SIX must-see Gymnastics events to enjoy at Glasgow 2018

Flying high: Dutch Olympic champion Sanne Wevers won a silver medal in Glasgow at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and will be keen to wow Scottish crowds again at Glasgow 2018.

Europe’s best gymnasts are coming to Scotland this August as we host the 2018 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro.

Gymnastics is one of six sports taking place across the country as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, a brand new multi-sport event featuring the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon plus a new European Golf Team Championships.

Glasgow’s SSE Hydro will host Gymnastics competition - featuring men’s and women’s senior and junior events - from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 12 August. Tickets start from just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (including under 16s and over 60s) – BUY HERE

There are 26 medal events to go and see at The SSE Hydro so you won’t be short on choices. But in case you can’t make up your mind, here are the top 6 must-see Gymnastics moments to experience at Glasgow 2018:

#1 – Women’s Team Final – Sat 4 Aug – 12:45pm -15:15pm
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This is your chance to see all of your favourite female gymnasts in one exhilarating competition. The top 8 teams from the qualifying competition will compete for scores across the four apparatus of vault, uneven bars, beam and floor. The country with highest score total takes gold. Russia successfully defended their title in 2016 but will have to ward off competition from Great Britain’s women who have won silver in the past two events.

#2 – Men’s Senior Rings Final – Sun 12 Aug – 2.15pm to 6.30pm
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The rings final is one of the most competitive apparatus events in men’s gymnastics, especially on the European stage. The current Olympic, World and European champion is Greek athlete Eleftherios Petrounias – who is nicknamed ‘Lord of the Rings’. Competition for Petrounias at Glasgow2018 could come from a number of areas with Russia’s Denis Ablyazin, Frenchman Samir Ait Said and the UK’s very own Courtney Tulloch all capable of upsetting the odds on any given day. Whoever takes the title at the SSE Hydro it’s certain to be an exciting Sunday of action. Ticket also includes men’s floor, pommel horse, high bar and vault finals.

#3 – Junior Women’s competition– Fri 3 Aug – 9.45am to 10.15pm
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The European Junior Women’s Championships is a golden opportunity to see the next generation before they go on to medal success. The likes of Ellie Downie, Larisa Iordache and Sophie Scheder have all won gold at junior level before springing to senior success and this is your chance to say ‘I was there’ when the next Olympic-champion emerges from the junior ranks. With events throughout the day, including women’s team final and all around final, and tickets starting from just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, it’s a great day out for the family to enjoy.

#4 – Women’s Beam Final – Sun 5 Aug – 2.15pm to 5.30pm
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If watching athletes perform intricate acrobatic manoeuvres on a platform the width of a paperback book sounds exciting, then this is the event for you! Around nine gymnasts will compete for the highest scores, being careful to avoid any penalties for lapses in control, stumbles or poor technique. Last year’s European beam title went to Romania’s Catalina Ponor but with Ponor now retired Dutch Olympic champion Sanne Wevers or French youngster Marine Boyer could be among those aiming for the gold. Ticket also includes women’s vault, uneven bars and floor finals.

#5 – Men’s Team Final – Sat 11 Aug – 12.45pm to 3.45pm
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This hotly contested event will see the best men’s teams in Europe compete for glory across six apparatus – floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars. Russia have won gold in the past two championships but this has been a successful event for Great Britain’s men too – who have won three silvers and a gold (2012) since 2010. A strong and versatile squad is vital and all of Europe’s top gymnastics nations are likely to have their eyes on this prize.

#6 – Junior Men’s competition – Fri 10 Aug – 9.45am to 10pm
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At the 2014 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, a then up-and-coming Nile Wilson gave a storming performance in the junior competition winning gold in the all-around, team final and in three apparatus finals. Just two years later, Nile became the first British gymnast to win Olympic bronze on the horizontal bar. This story has been replicated on numerous occasions, with Max Whitlock, Pablo Braegger and Louis Smith all showing potential at junior level before going on to senior success. So if you want to see some of the stars of Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 before they hit the big-time, this is your chance (and it’ll cost just £10 for an adult ticket!)

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