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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:24    PDF Print
Veterans, Newcomers Battle in Baku Qualifications
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

The FIG World Cup series continued Thursday with the first day of qualification at the World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, where several new names managed to impress alongside their veteran competitors.

The FIG World Cup series continued Thursday with the first day of qualification at the World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, where several new names managed to impress alongside their veteran competitors.

Gymnasts from 23 countries have gathered at Baku's beautiful National Gymnastics Arena for the second edition of the FIG World Challenge Cup, dubbed the AGF Trophy 2017 by the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation. The competition for individual events is part of the FIG World Cup series.

The lineup boasts several world and Olympic medalists, and the event is serving as the big first test for several gymnasts now eligible to compete among seniors. The gymnasts, who marched out in divided rotations of only four gymnasts, competed in a darkened arena with spotlights, giving the competition an atmosphere of an exhibition.

Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina — the most experienced gymnast of all at 41 — was the top gymnast on vault. Chusovitina, the defending champion from the 2016 Baku World Challenge Cup, qualified first over Australian veteran Emily Little and Azerbaijan's Marina Nekrasova.

First-year senior Diana Varinska, a tremendous talent who has emerged as a bright hope for Ukraine, was the top gymnast on uneven bars despite a flawed routine: inside Stalder; Komova II to Pak; Maloney uprise full pirouette; Tkatchev to mixed grip to straddled front flip (large break and stopped routine) and ended with a simple layout flyaway dismount.

Varinska's score of 13.366 (7.666 Execution score for 5.7 Difficulty) was still enough to top a field where most of the gymnasts struggled. Olympic finalist Shang Chunsong, who fell on her Maloney, scored only 5.433 in Execution for seventh.

Chinese first-year senior Wang Cenyu fell on her layout Jaeger to take second (13.100/5.9) behind Varinska. Australian gymnasts Georgia-Rose Brown (13.000/5.1) and Rianna Mizzen qualified third and fourth to the finals.

One new name in Baku comes via a familiar face: Ukrainian Olympian Angelina Kysla is now Angelina Radivilova following her marriage to fellow gymnast Igor Radivilov. Radivilova qualified fifth to the uneven bars finals (fall on dismount).

Azerbaijan's Murad Agharzayev, 18, performed confidently to take the top spot on men's floor exercise (Randi; double-twisting front to Rudi (out); double front; 2 1/2 to layout barani; double twist; triple twist; 14.266/5.6). Lithuania's Tomas Kuzmickas (14.066/5.8) qualified second over Australia's Christopher Remkes (14.033/6.1).

European champion and world medalist Alexander Shatilov, third at last year's AGF Trophy, qualified sixth (13.700/5.5). His teammate Artyom Dolgopyat was injured on his triple back and could not finish the routine. World medalist Rayderley Zapata (Spain), performed tucked and piked versions of his new skill (barani in, full out) but fell on his layout double-double to miss the finals.

Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) qualified first on still rings, performing a nearly flawless routine for a 9.033 Execution score (15.333/6.3). His top rivals finished a half point behind. Japan's Kazuyuki Takeda was second (14.833/6.1) over Greece's Konstantinos Konstantinidis (14.733/6.0).

Qualification was also held for parallel bars — out of the Olympic order which normally would have seen pommel horse contested. China's Liu Rongbing (15.066/6.4) grabbed the top spot over teammate He Youxiao (14.600/6.4) and Takeda (14.433/6.2).

Competition continues Friday in Baku with the second day of qualification, which features three-time Olympic champion Cătălina Ponor (Romania) in the lineup for balance beam and floor exercise.

External Link: Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation

2017 AGF Trophy/FIG Challenger Cup
March 16, Baku, Azerbaijan

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Oksana Chusovitina5.49.00014.40014.383 Q
2.Emily Little5.49.20014.60014.033 Q
3.Marina Nekrasova4.69.13313.73313.733 Q
4.Teja Belak5.47.80013.20013.617 Q
5.Tjaša Kysselef4.88.5660.113.26613.366 Q
6.Argyro Afrati4.48.8660.113.16613.283 Q
7.Gaya Giladi4.68.70013.30013.150 Q
8.Rosanna Ojala4.28.96613.16613.016 Q
9.Doğa Ketenci4.28.73312.93312.867 R1
10.Maria Smirnova4.48.80013.20012.717 R2
11.Ekin Morova3.58.66612.16612.666 R3
12.Maria Butskikh4.08.70012.70012.367

