2023 European Championships | Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for for the first day of apparatus finals at the 2023 European Championships, held in Antalya, Türkiye!

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2:03 pm. Uneven Bars Final Standings

1. Alice D’Amato, Italy, 14.466
2. Becky Downie, Great Britain, 14.233
3. Elisabeth Seitz, Germany, 14.200
4. Giorgia Villa, Italy, 14.066
5. Zsofia Kovacs, Hungary, 13.933
6. Zoja Szekely, Hungary, 13.833
7. Lisa Vaelen, Belgium, 13.733
8. Naomi Visser, Netherlands, 11.800

Rings Final Standings

1. Adem Asil, Turkey, 14.933
2. Vahagn Davtyan, Armenia, 14.733
3. Eleftherios Petrounias, Greece, 14.733
4. Marco Lodadio, Italy, 14.666
5. Nikita Simonov, Azerbaijan, 14.566
6. Courtney Tulloch, Great Britain, 14.466
7. Artur Avetisyan, Armenia, 14.433
8. Sokratis Pilakouris, Cyprus, 14.233

1:58 pm. Elisabeth Seitz GER UB: Chow to Ricna, blind change to straddle Jaeger, Church to Pak I believe after, van Leeuwen, toe full, a bit rushed, to full-in, big hop forward.

1:55 pm. Courtney Tulloch GBR SR: Wasn’t typing but this was pretty excellent, a little piked down on the full-twisting double layout landed with his chest down and a step back but overall this was fab.

1:52 pm. Alice D’Amato ITA UB: Maloney to Tkachev, nice. Great handstand before the Downie to Bhardwaj. Van Leeuwen is clean. Front full to double front, little hop. Oooh! 14.466 (6.2, 8.266) – now she’s in first!

1:51 pm. Adem Asil TUR SR: Hit the first couple of elements, little adjustment in the iron cross, saltos to maltese, planche to cross, double double, tiny hop forward. 14.933 (6.3, 8.633) – now he’s in first!

1:49 pm. Lisa Vaelen BEL UB: Straddle Jaeger, stalder Tkachev caught in mixed grip to Ezhova, Maloney to Pak, van Leeuwen was nice, toe full was almost in a solid vertical, and a full-in with a hop forward. 13.733 (5.8, 7.933)

1:46 pm. Sokratis Pilakouris CYP SR: Maltese pressed to plache, short handstand on the inverted cross, planche down to maltese out to iron cross, great handstand at first but the next is a bit short, full-twisting double layout ends up a little piked down.

1:44 pm. Becky Downie GBR UB: Short slightly before the stalder full, a bit late, Tkachev in mixed grip to Ezhova, Maloney to Hindorff, a bit low, short again before the Pak, which was clean. Arched over the handstand before the van Leeuwen, slight leg separation, and sticks a deep full-in! Some GREAT fight in this, a few times where I thought she would have bigger issues. 14.233 (6.3, 7.933) – moves to first

1:42 pm. Vahagn Davtyan AR SR: Beautiful planche, iron cross pressed out to maltese, piked saltos to maltese, out to iron cross, swings up to planche, a little sway-backed in the handstand before the full-twisting double layout dismount. 14.733 (6.0, 8.733) – omg! Moves him to first!

1:38 pm. Giorgia Villa ITA UB: Lovely Tkachev to Pak to Maloney to Bhardwaj!! Super clean van Leeuwen. Hit the front pirouette and had the tiniest step on the full-in dismount. This was excellent. 14.066 (5.8, 8.266)

1:36 pm. Artur Avetisyan ARM SR: Maltese up to planche, through to maltese to iron cross, great. a little sway on the first handstand. Pike saltos to maltese, iron cross, back giant to handstand, a little wobbly, full-twisting double layout with a small step. 14.433 (6.0, 8.433)

1:34 pm. Zsofia Kovacs HUN UB: Inbar full, some form, to Chow half, a little short before the toe half to piked Jaeger, Downie to Pak, van Leeuwen, short on the full-in with a big stumble forward, ended up really short, this was a bit yikes. She didn’t hit a single handstand, most 0.1 but at least one 0.3, just a bit tired probably. 13.933 (6.2, 7.733)

1:31 pm. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE SR: Inverted planche pressed up to maltese, double front pike to inverted cross, eek, the positioning on that hold is awkward. Planche is nice, into iron cross. Pike to iron cross, great. Front giant to handstand, and a double double dismount with a big step back. 14.733 (6.3, 8.433)

1:30 pm. Zoja Szekely HUN UB: Stalder full to Chow to Pak, Maloney to Gienger was great, blind change to big Jaeger, toe full a little low to full-in with a small hop, this was excellent! 13.833 (5.9, 7.933)

1:28 pm. Marco Lodadio ITA SR: Some nice iron cross work, including out of a front pike. Front giant to handstand. Double double dismount stuck COLD. That was fantastic. 14.666 (6.3, 8.366) – also VERY low?!?!

