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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 10 April 2016 17:24    PDF Print
'Record-Setting' British Championships End
(5 votes, average 4.60 out of 5)

All-around champion Max Whitlock added two more titles as a record-setting British championships came to a close Sunday in Liverpool. Pictured: Superstar Louis Smith, MBE claimed silver on pommel horse

All-around champion Max Whitlock added two more titles as a record-setting British championships came to a close Sunday in Liverpool.

The sold-out competition at Liverpool's Echo Arena set new records for attendance, British Gymnastics announced: 16,000 attended the competition over the weekend, double the attendance for 2015. Meanwhile, senior champions Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane also broke records, with each earning a new personal best score in the all-around.

Gabby Jupp (Sapphire) won the senior uneven bars title.

Sunday's competition featured apparatus finals for senior and junior women, and Masters finals for men, which were open to both juniors and senior levels, as well as non-citizen guest competitors.

Whitlock (South Essex) took gold on floor exercise over his 2012 Olympic teammates Dan Purvis (Southport YMCA and Sam Oldham (Loughborough). Whitlock was less secure than in the all-around final, when he nailed every pass, but still extremely impressive (front full to Randi; 3 1/2 to barani out of bounds; 2 1/2 to 1 1/2; layout Thomas; stuck triple twist).

Whitlock added his second title with the gold on pommel horse, upgrading to a 7.4-Difficulty routine in order to top rival Louis Smith's 16.100 (7.2). Whitlock appeared a bit tired but fought through his routine, scoring 16.325 for one more gold. He also added a bronze on still rings and silvers on parallel bars and high bar.

Junior Rhys McClenaghan, a guest competitor from the Irish national team, won the bronze medal, impressing with the highest Execution score of the final (9.075). McClenaghan trains at Rathgael Gymnastics near Belfast under coach Luke Carson.

Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus Gym Club) with still rings with a 6.9-Difficulty set (15.550). Youth Olympic Games champion Giarnni Regini-Moran (Europa Gym Centre), second all-around in the Under-18 Junior division, won vault (Randi; triple-twisting Tsukahara). Leeds gymnasts Ashley Watson won parallel bars and Nile Wilson won high bar.

In the women's competition, four women walked away with senior titles. Ellie Downie (Notts Gymnastics Club) won vault, while her elder sister Becky won balance beam. Gabby Jupp (Sapphire), who competed one event only after recent injury, won bars with a strong routine with great composition (toe-on blind to piked Jaeger; toe-on piked Tkatchev to Pak; toe-full to Maloney, backswing to Gienger between the bars; double layout). Becky Downie, the top qualifier on uneven bars, missed her Maloney uprise to Ricna release and settled for second behind Jupp.

On floor exercise, Amy Tinkler (full-twisting double layout; double-double; 1 1/2 to double tuck; double pike) edged Fragapane (stuck full-twisting double layout; stuck piked Arabian double front; triple twist with big step; double layout). Both gymnasts earned 6.1 Difficulty scores for their spectacular tumbling, but Tinkler's leaps and dance was very generously judged.

Four gymnasts also won junior women's titles: Sophie Scott (Leatherhead & Dorking Gym Club) on vault, Megan Parker (City of Birmingham) on bars; Alice Kinsella (Park Wrekin) on balance beam, and Zoe Simmons (The Academy) on floor exercise

New junior all-around champion Maisie Methuen (Phoenix) picked up silver medals on vault and floor exercise.

External Link: British Gymnastics

2016 British Gymnastics Championships
April 10, Liverpool, England

Senior Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.89.30015.10014.787
2.Claudia FragapaneBristol Hawks Gym Club5.88.8000.314.30013.787
3.Abigail SolariThe Academy4.88.90013.70013.512
4.Jessica CoombsNotts Gymnastics Academy5.09.05014.05013.425
5.Shannon ArcherCity of Glasgow Gymnastics 5.08.2000.312.90012.437

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Gabby JuppSapphire School of Gymnastics6.28.55014.750
2.Becky DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy6.77.72514.425
3.Ruby HarroldThe Academy6.57.67514.175
4.Rebecca TunneyCity of Liverpool6.46.92513.325
5.Kelly SimmDynamo School of Gymnastics5.37.90013.200
6.Amy TinklerSouth Durham Gymnastic Club5.77.27512.975
7.Claudia FragapaneBristol Hawks Gym Club5.66.65012.250
8.Georgia-Mae FentonEast London Gym Club4.95.22510.125

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Becky DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy6.18.65014.750
2.Claudia FragapaneBristol Hawks Gym Club6.77.4750.114.075
3.Ruby HarroldThe Academy5.67.02512.625
4.Ellie DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.86.72512.525
5.Kelly SimmDynamo School of Gymnastics5.17.32512.425
6.Shannon ArcherCity of Glasgow4.97.37512.275
6.Rebecca TunneyCity of Liverpool5.46.9750.112.275
8.Phoebe TurnerThe Academy5.46.70012.100

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Amy TinklerSouth Durham Gymnastic Club6.18.25014.350
2.Claudia FragapaneBristol Hawks Gym Club6.18.17514.275
3.Phoebe TurnerThe Academy5.38.4000.313.400
4.Ellie DownieNotts Gymnastics Academy5.77.65013.350
5.Kelly SimmDynamo School of Gymnastics5.18.17513.275
6.Georgia-Mae FentonEast London Gym Club5.17.25012.350
7.Rebecca TunneyCity of Liverpool5.36.90012.200
8.Abigail SolariThe Academy5.25.95011.150

Masters Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Max WhitlockSouth Essex6.89.0000.315.500
2.Dan PurvisSouthport YMCA6.49.02515.425
3.Sam OldhamLoughborough Students Gymnastics6.28.80015.000
4.Hamish CarterCity of Birmingham6.08.60014.600
5.Jamie LewisWoking5.58.67514.175
6.Jack NeillTolworth Gym Club5.68.50014.100
7.Dominick CunninghamCity of Birmingham6.67.47514.075
8.Reiss BeckfordSouth Essex5.87.40013.200

