Szczecin at the center of European Gymnastics

10 April 2019
On Wednesday, the much-anticipated Artistic Gymnastics Europeans commence. With the majority of the Olympic tickets being distributed at the World Championships in October, these Europeans provide a big test for our gymnasts.

 

Who to watch?

Over 150 male and 100 female gymnasts from respectively 38 and 36 countries are getting ready to compete in the Netto Arena in the 8th Individual Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Szczecin (POL)!

In the women’s competition 2017 European Champion Ellie Downie, Great Britain’s first European all-around Champion, will look to defend her crown while France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos won the floor title in Glasgow last August. Russia’s Angelina Melnikova won floor in 2017 and clinched several medals at Glasgow 2018. Her teammate, vault specialist and former European and World Champion, Maria Paseka is returning to competition after having back surgery in December 2017. The Netherlands’ Eythora Thorsdottir is back again as well, looking to continue on the good vibes of the 2017 Europeans where she won two medals as is France’s Coline Devillard, victorious on vault in 2017. Italy is sending 4 of the 5 gymnasts of last year’s extremely successful junior team: Giorgia Villa, Elisa Iorio and twins Asia and Alice D’Amato. Other first-year seniors looking to make a name for themselves are Anastasia Bachynska (UKR), Amelie Morgan (GBR), Emma Slevin (IRL) among others.

On the men’s side, a truly spectacular field of champions will be representing their country. Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, 2015 and 2017 European all-around Champion, is coming back from surgery, having been added last-minute to the team to compete on pommel horse and parallel bars. Also present is the reigning World all-around Champion Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) and his teammate Nikita Nagornyy who recently won 6 out of the 7 available individual national titles. Some of the biggest names fighting for glory are three-time World and former Olympic Champion on high bar Epke Zonderland (NED), the 2018 high bar European Champion from Switzerland Oliver Hegi, defending floor Champion Dominick Cunningham (GBR) and his teammates double Olympic Champion Max Whitlock and rings master Courtney Tulloch, 2016 pommel horse Champion Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM), vault and rings specialist Igor Radivilov (UKR), European Games floor winner Rayderley Zapata (ESP) and his fellow gold medallist on pommel horse Saso Bertoncelj (SLO), France’s rings powerhouse Samir Ait Said, 2017 high bar World Champion Tin Srbic (CRO), Vice-Olympic all-around champion Marcel Nguyen (GER), Israeli specialists Artem Dolgopyat, Aleksandr Shatilov and Andrey Medvedev, Romanian superstar Marian Dragulescu, Turkish contenders Ferhat Arican, Ahmet Onder and Ibrahim Colak; and the Russians Vladyslav Poliashov, Dmitriy Lankin and Denis Ablyazin.

The stars for the home crowd will surely be Marta Pihan-Kulesza and her husband Roman Kulesza, who live and train in Szczecin.

 

Competition format

This is an individual Championships for seniors only so no team competition will be held. The top 24 gymnasts after qualifications, with a limit of 2 per country, advance to Friday’s all-around finals. The best 8 per apparatus qualify for the event finals, again with a limit of 2 gymnasts per country per apparatus.

 

Men: Each country can send a maximum of 6 gymnasts and 4 can compete per apparatus.

Women: Each country can send a maximum of 4 gymnasts and all 4 are allowed to compete per apparatus.

 

Schedule

Wednesday 10 April – Men’s qualification

10:00 – 12:40 Subdivision 1

14:00 – 16:40 Subdivision 2

17:00 – 19:40 Subdivision 3

 

Thursday 11 April – Women’s qualification

10:00 – 12:00 Subdivision 1

13:30 – 15:30 Subdivision 2

16:00 – 18:00 Subdivision 3

18:30 – 20:30 Subdivision 4

 

Friday 12 April – FINAL

13:00 – 15:45 Men’s all-around final

17:30 – 19:30 Women’s all-around final

 

Saturday 13 April – FINAL

13:30 – 16:00 Event finals part 1

Men: floor, pommel horse and rings

Women: vault and uneven bars

 

Sunday 14 April – FINAL

13:30 – 16:00  Event finals part 2

Men: vault, parallel bars and high bar

Women: beam and floor

 

European Games qualification

These Europeans also serve as the second and last qualification moment for the 2nd European Games. Last year, the 6 best teams qualified two non-nominative places. This year, the 18 best placed in the all-around qualification will qualify one nominative place (if not qualified with team) and the three best placed athletes per apparatus final secure their place. There is a maximum of 3 athletes per NOC. Any country that qualified more than 3 athletes can choose which of the qualifiers to send.

 

How to follow the competition?

Our scoring partner Smartscoring will provide a live stream of qualifications on gymtv.online. You will be able to choose between all apparatus, ensuring you will not miss your favourites.

Our TV partner Eurovision will provide a livestream of the all-around and event finals on their platform: http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/ueg/

Live scoring of the entire competition will be posted on www.smartscoring.com. Results of past championships are available on UEG website.

Official hashtag of the event: #ECSzczecin2019