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Written by dwight normile    Friday, 24 June 2016 14:24    PDF Print
O'Keefe Takes First-Day Lead at Junior P&G Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Maile O'Keefe of Salcianu Elite went four-for-four, including the top beam score (14.85), to take the first-day lead in the women's junior competition at the P&G Championships Friday afternoon. Her 57.05 leads second-place Riley McCusker (MG Elite, 56.45), who finished her day with an amazing bars routine that earned the top score of the event (14.60). Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) sits in third with 55.50, and Morgan Hurd (First State) overcame a fall from bars to finish fourth (55.40). Shilese Jones (Buckeye) and Kalyany Steele (Colorado Aerials) posted scores of 55.00 and 54.70, respectively, to place fifth and sixth.

The finals of the junior competition will be held on Sunday.


Rotation 1

High, stuck double-twisting Yurchenko from Chae Campbell of Metroplex.

Entertaining floor routine from Emma Malabuyo of Texas Dreams. Stuck tucked full-in mount and double pike dismount (with a couple of arm windmills!).

Solid beam set by Riley McCusker of MG Elite. She has some big shoes to fill, with teammates Jazmyn Foberg and Lauren Hernandez winning the last two U.S. junior titles, respectively.

Simone Biles' World Champions Centre clubmate Hannah Joyner is in this session, but she struggled on floor.

Morgan Hurd of First State was first rate on bars until she peeled off on a Tkatchev. She did catch her toe-on Tkatchev and ended with a tucked double-double.

Jordan Chiles (Naydenov) landed stiff legged on an Amanar in podium training and pulled out of the meet. No ligament damage; just a bruised bone.

Trivia Question: What is a Billiken, the mascot of St. Louis University (where the meet is being held)? (Answer below)

Rotation 2

Campbell, who was in first place after one rotation, took a nasty fall from bars on her double front dismount. Barely made it past her head on the second somersault. Big round of applause as she walked away with the assistance of trainers.

McCusker channeled teammate Lauren Hernandez on floor with exquisite expression. Coach Maggie Haney really knows how to get her gymnasts to emote. Her routine got a huge reception from the crowd.

Gorgeous form on bars by Kinsey Davis (KPAC), who did a high Hindorff.

Deanne Soza (Arete) ran into trouble on beam with three falls.

Trinity Thomas (Presitge) did an incredibly high double layout mount on floor, followed by an immediate split jump the seemed even higher! It even made the crowd gasp.

Shilese Jones (Buckeye) mounted floor with a 1.5 twist through to tucked full-in and made it look easy! That was the pass Dianne Durham did in the early 1980s.

On bars, Alyona Shchennikova (5280) did an inside-Stalder to Shaposhnikova, immediate inside-Stalder on the high bar.

Trivia Question: What does KPAC stand for?

Rotation 3

Trinity Thomas did one of the most perfect Yurchenko-fulls ever. Definitely capable of a double.

Aria Brusch (Cincinnati) performed a dynamic bar routine, but on her her giant before the dismount, her rear clipped the low bar and her double layout was under rotated. She bounced forward onto her hands.

Morgan Hurd showed clean tumbling on floor and expressive choreography. She certainly captivated the crowd.

Strong Yurchenko-double twist from Shilese Jones.

Leader after the first two events, Maile O'Keefe (Salcianu Elite) nailed bars in rotation three.

Emma Malabuyo landed her vault poorly in rotation two and scratched bars and beam.

Chae Campbell scratched beam and floor after her fall from bars.

Rotation 4

Trinity Thomas missed her Tkatchev on bars, but she did catch a piked Maloney-half.

Morgan Hurd spun a quick Yurchenko-double twist.

Lauren Letzsch (TIGAR) stuck a clean Yurchenko-full.

Jordan Bowers (Solid Rock) exemplified the name of her gym on her Yurchenko-full.

Leader Maile O'Keefe competed on beam at the same time runner-up Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) was on floor. Both hit, but O'Keefe saved her best for last. She earned the top score on beam (14.85) for a 57.05 all-around.

Incredible bar set from Riley McCusker (Ricna, beautiful Stalders, inverted giants to barani-in back-out, stuck). Her 14.60 was the top bars score and lifted her to second place.

Trivia Question: What does TIGAR stand for? (Answer below)

A Billiken, which looks like a tiny Buddha with a pointy head, is a mythical good-luck figure who represents "things as they ought to be."

KPAC: Kristie Phillips Athletic Center

TIGAR: The International Gymnastics Academy of the Rockies

Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 23 June 2016 21:42    PDF Print
Mikulak Maintains His Edge at Olympic Trials
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—In spite of missing his first two events, Sam Mikulak maintained his lead after the first day of Olympic trials. Scores from tonight were added to the two-day total of the P&G Championships in Hartford, Conn. Mikulak has 272.150 to lead second-place Chris Brooks, who had another perfect night (269.025). Jake Dalton kept his third place ranking with 267.325.

Counting tonight only, Mikulak won with 90.650, followed by Brooks (89.175) and Danell Leyva (88.725).

