Nina Derwael Retains Her Uneven Bars Title At The 2018 Europeans

The top two contenders participated back to back in 2nd and 3rd place, first up Nina Derwael and her routine was improve from the qualification round. Next Jonna Adlerteg, who had qualified first but unlike qualifications, had more execution errors like leg separation. So it was evident even before the scores flashed that she would not place first but that she would remain second.

The battle for bronze was fierce. Uliana Perebinosova who had qualified third had a wild Ezhova that she managed to save but it was going to be enough to leave her out of the medals. Then Kim Bui performed one of her accustomed bars routines to get into a provisional third but there was still one gymnast left to perform.

Angelina Melnikova faced immense pressure, she was the last one up, and she had the responsibility in her shoulders of continuing the Russian tradition on bars. She had the routine that could do it but needed to perform it perfectly and she did, particularly her Maloney to Pak to Van Leeuwen combination to give the final a big moment of suspense.

We are happy to say that in this final no one fell, Angelina Melnikova took 3rd place to continue the Russian tradition on bars, Jonna Adlerteg won her second silver 5 years after her first medal (2013) and Nina Derwael retained her European Bars Title.

The performances in detail

First up Juliette Bossu (FRA). She arched her back while on the low bar but the rest was good particularly her piked Jeager into Pak and her stuck double front dismount. While a good routine overall because of the early mistake she was out of contention for a medal. (5.9 difficulty, 14.100)

Next up the defending European Champion Nina Derwael (BEL) and she executed her Nabieva perfectly to continue with a breathtaking routine (Derwael-Fenton to Chow to Pak) that looked better than in qualification for a 6.3 difficulty and a 14.733

Next up her nearest rival, Jonna Adlerteg (SWE), who qualified in first place. She had a bit of leg separation issues in some skills like her Pak and a slight hesitation in the high bar. The execution was not as clean as Nina Derwael so even before her score flashed we knew she would not surpass Derwael. She scored a 14.533 (6.2 difficulty)

Lorette Charpy (FRA) worked very cleanly with an impressive Ricna to Pak, to find redemption after her fall in the team final. However, her difficulty was set to leave her behind (5.8 difficulty, 14.133)

Uliana Perebisnova (RUS) had a wild Ezhova and although she managed to control it the final was so tight that her 14.166 (6.1 difficulty) was not expected to remain in the top three.

Kelly Simm (GBR) had a nice routine (toe-on full to Ray, Ricna to Pak) to find a bit of redemption after her beam falls in the team competition, but her overall difficulty was low for a 14.066.

Kim Bui (GER), the 29 year-old veteran performed a piked Jeager into Pak, her Bhardwaj gave her a bit of trouble, toe-on full into Geinger and full twisting double tuck for a 14.200 and a provisional 3rd place with a Russian gymnast still to go, so not so sure she could keep the placement.

A lot of pressure for Angelina Melnikova to perform last knowing she had a real chance of a medal. And she lived up to every expectation performing what is perhaps the best bars routine of her career. She connected the Maloney to Pak to Van Leeuwen to gain valuable connection value, had a piked Jeager and a toe-on full into full twisting double tuck to take the bronze medal with a 14.366

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