The uneven bars podium, L-R: Ksenia Klimenko, Elisa Iorio and Asia D'Amato. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Gymnastics at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was held at the new Radnóti Street Sports Park in Győr, Hungary on 26-29 July 2017. Female gymnasts born in 2002 and 2003 were allowed to compete.

The EYOF is a the biennial multi-sport competition founded in 1991, which gives Europe's top junior athletes a chance to compete in a continental event. This year's event’s slogan is ‘One spirit, whole Europe!’ It features 3,500 athletes from fifty nations competing in ten sports: artistic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, cycling, canoe/kayak sprint, handball, judo, swimming, tennis and volleyball.


The team competition was won by Russia for the third consecutive time with a total score of 107.700. The team was formed of Russia’s junior champion Ksenia Klimenko, Valeria Saifulina and Varvara Zubova. The trio overcame a low-score rotation on bars (26.850), where they had to count Saifulina’s 11.650, to rally back on vault (27.250), floor (26.450) and particularly beam (27.150). On vault, Saifulina redeemed herself, posting a 14.000. On floor, Klimenko posted a 13.250 and Zubova a 13.200. And on beam, Klimenko scored a 13.950 and Saifulina a 13.200.

Second was Italy with a 106.500. The Italian team was formed of Elisa Iorio and twins Asia and Alice D’Amato. The Italians posted the highest combined score by any team at these championships, an outstanding 28.150 on vault, which was capped by Asia D’Amato’s beautiful DTY (14.450). Italy also had a good rotation on bars, with Asia D’Amato posting a 13.700 and sister Alice a 13.550. Italy struggled a bit on beam and floor, where they scored a 25.650 and a 25.450 respectively. The highest score on beam and Asia D’Amato’s 13.050, while on floor Elisa Iorio posted a 12.800.

Third was Germany with a 104.950. The German team was formed of Leonie Papke, Emelie Petz and Kim Ruoff. Germany’s best apparatus score came on vault with a 27.550, where Petz scred a 14.000. On bars they posted a 26.500, on beam a 25.500 and on floor a 26.250. Emelie Petz posted the best score on all other three apparatuses as well, a 13.200 on bars, a 13.100 on beam and a 13.350 on floor.

Fourth was Hungary with a 103.600, fifth was Great Britain with 103.150, sixth France with 102.400, seventh the Netherlands with 101.050 and eighth Switzerland with 100.850.


Russia’s Ksenia Klimenko won the all around title with a 54.450. Klimenko’s best score came on bars (14.150/5.8). She then posted a 14.050/5.8 on beam, a 13.300/4.6 on vault and a 12.950/4.9 on floor.

Second was a delighted Asia D’Amato from Italy with a 53.750. D’Amato landed another beautiful DTY for a 14.500/5.4, as well as a 13.400/5.3 on bars, a 13.300/5.2 on beam and a 12.550/5.0 on floor.

Third was Russia’s Varvara Zubova with a 52.850. Zubova’s highest score came on her best apparatus, beam, with a 14.050/5.9. She also scored a 13.300/4.6 on vault, a 13.100/5.1 on bars and a 12.400/4.9 on floor.

Fourth was Italy’s Elisa Iorio (52.600), sixth was Great Britain’s Taeja James (52.500), sixth France’s Célia Serber (51.650), seventh Great Britain’s Amelie Morgan (51.550) and eighth Hungary’s Nóra Fehér (51.400).


Russia dominated the event finals, winning three finals out of four and a total of four medals.

Vault was won by Russia’s Valeria Saifulina with a combined score of 14.149. Saifulina scored a 14.033/5.0 for her first vault and a 14.266/5.4 for her second one. Second was Romania’s Denisa Golgotă with a 14.033. She scored an excellent 14.400/5.4 for her DTY and a 13.666/4.8 for her second vault. Third was Italy’s Asia D’Amato with a 14.016. She scored a 14.066/5.4 for her DTY and a 13.966/5.2 for her second vault.

The uneven bars title was won by Italy’s Elisa Iorio (14.100/6.0), who impressed with her difficulty and clean execution. Second was Russia’s Ksenia Klimenko with a 14.066/5.8. Third was Italy’s Asia D’Amato with a 13.333/5.5.

Balance beam was dominated by Russia’s Ksenia Klimenko, who posted a 13.866/5.8. Second was Italy’s Asia D’Amato with a 13.266/5.1 and third Great Britain’s Amelie Morgan (13.233/5.1).

Ksenia Klimenko also won the floor title for Russia with a 13.266/5.0. Second was Germany’s Emelie Petz (13.133/4.9) and third France’s Célia Serber (12.866/4.7).

By Talitha Ilacqua


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