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Written by dwight normile    Friday, 14 April 2017 22:20    PDF Print
LSU, Florida, Alabama Advance; McMurtry Wins All-Around
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

The LSU Tigers won the second semi-final Friday at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, and their 198.275 sent a bold statement to the other five teams that advanced to the Super Six Finals on Saturday.

Also qualifying out of this session were Florida (197.8125) and Alabama (197.600), the latter covering a fall with five solid routines on beam in the final rotation to slip ahead of Nebraska (197.2125). Michigan (196.4625) and Georgia (195.800) both struggled in places.

Florida junior Alex McMurtry (pictured) stuck just about every landing to win the all-around with 39.8125. Her victory follows fellow Gators Bridget Sloan last year and Kytra Hunter in 2015.

MyKayla Skinner (Utah) placed second with 39.6125 (pictured left), and Kiana Winston (Alabama) was third with 39.600 (pictured right).

Event champions:

Vault: Kennedy Edney (Yurchenko-1.5) 9.9875.

Uneven Bars: Six tied at 9.950: Kyla Ross (UCLA), Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma), Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma), Alex McMurtry (Florida), Katie Bailey (Alabama), Sarah Finnegan (LSU).

Balance Beam: Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.9625.

Floor Exercise: MyKayla Skinner (Utah), Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.9625.

Ashleigh Gnat also won the prestigious AAI Award, which goes to the most outstanding student-athlete.

LSU placed second last year and is no stranger to the Super Six, and it will be interesting to see how the team performs tomorrow. Oklahoma is bound to fix its mistakes from the first semi-final, which could set up an amazing battle for the 2017 title. And if the top teams falter at all, any of the other four teams would have a legitimate chance to win. Tune in tomorrow.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 08 April 2017 22:38    PDF Print
Alt, Vernyayev Repeat at London World Cup
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Stuttgart champions Tabea Alt (Germany) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) repeated their victories Saturday at the iPro World Cup in London, the third and final FIG all-around World Cup of 2017.

Alt and Vernyayev also sealed up the overall World Cup series titles for their countries, with Germany amassing the most points for the women and Ukraine for the men. (Instead of an individual winner, the FIG awarded the overa;l series to he national federations.) Vernyayev and Kim Bui both took second at the American Cup in March, the first of the series.


Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine), iPro World Cup champion

The competition, sponsored by iPro, brought the bright pink decor back to London's O2 arena, site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The competition took place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Alt scored 54.598 to top first-year American senior Victoria Nguyen (53.832) and Great Britain's Amy Tinkler (53.433) in a generally low-scoring contest. The top three gymnasts all vaulted double-twisting Yurchenkos in the first rotation, with Tinkler taking the lead with the highest score of the day for her stuck vault (14.600).

Alt once again stunned herself by winning. She started off with a strong vault, sticking the landing (although it was slightly incomplete on the rotation). She then had the top score on uneven bars, where she showed beautiful mechanics (toe-on full to Maloney to Pak; Van Leeuwen; Stalder-blind to piked Jaeger; double layout). She won despite a fall on her balance beam dismount (RO two-foot layout mount; aerial, layout, layout; switch leap, side somi; fall on double pike). She took the highest score on floor exercise for a fairly clean routine that showed tremendous attention to detail (tucked full-in; front to double tuck; double pike).

"I'm speechless," Alt said. "That I am here now with FIG trophy in my hand and the medal around my neck is incomprehensible."

Nguyen, competing in her second international competition following last weekend's Jesolo Trophy, managed four routines without a fall but racked up too many deductions to win (in particular, noticeable bent legs on many skills). After a good vault, she hit a strong set on uneven bars (inside-Stalder-full to Komova II to Gienger between the bars; inside Stalder blind to elgrip layout Jaeger; Pak; double layout, stuck). She was hesitant on balance beam with two large wobbles (ff layout, layout; side aerial, back tuck; switch leap, Onodi, sheep; front tuck; ff ff 2 1/2) and bounced forward on her first pass on floor exercise (tucked full-in; triple twist; double-twisting front; double tuck), performed to very dramatic music.

Tinkler, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist on floor exercise, excelled on the power events and thrilled the British crowd. She had the second-highest score on floor exercise, where she tumbled a full-twisting double layout; double layout; front full and double pike (13.233). However, her routine on uneven bars was very sloppy (lots of bent feet) and she was generously scored at 8.2 Execution. She grabbed the beam on her standing layout, layout combination and dismounted with only a double twist (12.000).

Spain's Ana Pérez, a late addition to the lineup, placed fourth. She tied Alt for the high score on uneven bars with a jammed-packed set (elgrip to piked Jaeger; toe-on piked Tkatchev; toe-on Tkatchev; Pak; Maloney to Gienger; full-twisting double layout).

Olympian Angelina Melnikova, Russia's top hope for the European championships, again failed to hit, finishing a frustrating fifth after missing three of four routines. With just 10 days to go before the European championships, Melnikova still seems to lack confidence in her performances. On uneven bars, she made the same mistake near the end as she did in Jesolo, missing a simple toe-on pirouette (Inside-Stalder full; Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside-Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; missed a toe-blind; nearly fell on her full-twisting double). On balance beam she dropped off on her on two-foot layout and then fell on piked full-in on floor exercise. Third at the Stuttgart World Cup, she tallied on 52.599 for fifth in London.

Switzerland's Ilaria Käslin (50.699), the Netherlands' Tisha Volleman (50.465) and China's Liu Jinru (47.665) rounded out the field. Liu had a particularly disastrous competition, falling on three events. She crashed her layout Rudi on vault, then flew off uneven bars after a Maloney (doing a front flip onto the mat), then fell off beam on her roundoff, two-foot layout. Liu at least ended well with a hit floor routine (triple twist; tucked full-in; 2 1/2 twist, punch front; double tuck) but was hammered for execution (12.633/5.0).

Vernyayev once again took the title with ease, winning despite some mistakes. He hit six routines, but was hammered for his execution on pommel horse (just 7.600 for a 12.9000). Notably, he won by more than a point in London with 83.864, but he was well below the scoring at this weekend's Japanese championships, where two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won with a massive 86.350. Vernyayev will likely be untouchable at the European championships, but the Olympic runner-up will need to strengthen all his routines if he hopes to win this fall's world championships.

American Donnell Whittenburg won the silver medal (82.665), with the highest score on floor exercise (14.133). Germany's Lukas Dauser, who competed in all three World Cup meets like Vernyayev, won the bronze (81.698). He outscored Vernyayev on parallel bars with an excellent routine (14.933/6.3D)

British Olympians Sam Oldham (81.064) and Brinn Bevan (80.465) folllowed in the standings, placing fourth and fifth respectively. Bevan fell on floor exercise and on his Tsukahara double pike vault. Switzerland's Eddy Yusof (80.431), China's Luo Jianlin (77.931) and Russian newcomer Alexei Rostov (75.965) rounded out the men's field.