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Diana Varinska5.77.66613.366 Q
2.Wang Cenyu5.97.20013.100 Q
3.Georgia-Rose Brown5.17.90013.000 Q
4.Rianna Mizzen5.56.50012.000 Q
5.Angelina (Kysla) Radivilova5.26.73311.933 Q
6.Yulia Inshina4.37.56611.866 Q
7.Shang Chunsong 6.15.43311.533 Q
8.Yekaterina Tishkova4.76.70011.400 Q
9.Rosanna Ojala4.56.80011.300 R1
10.Teja Belak3.77.53311.233 R2
11.Ivana Kamnikar4.46.60011.000 R3
12.Maria Butskikh3.07.90010.900
13.Argyro Afrati4.95.73310.633
14.Evangelia Plyta5.64.96610.566
15.Demet Mutlu4.75.50010.200
16.Anamaria Ocolișan3.46.5009.900
17.Ekin Morova4.25.3339.533
18.Ominakhon Khalilova3.46.0669.466
19.Khilola Doniyorova3.75.0668.766

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Murad Agharzayev5.68.7660.114.266 Q
2.Tomas Kuzmickas5.88.26614.066 Q
3.Christopher Remkes6.18.0330.114.033 Q
4.Pavel Bulavsky5.78.13313.833 Q
5.Naoto Hayasaka6.27.53313.733 Q
6.Alexander Shatilov5.58.20013.700 Q
7.Žiga Šilc5.48.1660.313.266 Q
8.Oskar Kirmes5.48.0330.213.233 Q
9.Heikki Saarenketo5.18.06613.166 R1
10.Eduard Shaulov5.57.5660.112.966 R2
11.Antonios Tantalidis5.87.2660.112.966 R3
12.Anton Olivson5.07.93312.933
13.Konstantin Kuzovkov4.58.33312.833
14.Ilkay Uğuz5.47.4000.112.700
15.Edgar Boulet5.97.0660.312.666
16.Rayderley Zapata6.26.5000.212.500
17.Andrew Smith5.56.9660.112.366
18.Abdulla Azimov4.97.43312.333
19.Cristian Bățagă5.57.2000.412.300
20.Dmitry Govorov5.37.1000.412.000
21.Dimitrios Markousis5.26.8660.111.966
22.Danil Baturin6.45.8660.611.666
23.Adelin Kotrong5.65.96611.566
24.Ilya Yakauleu5.46.2330.211.433
25.Maksym Ivanov5.46.3330.411.333
26.Vyacheslav Kim5.36.0000.610.700
27.Mustafa Arca5.35.3330.110.533
28.Pol Díaz5.35.6330.510.433
29.Robert Tvorogal1.08.7008.01.700
30.Artyom Dolgopyat0.68.7008.01.300

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.03315.333 Q
2.Kazuyuki Takeda6.18.73314.833 Q
3.Konstantinos Konstantinidis6.08.73314.733 Q
4.Shogo Nonomura6.08.46614.466 Q
5.Yevgen Yudenkov6.18.13314.233 Q
6.Tomi Tuuha4.88.73313.533 Q
7.Rayderley Zapata5.77.56613.266 Q
8.Oskar Kirmes4.88.33313.133 Q
9.Mahdi Ahmad Kohani5.57.60013.100 R1
10.Bence Tálas5.67.46613.066 R2
11.Eyal Glazer5.47.50012.900 R3
12.Michael Tone5.47.30012.700
13.Hamza Yılmaz5.47.26612.666
14.Dmitry Govorov4.08.40012.400
15.Konstantin Kuzovkov4.57.66612.166
16.Anton Olivson4.27.83312.033
17.Yunus Emre Gündoğdu4.76.73311.433
18.Vyacheslav Kim4.56.56611.066
19.Ilya Yakauleu3.76.0009.700

