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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:05    PDF Print
Qualification Begins at Anadia World Challenge Cup
(4 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)



Competition began Thursday with the first of two days of qualification at the Anadia World Challenge Cup in Portugal. Pictured: Athur Zanetti (Brazil)

Competition began Thursday with the first of two days of gymnastics qualification at the Anadia World Challenge Cup in Portugal.

The competition attracted more than 100 gymnasts from 24 countries around the world, including Brazil, China, and the U.S.

World and Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti earned the highest mark of the day, 15.800, for his routine on still rings. Finland's Markku Vahtila placed nearly one point behind him (14.950) for second, while Alex Naddour (U.S.) qualified in third (14.800).

On men's floor exercise, Eddie Penev (U.S.) qualified first over Olympic finalist Tomas Gonzalez (Chile). Colombian standout Jossimar Calvo qualified third over U.S. national champion Sam Mikulak.

China's Wang Bo led pommel horse qualification with 15.400, topping Hungary's Zoltan Kallai and Naddour (14.950 each).

Two-time Venezuelan Olympian Jessica López had the high score in the women's competition, scoring 14.200 to lead uneven bars. Portugal's own Ana Filipa Martins qualified second (13.500) over Austria's Elisa Hämmerle (13.300).

Chile's Martina Castro qualified first on vault (13.725), topping Slovenia's Teja Belak (13.500) and Martins (13.475).

Competition continues Friday with the second day of qualification for this weekend's event finals.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Anadia World Challenge Cup
May 29, Anadia, Portugal

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1. Martina Castro 5.2 8.400 13.750 13.725
5.0 8.700 13.700
2. Teja Belak 5.3 8.900 14.050 13.500
5.3 7.900 .3 12.950
3. Ana Filipa Martins 5.0 8.600 13.700 13.475
4.4 8.700 13.250
4. Franchesca Santi 5.0 8.300 13.350 13.375
4.8 8.600 13.400
5. Elisa Hämmerle 5.2 8.200 13.250 13.350
4.6 9.000 13.450
6. Tijana Tkalčec 4.8 8.800 13.550 13.300
4.4 8.500 13.050
7. Jasmin Mader 5.0 8.200 13.400 13.225
4.4 8.700 13.050
8. Tjaša Kysselef 4.6 8.300 12.850 13.175
4.8 8.800 13.500
9. Ana Derek 4.2 8.000 12.500 12.875
4.8 8.700 13.250
10. Boglárka Toth 4.4 8.400 12.800 12.200
4.2 7.500 .1 11.600
11. Shaden Wohdan 4.4 7.300 11.700 11.825
4.4 7.6 11.950

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1. Jessica López 6.2 7.500 14.150
2. Ana Filipa Martins 5.3 8.200 13.500
3. Elisa Hämmerle 5.2 8.100 13.300
4. Elena Rega 5.4 7.400 12.500
5. Simona Castro 4.5 7.900 12.200
6. Sabiene Gosa 3.2 6.700 9.750
7. Asal Saparbaeva 4.8 4.100 8.850
8. Farah Mahmoud 3.4 4.600 8.100

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1. Eddie Penev 6.5 8.800 15.300
2. Tomas Gonzalez 6.7 8.350 15.050
3. Jossimar Calvo 6.6 8.400 15.000
4. Sam Mikulak 6.5 8.750 .3 14.950
5. Rok Klavora 5.9 8.850 14.750
6. Oskar Kirmes 6.0 8.800 .1 14.700
7. Tristian Perez 6.0 8.600 14.600
8. Vitalijs Kardasovs 6.0 8.550 14.550
9. Andrej Korosteljev 6.4 8.150 14.550
10. Wang Haoran 6.5 8.050 14.550
11. Heikki Saarenketo 6.0 8.500 14.500
12. Mauro Martinez 5.8 8.400 14.200
13. Eduard Shaulov 6.1 8.000 14.100
14. Kevin Antoniotti 6.0 8.000 14.000
15. Miguel Monreal 5.2 8.750 13.950
16. Julian Perez 5.9 7.900 13.800
17. Arthur Zanetti 6.0 7.800 13.800
18. Jaime Romero 5.2 8.550 13.750
19. Nicolas Cordoba 4.9 8.800 13.700
20. Tiago Barbosa 5.3 8.100 13.400
21. Lukas Dauser 5.8 7.500 13.300
22. Adam Babos 5.4 7.800 .1 13.100
23. Dan Gomez 5.9 7.350 .2 13.050
24. Juan Pablo Gonzalez 5.1 7.800 12.900
25. Simão Almeida 5.5 7.600 .3 12.800
26. Ivan Bykov 6.1 6.650 12.750
27. Salokhiddin Mirzaev 5.7 6.950 .1 12.550
28. Ziga Silc 5.8 6.700 12.500
29. Sergio Ramos 5.4 6.850 12.250

