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Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 27 June 2016 10:18    PDF Print
Brazil's Saraiva Wins Twice in Anadia
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Brazilian star Flávia Saraiva won balance beam and floor exercise at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Saturday and Sunday in Portugal.

Brazilian star Flávia Saraiva took two titles at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Saturday and Sunday in Portugal.

The FIG event attracted gymnasts from 37 nations, including Australia, Brazil, China and Japan. The lineup included several individuals already qualified to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as others still seeking to qualify to their respective teams.

Saraiva was the only double winner in Anadia, where gymnasts from eight nations took titles. The tiny Brazilian showed both precision and artistry on Sunday en route to titles on balance beam (ff, layout, layout; RO, two-foot layout; switch ring; punch front, wolf jump; consecutive front aerials to side somi; RO double pike) and floor exercise (1 1/2 to double-twisting front; tucked full-in; double pike; double tuck).

Brazil's Rebeca Andrade won silvers behind her teammate on both events. On beam, Andrade had several wobbles but took second (ff, layout; switch leap, switch half; punch front; front aerial, side aerial; RO double pike). China's Lyu Jiaqi won the bronze (RO, two-foot layout; switch ring; switch leap, back tuck; front aerial, sheep jump; 2 1/2 twist). Swedish Olympian Veronica Wagner, who turns 29 on July 7, placed fourth after sitting down her double front dismount.

On floor, Andrade tumbled a tucked full-in, 2 1/2 to layout front full; double tuck and double pike to take second ahead of two-time Italian Olympian Vanessa Ferrari (double layout; tucked full-in; double tuck; double pike).

Cuba's Marcia Vidiaux won women's vault with a double-twisting Tsukahara and layout Rudi, the same pair of vaults all three medalists performed. Mexico's Alexa Moreno, the top qualifier, took second over China's Wu Jing.

Australian newcomer Rianna Mizzen won uneven bars with 14.500 (Weiler kip, pirouette, Shaposhnikova; toe-on Tkatchev to Pak; toe-on full to stuck full-twisting double). China's Xie Yufen won the silver with the highest D-score of the final but a rather sloppy routine (Maloney to Pak; Maloney-half; full pirouettes in elgrip to Tkatchev, 14.425/6.5D). Lyu Jiaqi won bronze with a clean routine (Maloney-Pak-Stalder; Maloney-half; pirouettes in elgrip to Jaeger; double-twisting flyaway; 14.100).

China won two gold medals in the men's competition. Weng Hao had the top score of the meet with his 16.100 on pommel horse (7.1D) to take the title over Croatia's Filip Ude (15.125) and France's Cyril Tommasone (14.800). Cen Yu showed exquisite form (layout Randi and triple-twisting Tsukahara) to win the men's vault title over Brazil's Sergio Sasaki and Japan's Wataru Tanigawa.

Top qualifiers Alexander Shatilov of Israel (floor exercise) and Samir Aït Saïd of France (still rings) both captured their specialities in the finals.

Cuba's Manrique Larduet, the top gymnast on parallel bars and high bar in qualification, managed only a bronze on p-bars on Sunday. Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko won the gold over Colombian standout Jossimar Calvo, who won high bar over Japan's Kazuyuki Takeda and Cuba's Randy Lerú.

The FIG World Challenge Cup series continues July 1-3 in Mersin, Turkey, for the final FIG event prior to this summer's Olympic Games.

External Link: Official Website

2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup
June 25-26, Anadia, Portugal

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Marcia Vidiaux6.08.80014.80014.925
2.Alexa Moreno6.28.80015.00014.812
3.Wu Jing6.08.55014.55014.712
4.Sofia Busato5.89.07514.87514.687
5.Emily Little5.89.07514.87514.600
6.Tjaša Kysselef5.39.10014.40014.187
7.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.48.62514.02513.712
8.Argyro Afrati5.08.80013.80013.700
9.Zoi Lima4.48.87513.27513.225

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Rianna Mizzen6.08.50014.500
2.Xie Yufen6.57.92514.425
3.Lyu Jiaqi6.08.17514.175
4.Jessica López6.47.60014.000
5.Lorrane Oliveira5.87.75013.550
6.Ana Lago5.67.72513.325
7.Noémi Makra5.47.05012.450
8.Marcia Vidiaux5.17.27512.375

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva6.48.72515.125
2.Rebeca Andrade5.98.22514.125
3.Lyu Jiaqi6.07.87513.875
4.Veronica Wagner5.77.22512.925
5.Vanessa Ferrari5.77.15012.850
6.Isabella Amado5.66.90012.400
7.Marcia Vidiaux5.56.77512.275
8.Adela Šajn4.77.20011.800

