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Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 20 May 2007 08:40    PDF Print
Mys, Couckhuyt Win Belgian Titles
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Gaelle Mys and Günther Couckhuyt won the senior women's and all-around titles, respectively, at the Belgian Championships held May 17-19 in Mons.
Gaelle Mys

The 15-year-old Mys (OTV Nazareth) earned the victory by only 0.025 over 20-year-old Chloé Henry (Gymclub Malmédy). At the European Championships last month in Amsterdam, Mys finished 16th in the all-around final. Henry finished 38th in the all-around preliminaries.

Only two men – winner Couckhuyt (Winsol Gym Izegem) and Cyril Dangremont (CGO Mouseron) – competed on all six events in the senior all-around.

Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport), who placed sixth on pommel horse at the Europeans, performed on that event only. Four gymnasts competed on all six events in the junior men's division.

The junior all-around champions were Lisse Bossaert (SILOK Deurne) for the women and Jérémy Bourgois (Blauwput Omnisport) for the men.

2007 Belgian Championships
Mons, May 17-19

Senior Women's All-Around
1. Gaelle Mys 55.350
2. Chloé Henry 55.325
3. Valérie Brohee 46.400
4. Mieke Andriaenssen 44.375
5. Stéphanie Fellin 44.050
6. Kelly Seys 41.275

Junior Women's All-Around
1. Lisse Bossaert 52.600
2. Pauline Hanset 50.050
3. Cindy Rauw 48.525
4. Monica Dejardin 48.225
5. Emilie Ibraimova 47.825
6. Xenia De Groote 46.175

Senior Men's All-Around
1. Günther Couckhuyt 84.25
2. Cyril Dangremont 73.00

Junior Men's All-Around
1. Jeremy Bourgois 82.10
2. Gilles Gentges 79.85
3. Kristof Schroé 79.70
4. Tomas Thys 73.50

Read "Mighty Mys," a profile on the new Belgian senior women's champion, in the October 2005 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 13 May 2007 08:35    PDF Print
Nistor Wins Two Titles in Ghent

Romanian Steliana Nistor won two titles, but Ukraine was the most successul nation as the Ghent World Cup concluded Sunday in Belgium.

The Ukrainian duo of Irina Krasnyanskaya and Daria Zgoba finished first and second on uneven bars and second and third on balance beam.

Nistor, the bronze medalist on uneven bars, won both balance beam and floor exercise.

Russia's Anna Grudko won women's vault over Mexico's Elsa Garcia, who continued her World Cup success with silvers on vault and floor. European vault champion Carlotta Giovannini of Italy finished third with low execution scores.

Ukraine was the most successful nation Sunday with seven medals, including the gold on high bar from Nikolai Kuksenkov.

The Netherlands was second in the medal haul, with three medals from Jeffrey Wammes (bronze on floor and silvers on vault and high bar) and one gold from Yuri van Gelder (tied for first on still rings).

Men's floor champion Wajdi Bouallegue made history for Tunisia with the African nation's first World Cup gold medal. Bouallegue topped Ukraine's Yevgeny Bogonosyuk to take the title in Ghent.

2007 Ghent World Cup
May 13, Ghent, Belgium

Women's Vault
1. Anna Grudko RUS 14.538
2. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.463
3. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 14.300
4. Jana Sikulova CZE 13.900
5. Alina Kozich UKR 13.738
6. Lara Marx LUX 13.713
7. Joanna Litewka POL 13.488
8. Celeste Visagie RSA 13.438

Uneven Bars
1. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.450
2. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.425
3. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.175
4. Anja Brinker GER 14.900
5. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.850
6. Jenny Brunner GER 14.575
7. Sanne Wevers NED 14.350
8. Daiane dos Santos BRA 13.925

Balance Beam
1. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.600
2. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.150
3. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.125
4. Svetlana Klyukina RUS 14.675
5. Madalina Gutu ROM 14.650
6. Verona van de Leur NED 14.550
7. Marta Pihan POL 14.025
8. Yessenia Estrada MEX 13.050

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Steliana Nistor ROM 14.950
2. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.675
3. Daiane dos Santos BRA 14.600
4. Alina Kozich UKR 14.500
5. Daniele Hypolito BRA 13.950
6. Gaelle Mys BEL 13.775
7. Emilie Lepennec FRA 13.725
8. Verona van de Leur NED 13.675