External Link: Official Website

2017 iPro World Cup/FIG World Cup
April 8, London

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Tabea Alt5.414.4665.413.8336.012.9665.013.33354.598
2.Victoria Nguyen5.414.1665.713.8005.812.8665.113.00053.832
3.Amy Tinkler5.414.6005.413.6004.812.0005.313.23353.433
4.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.713.8335.313.2334.912.63353.299
5.Angelina Melnikova5.414.1005.813.4665.412.3335.412.70052.599
6.Ilaria Käslin4.613.1335.012.6335.012.3334.912.60050.699
7.Tisha Volleman5.414.2664.512.6334.611.6334.911.93350.465
8.Liu Jinru5.612.9335.111.0664.611.0335.012.63347.665

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev5.613.9665.312.9006.114.3005.614.7666.214.8665.513.06683.864
2.Donnell Whittenburg6.014.1334.712.3006.214.2335.614.5336.114.5335.612.93382.665
3.Lukas Dauser5.513.1335.012.4335.313.3334.814.1336.314.9335.513.73381.698
4.Sam Oldham5.712.8665.613.3334.912.6005.213.9665.914.1335.814.16681.064
5.Brinn Bevan5.412.2006.013.6005.213.3335.613.5665.513.9665.213.80080.465
6.Eddy Yusof5.711.4005.113.2335.613.7665.613.6336.014.3665.614.03380.431
7.Luo Jianlin5.512.7334.911.7665.713.6334.013.3335.913.4005.113.06677.931
8.Alexei Rostov4.812.6335.613.5665.613.5335.214.0335.210.8005.311.40075.965
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 01 April 2017 22:36    PDF Print
US Women Sweep 10th Jesolo Trophy
(7 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



The U.S. once again swept both junior and senior team and all-around titles Saturday at the 10th City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy.

The U.S. once again swept both junior and senior team and all-around titles Saturday at the 10th City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy.

The popular annual event for women's gymnastics attracted 33 seniors and 30 juniors from six nations – Belgium, Brazil (seniors only), Canada, France, Russia and United States – to face off against Italy in the scenic resort town on the Adriatic coast. The team competition featured squads of three or four gymnasts with the top three scores on each event counting for the team total.

The Americans – with their first generation under new national team coordinator Valeri Liukin – once again sent two A squads and dominated as expected. With the exception of 2014 world team member Ashton Locklear, the U.S. brought a fresh group of newcomers, including five first-year seniors: Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Victoria Nguyen, Alyona Shchennikova (younger sister of Polina, now at the University of Michigan) and Trinity Thomas. Both American teams were hugely impressive, excelling with not just superior difficulty but for the most part excellent bodyline, flexibility and artistry. All 12 Americans train at different gyms in 10 states and presented a good variety of styles and skills (with the exception of wolf turns on beam and floor, overused in general).

Additionally, while almost all of the U.S. seniors committed some nervous mistakes, the juniors nailed routine after routine, outscoring their senior counterparts, 171.850-167.950. The top two juniors, Gabby Perea and Emma Malabuyo, also outscored the senior champion, McCusker.

The U.S. entered Hurd, Locklear, McCusker and Nguyen as its senior team, with Abby Paulson, Shchennikova and Thomas competing as individuals. The team won by a smaller than expected margin, 3.3 points ahead of Brazil (164.650), with Russia just .05 behind (164.600) in third.

McCusker, who struggled to fifth at the American Cup (52.966) last month in her senior debut, this time took first place with 56.600, which included a fall on floor. Coached by Maggie Haney at MG Elite in New Jersey, McCusker is every bit as stylish as clubmate Laurie Hernandez. She impressed with outstanding presentation across the board, with absolutely beautiful leg extension and full amplitude on every skill. She earned the highest score of the day, 15.050 on uneven bars (tied with Perea), for a lovely 6.2-Difficulty routine (Stalder-full to Maloney; Tkatchev; Stalder to piked Tkatchev; Ricna to Pak; Van Leeuwen; pirouette to elgrip to half-in, back out). She earned a 14.600 for a clean double-twisting Yurchenko (one of eight from the U.S. team in Jesolo, now worth 5.4 in the Code of Points) and 14.200 on balance beam (triple wolf turn; double wolf turn; front aerial; ff layout, layout; switch leap switch half; wobble on aerial; ff ff double tuck dismount; 5.5). Her only mistake of the day came with what seemed to be a fluke fall on her last tumbling pass on floor exercise (piked/tucked full-in; double-twisting front to stag jump; double pike; overrotated double tuck; 12.750/5.2).

Minnesotan Abby Paulson, who trains under Sarah Jantzi (who coached Maggie Nichols) at Twin City Twisters, placed third all-around after going four-for-four (55.800). She scored 13.600 on floor exercise (piked full-in; triple twist; 2 1/2 punch front; 5.4D), 13.700 for a clean Yurchenko full (4.6D), 14.200 on balance beam (front flip; side aerial, layout, layout; switch leap, switch half; 2 1/2; 5.8D) and a high of 14.300 on uneven bars (toe-blind, Stalder-Shaposhnikova-Pak-Van Leeuwen; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; double front; 5.6D).

Nguyen, coached by Liang Chow in Iowa, placed seventh all-around with 54.550. Her highest score came on balance beam, 14.250 (ff layout, layout; side aerial, back tuck; Y turn to full turn; switch leap, Onodi, sheep jump; switch ring; front tuck; ff ff 2 1/2; 6.0D), but she struggled a bit on uneven bars, where she was a bit sloppy on her pirouettes and her knees were not quite locked out. The content of her routine was excellent, however (inside Stalder full; Maloney, uprise, Gienger between the bars; elgrip to layout Jaeger; Pak; double layout; 13.250/5.6). Her lowest score came on floor exercise (tucked full-in; triple twist; double-twisting front; double tuck, out of bounds; 12.850/5.0). Nguyen has another chance to impress next Saturday in London, where she is slated to compete in the third and final FIG all-around World Cup of 2017.

Hurd, third at the Stuttgart World Cup after two falls on beam, once again had an off day. Coached by Russian-born Slava Glazounov at First State Gymnastics in Delaware, Hurd had the top score for the U.S. on vault (14.700) but missed uneven bars (fall on Van Leeuwen transition; 13.400/5.4) and balance beam (fall on ff layout; appeared to grab the beam on aerial; 12.600/5.7), where she dismounted with a clean full-in. On floor exercise, she bounced out of bounds on her double-double mount (13.200/5.3) to finish just 15th.

Locklear, who served as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team last summer, contributed two strong events on Saturday with 14.750 on uneven bars (toe-full, Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak to Maloney to bail to Stalder shoot; toe blind to high Jaeger; full-twisting double; 5.5D) and 14.000 on balance beam (triple wolf, double wolf; ff layout; punch front; side somi; switch leap, switch half, back tuck; RO double tuck; 5.6D).

Shchennikova – coached by her parents, Alex Shchennikov and Katia Shchennikova at 5280 Gymnastics in Colorado – finished just .050 behind Nguyen. She hit well on vault and uneven bars (inside-Stalder full to Komova II directly into Tkatchev to Pak to Stalder to Stalder-Shaposhnikova; double layout) but dropped off beam on her ff, layout, layout series (12.250). Trinity Thomas, the seventh American senior, finished 15th after a 12.850 on beam (side somi; one-arm ff, layout, layout; front aerial; switch leap, switch half and fell; switch side to straddle jump-half; RO double tuck) and a botched Pak salto on uneven bars (Weiler pirouette to Maloney; uprise full to Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; double layout), but showed tremendous potential with huge amplitude. Thomas was the only American who didn't vault a Yurchenko, choosing a full-twisting Tsukahara instead.

