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Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 26 March 2016 15:29    PDF Print
Steingruber Wins Again as Doha World Cup Ends
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber won her second title as the 9th World Challenge Cup ended Saturday in Doha, Qatar. Pictured: Balance beam medalists Thauany Araújo (Brazil), Catalina Ponor (Romania) and Ana Filipa Martins (Portugal)

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber won her second title as the 9th World Challenge Cup ended Saturday in Doha, Qatar.

Steingruber added the floor exercise title to go with the vault gold medal she won in the first day of finals on Friday. The 22 year old tumbled to first (14.700) over Romanian Olympian Diana Bulimar (14.125) and Hungarian Zsófia Kovács (13.925).

Romania's Catalina Ponor, 29, won balance beam, making a triumphant comeback from the calf injury that kept her out of last fall's world championships in Glasgow. With her calf heavily wrapped; Ponor performed well. After a small check on her switch ring opening, she continued with an Onodi, ff two-foot layout series; switch side; back dive 1/4; RO double pike.

Brazil's Thauany Araújo, fourth in qualification, won the silver (ff, two layouts; punch front; side aerial; switch leap, back tuck; RO, ff, double pike) over Portugal's Ana Filipa Martins (ff, ff, layout; front aerial to split leap; side somi; 2 1/2 dismount), who also won the bronze on uneven bars. China's Bai Yaiwen, the silver medalist on beam at the 2014 Worlds, placed fourth after after grabbing the beam on her RO two-foot layout. Teammate Luo Huan had the highest D score (6.0) started off well with a RO two-foot layout; and front aerial, switch leap to back tuck series, but fell on her Onodi and double pike dismount to finish last.

In the men's competition Huang Mingqi won vault with beautiful form (triple-twisting Tsukahara, Randi). Australia's Christopher Remkes vaulted a Dragulescu and Tsukahara 2 1/2 to win the silver over floor exercise champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil).

Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko, who punched his ticket to the Olympic Games by winning the bronze on parallel bars in Glasgow, took gold Saturday with a precise routine (15.825, 6.8D), ending with a double pike (small hop). Two-time world medalist Manrique Larduet took silver, finished right behind, showing off the fantastic amplitude that has become his trademark. Larduet, who ended with a stuck double front half, scored 15.775 (6.7D) to take silver over Vietnam's Pham Phuoc Hung (15.350, 6.7). Top qualifier He Youxiao (China) missed a stutz to one bar and had to jump off.

Japan's Fuya Maeno, 20, won high bar with a very clean but simple routine (Yamawaki-half; stoep full to Yamawaki; layout double-double). Great Britain's Ashley Watson took silver with the most difficult routine of the final (Cassina; Kolman; Def; full-twisting layout double; 6.6 D). Croatia's Marijo Možnik, inventor of the popular Tkatchev-half turn that bears his name, won the bronze.

The FIG World Cup series continues next weekend with the Tournament of Masters in Cottbus, Germany.

External Link: Official Website

9th Doha World Challenge Cup
March 26, Doha, Qatar

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Catalina Ponor5.98.75014.650
2.Thauany Araújo5.88.35014.150
3.Ana Filipa Martins5.68.30013.900
4.Bai Yawen5.78.00013.700
4.Zsófia Kovács5.78.00013.700
6.Vasiliki Millousi5.87.62513.425
7.Giulia Steingruber5.67.65013.250
8.Luo Huan6.06.57512.575

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Giulia Steingruber6.08.70014.700
2.Diana Bulimar5.68.52514.125
3.Zsófia Kovács5.58.42513.925
4.Ilaria Käslin5.58.40013.900
5.Xu Chujun5.58.12513.625
6.Argyro Afrati5.77.7750.313.175
7.Sarah Voss5.38.0000.412.900
7.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan4.98.1000.112.900

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Huang Mingqi6.09.1000.115.00015.200
2.Christopher Remkes6.09.17515.17514.950
3.Diego Hypolito5.69.12514.72514.900
4.Artur Davtyan6.09.30015.30014.875
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 25 March 2016 16:11    PDF Print
Five Gymnasts Take Titles at Doha World Cup
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Four out of five top qualifiers won their events in Friday's finals as competition continued at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Four out of five top qualifiers won their events in Friday's finals as competition continued at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber (women's vault), Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg (uneven bars), Brazil's Diego Hypólito (men's floor exercise) and Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias (still rings) all repeated their rankings from Thursday's qualification. Armenia's Harutyun Merdinyan was the only one to shake up the standings, winning pommel horse over top qualifier Robert Seligman (Croatia).

