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Ablyazin, Wilson Dominate European Finals
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Russia's Denis Ablyazin and Great Britain's Nile Wilson each captured three event titles as the 2014 European Championships ended in Sofia.

Ablyazin, who powered Russia to the team title on Saturday, added gold medals on floor exercise, still rings and vault. On still rings, he tied for the gold medal with teammate Alexander Balandin.

Ablyazin, who competed only three events in Sofia, said he made last-minute adjustments to his routine to help him win every one in finals.

"I kind of didn't expect it, but I was preparing for this result," he said. I'm happy with everything, I won everything today. I made adjustments to some events, for some elements. On the floor exercise I made a lot of adjustments."

Britain's Max Whitlock defeated Olympic champion Krisztian Berki on pommel horse with an outstanding routine that earned 16.166 (7.3 Difficulty).

"I've worked so hard on my routines and am always trying to up my game to stay ahead of the competition," Whitlock said."To produce under that level of pressure and expectancy and win ahead of a legend like Kristian Berki feels fantastic."

Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev nailed his parallel bars routine, complete with a stuck double front-half dismount, to win the gold medal over Russia's David Belyavsky. Vernyayev had both the top D and E scores of the final.

World and Olympic champion Epke Zonderland easily won high bar, taking the title by one full point over Great Britain's Sam Oldham.

German star Fabian Hambüchen, second to Zonderland in qualification, fell hard on his second release move and opted not to finish the routine. Later he said he was fine but just sore from the fall.

Great Britain dominated the junior event finals, winning four of the six finals. Giarnni Regini­Moran won floor exercise, while Wilson won pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. Wilson, the all-around champion and champion with the British team, leaves Sofia with five gold medals.

“It's just the best week of my life," he said. "When we met this morning all the boys were determined to hear the national anthem playing today. The whole week has been incredible. I felt good starting on pommel today and then had to grit my teeth for parallel bars and high bar, which was a big test, but I was focused and was motivated and it paid off. It's a great relief to have finished and have these medals around my neck. The support from my family and the entire British crowd today was incredible and I want to thank everyone who has helped me. It's my last competition as a junior, and now I have to move up to the senior level and I'll do that with confidence."

Vinzenz Hoeck won still rings to become Austria's first junior European champion, while Russia's Nikita Nagorny won vault.

Read more about the European championships in a future issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Men's European Championships
May 25, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Denis Ablyazin 7.1 8.600 15.700
2. Eleftherios Kosmidis 6.6 8.933 15.533
3. Daniel Purvis 6.5 8.900 15.400
3. Alexander Shatilov 6.5 8.900 15.400
5. Max Whitlock 6.7 8.733 0.1 15.333
6. Dmitry Barkalov 6.4 8.841 15.241
7. Claudio Capelli 6.4 8.500 14.900
8. David Belyavsky 6.5 8.366 14.866

Senior Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Max Whitlock 7.3 8.866 16.166
2. Krisztian Berki 6.9 8.733 15.633
3. Sašo Bertoncelj 6.5 8.966 15.466
4. Nikolai Kuksenkov 7.1 8.233 15.333
5. Oleg Vernyayev 6.7 7.433 14.133
6. Andrei Likhovitsky 6.4 7.600 14.000
7. Filip Ude 6.4 7.366 13.766
8. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 6.1 7.166 13.266

Senior Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Denis Ablyazin 6.8 9.000 15.800
1. Alexander Balandin 6.9 8.900 15.800
3. Samir Aït Saïd 6.8 8.966 15.766
4. Artur Tovmasyan 6.6 9.100 15.700
5. Vahagn Davtyan 6.6 9.000 15.600
5. Eleftherios Petrounias 6.8 8.800 15.600
7. Igor Radivilov 6.7 8.333 15.033
8. Yuri van Gelder 6.4 7.808 14.208

Senior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Denis Ablyazin 6.0 9.200 15.200 15.150
6.2 8.900 15.100
2. Igor Radivilov 6.0 9.000 15.000 15.050
6.0 9.100 15.100
3. Oleg Vernyayev 6.0 9.300 15.300 14.916
6.0 8.633 0.1 14.533
4. Tomi Tuuha 5.6 9.400 15.000 14.833
5.6 9.166 0.1 14.666
4. Casimir Schmidt 5.6 9.400 15.000 14.833
5.6 9.166 0.1 14.666
6. Andrey Medvedev 5.6 9.333 14.933 14.733
6.0 8.633 0.1 14.533
7. Michael Meier 5.6 8.700 0.3 14.000 14.233
5.2 9.266 14.466
8. Jeffrey Wammes 5.6 8.000 13.600 6.800
0.0 0.000 0.000

