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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Khorkina Dominates European Championships




ST. PETERSBURG -- Russia's Svetlana Khorkina has confirmed her status as the world's best gymnast by winning three gold medals, including the all-around title, at the European Championships in St. Petersburg.


After a disappointing showing in the team competition Friday, Khorkina rallied to take the all-around title Saturday and came back Sunday to claim golds on the uneven bars and the floor exercise.


A strong and talented Romanian squad beat the host in the team competition by more than three points, 115.939 to 112.720, after Khorkina fell of the beam.


But Saturday, the 19-year-old Russian, who also won the all-around crown at last year's World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, rebounded to win the all-around title with 38.624 points, beating out two Romanians, Simona Amanar and Claudia Presecan, who received the silver and bronze, respectively.


On Sunday, Khorkina, who reached three of the four individual finals, decided to skip the vault in order to concentrate on the other two events.


Her decision paid off as she scored a 9.9 -- the highest mark by anyone in the entire competition -- on her specialty, the uneven bars.


In the floor exercise, the day's final event, Khorkina received a 9.787, good enough for a first-place tie with Romania's Corina Ungureanu.