Mikulak began the night on parallel bars, where he hit a beautiful routine before sitting down his double front. High bar didn't go much better when his Takemoto finished on the wrong side of the bar. This caused a major break when he had to muscle the following giant.

"I think I've done this too many times, and I was upset with it," said Mikulak, who added that support from his family in the crowd helped him to regroup. He nailed floor exercise and followed with a superb pommel horse set, after which he released some frustration with a fist pump.

Brooks continued his impressive performance with six more hit routines to go with the 12 he nailed in Hartford. He also said the pressure had increased in St. Louis.

"You can feel it in the air," he said. "It's more intense."

Brooks implied the Mikulak has a spot locked up, but no one else. "The rest of us are fighting for second through ninth," he said. "The case I'm trying to make for myself is consistency."

Dalton was solid on five events but broke on parallel bars. And although many believe he's a lock along with Mikulak and Donnell Whittenburg, he's not taking anything for granted.

"I want to do anything I can to help Team USA."

Akash Modi retained his fourth place from P&G Championships, and it might have been higher had he not fallen from pommels in the final rotation. His personal highlight was a 15.225 on parallel bars.

There was no change in  Whittenburg's fifth-place ranking, although the two he was tied with faded to sixth (Yul Moldauer) and 14th (Sean Melton). Whittenburg had the high score on parallel bars (15.70) but one hand peeled off the high bar on a release skill. He managed to regrasp the bar and finish the giant, but lost several tenths in the process.

"It felt pretty good," he said of his night. "High bar gave me a little trouble. I have no idea (how I made the giant). In gymnastics, you have to think fast."

John Orozco went four for four. He was excellent on parallel bars and high bar (highest score of 15.475), and performed an easier routine on pommels and was solid on rings.

Alex Naddour did every event but high bar and led the pommel horse scores with 15.650. In Hartford, he missed one of his routines on horse, a weak event for the U.S.

"I think no one is perfect," he said. "If you have a mistake, forget it."

Leyva looked like a different gymnast in St. Louis. What was the difference for him?

"The preparation," he said. "The amount of work I put in (since Hartford)."

The final round of the men's Olympic trials on Saturday night will be intense. So many gymnasts are on the bubble. But only a few will dreams will be realized.


Rotation 1:

Lots of hits and sticks in rotation one, but the highlight had to be Steven Legendre on floor, who absolutely rocked his best routine ever on that event. Not sure he should have placed second to close friend Jake Dalton on the event. Dalton seemed to have more hops after his landings, and Legendre had a 6.8 D-score to Dalton's 6.7.

John Orozco opened his Olympic bid with an excellent set on p-bars, sticking his double pike.  Alex Naddour also stuck his double pike on the event.

Donnell Whittenburg anchored p-bars and took the first round lead with a 15.700, which included a stuck barani-out.

Four-time national champion Sam Mikulak was not one of the hits in rotation one. After an impeccable set on p-bars, he sat down his double front. You have to wonder what causes all of these fluky mistakes.

Rotation 2:

On high bar, Mikulak's Takemoto finished on the wrong side of the bar, which was followed by a handstand pushup. Another blown routine.

Whittenburg's pipe set was equally adventurous. One peeled off on a Moznik but he somehow regained his grip and finished the giant.

Orozco hit well on high bar and looks like a different gymnast here than in Hartford.

Naddour did not compete on high bar.

Rotation 3:

Great Bhavsar from Akash Modi on p-bars, and a tidy full-out dismount.

Excellent triple-double mount from Eddie Penev on floor.

Mikulak hit a clean set on floor for 15.65.

Chris Brooks is three for three after starting on rings.

Danell Leyva has also gone three for three and scored 15.60 on p-bars.

Orozco did not compete on floor.

Rotation 4:

First up on pommels, Mikulak got revenge with an amazing set that seemed to fire him up.

Leyva nailed high bar with beautiful releases, so he hit two of the three events the team would need him on.

Orozco hit pommels with an easier routine than in Hartford.

Naddour helped his cause with a difficult set on horse for a 15.65 (6.8).

Rotation 5:

Great floor routine from Donothan Bailey. Stuck his double Arabian dismount.

Naddour edged Whittenburg on rings, 15.225-15.175.

Dalton finally made a mistake with intermediate swings on p-bars.

Yul Moldauer led the p-bar rotation with a 15.35.

Rotation 6:

Bailey hit a difficult pommel horse routine.

Brooks finished his meet on pommels and hit cold. He is currently 18 for 18. Can anyone else in the field lay claim to that?

Naddour landed his Tsukahara-double pike. He uses a controlled run, so the vault is not that high. But he took only a small step.

After vaulting Kasamatsu-1.5 in Hartford, Mikulak finally upgraded to the Lopez he used in 2012. And it was solid.

Whittenburg closed his night with a solid Dragulescu on vault.

Modi was cruising on pommels before slipping off midway through his routine.

Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 19 June 2016 13:48    PDF Print
Boyer, Gobaux Win French Nationals
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Marine Boyer (Meaux) and Julien Gobaux (Monaco) won the senior all-around titles at the 2016 French Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Mulhouse.