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Liu Rongbing6.48.66615.066 Q
2.He Youxiao6.48.20014.600 Q
3.Kazuyuki Takeda6.28.23314.433 Q
4.Alen Dimic5.58.60014.100 Q
5.Tomas Kuzmickas5.08.76613.766 Q
6.Yevgen Yudenkov5.68.13313.733 Q
7.Shogo Nonomura5.38.16613.466 Q
8.Murad Agharzayev4.78.73313.433 Q
9.Saba Abesadze4.48.73313.133 R1
10.Vlad Cotuna5.67.50013.100 R2
11.Clay Mason Stephens5.67.7660.313.066 R3
12.Timur Kadirov4.88.23313.033
13.Moran Yanuka5.08.00013.000
14.Sercan Demir5.37.56612.866
15.Vyacheslav Kim5.17.70012.800
15.Michael Sorokine5.17.70012.800
17.Mitchell Morgans5.17.66612.766
18.Andres Martín4.97.70012.600
19.Oskar Kirmes5.07.7330.312.433
20.Rhys McClenaghan4.87.60012.400
21.Anton Olivson5.07.23312.233
22.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.56.73312.233
24.Georgios Chatziefstathiou5.36.90012.200
23.Yunus Emre Gündoğdu4.57.70012.200
25.Dmitry Govorov4.67.33311.933
26.Eduard Shaulov4.67.06611.666
27.Pol Díaz4.96.46611.366
28.Ioan Nistor4.86.30011.100
29.Yasir Al-Dulaimi4.36.26610.566
30.Robert Tvorogal4.46.10010.500
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 10 March 2017 23:50    PDF Print
Hatakeda, Canada Win Gymnix Senior Cup
(5 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Japan's Hitomi Hatakeda and Team Canada won the Senior Cup on Friday as the 26th Annual International Gymnix began in Montreal.

Japan's Hitomi Hatakeda and Team Canada took the first titles on Friday as the 26th Annual International Gymnix began in Montreal.

This year's Gymnix event attracted more than 1,000 gymnasts from 15 nations to compete at Montreal's Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. In addition to age group competition, the international portion of the Gymnix competition is divided into four categories: Team Cups for juniors and seniors, and individual Challenges for juniors and seniors, plus a combined apparatus finals.

Montreal will also play host to the Canadian gymnastics championships at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in May, and the world gymnastics championships in October at the Olympic Stadium. 2017 also marks the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal and Canada's 150th anniversary as a confederation.

Friday evening's Senior Cup featured two teams from Canada, a team from Australia and a team from Japan, as well as seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) competing as an individual.

Canada 1 – Brooklyn Moors, Jade Chrobok, Audrey Rousseau and Megan Roberts – scored 158.871 to top Japan (157.439) in the Senior Cup team competition. Canada 2, represented by 2016 Olympians Shallon Olsen and Rose-Kaying Woo, plus Sophie Marois and Megan Phillips, placed third (157.070) over Australia (150.770).

Hitomi Hatakeda won the Senior Cup all-around title (54.635), topping Olsen (53.401) and Moors (53.001). Hatakeda had the top scores on uneven bars (inside Stalder; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder, blind to piked Jaeger; full-twisting double; 13.667) and floor exercise (tucked full-in; 2 1/2 to front full; double twist; double tuck; 13.600). She scored 14.234 on vault for a clean Yurchenko 1 1/2, and took her lowest score on beam for a rather hesitant exercise (punch front, side somi; switch half; ff layout; RO double tuck; 13.134). Hatakeda, who turns 17 in September, is the daughter of two-time Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda, a member of Japan's bronze medal-winning team from the 1992 Olympics. She trains at the Central Meguro Club alongside her younger sister Chiaki Hatakeda, one of Japan's brightest hopes for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Olsen, a finalist on vault at last summer's Olympic Games, vaulted a double-twisting Yurchenko (14.567) to tie Chusovitina (handspring layout front full) for the high score on vault. She earned the third-best floor score of the night (13.467) with the top difficulty score of 5.5 (tucked double-double; front to double tuck; piked full-in and triple twist).

Brooklyn Moors, younger sister of 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors, impressed with her elegance and polish on balance beam and floor exercise, where she had the second-best scores on both (punch front to sissone; split jump to side somi; front aerial to side aerial; front handspring to Rudi dismount; 13.367) and floor exercise (front double full to full; double front; 2 1/2 twist; 13.500).

Japan's Ayu Koike, fifth all-around, had the top score on balance beam (layout mount; ff layout; switch ring; side aerial; front aerial; side somi; double pike; 13.467).

