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Written by dwight normile    Sunday, 26 June 2016 14:22    PDF Print
O'Keefe Wins Junior Title at P&G Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Maile O'Keefe (Salcianu Elite) hit all of her routines Sunday to win the 2016 junior title at the P&G Championships with a two-day total of 115.050. After placing 17th in 2015, O'Keefe was a model of consistency throughout the competition.

"My coaches (Tammy and Sorin Salcianu) really help me to focus and stay grounded," she said. And the difference between last year? "I've become a lot more confident."

The top three from Friday's prelims went unchanged, with Riley McCusker (MG Elite) and Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) placing second (112.450) and third (111.600), respectively.

Coached by Maggie Haney, McCusker almost made it three junior titles in a row for MG Elite. Jazmyn Foberg won in 2014 and Lauren Hernandez was the champion last year. But she wasn't thinking along those lines.

"I had no expectations," she said.

McCusker showed a unique dismount from bars, a barani-in back out from inverted giants, which she landed low today and touched her knees.

"Oh, my gosh, it was so frustrating," she said. "I can do it 10 out of 10 times."

Buckeye gymnast Shania Adams hit a clutch beam routine in the final routine to climb into fourth (110.600), and Morgan Hurd (First State) placed fifth (109.750). Trinity Thomas (Prestige), who showed amazing tumbling on floor, was sixth with 109.600.


Rotation 1

Kalyani Steele has scratched.

Gabby Perea with a great bars set (Stalder Shaposhnikova-half) 14.40

Besides having a really cool name, Trinity Thomas showed some of the cleanest tumbling of the meet, seniors included (and high, too). Double layout mount; 1.5 twist through to double tuck; double pike; triple twist that floated down to the mat (14.30).

Kinsey Davis with excellent line and toe point on bars: Hindorff and tucked half-half dismount. 13.40

Riley McCusker stuck her tucked full-ing mount; seemed to get a little tired at the end but beautiful choreographer and presentation, 14.10

Maile O'Keefe vaulted a Yurchenko-double twist with a near stick, 14.85

Chae Campbell, who fell on her head in prelims on her double front dismount, missed a pirouette on the low bar and jumped off. But she remounted and stuck her double front this time.

Alyona Shchennikova missed a piked Tkatchev on bars after showing nice inside Stalders

Shilese Jones opened floor with 1.5 twist through to tucked full-in; Arabian double tuck; double pike; double tuck, stuck.

Rotation 2

O'Keefe Stalder Shaposhnikova; cast hop, front giant to Jaeger; Fontaine dismount. Very clean throughout. 13.95

McCusker with a clean Yurchenko-full, 14.00

Deanne Soza scratched floor.

High Yurchenko-double twist from Elena Arenas! 14.30

Jones with and even higher Yurchenko-double twist, 14.70

Huge Yurchenko-full from Thomas. 13.95. How did they give an E-score of only 9.05?!

Perea with ff, ff, layout on beam; ff, ff, 2.5 twist dismount. 14.20

After two events, no change in the top three from prelims: O'Keefe, McCusker, Perea.

Rotation 3

O'Keefe on beam, layout, layout; ff, ff, double pike dismount, well done! 14.90.

McCusker after a great set, she dropped to her knees on her barani-in, back-out from inverted giants. 12.90

High double layout on floor from Campbell. Nice to see her doing all events today. 13.75

Arenas did a great bars set, which included a Maloney-half (and she's relatively short!). 14.30

Jones on bars, Jaeger, Maloney, full-twisting double. 13.00

Perea with tucked full-in mount on floor; 1.5 twist through to 2.5 twist; triple twist; double tuck.

Morgan Hurd with Yurchenko-double twist, sort of stuck it. 14.50

Lauren Little did a big Yurchenko-double twist.

Still no change in the top three. Shania Adams has climbed to fourth, behind her Buckeye teammate Jones. Trinity Thomas is in sixth.

Rotation 4

High piked full-in from Aria Brusch on floor. 13.75

Perea with a clean Yurchenko-full, 13.80

Jones on beam: fell off on her double wolf turn, first skill, 12.40

Thomas on beam: one-arm ff to two layouts; bounced forward onto her hands on a RO, double tuck. 13.80

Hurd hit bars today to make up for Friday and dismounted with a tucked double-double. 14.30

Madeleine Johnston stuck a Yurchenko-double twist and scored 15.15, which included a bonus tenth

O'Keefe stuck her tucked full-in mount on floor and ended with a clean double pike. She waved to the crowd as she jogged off the floor. 14.30

McCusker on beam: front aerial; ff, layout, layout; ff, ff, double tuck. 14.40

Adams last performer of the meet, on beam: ff, layout; standing front somi; side somi; front aerial; ff, ff, 2.5 twist. 14.10

Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 25 June 2016 21:40    PDF Print
Mikulak Wins Trials, Olympic Team Named
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—In a decision that surprised many, the U.S. men's Olympic team was announced 10 minutes after the conclusion of the trials: Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak, Alex Naddour and John Orozco. The most shocking omission might have been Donnell Whittenburg, who many thought was a lock based on his strong floor, rings, vault and parallel bars. Also left off despite his strong performance in St. Louis was 2012 Olympian Danell Leyva.