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.88.55014.350
2.Rebeca Andrade5.88.30014.100
3.Vanessa Ferrari5.87.95013.750
4.Alexa Moreno5.97.75013.650
5.Emily Little5.58.05013.550
6.Emma Larsson5.77.92513.525
7.Simona Castro5.57.75013.250
8.Jessica López5.37.20012.500

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
Alexander Shatilov6.68.50015.100
Wataru Tanigawa6.58.40014.900
Shoichi Yamamoto6.68.22514.825
Tomislav Marković6.28.60014.800
Rok Klavora6.18.60014.700
Julien Gobaux6.28.35014.550
Oleg Stepko5.87.62513.425
Sun Wei5.67.10012.700

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Weng Hao7.19.00016.100
2.Filip Ude7.08.12515.125
3.Cyril Tommasone6.68.20014.800
4.Sašo Bertoncelj6.57.85014.350
5.Javier Sandoval6.67.55014.150
6.Dmitrijs Trefilovs6.47.35013.750
7.Vid Hidvégi6.77.00013.700
8.Sergio Sasaki5.86.20012.000

Stil Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Samir Aït Saïd6.88.80015.600
2.Kazuyuki Takeda6.68.65015.250
3.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues7.08.17515.175
4.Shogo Nonomura6.68.25014.850
5.Gustavo Simões6.48.35014.750
6.Konstantinos Konstantinidis6.28.42514.625
7.Oleg Stepko6.47.92514.325
8.Reiss Beckford5.88.37514.175

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Cen Yu6.09.40015.40015.375
2.Sergio Sasaki6.09.20015.20015.212
3.Wataru Tanigawa6.09.10015.10015.075
4.Zachari Hrimèche6.08.40014.30014.750
5.Lee Chih Kai5.69.25014.85014.725
6.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.69.02514.62514.587
7.Andrey Medvedev6.08.12514.12514.537
8.Erdenebold Ganbat6.08.27514.27514.362

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko7.18.70015.800
2.Jossimar Calvo6.98.72515.625
3.Manrique Larduet7.18.50015.600
4.Zhu Xiaodong7.08.52515.525
5.Petro Pakhnyuk6.88.25015.050
6.Randy Lerú6.87.67514.475
7.Shoichi Yamamoto6.77.70014.400
8.Sergio Sasaki6.67.10013.700

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Jossimar Calvo7.28.07515.275
2.Kazuyuki Takeda6.68.62515.225
3.Randy Lerú7.27.95015.150
4.Manrique Larduet7.18.00015.100
5.Marijo Možnik6.48.25014.650
6.Joel Plata6.27.65013.850
7.Oskar Kirmes5.27.45012.650
8.Robert Tvorogal4.57.32511.825
Written by dwight normile    Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:04    PDF Print
Biles Claims Fourth Consecutive U.S. Title
(7 votes, average 3.43 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—In winning her fourth straight U.S. title, Simone Biles joined an exclusive club. The last woman to win that many was Joan Moore Gnat (1971-74). Linda Metheny, who was judging balance beam at this P&G Championships, also won four titles (1966, ’68, ’70, ’71). The only other woman to win at least four titles was Clara Schroth, who holds the record with six (1945-46, 1949-52).

Biles had an off night—for her—and scored 62.10 for a two-day total of 125.00.

"Bars and beam could have been better, but it is what it is," she said. "None of us is perfect." How did it feel to win four U.S. titles in a row? "It feels the same as the second or third one [smile]."

Aly Raisman finished second with 121.10 and Lauren Hernandez was third (120.50). There were no major breaks for any of the top three gymnasts.

2012 Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas had an up and down night and finished fourth with 117.80. In the first rotation, she came up short on an elgrip Endo and had to ad lib. Her beam, however, was much smoother than on Friday, but she went out of bounds on floor during her new pass of full-in to back tuck.

"I messed up a few events," she said. "That never happens to me on bars." Douglas, upbeat while speaking with reporters, also said that she needed a two-and-a-half (Amanar) and more difficulty, hinting that she might upgrade at the Olympic trials in San Jose.

Madison Kocian continued to impress, especially on bars (15.70), and placed fifth with 116.45. Amelia Hundley rounded out the top six with 115.55.

Alyssa Baumann and Ragan Smith should sleep better tonight, having improved considerably from Friday. Baumann finished seventh with 114.95, and Smith was close behind in eighth (114.80).

The competiion included a variety of styles and skills. The only thing missing was any uncertainty of who would win.

Biles is poised to do something really special in Rio, and winning the P&G Championships was a good start to her Olympic journey.


