Czech Republic Continues Euros Selection Process

New senior Vendula Merkova, 15, won the all-around and every event but vault at a Euros selection test in Prague this weekend.

The meet was the second this month as the federation gets closer to choosing its team for the European Championships in Romania next month. At the control meet a couple of weeks ago, Merkova placed third all-around after struggling with falls on beam, while her sister, Adela, took the title.

Adela ddin’t compete this week, as she’s resting from a nagging injury, but Vendula came back from her rough meet to earn a 51.200, an excellent score for her, while also posting the top scores on bars with a 12.35, beam with a 13.5, and floor with a 13.0. Her beam is spectacular, just beautiful to watch, and while it’s not quite difficult enough to make any major finals yet, I think it’ll help her reach the all-around final at Euros this year.

Veronika Cenkova, a 2015 worlds team member, placed second with a 47.050, struggling a bit, especially on beam. She still managed the second-best scores on bars and floor, however, with her floor especially strong. Her 2015 worlds teammate Romana Majerechova was third with a 43.750, showing low difficulty on most of her events in addition to falls on bars and beam, though she had the second-best vault score of 12.75 and the third-best floor score of 11.4.

Barbora Schneiderova also competed in the all-around, finishing fourth with a 39.700. Lucie Jirikova, a new senior, competed all events but floor, posting the top score on vault with a 13.0 and the third-best score on beam with an 11.85, and fellow new senior Aneta Holasova returned to competition here for the first time since injuring her knee at last year’s Euros. She’s back only on bars and beam right now, with lower difficulty than usual on both, but she still managed the second-best scores on both events, with an 11.85 on bars and a 12.8 on beam.

Right now, I’d say the Merkova twins, Cenkova, and Jirikova are locks for Euros, and will most likely be the four who travel to Cluj this year. Holasova looks great for her first meet back, but I don’t think they’ll risk her just yet, with more important meets like worlds down the line, and the other two who competed here are clearly just not at the same level as the others at the moment, so they’ll likely not factor into the selection.

Full results from the Euros test are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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