The week in Gymnastics August 29th – September 4th

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This past weekend saw no little than five interesting competitions taking place in Europe.

A friendly competition ITA/RUS in Porto San Giorgo (ITA) between the junior and senior men from Italy and Russia, a friendly competition NED/POL in Lekkerkerk (NED), a friendly competition ESP/ITA/POR in Madrid , the Swiss National Championships in Bellinzona and of the FIG Challenger Cup in Ghent, Belgium.

It’s only five weeks to go before the World Championships, all gymnasts need to get more competition experience and the remaining gymnastics federations are required to chose their World teams. Here is the low down on who won what and where.

Ghent World Cup Challenger

The Ghent World Cup Challenger took place in Belgium from September 3rd – 4th. Top gymnasts such as Viktoria Komova, Jiang Yuyan, Wu Liufang and Krisztian Berki, Zou Kai and Diego Hypolito all competed. The results are as follows and links to as many videos as possible:

WAG

Women’s Vault

1. Jade Barbosa 14.437
2. Valeriia Maksiuta 14.025
3. Adrian Nunes Gomes 14.012
4. Dorina Bocaogo 13.950
5. Alexa Moreno Medina 13.887
6. Maria Paseka 13.837
7. Hiu Ying Angel Wong 13.687
8. Alina Fomenko 13.000

Uneven Bars

1.Victoria Komova 15.650
2.Jiang Yuyuan 15.375
3.Wu Liufang 15.350
4.Jonna Adlerteg 14.025
5.Stefani Bismpikou 13.600
6.Yana Demyanchuk 13.050
7.Vasiliki Millousi 12.850
8.Ida Gustafsson 12.800

Balance Beam

1.Wu Liufang 14.975
2.Mariya Livchikova 14.625
3.Stefani Bismpikou 13.950
3.Luisa Galiulina 13.950
5.Victoria Komova 13.850
6.Tatiana Solovyova 13.325
7.Valeria Maksyuta 13.175
8.Vasiliki Millousi 11.575

Floor

1.Mariya Livchikova 14.375
2.Wu Liufang 13.650
3.Daiane dos Santos 13.424
4.Darya Elizarova 13.350
5.Maria Paseka 13.175
6.Jonna Adlerteg 13.125
7.Gaelle Mys 13.025
8.Jiang Yuyuan 12.025

MAG

Floor

1.Diego Hypólito 15.950
2.Zou Kai 15.750
3.Eleftherios Kosmidis 15.400
4.Alexander Shatilov 15.350
5.Andrey Cherkasov 14.975
6.Rok Klavora 14.375
7.Fabian González 13.725
8.Jimmy Verbaeys 13.575

Pommel Horse

1.Zhang Hongtao 15.725
2.Krisztian Berki 15.350
3.Sergio Muñoz 14.700
4.Daulet Narmetov 14.425
5.Donna Donny Truyens 14.275
6.Dimitry Stolyarov 13.975
7.Daniel Corral 13.750
8.Saso Bertoncelj 13.425

Still Rings

1. Eleftherios Petrounias 15.900
2. Xuan Luo 15.750
3. Yuri Van Gelder 15.675
4. Arthur Zanetti 15.475
5. Ali Al Asi 15.325
6. Ivan San Miguel 15.325
7. Qiuhua Liao 15.000
8. Federico Molinari 14.850

Vault

1.Igor Radivilov 16.162
2.Anton Golotsutskov 16.150
3.Diego Hypólito 16.075
4.Jeffrey Wammes 15.900
5.Tomi Tuuha 15.887
6.Isaac Botella 15.662
7.Oleksandr Yakubovskiy 15.475
8.Petrus Laulumaa 14.500

Parallel Bars

1.Wang Guanyin 16.150
2.Mitja Petkovsek 15.775
3.Vasileios Tsolakidis 15.725
3.Anton Fokin 15.725
5.Adam Kierzkowski 15.250
6.Oleg Stepko 15.225
7.Roman Kulesza 14.850
8.Manuel Campos 14.025

High Bar

1.Zou Kai 16.300
2.Nicolas Cordoba 15.425
3.Sergio Muñoz 14.750
4.Giuhua Liao 14.700
4.Marco Baldauf 14.700
6.Fabian Leimlehner 14.600
7.Fabian Gonzalez 13.600
8.Jayden Bull 12.475

Full write ups and live blogging can be seen on The All Around and excellent coverage from Gymnastics, No Ceiling who was at the event. Content includes Podium Photographs and photos from other moments during the competition.

Netherlands V Poland

This was the reason for the absence of the Dutch WAG gymnasts in Ghent this weekend.  The Dutch team won with 219.850 points over the Polish team (209.400). In the AA competition Celine van Gerner (55.750) won over Joy Goedkoop (55.700) and Martha Pihan-Kulesza (54.450).

Click on the results above to enlarge.

 The World Gymnast and GymNiceTic have links to videos for a lot of the gymnasts.

Swiss Nationals Championships

This year was the first year in a long time that Switzerlands top female gymnast Ariella Kaeslin would not compete, since announcing her retirement just under two months ago in July.  Giulia Steingruber and Pablo Brägger continued to perform strongly and dominated the championships, becoming the 2011 National Champions.

