The first day of the apparatus finals offers many exciting competitions.
On floor, the two Russians Nikita Nagornyy and Kirill Prokopev are the clear favourites. Both entered the final with the same score. Benjamin Gischard, a Swiss, has good chances of winning a medal. He qualified for the final in third place, 0.4 points behind the two Russians, but also only 0.144 ahead of the eighth place. Yahor Sharamkou from Belarus keep up with Nagornyy and Prokopev with his difficulty score.
Joshua Nathan (Great Britain) performed the most difficult routine of all eight finalists with an difficulty score of 6.9 points. That was enough for second place behind the Irishman and absolute pommel horse specialist Rhys McClenaghan, who received the best execution score from the judges. Predictions are particularly difficult on pommel horse; one wrong grip and the medal dream is over.
Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) showed the most beautiful and the most difficult routine in qualification. He is the favourite for the final. The seven gymnasts behind him were within 0.233 points of each other same story here, anything is possible. Ibrahim Colak from Turkey, the reigning World and European Champion, is in the final. Except for Nagornyy, all gymnasts are real experts on the rings.
For the women’s vault the matter seems clear: Jessica Gardirova from Great Britain, the Russian Angelina Melnikova and Giulia Steingruber at her home European Championships will decide the medals among themselves. At least that is the theory. The three were within 0.051 points in the qualification. After that, there was a gap of 0.466 points. Even the slightest wobble in the landing will decide the colour of the medals.
Melnikova and her team-mate Vladislava Urazova will have to be beaten on the uneven bars. However, Melnikova wants to proove her expertise after her fall in the all-around final and the gold medal she missed out on. Urazova, on the other hand, had a break on Friday. With Elisabeth Seitz (GER), Johanna Adlertag (SWE), Giorgia Villa (ITA), Alice D’Amato (ITA) and Amelie Morgan (GBR) the beam final ist loaded with big names. Filipa Martins from Portugal was a bit of a surprise, but she also showed a fantastic routine in the qualification. Let the flight show begin!