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Gymnasts from five countries won gold as the the 2014 Women's European Championships in ended Sunday in Sofia. Pictured: Balance beam champion Maria Kharenkova (Russia)

Gymnasts from five countries won gold as the the 2014 Women's European Championships in ended Sunday in Sofia.

Romania's Larisa Iordache was the most successful gymnast with the bronze on vault, the silver on balance beam and a share of the gold on floor exercise.

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber defended her vault title with a layout Rudi and Yurchenko full. Anna Pavlova, now competing for Azerbaijan, won the silver medal with a double-twisting Yurchenko and layout Podkopayeva, (stuck cold).

Great Britain's Becky Downie hit her dynamic routine to take the uneven bars title over Olympic champion and defending champion Aliya Mustafina and her teammate Daria Spiridonova. Downie's younger sister, Ellie Downie, won the gold medal on vault in the junior competition Sunday morning.

First-year senior Maria Kharenkova (Russia) won balance beam, with a beautiful ff, ff two-foot layout series. Iordache hit her ff, tucked full, but had several other wobbles to take second. Mustafina, who has been dealing with an injured ankle, won the bronze.

On floor exercise, Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari tied Iordache for the gold medal. Ferrari, who is half-Bulgarian, gave a determined performance (tucked double-double; double layout; tucked full-in; double pike) to tie for a share of the gold. Steingruber won the bronze.

Competition resumes in Sofia with the 2014 Men's European Championships, which begins Wednesday.

Read more about the European championships in an upcoming issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Women's European Championships
May 18, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Giulia Steingruber 6.2 9.000 15.200 14.666
5.0 9.133 14.133
2. Anna Pavlova 5.8 8.966 14.766 14.583
5.6 8.800 14.400
3. Larisa Iordache 5.8 9.066 14.866 14.533
5.2 9.000 14.200
4. Alla Sosnitskaya 5.8 8.966 14.766 14.449
5.6 8.833 0.3 14.133
5. Janine Berger 6.2 8.666 0.1 14.766 14.399
5.2 8.833 14.033
6. Claudia Fragapane 5.8 8.633 14.433 14.333
5.6 8.633 14.233
7. Kim Bui 5.0 8.766 13.766 13.916
5.4 8.666 14.066
8. Noémi Makra 5.0 8.958 13.958 13.362
4.0 8.766 12.766

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Becky Downie 6.6 8.900 15.500
2. Aliya Mustafina 6.3 8.966 15.266
3. Daria Spiridonova 6.4 8.566 14.966
4. Rebecca Tunney 6.6 8.333 14.933
5. Sophie Scheder 6.4 8.333 14.733
6. Larisa Iordache 6.0 8.533 14.533
7. Kim Bui 6.0 8.400 14.400
8. Roxana Popa 6.2 8.066 14.266

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Maria Kharenkova 6.4 8.533 14.933
2. Larisa Iordache 6.4 8.400 14.800
3. Aliya Mustafina 6.0 8.733 14.733
4. Becky Downie 5.9 8.466 14.366
5. Vanessa Ferrari 5.7 8.433 14.133
6. Marta Pihan-Kulesza 5.9 7.833 13.733
7. Claire Martin 5.8 7.566 13.366
8. Giulia Steingruber 5.9 7.300 13.200

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Vanessa Ferrari 6.3 8.500 14.800
1. Larisa Iordache 6.1 8.700 14.800
3. Giulia Steingruber 6.1 8.400 14.500
4. Marta Pihan-Kulesza 6.0 8.400 14.400
4. Diana Bulimar 5.8 8.600 14.400
6. Alla Sosnitskaya 5.7 8.566 14.266
7. Roxana Popa 5.8 8.391 14.191
8. Claudia Fragapane 6.0 8.133 14.133

International Gymnast magazine’s recent coverage of 2014 Europeans competitors includes:
"Still a Stunner" - Anna Pavlova profile (December 2012)
"European Brilliance" - Ruby Harrold interview (September 2013)
Rebecca Tunney profile (May 2014)
“The British Invasion” – includes short features on Becky Downie and Hannah Whelan (June 2009)
“Backstage at Lilleshall” – IG’s visit to national training center (November 2011)
"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Vintage Ferrari" - Vanessa Ferrari interview (December 2013)
"Refueling Ferrari" – Ferrari/coach Enrico Casella interview (January/February 2009)
"Change for the Better" – feature on IG’s visit to Brixia club (January/February 2009)
Ferrari on cover, 2007 European Championships coverage, "10 Questions with Enrico Casella" (June 2007)
"Parallel Lives" – Marta Pihan-Kulesza profile (April 2010)
Larisa Iordache two-page center poster (June 2013)
"Growing Pains" – Iordache cover photo and profile (March 2013)
Iordache on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)
Aliya Mustafina interview (May 2014)
"Aliya Aces Moscow" – 2013 European Championships coverage (May 2013)
Mustafina center poster (January/February 2013)
Mustafina on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)
Mustafina cover photo collage (May 2011)
"The Mustafina Mystique" – profile (January/February 2011)
Mustafina cover photo, 2010 World Championships special issue (December 2010)
Roxana Popa two-page center poster (January/February 2014)
"Full Force" – Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" – Steingruber profile (December 2009)

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