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1. Wang Bo 6.4 9.000 15.400
2. Zoltan Kallai 6.3 8.650 14.950
3. Alexander Naddour 6.4 8.550 14.950
4. Abdulla Azimov 6.2 8.450 14.650
5. Leonardo Kusan 6.0 8.300 14.300
6. Dmitrijs Trefilovs 6.1 8.150 14.250
7. Kristijan Vugrinski 5.9 8.200 14.100
8. Sašo Bertoncelj 6.5 7.450 13.950
9. Borja Torregrosa 5.8 8.050 13.850
10. Philipp Herder 5.9 7.950 13.850
11. Francisco Barreto 5.9 7.900 13.800
12. Vid Hidvegi 6.3 7.500 13.800
13. Oskar Kirmes 5.5 8.250 13.750
14. Eduard Shaulov 5.6 8.050 13.650
15. Juho Kanerva 5.9 7.700 13.600
16. Luis Rivera 5.9 7.700 13.600
17. Gustavo Simões 6.1 7.450 13.550
18. Alexander Rodriguez 6.0 7.250 13.250
19. Adrian Prieto 5.7 7.500 13.200
20. Jose Luis Fuentes 6.0 7.200 13.200
21. Waldemar Eichorn 6.4 6.750 13.150
22. Miguel Monreal 5.8 7.250 13.050
23. Jossimar Calvo 6.8 6.150 12.950
24. Luka Kisek 4.9 8.000 12.900
25. Audrys Nin Reyes 4.5 7.950 12.450
26. Sam Mikulak 5.6 6.350 11.950
27. Mauro Martinez 4.3 7.350 11.650
28. Juan Raffo 5.8 5.650 11.450
29. Dan Gomez 4.7 5.200 9.900
30. Tiago Bessa 3.7 6.000 9.700

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1. Arthur Zanetti 6.7 9.100 15.800
2. Markku Vahtila 6.2 8.700 14.950
3. Alexander Naddour 6.4 8.600 14.800
4. Gustavo Simões 6.2 8.400 14.700
5. Juan Raffo 6.3 8.300 14.650
6. Regulo Carmona 6.7 7.200 14.300
7. Javier Balboa 6.4 8.500 14.250
8. Huang Yuguo 6.2 8.000 13.800
9. Francisco Barreto 5.6 8.300 13.600
10. Qu Ruiyang 5.0 8.500 13.550
11. Rafael Morales 5.7 7.800 13.200
12. Bence Talas 5.6 7.500 13.150
13. Salokhiddin Mirzaev 5.0 8.000 13.000
14. Rodolfo Bonilla 5.4 7.800 13.000
15. Osvaldo Martinez 5.9 7.300 12.900
16. Adam Babos 4.8 7.800 12.850
17. Mauro Martinez 5.0 7.900 12.800
18. Germans Buculis 3.9 8.200 12.250
19. Sergio Ramos 3.7 6.600 10.200
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 23:32    PDF Print
Black Leads Canadian Women's Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

2012 Olympian Ellie Black took the early lead as the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships began Tuesday in Ottawa.


Ellie Black

Black scored 56.575 to top Aleeza Yu (56.350) and Isabela Onyshko (55.750) on day one of the competition, which also serves as Canada's trials for this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"I'm still testing out some new skills and what I want to do here is get more consistent with my routines and try the more difficult ones and not worry about whether or not they go well," Black said. "The big competitions are always in the back of our minds. It’s what we’ve all been working towards for the whole year."

Black had the high score on balance beam (14.275) and the second-best score on floor exercise, where she tumbled a 2 1/2 twist to double pike middle pass (13.900). Onyshko had the top score on uneven bars (14.300).

"I just focused on what I could do and not comparing myself with anyone else, that was the key," Onyshko said.

2012 Olympian Victoria Moors, fourth all-around, tied Yu for the high score on vault (15.150), but had falls on uneven bars (new double front dismount) and balance beam (side aerial). She also had the top score on floor exercise, though she landed her layout double-double out of bounds.

In the junior competition, which uses a modified scoring system, Rose-Kaying Woo leads Shallon Olsen and Sydney Townsend.

The senior and junior all-around titles will be decided Thursday on day two of the women's competition.

External Link: Gymnastics Canada

2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships
May 27, Ottawa, Ont.

Senior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Ellie Black Nova Scotia 5.4 14.600 5.5 13.800 6.3 14.275 5.6 13.900 56.575
2. Aleeza Yu Ontario 5.8 15.150 5.3 13.650 5.9 13.825 5.4 13.725 56.350
3. Isabela Onyshko Manitoba 5.0 14.300 6.1 14.300 5.8 13.275 5.6 13.875 55.750
4. Victoria Moors Ontario 5.8 15.150 5.6 12.975 6.2 12.450 6.2 14.275 54.850
5. Stefanie Merkle Ontario 5.0 14.450 4.6 13.125 5.4 13.525 5.5 13.625 54.725
6. Kirsten Peterman Ontario 5.3 14.700 5.0 12.875 5.4 12.850 5.2 13.125 53.550
7. Jordyn Pedersen Ontario 5.0 13.950 5.2 13.275 5.5 12.900 5.3 13.300 53.425
8. Victoria-Kayen Woo Quebec 5.0 13.950 5.4 13.475 5.1 13.000 4.8 12.675 53.100
9. Hélody Cyrenne Quebec 5.0 14.150 5.0 12.575 5.0 12.800 5.1 12.675 52.200
10. Maeghan Chant Ontario 5.2 14.400 5.4 10.825 5.8 13.650 5.7 13.275 52.150
11. Natalie Vaculik Ontario 5.3 14.150 4.9 13.100 5.6 12.675 5.2 12.075 52.000
12. Briannah Tsang British Columbia 5.3 14.400 5.0 13.175 5.3 12.475 5.5 11.200 51.250
13. Charlie Wright Saskatchewan 4.4 13.200 5.0 12.550 5.4 12.650 5.1 12.725 51.125
14. Madison Copiak Alberta 5.0 14.350 4.1 11.100 4.5 11.600 4.5 12.250 49.300
15. Mackenzie Itcush Alberta 5.0 13.750 4.8 11.650 4.9 12.050 5.2 11.550 49.000
16. Clair Kaji British Columbia 5.0 13.100 3.9 10.450 4.9 12.200 5.0 12.350 48.100
17. Taylor Chan British Columbia 5.0 14.300 3.5 10.750 5.2 10.800 5.0 11.675 47.525
18. Gabriella Douglas Ontario 5.0 13.950 5.7 12.875 5.3 13.650 40.475
19. Casey Carvalho Ontario 4.1 11.450 5.5 12.950 24.400
20. Nicole Chow British Columbia 3.6 9.075 5.2 10.300 19.375
21. Heaven Latimer Ontario 5.2 12.900 12.900

