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Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 14 March 2020 07:38    PDF Print
COVID-19 Concerns Prompt Cancellation of World Cup of Baku Finals
(5 votes, average 4.40 out of 5)

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced Friday that this weekend’s finals of the World Cup of Baku have been canceled “following the decision of the government of Azerbaijan to avoid mass gatherings in the country for one month” based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made public on the second day of qualifications in the Baku competition that serves as one of the qualification events for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“Azerbaijan announced isolation measures would be put in place from 14 March in order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 in the country,” according to a statement published on the FIG website.

After qualifications on Thursday and Friday, the top qualifiers for the women’s finals were Teja Belak of Slovenia (vault), Fan Yilin of China (uneven bars), Urara Ashikawa of Japan (balance beam) and Lara Mori of Italy (floor exercise).

The top qualifiers for the men’s finals were Abdelrahman Elgamal of Turkey (floor exercise), Weng Hao of China (pommel horse), Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece (still rings), Shin Jeahwan of Korea (vault), You Hao of China (parallel bars) and Umit Samiloglu of Turkey (horizontal bar).

The cancellation of the Baku finals follows other changes to the FIG calendar announced this week that are based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Other impacted competitions include the World Cup of Doha (scheduled for March 18-21, postponed to June 3-6), the World Cup of Stuttgart (scheduled for March 20-22, canceled) and the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy (scheduled for April 4-5, canceled). For FIG’s announcement, click here.

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Written by IG Staff    Saturday, 07 March 2020 20:03    PDF Print
Mikulak Wins Second American Cup Title
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Sam Mukulak (USA) easily won the all-around title at the 2020 American Cup posting 85.332 and outscoring the rest of the field by more than two full points. Mikulak, who finished second last year at the event by .001, posted the top scores of the day on floor exercise 14.333/6.1 and parallel bars 14.666/6.4. "I definitely had to fight in a lot of areas today", Mikulak reflected after the competition. "But winning that way, not having the perfect day, is somewhat reassuring I guess", he commented afterwards. It is the second win at the event for the 27-year-old American who also won the title in 2014.

Oleg Verniaiev claimed the silver with 83.064. The Ukrainian, who won the title back in 2015, earned top marks on p-horse 14.533/6.5 and vault 14.8/5.6, but fell on his Stutz in his p-bar routine and put his hand down on a 2 1/2 twist to front full on floor. "I love this event, I love competing in front of the American crowd, but I wasn't prepared perfectly, so I guess the result is ok" Verniaiev said later.

James Hall from Great Britain earned the bronze posting 82.999. The Brit had a very clean competition until his last event, high bar, where he had to count a fall on his Kovacs release move. Shane Wiskus (USA) finished fourth with 82.797, ahead of Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) who posted 82.757. The Japanese fell on pommel horse and then put his hands down on his Kasamatsu double twist vault, but posted the top high bar score of the day 14.225/6.2. With a clean competition Pablo Braegger from Switzerland amassed 82.439 and placed sixth.

The American Cup is part of the FIG World Cup all-around series (in addition to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Tokyo) where countries are looking to rank in the top three at the end of the four competitions to be able to qualify an additional gymnast to this year's Olympic Games. For complete results of the competition click here.

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Written by Admin    Saturday, 07 March 2020 10:38    PDF Print
Morgan Hurd Claims 2020 American Cup Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Strong performances on all four events helped Morgan Hurd (USA) claim the 2020 American Cup title held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. Hurd, also the winner of the event in 2018, posted 55.832 all-around score for the win. She earned the highest mark of the competition on bars 14.1/6.0 (stalder Shaposhnikova to stalder full pirouette to piked Tkatchev, stalder piked Tkatchev to Pak, toe on full pirouette to full twisting double tuck). Hurd started the competition on vault where she earned a 14.333 for a clean Yurchenko double twist. On beam in addition to her standing full, she executed well an upgraded series: side aerial to layout step out and round off full in dismount for a 13.733/5.7. In her final event, floor, Hurd opened her new routine with a double twisting double tuck, followed by front layout to front double full, then a full in and a double pike dismount. "I am really happy with my performance today.  I was able to do some new things, and they all went well for me.  I was most excited to do my new floor routine", Hurd reflected after the competition.

First year senior Kayla Di Cello (USA) was solid on all four events to take the silver with a 55.132. Japan's Hitomi Hatakeda won the bronze with a 53.799. Jennifer Gadirova (GBR) posted the top scores on vault 14.566 for her sky-high Yurchenko double twist, and floor (double twisting double tuck, front full step out to double tuck and 2 1/2 twist dismount) 13.7/5.3. She finished fourth in the all-around with a 53.535 despite falling on her piked Jaeger on bars. Fifth was Canada's Ellie Black scoring 53.299. China's Jin Zhang posted the top score of the day on beam 14.133/6.0 (back handspring to inverted hang mount, switch ring to ff swing down, perfect ff-ff layout to two feet, front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, switch leap to two feet to immediate sheep jump, split jump half sideways, ff-ff double twist).

