Greece’s Petrounias wins sixth continental still rings gold as European Championships conclude

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE)

Still rings stalwart Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece earned his sixth continental gold, while Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat, Armenia’s Harutyun Merdinyan, Great Britain’s Jake Jarman and Joe Fraser, and Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou also won titles, in the senior apparatus finals at the men’s European Championships that concluded Sunday in Munich.

The 31-year-old Petrounias – who on still rings took gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, bronze at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and world championships titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018 – said multiple factors added up to his victory in Munich. He also won gold on that apparatus at Europeans in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021.

“I feel great for many reasons,” whose supporters in the audience included his wife and fellow Greek gymnastics Olympian, Vasiliki Millousi, and their two daughters. “First of all, I am coming back from a shoulder injury. I had some doubts if I would be ready to compete here. But I made it. I used my experience and self-confidence as much as I could, because I wasn’t ready. But I have worked on a nice form, a nice routine.”

Dolgopyat, the reigning Olympic champion on floor exercise, took the title on that apparatus after qualifying sixth to the final. Top qualifier Nicola Bartolini of Italy, who won gold on floor exercise at the 2021 World Championships, referred to him as “a legend” after finishing fourth.

The 38-year-old Merdinyan regained the European title on pommel horse that he first earned in 2016. His other top results earlier in his lengthy career included second at the 2015 Europeans, third at the 2015 Worlds, third at the 2017 Europeans, fifth at the 2017 Worlds and seventh at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Merdinyan said he owes his achievement-filled longevity to persistence.

“I don’t know how I’m doing it, but I’m always trying to stay in shape and I go for it,” he said. “It pays off.”

Jarman optimized his unexpected start, replacing teammate Giarnni Regini-Moran who withdrew, to win vault in a tiebreaker over Armenia’s Artur Davtyan.

“It was the most last-minute thing that ever happened to me,” said Jarman, who won bronze on floor exercise earlier in the day. “It was a huge second chance I just wanted to make sure I did (Regini-Moran) proud, and I think I have. As soon as I landed on my feet, I knew had done well.”

Fraser, the all-around winner in Munich, placed first on parallel bars – his first continental victory on that apparatus since he won gold on it at the 2016 Junior Europeans.

“Parallel bars is something I do enjoy to compete,” said Fraser, the 2019 world champion on that apparatus. “It’s very nerve-wracking because I’ve got this parallel bars reputation. I knew it was better than I’ve done the previous two days of competition. So I was happy about that. The only thing I was thinking about is that I didn’t stick the dismount. Other than that I was really happy. It was the best I could do.”

Despite injuring himself on still rings during Thursday’s qualification, Georgiou triumphed on horizontal bar, noting his satisfaction with his decision to compete and his joy over the results.

“The doctor said it would not be possible and very dangerous,” said Georgiou of his initial prospects of competing in the final. “But I said as I am not doing pommel horse or rings – just high bar, just swinging – I would have to activate the muscles in the back, so I thought it should be OK. At the beginning of the day I spoke with my coach and we decided to compete.”

Georgiou, a two-time Olympian, rated his gold in Munich as his highest achievement yet. His previous continental bests included fifth place all-around at the 2018 Europeans, and third place all-around and eighth place on pommel horse at the 2019 Europeans.

“It’s the most important medal,” Georgiou said. “It’s the first time that I am European champion, so I am just very happy that I am on that level.”

In the junior apparatus finals, six countries each won one title. The gold medalists were Daniel Mousichidis of Germany on floor exercise, Riccardo Villa of Italy on pommel horse, Luis Il-Sung Melander on still rings, Joona Reiman of Finland on vault, Erik Baghdasaryan of Armenia on parallel bars and Dmytro Dotsenko of Israel on horizontal bar.