Olympians Rebeca Andrade and Flávia Saraiva led Brazil to second place. Andrade claimed the all-around silver (56.000) behind McCusker, taking the highest score of the day on vault with 15.000 for a strong double-twisting Yurchenko. She hit relatively cleanly on the three other events, scoring 13.800 on uneven bars (Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double; 5.3D), 13.550 on balance beam (ff layout; front aerial right to split leap, ff; switch half; punch front; switch ring; double pike; 5.4D) and 13.650 on floor exercise (tucked full-in; 2 1/2, front layout full; double tuck; double pike; 5.0). Saraiva finished fifth all-around after a fall on her switch ring on balance beam (ff layout, layout; RO two-foot layout; punch front, split jump; Korbut; front aerial, sheep, ff; side somi; RO double pike one step; 6.0D). She had the top score of the seniors on floor exercise (piked full-in; double pike; double tuck; 13.850/5.1D).

First-year senior Yelena Yeryomina led Russia to third and finished fourth all-around (55.750). Yeryomina, still not looking quite comfortable in the senior spotlight, fell on her Yurchenko mount on beam but finished well (beautiful ff layout, layout; Y turn; front aerial to one foot to scale; split jump full; switch leap, side aerial; RO triple twist; 13.250/5.7). She qualified second to the uneven bars final with 14.850 (Nabiyeva to Pak; messy Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder, inside Stalder-blind; piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double tuck; 6.0D) and fourth on floor exercise, where she wears rhythmic half-shoes (tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 punch front; double turn in attitude; double tuck; 13.550/5.2). Her Yurchenko 1 1/2 earned 14.100 (5.0D).

Olympian Angelina Melnikova, gearing up for the London World Cup before the European championships, looked stronger than she has so far this year. She earned her highest score on vault for a double-twisting Yurchenko (14.350) and hit beam for 14.050 on vault (double wolf turn to stand; switch ring; ff ff two-foot layout; punch front; full turn with leg held horizontal to full turn; side somi; high and clean double pike; 5.7D) but had a fluke mistake on uneven bars, missing a giant full before her dismount (inside Stalder full; Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; piked Jaeger; full-twisting double tuck to scary straight-legged landing; 13.100/5.7). Her ambitious floor exercise still needs more polish to reach its for full potential (double turn with leg held horizontal to double turn; Arabian double front; double layout, tucked down; piked full-in; double pike; 13.300/5.5).

Russian champion Natalia Kapitonova had nearly the same mistake as Melnikova on uneven bars, coming up short on a toe-on pirouette right before her dismount (Stalder-full; Komova II to Pak to Stalder; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder full to Tkatchev; fall on toe-on pirouette; full-twisting double; 13.550/6.0) and was very shaky on balance beam, where she showed some unique skills (ff ff two-foot layout; double turn; split jump to punch front; side aerial; double turn in Y; switch half; side somi; ff ff double tuck; 13.350/5.8).

The eldest Russian in Jesolo, Olympian and co-world uneven bars champion Daria Spiridonova, qualified to the bars final in fifth (Komova II, Pak, Van Leeuwen; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double; 14.200/5.6).

Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos led France to fourth (160.200) in a good showing before the European championships. Her double-twisting Yurchenko had a bit too much power (13.700), but she was impressive on uneven bars (Komova, back uprise, inside-Stalder-immediate Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; got a lost after elgrip full but covered well; full-twisting double layout; 14.450/5.8) and balance beam (piked front mount; piked front; handstand stepdown ff two-foot layout; side somi; beautiful switch ring; RO double tuck; 13.900/5.7). She had a fall on floor exercise that dropped her down to ninth all-around (tucked full-in; fall on double pike; front layout, layout front full; double tuck; 12.100/4.9).

The Italian A team, which included two-first year seniors (Noemi Linari and Martina Maggio) and two gymnasts born in 2000 (Desiree Carofiglio and Giada Grisetti), managed only fifth (159.750). Only three Italian seniors advanced to Sunday's event finals: Grisetti on balance beam (switch ring; ff ff layout; front aerial, split jump, wolf jump; Onodi; side aerial; RO double tuck; 13.500/5.3), and Carofiglio and Sofia Busato (also born in 2000) on vault.

The Canadian seniors finished sixth (156.750). 2016 Olympic vault finalist Shallon Olsen qualified to finals on vault and floor exercise, but the team made a significant number of mistakes. Olsen was the top gymnast in 20th all-around, followed by Audrey Rousseau (23rd) and first-year seniors Jade Chrobok (26th) and Brooklyn Moors, the younger sister of 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors (27th).

A mixed team of Belgium and Italy finished seventh (156.500). Belgium Olympian Nina Derwael, who seems to have undergone a growth spurt since last summer, fell on her dismount after an otherwise strong uneven bars routine (Stalder-piked Tkatchev; Ricna-half to Yezhova; Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak; Van Leeuwen; toe-full; fall on full-twisting double; 13.750/6.0). Teammate Senna Deriks qualified to the bars final in sixth place (13.950/5.6).


Junior all-around champion Gabby Perea (USA) outscored the senior field in Jesolo.

The Americans were untouchable in the junior division, winning team title by nearly 14 points and taking the top four spots in the all-around. All-around champion Gabby Perea, coached by Chinese Olympians Li Yuejiu and Wu Jiani in Illinois, tied McCusker with the top score of the day on uneven bars (inside Stalder full; Maloney, uprise, Ricna, Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder blind to Jaeger; double layout; 15.050/6.0) and had the highest score of the day on beam (double wolf turn; standing full to split jump and straddle jump; ff, ff, two-foot layout; switch ring; side somi; ff ff 2 1/2; 14.650/6.1). Her double-twisting Yurchenko scored 14.550, and on floor exercise, she tumbled a tucked full-in; front to triple twist; 1 1/2 to double twist; and double pike (13.300/5.1).

U.S. junior champion Maile O'Keefe finished second all-around (56.900). O'Keefe, who is coached by Tammy and Sorin Salcianu at Salcianu Elite, also hit four events, tying Perea on vault (14.550), scoring 14.650 on uneven bars (Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak; Maloney, uprise, Ricna; Jaeger; Stalder-full to Arabian double front; 5.4) and 14.500 on balance beam (side aerial layout; ff ff two-foot layout; switch ring, split ring; ff ff double pike; 5.9). O'Keefe's biggest error was stepping out of bounds on her second pass on floor exercise (Arabian double front; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2; double tuck; double pike; 13.600/5.2).

Emma Malabuyo, coached by Kim Zmeskal-Burdette in Texas, finished third all-around with another four hit routines (56.275). She had the top score on junior vault (14.650) and scored 14.000 on uneven bars (inside Stalder, Stalder-full to Tkatchev; Pak; Stalder, Stalder, pirouette, Endo, Stalder-shoot to high; stuck full-twisting double; 5.0); 14.100 on balance beam (triple wolf; ff layout, layout; front tuck; standing Arabian; ff ff double pike; 5.8) and 13.950 on floor exercise (tucked full-in; double-twisting front, punch front, stag leap; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 stuck; double pike; 5.4).