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Rose-Kaying Woo Quebec 5.0 14.900 5.8 14.350 7.5 15.100 6.0 14.150 58.500
2. Shallon Olsen British Columbia 6.4 16.150 5.4 12.975 6.3 12.600 6.4 13.975 55.700
3. Sydney Townsend Ontario 5.6 15.300 5.1 12.650 5.9 13.575 6.0 13.625 55.150
4. Meaghan Ruttan Alberta 4.4 13.750 5.2 13.625 6.2 13.800 5.2 13.750 54.925
5. Megan Roberts Ontario 5.6 15.150 5.3 13.325 5.1 11.625 6.1 14.500 54.600
6. Audrey Rousseau Quebec 4.4 13.000 5.4 13.175 6.0 13.725 5.9 13.750 53.650
7. Sydney Soloski Alberta 5.0 14.450 4.4 12.150 5.0 12.175 5.5 13.050 51.825
8. Laurie-Ann Demers Quebec 5.0 14.350 4.4 12.375 5.8 11.975 4.9 12.450 51.150
9. Alyson Arcand Alberta 4.4 13.100 4.6 12.625 5.2 13.375 5.2 11.775 50.875
10. Angel Zhong British Columbia 5.0 13.800 5.1 10.625 5.9 12.375 6.0 13.050 49.850
11. Sydney Laird Saskatchewan 5.0 13.750 4.7 9.900 5.4 12.175 5.5 13.250 49.075
12. Samanth Haghighat-Joo British Columbia 5.1 14.500 2.5 10.350 5.3 12.100 5.7 11.600 48.550
13. Laurie Denommée Quebec 5.0 13.050 3.5 10.975 5.2 11.600 5.5 12.475 48.100
14. Madys Ferron-McCaffrey Quebec 5.0 13.300 4.4 12.150 4.3 9.925 4.8 11.950 47.325
15. Lindsay Chia Ontario 4.4 13.800 4.7 10.025 4.4 11.350 5.0 12.150 47.325
16. Seina Murase-Cho British Columbia 5.1 13.800 3.5 9.700 5.3 11.425 5.0 11.825 46.750
17. Maude Lebeau Quebec 4.2 12.600 4.3 11.325 3.8 10.075 4.4 12.325 46.325
18. Carissa Sebelius Alberta 4.0 11.400 4.2 10.150 4.4 10.100 4.6 11.450 43.100
19. Laurie-Lou Vézina Quebec 3.8 10.300 5.7 12.750 23.050
20. Nika Tagaki Ontario 4.2 11.900 4.1 9.925 21.825
21. Andréanne Belley Quebec 5.0 12.100 5.1 9.675 21.775

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Canadian female gymnasts includes:
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Ellie Black interview (November 2012)
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
Madeline Gardiner, Anysia Unick and Victoria Moors cover photo (March 2011)
"Candid Canadians" - Madeline Gardiner interview (September 2011)
Leah Homma update (January/February 2014)
Christine Peng-Peng Lee interview (April 2011)
Gael Mackie profile (July/August 2011)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Confident Canadian" - Brittany Rogers interview (May 2012)
"Savona Surges into Recovery" – Jessica Savona short profile (October 2011)
"Catching up with... Lori Strong Ballard" (June 2012)
"Veteran Presence" - Kristina Vaculik profile (July/August 2010)
Kristina Vaculik cover photo (April 2010)
"Canadian Conquerors" – Kristina Vaculik profile (September 2007)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 26 May 2014 18:10    PDF Print
Australia Names Commonwealth Games Squads
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Australia named its squads to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, following the conclusion of the Australian gymnastics championships on Sunday in Melbourne.


Georgia-Rose Brown

The women's team headed to Glasgow this summer will be Georgia-Rose Brown, Larrissa Miller, Lauren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Monckton and Olivia Vivian.

The men's team named is Jayden Bull, Michael Mercieca, Mitchell Morgans, Naoya Tsukahara and Luke Wadsworth.

