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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:44    PDF Print
Uchimura Captures 8th Straight NHK Cup
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

World and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive title Thursday at the 55th NHK Trophy in Tokyo, where runner-up Ryohei Kato clinched his second Olympic berth.

World and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive title Thursday at the 55th NHK Trophy in Tokyo, where runner-up Ryohei Kato clinched his second Olympic berth.

The NHK Cup serves as the second Olympic qualification event for Japan following last month's national championships, and the two scores together determined the NHK Cup winner. Six-time world all-around champion Uchimura was pre-qualified to the Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro; 2012 Olympian Kato qualified to the team based on his second place on Thursday. The remaining three gymnasts will be named to the team following the Japanese national event championships in June.

After a few mistakes last month, Uchimura rebounded to near flawless form on Thursday, scoring a formidable 93.35: 15.90 on floor exercise, 15.30 on pommel horse, 14.80 on still rings, 15.60 on vault and parallel bars and finally a 16.15 on high bar (piked Kovacs; Cassina; Rybalko; Tak half-Kolman; Tak full to Yamawaki; perfectly nailed layout double-double). Uchimura, who has been undefeated in the all-around since finishing second at the 2008 Olympic Games, earned a combined total of 184.65 to win by nearly five points.

In a Konami sweep of the medals, Kato edged out Yusuke Tanaka by just .1, 180.10-180.00.

2010 Youth Olympic champion Yuya Kamoto (Nippon Sport Science University) placed fourth (179.40). The top four gymnasts all scored above 90.00 points on Thursday.

Two-time world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai Nippon Sport Science University finished fifth with 177.40. Shirai, who had been second last month at the national championships, began strongly on floor exercise with 16.15, but fell on his dismount on pommel horse in the next rotation (12.95). In the fourth rotation, he scored 15.55 for an incredible drilled triple-twisting Yurchenko.

Kazuma Kaya, the bronze medalist on pommel horse at the 2015 Worlds, placed sixth (176.80).

At last fall's world championships in Glasgow, the Japanese team of Uchimura, Kato, Kaya, Shirai, Tanaka and Naoto Hayasaka (26th all-around) won the team title. It was the first world team title for Japan since 1978.

After silver medals the past two Olympics, the Japanese are aiming to recapture the Olympic team title they last won in 2004. The NHK results show a Japanese team of the top five gymnasts will be tough to beat; calculating the top three scores on each event Thursday results in a team score of 278.45 — nearly than 8 points higher than the winning 270.818 that Japan scored in the Glasgow team final.

Uchimura, a native of Nagasaki Prefecture, competed with a message of support on his back to the victims of last month's devastating earthquakes in neighboring Kumamoto. The 7.0 earthquake and aftershocks killed 50 people and injured more than 3,000. Uchimura and Kato organized a fundraising campaign in conjunction with this week's NHK Cup, raising about 45 million yen ($420,000) for the victims of the quake.