Dave Brubaker, Canada's national team director, said he was happy with his team's showing.

"We had some great performances today," Brubaker said. "There's always room for improvement, but it's the beginning of the Olympic cycle and we're working towards Tokyo. Tomorrow is the junior competition and we're looking forward to seeing many new athletes in the competition. We've been focusing on process with the junior athletes through the national camp we hosted and are excited to see the results long term. We've great coaches and teams and are making big strides to win medals in 2020."

The competition continues Saturday afternoon with the Gymnix Challenge and Junior Cup.

External Link: Official Website

26th International Gymnix
March 10, Montreal, Canada

Senior Cup TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Canada 141.90137.36739.63539.968158.871
3.Canada 242.00137.76738.70138.601157.070

Senior Cup All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Hitomi Hatakeda5.014.2345.313.6674.813.1345.213.60054.635
2.Shallon Olsen5.414.5674.612.6675.412.7005.513.46753.401
3.Brooklyn Moors4.813.8344.512.3005.313.3675.013.50053.001
4.Jade Chrobok4.613.5674.712.8675.413.2344.912.96752.635
5.Ayu Koike5.414.1674.712.7345.313.4674.712.03452.402
6.Sophie Marois5.413.6674.312.6005.013.3344.812.56752.168
7.Audrey Rousseau4.613.5674.812.2005.112.8005.213.13451.701
8.Megan Roberts5.414.5004.510.5675.113.0345.013.33451.435
9.Rianna Mizzen4.613.7674.812.5005.112.0344.912.83451.135
10.Emily Whitehead4.613.7345.012.6675.011.8004.912.73450.935
11.Erin Modaro4.613.7004.812.9344.811.7344.312.26750.635
12.Marina Kawasaki4.613.7345.211.4345.412.8675.112.36750.402
13.Jade Vella-Wright3.512.4004.412.6004.611.6004.812.60049.2
14.Megan Phillips4.213.1004.512.5004.810.8344.512.56749.001
15.Oksana Chusovitina5.414.567 4.812.6344.312.63439.835
16.Rose-Kaying Woo4.613.7674.912.4005.412.667 38.834
17.Shannon Neate4.612.2005.311.5005.310.567 34.267
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 March 2017 15:45    PDF Print
Germans Begin Season at National Team Cup
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Tabea Alt and Christopher Jursch led their squads to victory at the 12th National Team Cup, held Saturday in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. Pictured: Olympian Pauline Schäfer had the top score on balance beam.

Tabea Alt and Christopher Jursch led their squads to victory at the 12th National Team Cup, held Saturday in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

The competition among members of the national team is Germany's traditional start to the new season each year. This year's event gave Germany's top gymnasts a chance to compete under the new Code of Points before the DTB World Cup and Team Challenge, taking place March 17-19 in Stuttgart, and the European championships, April 19-23 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Alt and fellow Olympian Pauline Schäfer led Turn-Team Germany to victory with 160.500, topping MTV Stuttgart (150.450) and a squad from Deutsche Turnliga (148.150). Alt won the all-around despite a fall on beam on her RO, two-foot layout mount (54.500), followed by Schäfer (53.700). Emelie Petz of MTV Stuttgart, the 2015 and 2016 German junior national champion, finished third (52.450).

Alt had the top score in the women's competition with 14.350 on uneven bars (Stalder, toe-full to Maloney to Pak; Van Leeuwen; Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; double layout). Schäfer, the bronze medalist on balance beam at the 2015 World Championships, outscored the field on beam with 13.750 (switch leap mount; ff layout; switch ring; double turn; side somi-half; side somi; front aerial, split jump; wolf jump; side aerial; gainer layout dismount).

Schäfer's younger sister, first-year senior Helene Schäfer, finished sixth all-around.

Two-time Olympian Elisabeth Seitz competed vault and bars only (fall on Stalder-piked Tkatchev). Seitz, 23, only recently returned to training following foot surgery in October, a training course with the German army and an internship at German television channel SWR. She also had a bad fall off uneven bars on Friday. "It was not clear if I could even compete at all," she said.

Women's head coach Ulla Koch said she was pleased with how the team looked, six weeks before the European championships in Romania. "The girls are on track," Koch said. "I'm feeling positive about the season."

