Derwael claims Belgium’s first-ever European Artistic Gymnastics Championships gold

derwaelHistory was again made in Cluj-Napoca as Belgium’s Nina Derwael became the first-ever athlete from her country to win a European Artistic Gymnastics Championships title with victory in the uneven bars event, says

Derwael took the gold medal on the apparatus after she recorded a score of 14.633 points, with Russia’s Elena Eremina having to settle for silver on 14.300 at the Polyvalent Hall.

Ellie Downie, the first British gymnast to clinch an all-around crown at any major international championship, claimed bronze on 14.133.

On the opening day of apparatus finals, there was also success for Olympic and world champion Eleftherios Petrounias, who continued his dominance of the rings discipline by topping the podium in the event for the third European Championships in a row.

The Greek star amassed 15.433 to finish in front of Britain’s Courtney Tulloch, who was second with 15.066.

Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov did enough for the bronze medal as his routine yielded 15.033.

David Belyavskiy of Russia managed to go one better than his silver medal last year as he pipped London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Krisztián Berki to secure the pommel horse honours.


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