Marine Boyer (Meaux) and Julien Gobaux (Monaco) won the senior all-around titles at the 2016 French Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Mulhouse.

At April's test event in Rio de Janeiro, the French men and women both qualified full teams to this summer's Olympic Games.

Boyer scored 56.500 to top Kingersheim's Juliette Bossu (55.850) and Anne Kuhm of Rouen (55.550). Boyer's top score came on balance beam (14.300/6.1), where she won the silver medal at the recent European championships in Bern.

"I didn't have the perfect meet today — I have to work on some details but I hope I scored some points toward making the Olympic team," said Boyer, a native of Reunion Island.

Boyer, who turned 16 on May 22, was the all-around silver medalist at the 2014 French Junior Championships. In 2015, she was first on beam and second on uneven bars.

Defending champion Loan His (Saint-Denis, Reunion Island) competed uneven bars only, scoring 15.100.

Gobaux, a dual citizen of France and Monaco, scored 87.950 to take the title over Guillaume Augugliaro of Juan-les-Pins, who tied Jim Zona (Clamart) with 85.450.

"When the results were announced, I was very happy and inevitably Olympic selection popped into the back of my mind," said Gobaux, fifth all-around in 2015.

Defending men's all-around champion Zachari Hrimèche finished fifth and won vault in Sunday's finals.

Lorette Charpy of Saint-Étienne won the junior women's all-around title (56.200) over Janna Mouffok of Meaux (54.550) and Alisson Lapp of Brumath (53.250). In the men's junior competition, Kévin Carvalho of Montceau les Mines won the gold medal (81.600). Clamart's Antoine Pochon (79.950) placed second over Morgan Fasulo of Vallauris (79.600).

The makeup of the French squads for the Olympics in Rio will be announced on June 27.

External Link: French Gymnastics Federation

2016 French Gymnastics Championships
June 18-19, Mulhouse

Senior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Marine Boyer2000Meaux5.014.5005.214.0506.114.3005.113.65056.500
2.Juliette Bossu2000Kingersheim5.014.1505.714.0505.513.4005.514.25055.850
3.Anne Kuhm1996Rouen5.014.0005.314.2505.613.5005.313.80055.550
4.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos2000Fort-de-France5.014.2006.313.8505.713.5005.013.80055.350
5.Louise Vanhille1998Dunkerque5.014.2506.114.2505.512.7005.114.10055.300
6.Oréane Léchenault2000Rouen5.014.2506.314.9506.011.8505.314.20055.250
7.Alison Lepin2000Beaumont-En-Véron5.013.8506.514.6005.313.4005.112.75054.600
8.Grâce Charpy1999Saint-Étienne5.013.6005.513.4505.413.8505.013.65054.550
9.Valentine Pikul1997Henin-Beaumont5.213.9005.713.7004.711.9505.113.20052.750
10.Alix Scandella2000Oyonnax4.613.8505.312.5005.212.9505.013.15052.450
11.Léanne Bourgeois2000Beaumont-En-Véron5.013.6005.112.5505.413.3005.412.30051.750
12.Coline Devillard2000Digoin5.014.1004.911.4005.512.5005.513.25051.250
13.Clara Beugnon1999Epinay Sous Senart5.013.5004.912.6004.711.6005.012.90050.600
14.Lucie Perdreau1999Beaumont-En-Véron5.013.6005.513.2005.211.6004.912.15050.550
15.Mathilde Dal-Zovo2000Saint-Denis5.013.4505.313.0504.810.7504.812.85050.100
16.Fiona Oke2000Marignane5.013.5004.010.8005.212.5504.812.70049.550
17.Océane Pause2000Saint-Denis5.013.7505.110.8005.311.4005.413.45049.400
18.Émilie Lartin2000Saint-Denis4.411.7004.512.9505.511.4504.912.75048.850
19.Youna Dufournet1993Rouen5.013.6505.813.0005.713.70040.350
20.Claire Martin1998Marsannay-la-Côte4.412.8505.013.50026.350
21.Loan His1999Saint-Denis6.315.10015.100

