4 gymnasts that should medal at European Championships

vault

With Giulia, Paseka and Ellie Downie out, this opens up a window of opportunity for the other event specialists. I have high hopes for Boglarka Devai, who won European bronze last year and has upgraded her second vault. If she can execute her double-twisting yurchenko and her Cheng cleanly, the vault title is well within her reach. The thing is, she hasn’t hit her new vault in competition, so it will be all or nothing if she goes for it.

Other challengers for the vault podium are Coline Devillard, Tisha Volleman, Teja Belak and one of the Russians. Their start values are a couple of tenths lower, but they might outscore Devai execution-wise. In any case, the gold is up for grabs.

 

unevenbarsThere’s only one gymnast we really need to talk about, isn’t it? Not only has she hit all her uneven bars routines this year, she even threw in some crazy upgrades too. With a massive difficulty of 6.5 and multiple scores of 15+, Nina Derwael is ready for that second European title.

And there aren’t even that many others who can challenge her. The Russians, Diana Varinska, Becky Downie and Georgia-Mae Fenton will try to come close, but Nina is undoubtedly the best bar worker in Europe right now.

 

balancebeamBeam is always the hardest to predict and it’s even more difficult this year, since the judges have awarded very few gymnasts top scores on this event. Marine Boyer is one of a handful who’ve been able to score 14+ internationally. Her 6.1 D-score and 90% hit rate this season will quite possibly earn France a spot on the podium.

Her biggest rival is Olympic beam champion Sanne Wevers. Unlike Marine, Sanne has only started competing last month at the Dutch Championships, where she gained confidence with a 14.367 score in the event finals. At the Heerenveen Friendly two weeks ago, she performed even better and received a 14.750, which is one of the best scores in the world right now.

 

floorexerciseOut of all the good floor workers, I’d like to see Lara Mori leave Glasgow with a medal around her neck. She’s been a steady presence in both Italian and international competitions ever since she joined the senior ranks in 2014, yet she hasn’t received enough recognition for it. After her sixth-place finish in the Montreal floor final and her gold medal at the recent Mediterranean Games, she should be able to keep up her level of consistency and end up with bronze at least. It’d be the crowning glory after years of hard work.

With a bit of luck, Angelina Radivilova (former name Kysla) might just be competing by her side. Even though she only started competing floor again last November, she could fight for the medals with a routine of a 5.6 difficulty and a whip-whip-double arabian as a highlight.

 

• Special mention •

I just can’t leave her out. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos should just win the European all-around title, but there’s no such thing this year. Instead I want her to qualify for the UB/BB/FX finals and sneak into the top three, or lead her squad to European team gold. Either one.

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