During Sunday's apparatus finals, Miller won uneven bars with 15.175, while two-time Olympian Mitchell took the floor title and was third on balance beam. Monckton won balance beam and Vivian, a 2008 Olympian, was second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise.

Brown led the competition after the first day, but scratched the meet on day two after tweaking her ankle on floor. She successfully petitioned to the team.

Tsukahara – who obtained Australian citizenship after representing Japan at three Olympic Games – won his fifth national all-around title on Friday. In Sunday's finals, he won still rings and parallel bars.

Mark Rendell, Gymnastics Australia's chief executive officer, said the selection was a difficult but designed to give Australia the best chance to win medals in Glasgow.

"There is a total of 11 medals that can be won by any one nation in women’s artistic gymnastics and 15 in men’s artistic gymnastics," Rendell said. "The team selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will give Australia the best possible chance of winning the most of those medals available."

External Link: Gymnastics Australia

2014 Australian/New Zealand Gymnastics Championships
May 24, Melbourne

Senior Women's Vault FinalDENDScore
1. Isis Lowery VIC 5.3 9.125 14.125
4.6 9.225
2. Kiara Munteanu VIC 5.0 9.025 13.862
4.8 8.900
3. Grace Flood VIC 5.0 9.025 13.762
4.4 9.100
3. Georgia Godwin QLD 5.0 8.900 13.762
4.6 9.025
5. Emma Jane Nedov NSW 5.0 8.800 12.312
4.0 8.825 2.0
6. Kirsten Overton NSW 4.6 7.450 6.025
0.0 0.000

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Larrissa Miller VIC 6.1 9.075 15.175
2. Olivia Vivian WA 5.6 8.675 14.275
3. Madelaine Leydin VIC 5.7 8.525 14.225
4. Kiara Munteanu VIC 5.7 8.225 13.925
5. Desnee Richter NSW 3.9 7.600 11.500
6. Isis Lowery VIC 4.2 6.550 10.750
6. Georgia Godwin QLD 5.6 5.150 10.750

Senior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Mary-Anne Monckton VIC 5.9 8.300 14.200
2. Emma Jane Nedov NSW 6.2 8.050 0.1 14.150
3. Lauren Mitchell WA 6.2 7.700 13.900
4. Madelaine Leydin VIC 5.3 7.875 0.1 13.075
5. Isis Lowery VIC 5.3 7.500 12.800
6. Olivia Vivian WA 5.0 7.575 12.575
7. Georgia Godwin QLD 5.7 6.775 12.475
8. Kiara Munteanu VIC 5.7 6.325 0.1 11.925

Senior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Lauren Mitchell WA 6.0 8.550 14.550
2. Georgia Godwin QLD 5.9 7.700 13.600
3. Olivia Vivian WA 5.4 7.950 13.350
4. Larrissa Miller VIC 5.7 7.125 0.1 12.725
5. Isis Lowery VIC 5.4 7.350 0.4 12.350
6. Grace Flood VIC 5.0 6.950 11.950
7. Kiara Munteanu VIC 5.3 6.175 0.1 11.375
8. Desnee Richter NSW 4.4 6.750 11.150

Junior Women's Vault FinalDENDScore
1. Alysha Djuric VIC 5.0 9.175 13.887
4.4 9.200
2. Eden Tarvit QLD 5.3 8.450 13.625
5.0 8.500
3. Paige James WA 5.0 8.925 13.525
4.4 8.725
4. Darcy Norman WA 4.4 9.000 13.312
4.0 9.225
5. Emily Whitehead VIC 5.0 8.775 13.300
4.4 8.425
6. Eliza Freeman VIC 4.0 8.725 12.787
3.8 9.050

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Darcy Norman WA 5.7 8.375 14.075
2. Eden Tarvit QLD 5.2 8.100 13.300
3. Aya Meggs WA 5.2 7.900 13.100
4. Emily Whitehead VIC 4.8 7.975 12.775
5. Rianna Mizzen QLD 4.6 7.425 12.025
6. Alysha Djuric VIC 4.5 7.250 11.750
7. Eliza Freeman VIC 4.7 6.850 11.550

Junior Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Emily Whitehead VIC 5.4 7.825 0.1 13.125
2. Darcy Norman WA 4.5 8.325 12.825
3. Yasmin Collier WA 4.4 8.175 12.575
4. Alysha Djuric VIC 5.6 6.175 11.775
5. Eliza Freeman VIC 5.5 6.100 0.1 11.500
6. Eden Tarvit QLD 5.1 5.600 10.700

Junior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Paige James WA 5.5 7.600 13.100
2. Alysha Djuric VIC 5.0 7.550 12.550
3. Emily Whitehead VIC 4.8 7.650 12.450
4. Eden Tarvit QLD 4.9 7.225 0.1 12.025
5. Eliza Freeman VIC 5.1 6.725 11.825
6. Yasmin Collier WA 4.7 6.475 11.175
7. Darcy Norman WA 4.8 6.100 10.900

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. David Bishop NZL 5.7 8.800 14.500
2. Jayden Bull VIC 5.7 8.800 0.1 14.400
3. Kent Pieterse VIC 6.0 8.150 0.1 14.050
4. Brandon Field NZL 5.7 7.650 0.2 13.150
5. Michael Mercieca QLD 5.4 7.450 12.850
6. Caelan Bacon VIC 4.5 8.000 12.500
7. Corey Morton VIC 4.4 6.800 0.4 10.800
8. Sean O'Hara VIC 5.9 4.650 0.3 10.250

