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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 28 June 2009 23:00    PDF Print
Italian, British Juniors Best in Germany
(9 votes, average 4.56 out of 5)

Italy and Great Britain were victorious at an international junior meet held Saturday in Spergau, Germany. Pictured: Carlotta Ferlito (Italy)

Italy and Great Britain were victorious at an international junior meet held Saturday in Spergau, Germany.

The double competition featured one matchup among gymnasts born in 1994-1995 from Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland; and another among gymnasts born in 1996-1997 from Germany, Great Britain and Switzelrand.

Carlotta Ferlito led an Italian sweep of the all-around medals as Italy defeated Germany, Switzerland and France. Ferlito won the all-around over teammates Chiara Gandolfi and Andrea Foti.

At the Italian Championships in early June, Foti placed third behind champion Vanessa Ferrari and runner-up Erika Fasana. Ferlito placed sixth.

Angel Romaeo, 12, led Britain to victory over Germany and Switzerland. The Welsh gymnast topped Italy's Sarah Di Lascia. Romaeo's sister Venus Romaeo placed third.

The Romaeo sisters have been featured in the BBC program "Olympic Dreams," which documents young talent hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Andrew Morris, technical director of Welsh gymnastics, told a Welsh newspaper: "I am delighted Welsh gymnasts are once again featuring in British teams and most pleasing is the fact that Wales are now contributing across all ages groups."

Spergau International
June 27, Spergau, Germany


1.Carlotta Ferlito199513.40013.65014.20013.90055.150
2.Chiara Gandolfi199513.95014.00013.45012.95054.350
3.Andrea Foti199513.70013.25013.40013.95054.300
4.Sara Catanzaro199513.95013.55012.45013.95053.900
5.Désirée Baumert199513.05013.65013.50013.45053.650
6.Pia Tolle199413.35013.60013.50013.15053.600
7.Jessica Diacci199413.10013.00013.30013.55052.950
8.Giulia Leni199513.25013.85012.20013.45052.750
9.Marine Brevet199413.50013.00012.40013.70052.600
10.Mira Boumejmajen199513.25012.75013.10013.10052.200
11.Giorgia Campana199512.80013.45012.05013.45051.750
12.Isabelle Marquard199512.80012.25013.55011.30049.900
13.Katja Roll199512.95012.35011.50012.25049.050
14.Sophia Serseri199513.50010.90012.20012.40049.000
15.Sarina Gerber199512.80012.60010.50012.30048.200
16.Emily Berti199412.7009.60012.50011.75046.550
17.Adina Hausch199513.0009.75010.95011.85045.550
18.Giulia Steingruber199413.20012.75025.950
19.Caroline Nieves199510.3008.65018.950

1.Great Britain38.65036.80036.90037.650150.000
4.Great Britain 238.20033.85038.80038.000148.850

1.Angel Romaeo199713.10012.60013.40013.25052.350
2.Sarah Di Lascia199613.40012.00012.95012.50050.850
3.Venus Romaeo199613.15013.10012.70011.65050.600
4.Amy Sharp199612.45012.75012.00012.55049.750
5.Alex Cooper199613.05010.95012.20013.45049.650
5.Cagla Akyol199712.40012.05013.10012.10049.650
7.Katharina Müller199613.00011.95011.95012.65049.550
8.Laura Schulte199712.55012.55011.95012.25049.300
9.Janine Berger199613.40011.35012.30011.60048.650
10.Sophie Jameson199712.45011.20012.35012.60048.600
11.Billie Mackenzie199612.65010.05013.05012.15047.900
12.Nicole Hitz199713.05011.50011.30011.80047.650
13.Sophie Scheder199712.85010.05011.95012.00046.850
13.Nadia Mülhauser199613.00012.35010.10011.40046.850
15.Sarina Maier199712.55011.50010.55011.55046.150
16.Ilaria Käslin199712.5509.25010.40012.20044.400

Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 20 June 2009 12:50    PDF Print
Wong Wins Dutch Women's Championships
(7 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

UCLA recruit Lichelle Wong (TSH Heerenveen) won the senior women's all-around title at the Dutch Gymnastics Championships, held Saturday in Rotterdam.

Junior champion Céline van Gerner competes on balance beam at the Dutch Championships in Rotterdam.

The 2009 Dutch Gymnastics Championships are taking place at the Ahoy Arena, site of the 1987 and 2010 World Championships.

