Lefteris Petrounias and Vassilis Tsolakidis showed that there is more to Greek gymnastics than their better-known compatriots Vlassis Maras and Lefteris Kosmidis over the weekend of April 9-10, as the two Greeks earned bronze medals at the European Championship in Berlin.
Petrounias was beaten to the gold and silver on Saturday by two Russians. He finished third in the rings final with 15,675 points, the first international success in his career. Petrounias had qualified for the final in fourth place, but managed to get onto the podium thanks to a particularly demanding sequence (6.8).
This was the first European championship for the 21-year-old, who is following in the footsteps of Olympian Dimosthenis Tambakos.
Tsolakidis also earned a bronze medal, finishing third in the parallel bars final on Sunday, having collected 15,075 points, while Vasso Milousi finished sixth in the balance beam final.