European bronze in parallel bars for Diallo

Thierno Diallo won this Sunday the bronze medal in the parallels final of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in the Turkish city of Antalya, where Néstor Abad was fourth on the barre and Laura Casabuena sixth in the women’s floor final. The 22-year-old Catalan gymnast obtained a score of 14.733 (6.4 in difficulty and 8.333 in execution) in his first European final, behind the Ukrainian Illia Kovtum, who made the Ukrainian anthem sound by achieving gold with a note of 15,166, and the Turkish Ferhat Arican, who added 14,933 to hang the silver.

Thierno Diallo.
Thierno Diallo.picture allianceGetty

Diallo entered today’s final, the last day of the competition, with the fifth best grade and had been tenth in the complete competition. Olympic in Tokyo, the Catalan of Guinean origin, was silver last year in the parallels final of the World Cup in Szombathely (Hungary). In the last test of the championship, In the bar final, Néstor Abad was one step away from adding another medal for the Spanish delegation, but he finally finished in fourth place. The Spaniard had a score of 13.666, the same as the Hungarian Krisztofer Meszaros, but achieved a better score in execution than him with 8.366 and 5.3 in difficulty.

Abad, who three days ago was thirteenth in the event, was on the podium to be bronze until the Ukrainian Illia Kovtun competed, who closed the performance of the eight finalists after having been gold in parallel, and completed a great exercise with which he overtook the Spanish (13,966). The gold medal went to the Croatian Tin Srbic, silver at the Tokyo Games, with a score of 14,222, and the silver to the Italian Carlo Macchini, who added 14,200.

Nestor Abad.
Nestor Abad.OZAN ​​KOSEGetty

The other Spanish present in today’s finals was Laura Casabuena who finished sixth on the ground, with a score of 13.033 (5.2 in difficulty and 7.833 in execution). The gold went to the British Jessica Gadirova (14,000), followed by her compatriot Alice Kinsella (13,666) and the Romanian Sabrina Msneca-Voinea (13,566). The young 17-year-old gymnast from Alicante entered the final with the ninth best grade and completed her exercise to the sound of Madonna’s music and her song “Material girl” to finish sixth, a result that improves the eighth place achieved last February in the final of the World Cup event in Cottbus (Germany), where she was also sixth in the vault final.

Laura Casabuena.
Laura Casabuena.OZAN ​​KOSEAFP

In the other finals resolved this Sunday, the Dutch Sanne Wevers won the women’s balance beam (13,800), followed by the Italian Manila Esposito (13,700) and the Hungarian Zsofia Kovacs (13,700) and in the men’s competition the Armenian Artur Davtyan he was gold in the jump (15,033), followed by the British Jake Jarman (15,016) and the Ukrainian Igor Radivilov (14,750);

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By teams, Spain closes the European Championship with sixth place for the men’s team, made up of Ray Zapata, Thierno Diallo, Néstor Abad, Adrià Vera and Daniel Carrión, the same position as in the World Championships last year in Liverpool. The title went to Italy, with Turkey second and Great Britain third. Spain had Joel Plata drop out in Antalya, who is recovering from a broken femur he suffered last March due to the traffic accident the team suffered in Portugal when traveling to a competition. The women’s team, made up of Laura Casabuena, Alba Petisco, Ana Pérez, Laia Font and Maia Llacer, finished in eighth place and the victory went to Great Britain, followed by Italy for silver and the Netherlands.

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