Rotation 1

Huge cheers for Gabby Douglas every time her name is announced. She missed her elgrip Endo on the low bar, which is not how she wanted to start. 14.50

Maggie Nichols on beam: 2.5 wolf turn; wolf jump punch front, side aerial - wobble; switch ring; ff, layout, RO double pike. Much better than first night. 14.35

Aly Raisman on floor: nailed her first pass; huge piked Arabian double and double layout; double pike. Tumbling is high and clean. 15.70

Ragan Smith: clean Yurchenko-double twist. 14.70

Madison Kocian on bars: great set, inside Stalders look better than before; stuck full-twisting double tuck. 15.70

Lauren Hernandez with a Yurchenko-double twist. 14.80

MyKayla Skinner: difficult tumbling on floor. 14.90

Yurchenko-double twist from Brenna Dowell (hop). 14.75

Emily Gaskins, coached by Steve Nunno, on floor: double layout mount; high Arabian double front. 13.90

Alyssa Baumann hit bars, which was a relief for her. 14.45

Simone Biles on floor: High layout full-out; Biles, split jump; tucked double-double; lots of smiles; super high tucked full-in. The routine keeps getting better and better. 16.05

Rotation 2

Skinner on vault, with a Cheng in which she pulls one hand off the horse before the other. No block (15.25); Amanar was better. 15.35

Smith on bars: fell on a Ricna.

Kocian on beam: ff, layout; cautious; RO double pike. Good routine. 14.25

Biles on vault: high Amanar, tiny hop, 16.20; Cheng was clean, landed stiff legged and bounced a little. 16.00

Lexy Ramler did a Comaneci salto on bars.

Baumann on beam: standing Arabian, perfect; ff, layout; high leaps; RO, double pike. 14.70

Hernandez on bars: Stalder-Shapshnkova, back swing to Tkatchev; piked Ricna. 15.15

Amelia Hundley on floor: double layout mount, piked full-in second pass; 1.5 twist to double tuck, big bounce on landing; double pike. 14.15

Raisman on vault: Amanar, big step forward, legs bent at end. 15.50

Brenna Dowell hit bars, but was a little wild on the dismount, full-twisting double layout.

Douglas on beam: piked front; ff, layout; standing full; switch ring; front aerial, split jump; ff, ff, double pike. Great set, huge cheers after her dismount. 15.05

Rotation 3

Ashton Locklear on bars: clean set, gorgeous lines, inside Stalders, high Jaeger, full-out dismount. 15.70

Hundley with clean Yurchenko-double twist on vault. 14.80

Hernandez on beam: ff, layout, layout; ff, ff, double pike. Solid. 15.30

Baumann on floor: After double layout mount, slipped out of bound on second pass

Biles on bars: hit cold. 14.75

Raisman on bars: she's swinging better on bars now, with fewer form breaks. 14.15

Douglas on floor: double Arabian mount with low stag jump; tucked full-in, back tuck, out of bounds; not a good combination, because it's not immediate. 14.45

Smith on beam: double wolf turn; two-foot ff, layout to two feet; ff, ff, Arabian double front. Marta watched the whole routine. 15.00

Rotation 4

Hernandez on floor: double layout; Arabian double, stag jump; front layout, front-full, front; double tuck, stuck. 14.80

Baumann scored 15.00 for a well-done Yurchenko-double twist.

Douglas on vault: Yurchenko-double twist, hop. 14.90

Biles on beam: 2.5 wolf turn; tiny hop into barani; ff, layout, layout, wobble; ff, ff, full-in, step forward. 15.10

Kocian on vault: Yurchenko-full. 13.75

Rachel Gowey on floor: nice triple twist mount; double tuck; handspring-double-twisting front; RO, 1.5 twist.

Smith on floor: stuck double layout; 1.5 twist through to triple twist; Arabian double front, stag jump; double pike, cute choreography, huge crowd response. 14.70

Raisman on beam: front; ff, layout; RO Arabian double; needs more extension and toe point in leaps.15.30

Skinner fell off beam on her front somi mount, then fell onto the beam when her feet slipped; RO tucked full-in, put her hands down. 12.05

Locklear on beam: double wolf turn; ff, layout; front; side somi, windmill arms; side aerial; RO, double tuck.

Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:54    PDF Print
Scheder, Toba Win German Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Sophie Scheder (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) and Andreas Toba (TK Hannover) won the all-around titles at the German championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Hamburg.

Sophie Scheder (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) and Andreas Toba (TK Hannover) won the all-around titles at the German championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Hamburg.

Scheder topped defending champion Elisabeth Seitz (MTV 1843 Stuttgart) by just under half a point, 57.45-57.00. Scheder's clubmate Pauline Schäfer won the bronze, just a hair behind Seitz (56.95).

2008 Olympian Kim Bui (MTV 1843 Stuttgart) finished a further .1 behind in fourth (56.85). Tabea Alt (MTV 1846 Ludwigsburg) had the top scores on vault (14.50) and balance beam (14.65), but a low score on floor exercise (13.00) dropped her to fifth all-around (56.55).