Masters Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Max WhitlockSouth Essex7.48.92516.325
2.Louis Smith, MBEHuntingdon Olympic7.28.90016.100
3.Rhys McClenaghanRathgael Gymnastics6.19.07515.175
4.James HallPegasus Gym Club6.38.42514.725
5.Brinn BevanSouth Essex6.48.10014.500
6.Joe FraserCity of Birmingham5.78.60014.300
7.Nile WilsonLeeds5.88.32514.125
8.Prashanth SellathuraiMilton Keynes Gym7.06.62513.625

Masters Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Courtney TullochPegasus Gym Club6.98.65015.550
2.Nile WilsonLeeds6.48.55014.950
3.Max WhitlockSouth Essex6.08.75014.750
4.Reiss BeckfordSouth Essex5.78.77514.475
5.Joe FraserCity of Birmingham5.19.07514.175
6.Sam OldhamLoughborough Students Gymnastics 6.07.95013.950
7.Jay ThompsonSouth Essex5.48.52513.925
8.Kristian ThomasEarls5.58.32513.825

Masters Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giarnni Regini-MoranEuropa Gym Centre6.09.2500.115.15015.100
2.Dominick CunninghamCity of Birmingham6.09.0250.114.92514.912
3.Ewan McAteerCity of Lisburn Salto5.68.8750.114.37514.237
4.Hamish CarterCity of Birmingham5.29.22514.42514.012
5.Kelvin ChamCity of Glasgow5.68.70014.30013.962
6.Adam SteelePipers Vale 5.29.22514.42513.425
7.Pavel KarnejenkoCity of Glasgow4.48.95013.35012.962
8.Kristian ThomasEarls6.08.3000.314.0007.000

Masters Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ashley WatsonLeeds6.88.80015.600
2.Max WhitlockSouth Essex6.48.92515.325
3.Reiss BeckfordSouth Essex6.38.52514.825
4.Brinn BevanSouth Essex6.48.32514.725
4.Courtney TullochPegasus Gym Club6.48.32514.725
6.Nile WilsonLeeds7.07.15014.150
7.Dominick CunninghamCity of Birmingham5.37.07512.375
8.Dan PurvisSouthport YMCA4.96.85011.750

Masters High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Nile WilsonLeeds6.98.42515.325
2.Max WhitlockSouth Essex6.78.15014.850
3.Sam OldhamLoughborough Students Gymnastics 6.78.07514.775
4.James HallPegasus Gym Club6.48.20014.600
5.Frank BainesSouthport YMCA6.07.95013.950
6.Kristian ThomasEarls6.27.60013.800
7.Jay ThompsonSouth Essex5.78.05013.750
8.Ashley WatsonLeeds6.27.00013.200

Junior Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Sophie ScottLeatherhead & Dorking Gym Club5.09.17514.17513.775
2.Maisie MethuenPhoenix5.08.92513.92513.712
3.Lucy StanhopeCity of Liverpool5.08.87513.87513.600
4.Taeja JamesCity of Birmingham5.28.1500.113.25013.512
5.Megan BridgeGymmagic5.08.65013.65013.475
6.Zoe SimmonsThe Academy5.08.6000.113.50013.450
7.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin College5.08.47513.47513.412
8.Lana ChiltonCity of Newcastle4.08.72512.72512.725

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Megan ParkerCity of Birmingham4.98.32513.225
2.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin College4.98.27513.175
3.Lucy StanhopeCity of Liverpool4.88.27513.075
4.Sophie ScottLeatherhead & Dorking Gym Club4.28.67512.875
5.Maisie MethuenPhoenix5.27.55012.750
6.Chiara BunceHeathrow Gym Club4.48.00012.400
7.Taeja JamesCity of Birmingham5.16.90012.000
8.Zoe SimmonsThe Academy4.27.40011.600

Junior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Alice KinsellaPark Wrekin College5.67.8000.113.300
2.Amelia MontagueTolworth Gym Club5.27.95013.150
3.India SaleHeathrow Gym Club4.68.00012.600
4.Megan SplainSapphire School of Gymnastics4.87.62512.425
5.Maisie MethuenPhoenix4.97.12512.025
6.Taeja JamesCity of Birmingham5.46.00011.400
7.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin College5.26.15011.350
8.Sarah MckenzieDGC2k4.56.50011.000

Junior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Zoe SimmonsThe Academy5.28.30013.500
2.Maisie MethuenPhoenix5.08.37513.375
3.Taeja JamesCity of Birmingham4.98.42513.325
4.Alice KinsellaPark Wrekin College5.48.0000.313.100
5.Megan ParkerCity of Birmingham4.78.4500.113.050
6.Ellesse OatesPark Wrekin College4.87.97512.775
7.Lana ChiltonCity of Newcastle4.77.9250.112.525
8.Amelia MontagueTolworth Gym Club4.77.47512.175
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:59    PDF Print
Melnikova Takes Two More Titles in Penza
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

All-around champion Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) added two more gold medals to her haul as the Russian championships ended Sunday in Penza. Pictured: Seniors Daria Skrypnik, Seda Tutkhalyan, Aliya Mustafina, Angelina Melnikova and Daria Spiridonova pose after the apparatus finals on Sunday.

All-around champion Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) added two more gold medals to her haul as the Russian championships ended Sunday in Penza.

Melnikova, who also led Central to the team title in Penza, won the balance beam and floor exercise titles in Sunday's apparatus finals. She shared the floor exercise gold medal with two-time Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva (Tula).

Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) won beam and tied for first on floor exercise.