"I can't believe it," said Orozco, who rooms with Whittenburg at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. He said he didn't see him after the team was named, and didn't know what he will say when he sees him. "I haven't thought that far."

Alex Naddour was sobbing as he met with reporters.

"I'm in shock right now," he said.

Mikulak, as expected, was as upbeat as ever.

"It'll be a while before I get this smile off my face," he said. He was asked if the trials are more nerve-wracking than the Olympics, since he had experienced both in 2012? "I agree. There's so much pressure to make the team. A huge pressure is off our shoulders."

Mikulak said it was difficult waiting in a room with the other athletes while the selection committee made its decision. "You could pretty much hear everybody's heart beating."

Brooks might have been the people's favorite, since he never missed a routine. He still had his doubts, however.

"In the back of my mind I was thinking, 'Did I do enough?'" Brooks also has been the alternate before. "I've been there; it's hard, it's tough."

Alternates are still to be named.

Mikulak had mistakes on his first and last events but still managed to stay atop a nervous but impressive field at the Olympic Trials. His 362.75 was well clear of runner-up Brooks (358.075), who had another solid effort. Since Hartford, Brooks hit 24 routines without a major break.

Dalton placed third with 356.525, and Whittenburg climbed to fourth (355.525). Yul Moldauer was fifth (354.425) and Akash Modi sixth (354.30).

Leyva and Orozco had strong efforts, especially on parallel bars and high bar. One of them would not make it, and Leyva drew the short straw.

Naddour also had an excellent competition, especially on pommels, where Team USA needs the most help. In St. Louis he showed his consistency with a 15.65 and 15.675, easily the top scores on one of the hardest events.


Rotation 1

Donothan Bailey hit a smooth routine on pommels (15.15).

Jake Dalton vaulted a high Lopez with one big step (15.20).

Paul Ruggeri missed his Kolman on high bar, a mistake that won't help any gymnast on the bubble. To his credit, he repeated the skill and stuck his double-double dismount.

Danell Leyva hit pommels, the one event the team could use him on besides p-bars and high bar (14.35)

Steven Legendre sat down his Tsukahara-double pike.

Donnell Whittenburg hit what may have been his best high bar set ever under the circumstances. He stuck his layout double-double too (14.80).

Akash Modi with a 14.90 on pommels

Marvin Kimble hit a difficult pommel horse set (15.425).

Sam Mikulak caught his Cassina and then missed his Kolman. Looked like he was too amped up and swinging too fast. He worked much slower when he remounted and everything was perfect, including a stuck dismount (14.35).

John Orozco hit a strong high bar routine and stuck his dismount. His half-Takemoto to full-twisting Tkatchev is the routine highlight (15.575).

Chris Brooks survived pommel horse, which is all he probably wanted from the event (13.70).

Rotation 1

Alex Naddour did a solid floor routine, ending with a tucked full-out

Dalton hit a clean routine on p-bars, the event that hurt him the first day (15.10).

Ruggeri looking for revenge on floor and getting it (15.20).

Leyva steady on rings, adding a Guczoghy to shoot hand and double-double dismount

Whittenburg a little off on his floor mount; stuck his piked half-half dismount. Strong set (15.325).

Mikulak perfect on his 2.5 twist to double front mount. Huge hop to the side on his triple twist dismount was really the only error, but it was a 0.5 mistake (15.40).

Eddie Penev mounted floor with a clean triple-double (15.45).

Brooks steady on rings and stuck his half-in full-out (14.875).

CJ Maestas in his element on rings Azarian to Maltese, press planche mount. Stuck his dismount (15.60).

Rotation 3

Leyva hit another strong Kasamatsu-1.5 (14.95).

Whittenburg swung through pommel but fell to the wrong side on his handstand dismount (13.325).

Yul Moldauer got the crowd going on high bar

Mikulak hit a strong pommel horse set with only one leg separation. He really swings with an extended body (15.20).

Dalton hit high bar for 15.925, 6.3 D-score.

Orozco swung through pommels in complete control, but it wasn't the same routine he attempted in Hartford (14.825, 6.1 D-score)

Brooks vaulted a double front with one hop forward (15.00).

Naddour hit the pommel horse set the team could use in Rio (15.675, 6.8 D-score). Would be surprised if he doesn't make the team.

Rotation 4

Strong floor set from Moldauer (15.075).

Whittenburg hit another strong rings set; took a step on his layout double-double (15.40)

Modi with a huge Bhavsar on p-bars and a tucked full-out dismount (15.45).

