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It was the event we had all been waiting for for some time, the 2011 VISA Championships. Jordyn Wieber took the WAG National title superbly whilst poor Rebecca Bross is probably out until next year since injuring her knee on vault. Danell Leyva also won his first National Title in the Men’s competition. Check out all of the details here and here.
The British women took on the Spanish and Portugese girls in Ipswich, with Spain prevailing and showing some threat ahead of the 2011 Worlds. Going for Gold has a great report with photographs whilst International Gymnast also has some coverage. From the sounds of it, the friendly event was just a practice for many injured gymnasts to test the waters in the run up to the 2011 Worlds.
Beth Tweddle competed in the GB 2 team and only performed on floor. She had taping on her neck + shoulder so likely avoided doing bars to protect an injury. Danusia Francis also was taped up at the shoulder and conpeted a watered down competition (she performed her floor routine without tumbling, but had some of the best artistic choreography of the day).
Becky Downie was also testing the water again following her achilles injury. She cometed solid beam and bars routines with watered-down dismounts. I’d be surprised to see her in Tokyo, but her recovery is coming on well with London 2012 in mind. It’s good to see her out on the floor again
The All Around has a detailed report also, posting the individual results.
1.MENENDEZ Claudia ESP 1st: 5.80 14.900 2nd: 4.80 13.700 Avg: 14.300
2.CAIRNS Imogen GBR 1st: 5.30 14.700 2nd: 4.60 13.500 Avg: 14.100
3.RIPPIN Niamh GBR 1st: 5.30 13.800 2nd: 4.80 13.600 Avg: 13.700
1.VARGAS Ma Paula ESP 5.80 14.000
2.CUESTA Beatriz ESP 5.20 13.750
2.VILA Claudia ESP 5.40 13.750
1.CARMONA Ainhoa ESP 5.70 13.250
2.IZURIETA Ana Maria ESP 5.70 13.050
3.EDWARDS Laura GBR 5.10 13.000
1.MENENDEZ Claudia ESP 5.60 13.800
2.VARGAS Ma Paula ESP 5.50 13.700
3.CUESTA Beatriz ESP 5.10 13.050
1.WHELAN Hannah 14.350 14.000 13.950 13.700 56.000
2.VARGAS Ma Paula 13.950 13.850 13.150 13.550 54.500
3.CUESTA Beatriz 13.600 13.850 13.100 13.300 53.850
2.Great Britain 1 216.500
3.Great Britain 2 193.750
Remember, the British girls will travel to Romania this week to compete at the Romanian Nationals in Onesti. This is one competition we will really not want to miss.
Another highly anticipated event of the week was the Russian National competition. Viktoria Komova competed in her first competition since having surgery on her ankle back in May. She performed well to place second in the All Around competition behind Anna Dementyeva.Many videos are available on Facebook and YouTube.Komova did a pretty great bar routine:
Other interesting tidbits:
Alicia Sacramone and Under Armour chose the perfect timing to announce their new sponsorship deal.
The BBC Docu-film of the 2008 British Gymnastics team “Gymnast” is now available online to watch
Martha Karolyi chats to Gymnastics Examiner after the VISA Championships
There’s a bit of arguing going on between the Russian Gymnasts, their websites and the Federation. Only some are currently official.