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Wajdi Bouallegue TUN 15.500
2. Yevgeny Bogonosyuk UKR 15.400
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.175
4. Sascha Palgen LUX 14.900
5. Eugen Spiridonov GER 14.750
6. Manuel Campos POR 14.325
7. Victor Rosa BRA 14.200
8. Vladimir Olennikov RUS 14.175

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 16.075
2. Louis Smith GBR 15.250
3. Vladimir Olennikov RUS 14.725
4. Jose Fernandez ESP 14.475
5. Donna-Donny Truyens BEL 14.400
6. Daniel Corral MEX 14.125
7. Ng Shu Wai MAS 13.875
8. Victor Rosa BRA 13.650

Still Rings
1. Yuri van Gelder NED 16.175
1. Regulo Carmona VEN 16.175
3. Timur Kurbanbayev KAZ 16.025
4. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS 15.975
5. Roman Zozulya UKR 15.700
6. David Massam GBR 14.800
6. Isaac Botella ESP 14.800
8. Marcell Hetrovics HUN 14.625

Men's Vault
1. Raphaël Wignanitz FRA 16.288
2. Jeffrey Wammes NED 16.125
3. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 16.050
4. Yernar Yerimbetov KAZ 15.813
5. Luis Araujo POR 15.663
6. Isaac Botella ESP 15.563
7. Marek Lyszczarz POL 15.550
8. Al Asi Ali JOR 15.200

Parallel Bars
1. Mitja Petkovsek SLO 16.025
2. Luis Vargas PUR 15.575
3. Kamil Hulboj POL 15.500
4. Ildar Valeyev KAZ 15.475
5. Roman Zozulya UKR 15.175
6. Roman Kulesza POL 15.050
7. Denis Kucher UKR 14.950
8. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 11.200

High Bar
1. Nikolai Kuksenkov UKR 15.100
2. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.075
3. Luiz dos Anjos BRA 15.000
4. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 14.925
5. Yevgeny Bogonosyuk UKR 14.850
6. Roman Kulesza POL 14.825
7. Raphaël Wignanitz FRA 14.700
8. Fabian Leimlehner AUT 13.775

International Gymnast Magazine's feature coverage of Ghent World Cup competitors includes:
"Building Brazil" - dos Santos/Hypolito cover story (March 2007)
dos Santos on cover (February 2005)
"Double Dose" - dos Santos profile (November 2003)
Elsa Garcia cover photo and interview (May 2007)
Elsa Garcia profile (May 2006)
"Against All Odds" - Hypolito cover story (February 2002)
Kozich center poster (June/July 2004)
Kozich/Krasnyanskaya/Ukrainian team interview (November 2003)
"Kozich Is Closing In" - profile (August/September 2002)
"Quick Chat: Irina Krasnyanskaya" (January/February 2007)
Krasnyanskaya center poster (March 2005)
Krasnyanskaya on cover (November 2003)
"A La Mode" - Lepennec profile (August/September 2004)
"Might Mys" - Mys profile (October 2005)
Ng Shu Wai interview (March 2004)
"Nistor - New Star?" - profile (June/July 2004)
"Declaration of Independence" - Petkovsek/Slovenia team feature (February 2001)
"On the Upswing" - Sikulova profile (July/August 2007)
"Double Dutch" - van Gelder profile (May 2005)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile
van de Leur on cover photo collage (June/July 2002, August/September 2003)
"Fame Resistant" - van de Leur cover story (May 2002)
"Beyond Boundaries" - Vargas profile (May 2004)
"Keeping His Balance" - Yerimbetov profile (February 2004)
Zgoba center poster (November 2005)
"Much For The Dutch" - Zonderland profile (July/August 2006)
"Melbourne Confidential" - 2005 World Championships mini-features including Petkovsek, Rivera and van de Leur (March 2006)
"Aarhus Confidential" - 2006 World Championships mini-features including Hypolito and Vargas (January/February 2007)

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 12 May 2007 08:34    PDF Print
World Cup Begins in Ghent

Competition began Saturday at the World Cup in Ghent, Belgium. The top eight gymnasts from Saturday's qualification will advance to Sunday's finals.

Daria Zgoba (Ukraine)

Ukraine was the most successful nation, with three gymnasts at the top of the standings: Daria Zgoba (pictured at left) on uneven bars, Irina Krasnyanskaya on balance beam and Yevgeny Bogonosyuk on men's floor exercise.

Leading the other women's events were Mexico's Elsa Garcia on vault and Romania's Steliana Nistor on floor exercise.

