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Focus Key for Seitz in Europeans Silver
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After winning the German women's first European championships all-around medal since 1985, Elisabeth Seitz told IG that focus was her key to earning silver in the closing moments of the competition. Pictured: Silver medalist Seitz, gold medalist Anna Dementyeva (Russia) and bronze medalist Amelia Racea (Romania)

After winning the German women's first European championships all-around medal since 1985, Elisabeth Seitz told IG that focus was her key to earning silver in the closing moments of the competition.

Seitz placed second all-around to Russia's Anna Dementyeva at the Europeans that took place April 6-10 in Berlin. The German competed first on floor exercise in the final rotation, although she said she was expecting to compete last.

Seitz said she anticipated the start order in the final rotation to remain as it had been for the first three rotations, in which she was scheduled to perform right after Russia's Aliya Mustafina. Mustafina, who injured her knee on vault in the first rotation, was scheduled to compete last on floor exercise. (The official start list, printed before the beginning of the all-around final, indicated that Seitz would compete first and Mustafina would compete last on floor exercise.)

Seitz referred to the confusing start of the fourth rotation, when the announcer called Hungary’s Dorina Boczogo to compete first. Boczogo was scheduled to perform second, after Seitz, according to the start list printed before the start of the competition. After some discussion at the officials' table, the announcer stated that Seitz would compete first.

The crowd perhaps anticipated that Seitz would replace Mustafina as the final performer in the rotation, since she followed Mustafina in competition order in the first three rotations. They responded with jeers.

"I was just focused on my routine, but I didn't understand why I had to go first," Seitz told IG in Berlin. "Because on bars and beam, it was the normal rotation, just without Mustafina. Then on floor it was like this. It was a bit crazy, but I just concentrated on my routine, and that was good."

Read complete coverage of the 2011 European Championships in the May 2011 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe, click here.

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