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Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 07 February 2007 19:18    PDF Print
Sender Leads Winter Cup

Stanford University's David Sender leads the all-around after the first of two days of competition at the U.S. Winter Cup, which began Thursday in Las Vegas.

Sender earned the high score of the night on vault for a stuck Yurchenko 2 1/2, which received a 9.8 B-panel (execution) score.

Reigning U.S. national champion Sasha Artemev was in second by less than one point. Artemev fell off pommel horse, the event on which he earned a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships.

Houston's Sean Townsend finished third, .050 ahead of Minnesota's Guillermo Alvarez.

Several junior athletes performed well, including Paul Ruggeri (eighth), Thomas Kelley (ninth), Chris Cameron (12th) and Alex Bilozerchev (20th). Bilozerchev is the stepson of the legendary Dmitry Bilozerchev, the assistant coach at Ohio State University.

The competition concludes Saturday evening. Viewers can logon to usa-gymnastics.org to watch live streaming video of Saturday's competition from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson had been scheduled to compete but scratched the competition.

2007 Winter Cup
Feb. 8, Las Vegas

Top 20 after First Day
1. David Sender 89.450
2. Sasha Artemev 88.750
3. Sean Townsend 88.100
4. Guillermo Alvarez 88.050
5. Todd Thornton 85.000
6. Raj Bhavsar 84.950
7. Wesley Haagensen 84.850
8. Paul Ruggeri 84.800
9. Thomas Kelley 84.350
10. Ryan Lieberman 84.100
11. Taqiy Abdullah 83.800
12. Chris Cameron 83.650
13. Tim Gentry 83.600
14. Jamie Henderson 83.550
15. Geoffrey Corrigan 83.250
16. Bryant Hadden 83.100
17. Derek Helsby 83.00
18. Seung Tai Lee 82.85
19. Danell Leyva 82.650
20. Alex Bilozerchev 82.500

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"Double Crossed" - Bhavsar interview (March 2005)
"All-Around Specialist" - Durante interview (April 2005)
"Relative Success" - Gentry profile (April 2003)
Horton on cover (May 2006)
"Captain's Duties" - short Tan profile (January/February 2007)
"Finding His Form" - Thornton interview (May 2005)
"Back on Track" - Townsend interview (December 2003)
"Quiet and Clear" - Townsend profile (March 2002)
Giant Townsend poster (January 2002)
Wilson interview, 2004 Winter Cup report (March 2004)
2005 Winter Cup report (April 2005)
2003 Winter Cup report (April 2003)

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 02 February 2007 19:07    PDF Print
Semyonova Star of WOGA Classic
(2 votes, average 3.50 out of 5)
Russian junior Ksenia Semyonova was the top scorer at the 10th WOGA Classic, held Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas.

Semyonova, 14, scored a 59.720 to win the junior all-around title. She shone on uneven bars with an A score of 7.00 (Jaeger; inside Stalder-full, Deltchev, Pak salto; Tkatchev; piked Arabian double front). Her balance beam routine brought a 15.600, the top score of the competition (front aerial, ff, layout, layout to two feet; double pike).

Mattie Larson (All Olympia) suffered falls on balance beam and floor exercise, but finished second in the junior all-around with clean performances on uneven bars and vault.

Powerful Katelyn Mohr (Byers Gymnastics) won the senior all-around title. 2004 European champion Alina Kozich (Ukraine) finished second all-around after a fall on beam and a low execution score on uneven bars.

Russian Yekaterina Kramarenko was leading the senior all-around competition until the fourth rotation, when she fell three times from the balance beam.

Russia won the team competition. Australia, led by the expressive Lauren Mitchell and senior bars champion Olivia Vivian, finished second ahead of Ukraine.

Video links:

Ksenia Semyonova: uneven bars | balance beam | floor exercise
Mattie Larson: vault | uneven bars | balance beam
Alina Kozich: vault | uneven bars | balance beam | floor exercise
Yekaterina Kramarenko: uneven bars | balance beam| floor exercise
Olga Scherbatykh: floor exercise
Gaelle Mys: floor exercise