2022 Men’s European Championships
Munich, Germany

Senior Apparatus Finals (August 21):

Floor Exercise:

  1. Artem Dolgopyat ISR 14.966
  2. Krisztofer Meszaros HUN 14.600
  3. Jake Jarman GBR 14.333
  4. Nicola Bartolini ITA 14.300
  5. Illia Kovtun UKR 14.233
  6. Adem Asil TUR 13.366
  7. Giarnni Regini-Moran GBR 12.933
  8. Ahmet Onder TUR 12.833

Pommel Horse:

  1. Harutyun Merdinyan ARM 14.733
  2. Loran De Munck NED 14.700
  3. Nils Dunkel GER 14.633
  4. Benjamin Osberger FRA 14.566
  5. Ferhat Arican TUR 14.266
  6. Artur Davtyan ARM 14.033
  7. Filip Ude CRO 13.933
  8. Joe Fraser GBR 13.900

Still Rings:

  1. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE 15.133
  2. Adem Asil TUR 15.033
  3. Courtney Tulloch GBR 14.866
  4. Vahagn Davtyan ARM 14.766
  5. Vinzenz Hoeck AUT 14.733
  6. Nikita Simonov AZE 14.566
  7. Igor Radivilov UKR 14.500
  8. Artur Avetisyan ARM 13.733

Vault:

  1. Jake Jarman GBR 14.983
  2. Artur Davtyan ARM 14.983**
  3. Igor Radivilov UKR 14.899
  4. Andrin Frey SUI 14.500
  5. Gabriel Burtanete ROU 14.316
  6. Ivan Tikhonov AZE 14.266
  7. Courtney Tulloch GBR 14.100
  8. Leo Saladino FRA 13.699

Parallel Bars:

  1. Joe Fraser GBR 15.333
  2. Illia Kovtun UKR 15.333*
  3. Giarnni Regini-Moran GBR 14.866
  4. Nicolau Mir ESP 14.733
  5. Matteo Levantesi ITA 14.433
  6. Ahmet Onder TUR 14.366
  7. Ferhat Arican TUR 13.700
  8. Lukas Dauser GER 13.633

Horizontal Bar:

  1. Marios Georgiou CYP 14.400
  2. Robert Tvorogal LTU 14.000
  3. Joel Plata ESP 14.000*
  4. James Hall GBR 13.933
  5. Noe Seifert SUI 13.900
  6. Paul Degouy FRA 13.166
  7. Noah Kuavita BEL 13.166*
  8. Ahmet Onder TUR 12.366

Junior Apparatus Finals (August 21):

Floor Exercise:

  1. Daniel Mousichidis GER 13.700
  2. Anthony Mansard FRA 13.466
  3. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 13.366
  4. Amine Abaidi NED 13.300
  5. Danny Crouch GBR 13.266
  6. Botond Molnar HUN 13.200
  7. Jack Stanley GBR 13.200*
  8. Maxim Kovalenko GER 12.933

Pommel Horse:

  1. Riccardo Villa ITA 14.000
  2. Hamlet Manukyan ARM 13.966
  3. Dachi Dolidze GEO 13.533
  4. Mamikon Khachatryan ARM 13.366
  5. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 366*
  6. Alfred Schwaiger AUT 13.266
  7. Jonas Eder GER 13.166
  8. Reuben Ward GBR 13.066

Still Rings:

  1. Luis Il-Sung Melander SWE 13.633
  2. Hamlet Manukyan ARM 13.333
  3. Jukka Ole Nissinen GER 13.100
  4. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 13.000
  5. Volkan Arda Hamarat TUR 12.966
  6. Botond Molnar HUN 12.933
  7. Riccardo Villa ITA 12.900
  8. Szilard Zavory HUN 12.900*

Vault:

  1. Joona Reiman FIN 14.549
  2. Sebastian Sponevik NOR 14.316
  3. Botond Molnar HUN 14.250
  4. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 14.166
  5. Nicolas Diez FRA 13.783
  6. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 13.549
  7. Unai Baigorri ESP 13.433
  8. Jack Stanley GBR 13.183

Parallel Bars:

  1. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 13.600
  2. Gabriel Langton GBR 13.566
  3. Daniel Carrion Caro ESP 13.400
  4. Dmytro Dotsenko ISR 366
  5. Anthony Mansard FRA 13.333
  6. Daniel Trifonov BUL 13.133
  7. Jonas Eder GER 12.966
  8. Altan Dogan TUR 11.233

Horizontal Bar:

  1. Dmytro Dotsenko ISR 13.366
  2. Jukka Ole Nissinen GER 13.266
  3. Daniel Mousichidis GER 13.266*
  4. Anthony Mansard FRA 13.166
  5. Matteo Giubellini SUI 13.100
  6. Davide Oppizzio ITA 13.100*
  7. Danny Crouch GBR 12.933
  8. Szilard Zavory HUN 11.233

*tie broken in favor of the gymnast with the higher Execution score

**tie broken in favor of the gymnast with the highest score between the two vaults

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Israel:

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