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Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 16 September 2016 08:42    PDF Print
Pan American Championships Begin in Bolivia
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The U.S. men captured the junior team title on Thursday as the 2016 Pan American Gymnastics Championships began in Sucre, Bolivia.

The U.S. men captured the junior team title on Thursday as the 2016 Pan American Gymnastics Championships began in Sucre, Bolivia.

The competition features apparatus championships for seniors, and team, all-around and apparatus championships for juniors.

The U.S. men's squad of Andrew Bitner, Bennet Huang, Vitaly Guimares, and Justin Ah Chow won the junior team title. Brazil (Bernardo Actos, Tomas Rodriguez, Murilo Miguel Souza and Diogo Brajao) won the silver over Mexico (Isaac Núñez, Joshua Valle, Josué Juárez and José Daniel Rodríguez).

Actos, 17, won the junior all-around title over Huang and Bitner.

"I worked hard to get here," Actos said. "The competition was tough."

Ten nations – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Uruguay &nash; sent men for the senior apparatus competition. In Thursday's qualification, Guatemala's Jorge Vega (floor exercise) and Brazil's Caio Souza (pommel horse and parallel bars) both led qualification on two events. 2012 Olympic finalist Federico Molinari (Argentina) had the top score on still rings while Colombia's Didier Lugo qualified first on high bar.

Competition continues Friday with the women's senior apparatus qualification and junior team and all-around. Ten nations (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay) sent senior women, while nine (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cayman Islands and Mexico) sent juniors.

2016 Pan American Gymnastics Championships
September 15, Sucre, Bolivia

Senior Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Jorge Vega6.58.65015.150 Q
2.Didier Lugo6.38.10014.400 Q
3.Daniel Villafañe5.68.40014.000 Q
4.Victor Rostagno5.87.90013.700 Q
5.Angelo Roberto Dias6.57.3000.113.700 Q
6.Yosías Bustos5.58.10013.600 Q
7.Cristián Bruno5.68.00013.600 Q
8.Henry González5.77.7500.113.350 Q
9.Andrés Valverde4.68.55013.150 R
10.Kristopher Bohórquez5.87.30013.100
11.Gerardo Cabrera5.07.30012.300
12.Jorge Iñigo5.56.9000.112.300
13.Cristhian Meneses5.26.90012.100
14.Alejandro Chumacero5.26.85012.050
15.Rodolfo Velez4.57.3500.111.750
16.Israel Chiriboga5.26.3000.311.200
17.Daniel Avellaneda4.26.85011.050

Senior Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Caio Souza6.17.90014.000 Q
2.Raphael Arakawa5.97.75013.650 Q
3.Israel Chiriboga5.57.15012.650 Q
4.Yosías Bustos5.06.70011.700 Q
5.Alejandro Chumacero4.67.00011.600 Q
6.Andrés Valverde4.17.45011.550 Q
7.Jorge Iñigo4.17.10011.200 Q
8.Henry González4.75.90010.600 Q
9.Daniel Avellaneda4.26.30010.500 R
10.Rodolfo Velez2.75.8004.04.500

Senior Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Federico Molinari6.48.45014.850 Q
2.Kristopher Bohórquez6.28.10014.300 Q
3.Didier Lugo6.87.40014.200 Q
4.Daniel Villafañe6.57.65014.150 Q
5.Jorge Vega5.38.15013.450 Q
6.Victor Rostagno5.27.60012.800 Q
7.Henry González4.77.80012.500 Q
8.Andrés Valverde4.08.05012.050 Q
9.Cristhian Meneses4.57.10011.600 R
10.Rodolfo Velez4.56.80011.300
11.Jorge Iñigo4.76.30011.000
12.Daniel Avellaneda3.46.4509.850

Senior Men's Vault QualificationDENDAverage
1.Jorge Vega5.69.2500.0514.800 Q
2.Angelo Roberto Dias5.49.25014.650 Q
3.Dilan Jiménez5.49.02514.425 Q
4.Victor Rostagno5.08.57513.575 Q
5.Andrés Valverde4.88.62513.375 Q
6.Cristhian Meneses5.48.0750.0513.325 Q
7.Gerardo Cabrera4.48.8500.1513.250