Melnikova, a first-year senior, is a fresh face for the Russian team and could be a major force this summer in Rio. She performed consistently all week and looked improved even from last month's DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart, showing she could be on the right projectile toward peaking in August. On balance beam she hit her best routine of the meet (ff ff two-foot layout to sissone to wolf jump; punch front; double pike, small hop; 15.333/6.3D), while also showing off the attention to artistic detail ignored by the Code of Points.

On floor, Melnikova tumbled a double layout; piked full-in; two whips to double tuck, and double pike, showing a bit too much power but staying in bounds all her passes. She tied former world champion Afanasyeva, 24, who had steps on her first two passes (double layout; two whips to triple twist) but otherwise performed well.

All-around bronze medalist Maria Kharenkova (Khimki) took the silver on balance beam, with a relatively clean routine (slight check after her ff ff layout series; 15.00/6.3), and bronze on floor exercise.

World and Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina (Moscow) won the bronze on balance beam, adding to her bronze on uneven bars and team silver. She had several wobbles and missed connections (double turn to full turn; Side somi; switch leap switch side; Onodi; front aerial, side aerial; switch ring; stuck double tuck; 5.9 D). She was gifted with an 8.9 Execution score although the rankings were ultimately correct, as the fourth-place gymnast, Yevgenia Shelgunova, was also scored rather generously for her execution.

Despite still recovering from last fall's meniscus surgery and suffering from back pain, she was determined to compete bars and beam in Penza. Mustafina lived up to her nickname of "Iron Aliya" — except for a few cautious beam routines, she hit six out of six routines in Penza.

"Aliya has proved herself a real heroine at these Russian championships," said Russian team coach Valentina Rodionenko. "This meet was very important to her — the time left before the Olympic Games is running out. Our doctors were not happy with her decision to take part in this meet, but Mustafina was adamant."

Mustafina impressed the coaching staff enough to be named to June's European championship team, along with Melnikova and world vault champion Maria Paseka, with the remaining gymnasts to be named.

Yelena Yeryomina (Saint Petersburg), junior balance beam champion (Master of Sport)

Unlike Mustafina, all-around silver medalist Seda Tutkhalyan (Moscow) did herself no favors in Penza. She missed uneven bars the first two days, but seemed to raise hopes with hitting her upgraded beam routine both days. But on Sunday she continued to frustrate the Russian coaching staff by bombing both her routines. The 2014 Youth Olympic champion, who failed to make an impression at the last year's world championships, finished last on both balance beam (fall on switch half; near fall on RO layout full; fall on piked full-in) and floor exercise (fall on upgraded second pass of whip, whip to piked full-in; stumble out of bounds on 1 1/2 front full).

"Seda, Seda ... a very good gymnast, but every time she competes, we don't know what will happen," Rodionenko said. "She can either do her routines very well or allow stupid mistakes. At the Russian championship this was very clearly demonstrated. We put her on the team at the world championships last year, and she very seriously let down. At the European Games in Baku it was the same thing. She is, of course, in the top group. But, sometimes, the right choice is not in favor of the difficulty, but the stability."

In the junior competition, all-around champions Anastasia Ilyankova (Master of Sport division) and Ksenia Klimenko (Candidate for Master of Sport) each added another title, with Ilyankova winning floor exercise and Klimenko winning uneven bars. Yelena Yeryomina (third all-around in Master of Sport) won balance beam. Alexandra Schekoldina, second all-around to Klimenko, won vault in the Candidate category.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2016 Russian Women's National Championships
April 10, Penza

Senior Balance Beam FinalScore
1.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh15.333
2.Maria Kharenkova1998Khimki / Rostov-on-Don15.000
3.Aliya Mustafina1994Moscow / Penza14.800
4.Yevgenia Shelgunova1997Zvenigorod / Alatyr14.667
5.Daria Spiridonova1998Moscow13.800
6.Polina Fyodorova1996Cheboksary13.767
7.Daria Skrypnik2000Krasnodar13.433
8.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow12.533

Senior Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Ksenia Afanasyeva1991Khimki / Tula14.567
1.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh14.567
3.Maria Kharenkova1998Khimki / Rostov-on-Don14.267
4.Yevgenia Shelgunova1997Zvenigorod / Alatyr14.133
5.Natalia Kapitonova2000Penza14.067
6.Anastasia Dmitrieva1999Tolyatti / Samara13.567
7.Daria Skrypnik2000Krasnodar13.267
8.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow11.900

Junior Balance Beam Final (Master of Sport)Score
1.Yelena Yeryomina2001Saint Petersburg14.567
2.Ulyana Perebinosova2001Khimki14.167
3.Angelina Simakova2002Dzerzhinsk13.900
4.Polina Borzykh2001Surgut13.033
5.Anastasia Gaynetdinova2002Sterlitamak12.900
6.Ksenia Kamkova2002Yekaterinburg12.600
7.Anastasia Ilyankova 2001Leninsk-Kuznetsky12.433
8.Viktoria Panchuk2002Dzerzhinsk11.500

Junior Floor Exercise Final (Master of Sport)Score
1.Anastasia Ilyankova2001Leninsk-Kuznetskny13.800
2.Angelina Simakova2002Dzerzhinsk13.767
3.Polina Borzykh2001Surgut13.467
4.Alyona Arkusha2001Krasnoyarsk13.367
5.Viktoria Panchuk2002Dzerzhnisk13.333
6.Anastasia Gaynetdinova2002Sterlitamak12.900
7.Ksenia Kamkova2002Yekaterinburg12.567
8.Ulyana Perebinosova2001Khimki12.533