Wong, 19, outscored runner-up Mayra Kroonen (TURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam) 55.35-54.575 to win the all-around gold. Wong, who resumed training January following shoulder surgery, said she was surprised with the victory.

"It was a tough meet. In the end, it was exciting between Mayra and me," Wong said.

World Cup gold medalist Sanne Wevers (BosanTON Almelo) won the bronze (52.70) with the highest senior score on balance beam (13.90).

Egyptian Olympian Sherine El Zeiny, who lives and trains in Zoetermeer, placed sixth all-around.

Two-time Olympian Suzanne Harmes, 23, scratched from the competition, declaring she was not yet ready.

Céline van Gerner, Wong's clubmate at TSH Heerenveen, won the junior title by 1.3 points. The 14 year old earned the highest scores of the day in the all-around (56.80) and on uneven bars (13.95), balance beam (14.45) and floor exercise (14.10).

Naoual Ouazzani-Chahdi (NTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer) won the junior all-around silver with the top score of the day on vault (14.45). Clubmate Lisa van de Burg finished third all-around.

Reina Beltman won the all-around title in the youth division.

Competition continues Sunday with the Dutch men's championships.

Click here to download detailed results.

External Links: Royal Dutch Gymnastics Federation
2010 World Gymnastics Championships

2009 Dutch Gymnastics Championships
June 20, Rotterdam

Senior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXAA
1.Lichelle WongTSH Heerenveen14.0513.7513.6513.9055.35
2.Mayra KroonenNTOZ/TURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam14.4013.1513.5513.6554.75
3.Sanne WeversBosanTON Almelo13.4513.2013.9012.1552.70
4.Joy GoedkoopTSH Heerenveen13.9011.8013.7013.2052.60
5.Marlies RijkenNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer13.3511.6513.4512.1050.55
6.Sherine El ZeinyNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer13.6512.6010.7513.2550.25
7.Dianne TeunisseNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer13.5012.8510.2012.0548.60
8.Natasja BlindBATO Haarlem13.6010.6510.3013.1047.65
9.Roos EngelbrechtK&V Opmeer13.609.7010.5012.2046.00
10.Vera van PolFLIK-FLAK Den Bosch13.4013.15 26.55
11.Marrit EwaldTSH Heerenveen12.9512.90 25.85
12.Fieke WillemsNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer13.9511.40 25.35

Junior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXAA
1.Céline van GernerTSH Heerenveen14.3013.9514.4514.1056.80
2.Naoual Ouazzani-ChahdiNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer14.4513.5513.8513.4555.30
3.Lisa van de BurgNTOZ/PRO PATRIA Zoetermeer13.2512.3012.6513.1051.30
4.Sanne de SmetBosanTON Almelo12.9511.9013.2012.7550.80
5.Serena VlijtBosanTON Almelo13.3511.5512.6013.0050.50
6.Ayla WilbrinkBosanTON Almelo13.9012.2510.9513.3550.45
7.Tessa GerritsTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam13.1511.5512.2012.9049.80
8.Noël van KlaverenDOS Alphen aan den Rijn13.3510.2512.3512.6548.60
9.Nikki OlijveBosanTON Almelo13.3510.8511.5512.2047.95
10.Tess MoonenNTOZ/TURNPOINT Rotterdam13.758.8513.0012.2047.80
11.Melissa ScherpenisseBosanTON Almelo13.808.9511.6511.9046.30
12.Samantha van DijkenTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam13.109.3010.6012.0545.05
13.Yesmin Al SharkawyTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam12.459.5510.8011.1043.90
14.Evelien VerbruggenBATO Haarlem13.055.7010.3012.4541.50
15.Elze GeurtsFAME/SVOD Deventer12.856.6010.2511.2040.90
16.Rafaëlla BidottiTCT Hengelo12.857.359.559.7539.50