2007 WOGA Classic
February 3, Frisco, Texas

Senior All-Around
1. Katelyn Mohr (Byers) 57.520
2. Alina Kozich UKR 57.080
3. Jessica Gil (Universal) 56.070
4. Lauren Mitchell AUS 55.930
5. Olivia Vivian AUS 55.880
6. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 55.770
7. Yuki Fukuwa JPN 54.950
8. Olga Scherbatykh UKR 54.920
9. Alaina Johnson (Texas East) 54.150
10. Hazuki Izumi JPN 53.980
11. Brittnee Habbib (Gemini) 53.350
12. Kailey Tissue (WOGA) 53.370
13. Jade Martin AUS 53.220
14. Marion Cote-Potvin (Quebec) 52.980
15. Hope Bruce (Excite) 52.930
16. Jana Ijichi JPN 52.330
17. Gaelle Mys BEL 52.180
18. Taylor Spears (WOGA) 51.400
19. Mana Ezaki JPN 51.400
20. Melisa Corbo (Quebec) 51.170
21. Lisa-Marie Farley (Quebec) 49.920
22. Katherine Biscotti (Quebec) 49.670
23. Nicolette Barnett (Victorian Center) 49.630

Junior All-Around
1. Ksenia Semyonova RUS 59.720
2. Mattie Larson (All Olympia) 57.670
3. Stephanie Desjardins-Labael (Quebec) 55.620
4. Randi Lau (WOGA) 54.750
5. Yves Berryman (Victorian Center) 53.980
6. Rebecca Clark (GAGE) 53.550
7. Annette Miele (Lehigh Valley) 53.270
8. Nanaho Hidako JPN 52.830
9. Jackie Mesh (GAGE) 52.480
10. Catherine Dion (Quebec) 52.250
11. Sachiko Maeda JPN 52.030
12. Laurie-Eve Pepin-Gagne (Quebec) 51.570
13. Adrianna Lewis (GAGE) 51.530
14. Kerby Purcell (Victorian Center) 50.300
15. Ayaka Nishino JPN 49.170
16. Kenzie Hedges (Plano Unlimited) 48.470
17. Emmanuelle Harvey (Quebec) 48.370
18. Austin Sheppard (Plano Unlimited) 47.670

Senior Vault
1. Jessica Gil (Universal) 14.520
2. Gaelle Mys BEL 13.830
3. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 13.770

Senior Uneven Bars
1. Olivia Vivian AUS 15.200
2. Yekaterina Kramarenko RUS 14.200
3. Alina Kozich UKR 13.950

Senior Balance Beam
1. Olga Scherbatykh UKR 14.900
2. Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.750
2. Katelyn Mohr (Byers) 14.750

Senior Floor Exercise
1. Kailey Tissue (WOGA) 14.800
2. Katelyn Mohr (Byers) 14.750
3. Alina Kozich UKR 14.550
3. Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.550

Junior Vault
1. Mattie Larson (All Olympia) 14.670
2. Ksenia Semyonova RUS 14.170
3. Kenzie Hedges (Plano Unlimited) 13.870

Junior Uneven Bars
1. Ksenia Semyonova RUS 15.350
2. Mattie Larson (All Olympia) 14.600
3. Rebecca Bross (WOGA) 14.300

Junior Balance Beam
1. Ksenia Semyonova RUS 15.600
2. Rebecca Clark (GAGE) 14.900
3. Stephanie Desjardins-Label (Quebec) 14.550

Junior Floor Exercise
1. Nanaho Hidako JPN 14.750
2. Ksenia Semyonova RUS 14.600
3. Stephanie Desjardins-Label (Quebec) 14.400

 
Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 22 January 2007 19:04    PDF Print
Zhukova Sweeps L.A. Lights
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Defending champion Inna Zhukova of Belarus swept the all-around and all four events at the 25th L.A. Lights Rhythmic International, held Jan. 19-21 in Culver City, Calif.

Zhukova, who placed seventh at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and sixth at the 2005 World Championships, outscored teammate Lyubov Charkashina at the competition hosted by the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. Israel's Irina Risenson was third, followed by U.S. champion Lisa Wang in fourth. At the 2005 Worlds, Charkashina and Risenson finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

In addition to her all-around silver medal, Charkashina won silver medals with rope, hoop and clubs and the bronze medal with ribbon. Risenson won three event bronze medals and the silver with ribbon.

Ukraine's Daria Kushnerova dominated the junior division, winning the all-around and three events. Marlee Shape, the 2006 U.S. junior all-around silver medalist, won rope.

