11 Aug 2018

Head-to-head battles in prospect on last day of gymnastics competition

The men's gymnastics competition concludes at The SSE Hydro on Sunday with six apparatus titles to be won - floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.

One of the most anticipated contests comes in the second final, pommel horse. Teenager Rhys McClenaghan (IRL) is up against world and Olympic champion Max  Whitlock (GBR), whom he beat at the Commonwealth Games in April. He will also take on the defending European champion David Belyavskiy (RUS).

McClenaghan (IRL), who qualified for the final with the highest score, said

I've watched the Europeans since I was eight years old, every year, so it's pretty crazy to think that I'll be competing against the likes of David Belyavskiy and Max Whitlock.

Rings features defending champion Eleftherios Petrounias(GRE). The supreme master of this apparatus, Petrounias is Olympic, world and three-times European champion. His combination of brute strength and sheer artistry is a sight to behold. But he faces a strong challenge from Courtney Tulloch (GBR), who qualified for the final in second place, and Ibrahim Colak of Turkey.

Elsewhere, two Israeli gymnasts qualified in top spots for both floor and vault finals - Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) and Andrey Medvedev (ISR) respectively.

Top qualifier on the parallel bars David Belyavskiy (RUS) is the man to beat here - he earned the single highest score across all events in qualifying - 15.533.

Competition concludes on high bar where the star Epke Zonderland (NED) - a former world and Olympic champion on this event - is the top qualifier. His spectacular routines have earned him the nickname ‘The Flying Dutchman’.