It is the first German senior title for Scheder, who was third all-around behind Seitz and Schäfer in 2015.

"I am absolutely satisfied, but everything is definitely still up in the air," Scheder said, commenting on her goal of Olympic selection. "It is super how everything is going this year. I worked a lot with a sports psychologist in training who gave me new self-confidence."

Seitz scored 13.70 on floor exercise and 13.60 on vault, but came back with strong scores on uneven bars (15.40) and balance beam (14.30).

"On floor, I had some problems, especially on landings," said Seitz, who has struggled with multiple foot and ankle injuries. "The first two events were not very strong for me, but on the other two I was able to demonstrate strong nerves and fight my way ahead. It set me back on the podium, but not in my mind."

In Sunday's bars finals, Seitz upgraded to a 6.8-Difficulty routine (Maloney, uprise, Ricna; Stalder-piked Tkatchev to Pak to Stalder-Maloney-half; toe-on full to full-twisting double) for 15.566 and the gold medal.

In the men's competition, Toba took his first title with 88.45, well ahead of two-time Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of TSV Unterhaching (86.80) and Philipp Herder of SC Berlin (86.05)

Toba, son of Romanian-born German Olympian Marius Toba, captured the all-around 22 years after his father became German champion, also in Hamburg.

"My father just said, welcome to the club," Andreas said. "It is a huge honor for me and I'm happy that I was able to follow in his footsteps."

Nguyen said he was pleased with the 15.80 he scored on parallel bars, his best event.

"I am happy with second place," he said. "It was important to me that my parallel bars routine went well."

Nine-time defending champion Fabian Hambüchen (TSG Niedergirmes), recovering from a shoulder injury, competed floor exercise (14.70), vault (14.20) and high bar (14.85). He missed an Adler on high bar, but in finals won floor exercise and high bar.

The German national championships serve as the first Olympic trials for Germany, which qualified full men's and women's teams to this summer's Olympic Games. The secondary trials will take place in Frankfurt on July 10.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation

2016 German Gymnastics Championships
June 25-26, Hamburg

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Sophie SchederTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf5.013.856.615.505.614.355.213.7557.45
2.Elisabeth SeitzMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.013.606.615.405.614.305.413.7057.00
3.Pauline SchäferTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf5.414.605.313.806.014.105.614.4556.95
4.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.013.956.214.705.414.155.614.0556.85
5.Tabea AltMTV 1846 Ludwigsburg e.V.5.814.505.814.405.914.656.113.0056.55
6.Leah GriesserTG Neureut4.613.605.814.355.313.405.513.8555.20
7.Sarah VossTZ DSHS Köln5.013.555.413.255.513.755.313.4053.95
8.Nadja SchulzeSV Halle e.V.4.412.855.413.505.714.005.213.5553.90
9.Carina KröllTSV Berkheim e.V.4.412.605.313.355.113.355.313.7053.00
10.Pauline TratzTSV Rintheim5.814.105.011.955.012.505.514.1552.70
11.Amélie FöllingerTSG Haßloch e.V.5.013.755.312.255.313.055.613.5552.60
12.Maike EnderleTSV Weingarten5.013.405.814.255.111.805.312.6552.10
13.Rebecca MatzonTV Bodenheim4.412.555.813.
14.Lina PhilippVfL Eintracht Hannover 18485.012.005.914.355.810.704.912.9550.00
15.Marlene BindigDresdner SC 18984.413.
16.Antonia AlickeTG Böckingen 1890 e.V.5.212.405.012.755.112.355.312.0549.55
17.Lynn SchwäkeTSV Kronshagen 19244.813.502.110.153.911.554.912.2047.40
18.Sarina MaierTB Neckarhausen e.V.4.412.253.110.553.911.454.512.3046.55
19.Sonja FischerTuS Traunreut4.412.852.78.754.310.505.012.9045.00
20.Michelle TimmSportclub Berlin e.V.5.414.054.812.105.213.4039.55
21.Lina DeissHanseturnverein Rostock4.612.1512.15

