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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 22 February 2016 15:45    PDF Print
Legends Win 'Sends Off A Good Mojo' For Dickson
(5 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

All Olympia Gymnastics Center's Kylie Dickson and 2016 Elite Canada junior champion Jade Chrobok dominated the senior and junior all-around divisions, respectively, at the Legends International meet hosted by AOGC on Saturday evening at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Dickson, who represented Belarus at the 2015 world championships in Glasgow, scored 55.25 to placed first all-around over Meixi Semple of Gemini/Canada (53.70) and Alma Kuc of AOGC (51.25).


Legends International all-around champions Kylie Dickson (All Olympia) and Jade Chrobok (Gemini, Canada)

Semple placed sixth all-around at the Elite Canada meet earlier this month, and Kuc represented Poland at the 2014 and 2015 Worlds.

"It sends off a good mojo, which I guess is the word," Dickson told IG of her performance in her first meet of 2016. "I feel really good about myself. I've been putting a lot of hard-working hours into the gym, so it sets the year off well."

En route to her all-around win, Dickson finished first on vault, uneven bars and balance beam, and second on floor exercise.

On uneven bars in the first rotation, she scored 13.75 for a routine that included a Chow to Pak, Maloney, Tkatchev and full-twisting double back dismount. On balance beam Dickson earned her best score (14.10), for a routine that included a punch front mount; punch front (wobble); flip-flop, layout step-out; and aerial walkover, split jump.

Dickson's floor exercise routine included a full-in, 2-1/2 twist and double pike (13.40), and she scored 14.00 for a full-twisting Yurchenko vault as the final competitor.

"I think the more I compete and train, the better I feel and the more confidence I have," said Dickson of her assertive performance. "So I think it all comes with how I train and put in the long hours. The more repetitions I do, the more confident I feel."

Although Dickson's routines were similar to those she performed in Glasgow, she plans to add skills and combinations later this year.

"I have a couple new bars upgrades that I really want to put in," she said. "On beam I have some more connections. It's just a matter of getting the endurance."

Dickson said she looks forward to upcoming international competitions including the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro in April, and the European championships in Bern in June.

"I really hope to make it to European championships," she said. "I really want to make it there and do really well. Other than that, I want to see where it leads and give it my all."

Semple won medals on all four apparatuses: gold on floor exercise, silver on balance beam, and bronze on vault and uneven bars. Her winning floor exercise routine scored 13.50, and included a 1-1/2 twist through to 2-1/2 twist, double twist and double pike.

Semple earned her best score (13.95) on balance beam, where she performed a switch ring leap; aerial walkover, sissone, split leap; flip-flop, layout step-out, flip-flop; side somi; side aerial (balance check); and round-off, double twist dismount.

Kuc took silver on uneven bars, and bronze on balance beam and floor exercise. Her AOGC teammate, Alaina Kwan, placed second on vault (full-twisting Yurchenko) but simplified her uneven bars routine and scratched the other two events. Kwan also represented Belarus at the 2015 worlds.

In the junior division, Chrobok easily took the all-around title (55.00), along with all four apparatus titles.

Chrobok earned her best scores on vault (14.15) and balance beam (14.10), the latter apparatus on which she missed a leap connection and finished a double turn with a waist bend. The rest of her beam routine was solid, however; she performed a side aerial, layout step-out; aerial walkover, sissone; side somi; and round-off, double pike dismount.

On floor exercise Chrobok tumbled whips through to a double tuck; 2-1/2 twist, punch front, stag leap; double twist; and double pike. She finished her competition on vault by safely landing a 1-1/2-twisting Yurchenko, a skill she missed while still winning her division at the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational in Oklahoma City last weekend.

"It was a really good meet," Chrobok said. "I had a really good time. I think that, because I had a couple of bobbles in the Nadia competition, I felt a little more that I wanted to do better at this competition. I did that for the most part. There are still obviously thing you can fix, but I think it went really well overall."

1980 Olympic all-around champion Yelena Davydova, who with Valery Yahchybekov coaches Chrobok, praised Chrobok's tenacity and ability to adjust to changes in her gymnastics.

"She's definitely growing up mentally, as well," Davydova told IG. "From the last competition to this competition, it's good to see that. She fell on vault at the Nadia competition, and she stuck it here. Although we had a little trouble in training, she went out and did it. It was the same thing on bars. She had some trouble in warm-ups but she went out and did it. We've had troubles lately because she's growing so fast. Everything is different! Every skill is different."

All four of the junior gymnasts from AGimnasia in Tijuana, Mexico, won medals. They included Jimena Moreno Espinosa (silver in all-around, and silver on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise); Karen Lozano Pascuali (bronze in all-around, bronze on uneven bars); Jazibe Sandoval Pérez (bronze on vault, bronze on balance beam, tie for bronze on floor exercise); and Louise López Sanchez (silver on vault, tie for bronze on floor exercise).

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 21 February 2016 16:25    PDF Print
Japanese Dominate Baku World Challenge Cup
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)



Japan emerged the big winner with four of the men's titles in Sunday's finals at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Pictured: The Japanese men's team pose in front of the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

Japan emerged the big winner with four of the six men's titles in Sunday's finals at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Two-time world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai shone on men's floor exercise and vault, while his teammate Tomomasa Hasegawa won pommel horse and high bar.

