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Today, Anna Pavlova made history for her newly adopted country ‘ Azerbaijan’ by becoming the first Azerbaijani woman to win a medal at European women’s artistic gymnastics.

Pavlova won a silver medal on vault with a double twisting Yurchenko (5.8) and a stuck cold Podkopayeva (5.6)  and scored a 14.583.

That silver medal is Pavlova’s seventh at European championships.

“I was very nervous whether I will do well in my first European Championships competing for Azerbaijan. I am very happy that I managed to win the first medal for my new country. They are helping me to stay in the international circuit – I am helping them to win medals” said Anna Pavlova.

The Russian native moved to Azerbaijan gymnastics after being left on the sidelines in her native country’s gymnastics for over five years.

Pavlova who is 26 years old, is the winner of the Olympic bronze medal on vault in 2004.

Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber proved once again, she is the best European vaulter nowadays by defending her European title.

Giulia performed a Rudi (6.2) and a simple full twisting Yurchenko (5.0), she received a score of 14.666.

Romania’s Larisa Iordache who was the 2013 European silver medalist on the apparatus, took home bronze.

Newcomer Alla Sosnitskaya of Russia finished fourth.  Alla would have won the gold medal, had she not landed on the corridor line which resulted in a 0.3 penalty.  Her score would have been a 14.749 which was enough to out score Steingruber.

Germany’s Janine Berger had a low chest landing on her Rudi and had a step out of the corridor line. She also had a big step to the back on her full twisting Tsukahara.  As a result, she finished 5th.

Great Britain Claudia Fragapane who is having her first major international competition, came in 6th place. 2011 European uneven bars bronze medalist kim Bui of Germany and Hungary’s Noémi Makra who competed two simple vaults, finished in 7th and 8th place respectively.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid


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