Youth Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXAA
1.Reina BeltmanBosanTON Almelo13.9511.1511.7014.0550.85
2.Maartje RuikesDE HAZENKAMP Nijmegen12.4511.5513.0512.9049.95
3.Lisa TopK&V Opmeer13.0011.4011.8513.6049.85
4.Julia BombachDE HAZENKAMP Nijmegen13.3511.3511.6513.2549.60
5.Jamie BraakmanTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam13.0510.5012.7513.2549.55
6.Emma CuperusDYNAMO Roosendaal13.3010.9511.8512.0548.15
7.Lisenka BakkerPRO PATRIA Den Helder12.7011.6511.0512.5547.95
8.Chantysha NettebTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam13.3510.6511.0512.0047.05
9.Mayelin van der MeerTURNING SPIRIT Amsterdam13.1010.3010.7512.4046.55
10.Elise BatsBosanTON Almelo12.7510.6011.0012.0546.40
11.Rebecca YuenTSZ Vlissingen13.2010.309.7012.4045.60
12.Sandra van de VenTSZ/ASTROW Oost-Souburg13.309.2010.1511.3544.00
13.Kelly NollenDYNAMO Roosendaal12.909.709.6011.7543.95
14.Kelly GoedegebureTSZ Vlissingen12.759.559.6011.4543.35
15.Bente BerendsenBosanTON Almelo12.507.4510.8511.4542.25
16.Daphne SlingerlandNTOZ/KDO Lekkerkerk11.509.5510.8010.0041.85
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 05 June 2009 20:15    PDF Print
Sawa, Sandy Win Canadian Senior Titles
(17 votes, average 4.71 out of 5)

Sydney Sawa and Casey Sandy won the all-around titles Thursday at the Canadian Championships in Hamilton, Ont.

Sydney Sawa, 2009 Canadian champion
Sawa, who will turn 17 on June 15, outscored preliminaries leader Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette by 0.50 to earn her first Canadian title. Last year, Sawa was fifth all-around at the Canadian Championships and second all-around at the Elite Canada meet.

"I knew I had a chance to win, but in the prelims I was thinking a little too much about the outcome and not enough about each routine I had to do," Sawa said. "I've always been an underdog I guess but this year I really went for it."

Lemieux-Guillemette, who was fifth all-around at the 2008 Elite Canada meet, finished three-tenths ahead of 2008 Canadian junior all-around champion Dominique Pegg.

Fourth was Austrian national all-around champion Barbara Gasser, who trains in Canada.

Among the top Canadian gymnasts who did not compete were 2008 Olympian Nansy Damianova, 2008 Elite Canada champion Brittany Rogers, 2008 Canadian all-around silver medalist Kristina Vaculik and 2008 Canadian all-around bronze medalist Peng-Peng Lee. Charlotte Mackie, the 2008 Elite Canada bronze medalist, performed on vault, balance beam and floor exercise for a total of 37.55.

Anysia Unick won the junior women's all-around title over co-silver medalists Mikaela Gerber and Rochelle Hurt. Unick placed second last year. Gerber is the younger sister of former Canadian national team member Aisha Gerber.

In the senior men's division, 2008 Canadian Olympic team alternates Casey Sandy and Ken Ikeda placed first and second all-around, respectively. Sandy, who turned 25 on May 21, had the highest score of the field on rings (14.55) and was fourth or better on the other five events.

Sandy finished his collegiate career in April after three years with Penn State University.

"It as an awesome experience," Sandy said. "This is a big boost for me, just to get back with the team and start training with everyone again."

Ikeda earned the highest score of the field on pommel horse (15.30), but low scores on floor exercise and rings prevented him from a higher all-around total.

In last year's Canadian Championships, Sandy and Ikeda were third and seventh all-around, respectively.

Jared Walls finished third in Hamilton, earning his best Canadian Championships ranking to date.

Last year's champion, two-time Olympian Adam Wong, competed on only two events. He led the field on floor exercise (14.75) and had the third-highest score on pommel horse (14.15).

2008 Olympian Nathan Gafuik, who placed fifth last year, competed on every event except parallel bars. He earned the night's highest scores on vault (16.10) and high bar (14.95)

Still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered at the 2008 Olympic Games, Brandon O'Neill finished eighth. He had the night's second-highest scores on three events, but counted low scores on pommel horse and high bar.

Competition continues Saturday night with the senior event finals.

