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Russia, Vernyayev Golden as Europeans End
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Ksenia Afanasyeva and Nikita Nagorny won gold medals Sunday as the European Championships concluded in Montpellier. Pictured: All-around champion Oleg Vernyayev won parallel bars Sunday, becoming the only gymnast to win two golds in Montpellier.

Russia added two more gold medals Sunday as the European Championships concluded in Montpellier. Russia finished on top in the total medal haul with 10 medals, including four gold.

The final day of competition was an odd one, full of falls and strange mistakes.

Men's vault, The first event started off poorly, with first up Matthias Fahrig (Germany) crashing an attempted Dragulescu that looked like a handspring double front with a quarter twist.

Defending champion Denis Ablyazin had the most difficulty of the final. He landed the incredible "Ri 2" vault: Tsukahara full-in double back out (deep squat and hop over the line). He appeared to land his second vault (Li Xiaopeng: Yurchenko half-on, layout Randi) fine at first, but clearly injured himself on the landing. Ablyazin had to hop on one foot to leave off the podium.

Teammate Nikita Nagorny, 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, stayed cool and hit both his vaults (Dragulescu; Tsukahara 2 1/2) to win the gold on vault. Fortunately for the Russian team, Albayzin appears to have only sprained his ankle, his coach Sergei Starkin told the media after the competition. Ukraine's Igor Radivilov tied for silver; he looked rather disappointed with his score after he landed his Dragulescu and Tsukahara double pike.

Half of the finalists on women's balance beam fell; starting with first up Vasiliki Millousi (Greece). Clad in a gold leotard, the elegant Millousi had a medal-worthy routine going until she crashed her double pike, bouncing forward to land on her head.

Andreea Munteanu reclaimed the beam title for Romania. She had an unsteady routine overall but landed her ff, tucked full and triple twist dismount for the highest Difficulty score of the final. Becky Downie, the silver medalist on uneven bars yesterday, won another silver, just .066 behind Munteanu.

With the French fans vociferous in their support, the stylish Claire Martin hit the routine of her life, without a single wobble. She and her coaches were overjoyed with her bronze medal, though it arguably could have been shinier.

Great Britain's Claudia Fragapane, fourth, was equally pleased with her routine, which featured a high two-foot layout and a standing full.

Top qualifier and favoriteMaria Kharenkova—the only gymnast to reach a score of 15.000 during this championships—had to start her routine seconds after Ablyazin was injured. Kharenkova promptly fell off on her ff, ff, two-foot layout.

Dutch gymnast Sanne Wevers—known for her turns on beam—spun a double turn with leg held horizontal (named after her) and the very rare triple turn, only to fall on a full turn.

On women's floor exercise, Ksenia Afanasyeva snagged gold after hitting her routine, which had the best combination of difficulty and artistry. The final women's competitor at these European championships, the two-time Olympian ended the competition with a stick. She tumbled a double layout; two whips to triple twist; 2 1/2, front layout; and a double pike dismount, perfectly stuck.

Super tumbler Fragapane won the silver over all-around champion Giulia Steingruber, the top qualifier.

The women's floor exercise final featured four gymnasts tumbling a full-twisting double layout: Fragapane, Steingruber, Erika Fasana (Italy) and Amy Tinkler (Great Britain).

All-around champion Oleg Vernyayev won parallel bars, becoming the only gymnast to win two golds in Montpellier. Vernyayev only made one event final, but he swung through his set to repeat as European champion, winning by more than half a point.

Romania's Marius Berbecar tied Swiss gymnast Christian Baumann for second, with both gymnasts thrilled with their medals.

Belarusian Alexander Tsarevich quit his routine after making a mistake; instead he chose to just dismount with a layout.

Croatia's Marijo Možnik won the high bar gold over Great Britain's Sam Oldham, 14.833-14.766. Greek veteran Vlasios Maras won the bronze, his eighth European championships medal on high bar.

Last up in the high bar, Tsarevich ended these European championships with a very good routine (huge height on his releases) and a beautiful stuck triple back, but the judges denied him a spot on the podium by .033.

Next year's European championships, featuring the team and junior competition, will be held in Bern, Switzerland.

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2015 European Championships
April 19, Montpellier, France

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore(Qual.)
1.Andreea Munteanu6.18.26614.3664
2.Becky Downie6.08.30014.3002
3.Claire Martin5.88.40014.2006
4.Claudia Fragapane5.68.30013.9006
5.Vasiliki Millousi5.97.36613.2668
6.Maria Kharenkova5.67.60013.2001
7.Pauline Schäfer5.77.40013.1003
8.Sanne Wevers5.36.7000.111.9005

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore(Qual.)
1.Ksenia Afanasyeva6.38.43314.7332
2.Claudia Fragapane6.38.33314.6337
3.Giulia Steingruber6.08.46614.4661
4.Erika Fasana6.08.30014.3006
5.Marta Pihan-Kulesza6.08.23314.2334
6.Amy Tinkler5.98.10014.0003
7.Maria Kharenkova5.88.2330.113.9335
8.Andreea Munteanu5.58.36613.8668

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage(Qual.)
1.Nikita Nagorny6.09.26615.26615.0991
2.Denis Ablyazin6.48.8000.314.90015.0835
2.Igor Radivilov6.09.26615.26615.0834
4.Artur Davtyan6.09.0580.314.75814.7833
5.Kristian Thomas6.08.7330.314.43314.4992
6.Benjamin Gischard5.68.00013.60014.1837
7.Andrey Medvedev5.67.76613.36613.8336
8.Matthias Fahrig6.07.6000.313.30013.6668

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore(Qual.)
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.98.96615.8661
2.Marius Berbecar6.78.60015.3002
2.Christian Baumann6.48.90015.3003
4.Oleg Stepko6.58.76615.2665
5.Andrei Muntean6.68.53315.1336
6.Petro Pakhnyuk6.58.46614.9664
7.Ferhat Arıcan6.27.63313.8336
8.Alexander Tsarevich4.08.73312.7338

High Bar FinalDENDScore(Qual.)
1.Marijo Možnik6.78.13314.8338
2.Sam Oldham6.58.26614.7662
3.Vlasios Maras6.68.06614.6664
4.Alexander Tsarevich6.77.93314.6336
5.Alexander Shatilov6.58.06614.5667
6.Kristian Thomas6.57.53314.0335
7.Axel Augis6.37.46613.7668
8.Pablo Brägger6.06.43312.4331
9.Dmitry Barkalov5.86.23312.0333
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