The top qualifiers in the other five men's events were Krisztian Berki (Hungary) on pommel horse, Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands) on still rings, Raphael Wignanitz (France) on vault, Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) on parallel bars and Sergei Khorokhordin (Russia) on high bar.

France's Emilie Lepennec, the 2004 Olympic champion on uneven bars, returned to competition after taking more than a year off. Lepennec placed 13th on balance beam and qualified to the floor final in fourth place.

2007 Ghent World Cup
May 12, Ghent, Belgium

Women's Vault
1. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.325
2. Alina Kozich UKR 14.250
3. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 14.100
4. Anna Grudko RUS 14.050
5. Celeste Visagie RSA 13.963
6. Jana Sikulova CZE 13.688
7. Lara Marx LUX 13.638
8. Joanna Litewka POL 13.438
9. Sol Poliandri ARG 13.425
10. Chloé Henry BEL 13.388
11. Tina Erceg CRO 13.275
12. Thanh Phan Thi Ha VIE 13.138
13. Duong Nguyen Thuy VIE 13.063
14. Ornela Cuka ALB 6.888
15. Enikoe Korcsmaros HUN 6.675

Uneven Bars
1. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.775
2. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.575
3. Anja Brinker GER 14.700
4. Jenny Brunner GER 14.600
5. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.575
6. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 14.450
7. Sanne Wevers NED 14.125
8. Daiane Dos Santos BRA 13.900
9. Daniele Hypolito BRA 13.750
10. Svetlana Klyukina RUS 13.700
11. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 13.600
12. Lia Parolari ITA 13.575
13. Gaelle Mys BEL 13.525
14. Chloé Henry BEL 13.350
15. Madalina Gutu ROM 13.300
16. Elsa Garcia MEX 13.300
17. Kristina Palesova CZE 13.200
18. Tina Erceg CRO 13.000
19. Dora Sarpaneva FIN 12.925
20. Erika Garcia MEX 12.850
21. Enikoe Korcsmaros HUN 12.150
22. Joanna Litewka POL 12.125
23. Thuong Di Thi Ngan VIE 12.050
24. Nadir Domeneghini ARG 11.800
25. Duong Nguyen Thuy VIE 11.575
26. Ursula Botha RSA 11.450
27. Sol Poliandri ARG 9.025

Balance Beam
1. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.575
2. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.150
3. Madalina Gutu ROM 14.850
4. Yessenia Estrada MEX 14.625
5. Marta Pihan POL 14.525
6. Svetlana Klyukina RUS 14.275
7. Daria Zgoba UKR 14.100
8. Verona van de Leur NED 14.050
9. Jenny Brunner GER 13.900
10. Adela Sajn SLO 13.850
11. Kristina Palesova CZE 13.800
12. Sanne Wevers NED 13.675
13. Emilie Lepennec FRA 13.600
14. Erika Garcia MEX 13.450
15. Paula Plichta POL 13.425
16. Tina Erceg CRO 13.425
17. Daniele Hypolito BRA 13.400
18. Nadir Domeneghini ARG 13.150
19. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 13.125
20. Gaelle Mys BEL 13.075
21. Thanh Phan Thi Ha VIE 13.050
22. Enikoe Korcsmaros HUN 13.025
23. Dora Sarpaneva FIN 12.900
24. Lia Parolari ITA 12.750
25. Julie Martinez FRA 12.625
26. Aylen Gonzalez ARG 12.325
27. Ursula Botha RSA 12.275
28. Ornela Cuka ALB 12.275
29. Thuong Di Thi Ngan VIE 12.250
30. Anja Brinker GER 12.175
31. Celeste Visagie RSA 12.125
32. Lara Marx LUX 11.975

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Steliana Nistor ROM 14.525
2. Alina Kozich UKR 14.500
3. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.250
4. Emilie Lepennec FRA 14.100
5. Verona van de Leur NED 14.000
6. Daniele Hypolito BRA 13.975
7. Daiane Dos Santos BRA 13.900
8. Gaelle Mys BEL 13.775
9. Yessenia Estrada MEX 13.675
10. Monika Frandofert POL 13.300
11. Celeste Visagie RSA 13.225
12. Anna Grudko RUS 13.175
13. Dora Sarpaneva FIN 13.025
14. Thanh Phan Thi Ha VIE 13.025
15. Tina Erceg CRO 12.975
16. Florencia Salomon ARG 12.625
17. Ursula Botha RSA 12.525
18. Paula Plichta POL 12.500
19. Chloé Henry BEL 12.250
20. Adela Sajn SLO 12.050
21. Julie Martinez FRA 11.975
22. Aylen Gonzalez ARG 11.550
23. Thuong Di Thi Ngan VIE 10.000

