Exciting fight for the medals
Alina Kabaeva has been the favorite after having won the qualification already very clearly and also today she was clearly in the lead from the beginning on. She made her almost obligatory small mistake with the hoop but due to the great distance of her score from the score of the other gymnasts that didn't matter much. It may remain unsettled if the distance to Tamara Yerofeeva in this amount of points is justified but the ranking in general is absolutely all right and confirms the performances of the best European gymnasts this season. Having the memories of the ECh's in Saragossa 2000 in mind where everyone spoke about a "scandal European Championships", this can be remarked positively and it is good that there are almost no reasons to raise this topic again.
Although the strongest rival of Kabaeva, her team mate Irina Tchachina, has not competed in Granada, Alina's performance remains extraordinary - To be the dominating gymnast for more than 5 years is unique in the recent history of rhythmic gymnastics.
In general, the all-around final has been of a very high sportive level. Especially the clubs routine of Kabaeva, Yerofeeva's hoop routine or also the rope routine of Bessonova will be remembered as extraordinary highlights. The decision in the exciting fight for the bronze medal became very tight when the hoop of the usually so safely competing Simona Peycheva rolled away. It seems that Anna Bessonova was a bit luckier today as she won the bronze medal despite of two mistakes: Anyway, those two gymnasts which are so different in their expression certainly will have further exciting fights for medals and ranks in future - much to the pleasure of the audience in the whole World. In general it is very good to see that among the absolutely best gymnasts of the World so many different types of gymnasts in their expression and presentation can be found - even despite of the difficult judging rules. This underlines their greatness even more.
Top-performances of the top ten
Today wasn't the
best day for Zarina Gizikova - she
made mistakes with both apparatus in the first part of the competition
and reached the 5th place in the end - not the worst but a typical Russian
start at European Championships
This were her first European Championships
and she takes the team gold medal and her 5th place in the all-around
home with her.
hosts convinced also in the individual all-around with very good performances:
The crowd cheered a lot for whirlwind Jennifer
Colino (10th!) and the grande dame Almudena
Cid Tostado, with 22 years also one of the oldest participants
of these Championships, reached the 7th place and watching her has once
again been a pleasure for everyone who likes RG.
Bye Granada - Welcome to Riesa 2003
Translation: Lisa Worthmann
competition: Victory of the favorites and a high sportive level
at the 2nd day of the European Championships in Granada has been great:
With their Spanish temper the fans in the venue accompanied the best
gymnasts who competeted today in group A for the team victory and the
qualification for the individual all-around final. They were thanked
for it with great performances; the whole group A presented a high sportive
level and only very few mistakes. Quick and all in all fair scores completed
this image - altogether quite a good advertising for rhythmic gymnastics.
World Champion Tamara
Yerofeeva presented an absolutely brilliant competition -
elegant, sovereign, without mistakes in the execution - a more than
good omen for tomorrow; she is in extremly good form. Her team mate
Anna Bessonova, who had received
better results than Tamara quite often at big tournaments recently,
partly couldn't gain control of her nerves today. However, she managed
to improve during the competition. Finally, it became a convining victory
of the silver medal for the two gymnasts and their team mate Natalia
new star Simona Peycheva and her
younger team mate Elisabeth Paissieva
in the end managed to secure managed to secure the bronze medal. They
had to fight for it alone and all of their routines counted for the
final score of the team result. Compliments to those 2 gymnasts who
already last year have managed to bring back new glory to Bulgarian
RG. Simona's aim is a medal in tomorrow's all-around and, considering
her performance of today, that should be possible.
Eleni Andriola (GRE)
gymnasts from Greece made a strong
impression on rank 6 - here, in view of the Olympic Games, very intensive
work is being done with a visible success.
Translation: Lisa Worthmann
European Championships 2000, Zaragoza (ESP)
European Championships 2001, Geneva (SUI)