Steingruber easily won the women's vault final, scoring 15.325 for her powerful layout Rudi. A clean Yurchenko full gave her an average of 14.712, well ahead of runner-up Teja Belak of Slovenia. Belak vaulted a tidy handspring front full and Yurchenko 1 1/2 (both worth 5.3 Difficulty) to place second ahead of teammate Tjaša Kysselef, who vaulted a handspring front full and Yurchenko full.

Adlerteg's winning bar set was impressive, featuring a toe-on piked Tkatchev to Pak; Shaposhnikova to beautiful Bhardwaj (Pak full); Maloney, uprise to clear-hip full to Tkatchev; stuck double layout. Adlerteg, who tore her ACL last year, walked uncomfortably off the podium and was absent from the awards ceremony.

Like Adlerteg, runner-up Rebeca Andrade (Brazil) suffered a torn ACL in 2015 and is just now returning to competition. Andrade was aggressive in her routine but seemed to miss some potential connections (Stalder-full; Tkatchev to Pak to Stalder; Maloney; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-on full to full-twisting double).

Hypólito tumbled his way to a 6.8 D-score (1 1/2 to Randi; Arabian double front to tucked front full; piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2 to double-twisting front; Thomas; triple twist) but a short landing on his dismount was costly. Still he took the title by .175 over Slovenia's Rok Klavora and Great Britain's Sam Oldham, both of whom had 6.2 D-scores.

Armenia's Merdinyan scored an impressive 15.675 on pommel horse (6.7 D) to win the gold medal over Croatia's Robert Seligman (15.300, 6.4). Slovenia's Sašo Bertoncelj and Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko (the only all-around gymnast of the medalists) tied for third with 15.000.

Reiging world champion Eleftherios Petrounias won still rings with the highest score of the day, 15.875 (6.8 D), improving from his 15.700 in qualification. Right behind him on the podium were two Armenians, Vahagn Davtyan (15.800) and Artur Tovmasyan (15.775).

Competition concludes Saturday at the Aspire Arena with the remaining event finals.

External Link: Official Website

9th Doha World Challenge Cup
March 25, Doha, Qatar

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.12515.32514.712
2.Teja Belak5.38.95014.25014.337
3.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.90014.20014.087
4.Zsófia Kovács5.89.02514.82514.075
5.Marcela Torres5.48.5750.113.87514.000
6.Marina Nekrasova5.08.87513.87513.887
7.Argyro Afrati4.88.5500.113.25013.575
8.Yueh Tan Ing4.87.27512.07512.550

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Jonna Adlerteg6.68.32514.925
2.Rebeca Andrade5.98.35014.250
3.Ana Filipa Martins5.68.02513.625
4.Zsófia Kovács5.97.55013.450
5.Argyro Afrati5.67.57513.175
5.Vasiliki Millousi5.27.97513.175
7.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan5.08.00013.000
8.Diana Bulimar5.36.62511.925
9.Farah Mahmoud4.15.92510.025

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Diego Hypólito6.88.4750.115.175
2.Rok Klavora6.28.80015.000
3.Sam Oldham6.28.72514.925
4.Ahmet Onder6.08.75014.750
5.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.20014.600
6.Danil Baturin6.77.85014.550
7.Ferhat Arican6.08.6000.314.300
8.Fuya Maeno6.17.4000.113.400

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Harutyun Merdinyan6.78.97515.675
2.Robert Seligman6.48.90015.300
3.Oleg Stepko6.48.60015.000
3.Sašo Bertoncelj6.28.80015.000
5.Petro Pakhnyuk6.47.20013.600
5.Daiki Yorogo5.87.80013.600
7.Ahmed Aldyani6.56.97513.475
8.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.87.30013.100

