Hungary’s Botond Molnar wins junior all-around, Italy triumphant among junior teams at European Championships

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Friday, August 19, 2022

All-around medalists: Daniel Carrion Caro (ESP), Botond Molnar (HUN), Reuben Ward (GBR)

Neither a case of COVID in January nor a subsequent leg injury thwarted Hungary’s Botond Molnar on his way to the junior all-around gold, while Italy withstood later challengers to win the junior team title, at the men’s European Championships that continued Friday in Munich.

Despite Molnar’s woes earlier in the year, his winning performance in Munich marked a substantial upgrade from his results at the 2020 Junior Europeans in Mersin, where he placed 12th all-around and third on floor exercise.

“It wasn’t the best preparation, but I am happy about today,” said the Molnar of his victory. “I tried my best and hoped it would be enough. I’m very happy it worked out.”

Spain’s Daniel Carrion Caro took silver in a performance that he rated as steady and free of large errors, and Reuben Ward of Great Britain won bronze, 0.066 points behind him.

“I competed very solid and didn’t make many mistakes,” said the 17-year-old Carrion Caro, a native of Sevilla.

In the team competition, Italians Tommaso Brugnami, Davide Oppizzio, Diego Vazzola, Riccardo Villa and Jacopo Zuliani combined to win gold, after a potentially intimidating start on pommel horse in the first subdivision.

The French team – consisting of Axel Breche, Romain Cavallaro, Nicolas Diez, Anthony Mansard and Lorenzo Sainte-Rose – took silver.

Ward paced Great Britain to bronze, reinforced by teammates Oakley Banks, Danny Crouch, Gabriel Langton and Jack Stanley.

“The secret is teamwork,” said Villa, who was Italy’s top finisher (sixth place) in the all-around. “We were united. We took it apparatus after apparatus, and we concluded the competition without any mistakes. That was the key to our success.”

Friday’s competition also served as qualifications for the apparatus finals that will take place Sunday.

Top qualifiers per apparatus were Molnar on floor exercise, Dachi Dolidze of Georgia on pommel horse, Luis Il-Sung Melander of Sweden on still rings, Joona Reiman of Finland on vault, Jonas Eder of Germany on parallel bars and Mansard on horizontal bar.

Competition in Munich continues Saturday with the senior team final, and concludes Sunday with the senior men’s and junior men’s apparatus finals.

2022 Men’s European Championships

Munich, Germany

Junior All-Around (August 19):

  1. Botond Molnar HUN 79.964
  2. Daniel Carrion Caro ESP 79.032
  3. Reuben Ward GBR 78.966
  4. Matteo Giubellini SUI 78.665
  5. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 78.663
  6. Riccardo Villa ITA 78.631
  7. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 78.532
  8. Danny Crouch GBR 77.998
  9. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 77.997
  10. Jan Imhof SUI 77.766
  11. Romain Cavallaro FRA 77.764
  12. Szilard Zavory HUN 77.598
  13. Hamlet Manukyan ARM 77.498
  14. Mert Efe Kilicer TUR 77.199
  15. Dmytro Dotsenko ISR 77.198
  16. Luis Il-Sung Melander SWE 77.066
  17. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 76.997
  18. Sebastian Sponevik NOR 76.698
  19. Alfred Schwaiger AUT 76.665
  20. Joona Reiman FIN 76.230
  21. Gino Vetter AUT 76.098
  22. Dmytro Prudko UKR 75.999
  23. Anthony Mansard FRA 75.998
  24. Amine Abaidi NED 75.965

Junior Team (August 19):

  1. Italy 237.395
  2. France 236.160
  3. Great Britain 236.129
  4. Switzerland 234.763
  5. Germany 234.560
  6. Hungary 233.661
  7. Ukraine 232.927
  8. Spain 232.896
  9. Turkey 231.427
  10. Bulgaria 231.260
  11. Austria 230.595
  12. Armenia 227.527
  13. Netherlands 227.162
  14. Finland 226.861
  15. Sweden 225.063
  16. Belgium 224.593
  17. Czech Republic 224.526
  18. Israel 223.293
  19. Norway 221.993
  20. Romania 221.894
  21. Slovenia 219.795
  22. Azerbaijan 218.427
  23. Luxembourg 214.527
  24. Lithuania 214.427
  25. Greece 210.294
Italy after the team final at 2022 juniors Europeans in Munich

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