Senior Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Caio Souza6.58.65015.150 Q
2.Dilan Jiménez6.37.75014.050 Q
3.Didier Lugo5.68.40014.000 Q
4.Kristopher Bohórquez5.68.40014.000
5.Osvaldo Martínez5.67.65013.250 Q
6.Henry González4.68.35012.950 Q
7.Israel Chiriboga5.67.35012.950 Q
8.Cristián Bruno5.07.85012.850 Q
9.Yosías Bustos4.87.65012.450 Q
10.Gerardo Cabrera3.68.65012.250 R
11.Jorge Vega5.46.45011.850
12.Andrés Valverde3.18.65011.75
13.Jorge Iñigo3.55.8509.350

Senior High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Didier Lugo6.08.10014.100 Q
2.Yosías Bustos5.28.40013.600 Q
3.Cristián Bruno5.48.00013.400 Q
4.Victor Rostagno4.48.95013.350 Q
5.Dilan Jiménez5.77.60013.300 Q
6.Henry González4.78.25012.950 Q
7.Israel Chiriboga5.27.60012.800 Q
8.Andrés Valverde3.68.60012.200 Q
9.Osvaldo Martínez5.66.30011.900 R
10.Jorge Iñigo3.97.05010.950

(Full junior results not yet available)
Junior Men's Team
1.United States
2.Brazil
3.Mexico
4.Colombia
5.Argentina
6.Costa Rica
7.Chile
8.Guatemala
9.Bolivia

Junior Men's All-AroundTotal
1.Bernardo Actos82.150
2.Bennet Huang81.150
3.Andrew Bitner80.850
4.Julián Jato
5.Diogo Brajao
6.Isaac Núñez
7.Josué Juárez
8.José Martínez
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 03 September 2016 14:10    PDF Print
Bevan, Karnejenko Win UK School Games
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Latalia Bevan (Wales) and Pavel Karnejenko (Scotland) won the all-around titles Saturday at the 2016 UK School Games, held in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Pictured: The Welsh women defended their team title.

Latalia Bevan (Wales) and Pavel Karnejenko (Scotland) won the all-around titles Saturday at the 2016 UK School Games, held in Loughborough, Leicestershire, where the Welsh women and English men defended their team titles.

The annual School Games is a multi-sport event for school-aged athletes. This year's event, held at Loughborough University, attracted 1,600 athletes competing in 12 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Wales topped England by more than 7 points in the women's competition, with Scotland winning the bronze.

Bevan successfully defended her all-around title and was followed by teammate Maisie Methuen, who took the silver. Bevan, who trains at St Tydfils Gymnastics Club in Merthyr Tydfil, missed the Junior British Championships earlier this year with an injury.

Methuen, who trains at Phoenix Gymnastics Club in Cardiff, won the Junior British title this year and was a beam finalist at the Junior European championships in Bern. She was one of 39 young athletes and coaches who went to the recent Olympic Games in Rio as part of the British Olympic Association's "Ambition" program.

England's Amelie Morgan won the all-around bronze behind Methuen.

Methuen led the qualification on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, while Bevan had the top score on balance beam.

In the men's competition, England won the team title comfortably over Scotland, 321.750 to 312.900. Wales won the bronze.

Karnejenko, fifth in 2015, edged England's Joe Cemlyn-Jones by .2, with England's Jake Jarman taking the bronze.

Karnejenko, who trains at City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club, won parallel bars at last year's School Games in Manchester.

England topped qualification on four of the events: Adam Tobin (floor exercise), Cemlyn-Jones (pommel horse), Euan Cox (parallel bars) and Jack Chamberlain (high bar). Karnejenko was the top qualifier on still rings, while clubmate Kelvin Cham led vaulting.

The competition concludes Sunday with the apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

2016 UK School Games
September 3, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Women's TeamTotal
1. Wales208.400
2. England200.850
3. Scotland189.300

Men's TeamTotal
1. England321.750
2. Scotland312.900
3. Wales300.050
4. Northern Ireland73.200

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Latalia Bevan13.40012.75013.55013.20052.900
2.Maisie Methuen14.00013.45011.75013.45052.650
3.Amelie Morgan13.90011.75013.30013.05052.000
4.Zoe Simmons13.55012.05012.75012.75051.100
5.Halle Hilton13.45011.75013.20012.50050.900
6.Emily Thomas12.50013.15011.90012.75050.300
7.Ellesse Oates13.45010.95012.65012.10049.150
8.Sarah McKenzie13.30010.00012.75012.85048.900
9.Anna Hollins12.75011.15012.40010.95047.250
10.Chiara Bunce12.55011.70012.05010.80047.100
11.Megan Morrison12.70010.20011.85012.20046.950
12.Amelia Knight12.9009.55012.05012.15046.650
13.Ellie Russell13.2009.95011.30011.30045.750
14.Rosa Holm-Huxley12.5009.50011.15011.40044.550
15.Holly Jones13.9500.00011.70012.55038.200