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

55th NHK Cup
May 5, 2016, Yoyogi, Tokyo

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBAANat'lTotal
1.Kohei UchimuraKonami Sports Club15.9015.3014.8015.6015.6016.1593.3591.30184.65
2.Ryohei KatoKonami Sports Club15.5015.0014.4515.0015.1515.6090.7089.40180.10
3.Yusuke TanakaKonami Sports Club15.2014.8514.7014.3515.9515.9090.9589.05180.00
4.Yuya KamotoNippon Sport Science University14.8014.1515.3514.9515.5515.3590.1589.25179.40
5.Kenzo ShiraiNippon Sport Science University16.1512.9514.2015.5515.0013.8587.7089.70177.40
6.Kazuma KayaJuntendo University14.7015.4514.6014.9515.2514.3089.2587.55176.80
7.Koji YamamuroKonami Sports Club14.0014.8515.3015.3515.6514.1589.3087.35176.65
8.Yusuke SaitoTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.4514.6514.5514.4514.9014.1087.1089.25176.35
9.Shogo NonomuraCentral Sports15.1014.8515.0515.1014.5014.9589.5586.15175.70
10.Ko TanigawaJuntendo University15.2514.5014.2015.1015.2014.2588.5086.90175.40
11.Shoichi YamamotoAsahi Seimei14.7515.1014.5514.9015.2514.2088.7586.60175.35
12.Kazushi TakedaTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.6513.2015.3514.8515.3014.7588.1086.40174.50
13.Sho TanigawaIchiritsu Funabashi High School14.7014.6513.6514.2514.9514.5586.7587.10173.85
14.Kaito ImabayashiCentral Sports14.5013.3014.2014.8014.4014.5085.7087.70173.40
15.Fuya MaenoNational Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya14.6014.6014.4514.5013.9514.6586.7586.50173.25
16.Yasuhiro OkamuraAsahi Seimei14.5513.9015.6014.8013.1014.2086.1586.90173.05
17.Seiya TauraNippon Sport Science University14.6014.0514.1514.8014.4514.4086.4586.35172.80
18.Junpei OkaTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.8514.9514.3515.0014.5013.4587.1085.60172.70
19.Yoshiaki FuruyaKonami Sports Club13.7514.5514.4013.4515.0014.6585.8086.75172.55
20.Daiki IshikawaCentral Sports14.7014.5014.1014.3514.5013.3085.4586.85172.30
21.Tatsuki IchiseAsahi Seimei14.3511.8015.0514.7014.4014.7585.0587.00172.05
22.Hasegawa ChishoTokushukai Gymnastics Club13.5515.1014.1014.3014.1013.8084.9586.95171.90
23.Shirai Katsutaro Konami Sports Club15.2012.8514.5015.2513.9514.3586.1085.40171.50
24.Masayoshi YamamotoTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.6514.2013.6014.5514.5015.5587.0584.25171.30
25.Kenya Yuasaichiritsu Funabashi High School14.5514.5014.0514.3514.4013.5085.3585.55170.90
26.Naoto HayasakaJuntendo University15.1514.6014.0515.4514.2511.7085.2085.55170.75
27.Ryoba KawamotoJuntendo University14.2514.7013.6014.7014.6514.2586.1584.40170.55
28.Chihiro YoshiokaCentral Sports13.0514.1514.4014.8015.3014.3086.0084.15170.15
29.Kenzo KanekoTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.7013.8514.0013.9013.8513.4583.7586.25170.00
30.Sei YokoyamaKonami Sports Club14.0512.5514.2514.2015.1515.0585.2584.20169.45
31.Ryuzo SejimaTokushukai Gymnastics Club15.1513.5014.8014.8013.7012.6584.6084.75169.35
32.Takuto Kakitani Central Sports13.9513.2514.5014.3014.1514.2584.4084.10168.50
33.Kohei KameyamaTokushukai Gymnastics Club13.4514.6514.100.0013.4513.3569.0085.50154.50
Takahiro GoshimaSendai15.50
Takumi SatoTokushukai Gymnastics Club15.20
Masahiro UkaiNihon University15.05
Daiki IkedaSendai14.90
Ryotaka DeguchiEhime Prefecture14.60
Kensho SetoNippon Sport Science University13.30
Takuya NaganoAsahi Seimei15.05
Genichiro KozuJuntendo University14.85
Takaya ShimadaNihon University14.70
Keisuke OguraSogo Gymnastics Club15.75
Hirotoshi InoueNippon Sport Science University15.15
Takumi SatoTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.60
Kazuhito TanakaTokushukai Gymnastics Club15.45
Mizuki TanakaNippon Sport Science University14.80
Masataka AoyamaKonami Sports Club14.20
Ryosuke OzakiSogo Gymnastics Club14.30
Kazuaki KoizumiSogo Gymnastics Club13.40
Hidetaka Miyachi University of Tsukuba13.25
Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:33    PDF Print
Teramoto Wins NHK Cup, Clinches Olympic Berth
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

2012 Olympian Asuka Teramoto won the women's all-around at the 55th NHK Cup on Wednesday in Tokyo, earning an automatic berth to her second Olympic Games. Pictured: Teramoto with runner-up Mai Murakami and bronze medalist Aiko Sugihara

2012 Olympian Asuka Teramoto (Chukyo University) won the women's all-around at the 55th NHK Cup on Wednesday in Tokyo, earning an automatic berth to her second Olympic Games.

The NHK Cup serves as the second Olympic qualification event for Japan following last month's national championships, and the two scores together determine the NHK Cup winner. The champions in Tokyo are to be named to Japan's teams for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Reigning Olympic champion and six-time world champion Kohei Uchimura is pre-qualified; if he wins the men's title on Thursday, the silver medalist will clinch an automatic berth.) The final teams will be determined following the Japanese national event championships in June.