Senior Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Julien Gobaux1990Monaco6.214.9505.313.7506.014.4505.615.1006.215.0505.714.65087.950
2.Guillaume Augugliaro1991Juan-les-Pins5.714.6005.612.5506.014.5505.214.3506.414.6005.914.80085.450
2.Jim Zona1992Clamart6.414.7005.413.7005.514.3005.614.4506.414.5505.413.75085.450
4.Kévin Dupuis1991Clamart5.714.7505.513.7505.914.0005.213.8506.114.6005.714.00084.950
5.Kévin Antoniotti1989Juan-les-Pins6.014.7505.413.7505.113.5505.214.5006.013.8506.614.45084.850
6.Zachari Hrimèche1997Velizy6.015.1004.512.3005.514.0506.015.3005.514.5005.113.25084.500
7.Axel Augis1990Clamart5.814.6505.914.5005.814.7005.212.6006.815.3505.412.60084.400
8.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues1985Sotteville4.913.0005.113.5507.014.9504.413.5005.414.3504.713.90083.250
9.Loris Frasca1995Juan-les-Pins6.114.2005.313.5505.013.0505.614.5005.113.4505.814.20082.950
10.Edgar Boulet1995Orléans6.314.1504.911.4005.914.3505.214.2505.013.5506.615.00082.700
11.Killian Mermet1997Clamart5.713.1005.113.4505.213.5005.613.1005.714.4505.513.40081.000
12.Matthieu Clarivet1995Juan-les-Pins5.112.1005.714.5005.513.7504.413.0005.211.7505.313.25078.350
12.Damien Graille1996Rennes5.112.5005.213.0004.813.4004.413.1504.413.2004.713.10078.350
14.Julien Saleur1991Bourges5.814.6004.611.3505.313.1005.613.4505.812.7005.412.95078.150
15.Xavier Scherrer1997Saint Louis6.415.2504.212.7505.612.9505.213.6004.612.3503.911.05077.950
16.Fabio Barzasi1991Montceau les Mines4.712.1504.512.3005.413.7005.212.4005.011.5005.513.60075.650
17.Antoine Borello1994Noisy-le-Grand5.913.5004.913.8005.213.6505.913.40054.350
18.Cyril Tommasone1987Lyon5.414.5006.514.1006.114.25042.850
19.Samir Aït Saïd1989Juan-les-Pins6.815.30015.300
20.Paul Degouy1997Noisy-le-Grand5.413.00013.000

Junior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Lorette Charpy2001Saint-Étienne5.013.7505.814.5005.614.2005.013.75056.200
2.Janna Mouffok2001Meaux5.014.2505.313.5505.313.6004.813.15054.550
3.Alisson Lapp2002Brumath5.013.6004.211.8005.614.0505.113.80053.250
4.Morgane Osyssek2002Haguenau5.014.1004.211.9505.413.4005.113.60053.050
5.Cloé Blanca Perret2002Vienne4.613.5504.312.1505.413.6504.612.95052.300
6.Assia Khnifass2001Dijon5.013.6505.313.3005.712.0505.213.05052.050
7.Iness Ben Rhouma2002Roquevaire5.013.7004.712.0005.513.2005.013.05051.950
8.Mélissa Poitreau2001Dijon5.013.7005.212.9505.212.0505.112.95051.650
9.Clara Gandrey2002Dijon5.014.1004.912.7505.311.4505.112.75051.050
10.Anaïs Gerbron2002Schiltigheim4.613.2503.511.8505.011.6504.812.95049.700
11.Maeva Gene2001Elbeuf4.413.0004.812.2505.211.6004.912.15049.000
12.Eva Breney2001Haguenau4.012.4505.212.4004.911.9504.612.15048.950
13.Alizee Aicardi2002Toulon4.813.3003.710.2505.312.7505.412.60048.900
14.Gaëlle Mahe2002Nice4.212.9004.211.0005.112.3004.912.40048.600
15.Alisson Truchard2002Toulon4.613.5003.78.9005.012.9504.912.60047.950
16.Lucie Dietrich2002Aix-en-Provence4.212.9002.110.4504.412.3003.911.80047.450
17.Eulalie Bridonneau2002Mortagne-sur-Sèvre4.212.8003.910.8004.610.1504.412.40046.150
18.Elsa Bernier2002Meaux4.012.8002.18.0504.712.6504.412.45045.950
19.Sheyen Petit2002Draguignan4.012.8504.88.5004.811.8504.412.60045.800
20.Tess Cuntz2001Haguenau5.013.8503.27.8505.010.8504.712.35044.900
21.Romane Fontaine2001Dunkerque3.311.1505.112.80023.950

Junior Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Kévin Carvalho1999Montceau les Mines4.813.8004.712.8004.813.8505.214.4505.213.3505.013.35081.600
2.Antoine Pochon1999Clamart5.113.5004.512.5004.613.4505.213.8004.913.3504.913.35079.950
3.Morgan Fasulo1998Vallauris5.313.9504.712.7004.412.9505.214.2504.712.9504.112.80079.600
4.Kilian Parasme1999Istres5.412.9504.412.6504.613.3504.413.7504.413.1004.613.25079.050
5.Mathias Guillouart1998Juan-les-Pins5.213.1505.612.7004.412.9004.413.4504.912.9004.913.10078.200
6.Alexis Vuillaume1998Noisy Le Sec4.413.1504.312.5504.612.2504.413.5004.513.4504.513.20078.100
7.Alexandre Alberico1999Bellegarde-sur-Valserine5.113.3504.412.7504.012.3504.413.5504.412.8504.212.70077.550
8.Quentin Begue2000Le Port4.912.8504.713.4504.012.3004.413.6004.313.0504.812.00077.250
9.Sofiane Berrabah1998Villeurbanne4.613.9503.912.1504.212.2504.413.2504.413.1504.312.35077.100
10.Leo Valentin1999Noisy-le-Grand5.414.0004.29.4504.612.5004.413.3004.413.3004.613.40075.950
11.Lorenzo Pambianchi1999Noisy Le Sec4.913.7504.212.4004.612.2004.412.0004.112.5504.312.40075.300
12.Liam Chaumeil1999Illzach4.413.3504.812.0504.812.5504.413.7004.512.7503.610.75075.150
13.Dimitri Florent2000Bourges4.913.8004.310.8504.010.8505.213.9004.612.9504.412.55074.900
14.Cameron-Lie Bernard1998Sotteville5.313.5004.510.5504.613.3005.213.2005.714.6502.99.55074.750
15.Tom Masia Pacholczyk2000La Madeleine5.213.3003.38.9504.312.6004.413.0504.112.7504.712.50073.150
16.Pierre Le Marec1999Le Relecq-Kerhuon4.712.8004.511.3004.412.5005.212.3004.412.1004.511.60072.600
17.Arthur Moindrot2000Bellegarde-sur-Valserine4.312.1504.212.0503.511.3503.612.3504.312.0004.212.00071.900
18.Baptiste Miette1998Bourg En Bresse5.613.9004.912.5504.113.3004.613.00052.750

