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Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:12    PDF Print
Germany, Alt Win Junior Friendly in Munich
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Germany's Tabea Alt led her team to victory over Great Britain and Italy on Saturday at a junior competition among five nations in Munich. Pictured: The second-place British junior team

Germany's Tabea Alt led her team to victory over Great Britain and Italy on Saturday at a meet among five nations in Munich.

The competition featured the host nation against juniors from Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. A tri-meet among Germany, Great Britain and Spain takes place Saturday evening for senior competitors.

Germany defeat Britain by less than a point, 160.65-159.85. Italy placed third with 158.90.

Alt scored 54.300 to top British junior champion Amy Tinkler (53.950) and Italy's Iosra Abdelaziz (52.50).

Alt, who turned 14 on March 18, trains at Stuttgart's Kunst-Turn-Forum alongside German veteran Kim Bui. Junior star Kim Janas, who is recovering from a torn ACL, is also now training at the club.

For many of the countries, the meet in Munich serves as a final trial for next month's European championships in Sofia. This year's European championships includes a full junior competition with team, all-around apparatus finals. Many of the gymnasts are aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games as well.

"All the countries will compete with their best gymnasts and all the gymnasts are potential candidates for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio," German women's head coach Ulla Koch said.

Action continues Saturday evening with the senior competition. 2012 German Olympians Bui, Janine Berger and Elisabeth Seitz will suit up for the host nation, along with rising bars star Sophie Scheder.

2014 Germany vs Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
April 12, Munich

Junior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Germany41.70039.95039.25039.750160.850
2.Great Britain42.50037.90040.60038.850159.850
3.Italy41.60039.00038.90039.400158.900
4.Switzerland38.90037.30038.70038.550153.450
5.Spain39.60035.15037.25035.950147.950

Junior All-Around (Top 14)VTUBBBFXTotal
1.Alt Tabea13.95013.80012.80013.75054.300
2.Amy Tinkler14.55012.30013.75013.35053.950
3.Iosra Abdelaziz13.85013.00013.15012.50052.500
4.Chiara Imeraj12.70013.25013.00013.35052.300
4.Ellie Downie13.85012.70013.80011.95052.300
6.Anja Schwarz13.15013.05012.80012.40051.400
7.Pauline Tratz14.05012.50012.95011.70051.200
7.Sofia Busato14.20012.15012.05012.80051.200
7.Alica Liuguerri13.10012.75012.75012.60051.200
10.April Maslen13.60012.10012.95012.50051.150
11.Rhyannon Jones13.70012.55011.90012.90051.050
12.Teal Grindle12.70012.65013.05012.60051.000
13.Desiré Carofiglio13.55011.90012.45013.05050.950
14Eva Perez13.65012.15012.95011.90050.650
 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 April 2014 23:54    PDF Print
Mikulak Leads Michigan to Back-to-Back NCAA Titles
(5 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
Michigan senior Sam Mikulak went out in style by anchoring the Wolverines' final event, floor exercise, with an event-high 16.05. The score gave the Wolverines back-to-back NCAA team titles, and their sixth overall, before a home crowd Friday night at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

Sam Mikulak clinched the all-around and team title on floor exercise

Michigan led wire-to-wire to defeat runner-up Oklahoma, 445.05-441.65, while Stanford finished third with 436.30. Completing the six-team field in order were Illinois (435.35), Ohio State (433.50) and Penn State (429.80).

Mikulak also won his third NCAA all-around title in spite of a poor high bar routine in the second-to-last rotation. Having posted the top scores on pommel horse, vault and parallel bars, Mikulak overshot the bar on a Kolman, his opening release (13.35). That's when he rebounded on floor for his final routine as a Michigan Wolverine. Every pass was in control, and he stuck his triple twist dismount to set off a frenzy of cheers among his teammates and fans.

As he did last season, Michigan head coach Kurt Golder lightened Mikulak's competitive load throughout the season, and the strategy worked. The Wolverines may not have occupied the top spot in the regular-season rankings, but they did when it counted most, which was after Thursday's qualifier and Friday's NCAA final.

Mikulak's 91.10 proved too much for runner-up Akashi Modi (89.20), the sensational freshman from Stanford. Ohio State freshman Sean Melton was third with 88.40, suggesting a shift in power as Mikulak leaves the collegiate ranks.

