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Mustafina, Gonzalez Best in Bercy Finals
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World champion Aliya Mustafina (Russia) won three titles Sunday at the finals of the French International, a World Cup event held outside Bercy.

Russian Aliya Mustafina and Chilean Tomas Gonzalez each picked up multiple titles Sunday in the finals of the World Cup in Bercy, outside of Paris.

Per new FIG rules, gymnasts qualified to the World Cup based on their placings at the 2010 World Championships and in the 2010 World Cup series. Only the top four gymnasts from qualification, plus ties, advanced to the finals.

Mustafina won all three events she entered in Bercy: vault, uneven bars and balance beam. On vault, she topped teammate Tatiana Nabiyeva, who had led Saturday's qualification. Both Russians performed double-twisting Yurchenkos as a first vault, but Mustafina upgraded her second vault from an Omelianchik in qualification to her own vault (Yurchenko half-on, layout handspring front full off).

On uneven bars and balance beam, Mustafina performed her same routines from qualification to take the titles with room to spare. China's Huang Qiushuang won the silver on uneven bars over Germany's Elizabeth Seitz. Nabiyeva hit her signature toe-on layout Tkatchev to Pak salto combination, but fell over on a handstand late in her routine.

Clad in a new teal leotard, Mustafina was the only gymnast in the final to stay on balance beam. World champion Ana Porgras (Romania), Anna Dementyeva (Russia) and Lauren Mitchell (Australia) all dropped off beam on their two-foot layouts.

On floor exercise, Romanians Sandra Izbasa and teammate Diana Chelaru repeated their 1-2 finish from qualification, with Dementyeva taking third. Former world champion Vanessa Ferrari (Italy), looking out of shape, fell on her 1 1/2 front full pass.

Gonzalez repeated his first-place finish from qualification on men's floor exercise, and added the gold on vault when top qualifier Dmitry Kasperovich touched down on his Tsukahara double pike.

British star Louis Smith won pommel horse, but Australia's Prashanth Sellathurai (16.000 in qualification) fell to place fourth.

World and Olympic champion Chen Yibing (China) won still rings over Russian standout Alexander Balandin, 15.933-15.766. Balandin had been kept off Russia's world team in 2010, but is on the roster for the upcoming European championships.

With 9.300 in execution, veteran Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) topped world champion Feng Zhe (China) on parallel bars.

World runner-up Epke Zonderland got the gold on men's high bar, defeating top qualifier Danell Leyva (U.S.). Zonderland, training with former Stanford coach Sadao Hamada, continues to show improved execution.

The FIG series continues next weekend with the Doha Challenger Cup, a B-level competition.

External Link: French Gymnastics Federation

18th French International/FIG World Cup
Feb. 20, Bercy, Paris

Women's Vault FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina5.809.16614.933
2.Tatiana Nabiyeva5.808.93314.400
3.Diana Chelaru5.808.93314.017
4.Jennifer Khwela5.308.60013.783

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina6.808.93315.733
2.Huang Qiushuang6.708.70015.400
3.Elisabeth Seitz6.608.40015.000
4.Tatiana Nabiyeva6.308.26614.566

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina6.308.56614.866
2.Ana Porgras6.407.40013.800
3.Anna Dementyeva6.307.43313.733
4.Lauren Mitchell6.106.43312.533

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Sandra Izbasa6.008.83314.833
2.Diana Chelaru5.908.73314.633
3.Anna Dementyeva5.708.73314.433
4.Vanessa Ferrari5.207.50012.700

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Tomas Gonzalez6.508.96615.466
2.Flavius Koczi6.608.66615.266
3.Thomas Bouhail6.109.13315.233
4.Gael Da Silva6.108.70014.800

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Louis Smith6.908.80015.700
2.Saso Bertoncelj6.509.00015.500
3.Cyril Tommasone6.408.93315.333
4.Prashanth Sellathurai6.906.90013.800

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Chen Yibing6.809.13315.933
2.Alexander Balandin6.709.06615.766
3.Matteo Morandi6.708.90015.600
3.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.708.90015.600
5.Koji Yamamuro6.608.70015.300

Men's Vault FinalDENDScore
1.Tomas Gonzalez7.009.16616.100
2.Flavius Koczi7.009.30015.800
3.Dmitry Kasperovich7.009.10015.750
4.Luis Rivera6.609.0330.115.650
5.Theo Seager7.008.06615.533

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Mitja Petkovsek6.509.30015.800
2.Feng Zhe6.808.83315.633
3.Epke Zonderland6.009.16615.166
4.Roman Kulesza6.008.93314.933

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Epke Zonderland7.308.66615.966
2.Danell Leyva7.008.56615.566
3.Marijo Moznik6.608.70015.300
4.Jeffrey Wammes6.507.83314.333
Comments (5)add comment

Wrong said:

Pretty sure Mustafina never got that vault named after her.
March 20, 2011
Votes: -4

briohnyg said:

Didn't Cheng Fei do that vault at 2005 Worlds?
March 21, 2011
Votes: +1

ShawnaGym said:

No, Cheng Fei did Yurchenko-1/2 on, front 1 1/2 off. I'm pretty sure Mustafina was the first to do that vault.
March 21, 2011
Votes: +0

briohnyg said:

oh, well cool then. I love her pivot series on beam, so special!
March 22, 2011
Votes: +2

Paulina said:

Why don't you speak about Gonzalez
It's a shame you just speak about Mustafina, Tomas Gonzalez it's the best but you didn't speak about him.

March 23, 2011
Votes: +0

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