Russia's Marisa Paseka won today in Montpellier her first individual gold medal at a major international competition.

Paseka competed two of the most difficult vaults, a Cheng (6.4) and an Amanar (6.3) which heavily contributed to her gold medal win. She scored a 15.250.

The Russian gymnast was not originally selected to be on the Euro team but stepped in when her compatriot Alla Sosnitskaya sustained an injury during podium training and was forced to withdraw.

Her teammate Ksenia Afanasyeva competed also an Amanar and won her first vault medal at one of the top major international competitions. She scored a 14.866 which was enough to earn her a bronze medal.

Montpellier was the first European competition for both Russian gymnasts in two years.

The two time European vault champion Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland settled for silver with a score of 15.149.

Dutch gymnast and 2013 European vault silver medalist finished in fourth position. While Elissa Downie and Claudia Fragapane of UK  finished in fifth and sixth place respectively.

France's Camille Bahl placed 7th and Teja Belak of Slovenia placed 8th.

Written by Gigi Farid



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