Michigan's win was all the more remarkable since it had lost one of its top gymnasts, Adrian de los Angeles, to a torn ACL at the Winter Cup in February. A year ago, de los Angeles placed second all-around at the NCAAs.

Oklahoma had one fall in its first rotation, parallel bars, but battled back to make it interesting. But the Sooners, who had no all-arounders in the meet, lacked the big weapon to challenge the Mikulak-led Wolverines.

For complete results, click here.

 
Written by Admin    Friday, 11 April 2014 22:50    PDF Print
Five Nations Golden in Pacific Rim Junior Finals
(3 votes, average 4.67 out of 5)

The gold medals in the junior apparatus finals were spread among five nations as competition continued Friday at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, B.C., Canada.

Gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the United States won gold medals. The competition biennial competition features athletes from countries bordering the Pacific Ocean competing in artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics. This year's event included gymnasts from 15 nations.

Junior women's all-around champion Bailie Key (U.S.) was the most successful female with titles on women's vault and floor exercise, and silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam. Teammate Norah Flatley won the balance beam title, while China's Luo Huan won the gold mdeal on uneven bars.

In the men's competition, Japan's Kakeru Tanigawa was a triple champion. He won gold medals on floor exercise (tied with China's Huang Mingqi), parallel bars and high bar (tied with teammate Kenya Yuasa).

U.S. gymnast Alec Yoder won pommel horse, while Canada's Ryan Oehrlein took the gold on still rings for the host country. Australia's Clay Stephens struck gold on vault.

Competition concludes Saturday with senior apparatus finals. Video of the event will be broadcast live on the official website.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Pacific Rim Championships
April 11, Richmond, B.C.

Junior Women's Vault FinalDScore
1.Bailie Key5.814.975
2.Nia Dennis5.814.900
3.Shallon Olsen5.814.875
4.Ayu Koike5.814.350
5.Marina Kawasaki5.014.175
6.Rose-Kaying Woo5.014.075
7.Liu Tingting5.014.050
8.Luo Huan5.013.975

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDScore
1.Luo Huan6.214.700
2.Bailie Key5.614.400
3.Liu Tingting5.714.300
4.Norah Flatley5.514.100
5.Rose-Kaying Woo5.413.425
6.Shallon Olsen5.413.375
7.Yurika Yumoto4.913.275
7.Ayu Koike4.913.275

Junior Balance Beam FinalDScore
1.Norah Flatley6.314.850
2.Bailie Key6.214.800
3.Zhou Linlin5.914.200
4.Marina Kawasaki5.413.725
5.Rose-Kaying Woo5.513.475
6.Ayu Koike5.013.150
7.Liu Tingting5.813.025
8.Megane Roberts4.311.975

Junior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1.Bailie Key6.014.650
2.Shallon Olsen5.814.150
3.Rose-Kaying Woo5.314.000
4.Luo Huan5.113.800
5.Ayu Koike5.213.350
6.Nia Dennis5.813.250
7.Liu Tingting5.212.850
8.Emily Whitehead4.912.250

Junior Men's Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1.Huang Mingqi5.214.300
1.Kakeru Tanigawa5.114.300
3.Marty Strech5.214.100
4.Kentaro Yunoki5.213.950
5.Ryan Oehrlein5.113.800
6.Carlos Yulo5.213.500
7.Rene Cournoyer5.112.900
8.Clay Stephens5.412.100

Junior Pommel Horse FinalDScore
1.Alec Yoder5.613.550
2.Davis Grooms5.213.250
3.Kakeru Tanigawa4.613.200
4.Kenya Yuasa4.912.650
5.Reegan Edwards4.112.500
6.Aaron Mah4.812.350
7.Gabriel O'Sullivan4.911.600
8.Luis Pizarro4.311.400

Junior Still Rings FinalDScore
1.Ryan Oehrlein5.513.900
2.Zou Jingyuan5.313.750
3.Alec Yoder5.213.450
4.Kentaro Yunoki4.913.400
5.Rene Cournoyer5.113.200
6.Kakeru Tanigawa4.713.150
7.Marty Strech5.013.100
8.Gabriel O'Sullivan4.712.450
8.Clay Stephens4.512.450

