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Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:49    PDF Print
Turkey’s Onder: ‘The Hard Work Begins From Now’
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast, Ahmet Onder of Turkey told IG he has shifted his focus to delivering a medal-worthy performance at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“For Stuttgart I want to compete for a top place, so I must work hard, as it is not Europeans — it is Worlds,” he said. “Everything will be different. With the team we aim to achieve historic success. If we want this I must do an excellent job there. So the hard work begins from now.”

Onder, who qualified third to the all-around final in Szczecin, Poland, clawed his way up to fifth place after breaking form on pommel horse in the second rotation. He attributes his early error, which dropped his rank on the apparatus to 17th, to expectations he placed on himself heading into the competition.

“I was a little bit stressed before the all-around final because I knew that if I did all of my routines well I could be third, and this would be a historic moment for Turkish gymnastics,” Onder said. “So in the days before, I put pressure on myself. I think I couldn’t handle this so I made a mistake.”

Onder regained his composure and completed the final smoothly, but said he was disappointed to end it without a medal.

Read the complete interview in the July/August issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by Christian Ivanov    Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:35    PDF Print
Five Countries Golden In Day One Of Event Finals In Lima, Peru
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

In the first day of the event finals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru five different countries won the five different events.

After earning the bronze medal in 2007 and the silver in 2011, Chilean Tomas Gonzalez went one better by winning the gold medal in the men’s floor final with a 14.6/5.9. He performed with style and produced several perfect landings (double front pike half out, stuck front full to double front, stuck double twisting double tuck, stuck 2 ½ to half, triple twist dismount) to win his first Pan American Games title. Second place finisher was Robert Neff from the U.S. with a 14.166/6.0, while the bronze went to Andres Martinez from Colombia who posted 14.1/5.7 for his clean set.

In the pommel horse final Francisco Carlos Barretto from Brazil won the title (Mikulak scissor mount, Sivado, Roth, Wu, triple Russian to Tong Fei, quad Russian dismount) with a 13.533/5.6. With a well-controlled routine from start to end, Neff from the U.S. captured his second silver of the day with a 13.466/5.6. Carlos Alberto Calvo from Colombia posted 13.233/5.4 for the bronze medal on the event.

In the rings final surprisingly Artur Zanetti wasn’t able to defend his title after he overshot his back giant swing, and had to save the handstand with a pike down. The Brazilian posted a 14.4/6.0 (15.0 during qualification) to take the silver. Fabian De Luna from Mexico took advantage of Zanetti’s mistake and won the title with a 14.5/6.0 (press up to planche, bounce to cross, roll to Maltese, tuck Yamawaki to swing to Maltese, uprise to cross, uprise to planche, 1 ½ twisting double tuck dismount with a small hop). The bronze medal went to Federico Martin Molinari from Argentina who scored a 14.066/5.9.

In the women’s vault final top qualifier Ellie Black easily won the title with well-landed front handspring front layout full and a Tsukahara 1 ½ twists. The Canadian posted an average of 14.45 to win her first vault Pan Am title. The silver medal went to Cuba’s Yesenia Ferrera who vaulted a strong Yurchenko double twist and a layout Podkopaeva (round off half on front handspring front layout half off) for 14.391. Third place finisher on the event was Shallon Olsen from Canada who had a good Yurchenko double twist first vault, but was very under rotated on the landing and nearly touched down her Cheng (half on Rudi off) second vault - 14.183.

There were no surprises in the uneven bars final as the top three qualifiers finished in the exact same order. It was sweet redemption for Riley McCusker who had fallen on the event in the all-around final the day prior. The American executed near flawlessly (stalder full to Maloney to Tkatchev, stalder Tkatchev to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova half, front half back tuck off dismount coming from eagle grip) for 14.533/6.0, which gave her the gold medal. McCusker’s teammate Leanne Wong grabbed the silver medal with a 14.3/5.9, while Black by taking the bronze (14.0/5.9) was the only female gymnast in the competition to walk away with two medals on the day.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 30 July 2019 07:09    PDF Print
Jade Vansteenkiste: ‘I Am A Real Team Player’
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Jade Vansteenkiste of Belgium told IG that, following her individual success at this spring’s European Championships in Szczecin, Poland, she has the skill and spirit to be valuable for her country’s team effort at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart in October.