The Japanese men are the reigning world champions after their victory last fall in Glasgow, where the women's team finished fifth.

Runner-up Mai Murakami (Nippon Sport Science University) and bronze medalist Aiko Sugihara (Meihua High School) were also named to the Olympic team based on Japan's qualification formula, which factors in event rankings as well.

Second to Murakami last month, Teramoto hit all four routines on Wednesday to take the NHK title with a combined score of 115.050. Her top score was 15.300 on vault for a stuck layout Rudi. Teramoto, 20, is the only gymnast still competing from Japan's eighth-place women's team from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Murakami, who started with a .1 advantage over Teramoto, hit her double-twisting Yurchenko vault (15.050) and floor exercise to Christina Aguilera's "Show Me How You Burlesque" (double-double; double layout; quad turn; 2 1/2 to layout front full; double pike; 14.850) but fell on her two-foot layout on beam (12.450). Murakami, 19, totaled 113.300 to take silver ahead of the 16-year-old Sugihara (112.350), who held onto her third-place finish from nationals.

Yuki Uchiyama (Smile Gymnastics Club) placed fourth (110.050) with the top score on uneven bars (inside Stalder-full-Komova II-Pak; Stalder-blind Jaeger; stuck full-twisting double; 14.350/6.2). Nippon Sport Science University's Natsumi Sasada placed fifth (108.400).

Hitomi Hatakeda (Central Meguro), daughter of 1992 and 1996 Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda, placed seventh.

World floor exercise finalist Sae Miyakawa, suffering from an ankle injury, finished 11th. Known for her spectacular tumbling, Miyakawa lowered her difficulty on floor and went out of bounds three times.

Competition concludes Thursday at Yoyogi Stadium with the men's competition. Uchimura starts with a 91.300 total from the Japanese championships, followed by Kenzo Shirai's 89.700 and Ryohei Kato's 89.400. Yuya Kamoto and Yusuke Saito, both with 89.250, are also in contention of grabbing an automatic Olympic berth.

Thursday's event will also honor three-time Japanese Olympian Naoya Tsukahara with a special ceremony. Tsukahara, who turns 39 in June, announced his retirement in March after several years of representing Australia. He is now the general director of the Asahi Seimei club, following in the footsteps of his father, the great Mitsuo Tsukahara.

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

55th NHK Trophy
May 4, 2016, Yoyogi, Tokyo

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXAANationalTotal
1.Asuka TeramotoChukyo University/Les Logic Sports15.30014.05014.35014.05057.75057.300115.050
2.Mai MurakamiNippon Sport Science University15.05013.60012.45014.80055.90057.400113.300
3.Aiko SugiharaBaika High School/Asahi Seimei14.40014.15013.75014.05056.35056.000112.350
4.Yuki Uchiyama Smile Gymnastics Club14.30014.35012.80013.70055.15054.900110.050
5.Natsumi SasadaNippon Sport Science University14.00013.10013.95013.55054.60053.800108.400
6.Marina KawasakiHiratsuka School/Tri-Gymnastics Club14.00013.65013.30012.35053.30054.550107.850
7.Hitomi HatakedaCentral Meguro/Nihon University High School13.90013.50013.25013.25053.90053.700107.600
8.Koike AyuToda City Sports Center14.60012.55013.15013.00053.30054.150107.450
9.Kajita NagiYamanashi Junior Gymnastics Club/Seiwa Kai High School14.70013.10012.75013.50054.05052.550106.600
10.Koko DobashiLes Logic Sports14.35012.55012.15013.40052.45053.950106.400
11.Sae MiyakawaSaints Gymnastics Club14.10012.80011.75013.40052.05053.950106.000
12.Akiho SatoNippon Sport Science University14.10012.95013.05013.50053.60052.000105.600
12.Shiho Nakaji Toda City Sports Center14.00012.60013.10013.10052.80052.800105.600
12.Wakana InoueUniversity Of Tsukuba12.85013.00013.50013.20052.55053.050105.600
15.Yumoto YurikaNarawa Gymnastics Club/Taketoyo High School14.05013.00013.05013.00053.10051.500104.600
16.Minami HondaMukogawa Women's University14.05012.05012.95012.80051.85052.700104.550
17.Kiko KuwajimaToda City Sports Center15.05011.95011.90012.85051.75052.250104.000
18.Yui TeraoNippon Sport Science University13.65012.85013.10012.00051.60051.100102.700
19.Mana OguchiOizumi Swallow Sports Club13.60011.55013.15013.55051.85050.650102.500
19.Mai OkadaToda City Sports Center13.35012.40012.90012.65051.30051.200102.500
21.Yumoto SakuraChukyo University/Narawa Gymnastics Club14.00010.40013.70012.35050.45051.750102.200
22.Yuka NatsumeMukogawa Women's University13.80012.30012.45011.80050.35051.400101.750
23.Yasuha MatsumuraChukyo University/Chukyo Gymnastics Club13.90011.25012.10012.75050.00051.500101.500
24.Mina SugimuraKokushikan University13.85012.65012.85012.35051.70049.200100.900
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 01 May 2016 22:50    PDF Print
British Junior Men Unstoppable in Germany
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Great Britain claimed the top spot in a four-way junior men's competition against France, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday in Monheim, Bavaria. Pictured: 2014 Youth Olympic Champion Giarnni Regini-Moran

