On floor, Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy wins his second title at these European Championships. His picked triple somersault at the beginning of his routine was spectacular, a maximum difficulty. With 6.8 points in the difficulty score, no other finalist can keep up. Benjamin Gischard comes second with a super routine and hardly any wobbles in his landings. The judges rewarded this with the highest execution score of all eight gymnasts. Nicola Bartolini from Italy also shines with good execution and wins bronze despite a low difficulty score.
Giulia Steingruber is back on the international stage with her tenth European Championship medal: At the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021, Steingruber wins gold on vault at a home European Championship. As in Bern 2015, Steingruber wins the European vault title. Jessica Gardirova from Great Britain won silver and Angelina Melnikova from Russia took bronze.
Surprise on pommel horse: Artur Davtyan from Armenia wins the title ahead of Nikita Nagornyy, who wins his third medal. Both get the same final score, as Davtyan gets the higher execution score, he wins gold. The bronze goes to Joe Fraser from Great Britain.
The uneven bars final is spectacular, but the result is less surprising after the previous performances of the gymnasts at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021: Angelina Melnikova wins gold ahead of her team mate Vladislava Urazova, who competes in her first senior final. Bronze goes to Emelie Morgan from Great Britain.
On still rings, the Greek powerhouse lives up to his role as favourite: Eleftherios Petrounias deservedly wins gold by a clear margin. Silver goes to Nikita Nagornyy, who wins a medal in all competitions so far at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021. Salvatore Maresca wins the second bronze medal of the day for Italy.
Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy confirms his status as Europe’s best gymnast and sets a big exclamation before the Olympic Games. He dominates the all-around final of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021 from the very first apparatus and secured the gold medal with 88.032 points. On all six apparatuses he was at least among the best three gymnasts, on floor, rings, vault, and high bar he achieves the highest score of the day. He covers up for a tiny mistake on pommel horse in world-class style. Nagornyy thus wins his second European Championships all-around title and will travel to Japan in summer as the reigning World and European Champion. With this form, the 24-year-old is the absolute top favourite for the Olympic gold medal.
Behind him, David Belyavskiy makes the second Russian double victory on this day perfect. He is already 2.168 points behind his compatriot Nagornyy after six apparatus. For the Russian veteran it is the 16th medal at the continental championships.
17-year-old Illia Kovtun surprises in third place with 3.168 points behind the leader. The Ukrainian improves by almost 3.5 points compared to the qualification yesterday, Thursday. Only in the last rotation of the competition he catches Ahmet Onder from Turkey. Onder misses the bar after the Cassina on high bar and misses his first individual medal at the European Championships by 1.266 points. His teammate Adem Asil cancels the competition after the pommel horse due to a shoulder injury.
Pablo Brägger from Switzerland finishes the competition in a strong fifth place. He is 2.599 points behind the podium. After a fall on his second apparatus, the pommel horse, he starts a strong recovery, which ended with the second-best high bar routine of the competition in fifth place. With Volodymyr Kostiuk (17 years/Ukraine) in seventh place and Jake Jarmn (19 years/Great Britain) in tenth place, two youngsters make it into the top ten on their senior debut.
For Christian Baumann from Switzerland the competition started in a very unfortunate way: he slipped on vault. He finishes the competition uninjured, but due to the zero score on vault he places 23rd. With the third best bars and high bar routine, he should still have a good feeling going into these two apparatus finals tomorrow.
Three Russians dominate the qualification for the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021. Angelina Melnikova wins with 55.991 points ahead of her team mates Viktoriia Listunova and Vladislava Urazova. Giulia Steingruber comes tenth in the all-around at her home European Championships and qualifies for the apparatus finals on vault and floor.
Winner of the qualification is also the Romanian Larisa Iordache, who secures the last Olympic ticket with the fourth place. The other ticket goes to Listunova. Iordache moves up, as these qualifications are possible for two gymnasts from different countries. The Russian team is already qualified for Tokyo anyway. For Iordache, this marks the end of a long period of suffering: since the 2017 World Championships, she has been constantly struggling with injuries.
Steingruber achieved the third-best score of all gymnasts on vault at her home European Championships. The medal decision on Saturday will most likely go through Great Britain’s Jessica Gadirova, Melnikova and Steingruber: after the three gymnasts who are within 0.067 points, there is a gap of more than half a point. However, the cards will be reshuffled again in the finals and all gymnasts will start with zero points. Steingruber enters the final on floor in sixth place.
Melnikova, World Championship bronze medallist in Stuttgart 2019 in the all-around, is now also favourite in Friday’s final, especially as she still has potential for improvement after a mistake on the balance beam. The 21-year-old is also in the apparatus finals on vault, uneven bars and floor: On uneven bars and floor with the highest score of the day, on vault only the young Briton Gadirova is better than Melnikova. The qualification on balance beam was won by Larisa Iordache from Romania, just ahead of Olympic champion Sanne Wevers (Netherlands) and Amelie Morgan (Great Britain).
Urazova led after the first subdivision and was only caught up by her teammates at the end of the day. Bitter for the 16-year-old: Since only two gymnasts from one nation can qualify for a final, Urazova will have to watch the all-around final on Friday. On uneven bars, the three-time junior world champion Listunova was left behind: Melnikova, Urazova and Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz score more points than the 15-year-old in fourth place during her first competition in her first senior year. Listunova have to watch the final on Saturday due to two-per-country rule.
Vanessa Ferrari also celebrated a successful comeback: she finished 7th in the all-around and entered the floor final in fourth place.
* doesn’t advance to the all-around final due to the two-per-country rule
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