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Russian Men Reclaim European Title
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Russia reclaimed the senior European team title as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Saturday afternoon in Sofia.

Russia reclaimed the senior European team title as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Saturday afternoon in Sofia.

Russia, the 2008 champion, topped defending champion Great Britain by just over 2 points. Ukraine took the bronze over Germany in a final that came down to the last event.

Both Russia and Great Britain committed several errors during the competition, keeping the competition close. Great Britain, which had comfortably topped the qualification, gave away too many points however. The team opened on rings, where national champion Max Whitlock rolled out of his double-twisting double tuck dismount. In the next rotation, Kristian Thomas touched down on his Yurchenko double pike vault.

Russia, meanwhile, opened on pommel horse, where 2013 European all-around champion David Belyavsky blew his routine for 13.200 (6.9 Execution score). Russia gained momentum on still rings with huge scores from Denis Ablyazin (15.600) and Alexander Balandin (15.500). Nikita Ignatyev touched down on his handspring double front vault, but Belyavsky landed his Tsukahara double pike well, and Ablyazin stuck his own Tsukahara double pike. After five rotations, Russia held a lead of less than a point over Great Britain, with the gold medal to be decided by Russia on floor and Great Britain on pommel horse.

Russia, which had to count a 12.933 from an inconsistent Ignatyev in qualification, came out fighting in the last round. Ignatyev led off for 15.000, while Belyavsky followed with 15.466. Ablyazin, whose routine features a marathon of tumbling, managed to hit his 7.1-Difficulty set for 15.833 to clinch the gold for Russia. Ablyazin emerged as the team's most valuable player, earning the highest scores of the meet on floor, still rings and vault.

Britain, which needed to make up ground on its best event, earned the best team total on pommel horse but couldn't score well enough to beat Russia. Daniel Purvis scored 13.933, and even Daniel Keatings' 15.066 and Whitlock's incredible 16.200 was not enough to pull ahead.

Oleg Vernyayev led Ukraine to third with consistent performances on all events. The team had several newcomers who performed well under pressure. The Ukrainian gymnasts, who had to rely on last-minute financial aid from the FIG to travel to Sofia, celebrated the bronze as if they had won gold.

Germany, the 2010 team champion, chased Ukraine in the final rotations for the bronze, but came up short.

France, the Netherlands, Romania and Belarus rounded out the team final.

