Nine reasons to be excited about Montpellier's final


Erika Fasana
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
1-We Are Gonna See Russia's Maria Kharenkova At Four Finals.



Kharenkova qualified first to the all around and balance beam finals, fifth and third to floor and uneven bars finals respectively.


2-Netherlands' Noel Van Klaveren Qualified to Vault Final



She is the 2013 European silver medalist on that event. She has one of the cleanest twisting forms, no leg separation and most definitely no helicopter legs. 

Klaveren qualified in six position, with a double twisting Yurchenko and half on half out vaults.  She is a medal contender on that event.


3-Romania's Andreea Munteanu FINALLY Makes An Individual Final



Munteanu had a very disappointing results in her first senior year. She failed to qualify to any individual final at either Worlds or Europeans. This year, she was not even selected to represent Romania at this European championships.

A nagging old injury forced team leader Larisa Iordache to withdraw from the Euro team, hence Munteanu replaced her. She qualified in fourth and eighth place on beam and floor respectively.

Andreea will be the only Romanian gymnast who will compete at event finals in Montpellier.


4-Swiss Giulia Steingruber  Qualifies to Four Finals, Including Her Weakest Event Final.



Qualifying first to floor and vault finals, check, qualifying second to the all around, that's our Giulia, but qualifying to the uneven bars, her weakest event, that is something.

The girl is fierce and ready to spread her wings in Montpellier. It is worth mentioning that this is the first time for Giulia to qualify to bars final at a major international competition.



5-Russia's Daria Spiridonova Recieved The Highest Score In Qualification



Spiridonova had the highest score in Montpellier's qualification, which she received on uneven bars, a 15.241. Last year, she won a bronze medal on the event at Worlds and Europeans.

Additionally, for the first time we are going to see Dasha as an all arounder at a major international competition, she qualified in ninth place.

6-We Are Going To See Double Downies In One Final



Not only will UK Becky Downie be able to defend her European bars title but also compete against her baby and newly turned senior sister Ellie Downie.

Becky qualified second to uneven bars and balance beam final, while Ellie qualified second to vault final, third to all around final and sixth to bars final.

7-Dutch Sanne Wevers, The Queen of Balance Beam Turns, Makes Beam Final




Wevers had wowed the gym internet before for her risky multiple turns and turn connections. This the first time for her to qualify to an event final at a major international competition.

P.S hopefully she upgrades by the final.

8-We Are Gonna See Ksenia Afanasyeva As A Vaulter For The First Time At Europeans



Afanasyeva earned a ticket to the vault and floor final. This is the first one of the top three major international competitions (Euro, Worlds, Olympics) for Afanasyeva in two years.

This will also be the first time for Afan to present herself as a vaulter at European championships.

9-Longtime No See, Paseka At Last Is In Euros



Paseka has suffered from injuries the past two years. Just like Munteanu, she was not originally named to represent Russia in Montpellier, but teammate Alla Sosnitskaya suffered an injury during podium training and Paseka was called up.

She is going to be seen in vault finals. She placed fifth on bars during the qualification but due to having two of her teammates outscore her (two per country rule), she won't compete on bars.

Other:

Erika Fasana competes for the first time at a European AA final.
30 year old Greek gymnast Vasiliki Millousi qualifies to beam final.
Great Britain is the only country to have two gymnasts competing in each final.
Claudia Fragapane qualified to all around, vault, beam and floor final.

Written by Gigi Farid


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