On vault, Shirai vaulted his signature triple-twisting Yurchenko and a Tsukahara 2 1/2 with clean landings to average 14.975. Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko hit a Tsukahara double tuck and handspring double front to win the bronze (14.650) over Turkey's Ahmet Onder (14.400).

Shirai, who had fallen on floor in Friday's qualification, was back in top form for the final. He hit his spectacular tumbling, including a triple-twisting double and a quadruple full dismount (slightly short), with a meet-high 16.150. Silver medalist Rok Klavora of Slovenia (14.800) and bronze medalist Alexander Shatilov of Israel (14.550) finished well more than a point behind.

The 21-year-old Hasegawa, a relative newcomer to the international scene, impressed with his titles on pommel horse (15.400 with 6.8 D) and high bar. On high bar, Hasegawa competed a clean and stylish routine that featured an Endo-full to Winkler (full-twisting layout Jaeger); a Kolman; high Yamawaki and full-twisting double-layout. Hasegawa is proof of the Japanese men's current depth of gymnasts with both difficulty, style and consistency that will see a tight race to make this summer's Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro.

İbrahim Çolak from neighboring Turkey won still rings (15.450) over Japan's Kazuma Kaya (14.800) and Stepko (14.700).

After silver medals on pommel horse and vault, and the bronze on rings, Stepko upgraded to gold on parallel bars. He had a slight check on his Stutz to one rail but otherwise competed well, showing off the tight form and light style similar to his former Ukrainian teammate Oleg Vernyayev. Stepko won the bronze on parallel bars at last year's world championships, which granted him an automatic qualification to Rio.

In the women's competition, Brazil's Flávia Saraiva won gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise, topping Sweden's Emma Larson on both events.

Six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) claimed the gold on women's vault as she continues her charge toward an unprecedented seventh Olympic appearance. Chusovitina, who will compete in the test event in April in Rio to seek qualification, was the top qualifier but looked even stronger in the final on her vaults (full-twisting handspring layout front, Tsukahara 1 1/2).

Slovenian veteran Tjaša Kysselef won the silver over Austria's Lisa Ecker.

First-year senior Lina Philipp of Germany won uneven bars in her first major event, topping Brazilian Olympian Daniele Hypólito and Saraiva. Philipp showed off beautiful line and form and the mechanics which the German women have long been known for on on uneven bars.

The World Challenge Cup in Baku was the first in a series of events over the next six weeks:. Coming up is the American Cup (all-around), March 5 in Newark, New Jersey, USA; the Glasgow World Cup (all-around) March 12 in Scotland; the DTB Cup (all-around) March 19-20 in Stuttgart, Germany; the Doha World Challenge Cup (apparatus) March 24-26 in Qatar; the Turnier der Meister (apparatus) March 31-April 3 in Cottbus; and the Ljubljana World Challenge Cup (apparatus) April 4-8 in Slovenia.

External Link: Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation

2016 FIG Challenger Cup
February 21, Baku, Azerbaijan

(Full scores not yet available for women's vault and uneven bars)
Women's Vault Final
1.Oksana Chusovitina
2.Tjaša Kysselef
3.Lisa Ecker

Uneven Bars Final
1.Lina Philipp
2.Daniele Hypólito
3.Flávia Saraiva

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva6.38.50014.800
2.Emma Larsson5.87.85013.650
3.Elisa Hämmerle5.28.15013.350
4.Marina Nekrasova5.37.8500.113.050
5.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.47.25012.650
6.Tutya Yılmaz5.86.55012.350
7.Dorina Böczögő5.46.6000.111.900
8.Oksana Chusovitina4.57.30011.800

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.48.45013.850
2.Emma Larsson5.38.10013.400
3.Marina Nekrasova5.28.00013.200
4.Dorina Böczögő5.37.80013.100
4.Lisa Ecker5.47.70013.100
6.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.18.0000.113.000
7.Tutya Yılmaz5.36.65011.950

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Kenzo Shirai7.58.65016.150
2.Rok Klavora6.28.60014.800
3.Alexander Shatilov6.28.4500.114.550
4.Ahmet Onder5.88.65014.450
5.Tomislav Marković6.38.2500.314.250
6.Petro Pakhnyuk6.47.15013.550
7.Artem Dolgopyat6.57.1000.213.400
8.Naoto Hayasaka6.65.7000.112.200

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.88.60015.400
2.Maxime Gentges6.28.50014.700
3.Saeed Reza Keikha6.38.15014.450
4.Artem Dolgopyat5.58.70014.200
5.Renato Prpić5.88.25014.050
6.Ferhat Arıcan6.57.40013.900
7.Stian Skjerahaug6.07.35013.350
8.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.56.50012.000

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.İbrahim Çolak6.78.75015.450
2.Kazuma Kaya6.38.50014.800
3.Oleg Stepko6.28.50014.700
4.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.08.45014.450
4.Scott Morgan6.57.95014.450
6.Adrià Vera5.58.25013.750
7.Moran Yanuka5.28.35013.550
8.Vladyslav Hryko6.07.20013.200

