2020 European Championships | Junior Event Finals Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the junior women’s event finals at the 2020 European Championships, held in Mersin, Turkey!

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1. Ana Barbosu, Romania, 13.250
2. Maria Ceplinschi, Romania, 12.900
3. Greta Mayer, Hungary, 12.750
4. Daniela Batrona, Ukraine, 12.450
5. Zala Trtnik, Slovenia, 12.400
6. Daria Lyska, Ukraine, 12.350
7. Nela Stepandova, Czech Republic, 12.200
8. Sara Sulekic, Croatia, 11.800

4:24 am. Greta Mayer HUN FX: European junior beam medalist Greta Mayer up now! LOVE IT. Perfection on her split jump full at the start. Double front, a little low on the landing, foot looked like it went OOB. Double pike with a small hop back. Memmel turn, switch ring to tour jeté full, the power in this kid! Double tuck, small hop back. Really cool choreo moments. Unusual music but it works for what she’s doing. Love it. Double full to finish. Awesome job. 12.750 (4.9, 7.850)

4:21 am. Sara Sulekic CRO FX: European junior bars medalist Sara Sulekic here on floor! Double wolf turn is clean. Switch full is also super precise. Double pike with her chest slightly forward, and a step to control it. Two steps back out of her double tuck. She has a lot happening in her choreo after that pass.. Memmel turn, switch to switch half. Front layout with a step forward. Layout full stuck to finish. She had some brilliant performance moments in that routine. A little Ana Derek in the making! 11.800 (4.4, 7.400)

4:18 am. Nela Stepandova CZE FX: She’s one I think could have huge potential in the future. Wasn’t at a hundred percent here but she has a lot going for her as an all-arounder and I was glad to see her make this final. Really clean double tuck to start. Actually looked like her heel was OOB before she ran into the pass so hopefully the line judge didn’t catch that, hahaha. Switch ring to tour jeté half into the corner for her second pass, a clean but low double full, hopped forward. Straight jump full and a switch half. I love that straight jump fulls are a thing on floor. Front layout full to finish. Great work. 12.200 (4.2, 8.000)

4:15 am. Zala Trtnik SLO FX: Clean double wolf turn. Clean double tuck, small step back. I was just going to say her choreo is kind of junior, but she is a junior. It’s very like, Broadway/showtunesy/dance recital, like, miming a top hat and everything, but she’s working it and having fun, so get it. Split ring to switch half. Front full. Switch ring. Clean double full with a little hop back. Great job. 12.400 (4.5, 7.900)

4:14 am. The best song for junior floor warm-ups is definitely “Turn Down for What.”

4:10 am. Maria Ceplinschi ROU FX: Split jump full, tucked full-in, small bounce there, and then a big hop back on her double pike. Switch to tour jeté half, good. Front tuck through to double tuck, nearly stuck it, just kind of bounces in place. Switch full. Good double full to finish, just some ankle form from what I could see. Really tidy routine overall. 12.900 (4.8, 8.100)

4:08 am. Daniela Batrona UKR FX: I didn’t see her first pass, just the landing, but the landing was good from what I recall…and then she had a 2.5 with a little bounce. 1.5 to front full, seemed fine. Switch ring to split ring leap. Hard to see the leaps from here. Clean double full. 12.450 (4.7, 7.750)

4:03 am. Daria Lyska UKR FX: Really clean arabian double front, just a step forward, but that was great in the air. Lots of height too. Whip to double tuck, stuck COLD. Damn!! Switch ring to switch full. Hit another pass but I already forgot what it was, typical, 2.5 I think?? Just finished up a little short on her double pike.

As a whole I preferred this routine to Barbosu’s. That’s just my snap judgment without like, analyzing every inch of their D and E but this felt more complete to me. Judges, what do you think? They…REALLY DISAGREE HAHAHA. 12.350 (4.9, 7.450) Wow, floor truly is where I’m at my worst for snap judgments. I feel like I see one or two passes and I’m like GOLD!!!!! My feelings rankings would be wildly different from math rankings.

4:00 am. Ana Barbosu ROU FX: Tucked full-in, hops back into a lunge but otherwise clean. 2.5 to front full, little hop/step back but that was also really well done in the air. Switch to switch full. Low back leg on the switch. Double wolf turn. Double pike, leans a bit far back when she lands and ends up lunging it a bit but she’s fine. Stuck the double tuck to finish because OF COURSE she did. A queen doing queen things. 13.250 (5.4, 7.850)

3:55 am. Finally, the start list for floor!

