This week in the history of European Gymnastics


This week in the history of European Gymnastics

October 18, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 16 to 22 October!


Russian rhythmic gymnasts Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina divided all gold and silver medals at the World Championships in Madrid (ESP) but they both tested positive for a banned diuretic and were stripped of their medals.



A historic moment for Italian gymnastics as 15-year-old Vanessa Ferrari becomes the first Italian All-around World Champion at the Aarhus Worlds! She beats Jana Bieger (USA) and Sandra Izbasa (ROU).



Just a few days after winning the all-around bronze medal at the World Championships in London (GBR), Russian talent Yuri Ryazanov dies in a car crash on his way home from Moscow to Vladimir.



Vera Caslavska kicks off a superb Olympic performance by winning Olympic all-around title in Tokyo and preventing Soviet legend Larisa Latynina to win 3 consecutive titles. Latynina takes silver while her teammate Polina Astakhova grabs bronze.



On the first day of event finals at the Tokyo Olympics, 4 European countries strike gold: Franco Menichelli (ITA) wins floor, Yugoslavia’s Miroslav Cerar pommel horse, Czechoslovakia’s Vera Caslavska vault and Polina Astakhova of the Soviet Union bars.