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Kenzo Shirai6.09.25015.25014.975
5.69.10014.700
2.Oleg Stepko5.69.00014.60014.650
5.69.10014.700
3.Ahmet Onder5.68.80014.40014.400
5.29.20014.400
4.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.60014.20014.250
5.29.10014.300
5.Adrià Vera5.69.20014.80014.000
5.28.1000.113.200
6.Scott Morgan5.68.6000.114.10013.550
5.67.7000.313.000
7.Volodymyr Hrybuk5.68.60014.20013.400
5.27.7000.312.600
8.Andrey Medvedev0.00.000
0.00.000

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko6.88.75015.550
2.Ferhat Arıcan6.68.75015.350
3.Kazuma Kaya6.88.45015.250
4.Kenzo Shirai6.58.50015.000
5.Nestor Abad6.48.55014.950
6.Ahmet Onder6.58.10014.600
7.Alexander Shatilov5.88.70014.500
8.Maxime Gentges5.97.90013.800

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.88.00014.800
2.Ahmet Onder5.98.70014.600
3.Tin Srbić6.08.50014.500
4.Maxime Gentges5.78.40014.100
5.Moran Yanuka5.38.35013.650
6.Alexander Shatilov5.87.55013.350
7.Ümit Şamiloğlu5.77.50013.200
8.Oleg Stepko4.48.30012.700
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 21 February 2016 00:09    PDF Print
Mikulak Takes U.S. Winter Cup Challenge
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak captured the all-around title at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge, held Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas.

After missing last fall's world championships with an injury, Mikulak (USOTC) proved he was still on top of the U.S. team, posting a winning total of 177.450. Stanford's Akash Modi (175.300) finished second over first-day leader Sean Melton of Ohio State (174.500).

Mikulak struggled on Friday with missed routines on still rings (fall on still rings dismount) and parallel bars (extra swing and two falls) but surged ahead on Saturday to win the title. The three-time U.S. national champion, who missed the world championships in Glasgow with a "slight tear" in his Achilles, watered down his routine on floor exercise; though he mounted with a 1 1/2 to punch double front, he performed a layout full side pass and dismounted with a safe double twist.

2012 Olympian John Orozco of USOTC made an impressive comeback from his own injury, missing the all-around bronze by just .150 after tearing his Achilles' tendon last June.

The University of Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer placed fifth all-around (174.100), ahead of 2015 World Championships vault bronze medalist Donnell Whittenburg of the USOTC (173.300)

Event titles were also decided by the two-day total. Eddie Penev (USOTC) won both floor exercise and vault (Yurchenko half-on, double-twisting layout front). On floor, his added new triple-twisting double to his routine for a 6.8 D-score on the first day (full-twisting double layout; whip-half to double-twisting front; 2 1/2 to layout front full) layout Thomas; whip-triple twist).

2012 Olympian Jake Dalton, who also missed the 2015 Worlds with injury, competed three events, placing fourth on floor exercise and vault.

Mikulak mastered pommel horse, winning that event along with high bar (Kolman; Tkatchev-half; layout double-double). Whittenburg won still rings and Melton claimed the title on parallel bars.

The competition serves as a reranking event for the U.S. men's national team. The gymnasts and alternates from 2015 U.S. world squad — Chris Brooks, Marvin Kimble, Danell Leyva, Alex Naddour, Paul Ruggeri, Whittenburg and Brandon Wynn — automatically retained their places on the team. Dalton, Steven Legendre, CJ Maestas (USOTC), Melton, Mikulak, Moldauer, Orozco and Penev were added to the lineup.