Great Britain claimed the top spot in a four-way junior men's competition against France, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday in Monheim, Bavaria.

The British brought a double victory Saturday as their female counterparts defeated the same three countries at a junior quad meet held in Volketswil, Switzerland.

The competition in Monheim served as a warmup for the upcoming Junior European Championships, May 25-29 in Bern, Switzerland. All four nations sent the same teams entered into the competition in Bern, where the British men are favored to defend the junior team title.

Great Britain (334.800) won by a commanding victory of more than 8 points, with the team earning the highest score on five of the six events. Multiple mistakes on high bar brought the other teams closer, but Britain continued with a strong team performance on floor exercise and pommel horse to easily win.

The competition among the other three teams was much tighter, with the teams separated by less than 1.5 points. Switzerland claimed silver (326.700) over France (325.950) and Germany (325.300). The host team's fourth place was still a good outcome because of the improved score, said said 2004 and 2008 Olympian Thomas Andergassen, now the head coach for the German junior team.

"The competition was certainly positive for us, because if you look at the distances (between countries), we have made significant progress. We'll be stronger after the event," Andergassen said.

2014 Youth Olympic Champion Giarnni Regini-Moran (84.450) and teammate Hamish Carter (84.300) finished 1-2 in the all-around for Great Britain. Robin Caillaud, runner-up at the 2015 French Junior Championships, won the bronze (83.250)

France's Cameron-Lie Bernard (81.850) finished fourth ahead of Switzerland's Samir Serhani (81.450). New British Under-18 junior champion Joe Fraser placed sixth after missed routines on pommel horse and high bar. Carlo Hörr (80.250) and Nick Klessing (80.100) earn the best finishes for Germany in the all-around, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively.

Regini-Moran put up the top individual scores on floor exercise (14.900/6.0) and vault (14.950/6.0). Teammate Joshua Nathan (14.000/6.0) had the top score on pommel horse. The British superiority was especially evident on pommel horse, where their Difficulty scores were far above their rivals. Jamie Lewis also had a 6.0 D-score, while Fraser had 5.8. Only one other gymnast in the field, France's Baptiste Miette (5.7), had a D-score above 5.3 on pommel horse.

Klessing earned the best score on rings (14.550/5.5) while France's Bernard outscored the field on parallel bars (14.850/5.7). Switzerland's Moreno Kratter (14.250/5.4) was the top gymnast on high bar, where the Swiss had the best team total.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation

