The week in Gymnastics: September 19th – 25th

 This weekly round up aims to give a synopsis of the week in news. If you haven’t already subscribed to Full Twist by adding the URL to your Google Reader or by entering your email address in the subscribe button on the website, then you may be missing out on some of the exciting gymnastics news.  You can also follow Full Twist on  Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the news.

World Championships Update

Two of the big guns were announced this week for the World Championships in Tokyo.  Great Britain and the USA announced their WAG Teams who will compete in 2 weeks time. Whilst the team from Great Britain was as expected, the USA followed with a lot of debates and arguments from outspoken fans shocked and surprised at why Shawn Johnson, Bridget Sloan and Chellsie Memmel were left off the Worlds team. Full Twist too, was surprised but the bulk of the team is what we had predicted, minus the injured Caquatto. The addition of Sabrina Vega and Anna Li seemed to be what surprised most fans.

Read our thoughts on the USA team here and view our thoughts in the strong British team here.  Full Twist invites you to share your thoughts on the teams in the comments section. Many are wondering if former Floor World Champion Beth Tweddle will unveil her new Double Arabian Full Out tumbling pass at Worlds.

The GB Men’s team will feature three previous World Championship medallists: Daniel Keatings, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis. Full Twist predicts the team to place on the podium at the team finals.

Russia also somewhat confirmed their teams but are subject to change up to 24 hours before the competition.

Full Twists World Championships coverage post proved extremely popular last year, so this year we will do the same. We have begun so far by posting the television coverage that will be available to UK and Irish gymnastics fans. This will be updated with online coverage and USA television coverage in due course.

31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

The 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships took place last week in Montpellier. To put it simply, Russia pretty much won everything. Rhythmic Star Evgenia Kanaeva won gold with her team and gold in the ribbon and clubs finals. She also won gold in the Individual All Around Final. Although Kanaeva didn’t quite win everything, the Italian team ranked first in the Group AA Competition.

This competition served as a qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics. The qualifying teams are as follows:

  1. Italy – Total: 55.150
  2. Russia – Total: 54.850
  3. Bulgaria – Total: 54.125
  4.  Belarus – Total: 52.850
  5. Japan – Total: 52.725
  6. Germany – Total: 52.675

Irish Gymnastics

Irish Gymnastics had huge cause to celebrate this weekend when MAG Kieran Behan won Ireland’s first ever FIG medal. Behan and team mate Anthony O’Donnell competed at the Salamunov Memorial Cup (Category B) in Slovenia where Behan won a bronze medal on floor. The gymnast with a long career, has a fantastic story. Make sure you read it. Unfortunately only a very small article has been written in a national newspaper covering this story.

Things may quieten down  a bit with 11 days to go until the World Championships in Tokyo. Gymnasts will be travelling across the world to begin training. Full Twist will of course, continue to keep you posted.

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