2009 Canadian Championships
June 4, Hamilton, Ontario

Senior Women's All-Around
1. Sydney Sawa (Calgary Gymnastics) 54.45
2. Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette (Gym-Richelieu) 53.95
3. Dominique Pegg (Bluewater) 53.65
4. Barbara Gasser (Bluewater) 53.20
5. Gabrielle May (Panthers Gymnastics) 50.25
6. Kristin Klarenbach (Champions Gymnastics) 50.10
7. Emily Bigras (Bluewater) 49.70
8. Catherine Dion (Gymelites) 49.55
9. Ashley Quinton (Stampede City) 47.35
10. Laura Vysohlid (Flicka) 47.05
11. Miranda Meyer (Champions Gymnastics) 40.40 - 3 events
12. Charlotte Mackie (Omega Gymnastics) 37.55 - 3 events

Junior Women's All-Around
1. Anysia Unick (Stampede City) 54.50
2t. Mikaela Gerber (Oakville) 53.60
2t. Rochelle Hurt (Mississauga) 53.60
4. Riley Cholod (Gemini) 53.10
5. Coralie Leblond-Chartrand (Gymnix) 52.10
6. Jimena Lopez (Mississauga) 51.25
7. Bianca Dancose-Giambattiso (Gym-Richeliieu) 50.70
8. Melissa Fontaine (Gymnix) 49.80
9. Paige Blaney (Capital City) 47.80
10. Taylor Ricci (Flicka) 47.75
11. Dayna Weststeyn (Kerrigan Gymnastics) 46.75
12. Ann-Ly Brouillette-Quenneville (Gymnix) 37.60 - 3 events

Senior Men's All-Around
1. Casey Sandy (Burlington) 87.40
2. Ken Ikeda (Twisters) 83.00
3. Jared Walls (Capital City) 82.60
4. Jackson Payne (Capital City) 81.80
5. Kevin Lytwyn (Burlington) 81.75
6. Pat McElroy (Univ. of Calgary) 81.40
7. Hugh Smith (Halifax Alta) 81.30
8. Brandon O'Neill (Capital City) 81.10
9. Scott Chandler (Island Gymnastics) 79.35
10. Peter Andersen (Surrey Gymnastics) 79.15
11t. Anderson Loran (Taiso) 78.80
11t. Jayd Lukenchuk (Taiso) 78.80

Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 03 June 2009 23:35    PDF Print
Hambüchen, Bui Win German Nationals
(18 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

Olympians Fabian Hambüchen (TSG Niedergirmes) and Kim Bui (TSG Tübingen) won the German Championships, held this week as part of the "Turnfest" in Frankfurt. Hambuchen (center) poses with runner-up Marcel Nguyen (left) and bronze medalist Philipp Boy.

Olympians Fabian Hambüchen (TSG Niedergirmes) and Kim Bui (TSG Tübingen) won the German Championships, held this week as part of the "Turnfest" in Frankfurt.

Hambüchen, who won the first-stage of the international "Champions Trophy" Monday in Frankfurt, added the national title Wednesday. The reigning European champion defended his title by more than four points above silver medalist Marcel Nguyen, who also placed second Monday.

Defending silver medalist Philipp Boy (SC Cottbus Turnen) was in second place following five of six events. He nearly lost his chance for a medal, however, after falling from high bar when his grip broke. A sprint across the arena to retrieve his backup grips let Boy finish his routine in time, and he held on to the bronze with a score of 13.250.

Kim Bui moved up four places from her 2008 finish to claim the women's title. Elisabeth Seitz (TG Mannheim e.V.) won the silver over 2008 Olympian Anja Brinker (TV Herkenrath).

The Turnfest is a public festival featuring competition and exhibitions of all the gymnastics disciplines for all ages, as well as other symposiums, water shows, beach volleyball, yoga and dance.

Click here to download detailed results.

External Link: 2009 Turnfest

Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 03 June 2009 22:18    PDF Print
Cyprus Wins Big at Small States of Europe Finals
(9 votes, average 4.78 out of 5)

The host nation won seven gold medals in the event finals at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe, held Wednesday in Nicosia, Cyprus. Irodotos Georgallas (Cyprus) won still rings and parallel bars.

The host nation won seven gold medals in the event finals at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe, held Wednesday in Nicosia, Cyprus.

A day after sweeping the all-around and team titles, gymnasts from Cyprus won all but three titles in event finals. Women's all-champion Antonia Georgiou of Cyprus placed first on balance beam, and teammate Nikoleta Dimitriou placed first on uneven bars after leading the event in qualifications.

Luxembourg's Laurence Risse, 16, placed first on vault, and Iceland's Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir placed first on floor exercise.

Risse and Hermannsdottir were fifth and fourth, respectively, in Tuesday's all-around competition.

Hermannsdottir, who will turn 16 on June 17, finished 51st all-around in qualifications at the 2009 European Championships. In the men's finals, 31-year-old Cypriot Irodotos Georgallas was the only double winner. He placed first on parallel bars, and tied teammate Georgios Georgiou for first place on rings.

