2017 Worlds Championships News
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:13    PDF Print
Yeryomina on Possible Vault Upgrade: 'We Will See'
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Although Russia's Yelena Yeryomina qualified fifth to Friday's all-around final, she said her performance in Tuesday's qualifications at the world championships in Montreal was less than her best.

Although Russia's Yelena Yeryomina qualified fifth to Friday's all-around final, she said her performance in Tuesday's qualifications at the world championships in Montreal was less than her best.

Competing in her first world championships, Yeryomina scored 54.999 to rank fifth after qualification. She also qualified first to Saturday's uneven bars final and sixth to Sunday's balance beam final. Her score on bars, 15.100, was the highest mark of the competition (tied with Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber on vault).

"For me it wasn't full-strength," said Yeryomina of her qualification performance. "There were mistakes. I can do better, but on bars everything went very well."

Yeryomina said she was disappointed to lose 0.3 points on floor exercise when she tumbled out of bounds.

"I don't know how that happened," the Saint Petersburg native said. "But in principle, I was prepared."

For the all-around final, Yeryomina is considering an upgrade on vault. She performed a 1-1/2-twisting Yurchenko in qualifications, but may perform a double-twisting Yurchenko in the all-around final, which will add .4 in Difficulty value.

"We will see," she said. "After training, I will decide."

The competition continues in Montreal on Thursday with the men's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:05    PDF Print
Murakami Leads All-Around Qualifications In Montreal
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

By the slimmest of margins, Mai Murakami of Japan led the all-around qualifications at the 2017 Montreal World Championships over American Ragan Smith, 55.933-55.932.


Mai Murakami (Japan)

Canadian national champion Ellie Black qualified in third place with 55.766, followed by French champ Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (55.299). Russia's Yelena Yeryomina and American Morgan Hurd finished fifth (54.999) and sixth (54.832), respectively.

Murakami ranked second on floor exercise with a 14.200, and fifth on vault with a 14.633. She placed eighth on balance beam with a 13.200 and 17th on uneven bars (13.900).

Smith actually had an off night. After scoring a 14.466 on her double-twisting Yurchenko, she repeated a kip on bars but still managed a 14.133. Beam was worse, however, when she fell on a flip-flop, layout to two feet (12.900). She rebounded on floor exercise with the top score of 14.433.

"I'm just kind of like doing my own thing," Smith said. "I don't really care about the scores … it's my first time at worlds, so it's really exciting."

Added Valeri Liukin, who replaced Marta Karolyi as the U.S. Women's National Team Coordinator after last summer's Olympic Games, "We have a very young team—very hard to handle that part (nerves). Technically, they are pretty strong … again, experience is everything."

When asked if his team can expect to win gold medals, Liukin replied, "I definitely hope so. We'll see."

Black ranked fourth on beam with a 13.433, sixth on vault (14.500), ninth on floor (13.433) and 12 on bars (14.400).

Completing the top 10 in order: Diana Varinska (Ukraine), Nina Derwael (Belgium), Aiko Sugihara (Japan) and Angelina Melnikova (Russia).

The competition continues in Montreal on Thursday with the men's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:39    PDF Print
Smith Aims for Redemption in Montreal All-Around Final
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Mistakes on uneven bars and balance beam cost U.S. gymnast Ragan Smith the lead in all-around qualifications on Wednesday at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, but she intends to vindicate herself when she challenges for a medal in Friday's all-around final.

Mistakes on uneven bars and balance beam cost U.S. gymnast Ragan Smith the lead in all-around qualifications on Wednesday at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, but she intends to vindicate herself when she challenges for a medal in Friday's all-around final.

"I'm looking forward to redeeming myself on bars and beam, and just to go out there and have fun," said Smith, who ranked second in all-around qualifications, 0.001 points behind the leader, Mai Murakami of Japan.

On uneven bars, Smith was short after her Jaeger release and needed an extra kip cast, and she fell off beam in the third rotation.

After her errors, Smith resolved to perform as planned on floor exercise in the last rotation, where she qualified first to Sunday's apparatus final.

"I shook myself off and said, 'I can do it, I can redeem myself on this floor routine,'" Smith said. "I just went out there and I did it."

