2021 European Championships | Event Finals Day 2 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the second day of event finals at the 2021 European Championships, held in Basel, Switzerland!

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1. David Belyavskiy RUS 14.066
2. Andreas Toba GER 13.833
3. Adem Asil TUR 13.766
4. Carlo Macchini ITA 13.600
5. Ahmet Önder TUR 13.466
6. Christian Baumann SUI 13.466
7. Pablo Brägger SUI 13.333
8. Krisztian Balazs HUN 12.600

9:29 am. Pablo Brägger SUI HB: Cassina, good! Kolman, NOOOOO, ALMOST gets it around but is just slightly short and he can’t hold on. Fall. Does it again, gets it this time. Layout Tkachev to mixed grip, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, tak full, tak half, Rybalko, hop full, the rest has been great, full-twisting double layout stuck. UGH, that could have been a gold medal routine without the fall. 13.333 (6.4, 6.933)

9:27 am. Carlo Macchini ITA HB. Double front half, aka a Pegan, awesome, laid out Kovacs, then a Kolman, killing it! Rybalko, one-arm front full pirouette, tak full, a little crooked, tak half, NOOOO, comes out of it the wrong way, full-twisting double layout with a hop back. 13.600 (6.0, 7.600)

9:23 am. David Belyavskiy RUS HB: I wasn’t typing at the beginning but he hit everything, mostly just circle elements, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, Yamawaki, German giants, double layout full-out, stuck! 14.066 (5.6, 8.466)

9:20 am. Christian Baumann SUI HB: Endo full, Kolman, legs are wild but catches, layout Tkachev, a little soft in his hips. Stalder 1.5, gets his tak around, blindchange to tak to a bunch of random front giants, stalder, double double layout, some soft knees, and a step back. 13.466 (5.9, 7.566)

9:16 am. Krisztian Balazs HUN HB: Endo full, NOOOOOOOO, off on his Kolman. WHY. Layout Tkachev, clean, layout Tkachev to mixed grip, straddle Tkachev to straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, Rybalko, tak, hop full, and a step back on his double double layout. 12.600 (5.6, 7.000)

9:13 am. Adem Asil TUR HB: Yamawaki to mixed grip, layout Tkachev, layout Tkachev to mixed grip, tak full, tak half, handstands are a little off, straddle Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, muscles that one over but doesn’t mess him up at all, sticks the full-twisting double layout dismount.

9:09 am. Andreas Toba GER HB: Tak full, gets it almost to handstand, but can’t get it all the way and backswings out of it instead of going into a front giant, OY, has to turn himself around after that to get back where he needs to be, Cassina, Kolman, both good, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, hop full, Rybalko, double double with a tiny hop forward. 13.833 (6.2, 7.633)

9:06 am. Ahmet Önder TUR HB: Yamawaki, NO Cassina, straddle Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to mixed grip, tak, tak half, hop full, double double layout STUCK! 13.466 (5.0, 8.466)


1. Jessica Gadirova GBR 13.966
2. Angelina Melnikova RUS 13.900
3. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 13.600
4. Martina Maggio ITA 13.266
5. Maria Ceplinschi ROU 12.966
6. Kim Bui GER 12.600
7. Viktoriia Listunova RUS 12.033
8. Carolann Heduit FRA 2.666


1. Ferhat Arican TUR 15.300
2. David Belyavskiy RUS 15.133
3. Christian Baumann SUI 15.100
— Lukas Dauser GER 15.100
5. Illia Kovtun UKR 14.933
6. Nikita Nagornyy RUS 14.666
7. Pablo Brägger SUI 14.600
8. Ahmet Önder TUR 9.666

8:48 am. Christian Baumann SUI PB: Okay I wasn’t paying super close attention to this but I watched and it was an absolutely gorgeous routine, and such vindication for what happened in all-around finals!

