Belgium emerged as the most successful nation in the individual apparatus finals as women’s artistic gymnastics action concluded today at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Nina Derwael won the uneven bars gold medal, defending the title she won last year, and then within the hour also won a silver medal on the balance beam at the SSE Hydro.
She won the uneven bars final with a total of 14.733 points, beating Sweden’s Jonna Adlerteg by a margin of 0.200.
Russia’s Angelina Melnikova, who competed in three finals today, rounded out the podium with 14.366 points.
Derwael finished runner-up to Olympic champion Sanne Wevers of The Netherlands in the balance beam, finishing on 13.600 points to her rivals 13.900.
France’s Marine Boyer completed the top three with 13.166 points.
Reigning world champion Pauline Schaefer of Germany fell off the beam on her signature move, a half-twisting side somersault, and finished in sixth place.
"It was really difficult," Derwael said in reflecting on her day.
"I didn't really smile when I was on the medal podium for bars.
"I was happy but I knew I still had to do a balance beam final.
"After getting my medal for the uneven bars, I went straight to the beam final.
"That was hard, but I am very happy.
"To win two European medals is just great."
In the floor exercise, Derwael’s team-mate Axelle Klinckaert won the bronze medal with an intriguing Harry Potter-themed routine.
France’s Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos stepped up last and outperformed all the gymnasts who had gone before her to win the gold medal with 13.766 points.
Romania’s Denisa Golgota finished in the runners-up spot with 13.600 points.
Defending champion Melnikova ended up in sixth place out of eight competitors.
The gold medal on vault was won by Hungary’s Boglárka Dévai, who was the first to compete and had to wait for all the other gymnasts before she knew she had won with 14.349 points.
Melnikova won the silver medal with 14.233 points, while Golgota came away with the bronze with 14.166.
Earlier today, the juniors apparatus finals were contested with Italy’s Giorgia Villa the dominant force courtesy of a gold medal on the balance beam and silvers on the vault and floor exercise.
Villa won the balance beam event with 13.633 points and was followed in the standings by Great Britain’s Amelie Morgan, second with 13.466, and fellow Italian Elisa Iorio, third with 13.133.
The gold medal on vault was won by another Italian, Asia D'Amato, with 14.233 points, beating Villa by 0.17.
Morgan took the bronze medal with 13.966 points.
Romania’s Ioana Stanciulescu came out on top in the floor exercise with 13.433 points, exactly one more than runner-up Villa.
Third place went to Morgan with 12.900 points.
The uneven bars gold medal was won by Russia’s Kseniia Klimenko, who prevailed with 14.333 points.
Compatriot Irina Komnova finished second with 14.266 points, while France’s Carolann Heduit came third with 14.133.
Artistic gymnastics action at Glasgow 2018 is due to resume on Thursday (August 9) with the men’s team qualification scheduled.