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Pavel Karnejenko13.80013.45013.75014.35013.05012.75081.150
2.Joe Cemlyn-Jones13.95013.70013.20014.20012.55013.35080.950
3.Jake Jarman14.00013.45012.65013.70012.75013.40079.950
4.Euan Cox13.60012.35013.15013.05013.60013.50079.250
5.Jack Chamberlain13.70011.30013.05013.80013.40013.60078.850
6.Adam Tobin14.05012.85012.65013.45012.20013.20078.400
7.David Weir13.60012.45012.70013.65012.35012.90077.650
8.Joshua Lincoln13.20012.35012.90013.70012.75011.45076.350
9.Kelvin Cham13.75012.30012.75013.85010.50012.60075.750
10.Cameron Sinden12.75013.00010.95013.25012.85011.25074.050
11.Benjamin Eyre13.65011.45012.05013.50012.35011.00074.000
12.Sam Mostowfi13.65011.75012.55013.80011.45010.65073.850
13.Josh Cook11.90010.30012.80013.80012.70012.35073.850
14.Ewan McAteer13.20012.20012.15012.90011.80010.95073.200
15.Emil Barber12.2009.35011.55013.60012.70012.95072.350
16.Rory Smith12.80011.35011.65011.80012.25011.70071.550
17.Jacob Edwards13.0508.10012.10012.15012.20010.45068.050
18.Liam Tanner0.00012.25012.15012.20010.4000.00047.000

Women's Vault QualificationDNDScoreAverage
1.Maisie Methuen5.00.114.00014.050
4.614.100
2.Holly Jones5.013.95013.825
4.413.700
3.Amelie Morgan5.013.90013.825
4.413.750
4.Zoe Simmons4.613.55013.450
4.413.350
5.Ellie Russell4.213.20012.750
4.012.300
6.Sarah McKenzie4.413.30012.675
4.212.050

Uneven Bars QualificationDNDScore
1.Maisie Methuen5.213.450
2.Emily Thomas5.013.150
3.Latalia Bevan5.212.750
4.Zoe Simmons4.012.050
5.Halle Hilton4.111.750
6.Amelie Morgan4.911.750
7.Chiara Bunce4.711.700
8.Anna Hollins3.111.150
9.Ellesse Oates5.110.950
10.Megan Morrison2.810.200
11.Sarah McKenzie3.210.000
12.Ellie Russell3.99.950
13.Amelia Knight4.29.550
14.Rosa Holm-Huxley2.49.500

Balance Beam QualificationDNDScore
1.Latalia Bevan5.013.550
2.Amelie Morgan5.213.300
3.Halle Hilton5.213.200
4.Zoe Simmons5.012.750
4.Sarah McKenzie5.012.750
6.Ellesse Oates4.612.650
7.Anna Hollins5.012.400
8.Chiara Bunce4.312.050
9.Amelia Knight4.712.050
10.Emily Thomas4.911.900
11.Megan Morrison4.611.850
12.Maisie Methuen5.211.750
13.Holly Jones4.611.700
14.Ellie Russell5.011.300
15.Rosa Holm-Huxley5.211.150

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDNDScore
1.Maisie Methuen5.413.450
2.Latalia Bevan5.113.200
3.Amelie Morgan5.013.050
4.Sarah McKenzie4.912.850
5.Emily Thomas4.912.750
6.Zoe Simmons5.012.750
7.Holly Jones4.712.550
8.Halle Hilton4.312.500
9.Megan Morrison4.812.200
10.Amelia Knight4.912.150
11.Ellesse Oates4.912.100
12.Rosa Holm-Huxley3.711.400
13.Ellie Russell4.811.300
14.Anna Hollins4.40.310.950
15.Chiara Bunce3.910.800

