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Ponor on Europeans Gold: 'I Wanted It Wholeheartedly'
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Romania's Cătălina Ponor rose to the occasion and lifted the home-country audience into a frenzy when she won the gold medal on balance beam as the European Championships concluded Sunday in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Pictured: Ponor with silver medalist Eythora Thorsdottir (Netherlands) and bronze medalist Larisa Iordache (Romania)

Romania's Cătălina Ponor rose to the occasion and lifted the home-country audience into a frenzy when she won the gold medal on balance beam as the European Championships concluded Sunday in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

"I'm very excited," said the 29-year-old Ponor, who outscored silver medalist Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands by half a point, with Romanian Larisa Iordache in third. "My hands are still trembling, I worked a lot for this medal. I wanted it wholeheartedly."

Olympic champion Sanne Wevers (Netherlands) finished fifth after a large wobble (full-twisting wolf jump) and missed connections. Great Britain's Becky Downie withdrew from the balance beam final after suffering an elbow injury during Saturday's uneven bars finals. She was replaced by teammate Claudia Fragapane.

Angelina Melnikova of Russia earned the women's floor exercise title over all-around champion Ellie Downie of Great Britain, who took silver, and Thorsdottir, who won the bronze.

Men's all-around gold medalist Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine placed first on parallel bars and third on vault, and men's all-around silver medalist Artur Dalaloyan of Russia placed first on vault, over floor exercise champion Marian Drăgulescu (Romania).

In the last event of the competition, Switzerland's Pablo Brägger delivered what he considered to be his optimal performance to win gold on high bar. Teammate Oliver Hegi won silver over pommel horse champion David Belyavsky (Russia).

"At the end of my routine, I was just shocked," Brägger told IG. "I was so happy that it worked perfectly."

Russia was the most successful nation in Cluj with eight medals (three gold, three silvers and two bronzes). The British won six (1-3-2), Romania (2-1-1) and Ukraine (2-0-2) won four, Hungary won three (0-2-1), and Switzerland (1-1-0), France (1-0-1), Germany (0-1-1) and the Netherlands (0-1-1) each won two. Greece and Belgium each won one gold, while Armenia won one bronze.

The next European championships will take place in Glasgow in 2018.

Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Cătălina Ponor6.28.36614.566
2.Eythora Thorsdottir5.68.46614.066
3.Larisa Iordache6.07.96613.966
4.Ellie Downie5.38.13313.433
5.Sanne Wevers5.67.8410.113.341
6.Zsófia Kovács5.08.13313.133
7.Marine Boyer5.77.26612.966
8.Claudia Fragapane5.17.43312.533
9.Tabea Alt5.75.3660.110.966

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Angelina Melnikova5.48.70014.100
2.Ellie Downie5.48.66614.066
3.Eythora Thorsdottir5.58.3000.113.700
4.Kim Bui5.28.36613.566
5.Lara Mori5.48.16613.566
6.Pauline Schäfer5.18.43313.533
7.Claudia Fragapane5.58.3330.313.533
8.Yelena Yeryomina5.08.46613.466

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Artur Dalaloyan5.69.46615.06614.933
2.Marian Drăgulescu5.69.06614.66614.733
3.Oleg Vernyayev5.69.16614.76614.649
4.Zachari Hrimèche5.69.03314.63314.616
5.Artur Davtyan5.69.26614.86614.583
6.Dominick Cunningham5.28.80014.00014.133
7.Igor Radivilov6.07.7660.313.46614.033
8.Andrey Medvedev0.00.0000.0006.733

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.49.06615.466
2.Lukas Dauser6.48.96615.366
3.Nikita Nagornyy6.48.86615.266
4.David Belyavsky6.48.83315.233
5.Eddy Yusof6.09.00015.000
6.Marcel Nguyen6.58.30014.800
7.Ferhat Arıcan6.38.33314.633
8.Oliver Hegi5.66.26611.866

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Pablo Brägger6.88.13314.933
2.Oliver Hegi6.28.30014.500
3.David Belyavsky5.78.66614.366
4.James Hall5.78.63314.333
5.Edgar Boulet5.88.53314.333
6.Bart Deurloo6.07.13313.133
7.Anton Kovačević6.16.96613.066
8.Oleg Vernyayev6.05.70011.700
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