European titles for Cunningham, Mcclenaghan, Petrounias, Dalaloyan and Hegi

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European titles for Cunningham, Mcclenaghan, Petrounias, Dalaloyan and Hegi

August 12, 2018

Competition report of the senior men’s apparatus finals

Almost 4000 spectators cheered for their favourite gymnasts on the last day of gymnastics action at the Hydro. The senior men competed for continental honour on their 6 events.

 

Cunningham tumbles to gold

A high-level line-up was presented in this first final of the afternoon, on floor. Several spectacular tumbling passes impressed the audience but mistakes proved costly. Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy stepped out of the floor area after his triple, being bumped off the podium by teammate Artur Dalaloyan. Great Britain’s Dominick Cunningham for half off the competition until only the last performer – and top qualifier - Artem Dolgopyat could beat him. Unfortunately for the Israeli as step out of bounds cost him three tenths: Gold medal for an ecstatic Dom Cunningham: "It's crazy - this is what dreams are made of. Last time I was here, I was in the box watching the competition, now I'm on floor, and I've just become European champion.It's been incredible. It's been hard work, it hasn't been easy, even today - we've been waiting around. I knew it was about bringing all our professionalism to the stage."

1. Dominick CUNNINGHAM (GBR) 14.666

2. Artem DOLGOPYAT (ISR) 14.466

3. Artur DALALOYAN (RUS) 14.466

4. Nikita NAGORNYY (RUS) 14.433

5. Alexander SHATILOV (ISR) 14.233

6. Marcel NGUYEN (GER) 14.066

7. Rayderley ZAPATA (ESP) 12.966

8. Ahmet ONDER (TUR) 12.500

 

History for Ireland

One of the faces to watch at this event, Ireland’s Rhys Mcclenaghan certainly lived up the expectations. He performed the most difficult routine (6.5) and also noted the highest execution score. The first ever European medal for Ireland, and it is nothing less than gold! None of his competitors even came close.  The 19-year-old commented: "I said at the start I wanted to make history for Ireland again, and why not make it the gold? And here's the gold to prove it. I mean business when I come out here, and it's all paid off.I hope that I've done a huge amount for gymnastics in Ireland and the UK. I want this sport to grow even further than it has already, and with results like this, it will."

For second-place there was a tie, between two well-known pommel horse specialists, Robert Seligman (CRO) and Saso Bertoncelj (SLO). Both were absolutely delighted with this result as they forced defending European Champion David Belyavskiy (RUS) into the unfortunate fourth position. Home crowd favourite, World and Olympic Champion Max Whitlock, made a big mistake which took him out of the race.

 

1. Rhys MCCLENAGHAN (IRL) 15.300

2. Robert SELIGMAN (CRO) 14.866

2. Saso BERTONCELJ (SLO) 14.866

4. David BELYAVSKIY (RUS) 14.800

5. Nikolai KUKSENKOV (RUS) 14.633

6. Filip UDE (CRO) 14.000

7. Max WHITLOCK (GBR) 14.000

8. Petro PAKHNIUK (UKR) 13.766

 

Four in a row for Petrounias

Having won all major rings title since 2015, European, World and Olympic Champion Eleftherios Petrounias came to Glasgow on a mission: tying Yuri Chechi’s record of four European titles in a row. Competing as the second gymnast, the Greek lord of the rings showed the world that he is still unbeatable. With a score of 15. 466 Petrounias leaves no doubt ... he is not planning to give up his winning streak: "I feel really emotional. It is my fourth title, which is amazing. And also, Glasgow always brings me special feelings. I won my first world title here and now I win again. It is awesome. This means a lot to me."Ibrahim Colak continued a successful Europeans for the Turkish team. With a silver medal he improved on Turkey’s previous best showing when Umit Samiloglu won bronze on high bar. Great Britain’s Courtney Tulloch debuted with his new signature skill to take the bronze medal.

 

1. Eleftherios PETROUNIAS (GRE) 15.466

2. Ibrahim COLAK (TUR) 15.100

3. Courtney TULLOCH (GBR) 15.000

4. Nikita NAGORNYY (RUS) 14.633

5. Vahagn DAVTYAN (ARM) 14.566

6. Marcel NGUYEN (GER) 14.066

7. Dennis GOOSSENS (BEL) 13.700

8. Andrei Vasile MUNTEAN (ROU) 11.366

 

Dalaloyan repeats vaulting success

With his signature triple twisting Yurchenko, defending European Champion Artur Dalaloyan set the standard. Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov came close with two nice vaults but couldn’t quite manage to reach the score of the Russian. Dalaloyan retains his title and Radivilov adds another vault medal to his large collection. They were joined on the podium by another Russian, Dmitriy Lankin, who claimed bronze, just 0.066 ahead of France’s Loris Frasca.

 

1. Artur DALALOYAN (RUS) 14.900

2. Igor RADIVILOV (UKR) 14.866

3. Dmitrii LANKIN (RUS) 14.666

4. Loris FRASCA (FRA) 14.600

5. Andrey MEDVEDEV (ISR) 14.266

6. Konstantin KUZOVKOV (GEO) 14.216

7. Dimitar DIMITROV (BUL) 14.183

8. Valgard REINHARDSSON (ISL) 13.466

 

Russia rules on parallel bars

Just like they did in qualifications and in the team final, the Russian gymnasts showed off their style and class on parallel bars. Top qualifier David Belyavskiy lost some marks in execution, leaving the door open for this teammate Artur Dalaloyan who was the only gymnast to score over 9 points in execution. Gold and silver for Russia and the fourth medal for Dalaloyan, the third gold one: "It wasn't easy for me because two years ago I wasn't a part of the main Russian team. Back then I was a boy and not a man. I now feel as though I have grown up and have an understanding of what I want to get from gymnastics.We get money and we get medals, so I've changed my mindset and now I'm a champion."Switzerland’s Oliver Hegi earned the bronze medal while Germany’s Nils Dunkel finished fourth.

 

1. Artur DALALOYAN (RUS) 15.433

2. David BELYAVSKIY (RUS) 15.166

3. Oliver HEGI (SUI) 14.633

4. Nils DUNKEL (GER) 14.366

5. Ahmet ONDER (TUR) 13.666

6. Petro PAKHNIUK (UKR) 13.300

7. Henji MBOYO (SUI) 13.300

8. Joe FRASER (GBR) 12.866

 

From silver to gold for Hegi

Last year’s silver medallist on high bar, Switzerland’s Oliver Hegi upgraded to the gold in Glasgow, following in the footsteps of his compatriot Pablo Braegger. The Flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland, the 2012 Olympic Champion, made the crowd gasp with his spectacular flight combinations but he made some mistakes which lowered his execution score. It was still good enough for silver though! Three gymnasts scored 14.033, so a tie breaker decided the bronze medal winner: David Vecsernyes of Hungary. Taha Serhani (SUI) finished fourth and Great Britain’s James Hall fifth.

1. Oliver HEGI (SUI) 14.700

2. Epke ZONDERLAND (NED) 14.400

3. David VECSERNYES (HUN) 14.033

4. Taha SERHANI (SUI) 14.033

5. James HALL (GBR) 14.033

6. Joe FRASER (GBR) 13.766

7. Umit SAMILOGLU (TUR) 13.733

8. Noah KUAVITA (BEL) 12.266

 

This concludes the 2018 European Championships! A big THANK YOU to all the gymnasts, coaches, officials and fans for making this such a wonderful event!