525 points. The French finished two tenths of a point behind the Italians and the Spanish only three tenths. Italy was first in two of the four exercises -vault and floor, finishing third in uneven bars and beam.
>> Women's Team Results

Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)

Third place went to the Greek Stefani Bismpikou, who won the first medal for her country in artistic gymnastics.
>> Women's All-around
Men's All-around: Rafael Martínez and Manuel Carballo go to the podium in style
Martinez took gold and Carballo bronze in the last apparatus
The “Spanish fury” was resurgent in the men’s individual event of artistic gymnastics. Rafael Martínez became champion with a score of 54.975, more than one point ahead of the gymnast in second place, the French Arnaud Willig. Manuel Carballo had slipped out of the medal postions after an error in the last rotation – parallel bars -, and everything seemed lost. But with a wonderful horizontal bar exercise (9.425), he won the bronze medal and everyone went wild in the Mediterranean Palace, which was completely packed.
>> Men's All-around
In the women’s event the Spanish won two medals.
In the vault, Tania Gener was left with silver after being beaten by the Italian Vanessa Ferrari by a fraction of a point, 9.187 and 9.175 respectively. Bronze consequently went to Melodi Pulgarín with a mark of 9.162.
In the uneven bars, two Spanish gymnasts also made it to the podium, but won different medals. Tania Gener took gold with an outstanding 9.675, knocking the Italian Vanessa Ferrari into second place. Bronze went to Lenika de Simone.

Finals, part II: Tuesday, June 28
The Italian Vanessa Ferrari was named floor and parallel bars champion
In reference to female representation, there was only one name on everyone’s lips: Vanessa Ferrari, who took gold on the balance beam (9.625) and on the floor (9.600). The Spanish, however, could not climb the podium, Lenika de Simone finishing fourth on the balance beam and Tania Gener and Thais Escolar fifth and seventh respectively on the floor.

>> Apparatus Finals, PART I

>> Apparatus Finals, Part II

Source: Official website of Mediterranean Games 2005

Moises Ruiz Hall for Rhythmic Gymnastics and Volleyball