IG Editor Dwight Normile is blogging from the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships at the O2 Arena in London, where the women's competition began Wednesday.
The fifth and final women's prelim session produced a new leader in Rebecca Bross (USA), as she slipped by Ana Porgras by 0.10. Bross survived a poor beam dismount to total 57.40. Australia's Lauren Mitchell jumped into third with 56.675. Following are some observations from the session.
Rebecca Bross (USA): Double-twisting Yurchenko with a jelly-legged landing. Super aggressive style on bars, where her Tkatchev, Jaeger and tucked full-out dismount (one step) showed great amplitude (15.05). Bross seemed completely "on" at beam, nailing all of her tricks until that precarious dismount, a double Arabian, which she over-rotated (hand touch). Mounted floor with front layout, double front and solid throughout. She's the new leader in the rankings.
Anna Myzdrikova (RUS): One big wobble on beam but clean otherwise, if not a bit tentative. Mounted floor with a whip-Arabian double front, then threw a triple twist, punch back tuck. Third pass of 2.5 twist, barani, stag jump, and she ended with a stuck double pike. Myzdrikova did not compete on uneven bars.
Anamaria Tamarjan (ROM): Stuck a double-twisting Yurchenko, but she straddled her legs close to 45 degrees on the post-flight. Tamarjan threw a Jaeger and Tkatchev on bars, and dismounted with a double layout. Tamarjan fell off beam early in her routine (layout) and had a major wobble on a jump with half turn. Piked full-in mount on floor, O.B. on third pass, and double pike dismounts.
Rebecca Downie (GBR): She successfully navigated through her beam set, only to over-rotate her double pike dismount, which sent her staggering backward and eventually into a back roll right off the end of the podium! She stuck that final landing and raised her arms to present herself to the judges. She was a good sport in what had to be an embarrassing moment, especially with all the expectations on her shoulders. She mounted floor with a 1.5 twist through to 2.5 twist and came back with a clean tucked full-in. This time she gave the crowd reason to cheer, and they did. On vault she barely made her double-twisting Yurchenko. Very difficult bars set to close her evening (Stalder-Tkatchev and toe-on Tkatchev).
Elsa Garcia (MEX): Good to see Garcia back after having hand surgery earlier this year. She looks fit an motivated, and maybe a bit taller than last we saw her. She made it through beam with several balance checks, but no falls. She stuck her Arabian double floor mount, then fudged a tucked front after a 2.5 twist. She finished strong, however. Garcia stuck a Yurchenko-1.5 twist, and a roundoff half-on piked Cuervo. She finished on bars and did well to cover for a pirouette that went the wrong way.
Anastasia Koval (UKR): Excellent side aerial to layout step-out on beam.
Ariella Käslin (SUI): Clean handspring-rudi for the European vault champ. Her second vault was a sloppy Yurchenko-1.5 twist. She worked a long and interesting bars routine that included a shoot-half to low, immediate free-hip hecht.
Lauren Mitchell: Mitchell saved a landing on beam and finished well. Interesting mount of a half turn on her chest. Powerful floor tumbling (high piked full-in mount). By night's end, she jumped ahead of Deng Linlin in the standings.
Paola Galante (ITA): Galante did an inside Stalder-Tkatchev on bars. Very difficult.
Jessica Gil (COL): Great tumbling on floor, with a double layout mount, handspring-double front second pass and piked full-in dismount.
Dipa Karmakar (IND): Though the polish might not be there, the skill is for this Indian gymnast, as it was for her male compatriots yesterday. With the right resources, India could improve quickly.
Full Results, Women's Qualification
• Uneven Bars
• Balance Beam
• Floor Exercise