Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine told Intlgymnast.com that his field-leading performance in Wednesday’s qualifications at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, matched his expectations for this early stage of competition.
“I feel good now,” said Vernyayev, whose total of 85.966 points ranked him first in the all-around standings, ahead of Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan (85.198) and Great Britain’s James Hall (84.473). “I have the final ahead, so I think my performance was normal for today.”
A couple of landing issues notwithstanding, Vernyayev’s routines were solid and left him confident as he prepares for Friday’s all-around final. He qualified for every individual final except for still rings.
“I just want to work my routines without mistakes, and I think that’s enough for me,” said Vernyayev, who placed first all-around and first on parallel bars at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier, France.
No all-around contest took place at the 2016 Europeans in Bern, where Vernyayev placed first on vault and second on parallel bars.
Hall said his results reflect his determination to prove himself against the continent’s best gymnasts.
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