2016 France/Germany/Great Britain/Switzerland U18 Men
April 30, Monheim, Bavaria, Germany

1.  Great Britain57.00054.80055.15058.50056.80052.550334.800
Hamish Carter14.40013.75014.00014.65013.80013.70084.300
Joe Fraser13.45012.75014.05013.90014.40012.75081.300
Jamie Lewis13.00013.40012.75014.20014.05013.00080.400
Joshua Nathan14.25014.00013.25041.500
Donell Osbourne14.70013.60013.10041.400
Giarnni Regini-Moran14.90013.65013.85014.95014.55012.55084.450
2.  Switzerland53.95052.10055.55055.30055.65054.150326.700
Henji Mboyo12.70013.95014.15012.95053.750
Samir Serhani14.25012.70014.25014.50012.30013.45081.450
Noe Seifert12.65013.30013.55013.10014.25013.50080.350
Andreas Gribi13.35013.40013.80012.75013.60011.65078.550
Martino Morosi13.70012.60014.25040.550
Moreno Kratter12.40013.40013.45013.65014.25067.150
3.  France52.95053.00053.70057.30055.70053.300325.950
Baptiste Miette12.70013.50013.20013.45052.850
Robin Caillaud13.80013.80013.60014.20014.20013.65083.250
Cameron-Lie Bernard12.90013.60013.20014.60014.85012.70081.850
Kévin Carvalho13.15012.90013.25014.30011.65013.85079.100
Léo Valentin12.55013.10025.650
Antoine Pochon13.10012.50013.35014.20013.20012.45078.800
4.  Germany55.10051.35053.45057.95054.55052.900325.300
Nick Klessing13.90012.20014.55014.05013.65011.75080.100
Felix Remuta14.10013.15014.60012.10013.05067.000
Leonard Prügel13.55013.20014.65013.40013.00067.800
Carlo Hörr13.55013.40011.50014.65013.60013.55080.250
Tobias Radoi13.05012.55012.70013.40013.90013.30078.900
Mika Säfken12.15013.05025.200

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Giarnni Regini-Moran19986.014.9005.213.6504.713.8506.014.9505.814.5504.612.55084.450
2.Hamish Carter19985.614.4005.313.7505.014.0005.214.6505.113.8005.113.70084.300
3.Robin Caillaud19984.913.8004.913.8004.813.6005.214.2005.114.2004.713.65083.250
4.Cameron-Lie Bernard19985.312.9005.313.6004.713.2005.214.6005.714.8503.712.70081.850
5.Samir Serhani19995.514.2504.712.7005.214.2505.214.5004.612.3005.013.45081.450
6.Joe Fraser19985.713.4505.812.7505.014.0505.213.9005.614.4005.212.75081.300
7.Donell Osbourne20005.013.4504.913.0004.513.3005.214.7004.913.6004.713.10081.150
8.Jamie Lewis20004.113.0006.013.4004.912.7505.214.2005.114.0504.713.00080.400
9.Noe Seifert19985.012.6504.813.3004.913.5504.413.1005.214.2504.613.50080.350
10.Carlo Hörr19985.113.5505.213.4004.011.5005.214.6505.013.6004.913.55080.250
11.Nick Klessing19985.613.9004.612.2005.514.5505.614.0505.013.6504.611.75080.100
12.Leonard Prügel19985.213.5504.713.2004.312.1005.614.6504.413.4004.313.00079.900
13.Moreno Kratter19985.212.4004.412.0504.713.4004.413.4504.813.6505.414.25079.200
14.Kévin Carvalho19994.813.1504.512.9004.613.2505.214.3005.411.6505.013.85079.100
15.Joshua Nathan19985.314.2506.014.0004.813.2504.413.3504.412.3004.611.85079.000
16.Tobias Radoi19995.013.0504.212.5504.712.7004.413.4004.813.9004.713.30078.900
17.Antoine Pochon19995.113.1004.512.5004.613.3505.214.2004.813.2005.012.45078.800
18.Felix Remuta19985.914.1004.411.6505.213.1505.614.6004.912.1004.913.05078.650
19.Andreas Gribi19984.813.3504.913.4004.913.8005.212.7505.313.6004.711.65078.550
20.Martino Morosi19995.113.7004.512.6004.712.7005.214.2504.211.8004.613.20078.250
21.Léo Valentin19995.412.5504.211.0504.613.2504.413.5504.413.2004.613.10076.700
22.Henji Mboyo19985.212.7005.113.9505.414.1505.012.95053.750
23.Baptiste Miette19985.712.7004.813.5005.213.2005.413.45052.850
24.Mika Säfken20004.912.1504.713.0504.613.0504.412.15050.400
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 01 May 2016 16:12    PDF Print
British Junior Women Best in Switzerland
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

A squad of British juniors took the title at a friendly meet for women against France, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday in Volketswil, Zürich.

A squad of British juniors took the title at a friendly meet for women against France, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday in Volketswil, Zürich.

Great Britain earned a double victory on Saturday, as the male contingent defeated the same three countries at a junior quad meet held in Monheim, Germany.

Great Britain scored 162.600 to top France (161.750) by nearly a full point. Host Switzerland came third (160.750) ahead of Germany (158.100). The British had the top total on every event except floor exercise, where France and Switzerland tied for the best total.

