|Lefteris Petrounias wins Gold medal on the Rings|
Lefteris Petrounias won Gold on the Rings at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in La Roche sur Yon, France.
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, March 18, 2013: Russian gymnasts topped the medal rankings this past weekend at the 19th Internationaux de France, the first event of the 2013 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup individual apparatus series.
A total of 70 gymnasts representing 29 countries took part at the new Vendéspace arena in La Roche-sur-Yon (FRA), with four gymnasts qualifying for the final in each event. The medals were shared between 18 nations.
Russia, Italy, Greece and USA won three medals each but Russia came out on top thanks to Gold for Ksenia Afanaseva on Floor and Denis Ablyazin on Still Rings, with the latter adding Silver on Floor. Carlotta Ferlito and Vanessa Ferrari made it a one-two for Italy on Balance Beam, Ferlito taking Bronze on the Floor.
Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) tied with Ablyazin for Gold first place on Rings, while his team-mates Vasileios Tsolakidis and Vasiliki Millousi took Bronze on Parallel Bars and Balance Beam respectively. Danell Leyva and Jacob Dalton took Gold and Silver for the USA on Horizontal Bar, with Dalton also winning Bronze on Floor.
Both of the Olympic Champions from London 2012 who were taking part prevailed in their specialty events, Hungary’s Kristian Berki on Pommel Horse and South Korea’s Seon Hak Yang on Vault. Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland sprang a surprise with a double triumph on women’s Vault and Uneven Bars, and although Larisa Iordache had to withdraw at the last minute due to a minor injury her fellow Romanians, Diana Bulimar and Flavius Koczi, took Silver and Gold on women’s and men’s Floor respectively. Ryohei Kato of Japan won on Parallel Bars, with France’s Hamilton Sabot finishing fourth after a fall.
Congrats to Eleftherios Petrounias (Gold winner), Vasileios Tsolakidis and Vasiliki Millousi for Bronze on Parallel Bars and Balance Beam. You all made Hellenes worldwide proud!