This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

October 24, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 23 to 29 October!


On the second day of event finals at the Tokyo Olympics, European gymnasts attained three Olympic titles: Boris Shakhlin of the Soviet Union won high bar, his teammate Larisa Latynina floor and Czechoslovakia’s star Vera Caslavska was the best on beam.



Czechoslovakia’s darling of the Mexico City Olympic Games Vera Caslavska continued her victory series by winning all but beam in the event finals. However, on floor she tied for the gold medal with Larisa Petrik of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet anthem is played, Caslavska looks down and away in protest of the Soviet invasion of her home country. One of the most known moments of silent political protest at the Olympics. And while her action was applauded by her countrymen, she became a persona non grata for the new regime, forcing her to retire and begin denied the right to travel, work and attend sporting events.



Elena Vitrichenko had the competition of a lifetime in Berlin at the 1997 Rhythmic World Championships. The Ukrainian star won the all-around beating Russians Natalia Lipkovskaya and Yanina Batyrchina while also claiming three apparatus titles with rope, clubs and ribbon plus a silver with hoop!



The Portuguese city of Odivelas hosted the 26th senior and the 10th junior Europeans in Acrobatic Gymnastics. Russia returned home with the most medals, 30 in total of which 16 were gold. Great Britain followed suit with 24 medals, 11 golden. The host nation Portugal clinched one European title, won by mixed pair Leonor Oliveira and Goncalo Roque for their balance routine!