Russia reigns over Europe

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Russia reigns over Europe

August 11, 2018

Competition report of the men’s team final at #Glasgow2018

 The spectators attending the men’s team final were in for a real treat. The top 8 teams after qualification gave the best of themselves at the Hydro, competing in the exciting format of three gymnasts perform, all three scores count towards the team total.

Second in qualification, Great Britain looked confident to correct the mistakes they made on Thursday. They started strong on floor and continued in that line on pommel horse and rings as well. In the meantime, top qualifier Russia counted a fall on floor as Nikita Nagornyy sat down his double front and Dmitriy Lankin stumbled out of a front double piked dismount on rings.

Both teams excelled on vault, highlighted by Dominick Cunningham’s 14.900 with an impressive 9.500 execution. Russia even did slightly better taking over the leader’s position. The level on parallel bars was high as well with Great Britain posting the second-highest total and Russia scoring 45.199, the highest event total of the afternoon.

Going into the last rotation, Russia had a 1-point lead over Great Britain. Unfortunately, the British hopes for gold vanished as both Cunningham and Hall fell. Russia controlled their final routines well, securing the team title with a margin of almost four points. Winning their third European title in a row made the guys extremely proud. It’s a mission accomplished! Nikolay Kuksenkov said after the competition: "I feel happy because we have become European Champions three times in a row.It was our goal to win three times.When you win, it doesn't matter how many points you win. Two or three tenths of a point [will determine whether] you have gold, silver or bronze medal. Today we made mistakes that we shouldn't have made. The grip on the high bar was very bad and you will have seen a lot of mistakes on the high bar in this competition, because of the grip. This is sports, everything can happen."

The most consistent team today, France cruised to the bronze medal, avoiding major mistakes. Loris Frasca contributed a massive 14.900 on vault and Cyril Tommasone sealed the deal with an excellent pommel horse routine, for 14.666. In the end, they had a three-point advantage over Germany and Switzerland. Spain finished in sixth while the leader at the halfway stage, Turkey, dropped down to seventh. They can be proud of their achievements here though: they made the top eight in Europe for the first time! Italy took themselves out of contention at the very beginning when their first gymnast up missed his vault and got a zero.

 

Results

1. Russia 257.260

2. Great Britain 253.362

3. France 246.928

4. Germany 243.629

5. Switzerland 243.462

6. Spain 239.461

7. Turkey 239.361

8. Italy 222.327