Junior Vault Final (Candidate for Master of Sport)Vault 1Vault 2Average
1.Alexandra Schekoldina2002Surgut13.43314.03313.733
2.Viktoria Gorbatova2002Khimki13.56713.80013.684
2.Anastasia Budylkina2002Voronezh13.76713.60013.684
4.Ksenia Pekelman2002Novosibirsk13.46713.56713.517
5.Anastasia Agafonova2003Vladimir / Kovrov13.36713.53313.450
6.Ksenia Klimenko2003Surgut13.30013.50013.400
7.Alina Stepanova2003Veliky Novgorod13.00013.66713.334
8.Daria Belousova2003Cheboksary12.93313.73313.333

Junior Uneven Bars Final (Candidate for Master of Sport)Score
1.Ksenia Klimenko2003Surgut13.833
2.Anastasia Agafonova2003Vladimir / Kovrov13.700
3.Yelizaveta Serova2003Moscow13.067
4.Alexandra Schekoldina2002Surgut12.967
5.Viktoria Gorbatova2002Khimki12.933
6.Varvara Zubova2002Moscow11.933
7.Alyona Belomoyeva2003Saint Petersburg11.700
8.Daria Belousova2003Cheboksary11.633
Written by IG Staff    Sunday, 10 April 2016 13:05    PDF Print
Malaysian Women Make History in Ljubljana
(3 votes, average 3.67 out of 5)

Malaysia's Tan Ing Yueh and Tracie Ang became their country's first World Challenge Cup gold medalists during the second day of finals in Ljubljana on Sunday. Pictured: Ang with fellow floor medalists Sydney Soloski of Canada and Dorina Böczögő of Hungary.

Following teammate Farah Ann Abdul Hadi's first FIG World Challenge Cup medalist for the Malaysian women on Saturday, Malaysia's Tan Ing Yueh and Tracie Ang became their country's first gold medalists during the second day of finals in Ljubljana on Sunday.

Tan placed first on balance beam, scoring 13.80 for a routine that included a side aerial, layout step-out; split leap, side somi; double turn; and gainer layout dismount. Second was 2008 Slovenian Olympian Adela Šajn, who will turn 26 on April 14.

On floor exercise, Ang placed first with an energetic routine, ahead of silver medalist Sydney Soloski of Canada. Soloski, who earlier in the day won bronze on balance beam, tumbled a double layout, 2-1/2 twist and double tuck.

Slovenia and Turkey won two medals each in the men's finals on Sunday.

Alen Dimic of Slovenia performed smoothly on parallel bars, where he dismounted with a solid double pike, for gold on that event. Ukraine's Yevgen Yudenkov had the field's highest Difficulty score but the second-lowest Execution score for silver. İbrahim Çolak of Turkey placed third. Yudenkov and Colak were second and first, respectively, in Saturday's rings final.

On vault, Pavel Bulavsky of Belarus placed first despite over-rotating his second vault, a Tsukahara double pike. Silver medalist Vitālijs Kardašovs of Latvia put a hand down and stumbled backward in his first vault, a cowboyed double front. He cleanly hit his second vault, a double-twisting Tsukahara.

Turkey's Ümit Şamiloğlu, 35, outscored the rest of field by 0.40 in Execution for gold on high bar, ahead of silver medalist Dimic.

The FIG World Challenge Cup series continues April 28 to May 5 in Osijek, Croatia.

External Link: Official Website

12th FIG World Challenger Cup
April 10, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Tan Ing Yueh5.68.20013.800
2.Adela Šajn5.38.00013.300
3.Sydney Soloski5.37.90013.200
4.Teja Belak5.57.60013.100
5.Tzuf Feldon5.07.75012.750
6.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.27.45012.650
7.Luca Divéky5.17.50012.600
8.Anastasia Belyayeva5.36.70012.000

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Tracie Ang5.18.35013.450
2.Sydney Soloski5.57.80013.300
3.Dorina Böczögő5.47.9500.113.250
4.Paula Mejías5.97.6000.313.200
5.Tjaša Kysselef4.78.15012.850
5.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.17.8500.112.850
7.Teja Belak4.78.10012.800
8.Anastasia Belyayeva5.17.40012.500

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Pavel Bulavsky5.68.80014.40014.100
2.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.0000.113.50013.925
3.Ivan Vargovský5.29.10014.30013.825
4.Márk Fehér5.28.85014.05013.175
5.Norbert Dudás5.29.20014.40012.850
6.Anton Olivson4.48.90013.30012.600

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Alen Dimic5.99.05014.950
2.Yevgen Yudenkov6.58.00014.500
3.İbrahim Çolak5.78.75014.450
4.Norbert Dudás6.18.25014.350
5.Patryk Rabstajn5.58.45013.950
6.Dávid Vecsernyés5.58.30013.800
7.Denis Sanuvong5.47.95013.350
8.Adam Rzepa4.88.50013.300

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Ümit Şamiloğlu6.28.80015.000
2.Alen Dimic6.38.40014.700
3.Tin Srbić5.98.40014.300
3.Dávid Vecsernyés6.47.90014.300
5.Anton Kovačević6.07.95013.950
6.Oleksandr Petrenko5.78.10013.800
7.Adam Rzepa5.38.20013.500
8.Samuel Piasecký5.07.15012.150
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 09 April 2016 23:30    PDF Print
Biles, US Women Win Pacific Rim Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Three-time world champion Simone Biles led the U.S. women to victory as the Pacific Rim Championships continued Saturday in Everett, Wash.

Three-time world champion Simone Biles led the U.S. women to victory as the Pacific Rim Championships continued Saturday in Everett, Wash.

The biennial competition, for member nations of the Pacific Alliance of National Gymnastics Federations, includes artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline competition for seniors and juniors. Each team can enter up to a total of six gymnasts, junior or senior.

The women's field was smaller this year than in previous editions. The Chinese did not send a women's squad, while Russia did not enter any artistic gymnasts due to the conflict with its national championships.