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.89.07515.875
2.Vahagn Davtyan6.79.10015.800
3.Artur Tovmasyan6.69.17515.775
4.Manrique Larduet6.78.90015.600
5.İbrahim Çolak6.78.72515.425
6.Henrique Flores6.98.42515.325
7.Liao Junlin6.78.52515.225
8.Azizbek Kudratullayev6.48.57514.975
Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:16    PDF Print
Competition Kicks Off at Doha World Cup
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

The busy FIG World Cup season continued Thursday with the qualification at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar. Pictured: Romania's Diana Bulimar, foreground, performs on floor exercise in Qatar while Greece's Vasiliki Millousi competes on balance beam in the background.

The busy FIG World Cup season continued Thursday with the qualification at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The competition in Qatar attracted the best lineup so far of the World Cup events, including three-time Olympic champion Catalina Ponor (Romania), world champions Diego Hypólito (Brazil) and Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece), European all-around champion Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) and 2015 World medalists Manrique Larduet (Cuba) and Oleg Stepko (Azerbaijan). The Chinese and Japanese men sent a team of newcomers to challenge the veterans and gain experience.

Steingruber led two of the women's events, topping vault and floor exercise. Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg impressed with first place on uneven bars (15.000, 6.6 Difficulty).

Ponor made a successful comeback from the leg injury she suffered last fall, qualifying first on balance beam (switch ring. Onodi, ff two-foot layout Front aerial to two jumps; switch leap to back dive 1/4, RO double pike with one step; 14.650, 6.0D). Steingruber qualified second over China's Bai Yawen, the silver medalist on beam at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning.

Hungary's Zsófia Kovács qualified third to finals on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.

The men's competition saw six different leaders. Half the events went to established specialists: Hypólito on floor exercise, Robert Seligman (Croatia) on pommel horse and Petrounias on still rings. China led two events with Huang Mingqi vaulting to first and He Youxiao first on parallel bars. Japan's Fuya Maeno led the qualification on high bar.

Competition continues Friday afternoon at the Aspire Dome with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

9th Doha World Challenge Cup
March 24, Doha, Qatar

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.00015.20014.650 Q
2.Teja Belak5.38.95014.25014.250 Q
3.Zsófia Kovács5.89.25015.05014.075 Q
4.Marcela Torres5.48.75014.15014.050 Q
5.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.6500.313.65013.625 Q
6.Marina Nekrasova5.08.70013.70013.575 Q
7.Argyro Afrati4.88.7000.313.20013.475 Q
8.Yueh Tan Ing4.88.45013.25013.450 Q
9.Maria Smirnova5.38.70014.00013.425 R
10.Sarah Voss5.08.9500.113.85013.400 R
11.Tracie Ang4.88.60013.40013.250 R
12.Ekin Morova5.08.1500.113.05013.100
13.Dewi Prahara4.68.55013.15012.975
14.Amalia Fauziah4.48.50012.90012.750
15.Anna Geidt4.88.25013.05012.700
16.Sofie Braaten5.07.5000.312.20012.600
17.Sofie Skattun4.28.55012.7506.375

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Jonna Adlerteg6.68.40015.000 Q
2.Rebeca Andrade6.08.50014.500 Q
3.Zsófia Kovács5.98.45014.350 Q
4.Ana Filipa Martins5.68.50014.100 Q
5.Diana Bulimar5.58.15013.650 Q
6.Vasiliki Millousi5.28.40013.600 Q
7.Argyro Afrati5.48.05013.450 Q
8.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan5.08.40013.400 Q
9.Ilaria Käslin5.38.10013.400 R
10.Stefanie Siegenthaler5.18.25013.350 R
11.Maria Stoffel5.28.15013.350 R
12.Nadja Schulze5.27.95013.150
13.Noémi Makra5.97.20013.100
14.Sarah Voss5.37.30012.600
15.Anna Geidt4.87.75012.550
16.Ailen Valente5.47.00012.400
17.Mariana Carvalho4.57.80012.300
18.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.76.50012.200
19.Teja Belak4.97.15012.050
20.Yulia Inshina4.27.75011.950
21.Tutya Yılmaz4.96.90011.800
22.Dewi Prahara4.47.30011.700
23.Thauany Araújo5.56.15011.650
24.Farah Mahmoud4.27.35011.550
25.Sofie Skattun4.76.75011.450
26.Sofie Braaten4.56.65011.150
27.Ivana Kamnikar4.36.35010.650
28.Tracie Ang4.75.60010.300
29.Marina Nekrasova4.16.15010.250
30.Ana Đerek3.16.5509.650
31.Demet Mutlu5.24.0009.200
32.Tazsa Devira3.14.9008.000

