Stelmakh Wins EYOF All-Around in Tight Battle, Italy Takes Team Gold

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Radomyr Stelmakh

Radomyr Stelmakh of Ukraine finished seventh in the all-around standings when he made his major international debut at European Championships in 2020, but due to the two-per-country limitations, he was not counted in the official rankings.

The 16-year-old made sure his results would count this time around, looking incredible from the moment he stepped out onto the floor until the second he landed his dismount on high bar as the very last competitor in the very last subdivision to sneak in and grab the all-around title with a 79.900, just half a tenth ahead of Italy’s Riccardo Villa, who led the competition after the second subdivision.

Stelmakh did some of his nicest work on floor, hitting a front full to double front, 2½, double full, and triple full for a 13.55, and then continued with solid work on pommels and rings before hitting a strong vault. His parallel bars routine was one of the best I saw, with lovely handstands, smooth transitions, and just a step on the dismount for a 13.6, and though high bar isn’t his strongest, he needed just a 12.4 there, and did just enough to sneak past that with a 12.45, going right down to the wire to upset Villa.

I didn’t think anyone could top Villa, who was my pick for the all-around champion coming into the final as one of the only juniors in the mix to break an 80 this season, which his performance came close to doing here. He was pretty clean throughout, matching Stelmakh on vault and besting him on pommels, rings, and high bar, where his routine included a nice straddle Tkachev, German giants, and a baby step on his full-twisting double layout.

Villa, 17, was also good on both floor and p-bars, but Stelmakh was several tenths ahead on both, giving him the tiniest advantage, though it could have gone either way and I would have been very happy with the results.

Prior to the final subdivision, I wondered if either of Switzerland’s top all-arounders could manage to hit 79 or higher, and Matteo Giubellini made it happen with a 79.500 to win the bronze medal in what ended up being a tough and close field. Despite getting off to a slow start on high bar with just an 11.9, he came back with a vengeance, putting up some of the best routines in the competition on floor (his piked double front was excellent, and he stuck a 2½ to front layout), pommels, and rings, before landing an excellent kaz full to give him a 14.15, exactly the boost he needed going to his final rotation.

Giubellini was so clean and solid in his p-bars set, and he did it after watching the leadoff athlete deal with a scary fall mid-routine. Yet nothing phased the 17-year-old, who put up an great routine to earn a 13.4, pushing him onto the podium with a score that was more than five points higher than what he managed at nationals exactly a month earlier.

Any of the other guys who finished in the top eight – and maybe even a little beyond – had the potential to make it onto the podium had circumstances been only slightly different. Rounding out the field were Danny Crouch of Great Britain in fourth with a 79.150, Daniel Carrión of Spain in fifth with a 79.100, Jan Imhof of Switzerland in sixth with a 78.450, Reuben Ward of Great Britain in seventh with a 78.450, and Sebastian Sponevik of Norway in eighth with a 78.350.

Villa along with teammates Tommaso Brugnami (10th with a 77.850) and Davide Oppizzio (19th with a 76.200) won the team title with a 158.750, edging out the British men by just two tenths, as the team – which included Oakley Banks (12th with a 77.700) alongside Crouch and Ward – put up quite a fight in that final subdivision to earn a 158.550.

Going into the last rotation, the British men would have needed to average above a 13.6 for each score on floor counted into the final total, a score no one had earned on the apparatus at that point in the competition. I didn’t think it was possible, but they happily surprised me with how close they got, bringing in a 13.25 from Banks followed by a 13.75 from Crouch, who did everything he could to earn the top score of the day. Though it was just slightly behind what they’d need for the upset, it was a tremendous fight to the finish, and great to see them earn that hard-won silver.

The Swiss team, led by Giubellini and Imhof along with Mirco Riva, who came in as a replacement athlete and finished 42nd with a 73.700, ended up taking the bronze medal, slightly back from the Brits with a 158.200, though with a healthy margin ahead of fourth-place Spain, which had a 156.850.

Rounding out the top eight were Germany in fifth with a 156.200, Ukraine in sixth with a 155.000, France in seventh with a 154.900, and Austria in eighth with a 154.250, and I have to say, I was more excited for the Austrians than literally anything else that happened today.

For context, Austria is not a known gymnastics nation, and outside of a few guys who can be considered specialists on a few apparatuses, they don’t see a ton of success internationally. The junior team, for example, finished 27th as a team at European Championships back in 2018, and 17th as a team at the European Youth Olympic Festival a year later. But the guys who competed today – Gino Vetter in 11th with a 77.800, Nicolas Ivkic in 23rd with a 75.850, and Alfred Schwaiger in 26th with a 75.450 – performed brilliantly and upset a lot of teams that have typically outscored them, some by a lot, so it was incredible to see that work pay off and to see them rank just tenths behind a team like France and tenths ahead of a team like the Netherlands, which was ninth with a 153.950. It points to a ton of potential in the program, and I hope all three of these guys are able to transition well to the senior level to add to the depth of this growing program.

