Melanie de Jesus dos Santos wins European balance beam title in Basel

Defending men's vault champion Igor Radivilov retains title on last day of European Artistic Gymnastics Championships with big Ri vault

By ZK Goh

France's Melanie de Jesus dos Santos is the new European champion on the balance beam after pipping Olympic champ Sanne Wevers at the 2021 European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday (25 April).

De Jesus dos Santos attempted a new dismount, a double tuck full twist, for the first time, and although she nearly stepped off the mat on the landing, the difficulty score – 6.0 – led de Jesus dos Santos to France's first European crown on the apparatus, with a total score of 13.9.

Wevers was just behind on 13.866, with a clean routine ending in a Steingruber dismount.

Bronze went to Ukraine's Anastasiia Bachynska, the first reserve for the final replacing top qualifier Larisa Iordache, as she scored 13.333.

In the men's vault, defending champion Igor Radivilov of Ukraine retained his title with an average score of 14.716.

His first vault, the difficult Ri Se-gwang vault worth 6.0 points of difficulty, scored 15 points; although he took a big step back on his Tsukahara double pike second vault, he held on for victory.

Andrey Medvedev of Israel (14.643) won silver; Great Britain's Giarnni Regini-Moran (14.583) took third place.

British teenager Jessica Gadirova clinched women's floor gold in her first major senior Championships with a 13.966.

Russia's Angelina Melnikova took silver on 13.9 and Italian Vanessa Ferrari marked her return to the European Championships for the first time since 2015 with a bronze medal (13.6).

In the men's parallel bars, defending champion Ferhat Arican of Turkey (15.3) won his second straight gold on the apparatus ahead of David Belyavskiy of Russia (15.133).

There was a joint bronze medal for Lukas Dauser of Germany and Christian Baumann of Switzerland (15.1).

The final gold of the Championships went to Belyavskiy, who won his seventh European title and his first on the horizontal bar.

His 14.066 score was enough to see off Andreas Toba of Germany (13.833), while Turkey's Adem Asil completed the podium (13.766).