External Link: USA Gymnastics

2016 U.S. Winter Cup Challenge
February 20-21, Las Vegas

All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotalCombined
1.Sam MikulakUSOTC6.014.6506.215.3506.113.9505.614.8506.513.2506.215.05087.100177.450
5.914.2006.215.2506.115.0505.614.9506.715.7506.215.15090.350
2.Akash ModiStanford6.514.1506.414.3505.514.4505.614.7006.614.1506.315.05086.850175.300
6.514.4006.414.9005.514.6005.614.7006.614.9506.214.90088.450
3.Sean MeltonOhio State6.214.4005.914.7006.315.4005.615.0506.415.0505.713.15087.750174.500
6.214.7005.714.3506.315.3505.613.8506.415.1005.413.40086.750
4.John OrozcoUSOTC5.714.5506.314.9006.414.7004.814.3006.314.0006.213.90086.350174.350
5.714.3506.314.9006.414.8504.814.0506.514.5006.815.35088.000
5.Yul MoldauerOklahoma6.314.4505.614.6506.114.8005.614.9506.315.2505.113.25087.350174.100
6.314.7005.613.7006.114.8005.615.1006.314.8005.513.65086.750
6.Donnell WhittenburgUSOTC6.712.2506.114.2006.715.4006.015.2006.914.4506.614.20085.700173.300
6.814.6006.113.8006.715.4006.015.2506.914.4006.614.15087.600
7.CJ MaestasUSOTC5.714.0006.114.8006.715.2004.413.3506.115.0006.714.70087.050172.800
5.713.9006.114.5506.715.3504.413.3506.114.7006.713.90085.750
8.Allan BowerOklahoma5.914.0006.214.9505.814.3005.614.8006.014.3505.313.05085.450172.550
5.914.6506.214.9005.814.2005.614.4006.014.7505.514.20087.100
9.Alec YoderOhio State6.114.3006.214.3505.714.5005.214.3505.614.3005.813.95085.750170.700
6.113.4006.013.7505.714.9505.614.6505.614.0005.814.20084.950
10.Joshua DixonUSOTC6.514.9505.813.4505.414.0505.815.0005.413.8006.313.80085.050170.400
6.615.1505.812.8505.413.9505.815.0505.413.8506.214.50085.350
11.Kanji OyamaOklahoma6.214.4505.714.0506.014.8005.614.4505.814.3005.613.10085.150170.200
6.214.2005.713.0506.014.3005.615.1005.814.3505.614.05085.050
12.Kevin WoltingUC Berkeley6.014.3505.714.9005.113.4505.615.0505.013.6505.812.80084.200170.150
6.014.6005.614.7005.113.8005.615.0504.913.7005.614.10085.950
13.Grant BreckenridgeStanford5.214.2004.613.6504.713.5505.214.3505.514.7005.714.25084.700167.900
5.413.8504.412.2504.713.6005.214.7505.514.5505.714.20083.200
14.Dmitri BelanovskiMichigan5.713.5505.714.0505.413.7005.214.5005.814.6006.113.30083.700167.500
5.914.1005.713.1505.413.7505.214.2005.814.5506.014.05083.800
15.Robert NeffStanford6.313.7004.613.1505.113.5505.214.5005.613.9005.814.40083.200166.800
6.314.3504.612.6004.413.1505.214.3505.514.6005.814.55083.600
16.Levi AndersonOklahoma6.214.3505.413.5505.213.1505.214.6005.413.6505.813.65082.950166.550
6.214.1005.413.9505.213.0505.214.5005.413.8005.814.20083.600
17.Kiwan WattsAbove The Bar5.914.4005.413.4005.613.4505.213.4505.713.8505.213.70082.250165.400
5.914.4005.113.5505.313.8505.214.3005.313.7005.213.35083.150
18.Cameron BockSCATS Gym6.113.3505.514.3505.313.8005.214.2505.713.3005.513.60082.650165.350
6.013.5005.814.4005.313.8505.214.4006.014.0505.212.50082.700
19.Emyre ColeMichigan6.214.6505.113.5503.812.1005.615.1505.513.3505.413.55082.350164.750
6.013.5504.912.6504.913.7005.614.9005.513.6505.413.95082.400
20.Kyle ZemeirUC Berkeley6.113.3505.413.0505.614.2005.613.7505.714.5005.312.45081.300164.550
6.313.9505.413.0505.313.7005.614.9005.714.3005.513.35083.250
21.Matthew WenskeCypress Academy6.213.8004.413.0505.014.0506.014.9505.714.3004.912.25082.400164.000
6.213.5504.713.3505.013.2006.013.9505.714.2005.113.35081.600
22.Matthew LoochtanIowa6.014.4504.512.9506.014.1505.214.7005.212.6005.111.50080.350163.400
6.014.1504.512.7006.014.8005.214.8005.513.7005.112.90083.050
23.Drew MolingOhio State5.112.7005.412.8506.314.3505.614.4006.014.0505.713.80082.150162.750
5.212.8505.413.2006.314.2005.613.3506.012.9505.714.05080.600
24.Jack BoyleIowa5.413.5505.013.2006.213.8504.813.5506.014.2006.213.90082.250162.000
5.513.8505.012.1506.213.3504.813.8506.013.3506.113.20079.750
25.Anthony McCallum IIMichigan5.612.6005.110.9505.713.3506.015.4006.114.2005.113.00079.500161.500
5.913.9005.211.5005.714.1006.014.4006.114.1505.113.95082.000
26.Alex DiabIllinois6.313.7504.310.3506.314.6005.214.2005.213.9505.311.10077.950159.300
6.214.3004.312.4506.314.5505.214.2005.213.1005.112.75081.350
27.Paul RuggeriUSOTC6.614.5005.013.5005.814.3006.313.9006.313.80070.000157.400
6.614.7005.013.7005.613.7005.815.3006.314.6006.915.40087.400
28.Adrian de los AngelesMichigan6.114.4505.913.9505.012.9005.214.7505.212.2505.613.45081.750151.650
6.114.1505.914.8005.213.4005.613.3505.614.20069.900
29.Tristan BurkeOhio State4.812.0505.714.5005.614.9005.613.6005.213.35068.400134.550
4.710.9005.714.4005.614.9005.613.2005.212.75066.150
30.Eddie PenevUSOTC6.815.3505.914.1505.213.7505.815.3005.913.9005.914.20086.650131.100
6.715.0005.714.0505.815.40044.450
31.Matthew FellemanPenn State6.013.5005.113.5505.613.6505.414.0006.014.40069.100123.350
5.412.4505.613.4005.414.1505.814.25054.250
32.Marvin KimbleUSOTC6.714.8006.214.7006.014.3006.514.50058.300118.450
6.714.9506.214.7506.015.3506.615.10060.150
33.Taylor SeatonStanford6.113.8005.314.3005.615.2005.814.05057.350115.000
6.113.4505.314.4505.615.1005.814.65057.650
34.Stacey ErvinMichigan6.815.0505.615.0005.813.2505.314.10057.400113.650
6.814.5005.613.9005.813.8005.314.05056.250
35.Timothy WangAir Force6.114.6505.913.3505.613.0005.813.85054.850110.300
6.114.9505.913.3505.613.3505.813.80055.450
36.Leroy ClarkePenn State5.914.5005.914.1005.814.0505.612.25054.900109.850
5.913.3505.913.7505.814.2005.913.65054.950
37.Tristan DuverglasPenn State5.412.6506.312.4006.015.1005.811.65051.800102.500
5.412.6506.613.7506.015.1006.19.20050.700
38.Steven LegendreOklahoma6.815.1505.412.5506.114.1505.615.30057.150102.300
6.815.0506.114.8505.615.25045.150
39.Colin VanWicklenOklahoma6.413.2506.014.9505.714.40042.600100.450
6.113.8005.514.2006.015.3505.714.50057.850
40.Jake DaltonOklahoma6.514.3506.015.2005.613.00042.55086.750
6.715.3506.015.1505.613.70044.200
41.Ellis MannonMinnesota6.014.7005.214.7505.713.30042.75086.400
6.315.1505.214.3505.714.15043.650
42.Hunter JustusOklahoma6.214.6005.613.7505.613.9505.914.20056.50084.950
6.214.2005.614.25028.450
43.Donothan BaileyUSOTC5.813.8006.215.20029.00057.150
6.012.8506.215.30028.150

