This week in the history of European Gymnastics


This week in the history of European Gymnastics

August 7, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 7 to 13 August!


At the Barcelona Olympics, Rhythmic gymnasts followed a bizarre format: the 6 best in the preliminary round advanced to the final together with the top 12 per apparatus. This meant that 9 of the 17 finalists didn’t compete with all apparatus and thus had no chance of winning.

This didn’t stop European and World Champion Aleksandra Timoshenko from upgrading the bronze she won in Seoul in 1988 to the last gold of the Soviet era. Her total score of 59.037 was almost a full point ahead of Spain’s Carolina Pascual who delighted the crowd with the silver medal. Soviet teammate Oksana Skaldina clinched the bronze medal.



Top qualifier Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) put up a strong fight in the all-around final of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. In the lead going into the sixth and last rotation, the European all-around champion saw Japan’s defending Olympic Champion Kohei Uchimura hit a spectacular high bar routine. Verniaiev knew he had to be perfect. A hop on his dismount made the waiting even more nail-biting… 14.800 and second place, less than a tenth behind King Kohei!



Ever since her victory at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (CHN), Russia’s queen of Rhythmic Gymnastics Evgenia Kanaeva dominated every competition she entered. 4 years later, in London, she hit the stage with only one aim: becoming the first Rhythmic gymnast to successfully defend her Olympic title! Kanaeva did exactly that, beating teammate Daria Dmitrieva and Belarussian Liubov Charkashyna.



European Champion Uladzislau Hancharou becomes the first Belarussian Olympic Champion in Trampoline! In the Rio Olympic Arena, Hancharou performed a fabulous routine to hold off defending Olympic Champion Dong Dong and World Champion Gao Lei. This also marked the only gold medal won for Belarus during these Games.