After a day off on Thursday, the top 24 Juniors were back in action on Friday, June 3rd, to compete for the title of best All-Around gymnast in Europe. Despite some rough performances, Elena Eremina of Russia finished with the Gold, followed by Lynn Genhart of Switzerland with Silver and Martina Basile of Italy with Bronze.
Starting off on vault, Eremina attempted a DTY but unfortunately landed it low and underrotated and saw it downgraded to a Yurchenko 1.5, scoring just 13.600. Next on bars things did not improve after some messy legs and an over-arched handstand on her toe-on full that forced her to take an extra swing, resulting in a score in the mid-13s. Both her beam and her floor routines were much better than her first two events but her low difficulty (5.2 on both) kept her scores in the high-13s range, for a final result of 54.550, over two points lower than her qualification score.
Finishing in second place was 14-year-old Lynn Genhart of Switzerland, who started on beam with a hit routine featuring a split leap full and a Y turn for a score just below 14. Next on floor she posted her lowest score of the day, just under 13, recovering quickly on vault with a FTY for 14.033. Finishing her competition as the last gymnast on the uneven bars, Genhart was able to score in the mid-13s, to improve her qualifications score by nearly two points and clench Silver in front of her home crowd.
Third place finisher Martine Basile of Italy started her competition on vault, hitting her Yurchenko 1.5 for 14.200, and continued on to bars to score in the low-13s despite her 5.0-difficulty. On balance beam she had a bit of a rough performance with a big wobble on her layout as well as form issues on most skills, but was still able to reach the mid-13s, thanks to her 5.7-difficulty. With floor as her last event, Basile once again managed to stay within the 13s range and finish with 54.266, to edge out both British girls for the Bronze medal position.
In fourth place was Maisie Methuen of Great Britain after some wobbly performances on beam and bars but hit routines vault and floor. Next in fifth was her teammate Alice Kinsella who counted a fall on beam and finished about two points lower than her qualification score. Morgane Osyssek-Reimer of France was able to improve her 16th place to finish 6th after solid routines all-around. Rounding-up the last two places on the top 8 were Rinke Santy of Belgium, with her super cool double twist dismount on bars, and Carmen Ghiciuc of Romania, after some rough showing on the low bar.
Notably absent from the top 8 was second place finisher Anastasia Iliankova of Russia. Starting off with a fall on vault, Iliankova moved on to bars to post 14.300, the highest score of the day on the event. Unfortunately, two falls and several wobbles on beam resulted in 11.700, the lowest score of the day on the event, and a mid-13s on floor just wasn’t enough to make up for it, finishing with 52.433, about three and a half points lower than her qualification score.
In what was an international debut for many of the competitors, the European Juniors gave an entertaining performance to the audience and proved the future of gymnastics is well assured in the Old Continent.
Full results can be found here.