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France, Britain Double Winners in Milan
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Britain's Beth Tweddle added a second title and the French men took two gold medals Sunday afternoon as the European Gymnastics Championships concluded in Milan.


Thomas Bouhail (France) with his gold on vault
French Olympians Thomas Bouhail (vault) and Yann Cucherat (parallel bars) took their first European titles.

Bouhail defeated Romania's Daniel Popescu and Germany's Matthias Fahrig for the vault gold medal. In the 2008 Olympic vault final, Bouhail tied Poland's Leszek Blanik for the high score, but was bumped to silver because of a tie-break rule in place.

A stuck landing helped Cucherat top three-time defending champion Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) on parallel bars. Men's all-around champion Fabian Hambüchen took the bronze. Cucherat, 29, is a previous world and European medalist, but finally won his first major title in Milan.

"The emotion is intense," said Cucherat, a three-time Olympian. "After the Olympic Games in Beijing, I worked a lot to be in the fight. And today I fulfilled a goal I had been pursuing for a long time."

Tweddle, who won uneven bars earlier Sunday, added a second gold with the floor exercise title. Vanessa Ferrari placed second, claiming a medal for the host nation, .050 ahead of all-around champion Ksenia Semyonova (Russia).

Defending floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa (Romania), placed seventh after an incomplete landing on her triple twist dismount, which the judges credited as a 2 1/2 twist. Since she already had performed a 2 1/2 twist in her third pass, the final pass was given no credit.

First-year senior Yana Demyanchuk (Ukraine) took an upset gold on balance beam, defeating Romanian Olympians Anamaria Tamarjan and Gabriela Dragoi.

Greek veteran Vlasios Maras reclaimed the title on high bar that he won in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Germany and Russia won the most medals with six each. The British team, with five medals, finished third in the medal haul.

2009 European Championships
April 5, Milan, Italy
 

Balance Beam FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Yana Demyanchuk5.98.87514.775
2.Anamaria Tamarjan6.08.75014.750
3.Gabriela Dragoi5.98.75014.650
4.Marine Petit5.58.65014.150
5.Ksenia Semyonova5.78.42514.125
6.Valeria Maksyuta5.78.02513.725
7.Vasiliki Millousi5.97.55013.450
8.Yasmin Zimmermann5.57.35012.850

 
Women's Floor Exercise FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Beth Tweddle6.09.15015.150
2.Vanessa Ferrari5.49.27514.675
3.Ksenia Semyonova5.49.22514.625
4.Anamaria Tamarjan5.58.6750.114.075
4.Ana Maria Izurieta5.48.67514.075
6.Valentina Golenkova5.18.82513.925
7.Sandra Izbasa4.99.00013.900
8.Lia Parolari4.88.72513.525

 
Men's Vault FinalD PanelE PanelNDScoreAverage
1.Thomas Bouhail7.09.27516.27516.325
7.09.37516.375
2.Flavius Koczi7.09.30016.30016.312
7.09.32516.325
3.Matthias Fahrig7.09.40016.40016.225
6.69.45016.050
4.Marek Lyszczarz6.69.37515.97515.937
6.69.30015.900
5.Daniel Popescu7.09.3250.116.22515.912
7.08.9000.315.600
6.Jeffrey Wammes6.69.3250.115.82515.85
6.69.27515.875
7.Fabian Hambüchen6.69.3000.115.80015.662
6.29.32515.525
8.Dmitry Kasperovich6.68.22514.8257.412
0.00.0000.000

 
Parallel Bars FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Yann Cucherat6.59.32515.825
2.Mitja Petkovsek6.59.30015.800
3.Fabian Hambüchen6.58.87515.375
4.Adam Kierzkowski6.09.10015.100
5.Samuel Piasecky6.28.87515.075
5.Cosmin Popescu6.28.87515.075
7.Daniel Keatings6.09.00015.000
8.Niki Böschenstein6.08.17514.175

 
High Bar FinalD PanelE PanelNDScore
1.Vlasios Maras6.78.67515.375
2.Yann Cucherat6.78.55015.250
3.Nikolai Kuksenkov6.48.52514.925
4.Alexander Tsarevich6.48.42514.825
5.Epke Zonderland7.07.57514.575
6.Martin Konecny6.77.80014.500
7.Jeffrey Wammes6.08.02514.025
8.Igor Cassina3.67.27510.875
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