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Seven Countries Win European Event Golds
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Italy, Russia and Ukraine won two titles each in the event finals at the European Championships that concluded Sunday in Amsterdam.

Russia was the most successful nation Sunday with five medals, including golds from Yulia Lozhechko on balance beam and Anton Golotsutskov on men's vault.

Women's all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari and Italian teammate Carlotta Giovannini placed first on floor exercise and vault, respectively. Ukraine's Daria Zgoba won uneven bars, and male teammate Alexander Vorobyov won rings.

Giovannini's two vaults (double-twisting Yurchenko; round-off, half-on, front-full) were enough to win the gold medal over Germany's Oksana Chusovitina, who threw a full-twisting piked front and a 1-1/2-twisting Tsukahara. Defending champion Anna Grudko of Russia finished third.

Ferrari won on floor exercise, after falls from uneven bars and balance beam in the previous two finals. Performing last, Ferrari overtook Great Britain's Beth Tweddle, who ended in second place. Tweddle's first two tumbling passes were a 1-1/2 twist through to Arabian double tuck; and a piked Arabian double.

Romania's Sandra Izbasa, who was scheduled to compete last on floor exercise, withdrew from the event because of a foot injury. She hurt her left foot on the landing of her triple twist dismount from balance beam, the event held shortly before floor exercise. Izbasa nonetheless finished second on balance beam behind Lozhechko.

Zgoba placed first on uneven bars, 0.05 over Romania's Steliana Nistor. Nistor was the only gymnast, male or female, to win more than one individual event medal. She also tied for third place on balance beam.

"I knew I could do it," Zgoba told IG. "My coach and I worked hard so I could get all of the combinations just right, and I did!"

Rafael Martinez (Spain) and Krisztian Berki (Hungary) won the first two men's events — floor exercise and pommel horse, respectively.

On floor exercise, Romania's Marian Dragulescu did not complete his routine. After a heavy landing to the back of his head on a layout Thomas salto, he twice attempted to run into his final tumbling pass. Instead of tumbling, he stopped and walked off the podium.

Later in the afternoon Dragulescu competed in the vault final, but missed his second vault (round-off, half-on, 2-1/2 twisting front).

Golotsutskov performed a double front-half and a Tsukahara double pike to win the title.

Vorobyov defeated veterans Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria) and Andrea Coppolino (Italy) to win the gold medal on rings.

Former world parallel bars champion Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia placed first on his specialty, but credited his victory to less-than-perfect performances by other gymnasts.

"My biggest opponents were not at their best and made big mistakes," Petkovsek told IG. "I wasn't number one on the list before the competition, so to win was a big surprise."

All-around silver medalist Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) placed first on high bar.

Dutch gymnasts Jeffrey Wammes and Epke Zonderland excited the home crowd with their bronze medal-winning performances on vault and parallel bars, respectively.

IG is on hand in Amsterdam, so look for complete coverage in an upcoming issue of IG Magazine.

Full results can be downloaded from the official site,

2007 European Gymnastics Championships
April 29, Amsterdam

Women's Vault
1. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 14.812
2. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.725
3. Anna Grudko RUS 14.625
4. Yulia Lozhechko RUS 14.450
5. Jana Komrskova CZE 14.350
6. Marissa King GBR 14.175
7. Enikoe Korcsmaros HUN 14.012
8. Sandra Izbasa ROM 13.975

Uneven Bars
1. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.775
2. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.725
3. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 15.425
4. Katheleen Lindor FRA 14.700
5. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.675
6. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 14.375
7. Anja Brinker GER 13.600
8. Lichelle Wong NED 12.925

Balance Beam
1. Yulia Lozhechko RUS 15.675
2. Sandra Izbasa ROM 15.525
3. Stefani Bisbikou GRE 15.475
3. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.475
5. Alina Kozich UKR 15.450
6. Kristina Pravdina RUS 15.250
7. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.225
8. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 13.550

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 15.400
2. Beth Tweddle GBR 15.250
3. Alina Kozich UKR 15.050
4. Cassy Vericel FRA 14.625
5. Steliana Nistor ROM 14.600
6. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.450
7. Patricia Moreno ESP 14.375

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Rafael Martinez ESP 15.550
2. Thomas Bouhail FRA 15.350
3. Matthias Fahrig GER 15.275
3. Eleftherios Kosmidis GRE 15.275
5. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 15.175
6. Enrico Pozzo ITA 15.125
7. Marian Dragulescu ROM 14.300
8. Flavius Koczi ROM 14.250

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 15.800
2. Daniel Keatings GBR 15.450
3. Flavius Koczi ROM 15.325
4. Louis Smith GBR 15.300
5. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 14.975
5. Donna-Donny Truyens BEL 14.975
7. Filip Ude CRO 14.325
8. Robert Seligman CRO 12.425

Still Rings
1. Alexander Vorobyov UKR 16.325
2. Jordan Jovtchev BUL 16.200
2. Andrea Coppolino ITA 16.200
4. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS 15.800
5. Matteo Morandi ITA 15.375
6. Thomas Andergassen GER 15.350
7. Dmitry Savitsky BLR 15.025
8. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 14.850

Men's Vault
1. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.537
2. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 16.312
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 16.237
4. Matthias Fahrig GER 16.175
5. Marian Dragulescu ROM 16.100
6. Leszek Blanik POL 15.987
7. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 15.650
8. Alexander Yakubovsky UKR 15.512

Parallel Bars
1. Mitja Petkovsek SLO 15.875
2. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 15.450
3. Epke Zonderland NED 15.400
4. Yann Cucherat FRA 15.325
5. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 15.175
6. Dmitry Karbanenko FRA 15.075
7. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 14.900
8. Rafael Martinez ESP 14.750

High Bar
1. Fabian Hambüchen GER 16.025
2. Aljaz Pegan SLO 15.675
3. Igor Cassina ITA 15.575
4. Dmitry Karbanenko FRA 15.250
4. Yann Cucherat FRA 15.250
6. Roman Kulesza POL 14.875
7. Umit Samiloglu TUR 14.600
8. Christoph Schärer SUI 14.050

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