Junior Men's Vault FinalDScore
1.Clay Stephens5.214.550
2.Marty Strech5.214.400
3.Kenya Yuasa5.214.250
4.Rene Cournoyer5.614.000
5.Alec Yoder5.213.950
6.Kentaro Yunoki5.213.900
7.Huang Mingqi5.613.600
8.Carlos Yulo3.612.300

Junior Parallel Bars FinalDScore
1.Kakeru Tanigawa4.813.950
2.Huang Mingqi5.313.900
3.Zou Jingyuan5.613.750
3.Davis Grooms5.213.750
5.Marty Strech4.913.200
6.Luis Pizarro4.412.900
7.Ryan Oehrlein4.912.850
8.Clay Stephens4.412.650

Junior High Bar FinalDScore
1.Kenya Yuasa5.113.900
1.Kakeru Tanigawa4.913.900
3.Huang Mingqi5.213.650
4.Alec Yoder5.113.200
4.Rene Cournoyer4.913.200
4.Marty Strech4.813.200
7.Reegan Edwards4.512.450
8.Ryan Oehrlein4.412.350

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Pacific Rim competitors includes:
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Black interview (November 2012)
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
Nathan Gafuik interview (July/August 2010)
"Two Cheers for Colombia" - Jorge Giraldo profile (June 2008)
"Texas Dreams' Junior Hit" - Bailey Key profile (May 2013)
Key, Nia Dennis and Norah Flatley on front/back cover photo collage; feature/photo gallery on U.S. juniors including Key, Dennis and Flatley (October 2013)
"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)
"Ready to Rise Again" – John Orozco center poster and profile (November 2012)
"Bronx Bomber" – Orozco interview (April 2012)
Elizabeth Price interview (April 2014)
"Full Price" - Price cover photo and profile (January/February 2013)
"Focus Forward" - Kyla Ross cover photo and interview (November 2012)
"Clutch Hitter" - Ross profile (November 2010)
Ross on cover photo collage (September 2010)
"Ready to Rock" - Wai Hung Shek profile (July/August 2012)
"Hope for Hong Kong" – Angel Wong profile (January/February 2011)

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

 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 April 2014 13:39    PDF Print
Orozco Leads U.S. to Men's Title at Pacific Rim Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The U.S. won the men's team (338.550) competition over runner-up Japan (333.550) and third-place Canada (326.400) at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, B.C., April 10. American John Orozco won the senior all-around title (87.20), with Japan's Toshiya Ikejiri (85.05) and Yuto Murakami (84.90) placing second and third.

Kakeru Tanigawa of Japan won the junior all-around gold (82.70), while Americans Marty Strech and Alex Yoder tied for second (80.40).

“We are known for our heart and we showed it today,” said U.S. team captain Chris Brooks, the defending all-around champion from 2012, when the event was held in Everett, Wash. “It was a hard-fought competition, and we had some mistakes along the way. Team USA’s spirit is that we don’t give up. We fought hard and came out with a win, and that’s what matters.” Read more.

Read "Ready to Rise Again," a profile on John Orozco, in the November 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also includes a two-page center poster of Orozco; and read "Bronx Bomber," an interview with Orozco in the April 2012 issue. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 11 April 2014 11:27    PDF Print
Japanese Women, Wang Win Junior Asian Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



The Japanese women won the team title over China and host Uzbekistan as the 13th Junior Asian Championships continued Friday in Tashkent. Pictured: Team Japan poses after training.

The Japanese women topped China as the 13th Junior Asian Championships continued Friday in Tashkent.

The event in Tashkent is the third qualifier of four qualifiers to the II Youth Olympiad, following events for Africa and the Americas. In Tashkent, up to nine females and 10 males can earth berths for their nations to the Youth Olympics, which takes place in August in Nanjing, China. The fourth and final qualifier is next month's Junior European championships in Sofia.

The medals were distributed identically to Thursday's men's competition, with Japan winning the team title over China and Uzbekistan, and a Chinese gymnast taking the all-around title over two Japanese gymnasts.

The Japanese women narrowly edged China, taking the team title by .25. Japan had the highest team totals on vault and floor exercise, while the Chinese unsurprisingly outscored the field on uneven bars and balance beam.