Mikulak not convincing with his Maltese on rings, but he nailed his tucked double-double like a dart (14.925).

Dalton stuck his layout Arabian double front as well as his whip to piked Arabian double. Stuck his triple twist dismount. No landing deductions. That routine could medal in Rio (15.825)

Orozco did his best rings set since Hartford; 14.775 seems low.

Brooks saved a peach to one bar that wanted to fall outside the bars. It's his biggest mistake since Hartford. Probably a 0.5 error (15.175).

Naddour strong in his Malteses and stuck his full-twisting double layout off rings (15.275).

Legendre with strong floor set (15.55).

Bailey hit well on p-bars, celebrating with fist pumps (14.90).

Leyva hit parallel bars. It wasn't his best, but it was pretty good, and he stuck his double front (15.60).

Rotation 5

Dalton slipped past Brooks for second but has to hit pommels while Brooks is on his strength, high bar. Dalton hit well, but his start value is lacking (13.075, 5.0 D-score)

Mikulak vaulted a Lopez and needed only a hop (15.35).

Brooks did a great combo to open (Takemoto, Yamawaki, Moznik). Everything else was clean and he stuck his layout double-double (15.675). He is in second again, 2.0 ahead of Dalton.

Naddour tried his Tsuk-double pike and pretty much stuck it. It's not that high but it's worth a 6.0 (15.325).

Maestas got the crowd amped up with his wild style on high bar.

Whittenburg did perhaps his best Dragulescu ever in competition (15325). He went for the Kasamatsu-back tuck and landed low, but on balance. He seemed to smile as he stood up to present himself.

Leyva nailed high with just a hop on his dismount. His layout Kovacs and Kolman showed the most amplitude of any gymnast in the field (15.675).

Leyva was a tough act to follow for Modi, and he missed one skill early but covered OK.

Rotation 6

Brooks finished on floor, not his best event, but hit well and gave a wave and melted into hugs from coaches, close friend Jonathan Horton and others (14.625).

Orozco performed a difficult routine, very clean, and stuck his double pike. Great set (15.45)

Dalton was strong on rings (15.075).

Leyva hit floor but stepped out of bounds on his double layout. Overall, another great meet for him in St. Louis (14.25).

Whittenburg absolutely nailed p-bars with great amplitude, if not form, and stuck his barani-out (15.475).

Mikulak began well on p-bars until he hit his feet on the ground on his Bhavsar. He did stick his barani-out forever (15.375).

Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 25 June 2016 14:34    PDF Print
Wenske, Wiskus Clinch Junior Titles at P&G Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Despite a rough second day, in which he had major breaks on his first and last events, Matt Wenske (pictured) won the 17-18 age group at the P&G Championships. Coached by Tom Meadows at Cypress Academy in Texas, Wenske still won by a wide margin with his 165.30 two-day total.

Bailey Perez, coached by Paul Hamm at Premier Gymnastics Academy in Illinois, was second with 159.05. Jordan Kovach, coached by Ben Fox at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Oklahoma, place third with 158.85.

In the 15-16 age group, Shane Wiskus ran away with the title with 170.45. Coached by Doug Price at Mini-Hops Gymnastics in Minnesota, Wiskus showed clean basics and consistency throughout the two days. Wiskus placed second at the 2015 P&Gs.

Bennet Huang posted a second-place 164.45. He is coached by Vince Miller at West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy in California. Alexei Vernyi finished third with 163.20. He also trains at Cypress under Meadows.


Rotation 1

Bennet Huang started off on pommels with a routine that many seniors would love to have tonight (14.20).

First-day leader (15-16) Shane Wiskus scored 13.95 on high bar.

First-day leader (17-18) Matt Wenske also started on high bar and missed his Voronin mount. He's got a 5.2 lead, so it shouldn't hurt him. It's his first fall over the two days.

Vitaly Guimaraes showed clean lines on p-bars for 13.25 (9.05 E-score).

Mitchell Brown hit a clean set on p-bars to start his day. He is in second place in the 17-18 group.

Jordan Kovach jumped into third (17-18) after a 13.75 on rings.

Alexei Vernyi hit high bar and sits third in the 15-16 group.

Kevin Penev, Eddie Penev's younger brother, scored 14.80 on vault.

Rotation 2

Connor Lewis mounted floor with an Arabian double front with his knees together and toes pointed. Nice.

Huang fell on his rings dismount.

Kovach stuck his Kasamatsu.

Wiskus hit a solid set on floor, sticking a triple twist dismount.

Wenske, who bears a slight resemblance to the great Valeri Liukin, mounted floor with a piked half-in half-out and ended with a triple twist (14.10).

Guimaraes performed elgrip Endo on high bar. He really handles his height well (13.35).

Brown hit a clean high bar set and stuck his full-twisting double layout (13.75).

Angel Leon nailed a clean floor routine, mounting with a tucked half-half and ending with a double twist (13.70).