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Reid McGowan NZL 5.6 8.300 13.900
2. Naoya Tsukahara QLD 4.8 9.050 13.850
3. Christopher Remkes SA 5.1 7.100 12.200
3. Misha Koudinov NZL 5.5 6.700 12.200
3. Jack Rickards VIC 5.5 6.700 12.200
6. Sean O'Hara VIC 5.2 5.300 10.500
7. Luke Wadsworth VIC 5.8 4.300 10.100
8. Jimmy Macarios VIC 3.6 5.050 4.0 4.650

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Naoya Tsukahara QLD 6.0 8.950 14.950
2. Matthew Palmer NZL 5.8 8.950 14.750
3. Alexander Caulfield QLD 5.1 9.300 14.400
4. Michael Mercieca QLD 6.0 8.350 14.350
5. Mitchell Morgans QLD 5.4 8.650 14.050
6. Luke Wadsworth VIC 5.2 8.800 14.000
7. Mitchell Jones QLD 5.7 7.450 13.150
8. Ben Congedi SA 5.3 7.800 13.100

Men's Vault FinalDENDScore
1*. Kyleab Ellis NZL 5.2 9.200 14.350
4.8 9.500
1. Christopher Remkes SA 5.6 8.350 14.275
5.2 9.400
2. Kent Pieterse VIC 5.6 8.300 14.150
4.8 9.600
3. Luke Wadsworth VIC 5.2 9.300 14.075
4.4 9.250

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Naoya Tsukahara QLD 5.7 9.100 14.800
2. Michael Mercieca QLD 6.1 8.400 14.500
3*. Misha Koudinov NZL 5.8 8.000 13.800
3. Luke Wadsworth VIC 6.2 7.500 13.700
4. Sean O'Hara VIC 5.4 8.150 13.550
5. Max Woloszyn WA 5.3 8.200 13.500
5. Mitchell Morgans QLD 6.1 7.400 13.500
7. Jimmy Macarios VIC 4.1 5.850 9.950

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Mitchell Morgans QLD 6.3 7.900 14.200
2*. David Bishop NZL 5.3 8.750 14.050
2. Luke Wadsworth VIC 5.2 8.650 13.850
3. Sean O'Hara VIC 5.3 8.450 13.750
4. Michael Mercieca QLD 6.0 7.650 13.650
5*. Kristofer Done NZL 5.5 7.900 13.400
5. Jayden Bull VIC 6.2 6.050 12.250
6. Max Woloszyn WA 4.9 6.950 11.850

* New Zealand competitor

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 25 May 2014 15:00    PDF Print
Ablyazin, Wilson Dominate European Finals
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Russia's Denis Ablyazin and Great Britain's Nile Wilson each captured three event titles as the 2014 European Championships ended in Sofia.

Ablyazin, who powered Russia to the team title on Saturday, added gold medals on floor exercise, still rings and vault. On still rings, he tied for the gold medal with teammate Alexander Balandin.

Ablyazin, who competed only three events in Sofia, said he made last-minute adjustments to his routine to help him win every one in finals.

"I kind of didn't expect it, but I was preparing for this result," he said. I'm happy with everything, I won everything today. I made adjustments to some events, for some elements. On the floor exercise I made a lot of adjustments."

Britain's Max Whitlock defeated Olympic champion Krisztian Berki on pommel horse with an outstanding routine that earned 16.166 (7.3 Difficulty).

"I've worked so hard on my routines and am always trying to up my game to stay ahead of the competition," Whitlock said."To produce under that level of pressure and expectancy and win ahead of a legend like Kristian Berki feels fantastic."

Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev nailed his parallel bars routine, complete with a stuck double front-half dismount, to win the gold medal over Russia's David Belyavsky. Vernyayev had both the top D and E scores of the final.

World and Olympic champion Epke Zonderland easily won high bar, taking the title by one full point over Great Britain's Sam Oldham.

German star Fabian Hambüchen, second to Zonderland in qualification, fell hard on his second release move and opted not to finish the routine. Later he said he was fine but just sore from the fall.

Great Britain dominated the junior event finals, winning four of the six finals. Giarnni Regini­Moran won floor exercise, while Wilson won pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. Wilson, the all-around champion and champion with the British team, leaves Sofia with five gold medals.

“It's just the best week of my life," he said. "When we met this morning all the boys were determined to hear the national anthem playing today. The whole week has been incredible. I felt good starting on pommel today and then had to grit my teeth for parallel bars and high bar, which was a big test, but I was focused and was motivated and it paid off. It's a great relief to have finished and have these medals around my neck. The support from my family and the entire British crowd today was incredible and I want to thank everyone who has helped me. It's my last competition as a junior, and now I have to move up to the senior level and I'll do that with confidence."

Vinzenz Hoeck won still rings to become Austria's first junior European champion, while Russia's Nikita Nagorny won vault.