China's Wang Yan won the all-around title by nearly 1.5 points, impressing with 15.000 on vault. Aiko Sugihara placed second over teammate Sae Miyakawa, who had the highest scores on vault (15.050) and floor exercise (14.450).

Competition continues Saturday with the apparatus finals.

External Link: Uzbekistan Gymnastics Federation

13th Junior Asian Championships
April 11, 2014, Tashkent

Women's Team VTUBBBFXTotal
1. Japan 43.500 37.850 40.500 42.200 164.050
Aiko Sugihara 14.000 12.800 13.250 13.900 53.950
Koko Dobashi 14.300 11.350 13.400 13.850 52.900
Sae Miyakawa 15.050 11.950 12.200 14.450 53.650
Wakana Yasui 14.150 13.100 27.250
Yuka Momiyama 13.850 13.850 27.700
2. China 41.100 40.900 41.450 40.350 163.800
Wang Yan 15.000 13.250 13.200 13.950 55.400
Zhu Xiaofang 12.400 14.300 13.000 11.950 51.650
Qin Chang 12.300 13.350 14.250 12.850 52.750
Yuan Xiaoyang 13.700 14.000 13.550 41.250
Chen Zhaohui 12.850 12.850
3. Uzbekistan 41.950 33.750 39.400 39.500 154.600
Veronika Orlova 14.000 11.200 12.100 12.350 49.650
Turdikhon Islomova 14.450 11.100 14.050 13.550 53.150
Kseniya Kim 13.500 13.250 13.450 40.200
Elvira Yureva 11.450 11.450
Linara Sulaymanova 12.800 9.700 12.100 12.500 47.100
4. Kazakhstan 37.500 33.950 38.350 36.450 146.250
Arailym Khanseiitova 12.150 11.400 12.950 12.300 48.800
Zarina Shametko 11.850 10.650 13.000 11.700 47.200
Tamara Kutichseva 12.700 11.450 12.450 36.600
Anastassiya Zalyotova 12.650 11.100 12.400 11.400 47.550
Kristina Lektorovich 12.050 12.050
5. Singapore 40.000 34.450 35.750 35.550 145.750
Cheryl Lam Min 13.100 10.700 10.550 11.500 45.850
Tan Sze En 13.900 11.750 11.650 12.550 49.850
Celeste Tong 12.600 11.050 12.800 11.350 47.800
Nadine Joy Nathan 13.000 11.650 11.300 11.500 47.450
6. Korea 39.550 34.800 35.050 35.200 144.600
An Hyesu 13.150 11.850 9.550 11.900 46.450
Gu Hanbyeol 13.000 11.900 11.900 36.800
Park Hana 13.400 10.200 12.250 9.950 45.800
Lee Eunju 12.750 10.900 11.400 35.050
Kim Eunji 12.650 4.000 16.650
7. Chinese Taipei 37.950 27.600 36.150 34.200 135.900
Fang Ko-Ching 13.150 10.100 12.650 12.700 48.600
Lai Pin-Ju 12.700 8.800 10.700 10.450 42.650
Huang Yu-Yu 11.700 7.350 12.800 31.850
Hsu Yi-Ling 10.700 11.050 21.750
Chang Tzu-Ling 12.100 8.700 20.800
8. Hong Kong 36.350 26.450 32.500 33.200 128.500
Ren Zhi Jun 11.950 9.050 8.100 10.000 39.100
Chan Tsz Sum 13.100 9.500 9.800 10.950 43.350
Cheung Chun Mei 11.000 7.900 11.650 11.000 41.550
Cheung Ho Yat 11.300 7.150 11.050 11.250 40.750
9. India 37.150 23.950 29.550 28.200 118.850
Madhu Baghel 12.000 7.350 10.400 8.150 37.900
Mrunmai Rajesh Bhogale 11.500 7.350 8.600 9.750 37.200
Payel Das 12.550 10.550 9.400 32.500
Ruby Yadav 7.600 7.600
Shravani Vivek Vaidya 12.600 9.000 6.200 9.050 36.850
10. Sri Lanka 34.500 17.600 24.550 25.600 102.250
Amaya Sithumini Kalukottage 12.250 7.800 8.750 9.350 38.150
Venuri Santhushi Wijekoon 11.200 7.200 7.050 8.450 33.900
Kavindya Herath 10.000 2.600 4.800 7.800 25.200
Andrea Smahon 2.300 7.500 9.800
Gihini Nimthara Rathnagoda 11.050 8.750 19.800

