April 19, 2017Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 17 to 23 April!
2008 Rhythmic Olympic Champion Evgenia Kanaeva continues to impress after her spectacular 2009 season. At the Europeans in Bremen (GER) she scores 115.900, cruising to the all-around victory and successfully defending her 2008 title. Teammate Daria Kondakova takes silver and Azerbaijan’s Aliya Garayeva clinches the bronze.
After qualifying in second place, Giulia Steingruber performs four excellent routine on her way to becoming the first Swiss woman to win the European all-around title!
At Lake Buena Vista in the US, the world’s best Acrobatic gymnasts battled for the hardware.
For Belgium it turned out to be a historic event. Their mixed pair, Laure De Pryck and Nicholas Vleeshouwers clinched first place, thus becoming the first ever Belgian World Champions in Acro!
And another nice memory: European gymnasts won all but one medal!
In Patras (GRE) the breakout generation of The Netherlands, led by Verona van de Leur, had the competition of a lifetime. As a team they placed second behind Russia and Renske Endel won silver on uneven bars. Individually, van de Leur excelled, winning silver in the all-around and on vault before adding 2 bronze medals, on beam and floor. Later that year she also won silver on floor at Worlds in Debrecen. These achievements got her the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award in The Netherlands!