Espoir Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Benjamin Osberger2001Munster4.914.4004.714.3504.513.8003.212.7754.413.0003.312.25080.575
2.Mathys Cordule2001La Madeleine4.913.5503.911.5004.613.7504.413.1754.413.7504.314.30080.025
3.Léo Saladino2002Vallauris4.814.1504.513.0504.612.9004.412.5504.713.7503.612.85079.250
4.Marin Favier2001Lyon4.514.7004.613.5504.313.7503.212.3754.714.1003.410.70079.175
5.Julien Marechal2001La Madeleine4.413.3504.513.0504.313.4502.811.3754.414.2003.612.65078.075
6.Bastien Eloy2001Beaune5.214.9504.310.1504.114.0503.213.4254.212.6002.611.00076.175
7.Enzo Fazari2001Juan-les-Pins4.413.3004.311.7504.212.6504.412.4254.713.1004.411.75074.975
8.Lucas Desanges2002Sotteville4.513.9003.411.8003.310.2003.612.5754.012.4503.612.90073.825
9.Théo Noblet2002Tomblaine4.113.0504.211.3002.711.8002.812.2754.413.0502.811.20072.675
10.Arthur Ballon2003Lyon4.413.5002.910.8002.211.3504.412.0004.012.6502.612.00072.300
11.Louis Michelot2002Pontarlier4.112.8503.712.0003.211.0002.811.9253.712.1503.111.80071.725
12.Quentin Gimeno2002Aix-en-Provence4.413.3504.111.5003.912.3503.611.5503.611.6003.511.35071.700
13.Sebastien Lambert2001Noisy-le-Grand4.112.7003.010.5503.711.0004.413.1003.913.0002.610.85071.200
14.Théo Sbetta2001Vallauris4.613.7504.210.5003.010.7002.811.7253.912.6002.611.90071.175
15.Lilian Desriac2001Franconville4.112.7003.812.0502.29.9002.811.6754.312.6502.611.65070.625
16.Eliott Emptaz2001Strasbourg4.113.5002.97.1504.313.1002.811.6754.412.8003.512.15070.375
17.Titouan Sinquin2001Rennes4.513.2004.110.7503.812.5002.811.2003.911.1502.810.50069.300
18.Xavier Blaise2003Tomblaine4.012.7003.110.3002.710.8002.811.5504.613.6502.310.20069.200
19.Paolo Chion2003Aix-en-Provence4.412.8003.89.8503.812.1002.811.6254.112.1003.110.20068.675
20.Killian Lodenot2002Aix-en-Provence4.212.9003.69.1003.412.4002.811.3254.110.6502.811.75068.125
21.Benjamin Fiore2001Le Creusot3.912.6503.911.5502.311.3003.011.4253.98.9002.811.75067.575
22.Cyril Hauptmann2003Illzach4.112.3002.98.7502.211.1503.611.3503.012.0001.811.15066.700
23.Alexis Demigha2001Juan-les-Pins4.613.6504.08.5503.111.2002.811.0504.111.3502.510.80066.600
24.Marjane Sall2002Saint Brieuc4.012.6503.39.6503.910.5502.011.4754.111.1002.310.90066.325
25.Axel Pogut2002Rochefort Sur Mer4.211.9503.011.1002.210.7002.811.6503.911.6501.98.55065.600
26.Damien Delgado2001Bourges3.912.3503.38.8002.410.6003.611.8503.910.8002.810.35064.750
27.Victor Hoffer2003Munster3.912.3502.97.5002.311.3002.810.4003.212.2002.210.20063.950
28.Axel Saint-Saens2002Sotteville4.213.1502.910.9002.46.1502.811.8252.68.8002.511.40062.225
29.Axel Joinel2003Boulazac4.412.8502.32.7503.05.4503.612.1754.110.2502.810.75054.225

Women's Vault FinalDNDAverage
1.Coline DevillardDigoin5.013.950
2.Morgane OsyssekHaguenau5.013.900
3.Océane PauseSaint-Denis5.013.525
4.Alisson TruchardToulon4.613.500
5.Alison LepinBeaumont-En-Véron5.213.475
6.Lucie PerdreauBeaumont-En-Véron5.013.300
7.Alizee AicardiToulon4.813.200
8.Léanne BourgeoisBeaumont-En-Véron5.813.075