Women’s All Around
1.    Giulia Steingruber 13.950 14.000 13.800 12.850 54.600
2.    Jessica Diacci 13.300 12.950 12.650 13.400 52.300
3.    Linda Stämpfli 12.600 13.300 12.300 12.550 50.750
4.    Laura Schulte 13.300 12.150 11.800 12.800 50.050
5.    Emily Berti 12.400 12.950 11.650 12.300 49.300
6.    Nadia Baeriswyl  12.900 11.050 11.600 13.050 48.600
7.    Nadine Schulz 12.850 12.050 11.900 11.700 48.500
8.    Eliane Schreiber 11.700 11.050 12.350 11.850 46.950
9.    Sarina Gerber 12.300 11.700 9.900 12.650 46.550
10.    Jennifer Senn 12.950 11.550 9.950 11.100
11.    Caroline Morant 13.200 10.450 9.450 12.250 45.350
12.    Aline Boss 12.000 10.900 10.800 10.350 44.050
13.    Yvonne Hunziker 12.100 9.500 11.250 10.800 43.650
14.    Yasmin Zimmerman 13.600 12.800 12.050 0.000 38.450

Event Finals
Vault

1.    Steingruber 13.875
2.    Stämpfli 13.075
3.    Senn 12.425
4.    Hunziker 11.825
5.    Trachsel 11.750
6.    Luginbühl 11.550

Uneven Bars
1.    Steingruber 13.750
2.    Schulte 12.750
3.    Stämpli 12.250
4.    Berti 11.450
5.    Zimmerman 11.300
6.    Diacci 10.850

Beam
1.    Steingruber 13.500
2.    Diacci 13.400
3.    Zimmerman 12.800
4.    Schultz 12.050
5.    Stämpfli 11.950
6.    Schreiber 10.200

Floor
1.    Steingruber 13.850
2.    Stämpfli 13.250
3.    Diacci 12.950
4.    Schulte 12.450
5.    Baeriswyl 12.050
6.    Gerber 12.000

The men’s results can be found on The All Around website which also features a review of the competition itself.

Italy V Russia

Russias Junior and Senior men headed  to Italy for a friendly warm up competition ahead of the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships. All of the gymnasts named in the training squad for the World Championships competed this weekend, 6 in Italy and the remaining two Andrei Cherkasov and Anton Golotsutskov, competed at the Ghent Challenger World Cup.

In the senior competition, the Russians came out on top:

1.Russia 356.250
2.Italy A (Morandi, Ottavi, Principi, Cingolani, Pozzo) 349.250
3.Italy B (Ticchi, De Vecchis, Edalli, Angioletti, Busnari) 335.500

The same occured in the Junior team competition also:

1.Russia 83.700
2.Italy A (Landini, Sestini, Sanvito, Sarrugerio, Levantesi) 319.200
3.Italy B (Ticchi, De Vecchis, Edalli, Angioletti, Busnari) 335.500

Again The All Around has a great synopsis of this friendly competition.

Spain V Italy V Portugal

Fresh from their friendly warm up competition in England, the Spanish and Portuguese gymnasts took on Italy in Madrid. The following gymnasts competed:

Spain

  • Ana María Izurieta
  • Paula Vargas
  • Silvia Colussi
  • Beatriz Cuesta
  • Cintia Rodriguez
  • Claudia Menéndez
  • Toya Rojas
  • Elena Zaldívar

Italy

  • Vanessa Ferrari
  • Carlotta Ferlito
  • Emily Armi
  • Georgia Campana
  • Chiara Gandolfi
  • Jessica Mattioni

Portugal

  • Zoi Lima
  • Ekaterina Kislinskaya

The Spanish girls showed again that they could be in contention to possibly qualify within the top 8 in Tokyo, showing huge improvements.

Team1.Spain 222.950
2.Italy 217.650

All Around
1.Vanessa Ferrari ITA 56.600 (13,800, 14,050, 14,550, 14,200)
2.Ana María Izurieta ESP 56.450 (14,500, 13,900, 14,650, 13.400)
3.Maria Paula Vargas ESP 55.250 (13.950, 13.700, 13.800, 13.800)
4.Beatriz Cuesta ESP 54.350 (13.750, 13.450, 13.650, 13.500)
5.Silvia Colussi ESP 53.500 (13.850, 14.000, 13.500, 12.150)
5.Emily Armi ITA 53.500 (13.700, 12.950, 13.250, 13.600)
7.Cintia Rodríguez ESP 53.100 (13.200, 13.400, 13.250, 13.250)
8.Georgia Camapana ITA 52.700 (12.850, 14.300, 12.900, 12.650)
9.Claudia Menéndez ESP 52.600 (14.950, 12.150, 11.150, 14.350)
9.Chiara Gandolfi ITA 52.600 (13.500, 13.600, 13.450, 12.050)
11.Carlotta Ferlito ITA 50.850 (12.850, 10.800, 13.200, 14.000)
12.Zoi Lima POR 50.450 (13.200, 11.500, 12.700, 13.050)
13.Ekaterina Kislinskaya POR (13.100, 13.050, 11.050, 12.350)
14.Toya Rojas ESP (13.850, 12.450, 8.950, 11.150)
15.Jessica Mattoni ITA (12.500, – , 13.600, 12.700)
16.Elena Zaldívar ESP (12.450 only UB)

More information is available on The Couch Gymnast.

**Steingruber image via EQ Images

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