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European Women's Artistic Championships: Preview, schedule, how to watch

Sports Mole previews the 2024 Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships, including schedule, how to watch and gymnasts to keep an eye on.

Following the conclusion of the European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the Women's continental competition takes centre stage as Europe's finest ramp up preparations for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

One individual quota place for this year's Games will be on offer in May's Championships, in which Great Britain will endeavour to emulate their male counterparts, who topped their medal standings with five golds in April's corresponding event.

Here, Sports Mole runs down everything you need to know about the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

When and where is the European Championships?

The 2024 Women's Europeans will be taking place from May 2 to May 5 at the Rimini Fiera, an exhibition centre in the north of Italy.

European Championships schedule (local times)

Thursday May 2 - Senior Apparatus and Team Final Qualifications and All-Around Final

Subdivision 1: 10:00 – 12:05
Subdivision 2: 12:30 – 14:35
Subdivision 3: 15:30 – 17:35
Subdivision 4 (including Great Britain): 18:00 – 20:00

Friday May 3 - Junior Apparatus and Team Final Qualifications and All-Around Final

Subdivision 1: 10:00 – 12:05
Subdivision 2: 12:30 – 14:35
Subdivision 3 (including Great Britain): 15:30 – 17:35
Subdivision 4: 18:00 – 20:00

Saturday May 4 - Senior Apparatus Finals

16:25-19:45: Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, Floor

Sunday May 5 - Junior Apparatus Finals and Senior Team Final

10:00 - 13:19: Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, Floor
15:00-17:12: Senior Team Final

How can I watch the European Championships?

Viewers in the UK can tune into Saturday and Sunday's Finals from the BBC Sport Website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, with coverage running from 15:15-18:40 on the former day and 14:30 - 17:00 on the Sunday, while BBC3 will show replays from 19:00 - 20:30 on both days.

Alternatively, will be streaming the senior competition free of charge, but there is a €6 (£5.13) fee to watch the juniors.

Those wishing to keep an eye on the results can head to Smartscoring or the official event page on the European Gymnastics website.

Who is competing at the European Championships?

Great Britain celebrate winning women's team silver at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on November 1, 2022© Reuters

A star-studded lineup of 288 senior and junior gymnasts from 39 countries will be taking to the area in Rimini, where Great Britain will be represented by Becky Downie, Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Ruby Evans and Abigail Martin.

Downie, Fenton and Kinsella all formed part of GB's team final-winning troupe from the 2023 Europeans, but all-around British champion Ondine Achampong was forced to withdraw from the Championships due to what is now confirmed to be a cruciate ligament injury.

Achampong's torn ACL will likely scupper her dreams of representing GB at the Paris Games, and she was replaced by Martin as she takes her spot on the sidelines with the recovering Jessica Gadirova - last year's all-around and floor champion - and Jennifer Gadirova.

Italy will be one of the major threats to GB's team crown, and the host nation boast two high-performing twins of their own in Alice D'Amato - last year's uneven bars champion - and Asia D'Amato, who won the all-around competition in 2022.

In addition, Belgian 24-year-old Nina Derwael - the reigning Olympic champion on uneven bars - will compete at her first Europeans since 2018, having since struggled with serious knee and shoulder problems.

2023 Champions

Team: Great Britain
All-around: Jessica Gadirova (GB)
Vault: Coline Devillard (France)
Beam: Sanne Wevers (Netherlands)
Floor: Jessica Gadirova (GB)
Uneven bars: Alice D'Amato (Italy)

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