Artistic Gymnastics

Angelina Melnikova wins European uneven bars title in Basel

Russian gymnast takes third medal of Championships; compatriot Nikita Nagornyy also wins gold and two silvers.

By ZK Goh ·

Angelina Melnikova took home her fourth career European gold medal on Saturday (24 April) after triumphing on the uneven bars 2021 European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Basel.

The Rio 2016 team silver medallist won her third medal of the meet following all-around silver and vault bronze.

Russia's Melnikova, one of the stars of the Olympic Channel series All Around, scored 14.500 to edge out teammate Vladislava Urazova (14.333).

Amerlie Morgan of Great Britain (14.100) claimed the bronze medal.

Melnikova's compatriot Nikita Nagornyy won his second title of the Championships after triumphing in the men's floor exercise final.

The Russian improved on his qualification 15.066 score with a superb routine that included his new eponymous Nagornyy skill, a triple back pike somersault.

Nagornyy scored 15.166, raising his difficulty to a 6.8 from the 6.6 in qualification.

Hosts Switzerland took silver as Benjamin Gischard scored 14.966; Italy's Nicola Bartolini took bronze (14.666).

There was more joy for the Swiss as Giulia Steingruber won the women's vault final, averaging 14.824 across her two attempts.

It was her first European title on the apparatus in five years, with her last triumph also coming on home soil in Berne in 2016.

Great Britain's Jessica Gadirova (14.466) won silver and Melnikova of Russia (14.416) took bronze.

Meanwhile, Nagornyy added to his all-around and floor golds with a silver in the men's pommel horse.

Armenia's Artur Davtyan won gold ahead of him, while Briton Joe Fraser clinched the bronze medal.

Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrouias won his fifth European title and his first since 2018 with a supreme performance on the still rings.

The Greek had the hardest routine on rings with a 6.3 difficulty and his total of 15.400 was nearly four-tenths clear of Nagornyy (15.033), who took a second silver of the day.

Italian Salvatore Maresca (14.900) rounded out the podium.

Defending European champion Ibrahim Colak of Turkey was fifth.