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Italy impresses on day one at Europeans, Asia D’Amato crowned all-around champion
Written by Christian Ivanov for International Gymnast Online
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Italy’s Asia D’Amato captured the women’s all-around title on the first day of the Women’s European Championships held in Munich, Germany, August 11-14, while the Italian women outscored the rest of the field by a sizable margin to qualify with the top score to Saturday’s team final.
Competing in the final and fourth subdivision of the first day of qualification, which was also an all-around final for the senior women, the 19-year-old Asia D’Amato posted 54.732 to take the European all-around crown, followed by Great Britain’s Alice Kinsella 54.132, and teammate Martina Maggio 53.965. “I’m proud to receive this medal for Italy and to follow the success of my role models, like Vanessa Ferrari,” D’Amato said after the competition. She is only the second Italian woman to win a European all-around title, and the first since Ferrari in 2007.
Maggio was in a prime position to take the title and make it a one-two finish for Italy, but an unfortunate slip off the low bar in her final rotation at end of her bar routine prevented that. “My performance on bars and beam were not so good, but finally, the total score was good enough. This medal means a lot to me and I am very happy with it,” Maggio reflected later. With the gold and bronze medals D’Amato and Maggio made history for Italy as the first Italian women to place multiple medalists on the all-around podium at European Championships.
Carolann Heduit from France finished fourth with 53.699, followed by Lisa Vaelen from Belgium 53.699 and Netherland’s Naomi Visser 53.265. Seventh was Romania’s Ana Barbosu 53.032 and German veteran Kim Bui was the top finisher for the host country at eighth place with 52.999.
In addition to being a qualification to the team final on Saturday, the competition was also a qualifier for this fall’s world championships in Liverpool. The top eight teams qualified to Saturday’s team final, while the top 13 countries advanced full teams to worlds.
Italy, represented by twin sisters Asia and Alice D’Amato, Angela Andreoli, Maggio and Giorgia Villa recorded the highest team total of the day with 165.162, followed by Great Britain 162.129, France 159.131, Germany 158.730, Belgium 155.663, Netherlands 155.464, Hungary 153.496, Spain 152.862. These eight countries will battle for a team title in a 3-up-3-count competition format final where scores do not carry over from qualifications and anything is possible.
The remaining countries qualifying full teams to Liverpool were: Romania 152.063, Finland 151.162, Austria 146.863, Ukraine 146.528 and Sweden 145.996.
Defending Olympic champion Russia, as well as Belarus, are absent from the competition due to the ban for their involvement in the Ukraine-Russia war.
The European championships continue Friday with the junior women’s qualifications.
Women’s individual event finalists (the finals to be held on Sunday):
- Zsofia Kovacs HUN 13.816
- Jessica Gadirova GBR 13.699
- Asia D’Amato ITA 13.683
- Aline Freiss FRA 13.616
- Lisa Vaelen BEL 13.616
- Valentina Georgieva BUL 13.433
- Camille Rasmussen DEN 13.366
- Lihie Raz ISR 13.266
- Alice D’Amato ITA 14.566
- Naomi Visser NED 14.266
- Giorgia Villa ITA 14.200
- Kim Bui GER 14.200
- Elisabeth Seitz GER 14.200
- Alice Kinsella GBR 13.966
- Georgia-Mae Fenton GBR 13.900
- Lorette Charpy FRA 13.833
- Ana Barbosu ROM 13.533
- Emma Malewski GER 13.500
- Asia D’Amato ITA 13.500
- Giorgia Villa ITA 13.466
- Carolann Heduit FRA 13.400
- Ondine Achampong GBR 13.266
- Pauline Schaefer GER 13.166
- Alba Petisco ESP 13.100
- Martina Maggio ITA 13.833
- Jessica Gadirova GBR 13.766
- Angela Andreoli ITA 13.633
- Naomi Visser NED 13.633
- Jennifer Gadirova GBR 13.533
- Zsofia Kovacs HUN 13.433
- Ana Barbosu ROM 13.266
- Morgane Osyssek-Reimer FRA 13.200
For complete results of the competition click here.
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