8:44 am. Jessica Gadirova GBR FX: Double double, first flip is laid out, step back, switch full, clean and stuck double layout. Switch ring to tour jeté full, yes! Popa. Front layout stepout through to double tuck, excellent! She wants that gold today! 13.966 (5.5, 8.466)

8:41 am. Pablo Brägger SUI PB: Excellent start, pretty much no adjustments at all throughout the first few elements, holding handstands perfectly. Straddle press on the single rail is also very well done. Double front half-out with a step forward. That was lovely. 14.600 (6.2, 8.400)

8:39 am. Maria Ceplinschi ROU FX: Coming in as a reserve! Double layout, low, tucks her legs on the second flip, looked like heels were close to the line if not OOB. Oh, then takes a tiny step OOB. Tucked full-in, stuck, looked better than QFs! Switch ring to tour jeté half. Double tuck to front tuck, great! Double pike, REALLY deep, steps forward out of it. Loving the scrunchie. 12.966 (5.2, 7.866, -0.1)

8:36 am. David Belyavskiy RUS PB: Basket up to handstand was clean, bent arms on a pirouette after that. Tippelt, Bhavsar, really nice on both of those, transition to the single rail for a straddle press up to handstand, short handstand near the end, and he sticks the double front half-out. Will be close between him and Arican. 15.133 (6.5, 8.633)

8:33 am. Martina Maggio ITA FX: Double wolf turn. Double layout, legs apart, just a hop back. Couldn’t see if she was OOB or not. Front layout through to low and slow double pike, buckled on the landing, hops forward. Switch ring, maybe the back foot not entirely where it should be. Whip whip to double tuck. Back full to 1.5 to finish, some of the form there is a bit loose. 13.266 (5.3, 7.966)

8:31 am. Illia Kovtun UKR PB: Soft body line ging into one of his handstands, and he’s arched on a transition after that. Wobbly in his single rail hold, and walks his hands out of a pirouette after. Salto up to handstand is effortless, arched a single rail transition after, he’s been hit or miss on everything, either really clean or really wonky. No in between. Slow rotation on the double front but gets the landing! 14.933 (6.3, 8.633)

8:28 am. Vanessa Ferrari ITA FX: Double double, a little short, leaps forward out of it. Double layout, some soft hips, hop back. Stumbles out of the Memmel turn. Switch ring I think to switch full, Tucked full-in, some leg form but stuck! Front layout full to finish. 13.600 (5.7, 7.900)

8:25 am. Ferhat Arican TUR PB: Had a slight adjustment in the single rail handstand, but everything else looks smooth! Beautiful handstand before his half turn, slightly short on a full pirouette after, sticks the double front half-out, just a little deep. 15.300 (6.6, 8.700)

8:22 am. Viktoria Listunova RUS FX: Lovely double layout in the air, a bit deep on the landing, big hop forward. Whip whip to triple full, nooooo, super short on rotation and crashes it to her side!!! Double L turn. Falls on her triple wolf turn, literally hands down. Sticks the front full. Switch ring to switch full, also short in rotation there. Double tuck, small hop back. 12.033 (5.2, 6.833)

8:20 am. Ahmet Önder TUR PB: I saw him hold a single-rail handstand basically bent in half, muscled it up and over, but then as he was turning out of it, he crashed down onto the other rail. Big straddle salto caught with his hands, holds it in an L sit. Half pirouette, doesn’t make it to handstand, drops his feet on the rails. OOF. Double front half-out. Rough. 9.666 (4.4, 5.266)

8:17 am. Carolann Heduit FRA FX: Coming in as a last-minute reserve after Giulia Steingruber withdrew. Arabian double front, lands SUPER hyperextended on both knees on the landing, flies out of it, leg up. Starts running into her second pass but then stops, she’s clearly in pain. 2.666 (1.6, 9.566, -8.5 ND)

8:16 am. Nikita Nagornyy RUS PB: Arched over a couple of handstands early on, and he’s rushing a bit. Calmed down after that, though. Double front half-out, small hop to the side. 14.666 (6.1, 8.566)

8:12 am. Angelina Melnikova RUS FX: Full-twisting double layout, a little low but one of her cleaner attempts in the air I’d say? Step OOB. Double L turn to double pirouette. Double layout, some knee bend on the second flip, hop back. Switch leap to switch ring half. Front layout full with a step forward. Good control on the triple wolf turn. Falls out of the Memmel turn into the illusion. Two steps back out of her double pike. Great routine. 13.900 (5.9, 8.000)