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Catalina Ponor6.08.65014.650 Q
2.Giulia Steingruber5.88.45014.250 Q
3.Bai Yawen5.68.60014.200 Q
4.Thauany Araújo6.18.10014.200 Q
5.Vasiliki Millousi5.98.00013.900 Q
6.Ana Filipa Martins5.68.25013.850 Q
7.Luo Huan5.48.30013.700 Q
8.Zsófia Kovács5.68.05013.650 Q
9.Noémi Makra6.07.45013.450 R
10.Ana Đerek4.98.40013.300 R
11.Marina Nekrasova5.38.00013.300 R
12.Teja Belak5.08.25013.250
13.Jonna Adlerteg5.18.10013.200
14.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan5.57.50013.000
15.Ilaria Käslin5.47.50012.900
16.Tutya Yılmaz5.77.05012.750
17.Demet Mutlu4.87.90012.700
18.Yulia Inshina5.47.30012.700
19.Tjaša Kysselef4.77.90012.600
20.Argyro Afrati4.87.80012.600
21.Sarah Voss5.47.15012.550
22.Marcela Torres5.17.30012.400
23.Ailen Valente4.77.45012.150
24.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.26.90012.100
25.Maria Stoffel5.06.90011.900
26.Sofie Braaten4.77.15011.850
27.Yueh Tan Ing5.46.35011.750
28.Nadja Schulze4.67.10011.700
29.Amalia Fauziah4.55.95010.450
30.Sofie Skattun4.84.7009.500
31.Mariana Carvalho4.45.1500.19.450
32.Tazsa Devira4.64.5509.150

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Giulia Steingruber6.08.70014.700 Q
2.Ilaria Käslin5.58.45013.950 Q
3.Zsófia Kovács5.58.35013.850 Q
4.Diana Bulimar5.58.3000.113.700 Q
5.Xu Chujun5.48.25013.650 Q
6.Argyro Afrati5.58.2000.113.600 Q
7.Sarah Voss5.38.25013.550 Q
8.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan5.18.4500.113.450 Q
9.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.38.05013.350 R
10.Tracie Ang5.18.1000.113.100 R
11.Maria Stoffel5.27.90013.100 R
12.Filipa Martins5.57.9000.413.000
13.Yulia Inshina4.97.95012.850
14.Tjaša Kysselef4.78.10012.800
15.Tazsa Devira4.97.55012.450
16.Sofie Skattun4.97.40012.300
17.Marina Nekrasova5.36.90012.200
18.Mariana Carvalho4.67.45012.050
19.Tutya Yılmaz5.46.9500.312.050
20.Ailen Valente3.98.00011.900
21.Sofie Braaten4.97.1000.311.700
22.Ekin Morova5.17.0000.411.700
23.Amalia Fauziah4.96.9000.311.500
24.Nadja Schulze4.96.00010.900