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Yevgeny Bogonosyuk UKR 15.350
2. Victor Rosa BRA 15.150
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.050
4. Vladimir Olennikov RUS 15.025
5. Eugen Spiridonov GER 15.025
6. Sascha Palgen LUX 15.000
7. Wajdi Bouallegue TUN 14.975
8. Manuel Campos POR 14.900
9. Gaël da Silva FRA 14.900
10. Sain Autalipov KAZ 14.825
11. Isaac Botella ESP 14.800
12. Samuel Piasecky SVK 14.675
13. Luis Araujo POR 14.450
14. Kristian Thomas GBR 14.450
15. Rafael Morales PUR 14.000
16. Daniel Corral MEX 14.000
17. Steve Woitalla GER 13.925
18. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 13.775
19. Martin Ruzicka CZE 13.750
20. Rok Klavora SLO 13.750
21. Ziga Silc SLO 13.550
22. Jose David Ramos PUR 13.425
23. Clay Strother USA 13.375
24. Anatoly Vasilyev RUS 13.300
25. Troy Sender RSA 13.050
26. Ryan Bradley GBR 12.850
27. Shu Wai Ng MAS 12.775
28. Mohammad Abu Saleh JOR 12.675
29. Aldo Torres MEX 12.475
30. Tomi Tuuha FIN 12.350
31. Jad Mazahreh JOR 11.250
32. Luiz Dos Anjos BRA 10.800

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 16.075
2. Louis Smith GBR 15.350
3. Vladimir Olennikov RUS 14.800
4. Donna-Donny Truyens BEL 14.725
5. Jose Fernandez ESP 14.575
6. Ng Shu Wai MAS 14.425
7. Victor Rosa BRA 14.050
8. Daniel Corral MEX 14.000
9. Pavel Russinyak RUS 13.850
10. Saso Bertoncelj SLO 13.825
11. Denys Kucher UKR 13.825
12. Manuel Campos POR 13.700
13. Günther Couckhuyt BEL 13.700
14. Nikolai Kuksenkov UKR 13.500
15. Eugen Spiridonov GER 13.475
16. Brian Gladow GER 13.450
17. Jose Luis Fuentes VEN 13.450
18. Reinaldo Oquendo PUR 13.425
19. Sascha Palgen LUX 13.325
20. Ryan Bradley GBR 13.225
21. Anthony Van Assche NED 13.175
22. Jamie Henderson USA 13.150
23. Minh Sang Truong VIE 12.900
24. Clay Strother USA 12.775
25. Stepan Gorbachyov KAZ 12.750
26. Walter Mishova ALB 12.725
27. Sid Ali Ferdjani ALG 12.700
28. Rafael Morales PUR 12.650
29. Troy Sender RSA 12.625
30. Fatah Ait Saada ALG 12.525
31. Wajdi Bouallegue TUN 12.225
32. Ilkka Kuusela FIN 12.150
33. Alen Dimic SLO 11.950
34. Fabian Leimlehner AUT 11.900
35. Ildar Valeyev KAZ 11.550
36. Rogerio Pereira BRA 11.025
37. Felipe Pina CHI 10.675
38. Mario Rauscher AUT 10.600
39. Kalle Maatta FIN 9.175

Still Rings
1. Yuri van Gelder NED 16.300
2. Regulo Carmona VEN 16.200
3. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS 15.950
4. Timur Kurbanbayev KAZ 15.925
5. Roman Zozulya UKR 15.450
6. David Massam GBR 15.125
7. Isaac Botella ESP 15.025
8. Marcell Hetrovics HUN 15.025
9. Krzysztof Muchorski POL 14.900
10. Minh Tuan Nguyen VIE 14.725
11. Gaël Da Silva FRA 14.650
12. Fatah Ait Saada ALG 14.650
13. Al Asi Ali JOR 14.600
14. Steve Woitalla GER 14.325
15. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 14.225
16. Marek Lyszczarz POL 14.200
17. Anthony van Assche NED 14.100
18. Luis Sosa MEX 13.975
19. Reinaldo Oquendo PUR 13.950
20. Luiz dos Anjos BRA 13.850
21. Troy Sender RSA 13.650
22. Ryan Bradley GBR 13.600
23. Rogerio Pereira BRA 13.600
24. Luis Rivera PUR 13.075
25. Felipe Pina CHI 13.075
26. Tomi Tuuha FIN 12.975
27. Tomas Gonzalez CHI 12.050
28. Daniel Corral MEX 11.750
29. Kalle Maatta FIN 11.225