Adeline Kenlin, who trains under coached Mary Wise and Paige Roth at Iowa Gym-Nest, also showed four clean routines for fourth all-around (55.900). Kenlin, who like Hurd was born in China and adopted by American parents, scored 14.250 on both vault and uneven bars (inside Stalder, Stalder-full; Ricna; inside Stalder-full to Pak; Van Leeuwen; double front-half; 5.7), and 14.150 on balance beam (ff layout, layout; side aerial, switch leap, switch half, back tuck; front aerial, sissone; wolf; full turn with leg horizontal to full turn; ff ff double pike with one step; 5.6). Kenlin earned her lowest score on floor exercise with 13.250, but opened with a front handspring, double front-half, rarely (if never) seen since it was performed by Ukrainian legend Lilia Podkopayeva en route to Olympic gold 21 years ago. Kenlin also tumbled a double-twisting front, punch front; to stag jump; 1 1/2 layout front full; double tuck for a 5.1 D-score.

The fifth U.S. junior, Olivia Dunne – coached by Craig and Jennifer Zappa at Eastern National Academy in New Jersey – finished sixth all-around (53.600) with 13.500 on vault, beam and floor exercise, and 13.100 on uneven bars.

Italy, featuring a pair of twins in Asia and Alice d'Amato, finished second (157.900). Asia was the top gymnast in seventh all-around (52.850), followed by Elisa Iorio in eighth (52.675). Top junior hope Giorgia Villa was unable to finish the competition after appearing to injure her ankle or foot on floor exercise. Villa qualified to the uneven bars final (Maloney; Pak Stalder-Shaposh to bail to toe shoot to high; Tkatchev; elgrip giant full to elgrip; full-twisting double), tying Asia d'Amato with 13.500.

A talented quartet of Russians also finished third in the juniors (156.500), owing to too many mistakes. Valeria Saifulina was the top Russian in 11th all-around (51.550), with her top score 13.800 on uneven bars (Komova to Pak; inside Stalder; inside Stalder blind to Jaeger; Stalder, Stalder full to full-twisting double; 5.6D). Russian junior champion Ksenia Klimenko was the most stylish of the bunch, but managed only 12th all-around (51.300) after an 11.600 for just a tucked Yurchenko on vault (3.3D). Klimenko qualified to finals on the other three events, with 13.500 on uneven bars (Stalder-full; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder, toe-blind to piked Jaeger to Pak; Maloney; double front half; 5.6D); 13.500 on balance beam (switch half; side aerial, layout; front handspring, tucked front; front aerial; sheep, split jump, wolf; side somi; switch ring and grab the beam; RO double tuck; 5.6D).

Anastasia Agafonova finished 13th (51.250) ahead of fan favorite Varvara Zubova in 15th (50.450). The spunky Zubova missed her incredible balance beam routine (RO, Onodi mount that did not get all the way around; front handspring to tucked front, nailed; fall on RO two-foot layout; front aerial, illusion; gainer ff to layout, layout; gainer Korbut; Y turn; RO ff double pike; 12.850/5.8).

Italy's B team finished fourth with 153.950, ahead of France (151.900) and Italy's Youth team (145.500).

Canada, which sent only three juniors, finished in sixth (145.150). Junior champion Ana Padurariu, coached by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova, finished fifth all-around (55.750), qualifying second to the beam final with a great routine that she ended with a big smile (back dive to shoulder stand mount; switch ring; side aerial, layout, layout; switch half; front aerial, split jump, ff; switch leap, sheep; RO double pike; 14.500/5.7).

A fourth Italian junior squad, Italy Hopes, finished eighth (122.100).

The Jesolo Trophy concludes Sunday with the senior and junior apparatus finals.

External Link: Italian Gymnastics Federation

10th City of Jesolo Trophy
April 1, 2017, Jesolo, Italy

Senior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  United States43.50043.20042.45038.800167.950
Morgan Hurd14.70013.40012.60013.200
Ashton Locklear14.75014.000
Riley McCusker14.60015.05014.20012.750
Victoria Nguyen14.20013.25014.25012.850
2.  Brazil43.25040.40040.50040.500164.650
Rebeca Andrade15.00013.80013.55013.650
Thaís Fidélis13.55012.70013.30013.000
Carolyne Pedro13.95013.00012.90012.600
Flávia Saraiva14.30013.60013.65013.850
3.  Russia41.95042.60040.65039.400164.600
Natalia Kapitonova13.50013.55013.35012.500
Angelina Melnikova14.35013.10014.05013.300
Daria Spiridonova13.35014.20012.75012.550
Yelena Yeryomina14.10014.85013.25013.550
4.  France40.85041.10040.25038.000160.200
Juliette Bossu13.60012.65012.45012.900
Marine Boyer13.45012.85013.90013.000
Lorette Charpy13.55013.80010.95011.900
Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos13.70014.45013.90012.100
5.  Italy40.50039.95040.10039.200159.750
Desiree Carofiglio13.00013.20013.35012.900
Giada Grisetti13.85013.35013.50012.150
Noemi Linari13.55013.15013.25013.200
Martina Maggio13.10013.40012.45013.100
6.  Canada42.10037.95037.45039.250156.750
Jade Chrobok13.70012.75012.45012.650
Brooklyn Moors13.80012.55012.40012.200
Shallon Olsen14.55012.05012.60013.300
Audrey Rousseau13.75012.65012.40013.300
7.  Belgium/Italy40.75040.45037.35037.950156.500
Senna Deriks13.80013.95012.25013.350
Nina Derwael 13.65013.75013.45012.350
Sara Berardinelli13.05012.20011.40012.200
Caterina Cereghetti13.30012.75011.65012.250

Junior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  United States43.75043.95043.30040.850171.850
Adelin Kenlin14.25014.25014.15013.250
Emma Malabuyo14.65014.00014.10013.950
Maile O'Keefe14.55014.65014.50013.600
Gabby Perea14.55015.05014.65013.300
2.  Italy 141.90040.05038.00037.950157.900
Asia d'Amato14.20013.50012.35013.100
Alice d'Amato13.70011.00012.85011.750
Elisa Iorio14.00013.05012.80013.100
Giorgia Villa13.50013.50012.3504.800
3.  Russia39.45040.75039.40036.900156.500
Anastasia Agafonova13.40013.45013.25011.150
Ksenia Klimenko11.60013.50013.30012.900
Valeria Saifulina12.80013.80012.45011.900
Varvara Zubova13.25012.25012.85012.100
4.  Italy 240.00036.70038.70038.550153.950
Sidney Saturnino13.65012.50012.95013.150
Martina Basile13.35012.35012.20012.750
Matilde de Tullio13.00011.85013.25012.200
Benedetta Ciammarughi12.05010.65012.50012.650
5.  France40.40037.70036.10037.700151.900
Carolann Heduit13.20013.05012.75013.600
Julia Forestier13.70012.60012.05011.700
Celia Serber13.50012.05011.30012.400
6.  Italy Youth37.65033.10036.90037.850145.500
Giulia Cotroneo12.80011.00013.05012.850
Alessia Federici12.85010.60012.00012.650
Simona Marinelli11.90011.50011.85012.350
Camilla Campagnaro12.00010.40011.25010.700
7.  Canada36.80031.50039.90036.950145.150
Zoé Allaire-Bourgie11.50010.40013.45012.900
Jaden Gorsline11.7007.10011.95010.450
Ana Padurariu13.60014.00014.50013.600
8.  Italy Hopes23.20030.05033.90034.950122.100
Veronica Mandriota12.65010.30012.50012.450
Marta Morabito10.5509.95011.30011.200
Serena Napolitano0.0009.80010.10011.300