Read more about the European championships in a future issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Men's European Championships
May 25, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Denis Ablyazin 7.1 8.600 15.700
2. Eleftherios Kosmidis 6.6 8.933 15.533
3. Daniel Purvis 6.5 8.900 15.400
3. Alexander Shatilov 6.5 8.900 15.400
5. Max Whitlock 6.7 8.733 0.1 15.333
6. Dmitry Barkalov 6.4 8.841 15.241
7. Claudio Capelli 6.4 8.500 14.900
8. David Belyavsky 6.5 8.366 14.866

Senior Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Max Whitlock 7.3 8.866 16.166
2. Krisztian Berki 6.9 8.733 15.633
3. Sašo Bertoncelj 6.5 8.966 15.466
4. Nikolai Kuksenkov 7.1 8.233 15.333
5. Oleg Vernyayev 6.7 7.433 14.133
6. Andrei Likhovitsky 6.4 7.600 14.000
7. Filip Ude 6.4 7.366 13.766
8. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 6.1 7.166 13.266

Senior Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Denis Ablyazin 6.8 9.000 15.800
1. Alexander Balandin 6.9 8.900 15.800
3. Samir Aït Saïd 6.8 8.966 15.766
4. Artur Tovmasyan 6.6 9.100 15.700
5. Vahagn Davtyan 6.6 9.000 15.600
5. Eleftherios Petrounias 6.8 8.800 15.600
7. Igor Radivilov 6.7 8.333 15.033
8. Yuri van Gelder 6.4 7.808 14.208

Senior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Denis Ablyazin 6.0 9.200 15.200 15.150
6.2 8.900 15.100
2. Igor Radivilov 6.0 9.000 15.000 15.050
6.0 9.100 15.100
3. Oleg Vernyayev 6.0 9.300 15.300 14.916
6.0 8.633 0.1 14.533
4. Tomi Tuuha 5.6 9.400 15.000 14.833
5.6 9.166 0.1 14.666
4. Casimir Schmidt 5.6 9.400 15.000 14.833
5.6 9.166 0.1 14.666
6. Andrey Medvedev 5.6 9.333 14.933 14.733
6.0 8.633 0.1 14.533
7. Michael Meier 5.6 8.700 0.3 14.000 14.233
5.2 9.266 14.466
8. Jeffrey Wammes 5.6 8.000 13.600 6.800
0.0 0.000 0.000

Senior Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Oleg Vernyayev 6.8 9.166 15.966
2. David Belyavsky 6.6 8.966 15.566
3. Epke Zonderland 6.5 9.033 15.533
4. Marius Berbecar 6.5 8.466 14.966
5. Nikolai Kuksenkov 5.8 8.400 14.200
6. Andrei Muntean 6.2 7.966 14.166
7. Mitja Petkovšek 4.6 7.966 12.566
8. Alexander Tsarevich 4.8 7.300 12.100

Senior High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Epke Zonderland 7.3 8.566 15.866
2. Sam Oldham 6.5 8.366 14.866
3. Kristian Thomas 6.5 8.308 14.808
4. Oliver Hegi 6.2 8.600 14.800
5. Kristof Schroe 6.3 8.466 14.766
6. Hamilton Sabot 6.2 8.300 14.500
7. Maksym Semiankiv 5.2 6.566 11.766
8. Fabian Hambüchen 2.4 8.725 6.0 5.125

Junior Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Giarnni Regini­Moran 5.8 8.900 14.700
2. Jay Thompson 5.4 9.100 14.500
3. Sascha Coradi 5.3 9.166 14.466
4. Jonathan Vrolix 5.4 8.908 14.308
5. Valentin Starikov 5.4 8.833 14.233
5. Silas Kipfer 5.2 9.033 14.233
7. Rick Jacobs 5.6 8.100 0.3 13.400
8. Nicola Bartolini 5.2 7.966 13.166

Junior Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.5 8.700 14.200
2. Sergei Yeltsov 5.2 8.825 14.025
3. Simone Bresolin 4.9 9.016 13.916
4. Nils Dunkel 5.3 8.533 13.833
5. David Huddleston 4.6 9.183 13.783
6. Kirill Potapov 5.2 8.533 13.733
7. Eyal Glazer 5.0 8.700 13.700
8. Vladyslav Gryko 5.3 7.333 12.633

Junior Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Vinzenz Hoeck 5.5 8.933 14.433
2. Brinn Bevan 5.0 9.100 14.100
3. Eyal Glazer 5.3 8.666 13.966
4. Artur Dalaloyan 5.1 8.800 13.900
5. Marios Georgiou 4.8 8.916 13.716
6. Vigen Khachatryan 4.8 8.800 13.600
7. Nile Wilson 5.2 8.233 13.433
8. Andrea Russo 4.8 8.233 13.033
9. Nikita Nagorny 5.0 7.633 12.633

Junior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Nikita Nagorny 5.6 9.300 14.900 14.933
5.6 9.366 14.966
2. Giarnni Regini­Moran 5.6 9.266 14.866 14.733
5.2 9.400 14.600
3. Florian Landuyt 5.6 9.033 14.633 14.466
5.2 9.100 14.300
3. Zachari Hrimeche 5.6 9.200 14.800 14.466
5.2 8.933 14.133
5. Nicola Bartolini 5.6 8.100 0.1 13.600 13.950
5.2 9.100 14.300
6. Jay Thompson 5.6 8.033 0.3 13.333 13.849
5.2 9.166 14.366
7. Artur Dalaloyan 5.6 7.966 13.566 13.816
5.2 8.966 0.1 14.066
8. Vigen Khachatryan 5.2 9.400 14.600 13.783
5.2 7.866 0.1 12.966

