And apparently, the next big meet is not for another 4 years.
Sorry, Antwerp World Championships, no one cares about you.
Anyway, in case you missed the European Championships, here are the results:
- David Belyavskiy, Russia– 89.799
- Max Whitlock, Great Britain– 89.106
- Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine– 88.398
- Oleg Stepko, Ukraine– 88.098
- Daniel Purvis, Great Britain– 86.732
Over the next few days, I'll be bringing you my recap of the all-around competition--one gymnast at a time. Let's get started, shall we?
1. David Belyavskiy
No one knows how to bend over quite like David Belyavskiy. Woof.
By that, I mean the boy has one mean pike. Have you seen his Lu Yu Fu (Tsuk double pike) on vault?
Unfortunately, at the beginning of the meet, his booty moves were not good enough to put him in the lead. After two events (vault and parallel bars), David was leading Oleg Verniaiev by 0.167. That lead, however, was gone after David's boring-as-tuck high bar routine. For reals though, that routine is boring. In case you haven't seen it, it consists of a metric butt load of giants, a couple of Endos, a Stalder, a Tkatchev, and his hardest combination is an Adler with a full pirouette into a Yamawaki--the most unimaginative combination being done on men's high bar today.
If David's high bar routine were a potential boyfriend, I would not go on a second date with it. Heck, I might not even go on a first date with it. But when it comes to David's floor routine… Hot diggity dog! I'd put out on the first date!
David opened the routine with a baller Kolyvanov, which is a legit F skill. Like, no one does that skill. (Without doing extensive online research, I can think of only a couple gymnasts who have performed the pass in the last year or so, and they are Alexander Shatilov and Enrique Tomás González Sepúlveda. Did I miss anyone?)
On top of that, he does an Arabian double front with a half out AS A SIDE PASS!
Oh, and if that weren't enough, a split second later, David Belyavskiy made me the happiest man alive when he did an old school turn into a prone fall… Watch it. Love it. Salivate all over it.
Viva la artistry!
Though he ended the routine with a customary (read: boring) triple twist and though it looked like Mustafina had been giving him pro tips on his twisting technique, David pulled back into the lead, scoring a 15.266.
David followed up a gymgasmic floor rotation with a decent pommel rotation. Sure, there were errors: he had a few form breaks, and he missed his handstand at the beginning of the routine. But seeing as Jake Dalton won the American Cup with a 13.333 earlier in the year, a 14.900 is not that shabby, and with that score, David kept himself in the hunt for all-around gold. Oh, and not to mention, he does one of the coolest pommel skills in the Code of Points. It's called a Sohn, which is basically a full circle on one pommel on one hand. You can see it at the 1:50 mark below:
Then, it was on to rings. Could the European Union of Gymnastics have picked a more anticlimactic event to end on? Yes, rings are impressive for the feats of strength performed on them, but with this bunch of all-arounders, there aren't many feats of strength to be had. It's like a Swingers Anonymous Meeting.
David's rings routine had an uprise to a lopsided straddle planche in addition to a "whip it" cross, both of which incorporate swinging. On top of that, he did the usual swinging elements: a Yamawaki (front double tuck between the rings), a Jonasson (front double pike between the rings), and a few swings to handstand. Overall, the routine was nothing special, but it was not entirely boring. It was like watching the Phelps on vault in 1996; I don't love it; I don't hate it; it's just kind of there.
All in all, despite a boring high bar and a "meh" rings rotation, I have to say that David was the most consistent gymnast across the board, and I'm okay with the fact that he was ranked number one--not only on the medal stand, but in our hearts, as well. (That line was cheesy enough for a Hallmark card.) David deserved all the gold medals in the world when he got all Ryan-Gosling sensitive on us and started tearing up during the awards ceremony.
Max Whitlock Recapped
Oleg Verniaiev Recapped