2017 Worlds Championships News
Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 13:10    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 4
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Women's qualification continues Wednesday evening with the fourth of five subdivisions at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Pictured: Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos (France)

Women's qualification continues Wednesday evening with the fourth of five subdivisions at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Germany, France and Italy hope to shake up the standings, while Canada's Ellie Black still leads the all-around.

Vault: New Zealand and Germany

Germany has a solid squad represented by the impressive Tabea Alt, world balance beam medalist Pauline Schäfer and veterans Kim Bui and Elisabeth Seitz. All of the gymnasts have potentials for finals, and Alt, who two World Cup all-around events this year, could be in the mix for an all-around medal.

Now competing in NCAA gymnastics, 2016 Olympian Courtney McGregor is suiting up again for New Zealand, and plans to do two vaults, her best event.

Uneven Bars: France, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan

European vault champion Coline Devillard is France's best hope for a medal, but Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos, third all-around at this year's European championships, has what it takes to make an impact. An injury kept her out of contention for last year's Olympic Games, but she has come back strong in the all-around. Olympic beam finalist Marine Boyer could also see another final if she stays clean on what has been the toughest-scoring event so far.

Balance Beam:

Three-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari is back, despite undergoing double Achilles' tendon surgery last fall. Hungarian hope Zsófia Kovács is one to watch in this session. She made a splash this year at the European championships, finishing second all-around, and should challenge for the top group in Montreal.

2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg, after several injuries, is competing uneven bars only in the fourth session, where she won the silver at the 2013 Europeans.

Floor Exercise: Turkey, Greece and Chinese Taipei

2016 Olympian Tutya Yılmaz is only competing uneven bars because of injury, a shame as she had a real shot at the beam final in Montreal.

Up next: The Americans, favored to dominate again in Canada, take the floor alongside China and Japan in the final subdivision of women's qualification.

 
Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:45    PDF Print
Romania's Groza Fine After High Bar Fall
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On Monday during the first day of qualifications at the Montreal World Championships, Andrei Groza of Romania took a scary fall from high bar. After a long delay, he was carried off the podium strapped to a board and taken to the hospital for X-rays.

IG recently spoke with the head of the Romanian delegation, who reported that Groza was scared after the fall but that he is fine.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:24    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 3
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The final day of qualification competition begins Wednesday afternoon as the 2017 World Championships continue at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Pictured: Larisa Iordache (Romania)

The final day of qualification competition begins Wednesday afternoon as the 2017 World Championships continue at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Rio beam queen Sanne Wevers (Netherlands), the only 2016 Olympic champion competing in the women's competition in Montreal, takes the floor.


Rio beam queen Sanne Wevers (Netherlands) is the only 2016 Olympic champion competing in the women's competition in Montreal.

Vault: Azerbaijan and Mexico

Azerbaijan is still being carried by former Russians Marina Nekrasova (the first alternate to last year's Olympic Games) and Yulia Inshina. All five gymnasts in this first group plan to do two vaults. Mexico's Ahtziri Sandoval is the strongest gymnast in this group, winning gold on vault and silver on uneven bars at this year's Pan American Championships in Lima.

Uneven Bars: Czech Republic, Norway and Slovakia

The Czech Republic sent three gymnasts: first-year seniors Aneta Holasová and Lucie Jiříková and Veronika Cenková, who is returning from a torn ligament in her knee last December. Absent from the European Championships and other senior meets this year, Holasová is making her major international debut at worlds. Holasová shows tremendous promise (capable of mounting with three consecutive layouts onto the beam).

Balance Beam: Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Austria

After their record-breaking performance at last summer's Olympics, Dutch Olympians Sanne and Lieke Wevers and Eythora Thorsdottir are back in Montreal. Sanne just needs to stay on beam to make the final, while fans are eager for Thorsdottir to dance her way into the floor final. Sanne also submitted a new skill on beam, a 2 1/2 turn (given a D rating). Thorsdottir and Lieke Wevers are skipping the all-around, however.

Floor Exercise: Romania, Switzerland and Lithuania

Romania's Larisa Iordache is back after her nightmare 2016. Another world all-around medal is within reach, and she is competing a 6.7 Difficulty beam routine (with tucked and layout full twists). Iordache should be a huge fan favorite as always. Three-time Olympian Cătălina Ponor announced this week that she plans to retire after these world championships. Ponor, who turned 30 in August, is competing beam and floor Wednesday in hopes for the one medal missing from her collection - a world championships gold.

2016 European champion Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) is also back in action. Steingruber, who won the bronze on vault in Rio, is a potential finalist on several events.

Up next: Competition continues with France, Germany, Hungary and Italy in subdivision four.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:20    PDF Print
Verhofstad On Faulty Floor: 'Everybody Got Distracted By It'
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Although Dutch gymnast Bram Verhofstad's floor exercise performance in Tuesday’s qualifications at the world championships in Montreal was enough to earn him a berth in the apparatus final, he said a defect under the mat hindered him and the other gymnasts in his rotation.

Verhofstad said he believes Irish gymnast Andrew Smith inadvertently created "a hole or something in the floor, or something bounced up, at least” during his routine, and the result affected the remaining gymnasts.

"When I was in my routine I noticed it and I got distracted by it," Verhofstad said. "I don't know if that impacted my performance, but after everybody was done, everybody got distracted by it, and it was just not a good competition floor for us because it just kind of broke."

Verhofstad said that, after the last gymnast competed in the rotation, coaches from the Netherlands and Ireland approached officials and informed them that "it just wasn’t right, that we all felt something, we saw something." An inspection of the podium confirmed the defect.

“So they lifted up the mat and indeed there was something that stuck up that shouldn’t be there," Verhofstad said.

Verhofstad was one of the gymnasts in the subdivision who benefited from the opportunity to repeat their performances. He scored 14.433 points to qualify seventh to the eight-gymnast floor exercise final on Saturday.

"We all got a second chance, and in some miraculous way I managed to pull something off," Verhofstad said. “It was crazy. Everything was going through my mind (like) Should I actually go another time? because I was so tired. So much energy is lost and all your focus is gone, so you try to make the best of it, basically. I love competing, so I just wanted to have a second chance and try again and see. To just have fun again."

On Wedneday, the FIG announced it had accepted the appeal of Chilean gymnast Tomás González, who was bumped from the floor exercise final after gymnasts were allowed to compete their routines again. This means there will be nine gymnasts in the men's floor exercise final this weekend.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:02    PDF Print
Uchimura Diagnosed with Partial Tear in Ankle Ligament
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Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his ankle, the Japanese Gymnastic Association announced Tuesday evening.

Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his ankle, the Japanese Gymnastic Association announced Tuesday evening.

Uchimura suffered the injury on vault during Monday's qualification competition at the world championships in Montreal, and was forced to withdraw from the competition after three routines. He underwent an MRI and X-ray on his ankle today and was found to have an incomplete tear in his anterior talofibular ligament of his left ankle— one of the most commonly injured ligament involved in ankle sprains. Uchimura is expected to recover in about to two to three weeks.

Uchimura, 28, had been aiming for his seventh consecutive world title. He has been undefeated since taking second place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

 


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