Lists of the top-ranked all-arounders and teams are below, along with lists of those who qualified into apparatus finals, which take place this Friday and Saturday.

All-Around Final Results

1. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 79.900
2. Riccardo Villa ITA 79.850
3. Matteo Giubellini SUI 79.500
4. Danny Crouch GBR 79.150
5. Daniel Carrión ESP 79.100
6. Jan Imhof SUI 78.450
7. Reuben Ward GBR 78.450
8. Sebastian Sponevik NOR 78.350
9. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 78.250
10. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 77.850
11. Gino Vetter AUT 77.800
xx. Oakley Banks GBR 77.700*
12. Amine Abaidi NED 77.350
13. Daniel Mousichidis GER 77.100
14. Jukka Nissinen GER 77.000
15. Anthony Mansard FRA 76.800
16. Elijah Faverus NED 76.650
17. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 76.300
xx. Davide Oppizzio ITA 76.200*
18. Pablo Ruiz ESP 76.150
xx. Alvaro Giraldez ESP 76.150*
19. Dmytro Dotsenko ISR 76.100
20. Nicolas Ivkic AUT 75.850
21. Luis Il-Sung Melander SWE 75.850
22. Joona Reiman FIN 75.450
xx. Alfred Schwaiger AUT 75.450*
23. Marcus Pietarinen FIN 75.400
24. Daniel Bago CZE 75.300

*Unranked in the all-around final standings due to two-per-country limitations

Team Final Results

1. Italy 158.750
2. Great Britain 158.550
3. Switzerland 158.200
4. Spain 156.850
5. Germany 156.200
6. Ukraine 155.000
7. France 154.900
8. Austria 154.250

Floor Exercise Qualification Results

1. Danny Crouch GBR 13.750
2. Amine Abaidi NED 13.550
3. Jan Imhof SUI 13.550
– Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 13.550
5. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 13.500
6. Matteo Giubellini SUI 13.450
7. Sebastian Sponevik NOR 13.400
8. Anthony Mansard FRA 13.400

R1. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 13.350
R2. Robert Gyulumyan ARM 13.300
R3. Gino Vetter AUT 13.300

Pommel Horse Qualification Results

1. Kristijonas Padegimas LTU 14.500
2. Reuben Ward GBR 13.600
3. Alfred Schwaiger AUT 13.500
4. Riccardo Villa ITA 13.450
5. Marteo Giubellini SUI 13.400
6. Daniel Mousichidis GER 13.400
7. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 13.350
8. Danny Crouch GBR 13.200

R1. Nikolaos Tsoulos GRE 13.050
R2. Kevin Buckley SLO 13.000
R3. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 13.000

Still Rings Qualification Results

1. Luis Il-Sung Melander SWE 13.60
2. Paco Fernandes Henriques FRA 13.300
3. Davide Oppizzio ITA 13.200
4. Matteo Giubellini SUI 13.200
5. Volkan Hamarat TUR 13.150
6. Daniel Hasson NED 13.100
7. Riccardo Villa ITA 13.100
8. Dmytro Prudko UKR 13.100

R1. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 13.000
R2. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 13.000
R3. Jukka Nissinen GER 12.950

Vault Qualification Results

1. Joona Reiman FIN 14.150
2. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 14.075
3. Amine Abaidi NED 13.975
4. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 13.950
5. Riccardo Villa ITA 13.875
6. Maxim Kovalenko GER 13.850
7. Daniel Carrión ESP 13.825
8. Matteo Giubellini SUI 13.825

R1. Pablo Ruiz ESP 13.725
R2. Jan Imhof SUI 13.650
R3. Sebastian Sponevik NOR 13.625

Parallel Bars Qualification Results

1. Bozhidar Zlatanov BUL 13.650
2. Radomyr Stelmakh UKR 13.600
3. Gino Vetter AUT 13.400
4. Mert Efe Kilicer TUR 13.400
– Jan Imhof SUI 13.400
6. Matteo Giubellini SUI 13.400
7. Dmytro Prudko UKR 13.400
8. Jukka Nissinen GER 13.300

R1. Erik Baghdasaryan ARM 13.250
R2. Daniel Carrión ESP 13.250
R3. Anthony Mansard FRA 13.200

High Bar Qualification Results

1. Dmytro Dotsenko ISR 13.550
2. Davide Oppizzio ITA 13.200
3. Daniel Mousichidis GER 13.000
4. Riccardo Villa ITA 12.950
– Anthony Mansard FRA 12.950
xx. Tommaso Brugnami ITA 12.900*
6. Danny Crouch GBR 12.850
7. Jukka Nissinen GER 12.850
– Daniel Carrión ESP 12.850

R1. Reuben Ward GBR 12.800
– Alvaro Giarldez ESP 12.800
R3. David Puicea ROU 12.650

*Unranked in the high bar qualification standings due to two-per-country limitations

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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