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Tan Takes Two Golds in Youth Olympics Finals
(12 votes, average 4.92 out of 5)

China's Tan Sixin won twice and a Mongolian gymnast vaulted to prominence as the artistic gymnastics competition concluded Sunday at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Tan Sixin (China) won balance beam and floor exercise in Singapore.

In the wake of mistakes from all-around champion Viktoria Komova, China's Tan Sixin claimed both women's gold medals Sunday. Tan, the all-around and uneven bars runner-up, was near perfect on balance beam and floor exercise. Tan nailed her acrobatics on beam, including a high two-foot layout to Korbut; switch Yang Bo; front tuck; and a front aerial to sheep jump. She took one step to the side on her dismount (ff, ff 2 1/2) to earn 15.550 (6.3/9.25).

Komova appeared tired after victories Thursday in the all-around and on Saturday in the vault and uneven bars. Komova, who trains a layout stepout to immediate tucked Arabian on beam, appeared lost during her consecutive layouts, falling onto the beam on her second layout. Noticeably rattled, she nearly fell on her full turn with leg up and dropped off again on a side somi. Komova received a consolation hug from her coach, Gennady Yelfimov, and immediately began icing her left hand.

Italy's Carlotta Ferlito nailed her beam routine to take the silver, following her bronze medals in the all-around and vault. Australia's Angela Donald was slightly off on her Rulfova and didn't connect her front aerial to flip flop, layout series, but showed excellent form for the bronze.

Tan's new floor exercise, choreographed by Adriana Pop in July, had simpler tumbling than some of her competitors but was exquisite in its presentation (front double full to stag jump; stuck double pike; stuck 1 1/2 to front full; and a 2 1/2 dismount) for 14.525.

Romania's Diana Bulimar, the final gymnast, upgraded her tumbling for the final. She opened with the only double layout of the competition and continued with a 1 1/2 to double tuck, piked full-in and double pike for second place. Bulimar, who celebrated her 15th birthday Sunday, returned to the podium after her routine as "Happy Birthday" was played in her honor.

Komova settled for third after stumbling backward and nearly sitting down her opening pass of 1 1/2 twist to Arabian double front. She momentarily appeared dazed by the mistake, but quickly regained her composure and finished strong with a double tuck, triple twist and double pike for the bronze medal.

Guatemalan newcomer Ana Sofia Gomez performed well on both balance beam (nailed tucked full) and floor exercise, but finished an unlucky fourth in both finals.

In the men's competition, Erdenebold Ganbat took gold in the vault to give Mongolia its most successful result in history. With a handspring double front and a double-twisting Tsukahara, Ganbat edged Turkey's Ferhat Arican (handspring full to piked front, Tsukahara 2 1/2), 15.650-15.662. Top qualifier Nestor Abad (Spain) won the bronze (15.450).

Ukraine's Oleg Stepko won parallel bars, making him the most successful male gymnast in Singapore with two golds and two silvers. Stepko's set (cast to piked front between the bars; Tippelt; healy; Stutz; Diamidov and double pike) was the cleanest in the final where all the gymnasts performed similar routines.

Junior European champion Sam Oldham (Great Britain) redeemed himself with the gold medal on high bar. Oldham, who had fallen twice in the all-around final, outperformed the field with a layout Tkatchev; Tkatchev-half and drilled layout double-double dismount.

The competition continues Tuesday with the rhythmic individual and group qualification.

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1st Youth Olympic Games
Aug. 22, Singapore

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Tan Sixin6.39.25015.550
2.Carlotta Ferlito5.89.02514.825
3.Angela Donald6.08.45014.450
4.Ana Sofia Gomez5.68.50014.100
5.Harumy Freitas5.18.35013.450
6.Alina Kravchenko4.78.10012.800
7.Viktoria Komova5.46.60012.000
8.Jonna Adlerteg4.77.12511.825

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Tan Sixin5.59.02514.525
2.Diana Bulimar5.58.82514.325
3.Viktoria Komova5.78.47514.175
4.Ana Sofia Gomez5.38.40013.700
5.Jessica Hogg5.08.60013.600
6.Tess Moonen5.28.37513.575
7.Jonna Adlerteg4.98.37513.275
8.Carlotta Ferlito5.18.1000.312.900