Senior Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Oleg Vernyayev 6.8 9.166 15.966
2. David Belyavsky 6.6 8.966 15.566
3. Epke Zonderland 6.5 9.033 15.533
4. Marius Berbecar 6.5 8.466 14.966
5. Nikolai Kuksenkov 5.8 8.400 14.200
6. Andrei Muntean 6.2 7.966 14.166
7. Mitja Petkovšek 4.6 7.966 12.566
8. Alexander Tsarevich 4.8 7.300 12.100

Senior High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Epke Zonderland 7.3 8.566 15.866
2. Sam Oldham 6.5 8.366 14.866
3. Kristian Thomas 6.5 8.308 14.808
4. Oliver Hegi 6.2 8.600 14.800
5. Kristof Schroe 6.3 8.466 14.766
6. Hamilton Sabot 6.2 8.300 14.500
7. Maksym Semiankiv 5.2 6.566 11.766
8. Fabian Hambüchen 2.4 8.725 6.0 5.125

Junior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Giarnni Regini­Moran 5.8 8.900 14.700
2. Jay Thompson 5.4 9.100 14.500
3. Sascha Coradi 5.3 9.166 14.466
4. Jonathan Vrolix 5.4 8.908 14.308
5. Valentin Starikov 5.4 8.833 14.233
5. Silas Kipfer 5.2 9.033 14.233
7. Rick Jacobs 5.6 8.100 0.3 13.400
8. Nicola Bartolini 5.2 7.966 13.166

Junior Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.5 8.700 14.200
2. Sergei Yeltsov 5.2 8.825 14.025
3. Simone Bresolin 4.9 9.016 13.916
4. Nils Dunkel 5.3 8.533 13.833
5. David Huddleston 4.6 9.183 13.783
6. Kirill Potapov 5.2 8.533 13.733
7. Eyal Glazer 5.0 8.700 13.700
8. Vladyslav Gryko 5.3 7.333 12.633

Junior Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Vinzenz Hoeck 5.5 8.933 14.433
2. Brinn Bevan 5.0 9.100 14.100
3. Eyal Glazer 5.3 8.666 13.966
4. Artur Dalaloyan 5.1 8.800 13.900
5. Marios Georgiou 4.8 8.916 13.716
6. Vigen Khachatryan 4.8 8.800 13.600
7. Nile Wilson 5.2 8.233 13.433
8. Andrea Russo 4.8 8.233 13.033
9. Nikita Nagorny 5.0 7.633 12.633

Junior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Nikita Nagorny 5.6 9.300 14.900 14.933
5.6 9.366 14.966
2. Giarnni Regini­Moran 5.6 9.266 14.866 14.733
5.2 9.400 14.600
3. Florian Landuyt 5.6 9.033 14.633 14.466
5.2 9.100 14.300
3. Zachari Hrimeche 5.6 9.200 14.800 14.466
5.2 8.933 14.133
5. Nicola Bartolini 5.6 8.100 0.1 13.600 13.950
5.2 9.100 14.300
6. Jay Thompson 5.6 8.033 0.3 13.333 13.849
5.2 9.166 14.366
7. Artur Dalaloyan 5.6 7.966 13.566 13.816
5.2 8.966 0.1 14.066
8. Vigen Khachatryan 5.2 9.400 14.600 13.783
5.2 7.866 0.1 12.966

Junior Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.8 9.000 14.800
2. Brinn Bevan 5.4 9.333 14.733
3. Eduard Yermakov 5.6 8.566 14.166
4. Kirill Potapov 5.7 8.400 14.100
5. David Huddleston 4.7 8.533 13.233
6. Ahmet Onder 5.3 7.900 13.200
7. Valentin Starikov 5.1 8.075 13.175
8. Frank Rijken 5.2 7.166 12.366

Junior High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.4 8.766 14.166
2. Zachari Hrimeche 5.2 8.633 13.833
3. Sascha Coradi 5.1 8.566 13.666
4. Tin Srbic 4.9 8.700 13.600
5. Ahmet Onder 5.2 8.133 13.333
6. Adrian Pfiffner 4.9 8.400 13.300
7. Jay Thompson 4.8 7.666 12.466
8. Kirill Potapov 4.8 6.033 10.833
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