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1. Ana Barbosu, Romania, 13.100
2. Greta Mayer, Hungary, 13.100
3. Andreea Preda, Romania, 12.700
4. Daria Lyska, Ukraine, 12.600
5. Sevgi Kayisoglu, Turkey, 12.500
6. Yuliia Kasianenko, Ukraine, 12.250
7. Lucie Marikova, Czech Republic, 11.050
8. Tara Vella Clark, Malta, 9.350

3:46 am. Yuliia Kasianenko UKR BB: Punch front mount, she also has a slide, but fine after, and goes almost right into another punch front. Hit her leap series, just a low back leg, full turn with a wobble/leg up slightly, transverse split jump half with a check, side aerial loso, bent knees and a break at the hips but nothing too severe, front aerial goes really low and long, but no issues landing it, split ring jump, good. Switch half, little check. Nice double tuck, just a small step back. Lots of good work in there, just tons of little things that will add up. 12.250 (5.3, 6.950)

3:43 am. Sevgi Kayisoglu TUR BB: Punch front mount, lands it a little low with a slide forward, but no problems otherwise. Bhs bhs loso, gets it! Just a little check at the end. Switch leap to wolf jump, low back leg on the first of those, front aerial to split jump is good, side aerial, full turn, transverse split jump half, really nice split form, just a little low on the landing, transverse straight jump full, again a little low when she lands it, with a slight adjustment, 1.5 dismount with a hop. Good routine! 12.500 (5.1, 7.400)

3:39 am. Greta Mayer HUN BB: Here we goooo! Huge punch front pike mount, EXCELLENT! Also awesome in her split jump to wolf jump and switch leap. Transverse split jump half to straddle jump half is fantastic. I’d DIE for her to medal. Bhs back pike, super solid, maybe just some knee form. Punch front tuck, tiny step out of it. Full turn. Does the coolest choreo down into a handstand that she presses down into more choreo, so good. Hit an aerial and a side somi, she’s doing it!!! Double pike with a hop. EFFING BRILLIANT!!! 13.100 (5.5, 7.600)

3:35 am. Ana Barbosu ROU BB: Punch front mount, perfection. Switch half, solid. I’ve literally never seen her miss beam. Bhs back pike, also nails it. Sissone to full turn, tiniest adjustment. Side aerial. There’s barely anything to say about her. She’s that good. Punch front tuck. Again, great. Tour jeté, love that skill. Gets into position for a wolf turn, a double, and even THAT looks wonderful. Finishes with a 2.5 with a hop. This was utter perfection. 13.100 (5.1, 8.000)

3:32 am. Lucie Marikova CZE BB: Back handspring mount, good. Bent knees in her bhs bhs loso, and unfortunately she has a fall. My faves are killing me on the same series today. Full turn is good. Side aerial, little check. Switch to split jump to Korbut, holds the toes throughout, queen. Solid back tuck. 1.5 dismount with a step. Shame about the fall, this was awesome otherwise. She just moves so well. 11.050 (4.4, 6.650)

3:29 am. Andreea Preda ROU BB: Candle mount, drops it a little low, bent knees on her front aerial, slight check and then frantic arm choreo out of it. Romania gonna Romania. Split jump to sissone is mostly good, then a super solid side aerial. Bhs back pike is excellent. Switch leap with noticeable toe point, doesn’t connect to the switch half, but it’s lovely on its own. Full turn, huge break at the hips but saves a fall, and a good double full dismount. 12.700 (4.7, 8.000)

3:25 am. Daria Lyska UKR BB: Punch front mount, just a step forward. Side aerial loso loso, bent knees, but she’s SO solid. Awesome series. Split leap to switch leap, low back leg on both from what I could tell. Transverse split jump half, couldn’t really see because the camera got in too close. Punch front, step back. Full turn, lands a quarter over, and like, claps at the end, love that. Split leap with a low back leg, right into a front aerial to split jump, short in the split there. Double full landed Oklahoma style. 12.600 (5.1, 7.500)

3:21 am. Tara Vella Clark MLT BB: Front aerial, side aerial, clean on both. Side somi is also excellent. Full Y turn, just a little check. Ugh, off on her flight series, looked like she managed a bhs bhs and then popped off right after so she’ll have to repeat to get credit. Does it again, bhs bhs loso, gets all three this time, but falls at the very end, so she’ll count a second fall. Switch leap to split leap to split jump. Front full dismount. Shame about the trouble with her flight series, she has so much poise, elegance, and precision on this apparatus. 9.350 (4.1, 5.250)

3:18 am. And here’s the start list for beam!

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Coming into this Euros I was like, I need Tara Vella Clark, Greta Mayer, and Lucie Marikova in the beam final, THAT’S IT. And all three made it, two of them BARELY. I feel so blessed. They’re all absolutely fabulous gems so keep an eye out.

3:16 am. Here are some screen grabs of Derin Tanriyasükür getting her medal, which has made me happier than anything else in basically nine months.