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDNDScore
1.Adam Tobin5.014.050
2.Jake Jarman5.014.000
3.Joe Cemlyn-Jones5.013.950
4.Pavel Karnejenko4.713.800
5.Kelvin Cham5.013.750
6.Jack Chamberlain4.613.700
7.Sam Mostowfi4.513.650
8.Benjamin Eyre4.813.650
9.David Weir4.70.113.600
10.Euan Cox4.813.600
11.Joshua Lincoln4.313.200
12.Ewan McAteer4.713.200
13.Jacob Edwards4.413.050
14.Rory Smith3.812.800
15.Cameron Sinden4.812.750
16.Emil Barber4.812.200
17.Josh Cook5.311.900

Pommel Horse QualificationDNDScore
1.Joe Cemlyn-Jones4.813.700
2.Pavel Karnejenko4.513.450
3.Jake Jarman4.813.450
4.Cameron Sinden4.513.000
5.Adam Tobin4.712.850
6.David Weir4.212.450
7.Euan Cox4.412.350
7.Joshua Lincoln4.412.350
9.Kelvin Cham4.612.300
10.Liam Tanner3.912.250
11.Ewan McAteer4.412.200
12.Sam Mostowfi4.111.750
13.Benjamin Eyre4.211.450
14.Rory Smith2.811.350
15.Jack Chamberlain4.711.300
16.Josh Cook3.610.300
17.Emil Barber4.39.350
18.Jacob Edwards3.48.100

Still Rings QualificationDNDScore
1.Pavel Karnejenko4.613.750
2.Joe Cemlyn-Jones4.813.200
3.Euan Cox4.813.150
4.Jack Chamberlain4.713.050
5.Joshua Lincoln4.512.900
6.Josh Cook4.312.800
7.Kelvin Cham4.612.750
8.David Weir4.612.700
9.Adam Tobin4.512.650
9.Jake Jarman4.512.650
11.Sam Mostowfi4.512.550
12.Liam Tanner4.212.150
13.Ewan McAteer4.512.150
14.Jacob Edwards2.612.100
15.Benjamin Eyre4.512.050
16.Rory Smith2.411.650
17.Emil Barber2.411.550
18.Cameron Sinden2.810.950

Men's Vault QualificationDNDScoreAverage
1.Kelvin Cham4.413.85013.775
5.613.700
2.Pavel Karnejenko5.214.35013.650
3.612.950
3.Jack Chamberlain4.413.80013.325
3.612.850
4.Emil Barber4.413.60013.225
3.612.850
5.Josh Cook5.20.313.80013.175
3.212.550
6.Jake Jarman4.413.70012.925
2.812.150
7.Joshua Lincoln4.413.70012.400
2.811.100
8.David Weir4.413.65013.075
3.612.500
9.Ewan McAteer5.20.312.90012.850
3.60.112.800
10.Cameron Sinden4.40.113.25012.700
2.812.150

Parallel Bars QualificationDNDScore
1.Euan Cox5.013.600
2.Jack Chamberlain5.013.400
3.Pavel Karnejenko4.413.050
4.Cameron Sinden3.912.850
5.Jake Jarman4.512.750
6.Joshua Lincoln4.712.750
7.Josh Cook3.912.700
7.Emil Barber3.912.700
9.Joe Cemlyn-Jones4.812.550
10.Benjamin Eyre4.412.350
11.David Weir4.512.350
12.Rory Smith2.912.250
13.Jacob Edwards3.412.200
14.Adam Tobin4.712.200
15.Ewan McAteer4.011.800
16.Sam Mostowfi4.611.450
17.Kelvin Cham4.410.500
18.Liam Tanner3.610.400

High Bar QualificationDNDScore
1.Jack Chamberlain4.613.600
2.Euan Cox4.413.500
3.Jake Jarman4.513.400
4.Joe Cemlyn-Jones4.513.350
5.Adam Tobin4.613.200
6.Emil Barber4.112.950
7.David Weir4.312.900
8.Pavel Karnejenko4.612.750
9.Kelvin Cham4.112.600
10.Josh Cook4.512.350
11.Rory Smith3.011.700
12.Joshua Lincoln4.211.450
13.Cameron Sinden3.411.250
14.Benjamin Eyre4.411.000
15.Ewan McAteer4.010.950
16.Sam Mostowfi3.810.650
17.Jacob Edwards2.110.450
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 23 July 2016 16:07    PDF Print
Germany, Steingruber Win in Chemnitz
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Germany and Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber claimed victories at an international competition held Saturday in Chemnitz, Germany.

Germany and Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber claimed victories at an international competition held Saturday in Chemnitz, Germany.