Competition concludes Sunday in Sofia with the junior and senior apparatus finals. The European Gymnastics Union (UEG) will stream the senior finals live via www.ueg.org.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Men's European Championships
May 24, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Team FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Russia 46.299 42.499 46.199 44.198 44.698 44.066 267.959
Denis Ablyazin 7.1 15.833 6.8 15.500 6.0 15.366
Alexander Balandin 6.9 15.633
David Belyavsky 6.5 15.466 6.3 13.200 6.0 15.166 6.6 15.266 6.1 14.600
Nikita Ignatyev 6.2 15.000 5.9 14.166 5.6 13.666 6.2 14.566 6.2 14.633
Nikolai Kuksenkov 6.6 15.133 6.3 15.066 6.5 14.866 6.8 14.833
2. Great Britain 45.900 45.141 42.782 43.565 44.433 44.132 265.953
Daniel Keatings 6.7 15.008 6.6 15.200
Sam Oldham 5.8 14.783 5.6 14.966 6.3 14.500 6.5 15.000
Daniel Purvis 6.5 15.200 6.1 13.933 6.2 14.333 5.6 14.633
Kristian Thomas 6.2 15.000 6.0 13.966 6.4 14.866
Max Whitlock 6.7 15.700 7.4 16.200 5.9 13.666 6.1 14.733 6.1 14.266
3. Ukraine 43.482 43.066 43.900 43.783 44.857 42.999 262.087
Volodymyr Okachev 6.2 14.533 5.4 13.666
Igor Radivilov 5.7 14.266 6.5 15.300 6.0 14.700
Maksym Semiankiv 5.5 14.116 6.0 14.466 5.3 13.700 5.8 14.733 6.2 14.733
Andrii Sienichkin 6.1 14.200 5.2 14.300
Oleg Vernyayev 6.5 15.100 5.9 14.400 6.4 14.900 6.0 14.783 6.8 15.591 6.2 14.600
4. Germany 43.066 41.566 44.166 44.507 44.274 43.132 260.711
Andreas Bretschneider 6.3 13.700 6.4 15.066 6.3 14.533
Fabian Hambüchen 6.5 15.266 5.3 13.500 5.9 14.633 5.6 14.966 6.9 15.366
Sebastian Krimmer 5.9 14.100 6.2 14.433 6.2 14.100 5.9 13.233
Marcel Nguyen 6.1 15.000 5.6 14.800 6.5 15.108
Andreas Toba 5.7 13.633 6.2 14.533 5.6 14.741
5. France 43.532 41.665 44.432 42.132 45.199 41.932 258.892
Samir Aït Saïd 5.7 14.366 6.8 15.600 5.6 14.733
Kevin Antoniotti 6.1 14.700 5.2 14.233 6.4 15.066 5.6 12.666
Hamilton Sabot 5.9 12.466 5.7 14.366 6.7 15.433 6.2 14.800
Cyril Tommasone 6.4 15.066 6.2 14.700
Arnaud Willig 5.9 14.466 5.6 14.133 6.0 14.466 5.6 13.166 6.0 14.466
6. Netherlands 41.233 40.932 43.433 44.166 41.933 45.282 256.979
Bart Deurloo 5.9 14.400 6.2 14.100 5.7 14.100 5.6 14.733 5.9 14.100 6.8 14.891
Casimir Schmidt 6.5 14.100 5.2 13.566 5.4 13.900 5.6 14.800 5.6 12.533
Yuri van Gelder 6.4 15.433
Jeffrey Wammes 5.6 12.733 5.6 14.633 6.3 14.758
Epke Zonderland 5.4 13.266 6.5 15.300 7.2 15.633
7. Romania 42.175 39.866 42.899 43.266 44.840 39.733 252.779
Cristian Bataga 6.1 14.400 6.1 13.733 6.3 14.500 5.6 14.600 5.5 13.333
Marius Berbecar 5.1 12.000 5.6 13.766 6.7 15.666
Andrei Muntean 5.9 14.000 6.6 15.166 6.0 14.900 6.2 14.833 5.7 14.000
Ioan Nistor 5.5 13.233 5.7 12.400
Andrei Ursache 5.9 13.775 6.2 14.133 5.8 14.341
8. Belarus 42.133 41.333 41.900 40.933 44.599 41.774 252.672
Dmitry Barkalov 6.0 14.400 6.1 14.000 5.2 14.400 6.1 14.075
Pavel Bulavsky 6.1 13.833 5.7 13.600 5.6 13.500
Andrei Likhovitsky 5.4 13.900 6.2 14.333 5.6 14.100 5.2 13.033 6.0 14.800 6.4 14.666
Vasily Mikhalitsyn 6.3 13.000 5.6 14.200 5.8 14.566
Alexander Tsarevich 6.6 15.233 5.6 13.033

International Gymnast magazine’s features on 2014 Europeans competitors include:

Belarus
"Crossing the Border" - Andrey Likhovitsky interview (December 2013)

France
Samir Ait Said interview (June 2013)
Arnaud Willig interview (January/February 2014)

Germany
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Just the Beginning" – Hambüchen photo review (June 2013)
Hambüchen cover photo, 2009 American Cup report (April 2009)
"All-Around Great Guy" - Hambüchen cover photo and profile (November 2007)
Hambüchen cover photo, 2007 European Championships report (June 2007)
Hambüchen center poster (April 2007)
"Clutch Horse Rider" - Sebastian Krimmer profile (January 2011)
"Silver Streak" – Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Fast Mender" – Nguyen profile (June 2011)

Great Britain
"Shooting Star" – Brinn Bevan profile (June 2013)
10 Questions with (Coach) Paul Hall" – interview (January/February 2010)
"The British Invasion" –includes Daniel Keatings interview and center poster, Louis Smith profile and Daniel Purvis profile (June 2009)
Sam Oldham on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
Sam Oldham interview (June 2010)
"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – Purvis interview (March 2012)
"Divide and Conquer" – Kristian Thomas interview (May 2012)
"The Good Shepherd" – coach Ed van Hoof interview (April 2013)
"Lord Max" – Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)
"Backstage at Lilleshall” – cover story on IG’s visit to national training center (November 2011)

Netherlands
"Comebacks Complete" - Jeffrey Wammes profile (September 2007)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile (August/September 2002)
"Power Trip" - Yuri van Gelder profile (January/February 2009)
van Gelder two-page center poster (June 2008)
"Skilled and Studious" - Epke Zonderland cover story (March 2014)
"The Flying Dutchman" – Zonderland interview (May 2010)

Russia
"Growing with the Flow" - Alexander Balandin profile (December 2013)
"European Ruler" – David Belyavsky profile (July/August 2013)
"Serious Contender" – Nikolai Kuksenkov profile (March 2011)

Ukraine
"Front and Centered" - Oleg Vernyayev profile (January/February 2014)

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