The competition served as a warm-up for many gymnasts hoping to compete at next month's Junior European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, which will feature a full competition for team, all-around and apparatus. Each country sent six gymnasts, giving an early look at the junior squads training for the 2020 Olympics.

Great Britain sent a strong team formed after its recent junior national championships, held in early April in Liverpool. New British junior champion Maisie Methuen was absent, but silver medalist Taeja James and bronze medalist Ellesse Oates were in Volketswil along with junior national event champions Sophie Scott (vault), Megan Parker (uneven bars) and Zoe Simmons (floor exercise). Lucy Stanhope, the bronze medalist on uneven bars and balance beam in Liverpool, rounded out the British squad.

France, which has already named its teams for Europeans, sent the same team that will return next month to Bern. 2015 junior national champion Lorette Charpy leads the squad along with Alisson Lapp, Janna Mouffok, Morgane Osyssek and Mélissa Poitreau. Team alternate Assia Khnifass also competed in Volketswil.

James won the all-around title (54.100) over Parker (53.700), with Switzerland's Leonie Meier tying Poitreau for the bronze (53.450).

Top event scorers were Scott and Switzerland's Anina Wildi on vault (14.200/5.0), Parker on uneven bars (13.450/5.1) and floor exercise (13.550/5.1), and Poitreau on balance beam (13.900/5.6).

The French junior squad will host a match against Romania on May 13 in Haguenau.

External Link: Official Website

2016 France/Germany/Great Britain/Switzerland U16 Women
April 30, Volketswil, Zürich, Switzerland

1.  Great Britain42.20039.85041.00039.550162.600
Taeja James14.10013.35013.65013.000
Megan Parker12.90013.45013.80013.550
Lucy Stanhope13.90012.90013.35012.750
Ellesse Oates13.65012.90011.95013.000
Zoe Simmons13.50011.70012.40013.000
Sophie Scott14.20013.05013.550
2.  France41.60039.80040.75039.600161.750
Mélissa Poitreau13.85013.15013.90012.55053.450
Morgane Osyssek13.95013.20012.35013.50053.000
Lorette Charpy13.80013.30012.90012.85052.850
Assia Khnifass13.65013.30013.10012.70052.750
Janna Mouffok13.50013.15012.95013.10052.700
Alisson Lapp13.45011.35013.75013.00051.550
3.  Switzerland42.10039.60039.45039.600160.750
Leonie Meier13.95013.35013.15013.00053.450
Livia Schmid13.95013.00013.20013.15053.300
Anina Wildi14.20013.25012.30013.45053.200
Lynn Genhart13.90012.95013.10012.90052.850
Fabienne Studer12.65012.90012.35012.60050.500
Anny Wu12.75012.60010.40012.90048.650
4.  Germany41.05038.00039.60039.450158.100
Helene Schäfer13.30013.20013.70012.75052.950
Emma Höfele14.05012.40012.25013.20051.900
Isabelle Stingl13.70010.95013.05013.00050.700
Anudari Platow12.75012.40012.40013.15050.700
Julia Plattenhardt13.25011.85012.40012.95050.450
Kristina Iltner13.20010.90012.85013.10050.050

1.Taeja James20025.014.1005.113.3505.313.6505.013.00054.100
2.Megan Parker20014.412.9005.113.4505.213.8005.113.55053.700
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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:47    PDF Print
Downie Dominates Osijek with Full Sweep
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Ellie Downie made history for Great Britain with a full sweep of the gold medals at the 2016 FIG World Challenge Cup, held this weekend in Osijek. Pictured: Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev participates in the athletes' competition draw on Friday night.

Ellie Downie continued to make history for Great Britain with a full sweep of the gold medals at the 2016 FIG World Challenge Cup, held this weekend in Osijek.

Downie, 16, dominated with golds on women's vault and uneven bars and Saturday followed by the balance beam and floor exercise titles on Sunday. She is the first gymnast to sweep a World Cup event under its current rules. It was the best performance to date from Downie, whose combined total in Osijek would have resulted in a personal best 59.125 all-around score.

Ellie Downie (Great Britain)

"I really enjoyed being here," said Downie, who joined her sister Becky Downie to help Great Britain to a historic team bronze medal at last year's world championships. "Osijek is one of the best competitions I have ever had. I really enjoyed the whole experience. The crowd and the organization were great. Thank you all!"