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Riley McCusker5.414.6006.215.0505.514.2005.212.75056.600
2.Rebeca Andrade5.415.0005.313.8005.413.5505.013.65056.000
3.Abby Paulson4.613.7005.614.3005.814.2005.413.60055.800
4.Yelena Yeryomina5.014.1006.014.8505.713.2505.213.55055.750
5.Flávia Saraiva5.414.3004.913.6006.013.6505.113.85055.400
6.Angelina Melnikova5.414.3505.713.1005.714.0505.513.30054.800
7.Victoria Nguyen5.414.2005.613.2506.014.2505.012.85054.550
8.Alyona Shchennikova5.414.6505.814.4005.312.2505.113.20054.500
9.Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos4.613.7005.814.4505.713.9004.912.10054.150
10.Morgan Hurd5.414.7005.413.4005.712.6005.313.20053.900
11.Senna Deriks4.613.8005.613.9505.312.2505.113.35053.350
12.Marine Boyer4.613.4504.612.8505.713.9004.913.00053.200
12.Nina Derwael 4.613.6506.013.7505.213.4504.212.35053.200
14.Noemi Linari5.013.5505.113.1505.013.2505.113.20053.150
15.Trinity Thomas4.813.7505.613.2505.312.8505.613.25053.100
16.Natalia Kapitonova4.613.5006.013.5505.813.3505.112.50052.900
17.Giada Grisetti5.413.8505.413.3505.313.5004.812.15052.850
18.Daria Spiridonova4.613.3505.614.2005.312.7504.712.55052.850
19.Thaís Fidélis4.613.5504.812.7006.113.3005.313.00052.550
20.Shallon Olsen5.414.5504.612.0505.312.6005.513.30052.500
21.Desiree Carofiglio4.813.0004.913.2005.313.3504.912.90052.450
22.Carolyne Pedro4.613.9504.813.0005.012.9004.912.60052.450
23.Audrey Rousseau4.613.7504.612.6505.112.4005.313.30052.100
24.Martina Maggio5.413.1005.113.4005.212.4504.713.10052.050
25.Juliette Bossu4.613.6005.512.6504.712.4504.612.90051.600
26.Jade Chrobok5.013.7004.712.7505.212.4504.912.65051.550
27.Brooklyn Moors4.813.8004.512.5504.612.4005.112.20050.950
28.Lorette Charpy4.613.5505.413.8005.110.9504.611.90050.200
29.Caterina Cereghetti4.613.3004.812.7505.211.6504.512.25049.950
30.Sara Berardinelli5.013.0505.012.2004.711.4004.712.20048.850
31.Ashton Locklear5.514.7505.614.00028.750
32.Sofia Busato5.414.30014.300
33.Lara Mori4.712.45012.450

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Gabby Perea5.414.5506.015.0506.114.6505.113.30057.225
2.Maile O'Keefe5.414.5505.614.6505.914.5005.213.60056.900
3.Emma Malabuyo5.414.6505.014.0005.814.1005.413.95056.275
4.Adelin Kenlin5.414.2505.714.2505.614.1505.113.25055.900
5.Ana Padurariu4.613.6005.314.0005.714.5005.113.60055.750
6.Olivia Dunne4.613.5005.313.1005.413.5005.213.50053.600
7.Asia d'Amato5.414.2005.113.5004.712.3505.013.10052.850
8.Elisa Iorio5.414.0005.813.0504.812.8004.913.10052.675
9.Carolann Heduit4.613.2005.713.0505.712.7505.313.60052.600
10.Sidney Saturnino4.613.6504.712.5005.212.9504.913.15052.250
11.Valeria Saifulina5.412.8005.613.8005.212.4504.811.90051.550
12.Ksenia Klimenko3.311.6005.613.5005.613.3005.012.90051.300
13.Anastasia Agafonova4.613.4005.313.4505.313.2505.011.15051.250
14.Martina Basile4.613.3504.512.3505.112.2004.912.75050.650
15.Varvara Zubova4.613.2504.912.2505.812.8504.412.10050.450
16.Matilde de Tullio4.613.0004.911.8504.913.2504.612.20050.300
17.Julia Forestier4.613.7004.912.6004.712.0504.411.70050.050
18.Giulia Cotroneo4.612.8004.411.0005.013.0504.912.85049.700
19.Celia Serber4.613.5004.512.0504.711.3004.912.40049.250
20.Alice d'Amato5.413.7004.611.0005.112.8504.911.75049.100
21.Zoé Allaire-Bourgie3.711.5004.310.4005.213.4504.612.90048.250
22.Alessia Federici4.012.8504.610.6004.712.0004.512.65048.100
23.Veronica Mandriota4.012.6504.010.3004.712.5004.812.45047.900
24.Benedetta Ciammarughi3.512.0504.610.6504.712.5004.812.65047.850
25.Simona Marinelli3.511.9003.411.5004.811.8504.712.35047.600
26.Camilla Campagnaro4.612.0003.510.4004.311.2504.610.70044.350
27.Giorgia Villa5.413.5005.413.5005.112.3502.04.80044.150
28.Marta Morabito3.510.5501.69.9504.011.3003.611.20043.000
29.Jaden Gorsline3.311.7002.47.1004.911.9503.710.45041.200
30.Serena Napolitano0.00.0001.69.8003.910.1003.811.30031.200
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:08    PDF Print
British Championships End With Record Attendance
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



A sold-out crowd gathered to watch the final day of the 2017 British Gymnastics Championships, which concluded Sunday at Liverpool's Echo Arena. Pictured: Junior all-around silver medalist Amelie Morgan won two silvers and a gold in finals.

A sold-out crowd gathered to watch the final day of the 2017 British Gymnastics Championships, which concluded Sunday at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

British Gymnastics reported a record number of 15,835 spectators in attendance over the three days of competition, which included sell-out crowds for Saturday's senior all-around finals and Sunday's event finals. The competition, which crowned junior and senior all-around and event champions, drew more than 205 gymnasts representing 63 gymnastics clubs across the UK.

The national championships in Liverpool also included the "Disability" Masters, an interesting concept that should be seriously explored by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as a possibility for inclusion as a Paralympic sport.

The competition ended Sunday with the apparatus finals for junior and senior women, and the "Masters" finals for men, which included the top gymnasts on each event from both junior and senior competition. The Masters finals gave several younger gymnasts the chance to compete head-to-head with the top seniors in the country. Several international competitors who competed as guests during the all-around competition were eligible for medals in the Masters finals.

New senior women's all-around champion Ellie Downie (Notts Gymnastics Academy) added event titles on vault and uneven bars, but elected to skip finals on beam and floor exercise to rest up for next Saturday's FIG World Cup in London. She scored a massive 9.750 Execution score on her double-twisting Yurchenko first vault. Downie, who has been training a Cheng Fei, stepped over the line on her layout Podkopayeva second vault for an average of 14.437. After falling in the all-around, she hit bars in finals (Maloney uprise Hindorff; toe-full to piked Tkatchev to Pak; Van Leeuwen; stuck double layout; 14.600/5.9).

