Bouhail, Mitchell Make Gymnastics History
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

France's Thomas Bouhail and Australia's Lauren Mitchell made history Sunday as the 2010 Worlds wrapped up in Rotterdam.

France's Thomas Bouhail and Australia's Lauren Mitchell made history Sunday as the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships concluded in Rotterdam.

Bouhail won a tight men's vault final to become France's first world gymnastics champion in modern times. Bouhail outvaulted Anton Golotsutskov (Russia) and Dmitry Kasperovich (Belarus), with all three medalists performing double front-halfs and Tsukahara double pikes.

The victory was an outstanding moment for Bouhail, who tied Poland's Leszek Blanik for first place in the 2008 Olympic final but was bumped to second by a tie-breaker.

Mitchell won women's floor exercise to become the first female world champion from Australia. Mitchell, the final performer, already was Australia's most successful female after winning two silvers in 2009. She nailed her routine except for two hops back on her tumbling to edge Russia's Aliya Mustafina and Romania's Diana Chelaru, who tied for second.

Romania's Ana Porgras won balance beam over Rebecca Bross (U.S.) and defending champion Deng Linlin (China). The elegant Porgras is the Romanian women's first world champion since Andreea Raducan won beam and floor in 2001.

Mustafina appeared exhausted Sunday as she tried to win her fifth medal. The new world all-around champion dropped off beam but later pulled off her best tumbling of the competition in the floor final. She lost the floor exercise gold, however, when she did not complete a planned double turn with her leg held, dropping her Difficulty score.

Mustafina's silver brings her medal haul to five, the most successful performance at a world championships since Raducan and Svetlana Khorkina also won five in 2001.

The Chinese men grabbed two more titles Sunday, giving them four golds in Rotterdam. Feng Zhe and Teng Haibin were 1-2 on parallel bars, with world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan winning the bronze. Uchimura, who won the silver on floor exercise Saturday, leaves Rotterdam with four medals.

On high bar, Chinese newcomer Zhang Chenglong won the gold as the final performer, topping the Netherlands' Epke Zonderland and Germany's Fabian Hambüchen. The audience interrupted into a chorus of boos when Zhang's score was announced, putting him ahead of Zonderland. Zhang had the highest Difficulty score of any of the finalists, 7.5, even though he appeared to risk the least of the medalists.

The Chinese again topped the medal standings with eight (3-3-2). Russia was second six (2-4-0). The U.S. was third, also with six (1-2-3).

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2010 World Gymnastics Championships
Oct. 24, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Ana Porgras 6.5 8.866 15.366
2. Rebecca Bross 6.5 8.733 15.233
2. Deng Linlin 6.6 8.633 15.233
4. Lauren Mitchell 6.6 8.600 15.200
5. Alicia Sacramone 6.1 8.966 15.066
6. Anna Dementyeva 6.2 7.766 13.966
7. Aliya Mustafina 5.9 7.866 13.766
8. Yana Demyanchuk 6.2 7.533 13.733

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Lauren Mitchell 5.9 8.933 14.833
2. Aliya Mustafina 5.8 8.966 14.766
2. Diana Chelaru 5.9 8.866 14.766
4. Alexandra Raisman 5.7 9.016 14.716
5. Sui Lu 5.7 8.966 14.666
6. Vanessa Ferrari 5.5 9.100 14.600
7. Sandra Izbasa 5.9 8.883 0.8 13.983
8. Ksenia Afanasyeva 5.8 6.900 12.700

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Thomas Bouhail 7.0 9.366 16.366 16.449
7.0 9.533 16.533
2. Anton Golotsutskov 7.0 9.433 16.433 16.366
7.0 9.300 16.300
3. Dmitry Kasperovich 7.0 9.233 16.233 16.316
7.0 9.400 16.400
4. Yang Hak Seon 7.0 9.400 16.400 16.266
7.0 9.133 16.133
5. Flavius Koczi 7.0 9.233 16.233 16.208
7.0 9.183 16.183
6. Andrei Isayev 6.6 9.266 15.866 16.049
7.0 9.233 16.233
7. Luis Rivera 6.6 9.375 15.975 15.945
6.6 9.316 15.916
8. Jeffrey Wammes 6.8 9.300 0.1 16.000 15.750
6.6 8.900 15.500

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Feng Zhe 6.7 9.266 15.966
2. Teng Haibin 6.4 9.216 15.616
3. Kohei Uchimura 6.4 9.100 15.500
4. Fabian Hambüchen 6.3 9.066 15.366
5. Koji Uematsu 6.5 8.733 15.233
6. Adam Kierzkowski 6.0 9.200 15.200
7. Eldar Valeyev 6.9 8.283 15.183
8. Samuel Piasecky 6.3 8.866 15.166

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Zhang Chenglong 7.5 8.666 16.166
2. Epke Zonderland 7.3 8.733 16.033
3. Fabian Hambüchen 7.1 8.866 15.966
4. Philipp Boy 7.3 8.533 15.833
5. Danell Leyva 7.1 8.566 15.666
6. Chris Brooks 6.6 8.783 15.383
7. Feng Zhe 6.6 8.566 15.166
8. Koji Uematsu 7.2 6.800 14.000
Comments (7)add comment

Tanya said:

I'm happy for Lauren Mitchell, bravo, but that was a terrible floor final. And Zhang Chenglong did not deserve to win high bar. He should have been fifth or sixth. What a joke.
October 24, 2010
Votes: +0

Samuel said:

For some reason Mustafina cut on her triple holding her leg which reduced her score. I think she was trying to give some room for Afanasyeva to win gold. Afanasyeva ended up falling in her routine. Had Mustafina went after Afanasyeva she would have performed different. Anyway congrats for Mitchell.
October 24, 2010
Votes: -1

Alison Clements said:

I'm wondering whether I watched the same floor final as Tanya. i thought it was one of the most wonderful floor finals I've seen in years. They all performed beautifully - even the two who made mistakes had beautifully choreographed routines.
October 24, 2010
Votes: +1

SSSC Coach said:

As long as I've watched high bar finals (which is SOME time) I do not EVER recall seeing a gymnast get absolutely ripped off like Epke. He was incredible, Chenglong has an awesome start value but his execution was poor in the basic swing and tap in body position, just not even in the same league...and Sacramone impressed me bigtime, best execution marks at worlds in a beam!
October 24, 2010
Votes: +2

calyy said:

The one with highest difficulty finish 5 or 6th? Joke!
October 24, 2010
Votes: +0

Catherine Wallace said:

Congratulations Lauren!!
Awesome routine for Lauren, and fantastic result for Australia! Well done!
October 25, 2010
Votes: +2

Vicki said:

One of the biggest limitations of the new code is that a routine that is quite obviously redundant and not very exciting can win as long as it has a high enough D value. Zhang actually had a number of execution deductions as well, but the judges did not seem to take off much (maybe were still blinded by Deng's leotard smilies/smiley.gif). There needs to be some sort of a limit on the # of skills of a certain type (pirouettes) that can count toward the D value. I don't like a routine that consists solely of Kollmans and giants either but the guys who finished #2-5 actually had very nice variety.

The "final leap" on floor seems to have replaced the lunge position (either that or punch into low-level salto) -- probably not what FIG intended. They should just let the girls finish their tumbling passes in whichever way fits best with the music. They could award an extra tenth if a salto (D or above) is stuck cold with feet together. Floor scores low anyway.
October 25, 2010
Votes: +0

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