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Russia wins double gold in Artistic Gymnastics

Nikita Ignatyev
Nikita Ignatyev competes in the vault at the National Gymnastics Arena. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Men and women in dominant form as first European Games Gymnastics medals are awarded

Russia enjoyed a golden day in Artistic Gymnastics at the Baku 2015 European Games, winning the men’s and women’s team events.

The Russian female trio of Aliya Mustafina, Seda Tutkhalyan and Victoria Komova were untouchable, dominating the team final and individual qualifications.

They romped to a total of 116.897 to win gold, ahead of Germany on 110.397 and Netherlands on 110.099.

The team competition provides berths in the individual all-around finals on Thursday and the apparatus finals on Saturday.

Top qualifiers were Mustafina in the individual all-around, as well as on uneven bars and floor exercise, Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber on vault, and Tutkhalyan on balance beam.

Nikita Ignatyev starred as Russia’s men won team gold with 178.963 points, ahead of Ukraine on 177.429 and Azerbeijan on 174.195.

 

 

Russia’s Nikolai Kuksenkov said: “We planned to win, but faced strong competitors. We watched Ukraine and we were really nervous.”

Ukraine had been in the lead after the first day, but struggled to keep up with the Russians on Monday.

Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev, the 2015 European all-around champion, leads the individual all-around with 91.532, as well as the vault and parallel bars.

Azerbaijan’s Oleg Stepko qualified first for pommel horse, while Rayderley Miguel Zapata Santana of Spain was top scorer on floor.

Greek gymnasts Eleftherios Petrounias and Vlasios Maras were top qualifiers on rings and high bar respectively.

 


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