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Diego Hypólito6.88.60015.400 Q
2.Danil Baturin6.78.50015.200 Q
3.Rok Klavora6.28.90015.100 Q
4.Ferhat Arıcan6.08.95014.950 Q
5.Ahmet Onder6.08.75014.750 Q
6.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.35014.750 Q
7.Sam Oldham6.28.7000.314.600 Q
8.Fuya Maeno6.28.5000.114.600 Q
9.Angelo Assumpção6.38.3500.114.550 R
10.Misha Koudinov6.08.6000.114.500 R
11.Ferrous Willyodac6.18.20014.300 R
12.Alexander Benda5.58.65014.150
13.Tarik Soto5.78.45014.150
14.Artur Davtyan5.18.95014.050
15.Hikaru Sato6.27.85014.050
16.Oleg Stepko6.08.00014.000
17.Christopher Remkes6.67.35013.950
18.Pham Phuoc Hung5.98.00013.900
19.Žiga Šilc6.07.90013.900
20.Dwi Arifin5.78.15013.850
21.Heikki Saarenketo6.17.4500.213.350
22.Vitālijs Kardašovs6.07.7000.413.300
23.Firas Bahlawan5.37.7000.312.700
24.Ali Abbas5.06.60011.600

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Robert Seligman6.29.15015.350 Q
2.Harutyun Merdinyan6.29.00015.200 Q
3.Oleg Stepko6.48.70015.100 Q
4.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.65015.050 Q
5.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.80014.900 Q
6.Daiki Yorogo6.18.75014.850 Q
7.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.88.90014.700 Q
8.Ahmed Aldyani6.18.50014.600 Q
9.Ferhat Arıcan6.18.40014.500 R
10.Artur Davtyan5.88.40014.200 R
11.Nurtas Kozhakov6.28.00014.200 R
12.Muhammad Try Saputra5.78.20013.900
13.Henrique Flores5.88.00013.800
14.Fellipe Arakawa6.27.55013.750
15.Pham Phuoc Hung5.08.50013.500
16.Fuya Maeno5.97.60013.500
17.Christopher Remkes6.17.30013.400
18.Abdollah Jamei6.07.30013.300
19.Daniel Keatings6.56.80013.300
20.Renato Prpić5.87.40013.200
21.Sam Oldham6.56.60013.100
22.Jure Pavlica4.98.05012.950
23.Firas Bahlawan5.37.30012.600
24.Yasir Al-Dulaimi4.87.55012.350
25.Tarik Soto4.87.50012.300
26.Ali Abbas4.74.1008.800

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.88.90015.700 Q
2.Vahagn Davtyan6.78.95015.650 Q
3.Artur Tovmasyan6.68.80015.400 Q
4.Manrique Larduet6.78.50015.200 Q
5.İbrahim Çolak6.78.45015.150 Q
6.Liao Junlin6.78.30015.000 Q
7.Henrique Flores6.97.90014.800 Q
8.Azizbek Kudratullayev6.48.30014.700 Q
9.Nam Dang6.58.20014.700 R
10.Markku Vahtila6.18.05014.150 R
11.Fellipe Arakawa5.88.30014.100 R
12.Hikaru Sato6.17.75013.850
13.Oleg Stepko6.47.25013.650
14.Petro Pakhnyuk5.97.50013.400
15.Firas Bahlawan6.56.85013.350
15.Phuoc Hung Pham6.56.85013.350
17.Tarik Soto5.37.45012.750
18.Daiki Yorogo5.77.05012.750
19.Agus Adi Prayoko5.46.00011.400
20.Ali Abbas4.64.9509.550

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Huang Mingqi6.09.40015.40015.325 Q
2.Artur Davtyan6.09.65015.65015.025 Q
3.Diego Hypólito5.69.30014.90014.900 Q
4.Oleg Stepko5.69.20014.80014.775 Q
5.Tarik Soto5.49.35014.75014.675 Q
6.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.65014.25014.375 Q
7.Christopher Remkes6.08.6500.314.35014.325 Q
8.Nurtas Kozhakov5.29.15014.35014.250 Q
9.Ahmet Onder5.69.1500.114.65014.050 R
10.Hikaru Sato5.69.40015.00014.000 R
11.Angelo Assumpção5.68.20013.80014.000 R
12.Dang Nam5.68.2500.113.75013.950
13.Dwi Arifin5.68.0500.113.55013.675
14.Agus Adi Prayoko6.08.4500.314.15013.550
15.Heikki Saarenketo5.29.1500.114.25013.325

