20 Cool Facts from the 2017 Europeans in Cluj-Napoca

1. The first European Championships took place in Bucharest in 1957, this is only the second time Romania hosts the European Championships.

2. Sonia Iovan, one of the two individual medallists for Romania in 1957, was a guest of honour at the competition; she was born in Cluj-Napoca.

3. Elissa Downie is the first ever British European all-around champion.

4. Elissa Downie is only the third British gymnast to win a gold medal after Elizabeth Tweddle and her own sister Rebecca Downie.

5. Zsofia Kovac’s silver in the all-around is the first medal in the all-around for Hungary since Henrietta Onodi won bronze in 1990.

6. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos’ medal is the first medal in the all-around for France since Marine Debauve’s gold medal in 2005.

7. Boglarka Devai’s bronze on vault is the first medal for Hungary on vault since 1998 when Adrienn Nyeste won the gold medal.

8. Coline Devilard became France’s first ever European Vault Champion

9. First competition since the Rio 2016 Olympics for Maria Paseka

10. In the vault final the first four gymnasts did the exact same pair of vaults

11. In the vault final the first four gymnasts did double twisting Yurchenkos that scored the exact same: 14.400

12. Teja Belak celebrated her 23rd birthday the day the vault final was contested

13. Nina Derwael’s gold medal is only the second medal ever for a Belgian gymnast after Aagje Vanwalleghem’s bronze on vault in 2005

14. The only defending European Champion from last year was Rebecca Downie who won gold on bars in 2016 but sadly injured her elbow after a fall on her Geinger release in the bars final.

15. Because Rebecca Downie was injured in the uneven bars final she was forced to withdraw from the beam final and there was a tie for gymnasts qualified in 9th Zsofia Kovacs and Claudia Fragapane, they both advanced to the beam final which meant the final had an unusual number of finalists: 9

16. The beam final featured two Olympic Beam Gold Medalists (Catalina Ponor, 2004 & Sanne Wevers, 2016) as well as one former European Beam Champion (Larisa Iordache, 2013)

17. Fifth European Beam title for Catalina Ponor she had previously won in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2012

18. The oldest European Medalist was Catalina Ponor who is currently 29 years old and the youngest was Yelena Yeremina who is only 15

19. The most decorated gymnast of the European Championships was Elissa Downie with:

  • Gold: All-Around
  • Silver: Vault & Floor
  • Bronze: Uneven Bars

20. Medal count

  1. Great Britain: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
  2. Russia: 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  3. Romania: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  4. France: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  5. Hungary: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  6. The Netherlands: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  7. Belgium: 1 Gold
  8. Germany: 1 Bronze


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