Vernyi is a tumbler, using a tucked double-double for a second pass (14.00).

Bailey Perez scored 14.75 on vault and is in third place.

Rotation 3

Wiskus was first up on pommels, mounting with a Mikulak. No problems elsewhere for a solid routine (13.80)

Kovach, in fourth place, hit p-bars and stuck his double tuck dismount.

Wenske, still in the lead, hit pommels without any form breaks (13.35).

Guimaraes mounted floor with an Arabian double front half-out. This kid is clean, and dismounted with an easy triple twist.

Brown put his hands down on his floor mount, tucked half-in half-out.

Vernyi struggled to get through pommels (12.00).

Huang did a high double-twisting Yurchenko on vault (14.70).

Perez was a little shaky on p-bars but survived without a major break.

Last year's 15-16 champ Davis Grooms looked great on rings and stuck a double front.

Rotation 4

Penev mounted floor with a tucked double-double but went out of bounds on his third pass.

Wenske was solid on rings, dismounting with tucked double-double.

Brown hit horse for 13.35.

Grooms vaulted a Yurchenko-1.5.

Vernyi was a bit weak on rings, with a straddled planche that was piked and tucked half-half dismount (13.15).

Perez hit high bar for 13.55.

Wiskus showed a smart routine on rings with excellent swing a stuck half-half (13.90).

Huang was a little rough on p-bars and stumbled backward after his double pike (13.10).

Kovach hit high bar and dismounted with a clean layout double-double (13.85).

Rotation 5

Wenske was first up on vault and nailed a Lopez with just a step (15.40).

Vernyi vaulted a high Kasamatsu-1.5.

Brown only scored 11.85 on rings.

Wiskus stuck a Kasamatsu-full. He's got solid basics everywhere.

Perez showed excellent twisting ability on floor, mounting with a handspring double-twisting layout to front-full. After an Arabian double front, he dismounted with a stuck triple twist (14.15).

Huang mounted high bar with a Voronin vault, was clean throughout and stuck a full-twisting layout (13.65).

Kovach stuck a second pass of front layout, double front, and came back with an Arabian double front. He dismounted with a double twist (13.35).

Rotation 6

Brown fell to his knees on vault.

Vernyi looked cautious on p-bars, muscling a peach, but he stuck a double pike dismount (13.60).

Perez struggled on pommels and scored 11.55.

Kovach was a little piked on pommels but he stayed on without a fall (12.55).

Wiskus was clean on p-bars (Healy, Diamidov, Moy, Tippelt) and he stuck his double pike (14.70).

Wenske bombed p-bars. After a peach, he took out the peach-half that he struggled with in warm-ups. He tried a Belle and took an intermediate swing and took another extra swing later in the routine. Not the way he wanted to finish (12.10).

Huang mounted floor with a front-full to double-twisting front. Most of his landing were solid, and he stuck his double twist dismount (14.05).

Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 24 June 2016 23:10    PDF Print
Saraiva, Larduet Lead Qualification in Anadia
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Brazil's Flávia Saraiva and Cuba's Manrique Larduet each led two events in qualification at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Thursday and Friday in Portugal.

Brazil's Flávia Saraiva and Cuba's Manrique Larduet each led two events in qualification at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Thursday and Friday in Portugal.

The FIG event attracted gymnasts from 37 nations, including Australia, Brazil, China and Japan. The lineup included several individuals already qualified to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as others still seeking to qualify to their respective teams.

Fan favorite Saraiva topped teammate Rebeca Andrade to qualify first on both balance beam and floor exercise.

World finalist Alexa Moreno (Mexico) qualified first on women's vault over Cuba's Marcia Vidiaux.

China's Xie Yufen led qualification on uneven bars over Australia's Rianna Mizzen and teammate Lyu Jiaqi.

Absent from the recent European championships, two-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari (Italy) competed all four events. The 2006 world champion qualified to the beam final in seventh place and to the floor final in seventh place.

Larduet qualified first on his best events, parallel bars and high bar. Israel's Alexander Shatilov was the top gymnast on men's floor exercise and French veteran Samir Aït Saïd qualified first on still rings.

China's Weng Hao earned the highest score of the day, 16.200, on pommel horse, while teammate Cen Yu was first on vault.