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.He Youxiao6.89.05015.850 Q
2.Manrique Larduet6.78.90015.600 Q
3.Pham Phuoc Hung6.78.85015.550 Q
4.Ashley Watson6.58.85015.350 Q
5.Ahmet Onder6.58.80015.300 Q
6.Ferhat Arıcan6.29.05015.250 Q
7.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.65015.050 Q
8.Oleg Stepko6.98.00014.900 Q
9.Daiki Yorogo6.08.70014.700 R
10.Fellipe Arakawa5.98.60014.500 R
11.Artur Davtyan5.19.30014.400 R
12.Hoang Cuong6.97.50014.400
13.Ahmed Aldyani6.38.05014.350
14.Muhammad Try Saputra5.78.60014.300
15.Alen Dimic5.98.40014.300
16.Nurtas Kozhakov6.08.15014.150
17.Lianshen Ji6.37.80014.100
18.Angelo Assumpção6.08.05014.050
19.Sam Oldham6.27.85014.050
20.Misha Koudinov6.67.45014.050
21.Fabian Leimlehner5.58.30013.800
22.Fuya Maeno6.07.70013.700
23.Mahmood Alsadi5.28.25013.450
24.Yasir Al-Dulaimi4.68.75013.350
25.Alexander Benda5.08.15013.150
26.Tarik Soto4.67.75012.350

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Fuya Maeno6.38.90015.200 Q
2.Ashley Watson6.68.35014.950 Q
3.Nicolas Cordoba6.28.70014.900 Q
4.Ahmet Onder5.98.90014.800 Q
5.Marijo Možnik6.18.65014.750 Q
6.Ji Lianshen6.58.25014.750 Q
7.Fellipe Arakawa6.28.40014.600 Q
8.Daiki Yorogo6.38.20014.500 Q
9.Tarik Soto5.88.50014.300 R
10.Ümit Şamiloğlu6.08.30014.300 R
11.Fabian Leimlehner6.28.00014.200 R
12.Misha Koudinov5.78.45014.150
13.Petro Pakhnyuk5.88.30014.100
14.Alen Dimic6.27.90014.100
15.Artur Davtyan4.89.15013.950
16.Oleg Stepko5.28.10013.300
17.Ferrous Willyodac5.08.25013.250
18.Dwi Arifin5.17.95013.050
19.Pham Phuoc Hung5.47.45012.850
20.Sam Oldham6.16.75012.850
21.Alexander Benda5.07.65012.650
22.Angelo Assumpção5.66.70012.300
23.Nurtas Kozhakov5.46.85012.250
24.Danil Baturin5.36.90012.200
25.Yasir Al-Dulaimi4.37.55011.850
26.Vlasios Maras2.27.3004.05.500
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 20 March 2016 23:21    PDF Print
Russian Women Win DTB Team Challenge
(7 votes, average 3.86 out of 5)

The Russian women topped Germany and Switzerland to win the DTB Pokal Team Challenge on Sunday in Stuttgart. Pictured: Anastasia Dmitrieva, Yevgenia Shelgunova, Angelina Melnikova, Daria Spiridonova and Natalia Kapitonova

The Russian women topped Germany and Switzerland to win the DTB Pokal Team Challenge on Sunday in Stuttgart.

For the past several years, the DTB Cup team competition has been held in conjunction with all-around World Cup. The top four teams from Friday's qualification competed in the finals on Sunday after the men's World Cup event. The competition used a three-up, three-count format.

Russia easily held off the host team, 170.296-164.796, despite a missed routine on balance beam from first-year senior Angelina Melnikova (12.866) and low scores on floor exercise. Co-world champion Daria Spiridonova led a Russian show on uneven bars, where the team put up three scores above 15.000. Spiridonova posted 15.133 for her usually solid set (inside Stalder, inside Stalder full, Maloney to Pak to immediate Maloney-half; inside Stalder-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double tuck), matched by first-year senior Natalia Kapitonova (Stalder full, inside-Stalder-Shaposhnikova to Pak; Maloney-half; inside Stalder full to Tkatchev; toe-full to full-twisting double). Melnikova, the 2014 Junior European all-around champion, put up Russia's high score on floor exercise with 14.433 (double layout; piked full-in; two whips to double tuck; double pike).

