This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

November 9, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 6 to 12 November!


At the 1993 Rhythmic World Championships in Alicante (ESP), Bulgaria’s Maria Petrova becomes the new all-around Champion, upgrading from the silver she won the year before. Petrova also claimed three individual crowns, with ball, hoop and ribbon (tied with Belarussia’s Tatiana Ogrizko), leaving the gold with clubs to Spain’s Carmen Acedo and with rope to Ukraine’s Ekaterina Serebrianskaya.



The Soviet Union cruised to victory at the 1985 World Championships in Montreal (CAN) but they caused controversy by replacing Olga Mostepanova and Irina Baraksanova in the all-around final with Oksana Omeliantchik and Elena Shushunova. The decision proved to be smart: the two budding stars tied for the all-around title! Later on, Shushunova also won the gold on vault while Omeliantchik was the best on floor.



Georges Guelzec (FRA) becomes the 4th President of the European Union of Gymnastics, after winning the elections at the Congress in Tel Aviv (ISR).



Having qualified in second place to the final on Double Mini-Trampoline, Russian talent Mikhail Zalomin upped his game to score a massive 77.800, beating his closest rival Alexander Renkert by more than 4 points. The first World title for Zalomin and the beginning of an impressive international DMT career.



At the 2003 Acro Europeans in Zielona Gora (POL), the audience witnesses the emergence of a new star as Russia’s Revaz Gurgenidze wins the European title in the mixed pair’s final with his partner Anna Katchalova. Competing internationally for over a decade, until his retirement after the 2014 World Championships, Gurgenidze will become one of the most well-known acrobats in the world. And he stays active in the sport, as a judge and coach.