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Russians Rule as Moscow Europeans End
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The host Russians won three out of five gold medals Sunday as the 2013 European Gymnastics Championships ended in Moscow. Pictured: Floor exercise champion Ksenia Afansyeva (Russia) with runner-up Larisa Iordache and Diana Bulimar (Romania)

The host Russians won three out of five gold medals Sunday as the 2013 European Gymnastics Championships ended in Moscow.

Olympic medalist Denis Ablyazin (Tsukahara double pike and Yurchenko half-on, Randi off) ran away with the vault gold medal in an mistake-filled final that saw half the competitors fall at least once. Defending champion Flavius Koczi (Romania) took second over Armenia's Artur Davtyan.

Moscow's own Emin Garibov successfully defended his high bar title from Montpellier, swinging a 7.0-Difficulty routine (Yamawaki-half; Layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev-half; stuck layout double-double). British Olympian Sam Oldham won the silver with a beautifully executed routine, followed by Belarusian Alexander Tsarevich in third place.

Two-time Russian Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva — whose serious errors in qualification cost her a spot in the all-around final — redeemed her European championships by winning the gold on floor exercise. Afanasyeva, 22, had the best combination of difficulty and artistry, tumbling a double layout, two whips to triple twist, 2 1/2 to front layout and double pike.

Romania and Ukraine each took one title Sunday. Ukrainian Olympian Oleg Stepko shone brightest in the parallel bars final, which featured five gymnasts scoring above 15.00 points. Lucas Fischer thrilled himself and the Swiss delegation by taking the silver medal, just a .1 behind Stepko. All-around champion David Belyavsky of Russia won the bronze, a further .1 behind.

Larisa Iordache was untouchable on balance beam (solid ff, tucked full; nailed RO, ff triple twist dismount). Teammate Diana Bulimar had not a single wobble for second, giving the Romanians another 1-2 beam finish like the 2012 Europeans in Montpellier. All-around bronze medalist Anastasia Grishina (Russia), who replaced the injured Gabby Jupp of Great Britain, won the bronze with an elegant routine.

Iordache (tucked double-double mount) and Bulimar (double layout; 1 1/2 to double tuck; piked full-in) won two more medals on floor exercise, finishing second and third, respectively.

The dates and the locations have yet to be confirmed for the 2014 European championships, which is scheduled to feature senior team and apparatus finals, plus junior team, all-around and apparatus finals.

Read more about the 2013 European championships in the May issue of International Gymnast Magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2013 European Gymnastics Championships
April 21, Moscow

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Larisa Iordache6.48.86615.266
2.Diana Bulimar6.08.83314.833
3.Anastasia Grishina5.68.76614.366
4.Carlotta Ferlito5.88.26614.066
5.Katarzyna Jurkowska5.58.36613.866
6.Ruby Harrold5.18.53313.633
7.Elisa Meneghini5.77.43313.133
8.Olena Vasilyeva4.15.8339.933

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Ksenia Afanasyeva6.38.86615.166
2.Larisa Iordache6.18.63314.733
3.Diana Bulimar5.88.73314.533
4.Anastasia Grishina5.88.43314.233
5.Carlotta Ferlito5.68.61614.216
6.Giulia Steingruber6.08.3000.214.100
7.Roxana Popa5.78.20013.900
8.Krystyna Sankova5.77.16612.866

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Denis Ablyazin6.09.43315.43315.408
2.Flavius Koczi6.09.15815.15814.887
3.Artur Davtyan6.09.3660.115.26614.866
4.Petrus Laulumaa5.69.46615.06614.799
5.Igor Radivilov6.09.39115.39114.678
6.Oleg Vernyayev6.09.46615.46614.666
7.Jeffrey Wammes5.69.20014.80014.333
8.Matthias Fahrig6.08.16614.16613.849

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko6.69.16615.766
2.Lucas Fischer6.59.13315.633
3.David Belyavsky6.49.13315.533
4.Marcel Nguyen6.88.70015.500
5.Oleg Vernyayev6.58.83315.333
6.Emin Garibov6.28.00014.200
7.Andrei V. Muntean6.07.86613.866
8.Pascal Bucher5.77.86613.566

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Emin Garibov7.08.43315.433
2.Sam Oldham6.58.63315.133
3.Alexander Tsarevich6.58.33314.833
4.Alexander Shatilov6.58.23314.733
5.Andrei Likhovitsky6.08.46614.466
6.Fabian Hambüchen6.47.56613.966
7.Marijo Moznik6.47.53313.933
8.Ashley Watson5.87.03312.833

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
Ksenia Afanasyeva: "Poised for Perfection" (interview and cover photo) - January/February 2012
Anastasia Grishina: "Fresh Start" (interview) - March 2013
Larisa Iordache: "Growing Pains" (interview and cover photo) - March 2013
Giulia Steingruber: "A New Hit for the Swiss" (profile) - December 2009
Matthias Fahrig: "Giving It His All" (profile) - July/August 2007
Fabian Hambüchen: "All-Around Great Guy" (profile, cover photo) - November 2007; cover photo - June 2007; center poster - April 2007; "German Giants" (profile) - May 2003
Marcel Nguyen: "Silver Streak" (interview) - November 2012
Sam Oldham: interview (June 2010)
Alexander Shatilov: "Aiming High" (profile) - January/February 2009
Jeffrey Wammes: "Comebacks Complete" (profile) - October 2007; "Destiny's Child" (profile) - August/September 2002

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