Elisabeth Seitz led Germany to second with the highest score of the day, 15.366, on uneven bars (Maloney, back uprise to Ricna; Jaeger; Stalder to piked Tkatchev; Maloney-half; toe-full to full-twisting double). Missed routines put Germany well behind Russia, but comfortably ahead of Switzerland (161.530).

European champion Giulia Steingruber competed four routines for third-placed Switzerland, which finished less than 1.5 points ahead of Poland (160.163). Steingruber scored 14.766 on both balance beam and floor exercise, but fell on vault and uneven bars.

The top four teams finished in the same rank as in qualification, where a second German squad, the Netherlands and Israel rounded out the entries.

External Link: Official Website

2016 DTB Team Challenge
March 18-20, Stuttgart

Women's Team FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.   Russia170.296
Daria Spiridonova15.133
Anastasia Dmitrieva13.53313.800
Natalia Kapitonova14.16615.13314.03313.533
Angelina Melnikova14.73315.03312.86614.433
Yevgenia Shelgunova13.900
2.   Germany164.796
Lina Philipp13.633
Elisabeth Seitz14.06615.366
Sarah Voss13.86613.80012.466
Leah Griesser13.00013.70014.033
Pauline Tratz14.23313.50013.133
3.   Switzerland161.530
Thea Brogli13.80013.100
Caterina Barloggio13.40013.900
Ilaria Käslin13.73311.70013.40013.833
Giulia Steingruber12.86612.26614.76614.766
4.   Poland160.163
Marta Pihan-Kulesza13.86611.96613.90012.033
Gabriela Janik14.03312.40012.90013.566
Katarzyna Jurkowska14.43313.70013.86613.500

Women's Team QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Russia169.450
Anastasia Dmitrieva13.25013.200
Natalia Kapitonova13.90014.80014.30013.300
Angelina Melnikova14.25014.95014.55012.750
Daria Spiridonova15.65013.600
Yevgenia Shelgunova12.55012.45013.45013.700
2. Germany 1165.400
Leah Griesser13.20014.15013.50013.250
Lina Philipp13.250
Pauline Tratz14.25013.60013.250
Sarah Voss13.90011.75013.55012.850
Elisabeth Seitz14.10015.45012.40013.150
3. Switzerland163.700
Caterina Barloggio13.45013.30012.900
Thea Brogli13.65012.850
Ilaria Kaeslin13.55013.20014.25012.200
Stefanie Siegenthaler12.90011.85012.900
Giulia Steingruber14.45013.55014.45014.100
4. Poland160.200
Gabriela Janik14.45012.35011.90013.300
Katarzyna Jurkowska14.15013.00014.35013.450
Emilia Kulczynska10.50011.800
Marta Pihan-Kulesza13.90011.30014.35013.700
Paula Plichta13.40012.750
5. Germany158.800
Antonia Alicke14.00012.35013.600
Carina Kröll13.15012.70013.10012.000
Maike Enderle13.45014.30013.350
Amelie Foellinger13.70012.65011.65013.600
6. Austria152.800
Olivia Jochum10.35011.900
Jasmin Mader13.40011.85012.20012.250
Erja Metzler12.90011.70013.10012.150
Tamara Stadelmann12.65011.400
Elisa Hämmerle13.65013.35013.65012.600
7. Netherlands128.550
Eythora Thorsdottir13.55013.50012.40012.550
Mara Titarsolej13.85013.75012.50012.700
Vera van Pol11.20012.550
8. Israel96.500
Tzuf Feldon11.80012.650
Gaya Giladi13.20011.500
Ofir Kremer13.0509.90012.40012.000

Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:50    PDF Print
US Women Conclude Jesolo Sweep
(8 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

The American women made a clean sweep of the titles on Sunday as the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy concluded in Italy.

The American women made a clean sweep of the titles on Sunday as the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy concluded in Italy.

The U.S., which easily won the team and all-around titles on Saturday, added eight more titles with all the golds in the senior and junior categories. The U.S. showed off its depth with eight different champions.

