Linoy Ashram makes history and becomes the first non-Russian European Champion in the all-around senior individual final. Ashram, has won numerous medals in recent years and is seen as one of the country’s leading hopes in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.Back in 1997 Elena Vitrichenko from Ukraine was the last non Russian to win this championship. The battle for gold displayed between Israel’s Linoy Ashram and Belarussian Alina Harnasko, who was in the last seasons recovering from ACL (knee) double surgery. About the bronze medal, several gymnasts were in contention before the fourth and last routine. Boryana Kaleyn from Bulgaria and Anastasiia Salos from Belarus were fighting for the podium, but after a drop in Boryana’s clubs routine, Salos got the medal.
Both Alina Harnasko and Linoy Ashram scored 100,900 but as the tie breaking rules state, the total execution is firstly compared. The technical deductions also moved Linoy into the lead ahead of Alina. This could gave the gold medal to Linoy Ashram from Israel.
Boryana Kaleyn could not win a medal this time and finished fourth ahead of Nicol Zelikman (ISR), who made four clear routines and Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR).
Turkey and Estonia made history yesterday at the European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics, as both earned their first ever medals. Turkey and Ukraine both scored 31.150, with the same difficulty and execution score. In this case, the technical deductions determine the final ranking, giving the gold to Turkey and positioning Ukraine second.
On the other hand, a big surprise on Bulgaria’s junior gymnast, Stiliana Nikolova, who got gold with ribbon. Melaniia Tur from Ukraine, who got the highest score the day before on qualifications, missed the opportunity to win a medal due to few drops during her clubs routine. Daria Atamanov from Israel won the gold medal in clubs. Dina Agisheva (BLR) clinched the first gold of the day, for her rope routine, then Polina Karika (UKR) topped the standing with ball.
On day two, there was a tight battle between groups, were Ukraine overtook bronze, finishing before Estonia. Ukraine won team competition just 0.250 points ahead Israel. Ukrainian junior star, Melaniia Tur, got the highest score of the junior qualification round.
Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships kicked off today in Kiev, Ukraine. Junior individual gymnasts qualified for finals with rope and ball. Only six senior groups took the carpet to perform their five balls routine. Azerbaijan, is leading by the moment the standings, surprising the audience with a black leotard without crystals. Israel is by now in second position and both Ukraine and Estonia scored 32000. Estonia is in third place due to the tie break rules.
In the junior event, 57 junior gymnasts are competing for qualifying in apparatus finals. The top scores are Karina Sydorak from Ukraine (21.500) in rope, Daria Atamanov from Israel (22.650) with ball and Polina Karina with ball from Ukraine.