Gustavo Simões, fifth on still rings, had the best performance of the day for Portugal.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup
June 23-24, Anadia, Portugal

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Alexa Moreno6.28.85015.05014.950
2.Marcia Vidiaux6.08.80014.80014.775
3.Sofia Busato5.89.05014.85014.350
4.Wu Jing6.08.60014.60014.175
5.Emily Little5.88.900.314.40014.175
6.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.85014.15014.000
7.Argyro Afrati5.08.85013.85013.825
8.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.48.70014.10013.725
9.Dorina Böczögő5.08.85013.85013.625
10.Annika Urvikko5.08.65013.65013.550
11.Tan Ing Yuen5.08.45013.45013.475
12.Maria Parsantanian4.68.70013.30013.350
13.Tracie Ang4.88.35013.15013.300
14.Luca Divéky4.88.90013.70013.225
15.Jasmin Mader5.08.65013.65013.225
16.Valērija Grišāne5.28.300.313.20013.150
17.Bianca Mann4.88.60013.40013.100
18.Zoi Lima4.48.600.112.90013.100
19.Ariana Orrego5.08.65013.65012.850
20.Martine Bjørshol4.28.45012.65012.450
21.Vanessa Ferrari5.88.85014.6507.325
22.Tan Sze En5.08.85013.8506.925
23.Simona Castro5.08.60013.6006.800
24.Nadine Joy Nathan5.08.55013.5506.775

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Xie Yufen6.58.25014.750
2.Rianna Mizzen6.08.25014.250
3.Lyu Jiaqi6.07.95013.950
4.Jessica López6.57.20013.700
5.Lorrane Oliveira5.87.70013.500
6.Marcia Vidiaux5.37.90013.200
7.Ana Lago5.47.80013.200
8.Noémi Makra6.17.00013.100
9.Emma Larsson5.47.60013.000
10.Ivana Kamnikar4.87.95012.750
11.Jasmin Mader5.17.60012.700
12.Sofia Busato5.47.20012.600
13.Simona Castro4.97.55012.450
14.Vanessa Ferrari5.86.65012.450
15.Bianca Mann5.07.10012.100
16.Ana Palacios5.16.95012.050
17.Tan Sze En5.76.35012.050
18.Annika Urvikko5.56.50012.000
19.Tan Ing Yueh4.77.20011.900
20.Farah An Abdul Hadi5.36.55011.850
21.Isabella Amado4.57.30011.800
22.Argyro Afrati5.36.50011.800
23.Paula Raya5.46.40011.800
24.Ariana Orrego5.26.45011.650
25.Mariana Carvalho4.56.35010.850
26.Nadine Joy Nathan3.47.00010.400
27.Martine Bjørshol2.06.7008.700

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva6.58.45014.950
2.Rebeca Andrade5.38.45013.750
3.Lauren Mitchell5.97.85013.750
4.Adela Šajn5.58.05013.550
5.Isabella Amado5.67.95013.550
6.Lyu Jiaqi5.87.75013.550
7.Vanessa Ferrari5.77.80013.500
8.Marcia Vidiaux5.57.95013.450
9.Veronica Wagner5.77.700.113.300
10.Tan Ing Yueh5.67.70013.300
11.Luca Divéky5.18.10013.200
12.Sofia Busato4.78.45013.150
13.Ana Đerek5.18.00013.100
14.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.87.25013.050
15.Jessica López5.47.60013.000
16.Ariana Orrego4.98.05012.950
17.Dorina Böczögő4.78.20012.900
18.Emma Larsson5.77.20012.900
19.Tjaša Kysselef4.88.00012.800
20.Bianca Mann5.07.70012.700
21.Xie Yufen5.96.900.112.700
22.Mariana Carvalho5.07.65012.650
23.Azmi Nur Eli Ellina4.97.60012.500
24.Tan Sze En5.07.30012.300
25.Alexa Moreno5.76.700.112.300
26.Simona Castro5.56.65012.150
27.Nadine Joy Nathan4.87.25012.050
28.Andrea Matillas5.06.90011.900
29.Jasmin Mader5.16.70011.800
30.Rianna Mizzen5.66.20011.800
31.Paula Raya5.06.75011.750
32.Zoi Lima5.16.700.111.700
33.Catalina Escobar4.97.000.311.600
34.Solveig Berg4.96.800.111.600
35.Martine Bjørshol5.06.55011.550
36.Maria Parsantanian4.46.900.111.200
37.Alīna Circene4.66.20010.800
38.Joanna Xoulogi5.55.20010.700

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.88.35014.150
2.Rebeca Andrade5.78.10013.800
3.Emma Larsson5.78.05013.750
4.Alexa Moreno5.97.75013.650
5.Vanessa Ferrari6.07.65013.650
6.Jessica López5.28.35013.550
7.Emily Little5.28.10013.300
8.Simona Castro5.47.90013.300
9.Dorina Böczögő5.57.75013.250
10.Larissa Miller5.77.650.113.250
11.Luca Divéky5.27.90013.100
12.Argyro Afrati5.47.60013.000
13.Annika Urvikko5.27.70012.900
14.Ana Palacios5.17.55012.650
15.Ioanna Xoulogi4.77.85012.550
16.Ariana Orrego5.07.45012.450
17.Mariana Marianito4.57.90012.400
18.Martine Bjørshol5.17.25012.350
19.Andrea Matillas4.77.45012.150
20.Wu Jing5.17.05012.150
21.Bianca Mann4.57.700.112.100
22.Jasmin Mader5.17.350.412.050
23.Tracie Ang5.17.200.312.000
24.Zoi Lima5.06.85011.850
25.Farah An Abdul Hadi5.16.70011.800
26.Sofia Busato5.46.35011.750
27.Nadine Joy Nathan5.16.300.311.100
28.Tan Sze En4.96.400.311.000