The American seniors nearly swept all the medals, finishing 1-2-3 in three of the four events. 2014 world vault bronze medalist MyKayla Skinner won her best event, topping Lauren Hernandez and Emily Schild.

Ashton Locklear won uneven bars over all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas and French gymnast Loan His.

Hernandez won balance beam over Ragan Smith and Alexandra Raisman, who won floor exercise over Smith and Douglas.

Italian Olympian Carlotta Ferlito had a frightening fall in the beam final, missing her foot on her RO, double pike dismount and landing directly on her head. Ferlito was taken away in a neck brace, but a trip to the hospital fortunately revealed no injury.

In the junior competition, Jordan Chiles won vault, Gabby Perea won uneven bars, Emma Malabuyo won balance beam and Trinity Thomas won floor exercise.

Italy picked up medals from Martina Maggio, who won silvers on vault and beam and the bronze on floor exercise.

2016 City of Jesolo Trophy
March 20, Jesolo, Italy

Senior Vault FinalDENDScore
1.Mykayla Skinner6.38.90015.200
2.Lauren Hernandez5.89.05014.850
3.Emily Schild5.88.60014.400
4.Alessia Leolini5.48.80014.200
5.Loan His5.09.10014.100
5.Desiree Carofiglio5.38.9000.114.100

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ashton Locklear6.58.75015.250
2.Gabrielle Douglas6.18.80014.900
3.Loan His6.18.15014.250
4.Louise Vanhille6.08.20014.200
5.Emily Schild6.37.70014.000
6.Jade Barbosa5.97.25013.150
7.Tea Ugrin5.97.05012.950
8.Rebeca Andrade5.97.00012.900

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Lauren Hernandez6.48.85015.250
2.Ragan Smith6.38.90015.200
3.Alexandra Raisman6.28.55014.750
4.Marine Boyer6.38.40014.700
5.Flávia Saraiva6.18.30014.400
6.Enus Mariani5.68.25013.850
7.Marine Brevet5.68.20013.800
8.Carlotta Ferlito4.87.35012.150

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Alexandra Raisman6.38.75015.050
2.Ragan Smith6.28.45014.650
3.Gabrielle Douglas6.18.40014.500
4.Flávia Saraiva5.78.4500.114.050
5.Enus Mariani5.48.35013.750
6.Carolyne Pedro5.47.8000.113.100
7.Giorgia Campana5.07.95012.950
8.Desiree Carofiglio5.37.0500.112.250

Junior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Jordan Chiles6.39.45015.75015.575
2.Martina Maggio5.38.80014.10014.050
3.Jade Chrobok5.38.90014.20013.875
4.Martina Basile5.38.65013.95013.825
5.Francesca Noemi Linari5.37.45012.75013.100
6.Lucija Hribar5.08.70013.70012.875
7.Lara Crnjac0.00.0000.0006.250

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Gabby Perea6.08.65014.650
2.Emma Malabuyo5.58.85014.350
2.Jordan Chiles5.78.65014.350
4.Giorgia Villa5.78.30014.000
5.Helene Schäffer4.68.15012.750
6.Maria Vittoria Cocciolo4.87.75012.550
7.Ana Padurariu4.97.20012.100
8.Asia d'Amato5.25.80011.000

Junior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Emma Malabuyo6.28.40014.600
2.Martina Maggio5.77.90013.600
3.Helene Schäffer5.38.20013.500
4.Francesca Noemi Linari5.57.95013.450
5.Jordan Chiles5.97.40013.300
6.Ana Padurariu6.16.95013.050
7.Gabby Perea5.67.05012.650
8.Martina Basile5.27.40012.600

Junior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Trinity Thomas5.88.35014.150
2.Emma Malabuyo5.58.10013.600
3.Martina Maggio5.18.40013.500
4.Ana Padurariu5.38.0500.113.250
4.Francesca Noemi Linari5.47.85013.250
6.Giorgia Villa5.47.6000.112.900
7.Jade Chrobok5.47.5500.112.850
8.Jordan Chiles5.57.30012.800

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