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Andreas TobaTK Hannover5.714.506.014.756.415.055.615.206.114.606.414.3588.45
2.Marcel NguyenTSV Unterhaching6.014.655.013.106.415.305.613.306.915.806.514.6586.80
*Anton FokinUzbekistan5.914.655.414.155.614.305.
3.Philipp HerderSC Berlin6.214.455.814.406.014.655.214.006.415.205.413.3586.05
4.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching6.114.305.612.655.914.255.614.106.715.705.814.2085.20
5.Andreas BretschneiderKTV Chemnitz6.014.704.311.906.014.655.214.305.714.357.314.8084.70
6.Sebastian KrimmerMTV Stuttgart5.513.756.112.405.
7.Helge LiebrichTV Wetzgau5.714.155.514.105.713.405.214.005.314.005.713.9083.55
7.Ivan RittschikKTV Chemnitz5.713.956.515.255.513.554.413.305.614.306.113.2083.55
9.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus5.613.805.813.005.113.755.214.255.814.556.714.0583.40
10.Waldemar EichornTV Bous5.813.906.514.955.112.603.611.955.713.706.313.3080.40
11.Felix PohlVfL Kirchheim u. Teck5.914.105.113.454.613.405.213.805.011.905.613.0579.70
**Felix RemutaTSV Unterhaching6.113.154.612.804.212.205.614.305.313.554.913.2079.20
12.Sebastian BockKTV Chemnitz5.013.454.012.905.412.954.412.555.413.855.413.3079.00
13.Nils DunkelMTV Erfurt5.811.906.313.606.313.655.213.856.013.205.412.3078.50
14.Florian LindnerKTV Chemnitz5.412.505.412.406.214.705.213.455.513.454.811.8578.35
15.Falk Daniel UhligTG Friesen Klafeld5.513.804.612.754.211.954.413.404.713.154.812.8577.90
**Carlo HörrTSV Schmiden5.212.655.113.605.113.655.212.855.213.905.111.2577.90
16.Alexander MaierMTV Stuttgart5.513.304.811.955.612.255.213.605.513.755.112.9577.80
17.Nico ErmertTV Freudenberg5.212.854.012.304.510.704.413.105.113.354.912.0574.35
18.Dschamal MergenTV St. Ingbert5.512.205.013.303.711.254.412.855.212.804.511.8574.25
19.Luca EhrmantrautTV Limbach5.411.805.012.504.311.955.
20.Fabian LotzTSG Niedergirmes4.912.105.510.804.912.254.412.655.413.755.911.6573.20
21.Peter SeufertEintracht Frankfurt4.512.004.412.704.111.954.412.854.312.804.110.7573.05
22.Aaron WagnerKTV Straubenhardt5.612.854.011.554.011.805.213.705.212.804.610.2572.95
23.Sebastian QuensellKieler MTV4.412.755.613.354.112.403.611.753.911.103.911.4572.80
24.Lasse GauchTSV Kronshagen5.412.404.712.353.811.704.411.354.112.704.311.4571.95
25.Lion SundermannTK Hannover4.510.353.211.304.012.054.413.004.612.255.412.3071.25
26.Alexander HellmoldTuS Vinnhorst4.812.453.511.653.711.953.612.153.812.653.510.3071.15
27.Korbinian JungTV St. Ingbert4.413.104.29.904.212.353.611.404.
28.Niklas VolkTV Wicker3.912.204.211.953.511.004.413.103.910.454.210.9069.60
29.Matthias FahrigSV Halle7.014.554.211.805.615.005.913.505.411.9566.80
30.Julius RabensteinTSV Monheim5.112.554.411.553.210.605.613.304.
31.Thore GauchTSV Kronshagen4.112.453.57.904.011.653.011.304.212.354.510.6066.25
32.Marvin LauerEintracht Frankfurt4.712.453.110.352.510.055.614.354.312.552.55.5565.30
33.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes6.314.705.614.206.914.8543.75
34.Jasper VennemannAltonaer TSV3.68.854.311.803.412.1532.80

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Pauline TratzTSV Rintheim5.88.6000.314.10013.716
2.Michelle TimmSportclub Berlin e.V.5.08.50013.50013.616
2.Tabea AltMTV 1846 Ludwigsburg e.V.5.88.00013.80013.616
2.Antonia AlickeTG Böckingen 1890 e.V.5.28.50013.70013.616
5.Lynn SchwäkeTSV Kronshagen 19244.88.70013.50013.300
6.Sonja FischerTuS Traunreut4.48.63313.03312.883

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Elisabeth SeitzMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.6.88.76615.566
2.Sophie SchederTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf6.68.90015.500
3.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.6.38.63314.933
4.Tabea AltMTV 1846 Ludwigsburg e.V.5.98.66614.566
5.Lina PhilippVfL Eintracht Hannover 18485.98.40014.300
5.Leah GriesserTG Neureut5.88.50014.300

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Pauline SchäferTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf6.09.13315.133
2.Sophie SchederTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf5.68.66614.266
3.Elisabeth SeitzMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.58.73314.233
4.Nadja SchulzeSV Halle e.V.5.68.20013.800
5.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.58.23313.733
6.Tabea AltMTV 1846 Ludwigsburg e.V.5.97.8330.113.633

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Pauline SchäferTuS Chemnitz-Altendorf5.78.63314.333
2.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.78.6000.114.200
3.Pauline TratzTSV Rintheim5.68.53314.133
4.Elisabeth SeitzMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.48.6330.313.733
4.Carina KröllTSV Berkheim e.V.5.38.43313.733
6.Leah GriesserTG Neureut5.48.5660.313.666