In the men's competition, Jursch and Philipp Herder helped their team place first with 235.200. KTV Straubenhardt took second (230.650) over Deutsche Turnliga (227.250).

Ivan Rittschik (KTV Straubenhardt) was the top all-arounder with 78.450, one tenth ahead of Jursch (78.350) and Herder (77.850).

Two-time Olympian Marcel Nguyen had the two top scores of the men's competition, 14.600 on still rings and 14.500 on parallel bars.

Alt, Pauline Schäfer, Lukas Dauser and Herder will represent Germany at the DTB World Cup, the second of three all-around World Cups in 2017. Dauser competed at Saturday's American Cup in Newark, the first of the season.

Nguyen, Jursch, Nick Klessing, Sebastian Krimmer and Leonard Prügel will be one of Germany's two teams at the DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart. Rittschik, Nils Dunkel, Alexander Maier, Felix Pohl and Felix Remuta will comprise the second German men's team in Stuttgart.

Four of Germany's Olympians are currently sidelined with injury. Andreas Toba is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered on floor exercise at the Olympics in Rio. Andreas Bretschneider recently underwent shoulder surgery and is hoping to be back in time for this fall's world championships in Montreal. Olympic high bar champion Fabian Hambüchen, also suffering from a shoulder injury, will reportedly undergo surgery on Monday. Sophie Scheder, the bronze medalist on uneven bars in Rio, will miss the European championships due to a knee injury that will reportedly require surgery.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation (DTB)

12th National Team Cup
March 4, 2017, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Turn-Team Germany41.55041.10040.80037.050160.500
2.MTV Stuttgart41.00038.25035.20036.000150.450
3.Deutsche Turnliga41.05033.70036.75036.650148.150

1.DTB Team38.85035.80038.30040.25041.15040.850235.200
2.KTV Straubenhardt38.85035.80038.30039.05041.90036.700230.650
3.Deutsche Turnliga37.75033.20036.85042.05038.80038.600227.250

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Tabea AltTurn-Team Germany13.90014.35013.55012.70054.500
2.Pauline SchäferTurn-Team Germany14.10013.50013.75012.35053.700
3.Emelie PetzMTV Stuttgart14.00012.85013.30012.30052.450
4.Michelle TimmTurn-Team Germany13.55013.25013.50012.00052.300
5.Carina KröllMTV Stuttgart13.30011.00013.50012.85050.650
6.Helene SchäferDTL13.50011.40012.90012.35050.150
7.Emma HöfeleDTL13.60011.30012.30012.00049.200
8.Amelie FöllingerDTL13.65011.00010.95012.20047.800
9.Kim RuoffMTV Stuttgart13.05012.0008.40010.85044.300
10.Isabelle StinglDTL13.1007.90011.00012.10044.100
11.Elisabeth SeitzMTV Stuttgart13.70012.40026.100
12.Sarah VossTurn-Team Germany12.60011.65024.250
13.Leonie PapkeDTL11.55010.10021.650
14.Pauline TratzDTL13.80013.800
15.Julia PlattenhardtMTV Stuttgart13.00013.000
16.Leah GriesserTurn-Team Germany12.95012.950

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Ivan RittschikKTV Straubenhardt13.30012.55012.50013.05014.00013.05078.450
2.Christopher JurschDTB Team13.00011.85011.55013.65013.95014.35078.350
3.Philipp HerderDTB Team13.65011.90013.45013.50013.40011.95077.850
4.Sebastian KrimmerDTB Team12.20012.05012.55013.10013.80013.55077.250
5.Felix PohlDTL13.55011.30012.25013.75013.10013.30077.250
6.Florian LindnerDTL11.35011.80012.40013.85012.80012.75074.950
7.Felix RemutaDTL12.35010.10012.20014.45011.80012.55073.450
8.Alexander MaierDTB Team11.55010.05012.30013.00013.35012.95073.200
9.Leonard PrügelDTL11.85010.10011.95013.15012.90011.95071.900
10.Nils DunkelKTV Straubenhardt11.90011.95013.40011.85049.100
11.Lucas HerrmannKTV Straubenhardt12.60013.30011.80037.700
12.Marcel NguyenKTV Straubenhardt14.60014.50029.100
13.Nils BuchterKTV Straubenhardt12.20012.70024.900
14.Vinzenz HaugKTV Straubenhardt10.65012.70023.350

International Gymnast magazine's features on German gymnasts include:
Sophie Scheder chat (October 2016)
"New Digs" - visit to German men's training center in Kienbaum (July/August 2016)
Erika Zuchold obituary (October 2015)
Hall of Fame induction feature including Johanna Quaas (June 2015)
"Shooting Star" - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)
"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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

Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 March 2017 12:43    PDF Print
Russian Championships Conclude in Kazan
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

A preliminary squad for next month's European championships was named following the Russian national championships in Kazan, which ended Sunday.