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1. Ana Barbosu, Romania, 13.450
2. Sara Sulekic, Croatia, 12.400
3. Derin Tanriyasükür, Turkey, 12.050
4. Beyza Özen, Turkey, 11.600
5. Anna Szmirno, Hungary, 11.450
6. Nika Kukuljan Frleta, Croatia, 10.700
7. Iulia Trestianu, Romania, 10.550
8. Daniela Batrona, Ukraine, 9.400

3:06 am. Anna Szmirnov HUN UB: Blind full to big Gienger, leg separation but nice air. A little low on the Pak, Clear hip to toe-on to toe shoot, I think that was everything down there (her coach was standing directly in front of where the camera was pointing, blocking most of her), blind change to front giant half, then a high and close double pike. Good routine. 11.450 (4.3, 7.150)

3:03 am. Beyza Özen TUR UB: Short handstand before her blind change to huge straddle Jaeger, also short before the bail, which she catches about halfway between horizontal and vertical. Toe-on to toe shoot, blind full, and just a step back on her double pike. Just needs to clean up those handstands and this could be a great score! 11.600 (4.2, 7.400)

3:00 am. Ana Barbosu ROU UB: Super long wait for Trestianu’s score. Perfect handstand before the Maloney to clar hip full, just a little late there, Ricna to Pak is lovely, great handstand before the shaposh, just some ankle form, clear hip to toe-on, blind change to front giant half, aggressive giants into her full-in dismount, fab landing. This girl can do no wrong! 13.450 (5.6, 7.850)

2:56 am. Iulia Trestianu ROU UB: Toe-on to van Leeuwen, leg separation there, Gienger, couldn’t see it because her coach got in the way, Pak with Bross-style knees and feet together but calves apart, Maloney, but she misses the catch and falls on her back. Back on to try he Maloney again into a clear hip…half? Then she does another clear hip and loses her rhythm and ends up doing like 70 half pirouettes to self-correct. Dobule tuck with a hop back. 10.550 (4.9, 5.650)

2:51 am. Nika Kukuljan Frleta CRO UB: Blind change, slight pike in her hips, to straddle Jaeger, good, clean Pak, stalder to toe-shoot, comes up really high and close but no problems, stalder full, finishes almost in handstand, ugh, but then muscles through a stalder half and can’t get it to handstand, has to hop off. Gets back on to finish with a front tuck that she kind of half-heartedly jumps out of into her salute, you can tell she’s pissed. With her blonde hair, bubblegum pink leo, and hyperextended knees, she looks like a baby Nastia, especially in her Pak. It was identical. 10.700 (4.2, 6.500)

2:48 am. Sara Sulekic CRO UB: EXCELLENT Ray to start! Pak was a little low but her form was fantastic. Van Leeuwen is SO clean. toe-on to stalder to blind change to front giant half, blind full, then a clean layout dismount with a baby step. DAMN CROATIA!!! 12.400 (4.5, 7.900)

2:44 am. Daniela Batrona UKR UB: Beautiful and SUPER deep inbar but she goes over in handstand and comes off instantly. Lord beer me strength. Back on for a Maloney to Pak, caught really high and she had leg separation in the air, stalder to toe shoot, loses her rhythm in her swing on the high bar as she attempts to start a pirouette and ultimately can’t get back to handstand so she has to hop off again. Toe full and Tkachev when she gets back on, excellent, blind change to front giant to straddle Jaeger, some foot and knee form in there, but good otherwise, and a double pike with a small step. Ambitious and promising routine, too bad the handstands really got to her today. 9.400 (4.9, 4.500), I don’t know what she muttered when she saw her score but I’m going to pretend it was the f word.

2:42 am. Derin Tanriyasükür TUR UB: Nice handstand before her clear hip half to piked Jaeger, just caught pretty close. Toe full, nice, to toe on to Pak, clean legs, toe shoot caught VERY close (like, to the point where I’m shocked that she didn’t hit her feet on the bar before catching), stalder right to handstand, and then just a layout dismount, but clean and stuck. Absolutely lovely work on everything! Just that scary Jaeger. She’s a queen of finishing literally everything in handstand. 12.050 (4.5, 7.550), she’s VERY happy with this score!

2:36 am. Here’s the start list for uneven bars!