The American Cup is part of the FIG World Cup all-around series (in addition to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Tokyo) where countries are looking to rank in the top three at the end of the four competitions to be able to qualify an additional gymnast to this year's Olympic Games.

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Written by Admin    Friday, 06 March 2020 23:06    PDF Print
Haleigh Bryant and Kiley Rorich Win 2020 Nastia Liukin Cup Titles
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Haleigh Bryant won the senior devision at the 2020 Nastia Liukin Cup. She was also the winner in 2018.

Haleigh Bryant of Everest Gymnastics and Kiley Rorich from the Southeastern Gymnastics Center won the senior and junior titles at the 2020 edition of the Nastia Liukin Cup held at the Fiserv Forum arena in Milwaukee, WI. Bryant scored a 10.0 for her front handspring front pike with a half twist vault in the third rotation of the competition, and won the all-around posting an impressive 39.175. Second in the senior field was Jacey Vore from Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center posting 39.125, while Andrea Li from Legacy Elite claimed the bronze with 38.875.

Rorich won the junior title with a 38.225, and also took the uneven bars gold medal with a 9.5 (piked Jaeger, clear hip to bail to handstand, stuck double layout). Second and third were Twin City Twisters teammates Alexia Mouyenga and Rachel Wilkening who both posted 38.0, but Mouyenga won the tie-breaker (highest single event score - 9.8 on vault) to take the silver.

The 36 participants in the Nastia Liukin Cup were selected through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which featured 18 of the country’s top gymnastics invitationals held throughout the country.

The weekend at the Fiserv Forum continues with the American Cup competition on Saturday, March 7. The women's field competes at 11am CT, while the men begin at 3:30 CT. Follow IG's live coverage on IG's facebook page here.

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Written by Admin    Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:25    PDF Print
Jade Carey Golden Twice as Melbourne World Cup Concludes
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Jade Carey (USA) claimed two titles at the Melbourne World Cup, which concluded on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. The competition was the sixth of eight editions of the FIG individual World Cup series, which serve as additional way of qualifying to this summer’s Olympics for individuals who have not yet qualified through the World Championships in 2018 and 2019.

Carey easily captured both the vault and floor exercise titles. She performed cleanly a Cheng (half on Rudi off) first vault and a double twisting Yurchenko second vault to average an impressive 14.866 for the win on the event. On floor Carey competed a full twisting double layout, double layout, sky-high double twisting double tuck third pass, and a front tuck step out to double tuck dismount to take her second gold of the weekend with a 14.366/6.0. The American leads the world cup rankings on both events and with only two events remaining in the series she is almost certain to earn an individual qualifying spot to Tokyo.

The uneven bars title was won by Diana Varinska from Ukraine who posted 13.733/5.9 for her complex routine featuring stalder-Shaposhnikova to Pak to Maloney to clear hip full pirouette, and a Tkatchev half to Jaeger. Varinska has already qualified to Tokyo through the all-around results she posted at last year's World championships in Stuttgart. Japan’s Urara Ashikawa topped the field on beam with a 13.3/5.5 routine.

In the men’s competition Korea’s Sunghuyn Ryu claimed the floor title with an impressive routine (front double pike with a half twist, front full to triple full, 2 ½ to front double full, 1 ½ to Randi, stuck triple twist and a stuck 3 ½ dismount), which resulted in 14.933/6.5. Stephen Nedoroscik (USA) upgraded on his qualifying routine (including two on one 1080) to top the field on the pommel horse with a 15.4/6.7. Rings World and Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias from Greece recorded his first win of the series on the event posting 15.066/6.3.

The men’s vault was won by Korea’s Jeahwan Shin who averaged 14.866 for his Kasamatsu 2 ½ twists, and a front handspring Randi. Russia’s Vladislav Poliashov claimed the p-bar title with a 15.2/6.5 (peach, peach half, giant to one bar to Healy from one bar, Healy, Tippelt, Bhavsar, front toss, front 1 ¼ to upper arms and a stuck double front half out dismount). With the win Poliashov becomes the front-runner in the word cup rankings on the event. World and Olympic high bar champion Epke Zonderland (NED) claimed the high bar title with his signature combos: Cassina to Kovacs and Kolman to Gaylord II. The Dutch posted 14.9/6.7 for the win, which is his third one in the series and gives him the maximum 90 points in the current event rankings. The two remaining individual world cup events are in Baku, Azerbaijan and Doha, Qatar next month.