All-around champions Natalia Kapitonova and Artur Dalaloyan have secured their places on the team to the European championships in Cluj-Napoca, where senior all-around and events will be contested.2016 Olympians Nikita Nagornyy, David Belyavsky, Angelina Melnikova, Seda Tutkhalyan are also likely, said Russian head coach Valentina Rodionenko. First-year seniors Yelena Yeryomina and Viktoria Trykina are also in contention, Rodionenko said.

David Belyavsky won high bar on Sunday

The Russians were less than impressive on Sunday, with multiple falls during the second day of event finals. On balance beam, Tutkhalyan fell on her layout full twist but still tied Trykina for the gold medal. Melnikova won the bronze despite a fall on her tucked barani.

Lilia Akhaimova won floor exercise with strong tumbling (double layout; piked full-in; Arabian double front; tucked full-in). Yeryomina won the silver (full in; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 punch front; triple twist) over Tutkhalyan. Melnikova, performing a new routine to the "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" by Mancini, finished last after falling both on her Arabian double front and piked full-in.

Dmitry Lankin won the vault title with a layout Randi and Tsukahara 2.5. Dalaloyan fell on his handspring double front but hit his triple-twisting Yurchenko to tie Mikhail Kudashov (handspring double front; Tsukahara double tuck) for the silver.

Nagornyy, who skipped floor and vault in Kazan to protect a foot injury, won parallel bars with an excellent routine, ending with a stuck barani out (6.4 Difficulty). Belyavsky, who competed five events in Kazan, won the gold on high bar.

Melnikova and Nikita Ignatyev will compete at the DTB World Cup in Stuttgart, March 18-19. Russia is also sending additional gymnasts to compete in the DTB Team Cup the same weekend: Akhaimova, Yeryomina, Elizaveta Kochetkova, Daria Spiridonova and Tutkhalyan for the women and Lankin, Vladislav Polyashov, Kirill Potapov, Maxim Sinichkin and Sergei Yeltsov for the men.

"We have six weeks left before the European Championships," Rodionenko noted. "We will prepare and then finally decide on the team composition."

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2017 Russian Gymnastics Championships
March 5, Kazan

Balance Beam FinalScore
1.Viktoria Trykina2001Moscow13.533
1.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow13.533
3.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh13.466
4.Lilia Akhaimova1997Saint Petersburg13.233
5.Anastasia Dmitriyeva1999Tolyatti13.166
5.Yelena Yeryomina2001Saint Petersburg13.166
7.Yevgenia Shelgunova1997Zvenigorod/Alatyr12.200
8.Daria Spiridonova1998Moscow12.100

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Lilia Akhaimova1997Saint Petersburg13.800
2.Yelena Yeryomina2001Saint Petersburg13.400
3.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow13.366
4.Natalia Kapitonova2000Penza13.066
5.Daria Yelizarova1991Tula12.733
6.Viktoria Trykina2001Moscow11.933
6.Yelizaveta Kochetkova2001Moscow11.933
8.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh11.233

Men's Vault FinalVault 1Vault 2Average
1.Dmitry Lankin1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don14.43314.23314.333
2.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow13.40014.86614.133
2.Mikhail Kudashov1991Chelyabinsk14.23314.03314.133
4.Konstantin Kuzovkov1996Korolyov13.83314.16613.999
5.Artyom Pleshkin1996Saransk13.70013.53313.616
6.Alexei Kozlov1997Moscow13.06613.33313.199
7.Viktor Britan1996Chelyabinsk13.26612.63312.949
8.Dmitry Govorov1998Yefremov12.96612.86612.916