The U.S. women, which entered an all-senior squad, trounced the field, winning by more than 20 points over Canada and Australia. Biles posted the top scores on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. On vault, she debuted a new Cheng Fei second vault, which managed to eclipse even her Amanar by .150. She took her top score on floor exercise for new choreography with her trademark powerful tumbling (full-twisting double layout; double layout-half to leap; tucked double-double; tucked full-in).

Biles amassed 62.450 to capture the all-around over 2012 Olympian Alexandra Raisman (59.900). Teammates Laurie Hernandez (59.800), Brenna Dowell (58.850) and Ragan Smith (58.550) followed in the standings but were bypassed on the way to the podium by Japan's Nagi Kajita (55.200), who picked up the bronze thanks to the often picked-upon two-per-country rule.

The sixth member of the U.S. squad, 2014 U.S. world team member Ashton Locklear, had the top score on uneven bars (15.550) for her 6.5-Difficulty routine (inside-Stalder full, Komova II; Pak to Maloney; bail, Stalder hecht to high; inside Stalder blind; full-twisting double).

Canada and Australia also sent all seniors. Canada's Shallon Olsen placed fourth all-around and qualified to three finals. 2012 Olympic vault finalist Brittany Rogers qualified second to the vault final behind Biles.

As in the men's competition, Japan's team was primarily made up of juniors, who dominated the slim field. The Japanese girls swept the top four spots in the all-around, with Kiko Kuwajima taking gold over Natsumi Hanashima. Kuwajima had the top score of the junior competition with her stuck double-twisting Yurchenko, and attempted a high-difficulty beam routine with a standing Arabian (fall); ff, tucked full; double turn; ff, ff, double pike).

Mexico's Louise López won the bronze (Soyoka Hanawa and Mana Oguchi were bumped). The Japanese gymnasts also qualified first on each event.

Competition concludes Sunday with the apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

2016 Pacific Rim Championships
April 9, Everett, Wash., United States

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.   United States60.75060.65060.65061.150243.200
Simone Biles15.80015.05015.55016.050
Alexandra Raisman15.20014.80015.600
Brenna Dowell14.95015.25014.550
Laurie Hernandez14.80014.80015.25014.950
Ashton Locklear15.550
Ragan Smith15.050
2.   Canada57.90053.20053.20054.800219.100
Brittany Rogers14.85013.500
Shallon Olsen14.75012.80013.40013.950
Kirsten Peterman14.20013.10013.600
Madison Copiak14.10013.80013.35013.250
Megan Roberts13.70014.000
Audrey Rousseau12.750
3.   Australia56.90052.70054.35053.900217.850
Emily Little14.70014.15013.850
Georgia-Rose Brown14.10013.35013.550
Emma Nedov14.10012.65013.400
Rianna Mizzen14.00013.000
Kiara Munteanu13.65013.45013.200
Larrissa Miller13.40013.300
4.   Japan57.75052.50052.95054.500217.700
*Kiko Kuwajima15.05012.60013.40013.500
*Mana Oguchi14.30012.90013.800
Nagi Kajita14.25013.65013.40013.900
*Soyoka Hanawa14.15012.40013.250
*Natsumi Hanashima13.85013.300
5.   New Zealand55.65042.65052.70052.700203.700
Courtney McGregor14.30012.35013.45013.450
Mackenzie Slee14.0508.25012.550
Charlotte Sullivan13.80011.55013.50013.250
*Stella Ashcroft13.50013.20013.450
*Estella Mathewson10.50012.550
6.   Mexico52.45043.75046.80051.800194.800
Mariana Vázquez13.70011.600
*Louise López13.25011.30013.30013.600
*Karen Lozano12.85010.95012.250
Cassandra Loustalot12.6509.3009.85012.900
*Jimena Moreno12.20012.05013.050
7.   Singapore52.60044.50048.60048.700194.400
Sze En Tan13.55011.55012.50012.950
Nadine Joy Nathan13.30010.90012.15012.300
Janessa Min Yi Dai13.15012.950
Zeng Qiyan12.60010.55011.95010.500
Colette Chan11.50012.000
8.   Colombia51.00044.50048.40048.950192.850
Ginna Escobar13.40013.15012.80012.800
Dayana Ardila12.60010.40012.50012.200
*Angie Rodríguez12.60010.10011.90012.050
*Maria Villegas12.40011.900
*Paula Arevalo10.85011.200
9.   Costa Rica51.90043.60044.70047.350187.550
Heika del Sol Salas13.15011.90012.40012.650
*Francini Morales13.05010.05010.80011.600
*Luciana Alvarado13.00012.00010.55010.850
*Camila Montoya12.7009.65010.95012.250
10.   Hong Kong50.70031.15039.35045.850167.050
*Cheuk Lam Chan13.1509.40012.750
Sau Chung Cristal Kwan12.9506.30010.30011.300
Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan12.6507.65010.50010.800
*Ho Yat Cheung11.9508.0509.15011.000
Nim Yan Choi9.150
*Junior competitor