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Alexander Shatilov6.60 8.75015.350
2.Wataru Tanigawa6.40 8.80015.200
3.Rok Klavora5.90 8.95014.850
4.Sun Wei6.20 8.750.114.850
115.Tomislav Marković6.20 8.65014.850
5.Julien Gobaux6.20 8.65014.850
7.Shoichi Yamamoto6.60 8.25014.850
8.Oleg Stepko5.90 8.90014.800
9.Zachari Hrimèche6.20 8.60014.800
10.Joel Plata6.20 8.50014.700
11.Žiga Šilc5.60 8.90014.500
12.Stian Skjerahaug5.70 8.65014.350
13.Petro Pakhnyuk6.30 8.05014.350
14.Reiss Beckford6.00 8.600.314.300
15.Alberto Tallón6.00 8.10014.100
16.Simão Almeida5.70 8.20013.900
17.Alexander Benda5.60 8.25013.850
18.Tiago Barbosa5.10 8.15013.250
19.Majdi Al-Hmood5.20 8.00013.200
20.Robert Tvorogal5.80 7.30013.100
21.Lee Chih Kai6.40 7.100.413.100
22.Nikolaos Kranitis6.20
23.Eetu Lahti5.50 7.600.113.000
24.Luka Kranzlmüller5.30
25.Michail Doulkeridis5.25.60010.800

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Weng Hao7.19.10016.200
2.Cyril Tommasone6.98.35015.250
3.Sergio Sasaki6.58.65015.150
4.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.80014.900
5.Vid Hidvegi6.08.75014.750
6.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.88.70014.500
7.Filip Ude6.57.95014.450
8.Javier Sandoval6.77.70014.400
9.Juho Kanerva5.88.50014.300
10.Wissem Harzi5.98.40014.300
11.Stian Skjerahaug6.08.30014.300
12.Wang Bo5.48.75014.150
13.Manrique Larduet6.27.95014.150
14.Oleg Stepko6.57.55014.050
15.Matija Baron6.37.60013.900
16.Robert Tvorogal5.58.10013.600
17.Shogo Nonomura6.07.55013.550
18.Petro Pakhnyuk6.47.15013.550
19.Randy Lerú5.58.00013.500
20.Lee Chih Kai6.86.65013.450
21.Shoichi Yamamoto6.96.45013.350
22.Jossimar Calvo6.37.00013.300
23.Andrés Martín6.17.00013.100
24.Pietro Giachino4.97.95012.850
25.Oskar Kirmes5.37.40012.700
26.Gustavo Simões5.96.75012.650
27.Rihards Trams5.66.50012.100
28.Konstantinos Konstantinidis5.26.85012.050
29.Ahmad Abu Al Soud5.95.70011.600
30.Adham Alsqour4.37.15011.450
31.Severin Kranzlmüller4.96.35011.250
32.Joel Plata5.06.15011.150

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Samir Aït Saïd6.88.90015.700
2.Kazuyuki Takeda6.68.90015.500
3.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues7.08.35015.350
4.Shogo Nonomura6.58.40014.900
5.Gustavo Simões6.08.55014.550
6.Reiss Beckford5.88.65014.450
7.Oleg Stepko6.37.70014.000
8.Konstantinos Konstantinidis5.88.15013.950
9.Kevin Traid5.68.20013.800
10.Adham Alsqour5.78.05013.750
11.Oskar Kirmes5.38.35013.650
12.Erdenebold Ganbat6.37.30013.600
13.Alberto Tallón6.07.50013.500
14.Ricardo Martins5.77.55013.250
15.Stian Skjerahaug5.17.75012.850
16.Majdi Al-Hmood4.87.75012.550
17.Severin Kranzlmüller5.27.10012.300
18.Robert Tvorogal4.77.40012.100

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Cen Yu6.09.40015.40015.325
2.Wataru Tanigawa6.09.25015.25015.175
3.Andrey Medvedev6.
4.Sergio Sasaki6.08.90014.90014.675
5.Lee Chih Kai5.69.20014.80014.625
6.Zachari Hrimèche5.69.40015.00014.550
7.Erdenebold Ganbat6.08.80014.80014.500
8.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.90014.50014.475
9.Man Hin Jim5.68.850.114.35014.275
10.Alberto Tallón5.68.95014.55014.025
11.Robert Tvorogal5.29.05014.25013.825
12.Gustavo Simões5.28.85014.05013.600
13.Eetu Lahti4.08.90012.90013.125