8:11 am. Lukas Dauser GER PB: I wasn’t typing during this but was watching him and he was absolutely gorgeous!!! So happy he hit. Just short on the double front half-out and had to take a big hop…but everything else was just beautiful. 15.100 (6.4, 8.700)

8:07 am. Kim Bui GER FX: Wild on the double wolf turn. Double layout, slight pike down and a tiny slide back. High double tuck, slide back there as well. Tour jeté half. 2.5 to front pike, sticks! Switch leap to switch full, a little wonky on the latter. Double pike, pulls back to control it and steps OOB, but fabulous as always. 12.600 (5.1, 7.800, -0.3)


1. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos FRA 13.900
2. Sanne Wevers NED 13.866
3. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 13.333
4. Amelie Morgan GBR 13.166
5. Martina Maggio ITA 13.000
6. Marine Boyer FRA 12.866
7. Lieke Wevers NED 12.300
8. Elina Vihrova LAT 11.200


1. Igor Radivilov UKR 14.716
2. Andrey Medvedev ISR 14.658
3. Giarnni Regini-Moran GBR 14.583
4. Yahor Sharamkou BLR 14.549
5. Courtney Tulloch GBR 14.516
6. Artur Davtyan ARM 14.499
7. Nikita Nagornyy RUS 14.033
8. Loris Frasca FRA 14.016

7:47 am. Loris Frasca FRA VT: I missed the details of this but he did a kaz double, a step on the landing. 14.700 (5.6, 9.100)

Dragulescu for the second vault, looks like he has it and is just gonna take a step forward, but then he stumbles and puts his hands down. WHYYYYY. 13.333 (5.6, 7.833)

14.016 average.

7:44 am. Elina Vihrova LAT BB: Hit her punch front mount and a punch front right after. Bhs loso, OUCH, hard fall, scraped the side of the beam. Switch to switch half, full turn, front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, jumps didn’t look to be at 180 but were very close. Side aerial is solid. A little short with her chest down on a jump after that. Double full, some leg form and a hop back. 11.200 (4.6, 6.600)

7:41 am. Andrey Medvedev ISR VT: Tsuk double pike, best one HANDS DOWN! No hands actually down though. 🙂 That was fabulous, pike shape in the air is INCREDIBLE, and the landing is pretty controlled, pulls his chest up and takes a large step but it’s not wild. 14.633 (5.6, 9.033)

Second vault is the Piked double front, some knee bend on the second flip, but it’s minor. Big step forward to control it. 14.683 (5.6, 9.083)

14.658 average.

7:39 am. Amelie Morgan GBR BB: Hit her mount, then a bhs loso loso, tiniest adjustment, but solid with her feet. Switch to switch half to Korbut, switch half maybe a tad short. Wild on the double turn and has to grab the beam to keep it on. Front aerial. Side aerial, little adjustment. Transverse split jump half is good. Double full, slight knee bend coming in for the landing, more so than the usual “absorbing the landing” bend, so it was noticeable. 13.166 (5.3, 7.866)

7:36 am. Yahor Sharamkou BLR VT: Kaz 1.5, hips and knees are a little soft, a little crooked in the air, and a hop to bring himself center on the landing. 14.433 (5.2, 9.233)

Then a Dragulescu, probably the strongest one today in terms of control on the landing, small step back, but chest basically at his thighs at first, pulls it up really quickly though. 14.666 (5.6, 9.066)

14.549 average.