Men's Vault
1. Raphaël Wignanitz FRA 16.363
2. Jeffrey Wammes NED 16.088
3. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 16.013
4. Yernar Yerimbetov KAZ 15.850
5. Marek Lyszczarz POL 15.738
6. Luis Araujo POR 15.663
7. Isaac Botella ESP 15.613
8. Al Asi Ali JOR 15.588
9. Alexander Yakubovsky UKR 15.375
10. Christian Guillen ESP 15.338
11. Wajdi Bouallegue TUN 15.325
12. Eugen Spiridonov GER 15.275
13. Ng Shu Wai MAS 15.263
14. Felipe Pina CHI 15.175
15. Victor Rosa BRA 15.150
16. Jad Mazahreh JOR 15.113
17. Carlo Van Minde NED 15.088
18. Luis Rivera PUR 15.038
19. Tomi Tuuha FIN 15.000
20. Martin Ruzicka CZE 14.863
21. Kristian Thomas GBR 14.850
22. Steve Woitalla GER 14.800
23. Aldo Torres MEX 14.288
24. Jose Ramos PUR 7.675
25. Sain Autalipov KAZ 7.575
26. Minh Tuan Nguyen VIE 6.975

Parallel Bars
1. Mitja Petkovsek SLO 15.800
2. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 15.625
3. Kamil Hulboj POL 15.475
4. Denis Kucher UKR 15.325
5. Ildar Valeyev KAZ 15.300
6. Roman Zozulya UKR 15.150
7. Roman Kulesza POL 15.100
8. Luis Vargas PUR 15.100
9. Epke Zonderland NED 15.075
10. Marcell Hetrovics HUN 15.000
11. Yernar Yerimbetov KAZ 15.000
12. Alen Dimic SLO 14.925
13. Jose Fernandez ESP 14.900
14. Manuel Campos POR 14.875
15. Pavel Russinyak RUS 14.875
16. Jose Luis Fuentes VEN 14.775
17. Clayton Strother USA 14.775
18. Raphaël Wignanitz FRA 14.775
19. Luis Sosa MEX 14.650
20. Rogerio Pereira BRA 14.475
21. Fabian Leimlehner AUT 14.475
22. Samuel Piasecky SVK 14.425
23. Gaël Da Silva FRA 14.400
24. Luis Rivera PUR 14.350
25. Brian Gladow GER 14.275
26. Troy Sender RSA 14.225
27. Jamie Henderson USA 14.175
28. Luiz dos Anjos BRA 14.000
29. Steve Woitalla GER 13.950
30. Christian Guillen ESP 13.950
31. Aldo Torres MEX 13.850
32. Minh Sang Truong VIE 13.750
33. Günther Couckhuyt BEL 13.600
34. Jeremy Bourgois BEL 13.575
35. Petr Novak CZE 13.400
36. Luis Araujo POR 13.300
37. Ryan Bradley GBR 13.025
38. Gilles Gentges BEL 12.850
39. Kalle Maatta FIN 12.625
40. Walter Mishova ALB 12.525
41. Ilkka Kuusela FIN 12.525
42. Al Asi Ali JOR 11.550

High Bar
1. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 15.350
2. Fabian Leimlehner AUT 15.300
3. Yevgeny Bogonosyuk UKR 15.125
4. Raphaël Wignanitz FRA 15.050
5. Nikolai Kuksenkov UKR 15.050
6. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.050
7. Roman Kulesza POL 14.875
8. Luiz dos Anjos BRA 14.800
9. Victor Rosa BRA 14.750
10. Alen Dimic SLO 14.750
11. Yousef Sebti ALG 14.700
12. Luis Vargas PUR 14.675
13. Jose Luis Fuentes VEN 14.625
14. Jose Fernandez ESP 14.575
15. Brian Gladow GER 14.575
16. Epke Zonderland NED 14.575
17. Samuel Piasecky SVK 14.575
18. Luis Rivera PUR 14.325
19. Christian Guillen ESP 14.325
20. Anatoli Vasiliev RUS 14.225
21. Kamil Hulboj POL 14.100
22. Eugen Spiridonov GER 14.025
23. Gaël Da Silva FRA 13.850
24. Kristian Thomas GBR 13.775
25. Mario Rauscher AUT 13.725
26. Luis Sosa MEX 13.525
27. Petr Novak CZE 13.425
28. Troy Sender RSA 12.950
29. Mohammad Abu Saleh JOR 12.900
30. Yernar Yerimbetov KAZ 12.875
31. Kalle Maatta FIN 12.700
32. Gilles Gentges BEL 12.075
33. Ryan Bradley GBR 12.000
34. Felipe Pina CHI 11.950

