This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

September 14, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 11 to 17 September!


After leading her teammates to team gold and winning all 4 apparatus titles, Evgenia Kanaeva adds the all-around victory at the World Championships in Mie (JPN) to her collection, becoming the first gymnast to win all 6 gold medals at the same time. Although she struggled with injury and exhaustion early in the season, 2009 cemented her fame as she won all titles at the European Championships, World Games and Universiade as well. Way to go Zheniya!



In their last international competition as the Soviet Union, their male gymnasts dominated the team competition and then went on to sweep the all-around podium: gold went to Grigory Misutin who beat Vitaly Scherbo by 2 tenths. Bronze went to Valeri Liukin.



On the final day of the Rhythmic World Championships in Stuttgart (GER), the Italian group, affectionately known as the ‘Farfalle’ (the Butterflies) prevent a Russian sweep of the gold medals by winning the 5 ribbons exercise.



The Soviet Union’s Svetlana Boginskaya took revenge on beam after being beaten in the all-around by American Kim Zmeskal. She scored 9.962 in the apparatus final at the Indianapolis Worlds Championships to take the world title ahead of her teammate Tatiana Gutsu.  Romania’s Lavinia Milosovici tied Betty Okino (USA) for the bronze.



Russia’s Irina Karavaeva jumped and twisted to gold in individual Trampoline with 38.900, half a point more than her teammate Natalia Chernova with whom she later added gold in synchro. The Russian ladies did lose the team gold to China.