Senior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Simone Biles6.315.8006.115.0506.515.5506.916.05062.450
2.Alexandra Raisman6.315.2006.014.3006.114.8006.615.60059.900
Laurie Hernandez5.814.8006.114.8006.415.2506.114.95059.800
Brenna Dowell5.814.9506.515.2505.614.1006.014.55058.850
Ragan Smith5.814.6005.914.6006.215.0506.114.30058.550
3.Nagi Kajita5.814.2505.613.6505.413.4005.713.90055.200
4.Shallon Olsen5.814.7505.412.8005.813.4006.013.95054.900
5.Madison Copiak5.314.1005.713.8005.213.3505.013.25054.500
6.Kiara Munteanu5.013.8505.513.6505.313.4505.513.20054.150
Kirsten Peterman5.314.2005.413.1005.712.7005.313.60053.600
7.Courtney McGregor5.814.3005.412.3505.413.4505.413.45053.550
8.Georgia-Rose Brown5.014.1005.611.4005.413.3505.113.55052.400
Emma Nedov5.014.1005.512.6505.913.4005.612.20052.350
Megan Roberts5.013.8505.310.6505.413.7005.614.00052.200
9.Ginna Escobar5.013.4005.013.1505.212.8004.912.80052.150
10.Charlotte Sullivan4.713.8004.511.5505.313.5005.313.25052.100
11.Sze En Tan5.013.5505.811.5505.012.5005.112.95050.550
12.Heika del Sol Salas4.413.1505.411.9005.012.4004.812.65050.100
13.Melany Cabrera5.012.8504.911.7004.712.4004.412.50049.450
14.Nadine Joy Nathan5.013.3003.610.9005.012.1505.112.30048.650
15.Dayana Ardila5.312.6003.910.4005.012.5005.612.20047.700
Mackenzie Slee5.014.0502.78.2505.412.5505.012.55047.400
16.Valentina Brostella4.712.8503.59.0004.711.3504.712.40045.600
Zeng Qiyan4.212.6004.510.5504.211.9504.010.50045.600
17.Cassandra Loustalot4.012.6502.09.3004.69.8504.912.90044.700
18.Mariana Vázquez5.213.7004.89.1505.211.6004.910.00044.450
Emily Little5.814.7005.614.1505.313.85042.700
19.Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan4.612.6501.77.6503.810.5003.910.80041.600
20.Sau Chung Cristal Kwan4.412.9503.26.3004.010.3004.511.30040.850
Ashton Locklear6.515.5505.814.45030.000
Brittany Rogers5.814.8505.913.50028.350
Rianna Mizzen5.014.0005.713.00027.000
Larrissa Miller5.813.4006.013.30026.700
Janessa Min Yi Dai4.613.1504.912.95026.100
Audrey Rousseau0.00.0000.00.0005.512.7505.411.75024.500
Colette Chan4.111.5004.312.00023.500
Nim Yan Choi4.411.6501.89.15020.800
21.Giulianna Pino Alcivar5.012.25012.250
Yan Yin Ng1.34.7004.700

Junior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Kiko Kuwajima5.815.0505.312.6006.313.4005.313.50054.550
2.Natsumi Hanashima5.013.8005.213.8505.112.5505.213.30053.500
Soyoka Hanawa5.014.1505.112.4005.813.2505.213.30053.100
Mana Oguchi5.014.3004.711.5505.412.9005.113.80052.550
3.Louise López4.413.2503.311.3005.313.3005.113.60051.450
4.Jimena Moreno4.012.4005.112.2004.812.0505.113.05049.700
5.Ko Ching Fang5.013.8002.19.6005.212.7504.913.00049.150
6.Pin Ju Lai5.013.6502.810.3505.412.1504.912.90049.050
7.Stella Ashcroft4.813.5003.17.8505.113.2005.213.45048.000
8.Estella Mathewson4.413.0503.310.5004.811.9004.912.55048.000
9.Angie Rodríguez4.012.6003.910.1005.011.9004.912.05046.650
10.Luciana Alvarado4.413.0004.512.0004.810.5504.710.85046.400
11.Camila Montoya4.212.7003.19.6505.210.9504.812.25045.550
Francini Morales4.413.0503.010.0505.010.8004.611.60045.500
12.Paula Arevalo4.012.1003.110.8504.211.2004.311.00045.150
Maria Villegas4.012.4002.56.2004.510.7504.311.90041.250
13.Ho Yat Cheung4.211.9500.98.0503.79.1504.311.00040.150
Karen Lozano4.012.8503.610.9500.00.0004.512.25036.050
14.Cheuk Lam Chan4.413.1504.19.4004.912.75035.300

Senior Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Simone Biles6.39.50015.80015.875
2.Brittany Rogers5.89.05014.85014.675
3.Shallon Olsen5.88.95014.75014.575
4.Emily Little5.88.90014.70014.100
5.Courtney McGregor5.88.50014.30013.900
6.Sau Chung Cristal Kwan4.48.55012.95012.825
6.Valentina Brostella4.78.2500.112.85012.825
8.Mariana Vázquez5.28.50013.70012.675
8.Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan4.68.1500.112.65012.675
10.Nim Yan Choi4.47.25011.65011.875

Senior Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Ashton Locklear6.59.05015.550
2.Brenna Dowell6.58.75015.250
3.Simone Biles6.18.95015.050
4.Laurie Hernandez6.18.70014.800
5.Ragan Smith5.98.70014.600
6.Alexandra Raisman6.08.30014.300
7.Madison Copiak5.78.10013.800
8.Kiara Munteanu5.58.15013.650
8.Nagi Kajita5.68.05013.650
10.Brittany Rogers5.97.60013.500
11.Larrissa Miller5.87.60013.400
12.Ginna Escobar5.08.15013.150
13.Kirsten Peterman5.47.70013.100
14.Rianna Mizzen5.77.30013.000
15.Shallon Olsen5.47.40012.800
16.Emma Nedov5.57.15012.650
17.Courtney McGregor5.46.95012.350
18.Heika del Sol Salas5.46.50011.900
19.Melany Cabrera4.96.80011.700
20.Charlotte Sullivan4.57.05011.550
20.Sze En Tan5.86.0500.311.550
22.Colette Chan4.17.40011.500
23.Georgia-Rose Brown5.65.80011.400
24.Nadine Joy Nathan3.67.30010.900
25.Megan Roberts5.35.35010.650
26.Zeng Qiyan4.56.05010.550
27.Dayana Ardila3.96.50010.400
28.Cassandra Loustalot2.07.3009.300
29.Nim Yan Choi1.87.3509.150
29.Mariana Vázquez4.84.3509.150
31.Valentina Brostella3.55.5009.000
32.Mackenzie Slee2.75.5508.250
33.Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan1.75.9507.650
34.Sau Chung Cristal Kwan3.23.1006.300
35.Yan Yin Ng1.37.4004.04.700