Junior Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.8 9.000 14.800
2. Brinn Bevan 5.4 9.333 14.733
3. Eduard Yermakov 5.6 8.566 14.166
4. Kirill Potapov 5.7 8.400 14.100
5. David Huddleston 4.7 8.533 13.233
6. Ahmet Onder 5.3 7.900 13.200
7. Valentin Starikov 5.1 8.075 13.175
8. Frank Rijken 5.2 7.166 12.366

Junior High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Nile Wilson 5.4 8.766 14.166
2. Zachari Hrimeche 5.2 8.633 13.833
3. Sascha Coradi 5.1 8.566 13.666
4. Tin Srbic 4.9 8.700 13.600
5. Ahmet Onder 5.2 8.133 13.333
6. Adrian Pfiffner 4.9 8.400 13.300
7. Jay Thompson 4.8 7.666 12.466
8. Kirill Potapov 4.8 6.033 10.833
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 24 May 2014 08:59    PDF Print
Russian Men Reclaim European Title
(8 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Russia reclaimed the senior European team title as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Saturday afternoon in Sofia.

Russia reclaimed the senior European team title as the 2014 Men's European Championships continued Saturday afternoon in Sofia.

Russia, the 2008 champion, topped defending champion Great Britain by just over 2 points. Ukraine took the bronze over Germany in a final that came down to the last event.

Both Russia and Great Britain committed several errors during the competition, keeping the competition close. Great Britain, which had comfortably topped the qualification, gave away too many points however. The team opened on rings, where national champion Max Whitlock rolled out of his double-twisting double tuck dismount. In the next rotation, Kristian Thomas touched down on his Yurchenko double pike vault.

Russia, meanwhile, opened on pommel horse, where 2013 European all-around champion David Belyavsky blew his routine for 13.200 (6.9 Execution score). Russia gained momentum on still rings with huge scores from Denis Ablyazin (15.600) and Alexander Balandin (15.500). Nikita Ignatyev touched down on his handspring double front vault, but Belyavsky landed his Tsukahara double pike well, and Ablyazin stuck his own Tsukahara double pike. After five rotations, Russia held a lead of less than a point over Great Britain, with the gold medal to be decided by Russia on floor and Great Britain on pommel horse.

Russia, which had to count a 12.933 from an inconsistent Ignatyev in qualification, came out fighting in the last round. Ignatyev led off for 15.000, while Belyavsky followed with 15.466. Ablyazin, whose routine features a marathon of tumbling, managed to hit his 7.1-Difficulty set for 15.833 to clinch the gold for Russia. Ablyazin emerged as the team's most valuable player, earning the highest scores of the meet on floor, still rings and vault.

Britain, which needed to make up ground on its best event, earned the best team total on pommel horse but couldn't score well enough to beat Russia. Daniel Purvis scored 13.933, and even Daniel Keatings' 15.066 and Whitlock's incredible 16.200 was not enough to pull ahead.

Oleg Vernyayev led Ukraine to third with consistent performances on all events. The team had several newcomers who performed well under pressure. The Ukrainian gymnasts, who had to rely on last-minute financial aid from the FIG to travel to Sofia, celebrated the bronze as if they had won gold.

Germany, the 2010 team champion, chased Ukraine in the final rotations for the bronze, but came up short.

France, the Netherlands, Romania and Belarus rounded out the team final.

