samedi 24 avril 2021

2021 Euros : Jutta Verkest 10th, Luka Van den Keybus 15th in the all-around final

The European Championships all-around finals took place this Friday. Last minute entry Jutta Verkest impressed and finished 10th. Luka Van den Keybus is 15th.

It was withdrawal after another before the Women's all-around final. France's Marine Boyer was replaced by her teammate Sheyen Petit, Italy's Vanessa Ferrari by Naomi Visser and Romania's Larisa Iordache by Hungary's Csenge Maria Bacskay. 

But it is following the withdrawal of Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, 30 minutes before the start of the final, that Jutta Verkest was suddenly set to compete. And she did so magnificently, taking the 10th place with a total score of 52.132, thanks to an astounding beam routine. Forgot the falls in qualifications, Jutta got 13.500, 3 points better than on Wednesday. 

Favourite after the qualifying round, Angelina Melnikova (Russia) fell twice but still managed to clinch the silver medal (55.432). Her teammate Vitkoria Listunova, 15 years old and Juniors world all-around champion in 2019, takes the gold (56.731). Great Britain's Jessica Gadirova takes the bronze (55.100).

On the Men's side, Belgium was represented by Luka Van den Keybus, whom stayed in th top 10 for a great deal of the final, thanks to stellar performances on floor (14.033), vault (13.833) and parallel bars (13.900). He was even in 8th place before the last apparatus, pommel horse, an event that wasn't kind to him (11.800). With 79.065, Luka takes the 15th place.

Without surprise, Russia's Nikita Nagornyy takes the gold and retains his title for the second time in a row after 2019. With 88.032, he'll be the one to beat at the Olympics in a few months.

He's joined on the podium by his teammate David Belyavskiy (85.864) and young Ukrainian star Illia Kovtun (84.864), 3rd at the 2019 Juniors World Championships.

All the results can be found here.

The apparatus finals will take place on Saturday at 13:30 and on Sunday at 13:00. You can follow them live on Eurovision.

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