1:25 pm. Naomi Visser NED UB: Stalder Tkachev to catch in mixed grip to Ezhova, stalder full, muscled halfway through it but good fight, to Chow to Pak, missed the toe-on had to try again into the van Leeuwen, muscled through another turn and had to turn herself around, did the same thing again and had to hop off. Gets the toe full this time into the dismount. What a bummer. 11.800 (5.7, 6.100)

1:24 pm. Nikita Simonov AZE SR: Missed typing for this but his handstand at the end was INCREDIBLE! Everything else really good. Small step on the full-twisting double layout. 14.566 (6.2, 8.366) – this seems really low?

1:05 pm. Women’s Vault Final Standings

1. Coline Devillard, France, 13.800
2. Asia D’Amato, Italy, 13.600
3. Lisa Vaelen, Belgium, 13.583
4. Sabrina Voinea, Romania, 13.083
5. Bilge Tarhan, Turkey, 12.816
6. Ceren Biner, Turkey, 12.766
7. Athanasia Mesiri, Greece, 12.750
8. Camille Rasmussen, Denmark, 12.249

Pommel Horse Final Standings

1. Rhys McClenaghan, Ireland, 14.666
2. Maxime Gentges, Belgium, 14.566
3. Artur Davtyan, Armenia, 14.266
4. Loran de Munck, Netherlands, 14.266
5. Illia Kovtun, Ukraine, 14.233
6. Yumin Abbadini, Italy, 14.166
7. Radomir Sliz, Czechia, 13.600
8. Matvei Petrov, Albania, 13.266

12:58 pm. Sabrina Voinea ROU VT: Yurchenko double full, hip and knee bend, lands awkwardly, just a bit rough throughout. 13.800 (5.0, 8.800)

Second vault is a Yurchenko half-on front pike, tucked her legs halfway through and had a big hop forward. 12.366 (3.8, 8.666, -0.1)

13.083 average

12:56 pm. Illia Kovtun UKR PH: Again wasn’t typing but he did great work. Aside from some hip pike on most of the circles and a couple of moments where he lost his leg form for a split second, also had a big split in the dismount.

12:54 pm. Athanasia Mesiri GRE VT: Yurchenko full, lands a bit short and lock-legged with a step forward and they check her out but she seems okay, thankfully! 12.800 (4.2, 8.600)

Second is a Yurchenko half-on front pike, kind of runs out of it but glad she’s okay! 12.700 (4.0, 8.700)

12.750 average

12:52 pm. Yumin Abbadini ITA PH: This was a good routine! Muscled into the dismount but no major problems really. 14.166 (5.7, 8.466)

12:49 pm. Coline Devillard FRA VT: Handspring rudi, some pike down, some leg form, a couple of steps back. 14.300 (5.4, 8.900)

REALLY clean Yurchenko full for the second vault. Step back. 13.300 (4.2, 9.100)

13.800 average moves her first!

12:46 pm. Radomir Sliz CZE PH: Scissors to circles, travels in Russians, then backwards, really nice work so far, Russians at the end into the dismount. Nice work. 13.600 (5.6, 8.000)

12:44 pm. Ceren Biner TUR VT: Yurchenko full, some pike down with a tiny hop to the side. 13.066 (4.2, 8.866)

Good landing on the tsuk tuck full. Some significant leg separation in the preflight. 12.466 (3.8, 8.666)

12.766 average

12:40 pm. Loran de Munck NED PH: Wasn’t typing for this but it was a great one!

12:36 pm. Camille Rasmussen DEN VT: Missed her block for the Yurchenko double and just does a kind of tucked timer, I’m devastated about this. 11.533 (3.0, 8.533)

Tsuk full with some leg form and a hop for the second vault. 12.966 (4.4, 8.566)

12.249 average

12:33 pm. Matei Petrov ALB PH: Starts well, one-arm swing, Russians on the single pommel, swings up for the Busnari but loses his rhythm in the pirouette and comes off. Back on for flairs, really strong, and the dismount is great as well. That was a bummer, the rest of this routine was SO good.