Senior Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Simone Biles6.59.05015.550
2.Laurie Hernandez6.48.85015.250
3.Ragan Smith6.28.85015.050
4.Alexandra Raisman6.18.70014.800
5.Ashton Locklear5.88.65014.450
6.Emily Little5.68.55014.150
7.Brenna Dowell5.68.50014.100
8.Megan Roberts5.48.30013.700
9.Charlotte Sullivan5.38.20013.500
10.Kiara Munteanu5.38.15013.450
10.Courtney McGregor5.48.05013.450
12.Nagi Kajita5.48.00013.400
12.Shallon Olsen5.87.60013.400
12.Emma Nedov5.97.50013.400
15.Madison Copiak5.28.15013.350
15.Georgia-Rose Brown5.47.95013.350
17.Ginna Escobar5.27.60012.800
18.Audrey Rousseau5.57.3500.112.750
19.Kirsten Peterman5.77.1000.112.700
20.Mackenzie Slee5.47.15012.550
21.Dayana Ardila5.07.6000.112.500
21.Sze En Tan5.07.50012.500
23.Melany Cabrera4.77.70012.400
23.Heika del Sol Salas5.07.40012.400
25.Giulianna Pino Alcivar5.07.25012.250
26.Nadine Joy Nathan5.07.15012.150
27.Colette Chan4.37.70012.000
28.Zeng Qiyan4.27.75011.950
29.Mariana Vázquez5.26.40011.600
30.Valentina Brostella4.76.65011.350
31.Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan3.86.70010.500
32.Sau Chung Cristal Kwan4.06.30010.300
33.Cassandra Loustalot4.65.2509.850

Senior Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Simone Biles6.99.15016.050
2.Alexandra Raisman6.69.00015.600
3.Laurie Hernandez6.18.85014.950
4.Brenna Dowell6.08.55014.550
5.Ragan Smith6.18.20014.300
6.Megan Roberts5.68.40014.000
7.Shallon Olsen6.07.95013.950
8.Nagi Kajita5.78.20013.900
9.Emily Little5.38.55013.850
10.Kirsten Peterman5.38.30013.600
11.Georgia-Rose Brown5.18.45013.550
12.Courtney McGregor5.48.05013.450
13.Larrissa Miller6.07.6000.313.300
14.Madison Copiak5.08.25013.250
14.Charlotte Sullivan5.37.95013.250
16.Kiara Munteanu5.57.8000.113.200
17.Janessa Min Yi Dai4.98.05012.950
17.Sze En Tan5.17.9500.112.950
19.Cassandra Loustalot4.98.00012.900
20.Ginna Escobar4.97.90012.800
21.Heika del Sol Salas4.87.9500.112.650
22.Mackenzie Slee5.07.6500.112.550
23.Melany Cabrera4.48.10012.500
24.Valentina Brostella4.77.70012.400
25.Nadine Joy Nathan5.17.20012.300
26.Emma Nedov5.66.7000.112.200
26.Dayana Ardila5.66.60012.200
28.Audrey Rousseau5.46.4500.111.750
29.Sau Chung Cristal Kwan4.56.80011.300
30.Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan3.96.90010.800
31.Zeng Qiyan4.06.50010.500
32.Mariana Vázquez4.95.4000.310.000

Junior Women's Vault QualificationDENDScore
1.Kiko Kuwajima5.89.25015.050
2.Mana Oguchi5.09.30014.300
3.Soyoka Hanawa5.09.15014.150
4.Natsumi Hanashima5.08.9000.113.800
4.Ko Ching Fang5.08.80013.800
6.Pin Ju Lai5.08.7500.113.650
7.Stella Ashcroft4.88.8000.113.500
8.Louise López4.48.85013.250
9.Cheuk Lam Chan4.48.75013.150
10.Estella Mathewson4.48.65013.050
10.Francini Morales4.48.65013.050
12.Luciana Alvarado4.48.60013.000
13.Karen Lozano4.08.85012.850
14.Camila Montoya4.28.50012.700
15.Angie Rodríguez4.08.60012.600
16.Jimena Moreno4.08.40012.400
16.Maria Villegas4.08.40012.400
18.Paula Arevalo4.08.10012.100
19.Ho Yat Cheung4.27.75011.950

Junior Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Natsumi Hanashima5.28.65013.850
2.Kiko Kuwajima5.37.30012.600
3.Soyoka Hanawa5.17.30012.400
4.Jimena Moreno5.17.10012.200
5.Luciana Alvarado4.57.50012.000
6.Mana Oguchi4.76.85011.550
7.Louise López3.38.00011.300
8.Karen Lozano3.67.35010.950
9.Paula Arevalo3.17.75010.850
10.Estella Mathewson3.37.20010.500
11.Pin Ju Lai2.87.55010.350
12.Angie Rodríguez3.96.20010.100
13.Francini Morales3.07.05010.050
14.Camila Montoya3.16.5509.650
15.Ko Ching Fang2.17.5009.600
16.Ho Yat Cheung0.97.1508.050
17.Stella Ashcroft3.14.7507.850
18.Maria Villegas2.53.7006.200