International Gymnast Magazine's feature coverage of Ghent World Cup competitors includes:
"Building Brazil" - dos Santos/Hypolito cover story (March 2007)
dos Santos on cover (February 2005)
"Double Dose" - dos Santos profile (November 2003)
Elsa Garcia cover photo and interview (May 2007)
Elsa Garcia profile (May 2006)
"Against All Odds" - Hypolito cover story (February 2002)
Kozich center poster (June/July 2004)
Kozich/Krasnyanskaya/Ukrainian team interview (November 2003)
"Kozich Is Closing In" - profile (August/September 2002)
"Quick Chat: Irina Krasnyanskaya" (January/February 2007)
Krasnyanskaya center poster (March 2005)
Krasnyanskaya on cover (November 2003)
"A La Mode" - Lepennec profile (August/September 2004)
"Might Mys" - Mys profile (October 2005)
Ng Shu Wai interview (March 2004)
"Nistor - New Star?" - profile (June/July 2004)
"Declaration of Independence" - Petkovsek/Slovenia team feature (February 2001)
"On the Upswing" - Sikulova profile (July/August 2007)
"Double Dutch" - van Gelder profile (May 2005)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile
van de Leur on cover photo collage (June/July 2002, August/September 2003)
"Fame Resistant" - van de Leur cover story (May 2002)
"Beyond Boundaries" - Vargas profile (May 2004)
"Keeping His Balance" - Yerimbetov profile (February 2004)
Zgoba center poster (November 2005)
"Much For The Dutch" - Zonderland profile (July/August 2006)
"Melbourne Confidential" - 2005 World Championships mini-features including Petkovsek, Rivera and van de Leur (March 2006)
"Aarhus Confidential" - 2006 World Championships mini-features including Hypolito and Vargas (January/February 2007)

 
Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 28 April 2007 22:42    PDF Print
Seven Countries Win European Event Golds
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Italy, Russia and Ukraine won two titles each in the event finals at the European Championships that concluded Sunday in Amsterdam.

Russia was the most successful nation Sunday with five medals, including golds from Yulia Lozhechko on balance beam and Anton Golotsutskov on men's vault.

Women's all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari and Italian teammate Carlotta Giovannini placed first on floor exercise and vault, respectively. Ukraine's Daria Zgoba won uneven bars, and male teammate Alexander Vorobyov won rings.

Giovannini's two vaults (double-twisting Yurchenko; round-off, half-on, front-full) were enough to win the gold medal over Germany's Oksana Chusovitina, who threw a full-twisting piked front and a 1-1/2-twisting Tsukahara. Defending champion Anna Grudko of Russia finished third.

Ferrari won on floor exercise, after falls from uneven bars and balance beam in the previous two finals. Performing last, Ferrari overtook Great Britain's Beth Tweddle, who ended in second place. Tweddle's first two tumbling passes were a 1-1/2 twist through to Arabian double tuck; and a piked Arabian double.

Romania's Sandra Izbasa, who was scheduled to compete last on floor exercise, withdrew from the event because of a foot injury. She hurt her left foot on the landing of her triple twist dismount from balance beam, the event held shortly before floor exercise. Izbasa nonetheless finished second on balance beam behind Lozhechko.

Zgoba placed first on uneven bars, 0.05 over Romania's Steliana Nistor. Nistor was the only gymnast, male or female, to win more than one individual event medal. She also tied for third place on balance beam.

"I knew I could do it," Zgoba told IG. "My coach and I worked hard so I could get all of the combinations just right, and I did!"

Rafael Martinez (Spain) and Krisztian Berki (Hungary) won the first two men's events — floor exercise and pommel horse, respectively.

On floor exercise, Romania's Marian Dragulescu did not complete his routine. After a heavy landing to the back of his head on a layout Thomas salto, he twice attempted to run into his final tumbling pass. Instead of tumbling, he stopped and walked off the podium.

