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Boy Bests Berlin Field to Take European Title
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Despite errors, qualification leader Philipp Boy (Germany) hung on to win the all-around title Friday at the European championships in Berlin.

Boy swallowed errors on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar to claim a narrow victory over Romania's Flavius Koczi, 88.875-88.825. Boy successfully kept the continental crown in Germany, following Fabian Hambüchen's victory in 2009.

Koczi had the high scores of the day on floor exercise (15.250), pommel horse (14.575) and vault (16.100) to claim the Romanian men's first European all-around medal in six years. In 2005, Razvan Selariu took second all-around.

Great Britain's Daniel Purvis and Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov both tied for the bronze medal with 88.350. Both gymnasts performed conservatively in places but avoided major errors.

Russian newcomer Nikita Ignatyev placed fifth with 87.650, .1 ahead of Germany's Marcel Nguyen. Nguyen, second to Boy in qualification, led the competition until coming off high bar on a risky half-Takemoto to Kovacs combination in the fourth rotation.

Russia's Maxim Devyatvosky, the 2007 European champion, fell off pommel horse and sat down his vault to place ninth.

Competition continues Friday evening in Berlin with the women's all-around final. World champion Aliya Mustafina is favored to win the gold.

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2011 European Championships
April 8, Berlin

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Philipp Boy15.15013.82514.62515.95014.20015.12588.875
2.Flavius Koczi15.25014.57514.45016.10014.22514.22588.825
3.Daniel Purvis15.17514.12514.22515.90014.57514.35088.350
3.Nikolai Kuksenkov14.67514.02514.37515.60014.55015.12588.350
5.Nikita Ignatyev14.50012.82514.97515.95014.97514.42587.650
6.Marcel Nguyen14.80013.50014.47515.80015.32513.65087.550
7.Rafael Martinez14.90013.62514.15015.40013.75014.95086.775
8.Vitaly Nakonechny14.20014.30013.62515.57514.40014.57586.675
9.Maxim Devyatovsky14.87512.22515.00014.50014.32514.95085.875
10.Claudio Capelli14.32513.87513.85014.85014.87513.97585.750
11.Kristian Thomas15.12513.97514.05016.02512.77513.75085.700
12.Samuel Piasecky14.12513.65013.30015.35014.60014.62585.650
13.Manuel Campos14.42513.27513.90015.30014.42514.15085.475
14.Bart Deurloo14.70013.25013.27515.95013.85014.40085.425
15.Dmitry Savitsky14.05013.75014.10015.57514.57512.95085.000
16.Cyril Tommasone13.30014.30013.30015.20014.25014.55084.900
17.Daniel Groves14.70013.52513.00015.52514.15013.82584.725
18.Roman Kulesza13.62512.80013.32515.45014.72514.60084.525
19.Filip Ude14.90014.70012.45014.82513.02514.52584.425
20.Artur Davtyan13.75013.62514.12515.60013.95013.30084.350
21.Sergio Munoz13.50013.72514.27515.87512.65013.65083.675
22.Enrico Pozzo14.00011.60013.62515.77513.92514.55083.475
23.Gustavo Simoes13.90013.57514.47513.92512.90012.82581.600
24.Fabian Leimlehner13.15011.07513.15015.12513.82514.32580.650
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