7:33 am. Martina Maggio BB: Hit her leap mount and opening leap series, then a bhs loso loso with a break at the hips, but fights to stay on. Switch leap or ring maybe, can’t see the back leg, wobble. Side aerial. Front aerial, side somi, little slide there but it’s tiny. Wolf turn fakeout as she goes into a split. Overrotates her full turn and has another break at the hips, but not severe. 1.5 with a tiny hop. Could have been a bit more solid but love her fight. 13.000 (4.9, 8.100)

7:30 am. Igor Radivilov UKR VT: Looked like he went for the piked Dragulescu!! Aka Ri Se Gwang II. Legs are somewhat soft, but he gets it around with a low chest and step to the side. Let’s see if he gets credited the pike…I think he should, it wasn’t tucked at all, just soft. Yes, he does! 15.000 (6.0, 9.000)

Second vault is a tsuk double pike, knees and pike shape look pretty fab here, huge step back but for that vault it wasn’t bad. 14.433 (5.6, 8.833)

14.716 average.

7:27 am. Lieke Wevers NED BB: Back handspring, tiny adjustment, clean jump series after. Side aerial to back handspring, leg form isn’t fully extended, and she is a little off in her angles on the bhs, coming off unfortunately. L turn with 1.5 turns, double spin, side somi, tiny bobble, straight jump full from the cross beam position, good. Front aerial, good. Gainer full dismount with a hop to the side. 12.300 (5.1, 7.200)

7:23 am. Artur Davtyan ARM VT: Kaz double, OOF on that landing, it literally sounded and looked like his leg snapped in half, I was screaming, but he’s absolutely fine. Doesn’t have quite the height he needs to get it fully around so he goes from clean in the first 75% of the twists in the air, then regresses in the last bit to compensate for the lack of height, which the landing is also a victim of. 14.166 (5.6, 8.666, -0.1)

Dragulescu is pretty excellent coming off the table, BEAUTIFUL tuck shape, the best, just a bit short on the landing with his chest down and a hop forward. 14.833 (5.6, 9.233)


7:20 am. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos BB: Punch front mount, solid. Punch front pike is also really strong. Nails the bhs layout. She’s on fire so far! Split leap to wolf jump I think, could have been a sissone, this angle is horrible for leaps. Transverse split jump half, switch half, both fine. Front aerial to split jump, tiny adjustment. Switch ring, little step out of it. Full turn, hair overrotated but barely an issue. FULL-IN!!!!! A little short with a wild step/hop/leap forward but YES! 13.900 (6.0, 7.900)

7:17 am. Nikita Nagornyy VT: Dragulescu, actually not his best, tuck form is pretty open, chest down, and a step forward. But his ‘not his best’ is better than most. He’s like hi, I’m tired. 14.600 (5.6, 9.000)

Tsuk double pike, bends his knees a bit on the pike throughout, and lands it too far back on his heels so while he’s angled forward on the landing, he keeps rotating backwards and falls to his back. 13.466 (5.6, 7.866)

7:15 am. Anastasiia Bachynska BB: Candle mount, good on the front handspring front tuck, tiny step forward. Switch to switch half to split jump, looked a little low on the switch half but could be our bad split angle as well. Front aerial to split ring jump to back handspring, a little hesitant on the second connection. Split leap to side aerial. Switch ring, again bad on the angle so no idea how the ring really looked. Give me a side shot please! Double tuck, cowboys the second flip but sticks the hell out of it! WOW. 13.333 (5.6, 7.733)

7:09 am. Courtney Tulloch GBR VT: Dragulescu, excellent rotation, leg separation isn’t as bad as most, chest just down a little on the landing, tiny hop back. 14.733 (5.6, 9.133)

Tsuk double pike for the second vault, holds the pike form, but comes in really low and puts his hands down. Nooooo! But the judges don’t see it apparently!!! He pulled them up REALLY fast. They don’t take a fall! 14.300 (5.6, 8.700)

14.516 average.

7:07 am. Marine Boyer FRA BB: Roundoff layout, small bobble. Switch to switch half, maybe a little short on the latter but not by much. Side aerial, full L turn, starts to wobble in the middle and bends her extended leg to fight to control it. Hit her jump series. Switch to side somi to transverse split jump half, split could probably be a little tighter and higher, looked a little chucked. Double pike, a little low, step forward. 12.866 (5.3, 7.566)

7:04 am. Giarnni Regini-Moran GBR VT: Kaz double, really solid! Mostly clean in the air, just crosses his ankles near the end, a small step to the side. 14.766 (5.6, 9.166)

Second vault is a Dragulescu, still has a lot of energy on the landing and has to take a pretty big step back. Also looked the tiniest bit underrotated on the half twist, but his tuck form is some of the better tuck form on this vault. 14.400 (5.6, 8.800)

14.583 average.