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Manrique Larduet7.18.80015.900
2.Shoichi Yamamoto6.69.05015.650
3.Petro Pakhnyuk6.88.85015.650
4.Zhu Xiaodong6.98.75015.650
5.Sergio Sasaki6.88.80015.600
6.Jossimar Calvo6.88.70015.500
7.Randy Lerú7.08.35015.350
8.Oleg Stepko7.28.15015.350
9.Javier Sandoval6.88.40015.200
10.Wataru Tanigawa6.58.60015.100
11.Cen Yu6.78.00014.700
12.Robert Tvorogal6.08.65014.650
13.Simão Almeida5.88.55014.350
14.Severin Kranzlmüller5.38.80014.100
15.Kevin Traid5.68.50014.100
16.Majdi Al-Hmood5.48.50013.900
17.Oskar Kirmes5.38.30013.600
18.Nikolaos Iliopoulos6.37.30013.600
19.Adham Alsqour5.97.65013.550
20.Lukas Kranzlmüller5.58.00013.500
21.Stian Skjerahaug5.67.90013.500
22.Julien Gobaux6.27.00013.200
23.Michail Doulkeridis5.67.55013.150
24.Man Hin Jim5.08.00013.000
25.Reiss Beckford5.57.40012.900
26.Rihards Trams3.67.75011.350
27.Andrés Martín5.84.75010.550
28.Pietro Giachino4.15.90010.000
29.Alen Dimic2.52.1504.650

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Manrique Larduet7.08.40015.400
2.Jossimar Calvo6.98.00014.900
3.Marijo Možnik6.08.50014.500
4.Randy Lerú6.77.70014.400
5.Kazuyuki Takeda6.38.05014.350
6.Robert Tvorogal6.08.20014.200
7.Oskar Kirmes5.78.30014.000
8.Joel Plata6.17.85013.950
9.Pietro Giachino5.78.10013.800
10.Alen Dimic5.97.90013.800
11.Anton Kovačević5.97.65013.550
12.Shogo Nonomura5.97.50013.400
13.Stian Skjerahaug5.28.15013.350
14.Julien Gobaux5.77.60013.300
15.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.08.25013.250
16.Petro Pakhnyuk5.67.65013.250
17.Charalampos Kailidis5.27.95013.150
18.Alexander Shatilov5.47.75013.150
19.Reiss Beckford5.77.40013.100
20.Sergio Sasaki6.26.90013.100
21.Francisco Fragoso5.57.55013.050
22.Luka Kranzlmüller4.78.15012.850
23.Adham Alsqour5.86.85012.650
24.Simão Almeida4.87.65012.450
25.Alexander Benda5.75.85011.550
26.Kevin Traid5.85.75011.550
27.Javier Sandoval5.65.55011.150
28.Rihards Trams3.57.05010.550
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 24 June 2016 22:54    PDF Print
Biles Has Perfect Night to Take Lead at P&G Championships
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Simone Biles took the first-day lead at the P&G Championships with a set of routines that she would gladly like to repeat in the Rio all-around final. Her 62.90 featured four impeccable performances, each of which looked easy for her.

Asked what, if anything, Biles could have done better, Boorman said, half joking, "She can't seem to get higher than a 9.1 execution score on bars." A 9.2 would have given Biles a 63.00, which Boorman was hoping for. (Biles actually scored a 63.00 on the second day of the 2015 P&G Championships.)

When Biles was asked where improvements could be made, she was quick to answer.

"I could have done a better beam dismount and a better first vault," she said. Since also admitted to being nervous before her last event, bars, and before her second vault, the Cheng Fei that will finally make her the favorite to win the vault gold in Rio. Biles also talked about her performance relative to what she hopes to do at the Olympics. "I guess now I have to stay there (at this level)."

Boorman said Biles can do a lot more in her routines, but that she doesn't need to

Aly Raisman and Lauren Hernandez, the veteran and newcomer, tied for second with 60.45.

"It feels good," Raisman said. "I was really happy with my beam and floor. I'm trying not to be hard on myself."

Said Hernandez: "My goal is to do exactly what I did today (on Sunday) … I'm proud of how I did today."

Gabby Douglas struggled on beam to finish fourth (58.90). Her best routine came on bars, where her 15.10 tied for the fourth best score (with Biles) on the event. Bars is what got her on the 2011 world team in the first place, and it's likely going to keep her on the team for Rio.

Madison Kocian had a strong night for fifth, which included the second highest score on bars, 15.45. Amelia Hundley was sixth (57.85) and MyKayla seventh (57.55).

While the top gymnasts had strong all-around efforts, Ragan Smith had an off night. Starting on floor, she went out of bounds on her clean double layout and overcooked her 1.5 twist so much that she followed it with a roundoff. Her beam was wobbly too, and she finished in ninth place with 56.85.

"I was unpleasantly surprised," said Marta Karolyi, who added that Smith had been a steady competitor in Italy (Jesolo) and the Pacific Rim Championships. "I don't really explain what happened." Karolyi said she hoped to see Smith perform with her usual consistency on Sunday.