The final pre-Olympic international competition featured full teams from Germany, France and Switzerland, plus a mixed team of Austria's Lisa Ecker, Venezuela's Jessica López and Romania's Larisa Iordache and Catalina Ponor.


Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland)

Germany handily defeated France, 174.25-167.95. The mixed team, which also included Germany's Leah Griesser, claimed third (166.80) over a four-gymnast squad from Switzerland (165.50).

The Germans had the top score on all events but floor exercise, where the mixed team had the best total. Germany put up its strongest score on uneven bars, led by Elisabeth Seitz with 15.30, Sophie Scheder with 15.25 and Kim Bui with 14.80.

Tabea Alt led the scoring on balance beam with 14.80, followed by teammate Pauline Schäfer with 14.70.

"We have shown a very good performance and are well on our way – I am very satisfied," said German head coach Ulla Koch "We had to fight this week with colds, and Tabea has some knee problems. I think we can do even better gymnastics."

The French women also had their strongest result on uneven bars, with Louise Vanhille scoring 14.90 and Loan His 14.65.

Steingruber, who will compete at the Olympic Games as an individual for Switzerland, won the all-around (58.05) over Schäfer (57.30) and Seitz (57.15). Steingruber had the highest scores of the day on vault (15.35) and floor exercise (14.75).

Ponor competed three events, scoring 14.70 on vault and floor exercise and 14.50 on balance beam. Teammate Iordache finished ninth all-around with her best score of 14.20 coming on balance beam. Ponor is set to compete in her third Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro, where she has been selected to carry Romania's flag at the Opening Ceremonies. Iordache, who missed several months of training with a serious hand injury, will travel to Brazil as the alternate for Romania, which did not qualify a full team this year.

2016 Germany vs. France and Switzerland
July 23, Chemnitz, Germany

TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  Germany43.3045.3543.4042.20174.25
Pauline Schäfer14.4513.8014.7014.35
Elisabeth Seitz14.2015.3013.9013.75
Tabea Alt14.6514.5014.8012.80
Kim Bui13.8514.8013.1014.10
Sophie Scheder14.0015.2513.1013.00
2.  France42.3543.4541.1041.05167.95
Marine Brevet14.1513.9014.0013.95
Louise Vanhille14.1014.9013.3013.65
Anne Kuhm14.1013.8013.4513.45
Oréane Lechenault14.0013.8513.6513.15
Loan His14.6512.70
3.Mixed Team42.9539.4542.0542.35166.80
Larisa Iordache14.0013.0014.2013.95
Leah Griesser13.1014.2513.3513.20
Jessica López14.2512.2012.7513.70
Lisa Ecker13.8510.9013.3513.60
Catalina Ponor14.7014.5014.70
4.  Switzerland43.1040.3541.1040.95165.50
Giulia Steingruber15.3514.0013.9514.75
Ilaria Käslin13.8012.1013.7513.55
Thea Brogli13.9512.8012.9511.80
Caterina Barloggio13.5513.4012.65

All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Giulia Steingruber6.215.355.914.005.613.956.114.7558.05
2.Pauline Schäfer5.414.455.313.806.114.705.814.3557.30
3.Elisabeth Seitz5.014.206.615.305.513.905.413.7557.15
4.Tabea Alt5.814.655.914.506.214.805.312.8056.75
5.Marine Brevet5.014.155.813.905.814.005.413.9556.00
6.Louise Vanhille5.014.106.514.905.413.305.213.6555.95
7.Kim Bui5.013.856.314.805.313.105.614.1055.85
8.Sophie Scheder5.014.006.615.255.513.105.213.0055.35
9.Larisa Iordache5.014.005.813.006.114.205.713.9555.15
10.Anne Kuhm5.014.105.313.805.513.455.113.4554.80
11.Oréane Lechenault5.014.006.313.855.813.655.213.1554.65
12.Leah Griesser4.613.105.814.255.813.355.013.2053.90
13.Michelle Timm5.414.105.313.804.912.755.113.1053.75
14.Ilaria Käslin5.013.805.112.105.613.755.213.5553.20
15.Jessica López5.814.255.012.205.612.755.813.7052.90
16.Pauline Tratz5.014.255.213.155.011.205.713.7052.30
17.Lisa Ecker5.013.855.210.905.713.355.613.6051.70
18.Thea Brogli5.013.954.612.805.012.954.711.8051.50
19.Catalina Ponor5.814.706.114.506.014.7043.90
20.Caterina Barloggio5.213.555.213.404.912.6539.60
21.Loan His6.314.654.912.7027.35
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 10 July 2016 05:50    PDF Print
Scheder, Toba Lead German Olympic Squads
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



National champions Sophie Scheder (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) and Andreas Toba (TK Hannover) lead Germany's team to the Olympic Games after winning the German Olympic Trials, held Saturday in Frankfurt.

