April 21, 2017Competition report of the men’s all-around final at the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics Europeans in Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
Defending European all-around Champion and top qualifier Oleg Verniaiev from the Ukraine started off badly, with a fall on his first event, floor. Some form breaks on pommel horse and parallel bars were compensated by a good performance on rings and vault. The last competitor on high bar, the Ukrainian Vice-Olympic champion needed 13.666 to win. With a similar D-score as his main rivals, Verniaiev swung to his second consecutive all-around title.
Newly crowned Russian champion Artur Dalaloyan put on a strong challenge. A fall on pommel horse keep him from the first place though. He matched Verniaiev’s score on parallel bars and outscored him on vault and high bar but it was too late to catch up.
Great Britain’s James Hall competed in his first big event and returned home with the bronze medal. He led the competition after 2 rotations and nailed his rings routine on his way to 84.664. After the competition James couldn’t quite believe it:“I’m struggling to speak right now; I can’t believe what’s just happened. I’ve performed my best ever gymnastics when it matters on the biggest stage of my career, that’s just crazy, it’s hard to get my head around to be honest. My first major championships, I wanted to show the world what I could do and I can’t describe the feeling having done that. I thought to myself beforehand, ‘I’ve qualified third and I know I can be better, nothing is impossible go for it’ and that’s what I did.”
Russia’s Nikita Ignatyev finished in the ungrateful 4th place, ahead of first-year senior Joe Fraser and Armenia’s Artur Davtyan who shows great execution but trails the top gymnasts in difficulty on several events.
Bad luck for the Swiss gymnast Oliver Hegi who qualified in 4th place. Counting multiple falls he took himself out of medal contention early on in the competition.
1. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 85.866
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 85.498
3. James Hall (GBR) 84.664
4. Nikita Ignatyev (RUS) 83.964
5. Joe Fraser (GBR) 82.982
6. Artur Davtyan (ARM) 82.864
7. Lukas Dauser (GER) 82.199
8. Ferhat Arican (TUR) 82.097