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Erdenebold Ganbat6.69.15015.75015.662
2.Ferhat Arican5.89.37515.17515.650
3.Nestor Abad6.29.3750.115.47515.450
4.Arthur Mariano6.69.57516.17515.400
5.Weena Chokpaoumpai5.49.60015.00015.362
6.Daniil Kazachkov6.69.22515.82514.962
7.Javier Cervantes6.28.3000.114.40014.850
8.Oleg Stepko6.68.1250.114.62514.425

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko5.49.00014.400
2.Andrei Muntean5.68.55014.150
3.Ludovico Edalli4.99.20014.100
4.Sam Oldham5.28.80014.000
5.Thomas Neuteleers5.28.57513.775
6.Yuya Kamoto4.98.85013.750
7.Ernesto Vila5.27.77512.975
8.Daniil Kazachkov4.78.20012.900

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Sam Oldham5.19.27514.375
2.Nestor Abad5.09.12514.125
3.Zhu Xiaodong5.19.00014.100
4.Yuya Kamoto5.28.87514.075
5.Daniil Kazachkov5.18.92514.025
6.Ernesto Vila5.18.87513.975
7.Robert Tvorogal5.08.92513.925
8.Brody-Jai Hennessy4.57.20011.700
Comments (9)add comment

Alex Liang said:

Could somebody break down Bulimar's score for us please?
I am sure I am not the only one somewhat puzzled by the FX results today - Bulimar was brilliant and surely her tumbling (E, C+D, E, D) should put her head and shoulders ahead of Tan (D, D, C+C, D). Her execution was pretty clean as well - so why did Tan manage to win by such a large margin? Perhaps some of our technical experts can cast some light on the issue. IMHO, Bulimar was brilliant and I would've put her ahead of Tan.
August 22, 2010
Votes: -3

Iana said:

Tan and Bulimar had the same D-score (5.5). Tan was overall much cleaner and stuck most of her tumbling. Bulimar way had better tumbling but she was fairly sloppy (bent knees, flexed feet) on her leaps etc. And Tan had great choreography while Bulimar was rather forgettable.
August 22, 2010
Votes: +1

ccalyy said:

And Tan's first pass earned her 0.1 CV.
August 22, 2010
Votes: +1

KabamityBoom said:

Tan Sixin Excelled
Tan Sixin deserves the gold medal--she has been overlooked countless times in commentaries simply because there is Vika Komova there. This time, she proves that she is good enough to get gold medals as well! She behaved flawlessly under pressure, especially on the balance beam.
August 22, 2010
Votes: +6

Linda said:

Bulimar could have been first if...
Bulimar did excellently (great dance, wonderful tumbling, stuck landings) and I was really happy she got 2nd. But it's true that her leg extensions and toe point could be improved. One obvious area was her pirouette with one leg up... she always lands on her heel before her turn is complete. Otherwise, I'm really pleased she threw a double layout for her opening pass!
August 23, 2010
Votes: +3

Yarden said:

Still puzzled
Granted, Tan's execution score should be higher, how can both she and Bulimar have a 5.5 D start value?
Did the Chinese girl use faults in the scoring system to her advantage, because obviously Bulimar's tumbling was much much more difficult....
August 23, 2010
Votes: -3

miha said:

to lana
In my opinion Diana was better in acrobatic. Speaking Artistry, Tan was like a ballerina, but no doubt Diana was the delight of the public, because it's rare the case when you see a gymnast competing with such a joy of performance! Unfortunately, people like you stuck on a certain style and anything else is not enough. The difference between the 2 is exactly the style: ballet versus a joyful authentical Romanian popular music (combined Transilvania+Moldavia regions). Both very nice. In fact this is what we want to see: diversity and originality! For me both deserved the gold!
August 23, 2010
Votes: +2

Gong Zeli of China said:

Tan made better in details
Tan and Bulibar both made perfect on landing,and Bulibar's movement looked mach more different than Tan.However,Tan did better in details,her movement is more beautiful and tidier.So Tan's execution is higher than Bulibar.I think if Bulibar made better in details,she would won the gold.
August 24, 2010
Votes: +3

leo said:

What we saw on T.V vs. what the judges saw with live feed and replay are different. If any of the elements are short of rotations, spins, tumbling etc. the element is often marked down and that reflect on the D score. It will be great if they posted what elements are exactly executed by the gymnasts and what the judges are given credited. It will make much easier for casual viewer to understand the score given.
August 25, 2010
Votes: +0

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