“I can contribute by performing my best vault and best floor exercise, since these are my best and favorite apparatus where I have an acceptable difficulty level,” said Vansteenkiste, who finished 20th all-around and sixth on floor exercise in Szczecin. “I am a real team player who can fight for and work together with the other girls, my friends, towards our common goal.”

“After the qualifications I didn’t expect the all-around final at all, and knew that the floor final would still be within reach,” she said. “So when the confirmation came that I qualified for both the all-around final and the floor final, it was an enormous relief.”

“My floor exercise is describing a jungle theme,” she said. “In the beginning I am a lion trying to catch some prey, and later on I am a horsewoman. The special choreography makes me, just like the other Belgian girls, unique on floor. Apart from the choreography, I am very good at making my twists.”

Read the complete interview in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast.

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Monday, 29 July 2019 20:26    PDF Print
Souza, Mariano Make History For Brazil At Pan Am Games
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Caio Souza and Arthur Nory Mariano made history for their country by capturing the gold and silver medals for Brazil in the all-around competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. No Brazilian men had ever medaled in the all-around competition previously.

Souza’s top score of the day on the third event, rings - 14.25/6.0, gave him the lead midway through the competition, which he would protect until the very end. The 25 year-old Brazilian concluded with a spectacular high bar routine (layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev ½, Kolman, Takemoto full to Yamawaki to Gienger, Takemoto half and double twisting double layout) for a 14.4/6.1 giving him a total of 83.5 for the historic win.

Mariano who matched the top score of the day on high bar at 14.4/5.5 for his triple Tkatchev combo and a Winkler (full twisting layout Jaeger) posted 82.95 for the silver. With a score of 82.2 Canadian Cory Paterson took the bronze. His teammate Rene Cournoyer finished fourth with a total of 82.075. After errors on pommel horse and p-bars Brody Malone from the U.S. posted 80.45 for fifth. Top qualifier Robert Neff from the U.S. had a bumpy start of the competition and finished in seventh scoring 79.7. Mexico’s best all-arounder Daniel Corral, fourth in qualifying, withdrew from the competition to concentrate on the event finals. His teammate Isaac Nunez finished in sixth with a score of 80.25.

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Monday, 29 July 2019 14:57    PDF Print
Black Defends Pan American All-Around Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Canadian Ellie Black successfully defended her all-around title at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru. Black posted 55.25 to narrowly edge top qualifier Riley McCusker from the U.S. who posted 55.125. The Canadian earned top scores of the day on vault 14.45 (stuck front handspring front layout full) and bars 14.3/5.9 (Maloney to Hindorff, clear hip piked Tkatchev, piked Jaeger to Pak, Maloney half and toe on front tuck half dismount).

After McCusker fall on bars (stalder Tkatchev) Black had a significant lead going into the last rotation. But she opened the door after her 2 ½ step to a double pike on floor was landed low and entirely out of bound. McCusker earned the top beam score of the day 14.2/6.0 (ff-ff layout two feet, triple and double wolf turns, ff-ff double tuck step back). She performed a routine with strong execution and solid landings on floor but couldn’t quite make up the deficit and had to settle for the silver.

Just like four years ago Flavia Saraiva from Brazil took the bronze with a 54.35. She showed the best floor routine of the day combining great artistry, well executed leaps and difficult tumbling (double layout, full in, 1 ½ to front full and a double pike) 13.9/5.3. Kara Eaker who arrived to the all-around final as the second best qualifier suffered falls on beam (switch leap mount) and floor (2 ½ to front full) and finished in fourth with a 53.75. Martini Dominici from Argentina and Thais Dos Santos from Brazil rounded out the top six posting 52.8 and 52.7, respectively.

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