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1.Nikita Nagornyy1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don15.066
2.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary14.633
3.Kirill Potapov1996Tomsk14.100
4.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow13.133
5.Valentin Starikov1996Syzran12.866
6.Maxim Sinichkin1998Kazan12.800
7.Andrei Cherkasov1991Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk12.700
8.Nikita Ignatyev1992Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk12.433

High Bar FinalScore
1.David Belyavsky1992Yekaterinburg13.800
2.Alexei Rostov1993Vladimir13.500
3.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary13.433
4.Nikita Nagornyy1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don12.833
5.Ilya Kibartas1996Vladimir12.766
6.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow12.366
7.Daniil Kazachkov1993Novosibirsk12.066
8.Ivan Tikhonov1996Syzran11.533
Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 04 March 2017 15:25    PDF Print
Moldauer, Smith Clinch American Cup Victories
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

NEWARK, N.J.—In her first meet of the year, U.S. Olympic alternate Ragan Smith easily clinched her first American Cup title, which was held at the Prudential Center on March 4. Even a fall from balance beam on a standing tucked full could not stop her, such was the lead she had built up.

Smith defeated Japanese veteran Asuka Teramoto, 56.099-54.899, while Melanie De Jesus dos Santos of France finished third with 53.899.

Americans Yul Moldauer and Ragan Smith captured the American Cup on Saturday in Newark, N.J., the first of three all-around FIG World Cups in 2017.

"It feels amazing," said Smith of her victory, which included event titles on vault (Yurchenko-double twist) and floor exercise (double layout mount; 1.5 twist through to triple twist; Arabian double tuck; double pike). She also has her sights set on the biggest competition of 2017, the Montreal World Championships in October. Asked if she thinks she can win the all-around gold, Smith replied in the affirmative. Confidence is one of her strengths, to be sure.

Teramoto was steady throughout. The 21-year-old vaulted a handspring-layout barani and, on bars, performed a Gienger, piked Jaeger and a clean tucked half-in half-out. Her beam included a double turn, two flip-flops to a layout, an Onodi and a roundoff 2.5 twist dismount.

Olympic alternate De Jesus dos Santos placed first on beam (front pike mount; flip-flop layout; roundoff double tuck dismount, which she stuck). Her bars were also notable: inside Stalder-Shaposhnikova; inside Stalder-Tkatchev; Maloney-half; full-twisting double layout.

Germany's Kim Bui placed fourth and won uneven bars (piked Jaeger; Bhardwaj), while American Riley McCusker had a rough day to finish fifth. In her first meet as a senior, she missed her Stalder-piked Tkatchev on bars (although she nailed her barani-in back-out dismount from elgrip), and she crashed her double back dismount off beam when one foot slipped off the beam on her second flip-flop. She landed hard on her back but was able to perform on floor exercise, where her expressiveness is similar to that of MG Elite teammate Laurie Hernandez.

"Yeah, a little bit," McCusker said if she was more nervous than usual. "And it was my first international competition."

Xie Yufen (China), Tisha Volleman (Netherlands), Emily Whitehead (Australia) and Amy Tinkler (Great Britain; she withdrew from floor) finished sixth through ninth, respectively. Suffice to say that the season is young, and not every gymnast is in peak form yet.

In the men's competition, the last two American Cup men's champions were pitted against each other, but a couple of Americans made it interesting. Olympic gold medalists Ryohei Kato of Japan, the defending champion, and Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine, who won this meet in 2015, were in the mix until the end. But the star of the day was American Yul Moldauer, who led throughout each rotation and earned the title with six steady routines. Vernyayev, who won three events despite looking a bit rusty (pommels, rings and a tie on p-bars), could not catch Moldauer in the final rotation. Turns out Vernyayev was missing an element group on high bar, which cost him 0.5. He lost to Moldauer, 85.931-85.699.

Still, Vernyayev respected the outcome. "I never discuss scores," he said, later adding the Moldauer had "earned" the win.

Moldauer, who may represent the future of U.S. men's gymnastics, won the first event, floor exercise, with a 14.566 (punch Randi; double Arabian, half-out; double-twisting front, front-full; 2.5 twist-barani; double twist; triple twist). He also said he did not change any of the routines he's been competing for the University of Oklahoma, where he is a sophomore. Afterward, Moldauer was humbled by his win.