Georgallas's World Cup tally on rings includes a gold medal at Maribor, Slovenia (2007); and silver medals at Stuttgart (2007), Doha, Qatar (2008), Szombathely, Hungary (2008) and Maribor (2009).

Competing in his only final, all-around champion Dimitris Krasias of Cyprus won the gold medal on high bar.

Krasias's teammate, all-around silver medalist Constantinos Aristotelous, won the gold medal on vault.

Tenth in Tuesday's all-around, Oliver Waldbillig of Luxembourg won the gold medal on floor exercise. Waldbillig, 18, placed first all-around at the 2008 Luxembourg Junior Championships.

Iceland's Bjarki Asgeirsson, 19, won pommel horse, the only event on which he competed in Nicosia.

Organized since 1985, the Games of the Small States of Europe is a biennial multisport event attended by eight European nations. The next edition will be held in Liechtenstein in 2011.

External Link: Official Event Web Site

XIII Games of the Small States of Europe
June 3, 2009, Nicosia, Cyprus

Women's Vault Final
1.Laurence Risse13.675
2.Athena Stavrinaki-Panayi13.375
3.Marilena Georgiou13.150
4.Nicole Pace12.650
5.Kirsty Caruana12.625
6.Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir12.525
7.Harpa Dogg Steindordottir11.650

Uneven Bars Final
1.Nikoleta Dimitriou13.550
2.Fridda Run Einarsdottir11.700
3.Laurence Risse10.900
4.Antonia Georgiou10.800
5.Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir10.350
6.Kirsty Caruana9.700
7.Mathilde Chalaye9.200
8.Adreana Jo Zammit8.950

Balance Beam Final
1.Antonia Georgiou13.200
2.Fridda Run Einarsdottir13.000
3.Rachel Rominger12.450
4.Athena Stavrinaki-Panayi11.600
5.Djody Icard11.300
6.Kirsty Caruana11.150
7.Adreana Jo Zammit11.100
8.Sigrun Dis Tryggvadottir10.850

Women's Floor Exercise Final
1.Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir13.300
2.Fridda Run Einarsdottir12.800
3.Kirsty Caruana12.600
4.Adreana Jo Zammit12.200
5.Athena Stavrinaki-Panayi12.100
6.Marilena Georgiou12.000
7.Laurence Risse11.850
8.Candice Pibarot11.250

Floor Exercise Final
1.Oliver Waldbillig13.450
2.Julien Gobaux13.400
3.Olafur Gardar Gunnarsson13.100
4.Georgios Georgiou13.050
5.Viktor Kristmannsson12.850
6.Frederic Unternaehr12.800
7.Panayiotis Aristotelous12.450
8.Christophe Lazzarin12.300

Pommel Horse Final
1.Bjarki Asgeirsson13.200
2.Georgios Georgiou12.850
3.Dimitris Krasias12.800
4.Julien Gobaux12.150
5.Viktor Kristmannsson11.750
6.Sascha Palgen11.300
7.Romain Gobaux11.000
8.Christophe Lazzarin10.650

Still Rings Final
1.Georgios Georgiou14.100
1.Irodotos Georgallas14.100
3.Frederic Unternaehr13.150
3.Viktor Kristmannsson13.150
5.Olafur Gardar Gunnarsson12.650
6.Oliver Waldbillig12.550
6.Julien Gobaux12.550
8.Christophe Lazzarin10.850

Men's Vault Final
1.Constantinos Aristotelous15.100
2.Georgios Georgiou14.475
3.Sascha Palgen14.400
4.Oliver Waldbillig14.175
5.Philip Caruana Turner14.000
6.Julien Gobaux13.500
7.Frederic Unternaehr13.375
8.Ingvar Agust Jochumsson7.050

Parallel Bars Final
1.Irodotos Georgallas13.800
2.Panayiotis Aristotelous13.700
2.Viktor Kristmannsson13.700
4.Julien Gobaux13.400
5.Oliver Waldbillig12.700
6.Frederic Unternaehr12.500
7.Robert Kristmannsson11.300
8.Christophe Lazzarin11.000

High Bar Final
1.Dimitris Krasias13.950
2.Constantinos Aristotelous13.350
3.Frederic Unternaehr13.100
4.Christophe Lazzarin12.800
4.Viktor Kristmannsson12.800
6.Robert Kristmannsson12.650
7.Oliver Waldbillig12.450
8.Romain Gobaux11.300

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