Smith said her focus thus far in Montreal is on her routines, not her scores or rankings.

"I'm just kind of doing my own thing," she said. "I really don't care about the scores right now. I'm here to do my gymnastics like I did in training, and bring it out there and show it to everybody."

The competition continues in Montreal on Thursday with the men's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 16:25    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 5
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Qualification concludes Wednesday evening at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal with the fifth and final subdivision of women's qualification. Pictured: All-around favorite Ragan Smith (United States)

Qualification concludes Wednesday evening at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal with the fifth and final subdivision of women's qualification. The Olympic champion U.S. team, favored to dominate the competition again, takes the floor along with China and 2020 Olympic hosts Japan.

Vault: Cuba, Finland and the United States

None of the members of the U.S. women's gold medal-winning teams from the 2016 Olympics and 2015 World Championships are in Montreal. New U.S> national champion Ragan Smith is favored to take the all-around title, won by Simone Biles at the past three world championships. Smith, an alternate to last year's U.S. Olympic team, is coached by the first American world all-around champion, Kim Zmeskal. Smith will be joined in the all-around by first-year senior Morgan Hurd, who shows beautiful gymnastics but has been inconsistent this year. Jade Carey, who joined the elite level this year, is on the team thanks to her vaulting ability, and will also compete on floor exercise. Competing in her first international event, she could win vault if she lands her Amanar and Kas-full cleanly. Ashton Locklear, a member of the 2014 world championships squad that took the team title in Nanning, is the only gymnast with world championships experience, which she should use to propel her to the uneven bars final.

Cuban Olympian Marcia Vidiaux has a shot at the vault final if she can land cleanly.

Uneven Bars: Ukraine, Brazil and Slovenia

First-year senior Diana Varinska is the most exciting new name in this group. Varinska is fantastic on uneven bars, and she won the bronze medal on floor exercise at the recent Paris World Cup, where her tremendous artistry is sadly rare these days. Olympian Angelina Kisla is now listed as Angelina Radivilova, thanks to her post-Olympic wedding to Olympic medalist Igor Radivilov.

Brazil sent only two gymnasts in Rebeca Andrade and Thais Santos. Andrade, 11th all-around in Rio, again submitted a 1 1/2-twisting double back on floor exercise, which she hopes to have named after her by landing it in competition.

Balance Beam: Japan, Korea and Uzbekistan

The Japanese women impressed in podium training with their power on floor exercise, and they have chances for finals on several events. They lost a team medal in Rio thanks to weak beam, and improving this event should be a main focus over the next few years. Aiko Sugihara submitted two new turns on beam - a double turn with leg held at 180-degree split and a 2 1/2 turn in the same position (which were both given an E rating).

Competing in her 11th world championships, seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina is gunning for the vault final. At 42, she continues to rack up World Cup medals on vault, and she should be a huge crowd favorite in Montreal cheering her toward the final.

Floor Exercise: China and Colombia

Olympians Wang Yan and Fan Yilin are back in Montreal, where Wang plans to do the all-around. Fan is the only defending world champion on uneven bars from 2015, when she tied three other gymnasts for the gold medal. First-year senior Liu Tingting is truly spectacular on balance beam, and Luo Huan is a contender for a medal on uneven bars.

Up next: A new champion will be crowned Thursday in the men's all-around final!

 
Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 13:39    PDF Print
Iordache Tears Achilles' Tendon at Worlds
(8 votes, average 3.38 out of 5)

Romanian star Larisa Iordache tore her left Achilles' tendon prior to the competition on Wednesday at the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

Romanian star Larisa Iordache, a contender to win the all-around title at the world championships in Montreal, tore her left Achilles' tendon while warming up her tumbling on floor exercise in the first rotation of the third session of women's qualification.

This is the latest setback for the 21-year-old Romanian, who has been plagued by various injuries throughout her career.

Iordache had just won the all-around and floor exercise at the Summer Universiade in Taipei in August. In September she won balance beam and took second on floor exercise at the FIG World Cup in Paris.

Iordache plans to return to Romania on Thursday for immediate surgery.

 


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