The competition in Osijek attracted a competitive field from 25 nations, including Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Russia Ukraine and the United States The organization was praised for its Friday night banquet held after qualifications, in which the gymnasts themselves drew their competition order for the weekend's finals.

Downie began her domination on women's vault, where she performed a double-twisting Yurchenko (14.975) and layout Podkopayeva (14.725) for a 14.850 average, comfortably topping Slovenia's Tjaša Kysselef (14.200 average) and Canada's Rose-Kayen Woo (13.638 average).

On uneven bars, Downie hit her 6.3D set much better than in qualification, although she was still a bit short on several handstands (front sole circle, pirouette to Maloney uprise to Tkatchev, toe full to piked Tkatchev to Pak; Maloney-half; double layout). Second place went to Russia's Seda Tutkhalyan, who earned the best execution score of the field (Maloney to Bhardwaj; Maloney-half; toe-on, toe-full to Tkatchev; elgrip giants to double front; 6.0D). Top qualifier Natalia Kapitanova of Russia had a beautiful routine going but was forced to settle for the bronze after overarching her toe-full before her full-twisting double dismount, which she landed extremely low.

Downie's most impressive performance of the finals was on balance beam, where she looked extremely confident in a rock solid routine, complete with stuck dismount (punch front, wolf; sStanding Arabian to sissone.; switch leap, switch side; double turn with slight wobble; ff, ff, layout; RO 2 1/2 twist; 6.4D).

Russia's Maria Kharenkova, the 2014 European champion, won silver over Tutkhalyan. Tutkhalyan, the top qualifier, had a wobble on her RO, layout full, but otherwise nailed her routine, although she played it safe by leaving the full-twist off her double pike dismount.

Downie hit her tumbling on floor exercise to execute a full sweep of the golds in Osijek: 1 1/2 to Arabian double front (almost stepped out); piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2, punch front; double pike). Natalia Kapitanova took silver with very clean execution and beautiful lines peformed to "Don Quixote" (piked full-in; 2 1/2 layout front; two whips to double tuck). First-year Ukrainian senior Yana Horokhova, the tiniest gymnast of the competition, won bronze with trademark beautiful Ukrainian gymnastics (tucked full-in; 2 1/2 twist; double tuck; double pike).

Downie's solid performance is a good omen for the British women, who will next try to accomplish another historic first next month as they aim for gold at the European championships next month in Bern.

In the men's competition, Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev was the only double winner, taking golds on pommel horse and vault. Vernyayev, who competed all six events in qualification, missed his chance for a third gold on parallel bars after hitting his leg on his Bhavsar and having to jump off.

Russia had more success in the men's competition, with gold medals from Denis Ablyazin on still rings and from Emin Garibov on parallel bars. Garibov, who has been sidelined from major competition for the past several years with double shoulder injuries, was thrilled with his nailed routine, capped off by a stuck double front dismount.

Ablyazin aimed for the most ambitious routine in the floor finals (7.2D), but stumbled out of bounds on his triple-twisting front mount and then landed out of bounds on his layout double-double and piked Arabian double front, incurring .7 in neutral deductions that dropped him from first to seventh.

The floor title went to 2004 German Olympian Matthias Fahrig, who was extremely solid on his 6.7D set (double-twisting front to double front; piked Arabian double front, half out; piked Arabian double front; tucked Arabian double front). Two-time Israeli Olympian Alexander Shatilov won the silver with extremely clean tumbling, although he went out of bounds twice (layout Thomas; 1 1/2 to Randi; tucked double-double; front double full to Rudi; 2 1/2 to tucked front full; tucked full-in). American Steven Legendre took the bronze, mounting with a 2 1/2 to double front and throwing a rare 2 1/2-twisting double tuck, although he also went out of bounds on his piked Arabian double front.

On vault, American Paul Ruggeri won the silver behind Vernyayev with a RO half-on, double-twisting front and Yurchenko 2 1/2. Ukrainian Igor Radivilov, who was third on still rings, took another bronze. Radivilov crashed his piked Dragulescu (Ri 2) but stood up his Tsukahara double pike.

Cuban star Manrique Larduet won silver on parallel bars behind Garibov. Larduet landed his new dismount in qualification, a G-rated double front-full out, but opted for a regular half out in the final. American Sean Melton won bronze, sticking his double pike.