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes6.08.82514.825
2.Andreas BretschneiderKTV Chemnitz6.08.60014.600
3.Marcel NguyenTSV Unterhaching6.08.5750.114.475
4.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching5.97.8500.113.650
5.Philipp HerderSC Berlin6.06.97512.975
6.Matthias FahrigSV Halle6.75.4750.311.875

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Waldemar EichornTV Bous6.78.50015.200
2.Ivan RittschikKTV Chemnitz7.17.00014.100
3.Philipp HerderSC Berlin5.97.95013.850
4.Helge LiebrichTV Wetzgau5.68.17513.775
5.Andreas TobaTK Hannover6.07.52513.525
6.Nils DunkelMTV Erfurt5.87.47513.275

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Marcel NguyenTSV Unterhaching6.48.85015.250
1.Andreas TobaTK Hannover6.48.85015.250
3.Florian LindnerKTV Chemnitz6.38.55014.850
4.Philipp HerderSC Berlin6.08.22514.225
5.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching5.38.50013.800
6.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus5.18.50013.600

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Matthias FahrigSV Halle5.69.42515.02514.912
2.Helge LiebrichTV Wetzgau5.29.02514.22514.462
3.Julius RabensteinTSV Monheim5.68.67514.27513.575
4.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus5.29.20014.40013.487
5.Luca EhrmantrautTV Limbach5.67.5250.113.02513.212
6.Marvin LauerEintracht Frankfurt2.88.1750.310.67512.500

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching6.79.12515.825
2.Marcel NguyenTSV Unterhaching6.98.82515.725
3.Sebastian KrimmerMTV Stuttgart6.18.92515.025
4.Philipp HerderSC Berlin6.48.32514.725
5.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus5.88.57514.375
6.Andreas TobaTK Hannover6.27.47513.675

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes6.38.07514.375
2.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching5.88.45014.250
3.Sebastian KrimmerMTV Stuttgart5.98.12514.025
4.Andreas TobaTK Hannover6.87.20014.000
5.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus6.46.50012.900
6.Andreas BretschneiderKTV Chemnitz5.56.00011.500
Written by dwight normile    Sunday, 26 June 2016 14:22    PDF Print
O'Keefe Wins Junior Title at P&G Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Maile O'Keefe (Salcianu Elite) hit all of her routines Sunday to win the 2016 junior title at the P&G Championships with a two-day total of 115.050. After placing 17th in 2015, O'Keefe was a model of consistency throughout the competition.

"My coaches (Tammy and Sorin Salcianu) really help me to focus and stay grounded," she said. And the difference between last year? "I've become a lot more confident."

The top three from Friday's prelims went unchanged, with Riley McCusker (MG Elite) and Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) placing second (112.450) and third (111.600), respectively.

Coached by Maggie Haney, McCusker almost made it three junior titles in a row for MG Elite. Jazmyn Foberg won in 2014 and Lauren Hernandez was the champion last year. But she wasn't thinking along those lines.

"I had no expectations," she said.

McCusker showed a unique dismount from bars, a barani-in back out from inverted giants, which she landed low today and touched her knees.

"Oh, my gosh, it was so frustrating," she said. "I can do it 10 out of 10 times."

Buckeye gymnast Shania Adams hit a clutch beam routine in the final routine to climb into fourth (110.600), and Morgan Hurd (First State) placed fifth (109.750). Trinity Thomas (Prestige), who showed amazing tumbling on floor, was sixth with 109.600.


Rotation 1

Kalyani Steele has scratched.

Gabby Perea with a great bars set (Stalder Shaposhnikova-half) 14.40

Besides having a really cool name, Trinity Thomas showed some of the cleanest tumbling of the meet, seniors included (and high, too). Double layout mount; 1.5 twist through to double tuck; double pike; triple twist that floated down to the mat (14.30).

Kinsey Davis with excellent line and toe point on bars: Hindorff and tucked half-half dismount. 13.40

Riley McCusker stuck her tucked full-ing mount; seemed to get a little tired at the end but beautiful choreographer and presentation, 14.10

Maile O'Keefe vaulted a Yurchenko-double twist with a near stick, 14.85

Chae Campbell, who fell on her head in prelims on her double front dismount, missed a pirouette on the low bar and jumped off. But she remounted and stuck her double front this time.

Alyona Shchennikova missed a piked Tkatchev on bars after showing nice inside Stalders

Shilese Jones opened floor with 1.5 twist through to tucked full-in; Arabian double tuck; double pike; double tuck, stuck.

Rotation 2

O'Keefe Stalder Shaposhnikova; cast hop, front giant to Jaeger; Fontaine dismount. Very clean throughout. 13.95

McCusker with a clean Yurchenko-full, 14.00

Deanne Soza scratched floor.

