Russia are Men’s European Champions

1. Russia 257.260
2. GBR 253.362
3. France 246.928
4. Germany 243.629
5. Switzerland 243.462
6. Spain 239.461
7. Turkey 239.361
8. Italy 222.327

full results

As expected, it was a thriller. Though 5 apparatus I still liked GBR to win. Russia was 1.0+ ahead, … but it was H Bar. That’s typically a good apparatus for Great Britain, Russia’s worst.

But Dom fell twice. Joe hit. And — shockingly — HALL James fell.

That was it. All Russia needed were their easy routines. They hit 3/3.

The arena was full. Full of fans cheering loud and proud for the home side.

I was hoping Turkey might hold it together to take an historic Bronze. But falls on their final 2 apparatus ended that dream. France did the job. Great meet today.

Within seconds of the start of the competition the first Italian gymnast took a zero on Vault. He slipped. Their team chances were over. It’s 3-up, 3-count. That’s something that could happen to China, Japan, USA … to anyone.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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