This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

November 20, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 20 to 26 November!


At the first, and last, ever Team World Championships in Dortmund (GER), Romania beat the United States by more than a point, while Russia lost silver by less than a tenth. Romania’s strong team featured Lavinia Milosovici, Gina Gogean, Simona Amanar, Daniela Maranduca, Claudia Presacan, Nadia Hatagan and Ionela Loaies. These ladies posted the top scores on 3 events: vault, beam and floor, but only the 4th total on bars.



Stepping out of the shadows of her Soviet teammates Oksana Skaldina and Aleksandra Timoshenko, 1992 was the coming out party of Russia’s Oksana Kostina. At the European Championships she claimed three apparatus titles and a bronze medal in the all-around. Her best performance however was saved for the World Championships in Brussels (BEL) where she joined legend Bianka Panova as only the second woman to conquer all 5 World titles at a single event. Tragically, disaster struck not even three months later when Kostina and her fiancé were involved in a car crash which the young star did not survive.



4 nations returned home with European titles from the senior competition at the 2007 Europeans in Szombathely (HUN), with Romania being the only double winner: Mircea Zamfir won the individual men’s competition and claimed, joined by Valentin Mavrodineanu and Mircea Brinzea, the trio gold.



After winning the European title in Debrecen (HUN), Dutchman Yuri Van Gelder aimed high at the World Championships in Melbourne (AUS). And he delivered, scoring a 9.725 on rings to become the first ever World Champion for the Netherlands. On an all European podium, he beats Aleksandr Safoshkin (RUS) and Matteo Morandi (ITA).