Floor ExerciseScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Eddie PenevUSOTC15.35015.00030.350
D:6.86.7
E:8.5508.300
ND:
2.Steven LegendreOklahoma15.15015.05030.200
D:6.86.8
E:8.3508.250
ND:
3.Joshua DixonUSOTC14.95015.15030.100
D:6.56.6
E:8.5508.550
ND:-0.1
4.Jake DaltonOklahoma14.35015.35029.700
D:6.56.7
E:7.8508.650
ND:
5.Stacey ErvinMichigan15.05014.50029.550
D:6.86.8
E:8.2507.900
ND:-0.2
6.Paul RuggeriUSOTC14.50014.70029.200
D:6.66.6
E:7.9008.100
ND:
7.Yul MoldauerOklahoma14.45014.70029.150
D:6.36.3
E:8.1508.400
ND:
8.Sean MeltonOhio State14.40014.70029.100
D:6.26.2
E:8.2008.500
ND:

Pommel Horse FinalScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Sam MikulakUSOTC15.35015.25030.600
D:6.26.2
E:9.1509.050
ND:
2.Donothan BaileyUSOTC15.20015.30030.500
D:6.26.2
E:9.0009.100
ND:
3.Allan BowerOklahoma14.95014.90029.850
D:6.26.2
E:8.7508.700
ND:
3.Ellis MannonMinnesota14.70015.15029.850
D:6.06.3
E:8.7008.850
ND:
5.John OrozcoUSOTC14.90014.90029.800
D:6.36.3
E:8.6008.600
ND:
6.Marvin KimbleUSOTC14.80014.95029.750
D:6.76.7
E:8.1008.250
ND:
7.Kevin WoltingUC Berkeley14.90014.70029.600
D:5.75.6
E:9.2009.100
ND:
7.Timothy WangAir Force14.65014.95029.600
D:6.16.1
E:8.5508.850
ND:

Still Rings FinalScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Donnell WhittenburgUSOTC15.40015.40030.800
D:6.76.7
E:8.7008.700
ND:
2.Sean MeltonOhio State15.40015.35030.750
D:6.36.3
E:9.1009.050
ND:
3.CJ MaestasUSOTC15.20015.35030.550
D:6.76.7
E:8.5008.650
ND:
4.Yul MoldauerOklahoma14.80014.80029.600
D:6.16.1
E:8.7008.700
ND:
5.John OrozcoUSOTC14.70014.85029.550
D:6.46.4
E:8.3008.450
ND:
6.Alec YoderOhio State14.50014.95029.450
D:5.75.7
E:8.8009.250
ND:
6.Marvin KimbleUSOTC14.70014.75029.450
D:6.26.2
E:8.5008.550
ND:
8.Alex DiabIllinois14.60014.55029.150
D:6.36.3
E:8.3008.250
ND:

VaultScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Eddie PenevUSOTC15.30015.40030.700
D:5.85.8
E:9.5009.600
ND:
2.Steven LegendreOklahoma15.30015.25030.550
D:5.65.6
E:9.7009.650
ND:
3.Donnell WhittenburgUSOTC15.20015.25030.450
D:6.06.0
E:9.2009.250
ND:
4.Jake DaltonOklahoma15.20015.15030.350
D:6.06.0
E:9.2009.250
ND:-0.1
5.Colin VanWicklenOklahoma14.95015.35030.300
D:6.06.0
E:9.0509.350
ND:-0.1
5.Taylor SeatonStanford15.20015.10030.300
D:5.65.6
E:9.6009.500
ND:
7.Tristan DuverglasPenn State15.10015.10030.200
D:6.06.0
E:9.2009.200
ND:-0.1-0.1
8.Kevin WoltingUC Berkeley15.05015.05030.100
D:5.65.6
E:9.5509.450
ND:-0.1

