9 Jul 2018

Eight gymnasts to look out for at Glasgow 2018

The European Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Glasgow 2018 will be an unmissable opportunity to see Europe's elite gymnasts showcase their range of talents, while a team event will see countries compete for one of European Gymnastics' most coveted titles.

Tickets for gymnastics events at Glasgow 2018 can be purchased here - www.Glasgow2018.com/bethere-gymnastics

With around 600 athletes descending on The SSE Hydro this summer we've shortlisted eight that stand a high chance of having a medal draped around their neck!

Becky Downie - Great Britain

The two-time European bars champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on uneven bars, Britain’s Becky Downie comes to Glasgow in search of more European glory.

With a total of 21 medals in the last four years ranging from domestic to World titles, Downie will be pushing to add to her collection at The SSE Hydro.

An uneven bars specialist, don't bet against Downie gaining her third European title in Glasgow.

Nina Derwael - Belgium

Nina Derwael became the first Belgian gymnast to win a European medal when she won the uneven bars title at the 2017 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

She also became the first Belgian to win a world championship medal in the same discipline when she won bronze in Montreal, Canada in 2017.

This year, she won a gold medal on uneven bars at the Doha World Cup, and she'll be hoping to continue her growing success with another European title in Glasgow.

Pauline Schaefer - Germany

Germany’s Pauline Schaefer hasn't tasted European title success just yet but she has dominated German competition for the last four years.

She comes off an impressive gold medal at last year’s World Championships in Montreal on the balance beam.

The 21-year-old from Chemnitz won a bronze the last time she was in Glasgow at the 2015 World Championship - will history repeat itself on the European stage?

Sanne Wevers - Netherlands

Sanne Wevers is one of the more experienced gymnasts coming to Glasgow this summer, having competed as a senior since 2007.

She was the first Dutch female gymnast to become an individual Olympic champion, winning the balance beam gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

She was also the 2015 World Championship silver medallist on the balance beam and 2015 European Championships bronze medallist on uneven bars.

This year she has won a Dutch Championships' gold and will come to Glasgow as an extremely strong candidate for more success on the European stage.

David Belyavskiy – Russia

Russian artistic gymnast David Belyavskiy is a two-time Olympic medallist, a five-time European champion and 13-time European medallist.

His breakthrough year was 2016 when, at the European Championships, he was the most decorated gymnast at the event, winning gold on parallel bars, bronze on high bar, silver on pommel horse and he also came fourth on the floor

His success at the Europeans earned him the Longines prize for Elegance. Later that year he went on to win silver in the team final and bronze on the parallel bars at the Olympics in Rio.

Belyavskiy comes to Glasgow having enjoyed a good 2017, wining silver on the pommel horse and bronze on the parallel bars at the World Championships in Montreal and gold on the pommel horse and bronze on the horizontal bar at the European Championships.

The Russian gymnast is so renowned for his skills on the parallel bars that the double front dismount from the bars is named after him. You’ll be sure to see one in Glasgow this summer!

Epke Zonderland – Netherlands

The Flying Dutchman, Epke Zonderland, comes to Glasgow with a wealth of success behind him.

A gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London made Zonderland the first Dutch gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics and propelled him forward in the sport.

Further gold medals at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014, as well as silver at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, he comes to the Europeans in Glasgow in fine form.

Zonderland comes from a family of gymnasts. His two brothers, Herre and Johan, and his sister, Geeske, are also international athletes, and having started gymnastics at the age of four it is easy to see why he has accomplished so much.

Max Whitlock MBE - Great Britain

Max Whitlock is the most successful gymnast in British history, winning 11 gold medals ranging from Commonwealth to Olympic.

Two gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics saw him become Britain’s first ever Olympic champion in artistic gymnastics, adding to his three Olympic bronze medals.

Glasgow seems to be somewhat of a fortress for the 25-year-old, winning gold in the all-round event and in the floor exercises at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as gold at the 2015 World Championships on the pommel horse, a title he defended last year in Montreal.

Whitlock has also won three European gold medals in the past five years and, with his track record in Glasgow, you’d be brave to bet against him adding to his tally.

Eleftherios Petrounias - Greece

Petrounias has earned the nickname Lord of the Rings for his unstoppable efforts on the still rings.

The 27-year-old from Nea Smyrni won Olympic gold in Rio 2016, which made him just the third Greek gymnast in Olympic history to win the still rings title, the first was over one hundred years ago at the 1896 Olympics in Athens.

Prior to the Olympics, Petrounias won two golds and a bronze in the European Championships and a gold in the 2015 World Championships.

He has since defended his European and World titles, cementing his spot at the top of the chain in the still rings event and claiming the label of the ‘Lord of the Rings.’

It would be extremely difficult to look passed the Olympic champion but he will be tested to his limits with stiff European opposition in Glasgow this summer.

Tickets range from £7.50 - £20 and can be found at: www.Glasgow2018.com/bethere-gymnastics