Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Italy's veteran gymnast Vanessa Ferrari who qualified to the all around in tenth place yesterday, has withdrawn from the all around final competition which will be held next Friday.

Her teammate Martina Rizzelli who had the third highest all around score for Italians and placed twelfth in the qualification, will replace her.

According to Ginnastica Artistica Italiana, Vanessa decided to pull out as she is still in a phase of recovery and she needs a smooth recovery in order to be able to do her best. 

She also does not want to experience physical stress.

On the other hand, Rizelli is in her second senior year and needs experience. 

It is worth to mention that we will not be seeing Ferrari any further in Montpellier as she has failed to qualify to any event final. Last year, Ferrari won her first gold medal at European championships since 2007. Her gold was on her strongest event, the floor exercise.

Beside the all around, Martina Rizzelli will be seen at uneven bars final.

Regarding the other two Italians, Erika Fasana qualified to the all around and floor final while Carlotta Ferlito did not make any final.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid



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