2007 L.A. Lights Rhythmic International
Culver City, Calif., Jan. 19-21

Senior All-Around
1. Inna Zhukova BLR 68.850
2. Lyubov Charkashina BLR 64.525
3. Irina Risenson ISR 63.625
4. Lisa Wang USA North Shore 57.400
5. Irina Kovalchuk UKR 57.000
6. Kimberly Mason AUS 54.425
7. Rachel Girma USA (LA Lights) 54.250
8. Yekaterina Ukrainskaya RUS 53.825
9. Annika Rejek GER 52.600
10. Julie Zetlin USA (Rhythmflex) 52.200
11. Alexandra Martincek CAN (Sport Seneca) 50.950
12. Javaldi Zeynab AZE 50.775

Junior All-Around
1. Daria Kushnerova UKR 57.975
2. Valeria Korostelyova BLR 55.125
3. Marlee Shape USA (North Shore) 54.350
4. Yekaterina Andreychuk RUS 50.275
5. Anastasia Romanuk GER 49.275
6. Sofia Anshakova RUS 48.200
7. Massiel Verastegui MEX 45.900
8. Kristina Gukova GER 45.475
9. Savannah Reynolds USA (Calif. Rhythm) 44.850
10. Nicole Wagner GER 44.650
11. Anastasia Torba USA (Allegro) 44.150
12. Lidia Misyura CAN (Kalev) 42.100

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 18 January 2007 19:00    PDF Print
Asians Dominate Australian Youth Olympic Festival
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
The Japanese men and the Chinese women dominated the first two days of gymnastics competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, a multi-sport event for junior athletes that began Wednesday in Sydney.

Led by Jing Tian, the Chinese women won the team title and swept the top three places in the all-around. Jing, 14, earned her highest score on uneven bars with a 15.125. Teammate Lin Zhang, third all-around, earned the highest individual score of the women's competition with a 15.550 on balance beam.

Men's all-around champion Kazuaki Koizumi, 17, helped Japan defeat China by more than five points in the team competition. Great Britain's Louis Smith edged Yang Jialin for the all-around silver.

Inaugurated in 2001 as the Sydney Youth Olympic Festival, the multi-sport competition is held every other year in many of the same venues used during the 2000 Olympic Games. The 2007 edition features 1600 athletes competing in 20 sports.

Past winners of the event include Australia's Monette Russo (2003) and China's Feng Jing (2001).

The artistic competition continues on Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival
January 18-19, Sydney

Women's Team
1. China 168.300
2. Japan 163.425
3. Great Britain 157.425
4. Australia A 156.325
5. Malaysia 143.875
6. Australia B 135.825
7. New Zealand 89.975

Men's Team
1. Japan 254.313
2. China 248.812
3. Great Britain 248.395
4. Australia A 230.479
5. Australia B 224.330
6. Malaysia 197.513
7. New Zealand 76.865

Women's All-Around
1. Jing Tian CHN 58.225
2. He Yinghui CHN 57.350
3. Lin Zhang CHN 55.825
4. Mai Yamagishi JPN 55.475
5. Wei Guo CHN 54.425
6. Momoko Ozawa JPN 54.350
7. Emma Dennis AUS A 53.325
8. Chinami Otaki JPN 53.300
9. Jordan Lipton GBR 52.175
10. Yves Berryman AUS A 52.150
11. Kerby Purcell AUS B 52.100
12. Danusia Francis GBR 51.925
13. Nicole Hibbert GBR 50.450
13. Tain Molenidijk AUS A 50.450
15. Niamh Rippin GBR 50.375
16. Sachiko Maeda JPN 49.900
17. Tanya Harle AUS B 48.400
18. See Teng Cheong MAS 48.025
19. Briana Mitchell NZL 46.800
20. Hui Xin Loh MAS 46.225
21. Abdul Hadi Farah Ann MAS 44.425
22. Hasnan Noor Hasleen Fatihin MAS 44.000
23. Jessica Rawnsley NZL 43.375

Men's All-Around
1. Kazuaki Koizumi JPN 86.998
2. Louis Smith GBR 85.849
3. Yang Jialin CHN 85.615
4. Chen Xuezhang CHN 85.416
5. Daniel Keatings GBR 85.115
6. Mathew Curtis AUS A 83.915
7. Yodai Hojo JPN 83.766
8. Kristian Thomas GBR 83.532
9. Zhu Junting CHN 82.215
10. Hiroaki Sato JPN 82.199
11. Daniel Purvis GBR 81.216
12. Luke Wadsworth AUS A 78.432
13. Mikhail Koudinov NZL 77.882
14. Michael Mercieca AUS A 76.082
15. Mitchell Morgans AUS A 73.732
16. Arran Gray AUS B 72.548
17. Sebastian Hui AUS B 72.483
18. Jayden Bull AUS B 72.115
19. Ahmad Saruji Hairi Zaid MAS 67.483
20. Zain Wan Mohamad Akmal Ha MAS 66.399
21. Yi Fan Lim MAS 64.232
22. Zhi Jie Lee MAS 56.216

External Link: 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival

 


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