Maggie Nichols performed on bars and beam, but appeared to lack the confidence she had before the injury to her right knee.

Ashton Locklear posted the top bars score (15.60), but she did only one other event, beam.

The P&G Championships for women will conclude Sunday evening.


Rotation 1

Simone Biles nailed her beam routine with hardly a wobble anywhere (15.70). Who said it was difficult to start on beam?

Lauren Hernandez got the crowd going with her wild new floor routine (14.70).

High full-out mount on floor from Lexy Ramler.

Gabby Douglas did a clean Yurchenko-double twist on vault, landing with a hop (14.80). Doesn't look like an Amanar is in the cards for her.

Ragan Smith went out of bounds on her double layout mount, and bombed her second pass when she over-rotated a roundoff 1.5 twist (she did a roundoff after it). Not her best, obviously. You can imagine the pressure she's under as a first-year senior (13.10).

MyKayla Skinner hit her flip-flop tucked full on beam (14.20).

Cameras are flicking like crazy as Aly Raisman works beam. Great set, loud cheers after she landed her Arabian double front (15.15).

Maggie Nichols has her right knee wrapped and will do only bars and beam. Not her best routine, but not bad either. And she stuck her double layout cold (14.60).

Rotation 2

Hernandez did a clean Yurchenko-double twist that was a virtual stick (slight bounce on the landing, 15.05).

Alyssa Baumann had a repeat of Hartford on bars, but fell this time on her low-to-high transition.

Biles absolutely soared on her full-twisting double layout mount on floor, and her Biles was nearly as high. She stuck her tucked double-double and and nearly stuck her tucked full-in. Deafening cheers were well deserved. Incredible routine (16.10). Could she earn the highest women's all-around score ever tonight?

Smith hit her Yurchenko-double twist with a small hop (14.65).

Rachel Gowey performed a huge Yurchenko-double with a couple of steps afterward.

Madison Kocian, co-world champion on bars, swung a great set and stuck her full-twisting double flyaway (15.45).

After an OK start on floor (14.15), hometown favorite Brenna Dowell hit a powerful Yurchenko-double twist (14.75).

Skinner and Raisman go back-to-back on floor, so the fans are in for some difficult tumbling. Skinner opened with a double-twisting double layout, followed by the tucked version. Third pass? Tucked full-in. Her dismount of 1.5 twist through to 2.5 twist went out of bounds, but it was a great routine (14.70).

Raisman managed to stay in bound on her six-trick mount. Her Greek music got the crowd clapping throughout the middle of the routine. High piked Arabian double and double layout, and a dismount of double pike, with a hop. Loud cheers for one of the crowd favorites (15.60).

Douglas nailed her set on uneven bars and stuck her double layout. Everything was clean (15.10).

Nichols a little wobbly on beam but finished strong with a roundoff double pike (13.90). Her meet is over after the first two rotations.

Rotation 3

Skinner did two vaults: Amanar, clean in the air with a skittish landing (15.20); Cheng Fei lacked block off the table (15.25).

Olivia Troutman mounted floor with a full-twisting double layout.

Smith with inside Stalders that did not go in very deep; Ricna and full-twisting double tuck (14.80).

Raisman vaulted an Amanar that was clean until the last half twist, when she bent her legs (15.35).

Douglas was wobbly on beam, especially on her full turn with leg horizontal. Everything looked cautious (14.20). Bars is what may keep her on the team.

Biles with a huge Amanar with a slight hop (16.00); Cheng Fei stuck cold. The best to ever do that vault (15.975).

Dowell missed a handstand on bars and was a bit wild in places (14.05).

Hernandez nailed bars with three releases: Tkatchev, toe-on Tkatchev, Ricna (15.30).

Baumann looks good on beam and hit as well as can be expected under such pressure (15.00).

Rotation 4

Ashton Locklear did an excellent set on bars for the top score on the event (15.60). The only other event she did was beam (14.45).

Smith needed a strong beam routine but wobbled on a few skills, including her standing tucked full. She hit her flip-flop, flip-flop, double Arabian dismount well, however (14.30).

Douglas hit her Arabian double tuck, stag jump, and followed her tucked full-in with a back tuck that drew a loud cheer. She stuck her double pike and ended with a double tuck. There was not much energy in her performance, but everything she does draws loud cheers (14.80)

Raisman finished on her weak event, bars, and had several leg separations throughout (14.15).

Baumann is gorgeous on floor and opened with a solid double layout. She went O.B. on two whips through to double tuck. She ended with a clean double pike. Great routine (14.50).

Biles finished a perfect night with a bars routine that she could not have done better. Of course, she stuck her tucked half-in half-out (15.10).

Hernandez also ended her night with a strong routine on beam to go four-for-four. A bit cautious in places but no major wobbles (15.30).


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