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On Thursday competition will begin at Mersin’s Gymnastics Hall. It’s the first time Turkey will host the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics European Championships!
16 Federations are travelling to Turkey to challenge for the continental titles. A total of 88 gymnasts are scheduled to compete: 42 juniors and 46 seniors.
Who to watch?
Fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting the return to competition of Romanian star Larisa Iordache, the 2012 and 2014 European Champion on floor, and the 2013 European Champion on beam, who was sidelined by injury since tearing her Achilles tendon at the 2017 World Championships. She’s joined by teammates Daniela Trica and junior standouts Silviana Sfiringu, Ioana Stanciulescu and Antonia Duta who will make their senior debut. Ukraine is relying on the experience of Angelina Radivilova, Anastasia Bachynska and Diana Varinska, mixed with the talent of Anastasia Motak and Yelizaveta Hubareva. The Hungarian women will look to follow in the successful footsteps of their male compatriots last week as they line up Zoja Szekely, 2017 Vice-European Champion Zsofia Kovacs, Mirtill Makovits, Dorina Boeczoego and Csenge Bacskay while the host nation’s team is lead by Goksu Uctas Sanli.
Some individuals to keep your eye on are Aneta Holasova (CZE), Elisa Haemmerle (AUT), Marina Nekrasova (AZE), Elina Vihrova (LAT), Lihie Raz (ISR), Ana Derek (CRO) and many more!
Of course, all gymnasts are looking to excel in Mersin after a long period of uncertainty and we wish every single gymnast loads of success.
In the junior qualifications, 3 to 5 gymnasts make up the team. 4 gymnasts can compete on each apparatus with the 3 best scores counting towards the team total. The final standing after the qualification day crowns the all-around and team medallists. The top 8 per apparatus, with a maximum of 2 per country, advance to the apparatus finals.
In the senior qualifications, 3 to 5 gymnasts make up the team, 4 gymnasts can compete on each apparatus with the 3 best scores counting towards the team total. The top 6 teams advance to the team final where 3 gymnasts will compete on each apparatus with all scores counting. The top 8 per apparatus, with a maximum of 2 per country, advance to the apparatus finals.
Schedule (all times listed are in Mersin local time)
Thursday 17 December
14:45 – 16:25 Senior qualifications – subdivision 1
16:45 – 18:25 Senior qualifications – subdivision 2
Friday 18 December
14:00 – 15:40 Junior qualifications & Team and AA final – subdivision 1
16:00 – 17:40 Junior qualifications & Team and AA final – subdivision 2
Followed by all-around and team award ceremonies
Saturday 19 December
15:15 Opening Ceremony
15:30 – 17:15 Senior team FINAL
Followed by award ceremony and SmartScoring Shooting Star award
Sunday 20 December
10:00 – 13:00 Junior apparatus FINALS
15:00 – 17:45 Senior apparatus FINALS
How to follow the competition?
The competition will be held behind closed doors with a livestream of the entire event available free of charge around the globe.
A livestream of the senior finals is available on https://www.eurovisionsports.tv/europeangymnastics/ thanks to our partner Eurovision. The junior finals and both junior and senior qualifications will be streamed on gymtv.online thanks to our scoring partner SmartScoring. You can follow the live scoring on gymtv.online
As usual European Gymnastics will provide start lists, results, interviews, quotes, photos, videos and competition reports on its website and social media.
Results of past championships are available on our website.
Official hashtag of the event: #Mersin2020