National champions Sophie Scheder (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) and Andreas Toba (TK Hannover) lead Germany's team to the Olympic Games after winning the German Olympic Trials, held Saturday in Frankfurt.

The German Gymnastics Federation announced the 2016 Olympic teams on Sunday. Scheder will be joined by Tabea Alt (MTV Ludwigsburg), Kim Bui (MTV Stuttgart), Pauline Schäfer (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf), and Elisabeth Seitz (MTV Stuttgart). Pauline Tratz (TSV Rintheim/TG KA Söllingen) will serve as team alternate. Bui and Seitz competed at the 2012 Olympic Games.


Fabian Hambüchen, carrying the flag for Germany at the 2015 European Games, heads to his fourth Olympic Games.

"We have a very strong and balanced team," said women's team coach Ulla Koch. "Our goal is clear: We want to reach the team final and several individual finals. If we are concentrated and focused, we will accomplish this."

The men's team consists of Toba, Andreas Bretschneider (KTV Chemnitz), Lukas Dauser (TSV Unterhaching), Fabian Hambüchen (TSG Wetzlar-Niedergirmes) and Marcel Nguyen (TSV Unterhaching). Philipp Herder (SC Berlin) is the alternate.

"With this team, we have opportunities for Olympic finals in the individual events as well as in the all-around and with the team," said men's team coach Andreas Hirsch. "I am convinced that these guys will deliver a strong performance in Rio."

On Saturday, Scheder and Toba repeated their rankings from the recent German championships, June 25-26 in Hamburg, which served as the first part of Germany's selection process for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Germany qualified full men's and women's teams to Rio.

The top five women in Frankfurt all made the team, with all five improving their all-around scores from Hamburg. Scheder tallied 58.066, a personal best, with highs of 15.333 (6.6 Difficulty) on uneven bars and 14.700 (5.6D) on balance beam.

Seitz, the all-around silver medalist in Hamburg, once again took second. She had the top score on uneven bars (15.466/6.6D), going for an easier routine than the 6.8-Difficulty she showed in Hamburg finals.

Bui, fourth in Hamburg, moved up to third place, also with a new best in the all around (57.266). Bui, returning from yet another ACL injury, was proud of her placement. "Many have no hope I could do it," she said. "For me everything was just perfect."

Toba is the son of Marius Toba, who competed for Romania at the 1988 Olympic Games and Germany in 1996 and 2000.

Nine-time national champion Hambüchen, the youngest German athlete at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, will head to his fourth consecutive Olympic Games as the most decorated of the German squad. He competed three events each in Hamburg and Frankfurt due to a shoulder injury, but earned the highest score of the meet on Saturday with his 16.00 on high bar.

Nguyen, the all-around and parallel bars silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, scored 15.975 on parallel bars on Saturday. He is returning for his third consecutive Olympics.

In Rio, the German men compete in the second of three subdivisions during qualification, while the women compete in the third of five sessions.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation

2016 German Olympic Trials
July 9, Frankfurt

Women's All-AroundTotal
1.Sophie SchederTUS Chemnitz-Altendorf58.066
2.Elisabeth SeitzMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.57.498
3.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.57.266
4.Pauline SchäferTUS Chemnitz-Altendorf57.099
5.Tabea AltMTV 1846 Ludwigsburg e.V.57.065
6.Sarah VossTZ DSHS Köln53.799
7Leah GriesserTG Neureut53.798
8Michelle TimmSportclub Berlin e.V.53.299
9Pauline TratzTSV Rintheim52.866
10Maike EnderleTSV Weingarten52.798
11Carina KröllTSV Berkheim e.V.52.466
12Amélie FöllingerTSG Hassloch e.V.51.832
13Nadja SchulzeSV Halle e.V.51.598