Men’s FX Final Results:

1. Sunghyun Ryu KOR 14.933/6.5

2. Kirill Prokopev RUS 14.600/6.4

3. Milad Karimi KAZ 14.200/6.1

4. Yahor Sharamkou BLR 14.033/5.9

5. Rayderley Zapata ESP 14.033/6.5

6. Ethan Dick NZL 13.766/5.6

7. Jorge Vega Lopez GUA 13.700/5.8

8. Bram Verhofstad NED 13.100/5.6

Men’s PH Final Results:

1. Stephen Nedoroscik USA 15.400/6.7

2. Saeedreza Keikha IRI 15.033/6.5

3. Kohei Kameyama JPN 14.833/6.8

4. Thierry Pellerin CAN 14.566/6.2

5. Fu Jie Tan MAS 13.400/5.9

6. Vladislav Poliashov RUS 12.333/5.8

7. Joshua Nathan GBR 12.333/6.8

8. Robert Seligman CRO 7.200/2.7

Men’s SR Final Results:

1. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE 15.066/6.3

2. Mahdi Ahmad Kohani IRI 14.500/6.2

3. Ali Zahran EGY 14.200/6.2

4. Kiu Chung NG HKG 14.066/6.0

5. Courtney Tulloch GBR 13.766/6.2

6. Rick Jacobs NED 13.266/5.0

7. Devy Dyson NZL 13.166/5.3

8. Hamza Yilmaz TUR 12.700/5.5

Men’s VT Final Results:

1. Jeahwan Shin KOR 14.866

2. Jorge Vega Lopez GUA 14.783

3. Andrey Medvedev ISR 14.550

4. Milad Karimi KAZ 14.533

5. James Bacueti AUS 14.449

6. Yahor Sharamkou BLR 14.233

7. Joshua Valle MEX 14.066

8. Audrys Nin Reyes DOM 13.603

Men’s PB Final Results:

1. Vladislav Poliashov RUS 15.200/6.5

2. Yusuke Tanaka JPN 15.166/6.0

3. Phuong Thanh Dinh VIE 14.933/6.4

4. Shoichi Yamamoto JPN 14.900/6.2

5. Mitchell Morgans AUS 13.866/6.0

6. Frank Rijken NED 13.733/6.1

7. Milad Karimi KAZ 13.633/5.8

8. Sercan Demir TUR 11.200/5.5

Men’s HB Final Results:

1. Epke Zonderland NED 14.900/6.7

2. Milad Karimi KAZ 14.500/6.3

3. Mitchell Morgans AUS 14.233/6.0

4. Umit Samiloglu TUR 13.533/5.9

5. Hidetaka Miyachi JPN 13.400/6.8

6. Alexander Myakinin ISR 12.966/5.9

7. Tyson Bull AUS 12.100/5.4

8. Mikhail Koudinov NZL 10.666/4.9

Women’s VT Final Results:

1. Jade Carey USA 14.866/6.0-5.4

2. Coline Devillard FRA 14.249/5.8-5.4

3. Shoko Miyata JPN 14.149/5.4-5.2

4. Angelina Radivilova UKR 13.983/5.4-5.2

5. Tjasa Kysselef SLO 13.716/5.0-4.8

6. Ahtziri Sandoval MEX 13.650/5.6-4.4

7. Teja Belak SLO 13.466/5.4-5.0

8. Maria Paseka RUS 13.233/5.8-4.8

Women’s UB Final Results:

1. Diana Varinska UKR 13.733/5.9

2. Georgia Godwin AUS 13.633/5.6

3. Daria Spiridonova RUS 13.533/5.9

4. Georgia-Rose Brown AUS 13.466/5.8

5. Aoka Mori JPN 13.366/5.7

6. Anastasiia Iliankova RUS 13.100/5.9

7. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 11.566/5.5

8. Kokoro Fukasawa JPN 10.500/5.2

Women’s BB Final Results:

1. Urara Ashikawa JPN 13.300/5.5

2. Ondine Achampong GBR 13.166/5.4

3. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 12.933/5.7

4. Diana Varinska UKR 12.800/5.1

5. Georgia Godwin AUS 12.766/5.6

6. Emma Nedov AUS 12.533/5.5

7. Ayaka Sakaguchi JPN 12.400/5.4

8. Emma Spence CAN 11.600/5.0

Women’s FX Final Results:

1. Jade Carey USA 14.366/6.0

2. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 13.700/5.5

3. Lara Mori ITA 12.900/5.3

4. Ondine Achampong GBR 12.700/4.7

5. Isabela Onyshko CAN 12.533/5.0

6. Breanna Scott AUS 12.400/4.8

7. Georgia Godwin AUS 12.333/5.4

8. Emma Spence CAN 12.100/4.9

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