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The Romanian Nationals took place this week. Ana Porgras grabbed her third title in a row, winning the AA title. She was closely followed by Amelia Racea and Raluca Haidu in second and third. Catalina Ponor returned to competition and finished first on vault, second on beam and third on floor. Sandra Izbasa, Diana Chelaru and Larisa Iordache did not compete due to injury. Amelia Racea has the highest score over the competition on bars, watch here or below
Catalina Ponor looks fantastic, really really great. Both Ponor and Porgras should kill on beam at Worlds for Romania!
|1.||Ana Porgras||CS “FARUL” Constanta||5.0||13.975||6.2||14.200||6.5||15.825||5.6||14.650||58.650|
|2.||Amelia Racea||CNS “CETATE” Deva||5.8||14.375||6.0||14.650||6.1||15.050||5.5||14.450||58.525|
|3.||Raluca Haidu||CNS “CETATE” Deva||5.8||14.425||5.9||14.150||6.0||14.850||5.5||14.250||57.675|
|4.||Diana Bulimar||CS “DINAMO” Bucuresti||4.8||13.575||5.5||13.975||6.1||13.875||5.8||14.950||56.375|
|5.||Daniela Andrei||CSS Buzau||5.0||14.025||5.4||13.950||5.5||13.875||5.5||14.350||56.200|
|6.||Gabriela Dragoi||CSS Buzau||5.0||13.650||5.8||14.575||5.5||13.775||4.7||13.325||55.325|
|7.||Diana Trenca||CNS “CETATE” Deva||4.4||13.275||5.5||13.925||5.6||13.625||5.3||14.075||54.900|
|8.||Maria Balea||CNS “CETATE” Deva||4.6||13.300||4.5||12.050||6.0||14.775||5.3||13.925||54.050|
|9.||Catalina Ponor||CS “DINAMO” Bucuresti||5.3||14.525||0.0||0.000||6.4||15.775||5.6||14.625||44.925|
|10.||Ancuta Ciuculete||CSS Sibiu||0.0||0.000||0.0||0.000||0.0||0.000||0.0||0.000||0.000|
Between The Olympics has a full list of all results and links to videos from Nationals or more information on all of the Romanian Gymnastics news, Gymnastics No Ceiling has a great synopsis here.
The German Worlds Teams were announced this last weekend. Big names such as Elizabeth Seitz, Kim Bui and Olympic veteran Oksana Chusovitina will feature on the women’s team with Philip Boy, Fabian Hambuchen and Marcel Nguyen. Going For Gold has the full low down here and points out that it’s only 39 days to Tokyo!!
The German Nationals took place to decide this, of course Philip Boy and Elizabeth Seitz came out on top winning the AA titles, with Seitz debuting a full twisting shaposhnikova (some may call it a full twisting maroney). Five time Olympian and veteran gymnast Oksana Chusovitina won the vault title and silver on beam. Kim Bui won the silver medal in the AA and a bronze on floor. She finished fourth in the bars, beam and vault finals. New senior gymnast Nadine Jarosch won silver on floor and bronze on vault, beam and AA. Phillip Boy won gold on floor and pommel, silver on high bar and 5th on p bars. Newly returned from injury Fabian Hambuchen won gold on high bar and bronze on rings.
On August 27th, the Chinese WAG national team held an internal test competition. 14 national team members participated, and all competed in 4 apparatus except He Kexin who passed on beam. John from the Chinese Gymnastics blog has details on this. New seniors Yao Jinnan and Tan Sixin have continued to do well, finishing first and second AA respectively. Huang Qiushuang, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyan and Wu Liufang also competed.
Announces it’s team for Worlds:
Peng Peng Lee
via Going For Gold
Other interesting tidbits:
- Spain beats France in a dual meet in Madrid
- GymNiceTic has been doing some great comparisons between Russia and the USA ahead of worlds. Vault , Floor, Beam, Bars.
- Elizabeth has information on the Russian Worlds training squad.
- Gymnastics No Ceiling has all of the information regarding the Russian Nationals here.