Parallel BarsScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Sean MeltonOhio State15.05015.10030.150
D:6.46.4
E:8.6508.700
ND:
2.Yul MoldauerOklahoma15.25014.80030.050
D:6.36.3
E:8.9508.500
ND:
3.CJ MaestasUSOTC15.00014.70029.700
D:6.16.1
E:8.9008.600
ND:
4.Marvin KimbleUSOTC14.30015.35029.650
D:6.06.0
E:8.3009.350
ND:
5.Grant BreckenridgeStanford14.70014.55029.250
D:5.55.5
E:9.2009.050
ND:
6.Dmitri BelanovskiMichigan14.60014.55029.150
D:5.85.8
E:8.8008.750
ND:
7.Allan BowerOklahoma14.35014.75029.100
D:6.06.0
E:8.3508.750
ND:
7.Akash ModiStanford14.15014.95029.100
D:6.66.6
E:7.5508.350
ND:

High BarScoreDay 1Day 2Total
1.Sam MikulakUSOTC15.05015.15030.200
D:6.26.2
E:8.8508.950
ND:
2.Akash ModiStanford15.05014.90029.950
D:6.36.2
E:8.7508.700
ND:
3.Marvin KimbleUSOTC14.50015.10029.600
D:6.56.6
E:8.0008.500
ND:
4.John OrozcoUSOTC13.90015.35029.250
D:6.26.8
E:7.7008.550
ND:
5.Paul RuggeriUSOTC13.80015.40029.200
D:6.36.9
E:7.5008.500
ND:
6.Robert NeffStanford14.40014.55028.950
D:5.85.8
E:8.6008.750
ND:
7.Colin VanWicklenOklahoma14.40014.50028.900
D:5.75.7
E:8.7008.800
ND:
8.Taylor SeatonStanford14.05014.65028.700
D:5.85.8
E:8.2508.850
ND:
 
Written by Amanda Grate    Saturday, 20 February 2016 16:13    PDF Print
Brazil's Saraiva Leads Two Events in Baku
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)



Brazilian Flávia Saraiva placed first on both women's events as qualification concluded at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, the first first of seven FIG events scheduled for this spring. Pictured: Brazilian gymnasts Daniele Hypólito and Flávia Saraiva with coach Alexandre Carvalho in Baku.

Brazilian Flávia Saraiva placed first on both women's events as qualification concluded at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, the first first of seven FIG events scheduled for this spring.

Saraiva led the qualification on balance beam and floor exercise. Saraiva presented a beautiful exercise on beam (consecutive layouts, RO two-foot layout; , punch front; front aerial, front aerial, side somi; RO double pike) for 15.100, the highest score so far in the women's competition.

Sweden's Emma Larsson qualified second on beam ahead of Uzbekistan's Dilnoza Abdusalimova. Abdusalimova's teammate, the six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina, qualified fifth to the beam final. Chusovitina, who turns 41 in June, qualified first to the women's vault final on Thursday in Baku.

The spritely Saraiva also topped Larsson on floor exercise. Two-time Hungarian Olympian Dorina Böczögő, who qualified to finals on vault and beam, qualified third.

Japan's teenage superstar Kenzo Shirai led qualification on men's vault, topping Israel's Andrey Medvedev and Canada's Scott Morgan. Shirai, the 2013 and 2015 world champion on floor exercise, qualified third to the floor final after falling on Thursday.

Azerbaijan star Oleg Stepko turned in the highest score of the competition with his 15.700 on parallel bars (6.8 Difficulty score). Turkey's Ahmet Onder qualified second over Japan's Kazuma Kaya.

Ümit Şamiloğlu from neighboring Turkey clinched the top qualification spot on high bar over Japan's Tomomasa Hasegawa and teammate Onder.

The World Challenge Cup in Baku is the first in a series of events over the next six weeks:. Coming up is the American Cup (all-around), March 5 in Newark, New Jersey, USA; the Glasgow World Cup (all-around) March 12 in Scotland; the DTB Cup (all-around) March 19-20 in Stuttgart, Germany; the Doha World Challenge Cup (apparatus) March 24-26 in Qatar; the Turnier der Meister (apparatus) March 31-April 3 in Cottbus; and the Ljubljana World Challenge Cup (apparatus) April 4-8 in Slovenia.

Competition concludes Sunday at Baku's National Gymnastics Center with the finals.

External Link: Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation

2016 FIG Challenger Cup
February 20, Baku, Azerbaijan

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva6.58.65015.150 Q
2.Emma Larsson5.88.0000.113.700 Q
3.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.38.4000.113.600 Q
4.Tutya Yılmaz5.97.60013.500 Q
5.Oksana Chusovitina5.38.15013.450 Q
6.Dorina Böczögő5.47.9000.113.200 Q
7.Marina Nekrasova5.18.00013.100 Q
8.Florine Harder5.87.00012.800 Q
9.Elisa Hämmerle4.97.9500.112.750 R
10.Tzuf Feldon5.07.40012.400 R
11.Yuliya Inshina5.27.0000.112.100 R
12.Daniele Hypólito5.86.20012.000
13.Demet Mutlu4.97.00011.900
14.Lina Philipp5.46.2000.111.500
15.Yana Horokhova5.65.85011.450
16.Tjaša Kysselef4.46.80011.200
17.Lisa Ecker5.26.00011.200
18.Lara Omahen4.15.7509.850