12:30 pm. Asia D’Amato ITA VT: Yurchenko double full, REALLY nice in the first twist but then loses a lot of form in the second. Small hop back. 14.000 (5.0, 9.000)

Yurchenko half-on front layout half, this was really strong! Just too off to the side and I believe OOB. Oh yeah, in the replay she basically lands fully out. 13.200 (4.8, 8.700, -0.3)

13.600 average

12:29 pm. Artur Davtyan ARM PH: Scissor work, one-arm swing, good circles, just loses his hip form at one moment, backwards travels, then travels in Russians, Russians at the end into the dismount, fab! 14.266 (5.7, 8.566)

12:25 pm. Bilge Tarhan TUR VT: Yurchenko full, bounce on the landing, but pretty straight in the air! 13.000 (4.2, 8.800)

Handspring pike half, some form and a little iffy on the landing. But solid enough! 12.633 (4.0, 8.633)

12.816 average

12:23 pm. Maxime Gentges BEL PH: Scissors to handstand, nice one-arm swing, lovely pirouette in the Busnari, travels in Russians, some hip form at times, but really nice into the dismount! This was great. 14.566 (6.2, 8.366)!! WOW!

12:20 pm. Lisa Vaelen BEL VT: Handspring rudi, the usual pike down and leg form, step out to the side OOB. 14.033 (5.4, 8.733, -0.1)

Strong tsuk full with a step to the side for the second vault. 13.133 (4.4, 8.733)

13.583 average

12:18 pm. Rhys McClenaghan IRL PH: The single pommel Russians were ridiculously good. Circles were really clean, transitions to Russians between the pommels, great, travels in Russians, legs come apart a bit at the end of the horse, goes well into the dismount, a slight hesitation but overall this was very strong as usual! 14.666 (6.4, 8.266)

12:16 pm. Touch warmup is coming to an end!

12:06 pm. I was watching on the BBC which was a solid 5+ minutes behind the live event. Fantastic. Switching to Eurovision I think!

12:04 pm. Floor Final Results

1. Luke Whitehouse, Great Britain, 14.900
2. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 14.666
3. Milan Hosseini, Germany, 14.200
4. Harry Hepworth, Great Britain, 14.200
5. Benjamin Osberger, France, 13.800
6. Illia Kovtun, Ukraine, 13.733
7. Lucas Desanges, France, 13.366
8. Noe Seifert, Switzerland, 12.800

12:01 pm. Lucas Desanges FRA FX: Piked double front with a hop, then a front full to double front with a big step forward OOB. Double double, big hop back. 13.366 (5.7, 7.766, -0.1)

11:57 am. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: Double twisting double layout3.5 to front layout, good. 2.5 to double front, amazing. 1.5 to rudi. Half-in half-out, not the best landing but still solid enough. 14.666 (6.1, 8.566)

11:53 am. Benjamin Osberger FRA FX: Great randi to start. Stuck the double double cold. 2.5 to front layout with a hop forward, iffy on that section. Double full clean. Front double full to front tuck full. Triple full, a little lacking in control there with a big step back. 13.800 (5.5, 8.300)

11:51 am. Noe Seifert SUI FX: Hit the double front but then sat the piked double front. 2.5 to front layout with a little hop. Hop back on the triple full. 12.800 (5.7, 7.100)

11:47 am. Luke Whitehouse GBR FX: Hit everything at the beginning, and then his last three passes were super fab, I was still setting this thingy up so not typing but this was an incredible routine. Just a step on the triple full at the end. Amazing. 14.900 (6.5, 8.400)!!!

11:46 am. Jumping into this late because I just got to LONDON! Appropriately catching up to the stream in time for a Brit.


4 thoughts on “2023 European Championships | Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog

  1. Is there a problem with vaulting equipment recently? Maybe it just feels that way because of a coincidental rise in issues at major competitions, but Camille today, Rebeca in Liverpool and Jade at Tokyo all had preflight issues where they ended up having to balk into tucked timers. Also Hezly Rivera a few weeks ago except went for her intended vault anyway and had that horrifying landing.


  2. Add Kovacs (2nd VT Qual = 0), and the JPN & US VT finalists at Jr Worlds, all 3 favorites for medals …
    I am not sur Carey is in the same category, she probably suffered from lack of warm up before competing, which should not happen now
    What was the equipment at 2023 euros ? what will it be at 2023 Worlds ?


    • The equipment was Gymnova, which is what also caused problems at junior worlds. Everyone says the table is really slippery and it makes it difficult to block. A lot of MAG had issues in addition to WAG, and from some of the top vaulters, as well. One of the U.S. junior coaches after junior worlds was like “WE HATE GYMNOVA” so that definitely seems to be the problem unfortunately.


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