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Romania Reclaims European Title
(33 votes, average 4.48 out of 5)

Romania snatched the European title back from Russia on Saturday at the 2012 Women's European Championships in Brussels.

Romania, which last won the team title in 2008, held off Russia, 176.288-175.536. 2006 champion Italy won the bronze with 171.430.

Romania grabbed the lead early with three strong double-twisting Yurchenko vaults in the first rotation. Russia, the defending champion from 2010, gave up valuable points on balance beam with a fall from first-up Anastasia Sidorova (13.066) and a wobbly set from anchor Viktoria Komova (13.966).

Neither team posted impressive scores in the second rotation, where Romania was on bars and Russia on floor. In the third rotation, Aliya Mustafina led Russia on vault with 15.133, while Catalina Ponor knocked out 15.433 on balance beam.

After missing bars in qualification, Mustafina showed her world champion form once again in the fourth rotation, scoring a meet-high 15.833. Komova's 15.766 and Anastasia Grishina's 15.333 were not enough to hold off Romania on floor. Ponor scored while 14.733 while Larisa Iordache rebounded from a missed beam routine to clinch the title for Romania with 15.033.

Great Britain, the silver medalist from 2010, took fourth with 167.763. France (164.295), Belgium (163.821), Spain (163.522) and Germany (160.497) rounded out the teams.

Competition concludes Sunday in Brussels with the junior and senior apparatus finals.

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dragonair said:

Yes, go Romania! hopefully they'll beat Russia at olympics as well and win at least bronze behind USA & China.
I don't have anything against Russians, I'm a big fan of Mustafina & Komova, but Romanians were always my favorite team.
May 12, 2012
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