Turkish veteran Ümit Şamiloğlu won the high bar title with a Cassina (rather tucked) and Kolman, topping Ruggeri and first-day qualifier Oliver Hegi.

The FIG World Cup series continues May 13-15 in Varna, Bulgaria.

External Link: Official Website

2016 FIG World Challenger Cup
April 30-May 1, Osijek, Croatia

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie Downie5.89.17514.97514.850
2.Tjaša Kysselef5.39.07514.37514.200
3.Rose-Kayen Woo5.08.92513.92513.638
4.Kirsten Beckett4.69.05013.650
5.Ema Kajić5.08.57513.57513.463
6.Sophie Braaten5.08.32513.32513.050
7.Hélody Cyrenne5.07.92512.92513.000
8.Dora Székely4.48.47512.87512.888
9.Jelena Stamenković4.28.45012.65012.813

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Downie6.38.37514.675
2.Seda Tutkhalyan6.08.52514.525
3.Natalia Kapitonova6.48.05014.450
4.Rose-Kayen Woo5.68.12513.725
5.Ruby Harrold6.27.22513.425
6.Carolyne Pedro5.26.9000.311.800
7.Dorina Böczögő5.25.8750.310.775
8.Tzuf Feldon4.85.57510.375

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Downie6.18.85014.950
2.Maria Kharenkova6.38.62514.925
3.Seda Tutkhalyan6.48.25014.650
4.Rose-Kayen Woo5.88.35014.150
5.Adela Šajn5.38.62513.925
6.Ruby Harrold5.47.87513.275
7.Carolyne Pedro5.17.85012.950
8.Yana Horokhova5.76.27511.975

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Downie6.08.52514.525
2.Natalia Kapitonova5.88.30014.100
3.Yana Horokhova5.48.45013.850
4.Ruby Harrold5.38.37513.675
4.Paula Mejías5.68.07513.675
6.Carolyne Pedro5.68.02513.625
7.Dorina Böczögő5.78.1000.313.500
8.Kiristen Beckett5.38.02513.325

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Matthias Fahrig6.78.35015.050
2.Alexander Shatilov6.78.4750.214.975
3.Steven Legendre6.78.2750.114.875
3.Paul Ruggeri6.88.3750.314.875
5.Tomislav Marković6.28.62514.825
6.Ahmet Önder6.38.6000.114.800
7.Denis Ablyazin7.27.9250.714.425
8.Rok Klavora6.47.1500.113.450

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.98.32515.225
2.Sašo Bertoncelj6.58.70015.200
3.Slavomir Michnak6.38.45014.750
4.Filip Ude7.07.47514.475
5.Robert Seligman6.47.92514.325
6.Maxime Gentges6.18.02514.125
7.Oliver Hegi6.57.30013.800
8.Jay Thompson4.97.60012.500

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Denis Ablyazin6.89.02515.825
2.İbrahim Çolak6.78.97515.675
3.Igor Radivilov6.98.60015.500
4.Manrique Larduet6.88.47515.275
5.Nikita Nagornyy6.58.42514.925
6.Eli Zahran6.58.40014.900
7.Sean Melton6.38.35014.650
8.Steven Legendre6.18.42514.525

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.09.40015.40015.325
2.Paul Ruggeri5.89.15014.95014.838
3.Igor Radivilov6.48.0250.114.32514.725
4.Nikita Nagornyy6.09.2250.115.12514.638
5.Denis Ablyazin6.48.92515.32514.625
6.Andrey Medvedev6.08.2000.114.10014.513
7.Steven Legendre5.69.37514.97514.450
8.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.52514.12514.250

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Emin Garibov6.79.05015.750
2.Manrique Larduet6.78.77515.475
3.Sean Melton6.48.47514.875
4.Oleg Vernyayev7.17.70014.800
5.Samuel Piasecký6.18.37514.475
6.İbrahim Çolak6.18.32514.425
7.Nikita Nagornyy6.87.52514.325
8.Norbert Dudás5.77.72513.425

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Ümit Şamiloğlu6.58.72515.225
2.Paul Ruggeri6.88.25015.050
3.Oliver Hegi6.58.20014.700
3.Tin Srbić6.68.10014.700
5.Manrique Larduet7.07.57514.575
6.Ahmet Önder5.98.37514.275
7.Pietro Giachino5.77.87513.575
8.Dávid Vecsernyés5.55.95011.450

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