Junior Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Kiko Kuwajima6.37.10013.400
2.Louise López5.38.00013.300
3.Soyoka Hanawa5.87.45013.250
4.Stella Ashcroft5.18.10013.200
5.Mana Oguchi5.47.50012.900
6.Ko Ching Fang5.27.55012.750
7.Natsumi Hanashima5.17.45012.550
8.Pin Ju Lai5.46.75012.150
9.Jimena Moreno4.87.25012.050
10.Estella Mathewson4.87.2000.111.900
10.Angie Rodríguez5.06.90011.900
12.Paula Arevalo4.27.00011.200
13.Camila Montoya5.25.75010.950
14.Francini Morales5.05.9000.110.800
15.Maria Villegas4.56.25010.750
16.Luciana Alvarado4.85.75010.550
17.Cheuk Lam Chan4.15.3009.400
18.Ho Yat Cheung3.75.4509.150
19.Karen Lozano0.00.0000.000

Junior Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Mana Oguchi5.18.70013.800
2.Louise López5.18.50013.600
3.Kiko Kuwajima5.38.20013.500
4.Stella Ashcroft5.28.25013.450
5.Soyoka Hanawa5.28.10013.300
5.Natsumi Hanashima5.28.10013.300
7.Jimena Moreno5.17.95013.050
8.Ko Ching Fang4.98.10013.000
9.Pin Ju Lai4.98.00012.900
10.Cheuk Lam Chan4.97.85012.750
11.Estella Mathewson4.97.65012.550
12.Karen Lozano4.57.75012.250
12.Camila Montoya4.87.45012.250
14.Angie Rodríguez4.97.2500.112.050
15.Maria Villegas4.37.7000.111.900
16.Francini Morales4.67.00011.600
17.Ho Yat Cheung4.36.70011.000
17.Paula Arevalo4.36.70011.000
19.Luciana Alvarado4.76.15010.850
Written by IG Staff    Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:16    PDF Print
Slovenia Scores Seven Medals On First Day of Finals
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Gymnasts from the host nation won seven medals, including gold on men's floor exercise and women's uneven bars, in the first day of finals at the FIG World Challenge Cup of Ljubjlana on Saturday. Pictured: Vault champion Paula Mejías of Puerto Rico with Slovenians Teja Belak and Tjaša Kysselef

Gymnasts from the host nation won seven medals, including gold on men's floor exercise and women's uneven bars, in the first day of finals at the FIG World Challenge Cup of Ljubjlana on Saturday.

Rok Klavora tumbled to the top score on floor exercise, where he was the only gymnast with a Difficulty score over 6.0. His routine included a 1-1/2 twist, punch double front; whip-half, double twisting front, front-full; 2-1/2 twist, punch barani, Thomas; double twist; and a stuck Arabian double front.

With Klavora's gold in Ljubljana, he extended to three his streak of consecutive Challenge Cup floor medals. He won silver on the event at the Challenge Cup of Doha in late March, as well as the Challenge Cup of Cottbus earlier this month.

Vasily Mikhalitsyn of Belarus earned the top Difficulty and Execution scores on pommel horse to take gold on that event over Slovenia's Sašo Bertoncelj, who won silver. Bertoncelj tied for bronze on the pommel horse n Doha and Cottbus.

Fifth on rings in Doha, İbrahim Çolak of Turkey easily won rings, with a D-score that was 0.50 higher than his nearest rival, Ukraine's Yevgen Yudenkov.

In the women's competition, Slovenia won two medals on both events contested on Saturday.

Paula Mejías of Puerto Rico performed a handspring front-full and double-twisting Tsukahara to win vault over Slovenians Teja Belak and Tjaša Kysselef, who placed second and third, respectively. Belak was second on the event in Doha. Kysselef earned her third consecutive Challenge Cup vault bronze. She was third in Doha and Cottbus, as well.

On uneven bars, Slovenia's Ivana Kamnikar had only the fourth-highest D-score, but her field-leading E-score nudged her 0.05 points ahead of silver medalist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia for the win. Kamnikar showed off beautiful extension and foot form in her routine (giant blind to piked Jaeger; bail, shoot to high; double front). Belak earned the bronze.

Competition concludes Sunday with the remaining five finals.

External Link: Official Website

12th FIG World Challenger Cup
April 9, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Paula Mejías5.38.6000.113.80014.350
2.Teja Belak5.39.10014.40014.225
3.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.95014.25014.025
4.Anastasia Belyayeva5.08.70013.70013.700
4.Valērija Grišāne5.28.60013.80013.700
6.Dorina Böczögő5.08.90013.90013.625
7.Tracie Ang4.88.75013.55013.600
8.Sigríður Bergþórsdóttir5.08.55013.55013.275

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ivana Kamnikar4.98.25013.150
2.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.47.70013.100
3.Teja Belak4.88.10012.900
4.Sydney Soloski5.07.65012.650
5.Tzuf Feldon4.87.75012.550
6.Dominiqua Belányi4.87.60012.400
7.Dorina Böczögő5.26.50011.700
8.Tinna Óðinsdóttir4.46.00010.400

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Rok Klavora6.28.75014.950
2.Žiga Šilc5.98.90014.800
3.Márk Fehér5.88.80014.600
4.Levente Vágner6.08.5000.114.400
5.Pavel Bulavsky6.08.2500.114.150
6.Denis Sanuvong5.88.2500.113.950
7.Slavomir Michnak5.28.7000.113.800
8.Oleksandr Petrenko5.68.3000.113.800

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Vasily Mikkhalitsyn6.49.00015.400
2.Sašo Bertoncelj6.28.70014.900
3.Kristijan Vugrinski6.28.55014.750
4.Robert Seligman6.28.45014.650
5.Levente Vágner6.38.15014.450
6.Oleksandr Petrenko6.08.00014.000
7.Dmitrijs Trefilovs6.37.55013.850
8.Slavomir Michnak5.66.60012.200

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.İbrahim Çolak6.78.95015.650
2.Yevgen Yudenkov6.28.50014.700
3.Levente Vágner5.48.25013.650
3.Miloš Paunović5.18.55013.650
5.Ivan Vargovsky5.37.85013.150
6.Patryk Rabstajn4.78.20012.900

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