Six countries golden in apparatus finals at European Championships

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Balance beam gold medalist Emma Malewski (GER)

Germany and Romania won half of the gold medals in the apparatus finals at the women’s European Championships that concluded Sunday in Munich.

In the senior finals, two-time Hungarian Olympian Zsofia Kovacs, who finished ninth all-around, regained the vault title she previously won at the 2020 European Championships.

Three-time German Olympian Elisabeth Seitz of Germany said chatting kept her calm as she readied for her gold medal-winning routine on uneven bars. Her vocal satisfaction continued as she celebrated her victory, which was also her first European title.

“I knew I had big chances so I tried to think of what I needed to do before my routine to keep a clear head,” said the 28-year-old Seitz, a three-time Olympic finalist on uneven bars and the 2018 world bronze medalist on that apparatus. “I told my coach that I needed to talk, talk, talk. And that’s what I did. I just didn’t stop talking. Everything just came together and now I am European champion. I just can’t stop saying that again and again, ‘I am European champion.’”

Seitz’ 18-year-old teammate Emma Malewski, who finished 13th all-around and won team bronze, earned her first individual medal by taking the title on balance beam.

“Of course I hoped that it would be enough for a gold medal,” said Malewski of her performance. “I am happy it was.”

Great Britain’s Jessica Gadirova successfully defended her floor exercise title from the 2021 Europeans, earning gold. By her own standards, she also earned redemption after her fifth-place finish in the vault final earlier in the day.

“I was quite disappointed about the vault, where I did not get the result that I wanted,” said Gadirova, whose twin sister, Jennifer Gadirova, placed fifth in the floor exercise final. “There was a big challenge in front of me to pick myself up. I wiped it away and thought, ‘I have another final, another chance to redeem myself.’”

All-around champion Asia D’Amato and her twin sister, Alice D’Amato, each took one silver – Asia on vault and Alice on uneven bars. Asia appeared to suffer an injury to her right ankle when she landed her second vault, and was helped off the podium. She was not present for the award ceremony.

In the junior apparatus finals, Romania’s Sabrina Maneca-Voinea and Amalia Puflea were the most successful gymnasts, each winning a gold and bronze. Maneca-Voinea finished first on vault and third on floor exercise, and Puflea ranked first on floor exercise and third on balance beam.

Maneca-Voinea, who said she did “truly not” expect to win medals in the apparatus finals, credited her mother and coach, Camelia Voinea, for keeping her on task. Voinea won team gold at the 1987 World Championships, and team silver at the 1985 Worlds and 1988 Olympic Games.

“I always try not to think about (medals), because those kind of emotions make me nervous,” said Maneca-Voinea, who was fourth all-around in Munich. “But my mother helped me to focus. Because of that, everything went OK today.”

All-around bronze medalist Viola Pierazzini of Italy was the other junior gymnast to win multiple medals in the apparatus finals. She won silver on floor exercise and bronze on uneven bars.

Martina Pieratti of Italy took gold on uneven bars, and Anna Lashchevska of Ukraine placed first on balance beam.

Pieratti, who also won gold on uneven bars at last month’s European Youth Olympic Festival in Slovakia, said excellence on that apparatus is natural for her.

“I just love bars, because it feels like flying,” she said. “That really is the reason why I like the event so much. I feel like I can do anything and it almost comes easy to me. But there’s still a lot to work in my routine.”

Lashchevska, who placed fifth all-around and eighth on floor exercise, said she prepared for Europeans by training in Germany for three months shortly after the war began, then last month returned to Kiev to train.

“It’s a really scary time with everything that’s going on,” she said. “There are a lot of sirens in the city. My parents and relatives are not in Kiev, so you really think about them all the time, too.”

The men’s competition begins August 18.

2022 Women’s European Championships
Munich, Germany
August 11-14

Senior Apparatus Finals (August 14)

Vault:

  1. Zsofia Kovacs HUN 13.933
  2. Asia D’Amato ITA 13.716
  3. Aline Friess FRA 13.599

Uneven Bars:

  1. Elisabeth Seitz GER 14.433
  2. Alice D’Amato ITA 14.400
  3. Lorette Charpy FRA 14.166

Balance Beam:

  1. Emma Malewski GER 14.466
  2. Ondine Achampong GBR 13.400
  3. Carolann Heduit FRA 13.400*

*tie broken by Achampong’s higher execution score

Floor Exercise:

  1. Jessica Gadirova GBR 14.000
  2. Martina Maggio ITA 13.933
  3. Angela Andreoli ITA 13.866

Junior Apparatus Finals (August 14):

Vault:

  1. Sabrina Maneca-Voinea ROU 13.250
  2. Ming Van Eijken FRA 13.066
  3. July Marano ITA 13.033

Uneven Bars:

  1. Martina Pieratti ITA 13.433
  2. Helen Kevric GER 13.400
  3. Viola Pierazzini ITA 13.166

Balance Beam:

  1. Anna Lashchevska UKR 13.200
  2. Arianna Grillo ITA 12.666
  3. Amalia Puflea ROU 12.400

Floor Exercise:

  1. Amalia Puflea ROU 13.233
  2. Viola Pierazzini ITA 13.200
  3. Sabrina Maneca-Voinea ROU 12.966

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Belgium:

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Bulgaria:

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Croatia:

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Czech Republic:

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Denmark:

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Finland:

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France:

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Great Britain:

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Great Britain’s Alice Kinsella: ‘A medal feels absolutely magic’

 

Hungary:

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Iceland:

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Ireland:

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Israel:

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Italy:

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Malta:

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The Netherlands:

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Norway:

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Slovenia:

 

Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysselef: ‘Those were tears of happiness, joy, satisfaction’

 

Switzerland:

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Turkey:

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