7:01 am. Sanne Wevers NED BB: Back handspring mount to wolf jump full, tiny adjustment at the end. Double L turn is perfect. Side aerial back handspring, the slightest of adjustments ever, would barely call it one. Front aerial, a hair short but no problems. Full L turn to full pirouette to double full, leg up with a tiny bobble, split leap to straight jump full, clean there. Gainer full dismount, this was art! 13.866 (5.6, 8.266)

57 thoughts on “2021 European Championships | Event Finals Day 2 Live Blog

  1. I am dying for Melnikova to take gold on FX. It would really show everyone that she is the best Russian gymnast at the moment. But a 13.900 is vulnerable to be beaten by Listunova. The wait is going to be tough.


  2. weee I’m screaming, poor Heduit’s double arabian landing looked one of the most painful landings ever, I hope her knees are okay


  3. Random question: how does Heduit get that execution score with that landing? Not that it matters per se, but just as a “code” question I guess. Wouldn’t that landing be at least .5? Thanks for the beautiful work!


    • I would guess that a couple of the judges gave her 0.5, 0.6, or 0.7 for that pass and the landing…but then the others were a little more lenient? Maybe only took 0.3 for the wild landing instead of a full 0.5 for some reason?

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      • Okay cool thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I’ve been watching for a while as a complete novice but I had completely taken that out of the equation haha.


        • Yeah, I always forget that they average, and I’m like…they only gave her X in deductions?!?! But then remember it’s probably just two judges being lenient hahaha.


  4. Another question about scoring.. I thought Listunova’s score was a bit high considering she had 2 falls. Or do they take less for putting hands down on a wolf turn? Cause that routine was definitely not 8.833E without the falls

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    • Yeah, I questioned the score too when I saw it pop up…maybe they didn’t take a full fall for the wolf turn? They should have, but I feel like they sometimes just go 0.5 for those. But yeah, 8.833 would have been WAY too high for a hit routine, so they def didn’t do what they needed to.


      • Yeah that’s what I thought too. It’s like they created an unofficial 0.5 deduction for wolf turn falls on floor. Not sure how I feel about that..


        • I know, I feel like if you are doing a standing turn and fall down from it, they would take the full point…but because the wolf turns just drop forward slightly it doesn’t look like a real fall even though it is one? Not sure if this is an unwritten rule or something!


      • Don’t you think possible that judges credited a double wolf turn instead of a triple (and didn’t count a fall on a skill) + a 2.5 twist instead of a 3.0 ? Her D.score is 5.2 instead of 5.6, and E. score 6.883 instead of 7.883 … It makes sense as Melnikova gets 8.00.


        • Yeah, they definitely didn’t credit the triple I don’t think…but regardless of how they credited the wolf turn, it should still be a fall? But this isn’t the first time I’ve seen a wolf turn fall like that where it wasn’t given a deduction for a fall so I assume that they’re just more lenient than they would be on a fall from like, a Memmel or something.


  5. Go MDJDS! I was just commenting on youtube how she reminds me of Dawes in good ways (she resembles young her, became beasts on the events they didn’t start as pop for), and bad (all the talent, but cracking under the big time pressure). Im glad Mel threw it out there!


    • Omg, yes, she is such a little Dawes! I love her, I’ve been dying for upgrades for forever, but am glad she’s been adding them in slowly and steadily.


    • If she wasn’t before, she is after this week. . I would assume that Becky is a lock for her bars, which leaves two spots between Ellie, Jennifer, Amelie and Alice (I honestly don’t think anyone else is in the conversation at this point). The team that makes most sense with past results is Double Downies and Double Gadirovas, but it depends on where Ellie and Jennifer are at now I guess.


