It was a great Swedish day at the European Team Gymnastics Championships as the three Swedish teams won medals. The gold for the mixed, the gold and the silver for the women who have the same points they got from Iceland.
Gold for the mixed team
The mixed team made the best possible start to the competition. All gymnasts put their hopes in a very safe way on the first branch. This was followed by a very beautiful freestyle as they advanced through the qualifiers. The finish in the touchdown was completely flawless and the overall score of 54,550 was enough gold for the mixed team. Britain won the silver, ahead of Finland, who won the bronze.
– It feels so great. We joined as a team and supported and encouraged each other. We did what we were supposed to do and went all the way. I am so pleased with all, that we both went in and did our absolute best. It’s fun to push the boundaries and show what we ladies can do,” says Nicole Hosseini, who competes on the mixed team and was one of three girls from Sweden to compete for the first time on the tri-volt in an international tournament. The other two are Isabella Ineos and Lola Woody on the women’s team.
Silver medal for women who are on the same points with Iceland
The stand alone was the women’s first branch in the European Championship final and what a start they got with the incredibly synchronized stand alone where the odds were as it should be. In the next branch, the Swedes faltered and the Swedish ladies showed up hard and good-looking gymnastics. When the Icelandic ladies did well, too, came the decision to stand in the last branch. Sweden suffered some defeats in the jump and Iceland, who have always been strong in finals, faltered. Both teams finished with the same score of 57,250 and had to be separated by branch wins. When Iceland scored higher than Sweden in freestyle and jump, the gold medal went to the Icelanders.
– It was sour. We were hungry for gold today. Our focus has always been to get in and have fun together and that’s when we give our best performance, as Kia Sehagen commented on the women’s team after competition.
Sweden’s gold medal in the men’s category
The guys started the final in the freestyle and did a really good program as they raised the score in qualifying. The second branch was falling apart which is also a good thing. The tournament ended on the trampoline and with a full dump and a great jump, the total score was 61,350, which led to Sweden taking the gold. It was finally a clear victory for Sweden ahead of Iceland who finished second and Great Britain brought home the bronze.
I hurt myself in the fall today and I am very proud of the way the team has changed, coming in and presenting. They solved it great, that’s the hat! There is a lot of confidence in the team, and I don’t want to do that with anyone other than the ones here today,” says Patrick Gustafson who competes on the men’s team and is also a Smartscoring Shooting Star. He received the award for how he has worked to get back into the jump again after suffering with “missing skills syndrome” for so long and is a good role model.
During the European Championships, the All Star Team was also named and the following Swedish gymnasts were nominated:
- Daredevil Ladies: Agnes Arvidson and Evelina Rosengren
- Ladies jump: Nicole Hosseini
- Independent Men: Teddy Orsen
- Men’s Trumpet: Elias Gustafsson and Victor Emanuelson
Congratulations on a great European Championship and JEM!
Photo: Filippo Tomasi
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