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Tweddle, Russia Bid Golden Farewell to Birmingham
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Britain's Beth Tweddle defended her two titles Sunday at the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, where the Russian juniors won four more golds to sweep the competition.

Britain's Beth Tweddle defended her two titles Sunday at the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, where the Russian juniors won four more golds to sweep the competition.

Tweddle repeated her victories on uneven bars and floor exercise to close out a successful competition for Great Britain. The team won the silver medal Saturday, its top team finish to date.

"I'm ecstatic, after the amazing team silver yesterday there was a temptation to celebrate, but we knew we had to get some rest and focus on today's finals," the 25-year-old Tweddle said. "It's always easier to chase a champion than to be the champion so I had to keep focused and do the job, and I'm really happy. It's been a fantastic week for everyone."

Russia, which easily won the senior team title Saturday, took five more medals in the senior event finals. On vault, Yekaterina Kurbatova won gold and Tatiana Nabiyeva won the bronze, both gymnasts performing a double-twisting Yurchenko and a layout Podkopayeva. Aliya Mustafina picked up silvers on uneven bars and balance beam, and Anna Myzdrikova finished second on floor behind Tweddle.

France's Youna Dufournet, second on vault, lost a chance for another medal on bars when coach Eric Demay touched her as she caught her Def. The brush incurred a .5 penalty, and Dufournet finished .4 behind bronze medalist Natalia Kononenko of Ukraine.

After top qualifier Ana Porgras withdrew from the beam final with an ankle injury, teammate Amelia Racea stepped in and won the title. Raluca Haidu, who had fallen twice in team finals, redeemed herself with the bronze.

Russian junior Viktoria Komova won four gold medals in Birmingham.

Russia took all four titles in Sunday morning's junior finals, allowing only a share of the floor exercise gold medal to top rival Romania. All-around gold medalist Viktoria Komova, 15, and silver medalist Anastasia Grishina, 14, each won two gold medals.

Komova won vault (2 1/2- and double-twisting Yurchenkos) and balance beam, where even slight wobbles on her consecutive layouts and standing Arabian couldn't keep her away from the highest execution score of the day (9.1).

Grishina topped Komova on uneven bars, and closed out the competition with the gold for an elegant floor exercise (double pike; triple twist with low landing; 1 1/2 punch front layout; 2 1/2).

Romania settled for a share of the gold on floor exercise, where all-around bronze medalist Larisa Iordache tied Grishina.

Anastasia Sidorova, 14, won the bronze, giving Russia its 10th out of 11 possible medals, and six of six gold.

Russia is the first nation to win all the women's gold medals at Junior European Championships, first held in 1978. The Soviet men swept the 1978, 1982, 1984 and 1991 competitions.

"The bottom line is that a lot of very hard work has made the Russian team so strong," Komova said. "We tried to do our best here in Birmingham. We can't wait to come back to Britain in 2012 and compete in the Olympics."

The 2011 European Championships, featuring individual competition for senior men and women, will be held April 5-10 in Berlin, Germany. Juniors will rejoin the seniors at the 2012 European Championships in Brussels (women) and Montpellier, France (men).

Read a complete report on the 2010 European Championships in the June/July issue of IG.

External Link: Official Competition Site

2010 Women's European Championships
May 2, Birmingham, Great Britain

Senior Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.88.67514.47514.287
2.Youna Dufournet5.38.90014.20014.275
3.Tatiana Nabiyeva5.88.62514.42514.150
4.Diana Chelaru5.88.57514.37514.062
5.Ariella Käslin6.38.12514.42513.975
6.Renata Toth5.38.17513.47513.700
7.Amelia Racea5.88.27514.07513.662
8.Nicole Hibbert5.38.20013.50013.025

Senior Uneven Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Beth Tweddle6.89.07515.875
2.Aliya Mustafina6.78.35015.050
3.Natalia Kononenko6.48.35014.750
4.Tatiana Nabiyeva6.48.27514.675
5.Becky Downie6.18.52514.625
6.Youna Dufournet6.88.1500.514.450
7.Vanessa Ferrari5.88.35014.150
8.Elisabeth Seitz5.98.10014.000

Senior Balance Beam FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Amelia Racea6.28.20014.400
2.Aliya Mustafina6.08.37514.375
3.Raluca Haidu5.88.15013.950
4.Celine Van Gerner5.58.35013.850
5.Anna Myzdrikova5.57.65013.150
6.Elisabetta Preziosa5.77.37513.075
7.Yana Demyanchuk5.97.00012.900
8.Valentina Golenkova5.66.92512.525

Senior Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Beth Tweddle6.28.62514.825
2.Anna Myzdrikova5.98.42514.325
3.Diana Chelaru6.08.2250.114.125
4.Vanessa Ferrari5.48.45013.850
5.Amelia Racea5.58.20013.700
6.Niamh Rippin5.87.7000.113.400
6.Marine Brevet5.38.2000.113.400
8.Aliya Mustafina5.77.52513.225

Junior Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Viktoria Komova6.58.70015.20014.950
2.Maria Paseka5.88.70014.50014.275
3.Erika Fasana5.88.25014.05013.912
4.Larisa Iordache5.08.62513.62513.862
5.Janine Berger5.08.60013.60013.600
6.Dorina Rusu5.08.72513.72513.487
7.Maria Paula Vargas4.48.75013.15013.475
8.Sophia Serseri5.37.40012.70012.537

Junior Uneven Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Anastasia Grishina6.58.87515.375
2.Viktoria Komova6.58.70015.200
3.Diana Bulimar5.48.17513.575
4.Jonna Adlerteg5.08.12513.125
5.Natalia Zolotaryova5.17.42512.525
6.Mira Boumejmajen5.27.17512.375
7.Giulia Leni5.36.77512.075
8.Erika Fasana4.57.07511.575

Junior Balance Beam FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Viktoria Komova5.89.10014.900
2.Larisa Iordache6.08.57514.575
3.Tess Moonen5.78.27513.975
4.Leilah Mackenzie5.38.12513.425
5.Anastasia Sidorova6.07.37513.375
6.Madalina Neagu5.77.45013.150
7.Natalia Zolotaryova5.47.25012.650
8.Carlotta Ferlito5.37.20012.500

Junior Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Anastasia Grishina5.58.77514.275
1.Larisa Iordache5.88.47514.275
3.Anastasia Sidorova5.78.50014.200
4.Diana Bulimar5.58.67514.175
5.Doriane Thobie5.28.72513.925
6.Erika Fasana5.38.4750.113.675
7.Lisa Top5.28.40013.600
8.Desiree Baumert5.48.1500.313.250

Comments (4)add comment

Kristin said:

Back in business!
Finally, Russia seems to be back in business, and that's great!! I hope they'll keep up the great work!
However, the queen of these championships is Beth Tweddle winning 2 golds on home ground!! Fantastic!smilies/cheesy.gif
May 02, 2010
Votes: +1

Adrian Winchester said:

Considering that in the senior team finals, Britain were only 1.425 behind Russia, I'm surprised that Amanda says: that Russia "easily won the senior team title"!
May 02, 2010
Votes: +1

Simone said:

I would agree Russia won it pretty easily, considering they counted a fall from Nabieva on bars, plus Kurbatova's mistake on vault and near miss on bars.
May 02, 2010
Votes: +1

Dymphna said:

No way, fair play to Beth but the queen of this Euros is Victoria Komova who dont forget also one two individual golds plus AA gold plus two event final silvers plus team final gold !!! Not only was she queen of the medals but also gracious with fans and smiling all the way for photographers. A little star. Shes 15 and will be senior next year. Watch out world.
May 10, 2010
Votes: +0

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