  6. And Lauren (sorry if I spelled it wrong, but I’m hungover) but you should post a zelle/venmo/cashapp. Ppl may be apprehensive of a ‘subscription’ model like patreon, but they’d prob love to be able to send u a few bucks, esp when you live blog multiple comps at the same damn time! Salute!


  7. Thank you so much for your amazing reporting Lauren, especially with time difference.

    So happy to see Jess win gold, her and Jennifer are amazing and hope they both make the Olympics.


      • You deserve all the sleep, I don’t know how you do it, brilliant work 🙂

        Yesss to the Gadirovas. I sometimes think GB has a tendency to select more established gymnasts rather than ‘risk’ newcomers so hoping they make it. Will be tough team with only 4 (I think GB only has 4…)


      • Do you think they will? I think the Downies are locks and both Gadirovas have certainly put themselves in the conversation (assuming Jennifer competes around the level she was at the American Cup), but I do wonder if they’ll risk taking two relatively weaker bars routines.


        • Yeah that’s my fear on bars; it could be a choice of team vs. Individual medal chances.

          So hard to say without knowing how others are doing. GB champs postponed (no new date) and the trials seem to be happening behind closed doors and no scores (though BBC commentator did say Jess had won all but 1 of trials so far). Unless anyone knows differently?

          I’m hopeful for both Gadirovas, they’re such stars 🙂


        • Yeah, bars would be an issue for that team, but they don’t really have huge bars depth right now…I think the only other really strong bar worker is Fenton, who is inconsistent, and then Morgan is lovely but she barely outscores Jessica, so it’s not like she’d add much. Though having her calm consistency would be nice!


  8. Wow, I actually thought the beam results were fx results! Jessica isn’t playing.

    And Ferhat Arican. I just want him to move to Brooklyn and marry me. Sooo gorgeous.


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  10. I literally can’t ever find how to ask questions for the lane you’ve created, but do u know how a professional dancer/choreographer could enter the world of fx choreography? I’ve been thinking about this since 2012, but never asked anyone.


    • I feel like this is a very specific thing/lane, so I’d appreciate any and everyones tips. I’d do it for free to earn a rep, starting with Jade.


    • Most choreographers I know in gymnastics (in the U.S.) were gymnasts first, and then began choreographing for their gym, expanded to other local gyms, and then maybe grew to be “bigger” than that, but it’s rare to become a national-level choreographer in this country when the national team tends to low-key require gymnasts to all use the same person. You can make really good money just choreographing for J.O. and XCEL optional routines, though…I know one NCAA gymnast who does this in the summers between seasons and makes like $10K in those 2-3 months so she has enough spending money for the school year. Some actual dancers/choreographers outside of gymnastics do get involved with programs but I don’t know how these relationships work…usually I think they just happen to know someone who knows someone, and that’s their “in.” But I would say a dancer/choreographer who is an ‘outsider’ could probably reach out to local gyms with a special offer or something, you never know which gyms have a need, and from there you can build up? I will say that choreographing for floor is very different from choreographing for a dance routine or musical or something, both in terms of meeting requirements and then also choreographing enough time for tumbling passes, recovery after passes, etc. The reason it’s mostly gymnasts who become gymnastics choreographers is because they’ve done it for years and know how to choreograph specifically for gymnastics.


  11. Thanks for your energy and dedication, Lauren!! I’m proud to be a Patreon supporter. You are my favorite live-blogger for all the detail and reaction you add. (I tried live-streaming but my connection kept buffering, so this was the next best option.) Hope you can catch up on sleep!


    • Thank you so much! I love doing it and am always happy to, no matter the time of day. 🙂 Hoping that even if people are able to watch, I can at least bring something for those trying to learn skills or know what to watch for in terms of deductions, so I try to put in as many notes as I can see in the moment, so I’m glad people find these helpful!


  12. Hello guys!
    Has Vanessa Ferrari secured a spot for Tokyo after the bronze medal at Euros? Only in floor?
    There’s any chance Italy sends 6 gymnastics to Tokyo (Ferrari, Mori, 4 girls from 2019 Worlds team)?
    Thanks!!! Cheers from Brazil


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