High Yurchenko-double twist from Elena Arenas! 14.30

Jones with and even higher Yurchenko-double twist, 14.70

Huge Yurchenko-full from Thomas. 13.95. How did they give an E-score of only 9.05?!

Perea with ff, ff, layout on beam; ff, ff, 2.5 twist dismount. 14.20

After two events, no change in the top three from prelims: O'Keefe, McCusker, Perea.

Rotation 3

O'Keefe on beam, layout, layout; ff, ff, double pike dismount, well done! 14.90.

McCusker after a great set, she dropped to her knees on her barani-in, back-out from inverted giants. 12.90

High double layout on floor from Campbell. Nice to see her doing all events today. 13.75

Arenas did a great bars set, which included a Maloney-half (and she's relatively short!). 14.30

Jones on bars, Jaeger, Maloney, full-twisting double. 13.00

Perea with tucked full-in mount on floor; 1.5 twist through to 2.5 twist; triple twist; double tuck.

Morgan Hurd with Yurchenko-double twist, sort of stuck it. 14.50

Lauren Little did a big Yurchenko-double twist.

Still no change in the top three. Shania Adams has climbed to fourth, behind her Buckeye teammate Jones. Trinity Thomas is in sixth.

Rotation 4

High piked full-in from Aria Brusch on floor. 13.75

Perea with a clean Yurchenko-full, 13.80

Jones on beam: fell off on her double wolf turn, first skill, 12.40

Thomas on beam: one-arm ff to two layouts; bounced forward onto her hands on a RO, double tuck. 13.80

Hurd hit bars today to make up for Friday and dismounted with a tucked double-double. 14.30

Madeleine Johnston stuck a Yurchenko-double twist and scored 15.15, which included a bonus tenth

O'Keefe stuck her tucked full-in mount on floor and ended with a clean double pike. She waved to the crowd as she jogged off the floor. 14.30

McCusker on beam: front aerial; ff, layout, layout; ff, ff, double tuck. 14.40

Adams last performer of the meet, on beam: ff, layout; standing front somi; side somi; front aerial; ff, ff, 2.5 twist. 14.10

Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 25 June 2016 21:40    PDF Print
Mikulak Wins Trials, Olympic Team Named
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—In a decision that surprised many, the U.S. men's Olympic team was announced 10 minutes after the conclusion of the trials: Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak, Alex Naddour and John Orozco. The most shocking omission might have been Donnell Whittenburg, who many thought was a lock based on his strong floor, rings, vault and parallel bars. Also left off despite his strong performance in St. Louis was 2012 Olympian Danell Leyva.

"I can't believe it," said Orozco, who rooms with Whittenburg at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. He said he didn't see him after the team was named, and didn't know what he will say when he sees him. "I haven't thought that far."

Alex Naddour was sobbing as he met with reporters.

"I'm in shock right now," he said.

Mikulak, as expected, was as upbeat as ever.

"It'll be a while before I get this smile off my face," he said. He was asked if the trials are more nerve-wracking than the Olympics, since he had experienced both in 2012? "I agree. There's so much pressure to make the team. A huge pressure is off our shoulders."

Mikulak said it was difficult waiting in a room with the other athletes while the selection committee made its decision. "You could pretty much hear everybody's heart beating."

Brooks might have been the people's favorite, since he never missed a routine. He still had his doubts, however.

"In the back of my mind I was thinking, 'Did I do enough?'" Brooks also has been the alternate before. "I've been there; it's hard, it's tough."

Alternates are still to be named.

Mikulak had mistakes on his first and last events but still managed to stay atop a nervous but impressive field at the Olympic Trials. His 362.75 was well clear of runner-up Brooks (358.075), who had another solid effort. Since Hartford, Brooks hit 24 routines without a major break.

Dalton placed third with 356.525, and Whittenburg climbed to fourth (355.525). Yul Moldauer was fifth (354.425) and Akash Modi sixth (354.30).

Leyva and Orozco had strong efforts, especially on parallel bars and high bar. One of them would not make it, and Leyva drew the short straw.

Naddour also had an excellent competition, especially on pommels, where Team USA needs the most help. In St. Louis he showed his consistency with a 15.65 and 15.675, easily the top scores on one of the hardest events.


Rotation 1

Donothan Bailey hit a smooth routine on pommels (15.15).

Jake Dalton vaulted a high Lopez with one big step (15.20).

Paul Ruggeri missed his Kolman on high bar, a mistake that won't help any gymnast on the bubble. To his credit, he repeated the skill and stuck his double-double dismount.

Danell Leyva hit pommels, the one event the team could use him on besides p-bars and high bar (14.35)

Steven Legendre sat down his Tsukahara-double pike.