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Loan HisSaint-Denis6.38.75015.050
2.Lorette CharpySaint-Étienne5.89.00014.800
3.Louise VanhilleDunkerque6.17.90014.000
3.Anne KuhmRouen5.38.70014.000
5.Oréane LéchenaultRouen6.37.30013.600
6.Marine BoyerMeaux5.27.85013.050
7.Juliette BossuKingersheim5.77.30013.000
8.Alison LepinBeaumont-En-Véron6.24.70010.900

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Marine BoyerMeaux6.38.70015.000
2.Alisson LappBrumath5.68.55014.150
3.Lorette CharpySaint-Étienne5.68.45014.050
4.Mélanie De Jesus Dos SantosFort-de-France5.88.10013.900
5.Janna MouffokMeaux5.28.40013.600
6.Anne KuhmRouen5.58.00013.500
7.Youna DufournetRouen5.66.5500.112.050
8.Grâce CharpySaint-Étienne4.97.10012.000

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Juliette BossuKingersheim5.58.6000.313.800
2.Louise VanhilleDunkerque5.18.65013.750
3.Oréane LéchenaultRouen5.38.25013.550
4.Mélanie De Jesus Dos SantosFort-de-France5.18.2000.113.200
5.Grâce CharpySaint-Étienne5.17.80012.900
6.Anne KuhmRouen5.17.65012.750
7.Alisson LappBrumath4.97.70012.600
8.Lorette CharpySaint-Étienne4.96.90011.800

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Julien GobauxMonaco6.29.00015.200
2.Kévin AntoniottiJuan-les-Pins5.98.85014.750
3.Xavier ScherrerSaint Louis6.48.25014.650
4.Kévin DupuisClamart5.78.70014.400
5.Jim ZonaClamart5.78.3500.113.950
6.Zachari HrimècheVelizy5.58.15013.650

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Cyril TommasoneLyon7.08.45015.450
2.Axel AugisClamart5.98.75014.650
3.Baptiste MietteBourg En Bresse6.08.60014.600
4.Julien GobauxMonaco5.98.35014.250
5.Kévin AntoniottiJuan-les-Pins5.78.50014.200
6.Matthieu ClarivetJuan-les-Pins5.87.15012.950

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Samir Aït SaïdJuan-les-Pins6.89.00015.800
2.Danny Pinheiro-RodriguesSotteville7.08.75015.750
3.Julien GobauxMonaco6.08.90014.900
4.Guillaume AugugliaroJuan-les-Pins6.08.80014.800
5.Kévin DupuisClamart6.18.50014.600
6.Edgar BouletOrléans5.98.35014.250

Men's Vault FinalDNDAverage
1.Zachari HrimècheVelizy6.00.115.025
2.Loris FrascaJuan-les-Pins6.014.650
3.Xavier ScherrerSaint Louis5.214.425
4.Kévin CarvalhoMontceau les Mines5.20.113.175

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Julien GobauxMonaco6.68.45015.050
1.Guillaume AugugliaroJuan-les-Pins6.48.65015.050
1.Axel AugisClamart6.88.25015.050
4.Cameron-Lie BernardSotteville6.18.65014.750
5.Kévin DupuisClamart6.18.35014.450
6.Jim ZonaClamart6.47.95014.350

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Edgar BouletOrléans6.68.40015.000
2.Guillaume AugugliaroJuan-les-Pins5.98.95014.850
3.Julien GobauxMonaco5.78.65014.350
4.Kévin AntoniottiJuan-les-Pins6.47.45013.850
5.Jim ZonaClamart5.96.90012.800
6.Loris FrascaJuan-les-Pins5.76.25011.950
Written by dwight normile    Sunday, 05 June 2016 15:32    PDF Print
Mikulak Surges to Fourth Consecutive U.S. Title
(4 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

Sam Mikulak won his fourth straight U.S. all-around title with room to spare on Sunday, but an equally compelling storyline was the runner-up finish of veteran Chris Brooks.

Sam Mikulak
Mikulak suffered a major break on high bar after catching his Kolman too close, which forced him to do two back hip circles. The rest of his day was superb, however, and his 181.500 was the only two-day total to exceed 180.00. Mikulak, 23, improved his scores from Friday night on every event but high bar, and placed second on pommel horse and parallel bars. He also became the first gymnast to win four consecutive U.S. titles since Blaine Wilson (1996-2000), who won five straight.

Brooks, 29, won parallel bars and was second on high bar. But more importantly, he scored 14-plus both days on pommel horse, his weak event.

Third-place Jake Dalton (179.00) won floor and vault, and his third-place on rings could help him in St. Louis in three weeks when the Olympic team is named.

Stanford's Akash Modi showed the consistency that made him the 2015 NCAA all-around champion and runner-up in 2016. He scored 89.15 on Friday and 89.60 on Sunday to place fourth. And his 15.35 on pommels the second day was impressive.