Later in the afternoon Dragulescu competed in the vault final, but missed his second vault (round-off, half-on, 2-1/2 twisting front).

Golotsutskov performed a double front-half and a Tsukahara double pike to win the title.

Vorobyov defeated veterans Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria) and Andrea Coppolino (Italy) to win the gold medal on rings.

Former world parallel bars champion Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia placed first on his specialty, but credited his victory to less-than-perfect performances by other gymnasts.

"My biggest opponents were not at their best and made big mistakes," Petkovsek told IG. "I wasn't number one on the list before the competition, so to win was a big surprise."

All-around silver medalist Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) placed first on high bar.

Dutch gymnasts Jeffrey Wammes and Epke Zonderland excited the home crowd with their bronze medal-winning performances on vault and parallel bars, respectively.

IG is on hand in Amsterdam, so look for complete coverage in an upcoming issue of IG Magazine.

Full results can be downloaded from the official site, ecgymnastics2007.com

2007 European Gymnastics Championships
April 29, Amsterdam

Women's Vault
1. Carlotta Giovannini ITA 14.812
2. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.725
3. Anna Grudko RUS 14.625
4. Yulia Lozhechko RUS 14.450
5. Jana Komrskova CZE 14.350
6. Marissa King GBR 14.175
7. Enikoe Korcsmaros HUN 14.012
8. Sandra Izbasa ROM 13.975

Uneven Bars
1. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.775
2. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.725
3. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 15.425
4. Katheleen Lindor FRA 14.700
5. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.675
6. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 14.375
7. Anja Brinker GER 13.600
8. Lichelle Wong NED 12.925

Balance Beam
1. Yulia Lozhechko RUS 15.675
2. Sandra Izbasa ROM 15.525
3. Stefani Bisbikou GRE 15.475
3. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.475
5. Alina Kozich UKR 15.450
6. Kristina Pravdina RUS 15.250
7. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.225
8. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 13.550

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 15.400
2. Beth Tweddle GBR 15.250
3. Alina Kozich UKR 15.050
4. Cassy Vericel FRA 14.625
5. Steliana Nistor ROM 14.600
6. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.450
7. Patricia Moreno ESP 14.375

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Rafael Martinez ESP 15.550
2. Thomas Bouhail FRA 15.350
3. Matthias Fahrig GER 15.275
3. Eleftherios Kosmidis GRE 15.275
5. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 15.175
6. Enrico Pozzo ITA 15.125
7. Marian Dragulescu ROM 14.300
8. Flavius Koczi ROM 14.250

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 15.800
2. Daniel Keatings GBR 15.450
3. Flavius Koczi ROM 15.325
4. Louis Smith GBR 15.300
5. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 14.975
5. Donna-Donny Truyens BEL 14.975
7. Filip Ude CRO 14.325
8. Robert Seligman CRO 12.425

Still Rings
1. Alexander Vorobyov UKR 16.325
2. Jordan Jovtchev BUL 16.200
2. Andrea Coppolino ITA 16.200
4. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS 15.800
5. Matteo Morandi ITA 15.375
6. Thomas Andergassen GER 15.350
7. Dmitry Savitsky BLR 15.025
8. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 14.850

Men's Vault
1. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.537
2. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 16.312
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 16.237
4. Matthias Fahrig GER 16.175
5. Marian Dragulescu ROM 16.100
6. Leszek Blanik POL 15.987
7. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 15.650
8. Alexander Yakubovsky UKR 15.512

Parallel Bars
1. Mitja Petkovsek SLO 15.875
2. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 15.450
3. Epke Zonderland NED 15.400
4. Yann Cucherat FRA 15.325
5. Sergei Khorokhordin RUS 15.175
6. Dmitry Karbanenko FRA 15.075
7. Dmitry Kasperovich BLR 14.900
8. Rafael Martinez ESP 14.750

High Bar
1. Fabian Hambüchen GER 16.025
2. Aljaz Pegan SLO 15.675
3. Igor Cassina ITA 15.575
4. Dmitry Karbanenko FRA 15.250
4. Yann Cucherat FRA 15.250
6. Roman Kulesza POL 14.875
7. Umit Samiloglu TUR 14.600
8. Christoph Schärer SUI 14.050

 
Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 28 April 2007 22:37    PDF Print
Ferrari, Devyatovsky Win Europeans
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Italy's Vanessa Ferrari and Russia's Maxim Devyatovsky won the women's and men's all-around titles, respectively, at the European Championships in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Ferrari, the 2006 world all-around champion, placed first over Romania's Sandra Izbasa and Ukraine's Alina Kozich. Izbasa finished third all-around at the 2006 World Championships, and Kozich won the 2004 European all-around title.

