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Grishina Grabs Second Gold in Cottbus
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Russian Olympian Anastasia Grishina won a second title on Sunday as the 37th Tournament of Masters/FIG World Challenger Cup concluded in Cottbus, Germany. Pictured: Women's floor exercise champion Maegan Chant (Canada)

Russian Olympian Anastasia Grishina won a second title on Sunday as the 37th Tournament of Masters/FIG World Challenger Cup concluded in Cottbus, Germany.

Grishina, who claimed the uneven bars title on Saturday, also won balance beam to become the only double winner this weekend.

Now training under Viktor Razumovsky and Irina Razumovksaya, Grishina looked like a completely new gymnast, confidentaly hitting a near-perfect balance beam set (roundoff, two-foot layout; side somi; front aerial to consecutive sissones; Onodi to illusion; RO double pike with a slight hop forward) for 14.600, with a rather stingy 8.8 Execution score.


Anastasia Grishina (Russia) won two titles in Cottbus.

Two-time Greek Olympian Vasiliki Millousi — whose routine is a true artistic performance — as took second with an elegant set featuring a layout mount; side aerial; switch ring; side somi; front aerial, ff; RO double pike). European champion Anna Dementyeva (Russia) had the highest Difficulty score of the final with 6.0 (switch ring; Onodi; front aerial to sheep; side aerial, sissone, wolf; RO two-foot layout; original split ring leap; triple twist), but several large breaks cost her.

Canadian first-year senior Maegan Chant (double layout and piked full-in) won the women's floor exercise title. All the competitors seemed to struggle with the floor mat, with most uncharacteristically struggling with more than one tumbling pass. Dementyeva, the top qualifier, had serious landing errors as well (two whips to short triple twist; stumble backward on double tuck; 2 1/2 punch front out of bounds) but her artistic presentation and real choreography set her apart from most of the routines seen today.

Dutch gymnast Nöel van Klaveren, who used Beethoven's "Für Elise" as her music, won the bronze medal with the highest Execution score of the final (8.075).

Two-time Olympian Jessica Lopez (Venezuela) had the tricks and presentation to take the title, but stumbled backward out of bounds on her full-in mount, nearly flew out of the area on her whip-triple twist, and landed short on her double pike dismount.

U.S. Olympian Jake Dalton won the men's vault title with a double-twisting Kasamatsu and a stuck double-twisting layout handspring front. Russian newcomer Mikhail Kudashov took second with a huge handspring double front and a Tsukahara 2 1/2. Top qualifier Shek Wai Hung (Hong Kong) boomed his double-twisting Kasamatsu, but sat down his handspring double front to place fifth.

Vietnamese gymnast Nguyen Ha Thanh claimed the title in an excellent parallel bars final, in which only one gymnast missed his routine. Nguyen showed impeccable handstands and body line en route the only Execution score above 9.0.

Andreas Bretschneider closed the competition with a gold medal for Germany on high bar (Tak-full to Yamawaki; Cassina; Kolman; stuck layout double-double). Japan's Koji Uematsu tied for second with Israeli Olympian Alexander Shatilov.

Prior to the final awards ceremony, the audience at Lausitz Arena was treated to a floor exhibition from 87-year-old Johanna Quaas, possibly the world's oldest active gymnast. The video of Quaas' performance after the 2012 Tournament of Masters, when she was 86 years old, became a viral sensation one year ago. The video, which has since garnered more than 5 million YouTube views, sparked media requests for interviews and appearances with Quaas.

External Link: Official Website

37th Tournament of Masters/FIG World Challenger Cup
March 24, Cottbus, Germany

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Anastasia Grishina 5.8 8.800 14.600
2. Vasiliki Millousi 5.7 8.600 14.300
3. Anna Dementyeva 6.0 8.275 0.1 14.175
4. Nöel van Klaveren 5.1 8.425 13.525
5. María Paula Vargas 5.8 7.525 13.325
6. Ana Filipa Martins 4.9 8.175 13.075
7. Oksana Chusovitina 5.5 7.650 0.1 13.050
8. Dilnoza Abdusalimova 5.1 7.850 0.1 12.850

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Maegan Chant 5.7 8.050 13.750
2. Anna Dementyeva 5.8 7.875 0.1 13.575
3. Nöel van Klaveren 5.4 8.075 13.475
4. Cagla Akyol 5.3 8.000 0.2 13.100
5. Jessica Lopez 5.6 7.575 0.3 12.875
6. Silvia Colussi-Pelaez 5.2 7.875 0.3 12.775
7. Jasmin Mader 4.9 7.850 12.750
7. Ana Filipa Martins 4.7 8.050 12.750

Men's VaultDENDScoreAverage
1. Jake Dalton 6.0 9.250 15.250 15.187
5.6 9.525 15.125
2. Mikhail Kudashov 5.6 9.350 14.950 14.825
5.6 9.100 14.700
3. Caio Souza 5.6 9.325 0.1 14.825 14.512
5.2 9.100 0.1 14.200
4. Marco Walter 5.6 9.275 0.1 14.775 14.475
5.2 8.975 14.175
5. Andrey Medvedev 5.6 9.150 14.750 14.462
6.0 8.475 0.3 14.175
5. Shek Wai Hung 6.0 9.325 0.1 15.225 14.462
5.6 8.100 13.700
7. Pavel Bulavsky 5.6 9.400 15.000 14.325
6.0 7.950 0.3 13.650
8. Arthur Mariano 5.6 8.875 0.1 14.375 14.275
5.4 8.875 0.1 14.175

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Nguyen Ha Thanh 6.3 9.075 15.375
2. Vasileios Tsolakidis 6.5 8.800 15.300
3. Lucas Fischer 6.5 8.725 15.225
4. Brandon Wynn 6.6 8.475 15.075
5. Alexander Tsarevich 6.6 8.425 15.025
6. Koji Uematsu 6.7 8.250 14.950
7. Nikita Ignatyev 6.4 8.375 14.775
8. Shogo Nonomura 5.9 7.125 13.025

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Andreas Bretschneider 6.8 8.225 15.025
2. Koji Uematsu 7.1 7.875 14.975
2. Alexander Shatilov 6.5 8.475 14.975
4. Umit Samiloglu 7.0 7.625 14.625
5. Glen Ishino 5.9 8.700 14.600
6. Alexander Tsarevich 6.3 8.225 14.525
7. Kristof Schroe 5.9 7.250 13.150
8. Igor Pakhomenko 5.3 6.100 11.400

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