First-day leader Donnell Whittenburg had a rough day and finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Sean Melton and Yul Moldauer (177.550). After a solid set on parallel bars, Whittenburg peeled off high bar on a layout Tkatchev, and followed with a shaky floor routine. On pommels, he fell off on a Sivado late in the routine, but managed to win rings, where he stuck his layout double-double dismount.

Marvin Kimble and Paul Ruggeri tied for eighth (177.200), and John Orozco improved his all-around from day one by 1.8 to score 89.20 and finish 10th (176.600).

C.J. Maestas placed 11th, and Alex Naddour was 12th. Naddour hit his pommel horse set this time (15.75) but fell on his Tsukahara-double pike.

2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva (16th) posted 15.30 on both parallel bars and high bar to keep his hopes alive for Rio, but he'll need to show stronger routines on pommel horse in St. Louis to remain in the mix.

The P&G Championships revealed the potential in the next generation of talent, and it will be interesting to see how all of the gymnasts fare at the pressure-packed Olympic trials later this month.

For complete results, click here.

Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 June 2016 12:13    PDF Print
Steingruber, Ilyankova Win Twice As Europeans End
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Swiss senior Giulia Steingruber and Russian junior Anastasia Ilyankova each took two titles in apparatus finals Sunday as the 2016 Women's European Gymnastics Championships concluded in Bern, Switzerland. Pictured: Steingruber with her gold medals for vault and floor exercise

Swiss senior Giulia Steingruber and Russian junior Anastasia Ilyankova each took two titles in apparatus finals Sunday as the 2016 Women's European Gymnastics Championships concluded in Bern, Switzerland.

After a disappointing fourth place in Saturday's team final for the Swiss seniors, Steingruber powered ahead with gold medals on vault and floor exercise. Second to Maria Paseka in 2015, the Swiss senior regained her vault title from 2014 with a huge layout Rudi and double-twisting Yurchenko. Great Britain's Ellie Downie won the silver over Russian veteran Ksenia Afanasyeva, who both vaulted double-twisting Yurchenkos and layout Podkopayevas. (Unusually, the eight finalists in the vault final finished in the exact same order as in qualification.)

Great Britain's Becky Downie also regained her 2014 European title on uneven bars with 15.500, adding an impressive .5 in difficulty to bring her D-score to 6.9. The 2008 Olympian competed a Maloney, back uprise to piked Tkatchev; toe-on full to Stalder-piked Tkatchev to Pak; Maloney, back uprise to Hindorff and dismounted with a full-twisting double. Co-world champion Daria Spiridonova, fourth in qualification but the third-ranked Russian, replaced teammate Angelina Melnikova; Spiridonova hit her 6.7-D set for 15.466, taking only a slight hop on the dismount for the silver. Teammate Aliya Mustafina won the bronze with a clean routine, although she did not connect her Pak to Maloney-half as planned (15.100/6.3).

Mustafina won balance beam with a beautiful routine, improving her D-score to 6.3 for 15.100 (double turn; two sissones to side somi; switch-half; Onodi; front aerial, front aerial, ff; RO, stuck double tuck). France's Marine Boyer won the silver (RO, two-foot layout; switch leap, switch side; sissone, front aerial, sissone, wolf jump; full turn with leg horizontal to full turn; RO, double pike; 14.600/6.3). Cătălina Ponor, with the hopes of the entire senior Romanian team on her shoulders, won the bronze despite missing several connections and going overtime (switch ring; RO, two-foot layout; Onodi; ff, layout; switch leap; Omelianchik; RO stuck double pike; 14.266/5.9).

Steingruber grabbed her second gold on floor exercise with huge tumbling and leaps (tucked double-double; full-twisting double layout; tucked full-in), and enough style to really sell the routine (15.200/6.4). Ellie Downie won a second silver (14.566/6.1), while Ponor won a second bronze (double layout; two whips to piked full-in; triple twist; double pike; 14.466/6.0), her 12th European championship medal. Top qualifier Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain) hit her opening full-twisting double layout, wolf jump pass, but placed fourth after poor landings on her three other passes (piked Arabian double front; triple twist; double layout).

On Sunday afternoon, Ilyankova won uneven bars and balance beam, bringing Russia's haul to four golds in the junior competition after the team title and all-around title for Yelena Yeryomina. On bars, she scored 14.766 (6.2) to take the title (Shaposhnikova, back uprise, full pirouette to high Tkatchev; Hindorff to Pak; Maloney; stuck full-twisting double). Teammate Ulyana Perebinosova performed beautifully for the silver, also with a 6.2-D set (Stalder-Shaposhnikova, back uprise, Stalder-blind to Yezhova; Maloney to Pak; Maloney-half; toe-full to Tkatchev; high full-twisting double). France's Lorette Charpy won the bronze.

Ilyankova, who had a disastrous 11.700 on beam in Friday's all-around final, redeemed herself in the final with the winning routine (RO, two-foot layout; full turn with leg horizontal, side aerial; ff; front aerial; illusion; side somi; full turn with leg held; RO, double tuck). Great Britain's Alice Kinsella won the silver, mounting (facing away from the beam) with an interesting back dive to chest-stand.

