34-year-old Sašo Bertoncelj Becomes the Vice-champion of Europe in Artistic Gymnastics
In his seventh finals of European championships, which was held in Glasgow, the 34-year-old Slovenian athlete Sašo Bertoncelj, originally hailing from the settlement of Reteče (the municipality of Škofja Loka, Gorenjska region), for the first time in his career, won a silver medal performing pommel-horse exercises. This is his third medal at the European Championships after the bronze medals in Birmingham (2010) and Moscow (2014). The victory was celebrated by the 19-year-old Irish athlete Rhys McClenaghan.
Sašo Bertoncelj received 14.866 points dividing the second place with the Croatian Robert Seligman. The champion’s, Race McClenaghan’s, result was 15.300 points.
According to STA, the medal won by Sašo Bertoncelj became the 17th in the history of Slovenian gymnastics. The most titled gymnasts of the country are Mitja Petkovšek and Aljaž Pegan, who together won 14 medals. Mitja Petkovšek has 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Aljaž Pegan won 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Sašo Bertoncelj celebrated his first victory in 2007 winning the World Cup in Ostrava. In 2010, he won the World Cup in Cottbus, Maribor and Moscow; in 2011 – in Ostrava; in 2012 – in Doha and Osijek (becoming the World Cup winner in pommel-horse exercises); in 2013 – in Ljubljana; and in 2017 – in Koper.