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Wang Yan 15.000 13.250 13.200 13.950 55.400
2. Aiko Sugihara 14.000 12.800 13.250 13.900 53.950
3. Sae Miyakawa 15.050 11.950 12.200 14.450 53.650
4. Turdikhon Islomova 14.450 11.100 14.050 13.550 53.150
5. Koko Dobashi 14.300 11.350 13.400 13.850 52.900
6. Qin Chang 12.300 13.350 14.250 12.850 52.750
7. Zhu Xiaofang 12.400 14.300 13.000 11.950 51.650
8. Tan Sze En 13.900 11.750 11.650 12.550 49.850
9. Veronika Orlova 14.000 11.200 12.100 12.350 49.650
10. Arailym Khanseitova 12.150 11.400 12.950 12.300 48.800
11. Fang Ko-Ching 13.150 10.100 12.650 12.700 48.600
12. Ava Lorein Verdeflor 12.650 10.500 12.900 12.350 48.400
13. Celeste Tong 12.600 11.050 12.800 11.350 47.800
14. Rahma Aldulaimi 12.950 10.700 11.900 12.050 47.600
15. Anastasia Zalyotova 12.650 11.100 12.400 11.400 47.550
16. Nadine Joy Nathan 13.000 11.650 11.300 11.500 47.450
17. Zarina Shametko 11.850 10.650 13.000 11.700 47.200
18. Linara Sulaymanova 12.800 9.700 12.100 12.500 47.100
19. An Hyesu 13.150 11.850 9.550 11.900 46.450
20. Cheryl Lam Min 13.100 10.700 10.550 11.500 45.850
21. Park Hana 13.400 10.200 12.250 9.950 45.800
22. Fatimah Altameemi 13.200 8.850 12.350 10.650 45.050
23. Nur Azira Aziri 13.000 8.800 11.050 11.500 44.350
24. Chan Tsz Sum 13.100 9.500 9.800 10.950 43.350
25. Munkhsaikhan Burenbaatar 12.700 9.550 9.550 10.850 42.650
26. Lai Pin-Ju 12.700 8.800 10.700 10.450 42.650
27. Cheung Chun Mei 11.000 7.900 11.650 11.000 41.550
28. Yuan Xiaoyang 13.700 14.000 13.550 41.250
29. Cheung Ho Yat 11.300 7.150 11.050 11.250 40.750
30. Ksenia Kim 13.500 13.250 13.450 40.200
31. Ren Zhi Jun 11.950 9.050 8.100 10.000 39.100
32. Amaya Sithumini Kalukottage 12.250 7.800 8.750 9.350 38.150
33. Madhu Baghel 12.000 7.350 10.400 8.150 37.900
34. Mrunmai Rajesh Bhogale 11.500 7.350 8.600 9.750 37.200
35. Shravani Vivek Vaidya 12.600 9.000 6.200 9.050 36.850
36. Gu Hanbyeol 13.000 11.900 11.900 36.800
37. Tamara Kutichseva 12.700 11.450 12.450 36.600
38. Lee Eunju 12.750 10.900 11.400 35.050
39. Venuri Santhushi Wijekoon 11.200 7.200 7.050 8.450 33.900
40. Payel Das 12.550 10.550 9.400 32.500
41. Huang Yu-Yu 11.700 7.350 12.800 31.850
42. Yuka Momiyama 13.850 13.850 27.700
43. Wakana Yasui 14.150 13.100 27.250
44. Kavindya Herath 10.000 2.600 4.800 7.800 25.200
45. Hsu Yi-Ling 10.700 11.050 21.750
46. Truong Khanh Van 11.350 10.400 21.750
47. Chang Tzu-Ling 12.100 8.700 20.800
48. Gihini Nimthara Rathnagoda 11.050 8.750 19.800
49. Kim Eunji 12.650 4.000 16.650
50. Chen Zhaohui 12.850 12.850
51. Bui Nguyen Hai Yen 12.250 12.250
52. Kristina Lektorovich 12.050 12.050
53. Elvira Yureva 11.450 11.450
54. Andrea Smahon 2.300 7.500 9.800
55. Ruby Yadav 7.600 7.600
 


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