Romania's Ioana Crișan, who had the top score on beam in the all-around final, had a nasty fall on her opening flip-flop series and elected not to finish the routine. Teammate Olivia Cîmpian injured her ankle on vault and scratched from the floor exercise final, where she had qualified in third place, and was replaced by Crișan (ninth in qualification).

On vault, Martina Maggio (Yurchenko double full and full) and Martina Basile (Yurchenko 1 1/2 and full) went 1-2 for Italy. Romania's Denisa Golgotă tied Basile for the silver on vault and won gold on floor exercise (piked and tucked full-ins; double pike, double tuck) to salvage the competition for the Romanians. Kinsella took another silver on floor.

Russia won two more bronze medals from Yeryomina on balance beam (ff ff layout; full turns with leg held and with leg horizontal; punch front; 2 1/2 twist) and Perebinosova on floor exercise (tucked full-in; two whips to double tuck; 1 1/2 to double twist; double pike).

Russia topped the overall medal standings in Bern with 12 medals (six gold, two silver, four bronze). Great Britain won seven medals (one gold, six silver). Romania won five medals (one gold, one silver, three bronze). Switzerland (two golds, one silver), France (one silver, two bronze) and Italy (one gold, one silver, one bronze) won three medals each.

The next European championships, for senior all-around and events, will take place in April 2017 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Romania has not played host to Europeans since 1957, when the very first women's European championships were held in Bucharest.

External Link: Official Website

2016 Women's European Gymnastics Championships
June 5, Bern, Switzerland

Senior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverageQual.
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.30015.50014.9831
2.Ellie Downie5.89.26615.06614.9332
3.Ksenia Afanasyeva5.89.06614.86614.6993
4.Sofia Busato5.89.06614.86614.5994
5.Claudia Fragapane5.89.13314.93314.5495
6.Teja Belak5.88.86614.66614.4836
7.Zsófia Kovács5.89.13314.93314.2167
8.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.49.00014.40013.7008

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Becky Downie6.98.60015.5002
2.Daria Spiridonova6.78.76615.4664
3.Aliya Mustafina6.38.80015.1001
4.Kim Bui6.28.33314.5336
5.Zsófia Kovács5.98.50014.4007
6.Giulia Steingruber5.88.36614.1669
7.Gabby Jupp6.17.30013.4005
8.Martina Rizzelli6.27.16613.3668

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Aliya Mustafina6.38.80015.1001
2.Marine Boyer6.38.30014.6007
3.Cătălina Ponor5.98.4660.114.2663
4.Ilaria Käslin5.68.7330.114.2336
5.Angelina Melnikova6.08.16614.1662
6.Gaëlle Mys5.88.26614.0668
6.Marine Brevet5.68.46614.0664
6.Becky Downie6.17.96614.0665

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Giulia Steingruber6.48.80015.2002
2.Ellie Downie6.18.46614.5664
3.Cătălina Ponor6.08.46614.4663
4.Claudia Fragapane6.57.80014.3001
5.Mara Titarsolej5.58.43313.9336
6.Marine Brevet5.28.8000.113.9008
7.Gaëlle Mys5.48.26613.6669
8.Amelie Föllinger5.67.86613.4667

Junior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverageQual.
1.Martina Maggio5.89.06614.86614.4993
2.Martina Basile5.39.06614.36614.2335
2.Denisa Golgotă5.88.8330.114.53314.2332
4.Marie Skammelsen5.38.9580.114.15814.0458
5.Morgane Osyssek-Reimer5.08.86613.86614.0336
6.Yelena Yeryomina5.38.9330.114.13313.8831
7.Livia Schmid5.09.00014.00013.8669
8.Olivia Cîmpian5.08.86613.86613.5664

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Anastasia Ilyankova6.28.56614.7661
2.Ulyana Perebinosova6.28.16614.3662
3.Lorette Charpy5.88.50014.3003
4.Alice Kinsella5.68.20813.8086
5.Lynn Genhart5.08.43313.43310
6.Janna Mouffok5.38.10013.4009
7.Helene Schäfer5.28.13313.3337
8.Leonie Meier5.37.13312.4338

Junior Balance Beam FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Anastasia Ilyankova5.78.70014.4001
2.Alice Kinsella5.68.56614.1668
3.Yelena Yeryomina5.48.44113.8412
4.Lorette Charpy5.48.43313.8333
5.Maisie Methuen5.78.03313.7339
6.Helene Schäfer5.37.66612.96610
7.Polina Borzykh5.67.16612.7667
8.Ioana Crișan0.38.8338.01.1335

Junior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Denisa Golgotă5.58.43313.9338
2.Alice Kinsella5.68.26613.8664
3.Ulyana Perebinosova5.58.5000.213.8002
4.Alisson Lapp5.18.6660.113.66610
4.Francesca Linari5.48.26613.66612
6.Megan Parker5.18.5000.113.5005
7.Naomi Visser4.98.30013.2007
8.Yelena Yeryomina5.57.30012.8001

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