The outstanding Georgia-Mae Fenton (East London), who resembles 2002 world beam champion Ashley Postell, won the silver medal with an impressive 9.075 Execution score, with a brilliant original Ricna-half to Yezhova combination (14.575/5.5). Two-time Olympian Becky Downie, Ellie's elder sister, missed her eponymous skill (Stalder-piked Tkatchev) but managed the bronze. (14.025/5.9).


All-around champion Ellie Downie (Notts Gymnastics) won vault and uneven bars on Sunday.

Phoebe Turner (The Academy), who finished fifth all-around, won the balance beam title (12.575/4.8) over St Tydfil's Latalia Bevan (no relation to Olympian Brinn Bevan).

All-around bronze medalist Maisie Methuen (pronounced Me-thune) of Phoenix Gymnastics won floor exercise (tucked full-in; double pike; double-twisting layout front; 13.425/4.7) over Olympian Claudia Fragapane, who stumbled out of bounds on her third pass (double layout; Arabian double front; triple twist; double pike; 13.150/5.2).

In the junior women's competition, all-around champion Taeja James (Birmingham) picked up three more golds on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She fell off beam on her wolf turn and settled for silver. Though James dominated the event, the depth of talent was noteworthy, particularly young gymnasts hailing from newer clubs now capable of producing international-level gymnasts. All-around runner-up Amelie Morgan (Slough), who impressed in Liverpool with her elegance and clean lines, took gold on beam (switch leap, switch half; front aerial; straddle jump-half done sideways; ff ff layout; switch leap full; RO 2 1/2; 13.450/5.2) in finals after silvers on vault and uneven bars.

Zoe Simmons (The Academy) won silver on floor (nice running double front opening pass). All-around bronze medalist Jolie Ruckley (Cardiff Olympic) won three more bronze medals for Wales on bars, beam and floor.

In the men's Masters finals, a trio of gymnasts representing Ireland picked up titles. Andrew Smith, who trains at Notts Gymnastics, won floor exercise (14.225/5.6). Junior European silver medalist Rhys McClenaghan (Rathgael) continued his ascension with the gold medal on pommel horse (14.900/6.1) over three-time world championships medalist Prashanth Sellathurai (13.775/6.0). Sellathurai trains at Milton Keyes Gymnastics in Buckinghamshire, where he moved to attend medical school.

Lisburn's Ewan McAteer — who will turn 18 in July like McClenaghan — won the vault title over senior all-around silver medalist Dominick Cunningham (Birmingham)

Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus) won still rings (14.950/6.4) over new all-around champion Joe Fraser of Birmingham (13.575/5.1). Former British team member Reiss Beckford, who now represents Jamaica, won the bronze (13.375/5.3.)

On parallel bars, James Hall brought Pegasus a second title (13.825/5.8). Fraser, Joshua Nathan and Donell Osbourne swept the medals for Birmingham on high bar.

Gymnastics returns to London's O2 Arena, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, during next Saturday's World Cup event, the third and final all-around stop in the 2017 series. Ellie Downie, Olympic floor bronze medalist Amy Tinkler and Olympians Sam Oldham and Brinn Bevan will represent Great Britain. Ukrainian star Oleg Vernyayev headlines the field, which also includes world vault bronze medalist Donnell Whittenburg (United States) and Olympians Tabea Alt (Germany), Angelina Melnikova (Russia) and Eddy Yusof (Switzerland). First-year senior Victoria Nguyen (United States), the latest talent from Liang Chow, will make her senior international debut at the City of Jesolo Trophy, April 1-2 in Italy, before heading to London to compete in the World Cup.

External Link: British Gymnastics

2017 British Gymnastics Championships
March 26, Liverpool, England

Senior Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.49.75015.15014.437
5.28.8250.313.725
2.Holly JonesSwansea Gymnastics Centre5.08.85013.85013.512
4.09.17513.175
3.Phoebe TurnerThe Academy4.69.15013.75013.412
4.48.67513.075
4.Megan BridgeGymmagic4.69.12513.72513.337
4.18.85012.950
5.Shannon ArcherGlasgow4.68.60013.20012.337
4.17.37511.475
6.Carrlisa AlleyneCardiff Central Youth Club4.18.65012.7506.375
0.00.0000.000

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.98.70014.600
2.Georgia-Mae FentonEast London5.59.07514.575
3.Becky DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.98.12514.025
4.Amy TinklerSouth Essex5.58.42513.925
5.Tyesha MattisLondon5.58.27513.775
6.Charlie FellowsPark Wrekin4.97.75012.650
7.Nicole HibbertHeathrow4.97.32512.225
8.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin3.87.72511.525

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Phoebe TurnerThe Academy4.87.77512.575
2.Latalia BevanSt Tydfils5.17.37512.475
3.Lana ChiltonNewcastle Gym Academy4.37.92512.225
4.Maisie MethuenPhoenix4.87.22512.025
5.Alice KinsellaPark Wrekin5.16.32511.425
6.Holly JonesSwansea Gymnastics Centre4.56.80011.300
7.Amelia MontagueTolworth4.16.35010.450
8.Megan BridgeGymmagic4.45.8000.110.100

Senior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Maisie MethuenPhoenix4.78.72513.425
2.Claudia FragapaneBristol Hawks5.28.4500.513.150
3.Charlie FellowsPark Wrekin4.78.4500.113.050
4.Megan ParkerBirmingham4.68.37512.975
5.Alice KinsellaPark Wrekin5.08.1500.312.850
6.Emily ThomasPen-y-Bont4.38.45012.750
7.Sophie ScottLeatherhead & Dorking4.77.90012.600
8.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin4.78.2500.512.450

Masters Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Andrew SmithNotts Gymnastics Academy5.68.62514.225
2.Hamish CarterBirmingham5.48.52513.925
3.Jamie LewisWoking5.48.37513.775
4.Matthew BoardmanNotts Gymnastics Academy5.27.7750.312.675
5.Joe FraserBirmingham5.66.8000.112.300
6.Dominick CunninghamBirmingham6.06.12512.125
7.Josh CookBarry YMCA5.36.8000.112.000
8.Joshua NathanBirmingham5.26.57511.775

Masters Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Rhys McClenaghanRathgael Gymnastics & Tumbling Club6.18.80014.900
2.Prashanth SellathuraiMilton Keynes Gym6.07.77513.775
3.Korben FellowsBirmingham5.28.47513.675
4.Jac DaviesSwansea Gymnastics Centre6.17.15013.250
5.Jamie LewisWoking6.46.50012.900
6.James HallPegasus5.96.77512.675
7.William TroodLoughborough Students4.48.00012.400
8.Sam OldhamNotts Gymnastics Academy5.16.87511.975

Masters Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Courtney TullochPegasus6.48.55014.950
2.Joe FraserBirmingham5.18.47513.575
3.Reiss BeckfordSouth Essex5.38.07513.375
4.James HallPegasus5.47.75013.150
5.Dominick CunninghamBirmingham5.17.92513.025
6.Elliott CooperManchester6.06.85012.850
7.Joe Cemlyn-JonesFalcons Gym Academy4.38.32512.625
8.Jamie LewisWoking4.48.10012.500

