ECh MAG Lausanne: Apparatus Finals Juniors: two more titles for the British gymnast Daniel Keatings

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ECh MAG Lausanne: Apparatus Finals Juniors: two more titles for the British gymnast Daniel Keatings

May 11, 2008

Already Junior European all-round Champion, Daniel Keatings (GBR) could win 2 more titles, on pommel horse and bars, as well as bronze on floor. Spain, Greece, France and Russia too win a gold medal. Christian Bazan (ESP) can go home with 4 medals, including the gold medal for his routine on rings.

 

With 10 qualifications, Russia is the most represented country in these finals, followed by Great-Britain (8), Germany (7), Greece and Spain (5), Ukraine (3), Switzerland (2), France, Romania, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Hungary and Belarus (1). The competition was of a very good level, hardly a fall and the best juniors are ready to take the place of their “older” colleagues, as after the Peking Olympic Games many athletes will put an end to their career.   
 
 
 
Floor:
 
Mixed participation with 2 Russians, 2 Greeks, 2 British, 1 Swiss and 1 Romanian. The Hellenic gymnast Eleftherios Kosmidis (17 years old since May 6) could win this first final quite easily (15.525, difficulty sore 6.30) and won the first gold medal of this day for his very good floor routine. Silver goes to the Spanish gymnast Christian Bazan (18 years). The bronze medal (and this will not be his only medal) was awarded to the new European all-round Champion, Daniel Keatings (18 years).    
 
 
 
Pommel horse:
 
This final is quite balanced as RUS, UKR, GBR and GER have each 2 gymnasts qualified. Gold went logically to the British gymnast Keatings (15.650), followed by the Russian Matvey Petrov (15.075) and the Ukrainian Viktor Stepanenko (17 years).   
 
 
 
Rings:
 
2 Spanish gymnasts, 2 Russians, 2 British, 1 Portuguese and 1 Greek are qualified for this final. More medals for Christian Bazan (ESP), who wins this final (15.150) and for Matvey Petrov (RUS, 14.500) who can go home with the bronze medal. Portugal can celebrate is second medal in its history thanks to Gustavo Simoes (18 years old on June 11) who wins silver.   
 
 
 
Vault:
 
Different countries are represented in this final, Greece with 2 gymnasts, France, Russia, Spain, Great-Britain, Germany and Italy with each 1 gymnast. This time, gold goes to France thanks to the victory of Mathieu Jordan. Silver goes to the Russian David Belyavskiy, and the third medal for the Spanish gymnast Christian Bazan who has now a medal of each colour.   
 
 
 
Uneven bars:
 
Daniel Keatings can go home with three gold medals as he also won gold on bars (second in the qualifications). Amin Garibov gave the Russian team another silver medal. Bronze went to …Christian Bazan (ESP).   
 
 
 
High bar:
 
First title for the Russians who dominate, as so often, this discipline. Amin Garibon (14.625) is followed by the German Wittenberg (14.375) and a second Russian, Kirill Ignatenkov (14,325). Only half a point separate the best four. The Swiss spectators would have loved to see Simon Nützi win a medal for his excellent performance (14.100), but he ends on the 4th rank.  
 
 
 
D. Duchoud/UEG
 
Daniel Keatings - 3 junior titles. Photos: Volker Minkus UEG