Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos

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Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos
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Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow
Personal information
Full nameMélanie Johanna de Jesus dos Santos
Country represented France
Born (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 19)
HometownSchœlcher, Martinique, France
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es)Eric Hagard

Mélanie Johanna de Jesus dos Santos (born 5 March 2000) is a French artistic gymnast and a two-time French national all-around champion (2017-2018). Internationally, she is the 2019 European all-around champion and a two time European champion on floor exercise (2018, 2019).

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Schoelcher, Martinique. Her father is Portuguese and her mother is Martiniquais. She has two half-sisters who live in Portugal with their father.[1]

Junior career[edit]

She began gymnastics at a club in La Trinité. Her coach, Elsa Louis, recognized her potential and allowed her to participate in training camps with the French Gymnastics Federation.[2] She became a member of the French national team in 2013, first as a junior.

At the French national championships in 2015, she placed second in the all-around behind Lorette Charpy.

In the summer of 2015, during the qualifications for the European Olympic Youth Festival, she badly injured her knee while performing a double twisting Yurchenko.[3] Due to the injury, she was unable to compete for several months.

Senior career[edit]


In 2016 she moved to Saint-Etienne in France to train with Eric and Monique Hagard. She returned to competition in June 2016 at the French National Championships in Mulhouse, placing fourth in the all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise.[4]


In March, she competed in the American Cup, where she received the bronze medal and had the highest score on beam. She became the second French gymnast to medal at the American Cup after Elvire Teza won gold in 1997.[5]

At the 2017 European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, she qualified for two finals: in the all-around and uneven bars. She finished third in the all-around behind Ellie Downie of Great Britain and Zsófia Kovács of Hungary. The last French gymnast to win an all-around medal at the European Championships was Marine Debauve in 2005.[6]

She became the French all-around champion in 2017, beating reigning champion Marine Boyer by 1.4 points for a total of 55.450. She also won a silver medal on beam.[7] At the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, she finished fifth in the all-around.


In May, she received three gold medals at the French National Championships, winning the all-around, bars, and floor.[8]

In August 2018 she participated in the European Championships in Glasgow. The French team earned a silver medal in the team final, finishing behind the Russians and ahead of the Dutch.[9] Mélanie qualified for two event finals, finishing in sixth place on beam, and winning gold on floor. She became the third French gymnast to win this title at the European Championships after Ludivine Furnon in 2000 and Isabelle Séverino in 2005.[10] At the 2018 World Challenge Cup in Paris, she won the gold medal on floor exercise.[11]


In March de Jesus dos Santos was later selected to compete at the 2019 European Championships alongside Marine Boyer, Lorette Charpy, and Coline Devillard.[12] She later competed at the EnBW DTB-Pokal Team Challenge in Stuttgart where France placed fourth in the team final.[13] At the European Championships de Jesus dos Santos won the all-around ahead of 2017 European Champion Ellie Downie.[14] During event finals de Jesus dos Santos successfully defended her floor exercise title, won silver on balance beam behind Alice Kinsella of Great Britain, and finished seventh on uneven bars. This made her the most decorated female gymnast of the championships, tied with Angelina Melnikova of Russia.[15]

Competitive History[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (junior) 6
2016 French National Championships 4 4 4
FRA-ROU Friendly 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Joaquim Blume Memorial 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Elite Gym Massilia 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
2017 American Cup (World Cup) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
City of Jesolo Trophy 4 9 8 4
European Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8
French National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Internationaux de France (World Cup) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 7
World Championships 5 9
Elite Gym Massilia 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 4
Toyota International Competition 1st, gold medalist(s)
2018 Doha World Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Tokyo World Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
French National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1st, gold medalist(s)
FRA-SWI-GER Friendly 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
Paris Challenge Cup 8 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 5 6 6
2019 EnBW DTB-Pokal Team Cup 4
European Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)


  1. ^ Crumlish, John (July–October 2017). "French Force". International Gymnast. 59: 17–20.
  2. ^ "Reportage diffusé dans le journal télévisé de 19h sur Martinique 1re en décembre 2015".
  3. ^ "Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos blessée gravement au genou". August 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Le retour réussi de Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos". November 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Mélanie de Jesus Dos Santos en bronze à Newark (USA)". March 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Euro - Melanie de Jesus dos Santos en bronze au concours général, 1er podium français depuis 2005". April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Mélanie de Jesus Dos Santos et Zachari Hrimèche sacrés champions de France 2017". May 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos et Julien Gobaux sacrés aux Championnats de France". May 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Championnats d'Europe : l'équipe de France féminine prend l'argent". lequipe.fr. August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Championnats d'Europe : Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos en or au sol". lequipe.fr. August 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Paris Challenge Cup Results". thegymter.net. September 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "GAM/GAF - Championnats D'europe De Gymnastique Artistique 2019 : La Composition De L'équipe". French Gymnastics Federation. March 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "2019 DTB Team Challenge Results". The Gymternet. March 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "France's Melanie De Jesus dos Santos wins European all-around crown". European Union of Gymnastics. April 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "UEG Gymnastics". www.ueg.org. Retrieved 2019-04-14.

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