Masters Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Ewan McAteerLisburn Salto5.29.12514.32514.037
4.88.95013.750
2.Dominick CunninghamBirmingham5.28.7750.113.87513.912
4.89.15013.950
3.Gabriel HannahLoughborough Students4.88.75013.55013.800
5.28.85014.050
4.Hamish CarterBirmingham4.89.17513.97513.700
4.09.42513.425
5.Donell OsbourneBirmingham4.49.1250.113.42513.450
4.88.7750.113.475
6.Sam MostowfiPegasus4.89.20014.00013.100
3.29.00012.200
7.Reiss BeckfordSouth Essex4.87.75012.55013.050
4.69.0500.113.550
8.David WeirGlasgow4.87.9500.312.45012.562
4.08.67512.675

Masters Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.James HallPegasus5.88.02513.825
2.Donell OsbourneBirmingham4.88.92513.725
3.Joe FraserBirmingham5.08.62513.625
4.Sam OldhamNotts Gymnastics Academy5.97.65013.550
5.William TroodLoughborough Students4.78.75013.450
6.Daniel LeeTolworth3.98.47512.375
7.Jamie LewisWoking4.87.30012.100
8.Elliott CooperManchester5.36.50011.800

Masters High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Joe FraserBirmingham5.28.67513.875
2.Joshua NathanBirmingham4.48.70013.100
3.Donell OsbourneBirmingham4.58.57513.075
4.Jamie LewisWoking4.88.22513.025
5.Gabriel HannahLoughborough Students4.48.42512.825
6.Kevin CerdaBirmingham5.46.97512.375
7.William TroodLoughborough Students4.17.12511.225
8.Dominick CunninghamBirmingham5.35.87511.175

Junior Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Taeja JamesBirmingham4.69.07513.67513.612
4.808.75013.550
2.Amelie MorganSlough4.69.30013.90013.525
4.009.2500.113.150
3.Zoe SimmonsThe Academy4.68.92513.52513.425
4.408.92513.325
4.Sioned ThomasSwansea Gymnastics Centre4.68.60013.20013.275
4.209.15013.350
5.Scarlett WilliamsNotts Gymnastics Academy4.09.10013.10012.637
3.308.87512.175
6.Ellie RussellWest Lothian Artistic3.78.67512.37512.550
4.008.72512.725
7.Kirsty FowlerAberdeen3.58.87512.37512.337
3.309.00012.300
8.Laura BeasleyPark Wrekin4.67.67512.2756.137
0.000.0000.000

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Taeja JamesBirmingham4.68.97513.575
2.Amelie MorganSlough4.48.67513.075
3.Jolie RuckleyCardiff Olympic4.38.40012.700
4.Paige ThomasNeath Afan4.37.92512.225
5.Kelsey Ann MooreLiverpool4.56.70011.200
6.Roshelle Spencer-SmithHeathrow4.16.87510.975
7.Phoebe JakubczykThe Academy3.66.90010.500
8.Hallie CopperwheatSapphire3.56.77510.275

Junior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Amelie MorganSlough5.28.25013.450
2.Taeja JamesBirmingham5.67.42513.025
3.Jolie RuckleyCardiff Olympic4.77.90012.600
4.Alyieana RahimSapphire4.18.17512.275
5.Ellee CheethamManchester4.37.72512.025
6.Laura BeasleyPark Wrekin4.76.97511.675
7.Scarlett WilliamsNotts Gymnastics Academy4.67.00011.600
8.Megan SplainSapphire4.37.07511.375

Junior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Taeja JamesBirmingham5.48.65014.050
2.Zoe SimmonsThe Academy4.98.07512.975
3.Jolie RuckleyCardiff Olympic4.38.45012.750
4.Megan SplainSapphire4.28.30012.500
5.Ellie RussellWest Lothian Artistic4.38.05012.350
6.Phoebe JakubczykThe Academy4.08.4000.112.300
7.Amelie MorganSlough4.77.6750.312.075
8.Amelia KnightThe Academy4.26.9750.310.875

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of British gymnasts includes:
"British Catalyst" - Daniel Keatings interview (March 2017)
"British Breakouts" - Maisie Methuen/Alice Kinsella interviews (December 2016)
"Mounting His Challenge" - Louis Smith interview (March 2016)
"Britain's Best" - Amy Tinkler/Catherine Lyons interviews (June 2015)
Lisa Mason interview (May 2015)
"Britain's New Bombshell" - Claudia Fragapane interview (December 2014)
Barry Collie interview (July/August 2014)
"A Sorority of Success" - Becky Downie/Ellie Downie interviews (June 2014)
Becky Downie, Whitlock, Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan on cover (June 2014)
"Branching Out" - Rebecca Tunney profile (May 2014)
"European Brilliance" - Ruby Harrold interview (September 2013)
"Lord Max" - Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 26 March 2017 12:00    PDF Print
France Wins Sainté Gym Cup in Saint Étienne
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)



The host nation captured the team title at the Sainté Gym Cup, an international friendly tournament held Saturday and Sunday in Saint Étienne, France. Pictured: Senior all-around medalists Julie Meyers of Belgium and Léanne Bourgeois and Grâce Charpy of France

The host nation captured the team title at the Sainté Gym Cup, an international friendly women's tournament held Saturday and Sunday in Saint Étienne, France.

Organized by the Indépendante Stéphanoise club and Pôle Gym Saint Étienne, the Sainté Gym Cup attracted 36 gymnasts from eight other European nations: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Romania and Spain. On Saturday, junior and senior competed for all-around medals. A preliminary team competition featured up to four gymnasts on a team with three scores counting per event. On Sunday, the eight countries returned for a two-up two-count team final.

Léane Bourgeois(Avoine Beaumont), Aline Friess (Saint Étienne), Alison Lepin (Avoine Beaumont), Jana Mouffok (Meaux) combined to give France 101.600.

Lepin, a member of France's bronze medal-winning squad at the 2016 European Championships in Bern, had the high score for France on uneven bars (inside Stalder full; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; toe-on Tkatchev; stalder-full to full-twisting double; 14.000). Lepin is on France's team to the European championships next month in in Cluj-Napoca along with Marine Boyer, Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos and Coline Devillard.

A Belgian team of Margaux Daveloose, Fien Engels, Julie Meyers and Julie Vandamme placed second (94.100).

A trio of Spanish juniors (Violeta Sánchez, Paula Norberto and Mar Palliso) finished third with 93.100. Italy was fourth (92.750), followed by Austria (91.050), Finland (84.550) and Israel (69.900).

Romania sent three gymnasts, but they competed uneven bars and balance beam only as preparation for Europeans. Larisa Iordache made her comeback in her first competition since her Olympic heartbreak last year. She had been entered into last weekend's World Cup in Stuttgart but was forced to withdraw after a flare-up of plantar fasciitis. She had the top score of the meet with her 14.050 on uneven bars (Maloney; Pak; Van Leeuwen; Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double). On Saturday she dropped off beam on her full, but managed to overcome some large wobbles to stay on through sheer grit (front aerial; ff tucked full; split jump, switch half; switch leap full; side aerial; double turn; side somi; RO ff 2 1/2; 13.200).

