European Gymnastics Championships in Cluj Napoca: Romanian Marian Dragulescu takes European gold in men’s floor event

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Romanian Marian Dragulescu won on Saturday the gold medal in the men’s floor event of the European Gymnastics Championships, the first for team Romania in the competition running April 19 – 23 in Cluj-Napoca.

The 36-year old multiple World and European champion scored 14.500 for his routine.

Russian Dmitry Lankin landed the silver medal with 14.466 points and Israel’s Alexander Shatilov took the bronze with 14.400 points.

Marian Dragulescu was a floor silver medalist at the 2016 Bern European Championships.

The European Gymnastics Championships taking place at the Cluj-Napoca Multipurpose Hall – 60 years on from the previous edition of the European event hosted by Romania – drew the participation of 274 gymnasts (168 men and 106 women) from 37 countries.

Romania fielded 10 athletes: Olivia Cimpian, Ioana Crisan, Larisa Iordache and Catalina Ponor in the women’s contest; and Marian Dragulescu, Cristian Bataga, Vlad Cotuna, Adelin Kotrong, Laurentiu Nistor and Andrei Ursache in the men’s competition.

Larisa Iordache and Catalina Ponor will be competing in the beam finals on Sunday, while Marian Dragulescu will perform in the men’s vault finals.

 

France’s Devillard clinches vault gold, Belgian Derwael captures uneven bars title

 

French gymnast Coline Devillard (aged 16) on Saturday won the gold medal in the women’s vault final of the European Gymnastics Championships running at the Cluj-Napoca Multipurpose Hall.

The French athlete, at her first European competition, scored a total of 14.466 points; she was followed by Great Britain’s Elissa Downie (14.350 points) and Hungary’s Boglarka Devai (14.316 points). Romania had no representative in this event.

On the same day, Belgian Nina Derwael clinched the gold in the women’s uneven bars competition, ahead of Russian Elena Eremina, Elissa Downie (UK) and Elisabeth Seitz (Germany).

Nina Derwael, who ended 19th in the women’s Rio Olympics all-around event, scored 14.633 points; Elena Eremina earned 14.300 points for her routine, while Elissa Downie and Elisabeth Seitz shared the 3rd position with 14.133 points.

Last year’s uneven bars European champion, GB’s Rebecca Downie, fell during her routine and needed medical assistance.

 

Great Britain’s Elissa Downie – gold medalist in women’s all-around European Gymnastics Championships

 

Great Britain’s Elissa Downie won on Friday the gold medal in the women’s all-around event of the European Gymnastics Championships running at the Cluj-Napoca Multipurpose Hall.

Downie, who won three silver medals at the previous European Championships, claimed the title with a score of 55.765 and was followed on the podium by Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs (55.432) and Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France (55.065).

Romanian Ioana Crisan, at her first appearance in a senior competition, ended 18th with 51.032 points.

 

Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev wins men’s all-around title

 

Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev (age 23) won on Friday the gold medal in the men’s all-around finals of the European Gymnastics Championships running at the Cluj-Napoca Multipurpose Hall.

An all-around silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Verniaiev scored a total of 85.866 points. Russian Artur Dalaloyan claimed the silver with 85.498 p, and Great Britain’s James Hall landed the bronze with 84.664 p.

Six Romanian Afghanistan war veterans also attended the medal-awarding ceremony. Romania had no representative in the men’s all-around event.

 

Nadia Comaneci, Sonia Iovan awarded by Romanian Gymnastics Federation at EAGC 2017 in Cluj-Napoca

 

Former elite gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Sonia Iovan, Olympic, world and European multiple medalists, were awarded on Friday by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG) for their all-life performance, in a ceremony on the floor’s red carpet of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Cluj-Napoca.

FRG president Adrian Stoica handed a Diploma of Honour and flowers to Nadia Comaneci (55 years old), five-time Olympic champion and the first gymnast to ever score a perfect 10.00, and to Sonia Iovan (81 years old), a silver medalist at the balance beam and bronze at all-around finals, and in the vault event at the first edition of the European Championships hosted by Romania in 1957.

Nadia Comaneci, an ambassador of the EAGC 2017, thanked Sonia Iovan for opening in 1957 the Romanian gymnastic’s way to performance and also to the audience for the warm atmosphere created in the Polivalenta Hall of Cluj-Napoca.