Ferrari began the all-around final on balance beam, where she had a minor balance check on a flip-flop, full. Her floor exercise was solid, and she clinched the title on uneven bars in the fourth round, waving to the crowd after landing a double layout with a hop.

"If you want to win the all-around, you have to be consistent and concentrate until the end," said Enrico Casella, Ferrari's coach. "This is what Vanessa did today."

Izbasa started on uneven bars, where she scored her lowest mark of the day. She earned her highest two scores in the next two rotations (balance beam and floor exercise).

Kozich won the bronze medal, finishing her competition with the day's highest score on balance beam.

2004 European junior champion Steliana Nistor of Romania dropped to fourth place, after falling on balance beam (flip-fop, full) and floor exercise (2-1/2 twist, layout punch front).

In the men's competition, Devyatovsky overcame a near-miss on high bar in the third rotation to take the title over top qualifier Fabian Hambüchen (Germany). Third was Yuri Ryazanov, Devyatovsky's teammate.

Devyatovsky began well on vault, with a solid double front. After a steady routine on parallel bars in the second rotation, he came up short on a Weiler kip on high bar. Devyatovsky finished his day on rings, and pumped his fist after sticking his dismount on rings in the sixth rotation.

"For me it's a very important success, because I was first in the Russian Championships, and I tried to do my best here to show everybody that I am first in Russia and first in Europe," Devyatovsky said.

Hambüchen, the 2006 world all-around bronze medalist, almost fell during his dismount sequence on pommel horse in the fifth rotation. He landed on his feet, but scored his lowest of all six events. On rings in the final rotation, Hambüchen dismounted with a conservative double front, and took his second-lowest score.

The competition concludes Sunday with individual even finals for women and men.

IG is on hand in Amsterdam, so look for complete coverage in an upcoming issue of IG Magazine.

Full results can be downloaded from the official site, ecgymnastics2007.com

2007 European Gymnastics Championships
April 28, Amsterdam

Women's All-Around
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 61.075
2. Sandra Izbasa ROM 59.900
3. Alina Kozich UKR 59.300
4. Steliana Nistor ROM 58.175
5. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 57.825
6. Oksana Chusovitina GER 57.450
7. Kristina Palesova CZE 56.675
7. Kristina Pravdina RUS 56.675
9. Verona Van De Leur NED 56.225
10. Anja Brinker GER 56.025
11. Daria Zgoba UKR 55.825
12. Stefani Bisbikou GRE 55.750
13. Cassy Vericel FRA 55.625
14. Federica Macri ITA 55.600
15. Patricia Moreno ESP 55.475
16. Gaelle Mys BEL 54.900
17. Lichelle Wong NED 54.825
18. Viktoria Karpenko BUL 54.725
19. Veronica Wagner SWE 54.600
20. Hannah Clowes GBR 54.550
21. Nicole Pechancova CZE 53.900
22. Yelena Zanevskaya LTU 53.825
23. Mercedes Alcaide ESP 53.675
24. Anastasia Marachkovskaya BLR 23.650

Men's All-Around
1. Maxim Devyatovski RUS 90.250
2. Fabian Hambüchen GER 89.675
3. Yuri Ryazanov RUS 89.000
4. Rafael Martinez ESP 88.425
5. Flavius Koczi ROM 87.825
6. Epke Zonderland NED 87.675
6. Manuel Campos POR 87.675
6. Razvan Selariu ROM 87.675
9. Jeffrey Wammes NED 87.600
10. Dmitry Savitsky BLR 87.550
11. Ilya Giorgadze GEO 87.350
11. Enrico Pozzo ITA 87.350
13. Daniel Keatings GBR 87.225
14. Robert Juckel GER 87.200
15. Dmitry Karbanenko FRA 87.125
16. Claudio Capelli SUI 86.875
17. Filip Ude CRO 86.675
18. Sami Aalto FIN 86.375
19. Matteo Morandi ITA 86.225
20. Vahag Stepanyan ARM 84.750
21. Nicolas Boschenstein SUI 84.575
22. Alexander Shatilov ISR 84.500
23. Ross Brewer GBR 84.050
24. Marcell Hetrovics HUN 83.200

 


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