Teammate Ioana Crişan, competing in her first senior international, dropped off beam on her ff, ff, two-foot layout series for a mere 10.500. She hit uneven bars with a fairly clean routine, showing lovely leg form and toepoint, albeit with several leg separations (Stalder; Stalder-full to Tkatchev to Pak; double layout; 13.100). Iordache and Crişan will compete in Cluj-Napoca alongside Cătălina Ponor and Olivia Cîmpian, who were sent to the Doha World Cup this weekend.

Bourgeois won the senior all-around title (49.900) over Meyers (49.800) and Saint-Etienne's Grâce Charpy (49.050).

Italy's Alessia Canali won the junior all-around title (48.950) over Friess (48.500) and Spain's Violeta Sánchez (47.850). Canali and Friess were born in 2003, while Sánchez was born in 2002.

Charpy's younger sister, first-year senior Lorette Charpy, will compete next weekend in Italy at the annual City of Jesolo Trophy alongside Boyer, De Jesus Dos Santos and Juliette Bossu. Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italy, France, Russia and the United States are also slated for Jesolo. This year's French national championships take place in May.

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2017 Sainté Gym Cup
May 25-26, Saint Étienne, France

Team FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  France26.80026.75024.55023.500101.600
Alison Lepin13.30014.00012.30011.550
Léane Bourgeois13.50011.950
Jana Mouffok12.750
Aline Friess12.250
2.  Belgium25.75023.05021.40023.90094.100
Margaux Daveloose12.40011.750
Fien Engels12.15011.500
Julie Meyers13.3509.900
Julie Vandamme10.90012.150
3.  Spain26.55022.80019.85023.90093.100
Violeta Sánchez13.40011.6008.80011.800
Paula Norberto13.15011.200
Mar Palliso11.05012.100
4.  Italy24.70020.80021.85025.40092.750
Chiara Vergani12.60010.10011.30012.950
Lisa Uggeri10.55012.450
Arianna Bellan12.10010.700
5.  Austria26.40022.15019.35023.15091.050
Jasmin Mader13.40012.1009.950
Marlies Männersdorfer13.00011.400
Bianca Frysak10.0509.400
Tamara Stadelmann11.750
6.  Finland24.55022.80017.50019.70084.550
Wilma Malin13.20011.1507.55010.000
Meeriellen Sukari11.3509.9509.700
Iida-Maria Vänni11.650
7.  Israel25.90010.10011.15022.75069.900
Gaya Giladi13.45011.200
Tzuf Feldon11.15011.550
Ofir Netzer12.45010.100
8.  Romania27.15023.85051.000
Larisa Iordache14.05013.200
Ioana Crişan13.10010.650

Team QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  France40.55035.70036.90035.500148.650
Léane Bourgeois13.50011.95012.50011.950
Alison Lepin13.50011.95011.70011.800
Aline Friess12.50011.65012.60011.750
Jana Mouffok13.55011.80011.80010.850
2.  Belgium38.50036.55034.40035.300144.750
Julie Meyers13.30012.75011.90011.850
Fien Engels12.65012.60010.90011.000
Julie Vandamme12.55011.05011.60011.300
Margaux Daveloose12.20011.20010.15012.150
3.  Austria38.60034.50032.65035.650141.400
Jasmin Mader13.55012.20011.00011.700
Marlies Männersdorfer12.85011.30010.55012.650
Bianca Frysak12.20011.00010.95011.000
Tamara Stadelmann12.15010.75010.70011.300
4.  Spain40.15032.30030.65033.950137.050
Violeta Sánchez13.65011.45011.30011.450
Paula Norberto13.20010.70010.15010.300
Mar Palliso13.30010.1508.60011.500
Carlota Ortega9.8509.20011.000
5.  Italy35.95030.55031.30034.900132.700
Chiara Vergani12.00010.70010.30011.800
Lisa Uggeri11.8009.65010.70011.900
Arianna Bellan12.15010.20010.30011.200
Emanuela Petrean11.2509.20010.20010.450
6.  Finland37.80030.05029.15031.800128.800
Iida-Maria Vänni12.65010.60011.85011.400
Wilma Malin13.25011.0508.70010.500
Meeriellen Sukari11.9008.4008.6009.900
7.  Israel38.20020.80029.35031.750120.100
Ofir Netzer12.45010.60010.150
Gaya Giladi13.5507.65011.600
Tzuf Feldon12.2008.55010.300
Ofir Kremer10.20010.6509.850
8.  Romania38.55034.60073.150
Larisa Iordache13.85012.050
Laura Jurca12.55011.400
Ioana Crişan12.15011.150

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Léane Bourgeois4.613.5004.711.9504.812.5004.511.95049.900
2.Julie Meyers4.613.3004.812.7505.011.9004.211.85049.800
3.Grâce Charpy4.613.4004.812.3504.811.3004.812.00049.050
4.Alison Lepin4.813.5005.511.9504.811.7004.911.80048.950
5.Jasmin Mader4.613.5504.412.2004.311.0004.011.70048.450
6.Jana Mouffok4.613.5504.911.8005.111.8004.310.85048.000
7.Marlies Männersdorfer4.212.8504.111.3004.610.5504.212.65047.350
8.Thea Mille Nygaard4.012.4504.211.2004.810.9004.511.80046.350
9.Bianca Frysak3.512.2004.211.0004.410.9504.011.00045.150
10.Tamara Stadelmann3.512.1503.510.7504.410.7004.111.30044.900
11.Chiara Vergani3.912.0004.410.7004.910.3004.711.80044.800
12.Lisa Uggeri3.711.8001.89.6503.610.7004.111.90044.050
13.Wilma Malin4.213.2504.311.0502.98.7004.010.50043.500
14.Emanuela Petrean2.611.2501.39.2003.910.2003.510.45041.100
15.Ofir Netzer4.012.4504.510.6004.210.15033.200
16.Gaya Giladi4.613.5504.27.6504.411.60032.800
17.Tzuf Feldon3.712.2003.58.5504.510.30031.050
18.Ofir Kremer2.710.2004.610.6503.99.85030.700
19.Larisa Iordache5.413.8505.612.05025.900
20.Laura Jurca4.712.5504.711.40023.950
21.Ioana Crişan4.512.1505.211.50023.300
22.Alix Scandella2.010.10010.100

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Alessia Canali4.613.2004.511.3004.412.2004.412.25048.950
2.Aline Friess4.612.5004.511.6505.012.6004.511.75048.500
3.Violeta Sánchez4.613.6504.511.4505.011.3004.111.45047.850
4.Deborah Salmina4.613.4004.712.1503.79.9504.511.95047.450
5.Fien Engels4.012.6504.412.6004.310.9004.011.00047.150
6.Iida-Maria Vänni4.612.6504.610.6004.411.8504.111.40046.500
7.Julie Vandamme4.012.5504.311.0504.711.6004.311.30046.500
8.Margaux Daveloose3.512.2004.311.2004.810.1504.612.15045.700
9.Emma Grisetti4.012.9004.18.7504.511.7504.411.15044.550
10.Paula Norberto4.613.2004.710.7004.210.1504.110.30044.350
11.Arianna Bellan4.212.1503.910.2003.910.3004.211.20043.850
12.Mar Palliso4.613.3004.210.1503.08.6004.211.50043.550
13.Meeriellen Sukari3.711.9003.38.4003.38.6003.39.90038.800
14.Carlota Ortega3.49.8503.99.2003.911.00030.050
 


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