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.48.40013.800 Q
2.Emma Larsson5.48.10013.500 Q
3.Dorina Böczögő5.48.0500.113.350 Q
4.Florine Harder5.37.9500.113.150 Q
5.Tutya Yılmaz5.47.50012.900 Q
6.Lisa Ecker5.37.50012.800 Q
7.Marina Nekrasova5.27.4500.112.550 Q
8.Oksana Chusovitina4.97.8000.212.500 Q
9.Lina Philipp5.07.7500.312.450 R
10.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.17.30012.400 R
11.Yuliya Inshina5.27.10012.300 R
12.Ekin Morova5.07.25012.250
13.Yana Horokhova5.17.00012.100
14.Tzuf Feldon4.96.9000.311.500
15.Elisa Hämmerle4.96.8500.611.150
16.Lara Omahen4.66.4500.110.950
17.Lana Voler4.56.9000.610.800

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Kenzo Shirai6.09.00015.00014.850 Q
5.69.10014.700
2.Andrey Medvedev6.09.00015.00014.775 Q
6.08.6500.114.550
3.Scott Morgan5.68.80014.40014.325 Q
5.68.7500.114.250
4.Oleg Stepko5.68.80014.40014.325 Q
5.68.65014.250
5.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.65014.25014.300 Q
5.29.15014.350
6.Volodymyr Hrybuk5.68.85014.45014.200 Q
5.28.8500.113.950
7.Adrià Vera5.68.85014.45014.200 Q
5.28.75013.950
8.Ahmet Onder5.68.4500.113.95014.050 Q
5.28.95014.150
9.Ferhat Arıcan5.67.7500.313.05013.550 R
5.68.5500.114.050
10.Artem Dolgopyat5.67.65013.25013.550 R
5.28.65013.850
11.Marcus Conradi5.28.6000.113.70013.400 R
4.48.70013.100
12.Odin Martin Kalvo5.28.1000.313.00012.575
3.28.95012.150
13.Vladyslav Hryko5.27.40012.60012.075
2.88.75011.550

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko6.88.90015.700 Q
2.Ahmet Onder6.78.70015.400 Q
3.Kazuma Kaya6.88.40015.200 Q
4.Kenzo Shirai6.48.65015.050 Q
5.Ferhat Arıcan6.28.60014.800 Q
6.Nestor Abad6.48.20014.600 Q
7.Alexander Shatilov5.88.65014.450 Q
8.Maxime Gentges5.98.40014.300 Q
9.Illia Yehorov6.37.65013.950 R
10.Stian Skjerahaug5.38.60013.900 R
11.Moran Yanuka5.58.40013.900 R
12.Odin Martin Kalvo4.97.70012.600
13.Anton Olivson5.96.45012.350
14.Ruben López5.66.15011.750

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Ümit Şamiloğlu6.08.65014.650 Q
2.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.77.95014.650 Q
3.Ahmet Onder5.98.40014.300 Q
4.Alexander Shatilov6.47.85014.250 Q
5.Tin Srbić5.98.25014.150 Q
6.Maxime Gentges5.98.10014.000 Q
7.Oleg Stepko5.68.35013.950 Q
8.Moran Yanuka5.38.50013.800 Q
9.Jackson Payne6.67.10013.700 R
10.Stian Skjerahaug5.28.35013.550 R
11.Naoto Hayasaka5.57.95013.450 R
12.Andres Martín5.87.25013.050
13.Eduard Shaulov4.87.95012.750
14.Nestor Abad5.37.45012.750
15.Marcus Conradi5.47.35012.750
16.Oleksandr Petrenko5.66.90012.500
17.Petro Pakhnyuk5.86.70012.500
18.Maksym Semiankiv5.86.25012.050
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 19 February 2016 12:46    PDF Print
Busy World Cup Season Begins in Baku
(4 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)



The 2016 World Cup season kicked off Thursday with the World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, the first first of seven FIG events scheduled for this spring. Pictured: Oleg Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan) qualified to the finals on still rings.

The 2016 World Cup season kicked off Thursday with the World Challenge Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, the first first of seven FIG events scheduled for this spring.

Baku, which played host to the first European Games last summer, attracted top gymnasts from 19 nation for its first World Cup event in artistic gymnastics. Friday's competition, held at the spectacular National Gymnastics Arena, featured the first day of two days of qualification. The top eight gymnasts in each event qualify to Sunday's event finals.

With an incredible seventh Olympic Games in her sights, the 40-year-old Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) continued to inspire with her first place on women's vault. Chusovitina vaulted a very clean full-twisting handspring layout front full and Tsukahara 1 1/2. Croatian Tjaša Kysselef took second over four-time Brazilian Olympian Daniele Hypólito.

First-year senior Lina Philipp from Germany, who turns 16 in September, qualified first on uneven bars over Brazilian Flávia Saraiva and Hypólito.

Two-time world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai (Japan) had a rare fall, but still qualified third to the final behind Israel's Artem Dolgopyat and Azerbaijan's Petro Pakhnyuk.

Japan's Tomomasa Hasegawa (Japan) qualified first on pommel horse over Belgium's Maxime Gentges and Norway's Stian Skjerahaug. World bronze medalist Kazuma Kaya (Japan) attempted a 7.2-Difficulty routine but had two major breaks to place ninth.

İbrahim Çolak from neighboring Turkey was first on still rings over Hasegawa and Azerbaijan's star gymnast Oleg Stepko.

Azerbaijan, which fielded a team of former Russian and Ukrainian competitors, qualified gymnasts to four of the five finals.