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1. Ana Barbosu, Romania, 13.975
2. Valentina Georgieva, Bulgaria, 13.800
3. Daria Lyska, Ukraine, 13.350
4. Beyza Özen, Turkey, 13.325
5. Maria Ceplinschi, Romania, 13.175
6. Sara Sulekic, Croatia, 13.175
7. Antea Ercegovic, Croatia, 13.050
8. Kira Balazs, Hungary, 13.025

2:26 am. Ana Barbosu ROU VT: DTY, just minor form issues with her hips and knees and hops back the landing but nothing too severe. 14.250 (5.4, 8.850)

Tsuk layout for her second vault is great, hips are just slightly piked but she’s otherwise pretty clean in her leg form, just has a big hop back. 13.700 (4.8, 8.900)

13.975 average

2:23 am. Valentina Georgieva BUL VT: Daaaamn! Excellent attack on her Yurchenko 1.5! She crashed this vault in qualifications and still placed 5th. Pretty great in the air, just a tiny bit of ankle separation near the end, and she takes a large step forward on the landing but great job on this one. 13.900 (5.0, 8.900)

Superb FTY as well. What a star! Fantastic in the air, huge block, flares the landing, slight hop back, that was absolutely awesome. 13.700 (4.6, 9.100)

13.800 average, she’s going to secure a medal!!!

2:21 am. Kira Balazs HUN VT: FTY, leg separation on the preflight, some soft knees and hips in the air, and she crosses her legs as well, and she lands pretty far forward with a small step to steady herself. 13.250 (4.6, 8.650)

Goes for a Yurchenko layout for the second attempt, same leg separation on the preflight, but her form is a little cleaner overall throughout, just some flex in her feet, decent stretch in her body in the air, and a good chest position on the landing, just takes a lunge back. 12.800 (4.0, 8.800)

13.025 average

2:18 am. Antea Ercegovic CRO VT: FTY, pretty solid! Very clean in the air, just pikes down a little just before the landing and has to take a step back. Even tries to flare it a little. What do you know, an 8.7 E. Because the judges have like no other buttons apparently?! 13.300 (4.6, 8.700)

Handspring front pike for vault number two, not the greatest block, lands a bit buckled and has to take a deep lunge forward, but her pike was very nice in the air. 12.800 (4.2, 8.600)

13.050 average

2:15 am. Second group is doing the touch now. Kind of aggravated at the lack of separation in execution scores…because there’s literally none. Literally every hit vault has been between an 8.7 and 8.85 but…if you were watching you’d see that’s not the case even remotely?

2:12 am. Beyza Özen TUR VT: Handspring front tuck half, goes kind of horizontal off the table so not a ton of height…some leg form as well, especially as the twist comes in. 13.100 (4.4, 8.700)

Second vault is a tsuk full, fab job!! Good for her. She had some split legs in pre-flight and piked down the landing a little, but that landing was really solid, just a slight scoot back. 13.550 (4.8, 8.750)

13.325 average

2:09 am. Maria Ceplinschi ROU VT: Starts with an FTY, comes onto the table pretty straddled and holds her legs in that position almost fully throughout the vault, a bit piked as well, but she pulls up just in time to bounce it back on the landing. 13.450 (4.6, 8.850)

That FTY score seems incredibly generous compared to how the seniors were scored for much better fulls. She did get a lot of power, though. Tsuk layout for the second, leg separation onto the table again, and a large bounce back, but she actually stays laid out for the majority…just slightly piked as she launches into her flight. 12.900 (4.2, 8.700)

13.175 average

2:05 am. Daria Lyska UKR VT: DTY for her first vault, first twist is fine but she falls apart in the second in every aspect of her form, and she also has to squeeze that last bit of rotation around, ends up landing short and low with a step it looked like both forward and kind of sideways/OOB but I couldn’t tell for sure if it was out. Yeah, she was according to the score. 14.150 (5.4, 8.850, -0.1 ND)

She goes for a Yurchenko 1.5 for the second vault, and her form is better in the air throughout the entirety of this one, but she’s way deep on the landing and can’t hold it up, ends up falling over to the side off the mat. 12.550 (5.0, 7.850, -0.3)

13.350 average

2:01 am. Sara Sulekic CRO VT: She had a fantastic all-around performance. The Croatian juniors far out-performed their senior counterparts as a team! Kind of an awesome group of juniors. Handspring front pike half for her first vault, holds the pike well until the twist, and then she just loses her leg form and stays a bit too piked down on the landing, big step over to the side. 13.350 (4.6, 8.750)

Second vault is a handspring front pike, a bit of a deep landing on this today, lands with one knee bending almost to the mat as she lunges forward but she had a really nice pike shape in the air nearly right up until she landed it. 13.000 (4.2, 8.800)

13.175 average

2:00 am. Here’s the start list:

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1:57 am. The gymnasts have marched out and are saluting to the judges before the touch! Excited to see the juniors for the first time since I slept through the team and all-around competition the other day. If you saw the photo on the homepage, it’s Turkey’s Beyza Özen, who made two finals (vault and bars). About time we pay some respect to the host country. But this day is looking to be a sweep for Romania’s Ana Barbosu if she hits everything…and honestly, she could probably win gold with falls on a couple of her events.

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