Five nations divide junior European titles


Five nations divide junior European titles

August 12, 2018

Competition report of the junior apparatus finals at #Glasgow2018

Europe’s best junior gymnasts hit the stage in the Hydro today as they battled for glory in the individual apparatus finals.


Great Britain’s Jamie Lewis showed an excellent floor routine, receiving the highest execution score on his way the first European title of the day. Recently crowned European all-around champion Nicolo Mozzato (ITA) claimed the silver medal while Russia’s Sergei Naidin edged another Italian, Ares Federici, and Switzerland’s Andrin Frey for the bronze medal as their tie was broken based on the highest execution score.


1. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.833

2. Nicolo MOZZATO (ITA) 13.666

3. Sergei NAIDIN (RUS) 13.500

4. Ares FEDERICI (ITA) 13.500

5. Andrin FREY (SUI) 13.500

6. Pavel KARNEJENKO (GBR) 12.866

7. Bastien ELOY (FRA) 12.833

8. Karim RIDA (GER) 12.033


Pommel horse

Jamie Lewis was on fire again, showing off an extremely difficult pommel horse which received a huge difficulty score of 5.7, 6 tenths higher than his closest competitor. It was, however, a victory for execution today. The last gymnast, Edoardo De Rosa from Italy, performed a nice routine to claim the gold medal over Lewis: "After winning bronze in the team competition, it is absolutely beautiful to win the gold medal today. At the start of the competition, I didn't think I would get to the top of the leaderboard, I am very happy.

The battle for bronze went between Armenia’s Gagik Khachikyan, Russia’s Mikhail Khudchenko and Croatia’s Mauro Nemcanin who all finished within a few hundreds of a point from each other. It was Khachikyan who clinched the third place though.


1. Edoardo DE ROSA (ITA) 14.066

2. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.733

3. Gagik KHACHIKYAN (ARM) 13.600

4. Mikhail KHUDCHENKO (RUS) 13.566

5. Mauro NEMCANIN (CRO) 13. 566

6. Marko SAMBOLEC (CRO) 13.466

7. Krisztofer MESZAROS (HUN) 12.933

8. Iurii BUSSE (RUS) 12.166



The Russians already showed in qualifications that they are in a league of their own on this event, taking the top 3 places. Only 2 of their gymnasts could compete in the final though and both combined difficulty with nice execution. The gold medal went to top qualifier Grigorii Klimentev who posted the highest difficulty score. Teammate Viktor Kaliuzhin grabbed the silver. Klimentev told us afterwards: "It feels very good. I started [with gymnastics] when I was only five years old and I have the same coach as my teammate Viktor. We are going to havea big party after returning to Russia."Jamie Lewis earned his third medal of the day, a bronze this time for a routine that was executed brilliantly, ensuring he surpassed Ukraine’s Roman Vashchenko. The young Brit was delighted: "It feels amazing, I am very happy to come away with the gold on floor. I was hoping for a gold medal on the pommel horse as well as that is one of my strongest pieces. I wasn't really expecting much on rings because everyone was so amazing with their strength elements. I had to make sure I was really neat on rings and sharpen up my form. I am super happy with the bronze medal there."Switzerland’s Andrin Frey scratched from the event.


1. Grigorii KLIMENTEV (RUS) 14.300

2. Viktor KALIUZHIN (RUS) 13.866

3. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.700

4. Roman VASHCHENKO (UKR) 13.633

5. Rafael SZABO (ROU) 13.433

6. Liam DE SMET (BEL) 13.100

7. Javidan BABAYEV (AZE) 12.133

8. Andrin FREY (SUI) DNS




A high-level final which featured two British and two Czech gymnasts but no Russians, saw top qualifier Sviataslau Dranitski (BLR) vault to victory, claiming to first medal for his country here at the Hydro. Dranitski edged Great Britain’s Jake Jarman and Italy’s Ares Federici by just 0.033!


1. Sviataslau DRANITSKI (BLR) 14.333

2. Jake JARMAN (GBR) 14.300

3. Ares FEDERICI (ITA) 14.300

4. Ondrej KALNY (CZE) 14.199

5. Donell OSBOURNE (GBR) 14.150

6. Justin PESESSE (BEL) 14.116

7. Daniel PONIZIL (CZE) 13.666

8. Andrin FREY (SUI) DNF


Parallel bars

Ukraine’s top qualifier Ilia Kovtun performed another nice routine on parallel bars to win his first junior European title. The German team showed fabulous execution in qualifications with Lucas Kochan even receiving an impressive 9.500. In the final Kochan still had the highest execution score although he lost two tenths which dropped him out of medal contention. His teammate Karim Rida stepped up and claimed the silver medal though, keeping the Germans happy. Switzerland’s Dominic Tamsel actually tied with Rida but had to settle for the bronze as his execution score was lower. Italy’s Lay Giannini just missed out on the podium.


1. Illia KOVTUN (UKR) 14.000

2. Karim RIDA (GER) 13.533

3. Dominic TAMSEL (SUI) 13.533

4. Lay GIANNINI (ITA) 13.500

5. Vladyslav HRYNEVYCH (UKR) 13.433

6. Lucas KOCHAN (GER) 13.400

7. Ian RAUBAL (SUI) 13.200

8. Jake JARMAN (GBR) 12.766


High bar

Recently crowned all-around champion Nicolo Mozzato added another victory to his list of achievements by winning the gold medal on high bar. "I have had a good competition here, including the gold medal in the all-round final on Friday. I am very satisfied, especially with my high bar performance. It is nice to have my family and my team-mates here watching me in the arena today.I am looking forward to the world championships in Doha, where I will compete in the senior team."The silver medal went to Hungary’s Krisztian Balazs and the bronze to Germany’s Daniel Woerz.


1. Nicolo NOZZATO (ITA) 13.633

2. Krisztian BALAZS (HUN) 13.300

3. Daniel WOERZ (GER) 13.066

4. Iurii BUSSE (RUS) 12.966

5. Mattis BOUCHET (BEL) 12.933

6. Dominic TAMSEL (SUI) 12.800

7. Donell OSBOURNE (GBR) 11.833

8. Sergei NAIDIN (RUS) 11.166


This concludes the 2018 junior European Championships! Congratulations to all medallists, to all participants, coaches, judges and spectators for delivering an excellent event!