The World Challenge Cup in Baku is the first in a series of events over the next six weeks:. Coming up is the American Cup (all-around), March 5 in Newark, New Jersey, USA; the Glasgow World Cup (all-around) March 12 in Scotland; the DTB Cup (all-around) March 19-20 in Stuttgart, Germany; the Doha World Challenge Cup (apparatus) March 24-26 in Qatar; the Turnier der Meister (apparatus) March 31-April 3 in Cottbus; and the Ljubljana World Challenge Cup (apparatus) April 4-8 in Slovenia.

Competition continues Saturday in Baku with the second day of qualification.

External Link: Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation

2016 FIG Challenger Cup
February 19, Baku, Azerbaijan

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Oksana Chusovitina5.89.05014.85014.750 Q
5.59.15014.650
2.Tjaša Kysselef5.39.05014.35014.000 Q
5.08.65013.650
3.Daniele Hypólito5.08.90013.90013.850 Q
4.89.00013.800
4.Lisa Ecker5.08.85013.85013.675 Q
4.68.90013.500
5.Elisa Hämmerle5.28.50013.70013.500 Q
4.48.90013.300
6.Dorina Böczögő5.08.70013.70013.425 Q
4.48.75013.150
7.Dilnoza Abdusalimova4.88.65013.45013.300 Q
4.68.55013.150
8.Maria Smirnova4.88.65013.45013.150 Q
4.48.7500.312.850
9.Ekin Morova4.08.55012.55012.850 R
4.88.35013.150
10.Marina Nekrasova4.67.2000.111.70012.600 R
4.68.90013.500

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Lina Philipp5.68.25013.850 Q
2.Flávia Saraiva5.78.15013.850 Q
3.Daniele Hypólito5.67.80013.400 Q
4.Lisa Ecker4.88.15012.950 Q
5.Florine Harder5.77.10012.800 Q
6.Yulia Inshina4.47.90012.300 Q
7.Yana Horokhova5.07.20012.200 Q
8.Tzuf Feldon4.87.15011.950 Q
9.Dilnoza Abdusalimova4.17.80011.900 R
10.Marina Nekrasova4.67.00011.600 R
11.Tutya Yılmaz 4.96.50011.400 R
12.Demet Mutlu5.16.00011.100
13.Elisa Hämmerle5.05.50010.500

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Artem Dolgopyat6.78.45015.150 Q
2.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.55014.950 Q
3.Kenzo Shirai7.47.6500.214.850 Q
4.Rok Klavora6.18.60014.700 Q
5.Tomislav Markovic6.38.35014.650 Q
6.Naoto Hayasaka6.68.1500.114.650 Q
7.Ahmet Onder6.08.55014.550 Q
8.Alexander Shatilov6.48.1500.214.350 Q
9.Maksym Semiankiv5.98.30014.200 R
10.Stian Skjerahaug5.68.55014.150 R
11.Scott Morgan6.18.3500.314.150 R
12.Eduard Shaulov5.98.2500.114.050
13.Oleg Stepko6.28.4000.614.000
14.Žiga Šilc6.08.3000.314.000
15.Vitalijs Kardasovs5.48.55013.95
16.Kevin Lytwyn6.38.0000.413.900
17.Oleksandr Petrenko5.97.7500.113.550
18.Andrej Korosteljev6.17.0000.412.700
19.Adrià Vera6.36.25012.55
20.Odin Kalvo5.86.7500.312.250

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.88.30015.100 Q
2.Maxime Gentges6.18.65014.750 Q
3.Stian Skjerahaug5.98.50014.400 Q
4.Ferhat Arıcan6.18.15014.250 Q
5.Saeed Reza Keikha6.08.15014.150 Q
5.Renato Prpić6.08.15014.150 Q
7.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.88.25014.050 Q
8.Artem Dolgopyat5.58.50014.000 Q
9.Kazuma Kaya7.27.1000.314.000 R
10.Anton Olivson6.07.80013.800 R
11.Alexander Shatilov5.68.10013.700 R
12.Oleg Stepko6.76.75013.450
13.Illia Yehorov5.87.60013.400
14.Jackson Payne6.76.40013.100
15.Kristijan Vugrinski5.87.25013.050
16.Luka Kišek5.27.35012.550
17.Marcus Conradi5.76.70012.400
18.Petro Pakhnyuk5.86.15011.950
19.Nestor Abad5.86.10011.900
20.Ahmet Onder5.95.90011.800
21.Andres Martín5.85.50011.300
22.Eduard Shaulov4.95.95010.850

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.İbrahim Çolak6.78.35015.050 Q
2.Tomomasa Hasegawa6.08.65014.650 Q
3.Oleg Stepko6.28.45014.650 Q
4.Scott Morgan6.58.05014.550 Q
5.Kevin Lytwyn6.18.30014.400 Q
6.Ruben López6.47.75014.150 Q
7.Adrià Vera5.58.35013.850 Q
8.Vladyslav Hryko5.87.85013.650 Q
9.Kazuma Kaya6.37.15013.450 R
10.Moran Yanuka5.28.20013.400 R
11.Marcus Conradi5.37.80013.100 R
12.Andrey Medvedev5.36.85012.150
13.Odin Kalvo4.37.75012.050
14.Volodymyr Hrybuk5.86.20012.000
15.Petro Pakhnyuk5.76.00011.700
 


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