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Izbasa Wins Again as Europeans End in Berlin
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Vault champion Sandra Izbasa (Romania) picked up a second gold medal on floor exercise as the European championships concluded Sunday in Berlin.

Izbasa, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in September 2009, outtumbled teammate Diana Chelaru, 14.500-14.475. The 1-2 finish ended the competition on a happy note for the Romanians, who failed to make the balance beam final for the first time since 2002. Russian newcomer Yulia Belokobylskaya won the bronze.

Olympic champion Sandra Izbasa (Romania) grabbed her second gold medal at the Europeans in Berlin

All-around champion Anna Dementyeva (Russia) won a second title on balance beam with a nailed routine that earned 15.350, nearly a full point ahead of silver medalist Carlotta Ferlito (Italy). The 16-year-old Dementyeva performed beautifully, with a large step on her triple twist dismount the only glaring mistake.

Bronze medalist Elisabeta Preziosa brought a second medal for Italy with a stylish routine that highlighted her flexibility, marred by a near fall on her full turn (grasping foot behind her).

World champion Thomas Bouhail and teammate Samir Ait Said went 1-2 on vault for France, with world and Olympic bronze medalist Anton Golotsutskov taking third. All three medalists stood up Dragulescu and Tsukahara double pike vaults.

Romania's Flavius Koczi, the all-around silver medalist and floor exercise champion in Berlin, drilled his triple-twisting Tsukahara but put his hands down on a layout Randi.

German national champion Marcel Nguyen won parallel bars, dismounting with a full-twisting double tuck. Dutchman Epke Zonderland was second over 2002 European titlist Vasileios Tsolakidis (Greece).

Top qualifier Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) slipped off on his opening Diamidov, then remounted and performed an abbreviated routine for last place.

Zonderland grabbed gold away from Germany on high bar, outscoring all-around champion Philipp Boy (Germany) and Nguyen. Zonderland had only the fifth-best Execution score of the final (7.875), but came out on top thanks to a 7.7 Difficulty score (Cassina; Kolman; half-Takemoto to piked Gaylord 2; stuck layout double-double). The 7.7 mark matches the current high set by world and Olympic champion Zou Kai (China).

Russia was the most successful nation in Berlin, taking eight medals back to Moscow (three gold, two silver, three bronze). The host Germans won seven (2-3-2) while Romania took six (3-2-1).

The 2012 European Championships will take place May 8-13 in Brussels (women) and May 21–27 in Montpellier, France (men). The format is for senior team and individual events, and junior team, all-around and events.

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2011 European Gymnastics Championships
April 10, Berlin

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Anna Dementyeva6.78.65015.350
2.Carlotta Ferlito5.98.60014.500
3.Elisabetta Preziosa5.98.42514.325
4.Julie Croket5.98.25014.150
5.Ariella Käslin5.98.22514.125
6.Vasiliki Millousi5.58.30013.800
7.Marta Pihan-Kulesza5.96.95012.850
8.Hannah Whelan5.76.25011.950

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Sandra Izbasa5.88.70014.500
2.Diana Chelaru5.98.57514.475
3.Yulia Belokobylskaya5.98.55014.450
4.Beth Tweddle6.08.30014.300
5.Julie Croket5.68.67514.275
6.Carlotta Ferlito5.58.55014.050
7.Anna Dementyeva5.78.25013.950
8.Tunde Csillag5.37.9500.113.150

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Thomas Bouhail7.09.50016.50016.362
2.Samir Ait Said7.09.20016.20016.262
3.Anton Golotsutskov7.09.30016.30016.125
4.Flavius Koczi7.09.37516.37515.850
4.Jeffrey Wammes6.69.2750.115.77515.850
6.Alexander Yakubovsky6.68.3750.314.67515.137
7.Marek Lyszczarz7.08.32515.32515.025
8.Igor Radivilov7.08.1500.314.85014.662

1.Marcel Nguyen6.78.82515.525
2.Epke Zonderland6.09.30015.300
3.Vasileios Tsolakidis6.09.07515.075
4.Nikolai Kuksenkov6.28.85015.050
5.Pierre-Yves Beny6.08.95014.950
6.Roman Kulesza6.08.85014.850
7.Maxim Devyatovsky6.18.62514.725
8.Mitja Petkovsek4.68.07512.675

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Epke Zonderland7.77.87515.575
2.Philipp Boy7.28.15015.350
3.Marcel Nguyen7.18.20015.300
4.Sam Oldham6.48.77515.175
5.Marijo Moznik6.68.52515.125
6.Nikolai Kuksenkov6.77.75014.450
7.Roman Kulesza6.17.97514.075
8.Fabian Gonzalez6.17.12513.225
Comments (2)add comment

Shawna said:

How did they get 8.65 for Dementyeva's beam? except for the dismount that routine was PERFECT and she didn't have 1.35 deductions on the dismount.
April 11, 2011
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Margaret said:

I'm so happy for Romania and Dementieva also-well deserved wins. Anna is a lovely girl and I'm so happy she won the AA after her teammates odd treatment of her last go round. I do hope and pray Mustafina is back up to speed next year, and does a fantastic job at the Olympics.
April 11, 2011
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