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Andreas TobaTK Hannover5.714.4256.014.5256.415.0755.614.5506.114.6006.514.90088.075
2.Marcel NguyenTSV Unterhaching6.014.7505.213.2756.415.4255.613.2256.915.9756.514.10086.750
3.Andreas BretschneiderKTV Chemnitz6.014.9754.813.2255.814.6255.214.5255.714.7006.613.95086.000
4.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching5.814.1755.613.3505.914.5255.614.0506.715.6755.814.12585.900
5.Philipp HerderSC Berlin6.214.7755.613.9506.014.6755.214.0256.415.1505.411.97584.550
6.Sebastian KrimmerMTV Stuttgart5.513.7256.414.6255.113.4755.214.0006.113.1756.014.62583.625
7.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus5.613.8755.812.3505.113.5505.214.0755.814.6756.814.80083.325
8.Waldemar EichornTV Bous6.014.4006.414.2255.112.8504.413.0005.714.0006.513.82582.300
9.Florian LindnerKTV Chemnitz5.212.4005.613.3256.514.5755.213.9755.513.9255.413.47581.675
10.Ivan RittschikKTV Chemnitz5.613.7507.114.0255.313.5004.413.3505.612.8006.213.75081.175
11.Nils DunkelMTV Erfurt5.511.6755.813.1506.214.2755.212.4506.014.3255.313.20079.075
12.Matthias FahrigSV Halle7.014.7005.010.9755.615.1256.214.2505.412.10067.150
13.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes6.215.2005.613.1257.316.00044.325

International Gymnast magazine's features on German gymnasts include:


"Shooting Star" - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)


"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)


Kim Bui interview (April 2013)


Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)


"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)


"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)


"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)


"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)


"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)


"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)


"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 08 July 2016 21:52    PDF Print
A Shaky Biles Takes Lead at U.S. Olympic Trials
(11 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

By her own standards, Simone Biles had a horrible meet on day one of the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif., Friday. And in her wake was a re-ranking musical chairs after the P&G Championships in St. Louis two weeks ago. Yes, Biles took the midway lead with 61.85, but Lauren Hernandez climbed to second, just 1.0 behind. And anyone who finishes within a point of Biles has a legitimate chance against the three-time world all-around champion.

Aly Raisman slipped to third with 59.95, and MyKayla Skinner, 10th in St. Louis, skyrocketed to fourth with 59.45. Ragan Smith, eighth at the P&Gs, also improved to fifth (58.70). With the added pressure of the situation, is the cream rising to the top?

Madison Kocian had another strong night, but dropped from fifth to sixth (58.60), but her tie for first on bars with Ashton Locklear (15.75) was the most important routine for her. It's also the event that ushered Gabby Douglas onto the 2011 World Championships team and led to her Cinderella story at the London Olympics.

Four years later, one wonders if the clock has struck midnight for the defending Olympic all-around champion. Douglas hit bars in San Jose but fell off beam on a full turn with one leg at horizontal. She ranked sixth on floor, where her routine includes an incompatible tucked full-in to back tuck. And after saying in St. Louis that she planned to vault an Amanar at trials, she stayed with a Yurchenko-double twist. Douglas dropped from fourth at P&Gs to seventh (58.55), and that's only because Maggie Nichols also fell off beam (side aerial) to score 58.25 for eighth. Both are trending the wrong way.

Biles, who has long spoiled fans with her consistent excellence, could have been better on every event. She took a large step on her Amanar and barely completed her Cheng vault. On bars she repeated the leg separation after her Weiler kip that had marred her routine in St. Louis, and on beam, her 2.5 wolf turn quickly morphed into one of those contorted sit spins one might see in figure skating. And even though she won floor (15.70), the landings on all of her landings were unsteady. That said, her effort still would probably be enough to win the all-around gold in Rio.

Hernandez had a hiccup on beam when her second layout step-out was slightly under rotated, but she saved it and actually won the event with 15.50. She also covered a mistake on bars, when her Endo-pirouette came up short of the handstand. But the rest of her night was polished and most likely cemented her spot on the team, especially after hitting so well in St. Louis.

For people predicting that only one berth is up for grabs—with Biles, Raisman, Hernandez and Douglas as locks—that scenario might have changed after the first night in San Jose. There is still the perceived competition between Kocian and Locklear for their bars prowess, but much will be riding on the Sunday performances of Douglas, Nichols, Skinner and Smith.

Yes, bars is what may eventually send Douglas to Rio—she ranked third there tonight with 15.10—but her other events lacked confidence and stability.

Douglas, and every other competitor with a shot at an Olympic team berth, will have one more chance on Sunday to prove why she deserves it.

 
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