Competition concludes Sunday in Sofia with the junior and senior apparatus finals. The European Gymnastics Union (UEG) will stream the senior finals live via www.ueg.org.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Men's European Championships
May 24, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Team FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Russia 46.299 42.499 46.199 44.198 44.698 44.066 267.959
Denis Ablyazin 7.1 15.833 6.8 15.500 6.0 15.366
Alexander Balandin 6.9 15.633
David Belyavsky 6.5 15.466 6.3 13.200 6.0 15.166 6.6 15.266 6.1 14.600
Nikita Ignatyev 6.2 15.000 5.9 14.166 5.6 13.666 6.2 14.566 6.2 14.633
Nikolai Kuksenkov 6.6 15.133 6.3 15.066 6.5 14.866 6.8 14.833
2. Great Britain 45.900 45.141 42.782 43.565 44.433 44.132 265.953
Daniel Keatings 6.7 15.008 6.6 15.200
Sam Oldham 5.8 14.783 5.6 14.966 6.3 14.500 6.5 15.000
Daniel Purvis 6.5 15.200 6.1 13.933 6.2 14.333 5.6 14.633
Kristian Thomas 6.2 15.000 6.0 13.966 6.4 14.866
Max Whitlock 6.7 15.700 7.4 16.200 5.9 13.666 6.1 14.733 6.1 14.266
3. Ukraine 43.482 43.066 43.900 43.783 44.857 42.999 262.087
Volodymyr Okachev 6.2 14.533 5.4 13.666
Igor Radivilov 5.7 14.266 6.5 15.300 6.0 14.700
Maksym Semiankiv 5.5 14.116 6.0 14.466 5.3 13.700 5.8 14.733 6.2 14.733
Andrii Sienichkin 6.1 14.200 5.2 14.300
Oleg Vernyayev 6.5 15.100 5.9 14.400 6.4 14.900 6.0 14.783 6.8 15.591 6.2 14.600
4. Germany 43.066 41.566 44.166 44.507 44.274 43.132 260.711
Andreas Bretschneider 6.3 13.700 6.4 15.066 6.3 14.533
Fabian Hambüchen 6.5 15.266 5.3 13.500 5.9 14.633 5.6 14.966 6.9 15.366
Sebastian Krimmer 5.9 14.100 6.2 14.433 6.2 14.100 5.9 13.233
Marcel Nguyen 6.1 15.000 5.6 14.800 6.5 15.108
Andreas Toba 5.7 13.633 6.2 14.533 5.6 14.741
5. France 43.532 41.665 44.432 42.132 45.199 41.932 258.892
Samir Aït Saïd 5.7 14.366 6.8 15.600 5.6 14.733
Kevin Antoniotti 6.1 14.700 5.2 14.233 6.4 15.066 5.6 12.666
Hamilton Sabot 5.9 12.466 5.7 14.366 6.7 15.433 6.2 14.800
Cyril Tommasone 6.4 15.066 6.2 14.700
Arnaud Willig 5.9 14.466 5.6 14.133 6.0 14.466 5.6 13.166 6.0 14.466
6. Netherlands 41.233 40.932 43.433 44.166 41.933 45.282 256.979
Bart Deurloo 5.9 14.400 6.2 14.100 5.7 14.100 5.6 14.733 5.9 14.100 6.8 14.891
Casimir Schmidt 6.5 14.100 5.2 13.566 5.4 13.900 5.6 14.800 5.6 12.533
Yuri van Gelder 6.4 15.433
Jeffrey Wammes 5.6 12.733 5.6 14.633 6.3 14.758
Epke Zonderland 5.4 13.266 6.5 15.300 7.2 15.633
7. Romania 42.175 39.866 42.899 43.266 44.840 39.733 252.779
Cristian Bataga 6.1 14.400 6.1 13.733 6.3 14.500 5.6 14.600 5.5 13.333
Marius Berbecar 5.1 12.000 5.6 13.766 6.7 15.666
Andrei Muntean 5.9 14.000 6.6 15.166 6.0 14.900 6.2 14.833 5.7 14.000
Ioan Nistor 5.5 13.233 5.7 12.400
Andrei Ursache 5.9 13.775 6.2 14.133 5.8 14.341
8. Belarus 42.133 41.333 41.900 40.933 44.599 41.774 252.672
Dmitry Barkalov 6.0 14.400 6.1 14.000 5.2 14.400 6.1 14.075
Pavel Bulavsky 6.1 13.833 5.7 13.600 5.6 13.500
Andrei Likhovitsky 5.4 13.900 6.2 14.333 5.6 14.100 5.2 13.033 6.0 14.800 6.4 14.666
Vasily Mikhalitsyn 6.3 13.000 5.6 14.200 5.8 14.566
Alexander Tsarevich 6.6 15.233 5.6 13.033

International Gymnast magazine’s features on 2014 Europeans competitors include:

Belarus
"Crossing the Border" - Andrey Likhovitsky interview (December 2013)

France
Samir Ait Said interview (June 2013)
Arnaud Willig interview (January/February 2014)

Germany
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Just the Beginning" – Hambüchen photo review (June 2013)
Hambüchen cover photo, 2009 American Cup report (April 2009)
"All-Around Great Guy" - Hambüchen cover photo and profile (November 2007)
Hambüchen cover photo, 2007 European Championships report (June 2007)
Hambüchen center poster (April 2007)
"Clutch Horse Rider" - Sebastian Krimmer profile (January 2011)
"Silver Streak" – Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Fast Mender" – Nguyen profile (June 2011)

Great Britain
"Shooting Star" – Brinn Bevan profile (June 2013)
10 Questions with (Coach) Paul Hall" – interview (January/February 2010)
"The British Invasion" –includes Daniel Keatings interview and center poster, Louis Smith profile and Daniel Purvis profile (June 2009)
Sam Oldham on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
Sam Oldham interview (June 2010)
"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – Purvis interview (March 2012)
"Divide and Conquer" – Kristian Thomas interview (May 2012)
"The Good Shepherd" – coach Ed van Hoof interview (April 2013)
"Lord Max" – Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)
"Backstage at Lilleshall” – cover story on IG’s visit to national training center (November 2011)

Netherlands
"Comebacks Complete" - Jeffrey Wammes profile (September 2007)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile (August/September 2002)
"Power Trip" - Yuri van Gelder profile (January/February 2009)
van Gelder two-page center poster (June 2008)
"Skilled and Studious" - Epke Zonderland cover story (March 2014)
"The Flying Dutchman" – Zonderland interview (May 2010)

Russia
"Growing with the Flow" - Alexander Balandin profile (December 2013)
"European Ruler" – David Belyavsky profile (July/August 2013)
"Serious Contender" – Nikolai Kuksenkov profile (March 2011)

Ukraine
"Front and Centered" - Oleg Vernyayev profile (January/February 2014)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the digital and/or print edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 


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