This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

June 12, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 12 to 18 June!


On the last day of the Trampoline Europeans in Sofia (BUL), two familiar names jumped to victory: Russia’s Irina Karavaeva, the 2000 Olympic Champion, and Ukraine’s Yuri Nikitin who went on the beat defending Olympic Champion Alexander Moskalenko at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.



A historical moment for European sport as a spectacular Opening Ceremony announced the start of the much-anticipated inaugural European Games! More than 6000 athletes competed in 30 sports. For gymnastics, these Games saw the introduction of alternation between different disciplines: men’s and women’s artistic competed together, as did rhythmic and acrobatic while aerobics was paired with trampoline. A hugely successful concept that aims to be part of the 2019 European Games too.



The Russian capital Moscow hosted the 2005 Rhythmic Europeans aiming for a sweep of the gold medals. Their dream got smashed when the Belarussian junior group snatched the European title though. In the senior apparatus finals Olga Kapranova performed best with ball and teammate Irina Tchachina scored a double win, with clubs and rope, but Ukraine’s Natalia Godunko (UKR) topped the ribbon rankings.

Irina Tchachina (RUS)



Before the 2016 World Championships in Incheon (KOR), Romania’s Corina Constantin has won everything there is to win in Aerobics, except the individual World title. Coming out of retirement in 2015 to give it one more chance, she won the European title in Elvas (POR). She qualified to the final in second place behind China’s Yu Yangyang. Hungry for the title, Constantin gave it her all in the final and scored a massive 22.050 which clinched her the World title. She retired shortly after, having accomplished all she wanted to in the sport: “At my last World Championships, I won silver and [in Korea] I took my revenge.”