Donnell Whittenburg hit what may have been his best high bar set ever under the circumstances. He stuck his layout double-double too (14.80).

Akash Modi with a 14.90 on pommels

Marvin Kimble hit a difficult pommel horse set (15.425).

Sam Mikulak caught his Cassina and then missed his Kolman. Looked like he was too amped up and swinging too fast. He worked much slower when he remounted and everything was perfect, including a stuck dismount (14.35).

John Orozco hit a strong high bar routine and stuck his dismount. His half-Takemoto to full-twisting Tkatchev is the routine highlight (15.575).

Chris Brooks survived pommel horse, which is all he probably wanted from the event (13.70).

Rotation 1

Alex Naddour did a solid floor routine, ending with a tucked full-out

Dalton hit a clean routine on p-bars, the event that hurt him the first day (15.10).

Ruggeri looking for revenge on floor and getting it (15.20).

Leyva steady on rings, adding a Guczoghy to shoot hand and double-double dismount

Whittenburg a little off on his floor mount; stuck his piked half-half dismount. Strong set (15.325).

Mikulak perfect on his 2.5 twist to double front mount. Huge hop to the side on his triple twist dismount was really the only error, but it was a 0.5 mistake (15.40).

Eddie Penev mounted floor with a clean triple-double (15.45).

Brooks steady on rings and stuck his half-in full-out (14.875).

CJ Maestas in his element on rings Azarian to Maltese, press planche mount. Stuck his dismount (15.60).

Rotation 3

Leyva hit another strong Kasamatsu-1.5 (14.95).

Whittenburg swung through pommel but fell to the wrong side on his handstand dismount (13.325).

Yul Moldauer got the crowd going on high bar

Mikulak hit a strong pommel horse set with only one leg separation. He really swings with an extended body (15.20).

Dalton hit high bar for 15.925, 6.3 D-score.

Orozco swung through pommels in complete control, but it wasn't the same routine he attempted in Hartford (14.825, 6.1 D-score)

Brooks vaulted a double front with one hop forward (15.00).

Naddour hit the pommel horse set the team could use in Rio (15.675, 6.8 D-score). Would be surprised if he doesn't make the team.

Rotation 4

Strong floor set from Moldauer (15.075).

Whittenburg hit another strong rings set; took a step on his layout double-double (15.40)

Modi with a huge Bhavsar on p-bars and a tucked full-out dismount (15.45).

Mikulak not convincing with his Maltese on rings, but he nailed his tucked double-double like a dart (14.925).

Dalton stuck his layout Arabian double front as well as his whip to piked Arabian double. Stuck his triple twist dismount. No landing deductions. That routine could medal in Rio (15.825)

Orozco did his best rings set since Hartford; 14.775 seems low.

Brooks saved a peach to one bar that wanted to fall outside the bars. It's his biggest mistake since Hartford. Probably a 0.5 error (15.175).

Naddour strong in his Malteses and stuck his full-twisting double layout off rings (15.275).

Legendre with strong floor set (15.55).

Bailey hit well on p-bars, celebrating with fist pumps (14.90).

Leyva hit parallel bars. It wasn't his best, but it was pretty good, and he stuck his double front (15.60).

Rotation 5

Dalton slipped past Brooks for second but has to hit pommels while Brooks is on his strength, high bar. Dalton hit well, but his start value is lacking (13.075, 5.0 D-score)

Mikulak vaulted a Lopez and needed only a hop (15.35).

Brooks did a great combo to open (Takemoto, Yamawaki, Moznik). Everything else was clean and he stuck his layout double-double (15.675). He is in second again, 2.0 ahead of Dalton.

Naddour tried his Tsuk-double pike and pretty much stuck it. It's not that high but it's worth a 6.0 (15.325).

Maestas got the crowd amped up with his wild style on high bar.

Whittenburg did perhaps his best Dragulescu ever in competition (15325). He went for the Kasamatsu-back tuck and landed low, but on balance. He seemed to smile as he stood up to present himself.

Leyva nailed high with just a hop on his dismount. His layout Kovacs and Kolman showed the most amplitude of any gymnast in the field (15.675).

Leyva was a tough act to follow for Modi, and he missed one skill early but covered OK.

Rotation 6

Brooks finished on floor, not his best event, but hit well and gave a wave and melted into hugs from coaches, close friend Jonathan Horton and others (14.625).

Orozco performed a difficult routine, very clean, and stuck his double pike. Great set (15.45)

Dalton was strong on rings (15.075).

Leyva hit floor but stepped out of bounds on his double layout. Overall, another great meet for him in St. Louis (14.25).

Whittenburg absolutely nailed p-bars with great amplitude, if not form, and stuck his barani-out (15.475).

Mikulak began well on p-bars until he hit his feet on the ground on his Bhavsar. He did stick his barani-out forever (15.375).


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