"I feel great," he said. "I look up to all the guys here. I watched them in the Olympics, so it's very special to compete with them. Honestly, I thank them for coming to this venue and allowing me to compete with them. I just want to thank everyone who's helped me get here, and helped me in the gym and outside the gym."

Stanford senior Akash Modi grabbed third with 84.398 and tied for first on p-bars (full-out dismount, stuck cold). Asked how it was to compete against Vernyayev, Modi said, "It was not that intimidating, because I've competed against him before, but it was definitely awesome to compete with the Olympic silver medalist."

Coincidentally, Oklahoma competes at Stanford tonight, and both teams will be without their top all-arounders. Modi was hopeful that his team could pull out a win. "I think it should be pretty even," he said. Then, in jest, "Obviously, I know Stanford's going to come out on top." Moldauer declined to make any predictions.

Bart Deurloo of the Netherlands began with falls on floor and pommel horse but rallied the rest of the way to place fourth (80.165), which included an event title on high bar (Cassina; piked Kovacs; Kovacs; Kolman).

Eddy Yusof of Switzerland placed fifth (80.164) and won vault with an excellent piked double Tsukahara.

Kato was in the top four prior to high bar, where he fell hard on a Cassina. He ended up sixth (80.065).

Sun Wei (China), Sam Oldham (Great Britain) and Lukas Dauser (Germany) placed seventh through ninth, respectively, with each struggling on various events.

The American Cup was the first of three all-around competitions of the FIG's World Cup season. The second  is the DTB Cup, to be held March 18-19 in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by the London World Cup, scheduled for April 8 at the O2 Arena, site of the gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympic Games. Gymnasts earn points based on their finish at each event, ranging from 60 points to first to 25 points for eighth.

External Link: Official Website

2017 AT&T American Cup/FIG World Cup
March 4, Newark, N.J.

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Ragan Smith 5.4 14.433 5.6 14.400 5.8 13.266 5.6 14.000 56.099
2. Asuka Teramoto 5.0 13.766 5.5 13.766 5.5 13.633 4.8 13.066 54.231
3. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos 4.6 13.466 5.6 13.300 5.7 14.233 4.7 12.900 53.899
4. Kim Bui 4.6 13.500 6.0 14.533 4.7 12.466 4.9 13.133 53.632
5. Riley McCusker 5.4 13.766 5.9 13.100 5.5 12.600 5.1 13.500 52.966
6. Xie Yufen 4.6 13.100 6.0 13.833 4.7 12.700 4.7 11.966 51.599
7. Tisha Volleman 4.6 13.600 4.5 11.866 4.3 12.200 4.5 11.600 49.266
8. Emily Whitehead 4.6 13.433 5.0 13.066 4.8 11.300 4.7 10.600 48.399
9. Amy Tinkler 4.6 13.700 5.5 13.300 6.0 12.566 39.566

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Yul Moldauer 5.6 14.566 5.3 14.000 5.7 14.300 5.2 14.466 5.9 14.866 5.3 13.733 85.931
2. Oleg Vernyayev 5.8 13.300 6.5 14.700 6.1 14.633 5.6 14.433 6.7 15.033 5.4 13.600 85.699
3. Akash Modi 5.7 13.833 5.9 13.466 5.8 14.066 5.2 14.200 6.1 15.033 6.0 13.800 84.398
4. Bart Deurloo 5.2 12.500 6.1 11.666 5.3 13.633 5.2 14.433 5.7 13.400 6.4 14.533 80.165
5. Eddy Yusof 5.5 12.466 5.4 13.300 5.5 13.966 5.6 14.700 5.7 13.566 5.0 12.166 80.164
6. Ryohei Kato 5.9 13.600 6.0 14.066 5.6 14.100 5.2 14.500 5.4 12.733 4.9 11.066 80.065
7. Sun Wei 5.4 13.000 5.6 12.900 5.6 13.133 5.6 13.500 5.0 13.633 5.8 13.866 80.032
8. Sam Oldham 5.5 12.633 5.6 13.100 4.9 13.500 5.2 14.133 5.7 14.333 5.4 11.700 79.399
9. Lukas Dauser 5.3 13.000 4.8 11.400 4.6 12.133 5.2 13.100 6.0 13.300 5.2 13.066 75.999

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