Russian gymnasts won four titles Saturday at the 2010 "Stars of the World," a World Cup competition held in Moscow.
Anton Golotsutskov (Russia) won vault in Moscow.
In the women's vault final, 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong claimed the title for North Korea. Hong, sixth in qualifying, performed a double-twisting Yurchenko and upgraded her second vault in the final to a Cheng (Yurchenko half on, layout Rudi off).
Five-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Germany) won the silver, performing a full-twisting layout/pike handspring front and a very clean Tsukahara 1 1/2. First-year senior Tatiana Nabiyeva (Russia) placed third, performing a powerful but sloppy double-twisting Yurchenko and a Podkopayeva.
Recently crowned European champion Yekaterina Kurbatova (Russia), the top qualifier and defending champion, fell to fourth after taking a large step back on her double-twisting Yurchenko and stepping over the line on her layout Podkopayeva.
Nabiyeva, a 15 year old from St. Petersburg, won uneven bars, her first World Cup title. Nabiyeva's routine included both a Maloney and a Maloney-half, an inside Stalder blind to Jaeger, and a toe-on full to full-twisting double dismount.
North Korea's Cha Yong Hwa won the silver, performing a hop full to Def and Luo to elgrip front giant full pirouette to Jaeger. Venezuelan Olympian Jessica Lopez saved a fall after overarching a handstand and came away with the bronze (Higgins, full pirouette back to elgrip to Jaeger; Tkatchev; Gienger; Higgins to double front with a small hop).
Uzbekistan's Luisa Galiulina won the gold in an error-filled final. The 2008 Olympian nailed her routine with few wobbles to win her first World Cup title (double turn in crouch; piked front; tucked front, ff layout; switch leap, back tuck; front aerial, side somi; double tuck).
Top qualifier Un Hyang Kim (North Korea) lost her chance for victory with multiple wobbles, including a near fall on her round off, layout full. Chusovitina hit her routine cleanly, coming away with the bronze in a tie with 2008 Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva. Afanasyeva had a beautiful routine going (front aerial, ff layout; full turn with leg up to immediate full turn in the other direction; Onodi; Switch leap; Kochetkova; full turn in attitude) only to fall backward on her round off, double tuck dismount.
After her fourth place on vault, Kurbatova appeared determined to win the floor exercise final. The Moscow native performed her routine with zeal to take the title (Arabian double front with knees glued together; the obligatory 1 1/2 to layout front full; triple turn; double tuck).
Teammate Ramilya Musina outtumbled the field (double layout; two whips to double pike; 1 1/2 to double full; double tuck) but was incomplete on her double turn and several dance elements.
Dutch veteran Mayra Kroonen finished third with dramatic dance (double pike; 2 1/2). Brazil's Priscilla Cobella performed well but finished fourth (full-in; 1 1/2 to layout front full; double pike; double tuck).
Brazil's Diego Hypolito won the men's floor exercise title. The former world champion opened with a whip piked Arabian double front and dismounted with a stuck triple twist to edge Golotsutskov, who tumbled five solid passes (tucked double-double; 1 1/2 layout barani, tucked Thomas; layout Thomas. 2 1/2 front layout full stuck to stag leap' tucked full-in).
The Netherlands' Jeffrey Wammes won the bronze (front double full, front full; piked Arabian double front; layout Thomas; whip tucked Thomas; 2 1/2 front half; triple twist). Tomas Gonzales of Chile finished fourth but with a medal-worthy routine (tucked double-double; front double full to tucked front full; 2 1/2 Rudi; whip tucked Thomas; Randi; triple twist.)
American Paul Ruggeri, who qualified second, finished seventh after nearly falling on his full-in dismount, his seventh tumbling pass (others were a layout Arabian double front; front double full front full; funning front 1 3/4; layout 1 3/4; 2 1/2 front layout; double full).
Slovenia's Saso Bertoncelj won pommel horse, his second victory in a week after winning in Maribor on Sunday. American Alex Naddour showed tight form and a full Kehre for second over Russia's Andrei Perevoznikov. U.S. world team member Tim McNeill broke form twice for fourth.
On still rings, Russians Alexander Balandin (stuck piked double front dismount) and Konstantin Pluzhnikov finished 1-2 over Jordan's Ali Al-Asi, who attempted the rare Victorian. American Brandon Wynn finished eighth after falling on his dismount.
North Korean wonder Ri Se Gwang, first on still rings and vault in Friday's qualification, managed only the bronze on vault after falling on his spectacular full-twisting Tsukahara double tuck.
Golotsutsukov took the gold, sticking his first double front-half cold and taking one step back on his Tsukahara double pike. Hypolito performed a Tsukahara 2 1/2 and Yurchenko half on, handspring double front for second. Gonzales again finished fourth with a strong effort (Tsukahara double pike and Yurchenko 2 1/2).
Jin Hyok Kim won parallel bars to give North Korea its second gold. Olympic bronze medalist Anton Fokin (Uzbekistan) took second over McNeill (very clean routine, with a small hop on his double pike dismount).
On high bar, 35-year-old Aljaz Pegan performed the cleanest routine of the finals with his namesake Pegan to Rybalko; a Tkatchev half, and a triple back with one step. The routine brought hearty applause from onlooker Alexei Nemov, as well as first place from the judges.
Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov won the silver (Tak half to Tkatchev-half and a Kolman), averting disaster when his jam to handstand came up just a hair short, leaving him stuck for three full seconds before finally continuing his swing.
Top qualifier Ruggeri, however, didn't make it over after his Tak full, but still managed the bronze after an otherwise strong and interesting routine (Tak half to layout Tkatchev; layout Tkatchev half; Voronin to Gienger; layout double-double with one step).
Russian newcomer Mikhail Bodnar, 20, finished fourth with a high-flying routine, including a Cassina (layout Kolman); Tak-half to immediate Kovacs; Kolman; and full-twisting layout double.
The World Cup series continues June 18-20 in Porto, Portugal.
External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation
2010 Stars of the World
May 15, Moscow
(Detailed scores not yet available)
Women's Vault Final
1. Hong Un Jong 14.625
2. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.462
3. Tatiana Nabiyeva RUS 14.312
Uneven Bars Final
1. Tatiana Nabiyeva RUS 15.300
2. Cha Yong Hwa PRK 14.475
3. Jessica Lopez VEN 13.800
Balance Beam Final
1. Luisa Galiulina UZB 13.750
2. Un Hyang Kim PRK 13.575
3. Ksenia Afanasyeva RUS 13.500
3. Oksana Chusovitina GER 13.500
Women's Floor Exercise Final
1. Yekaterina Kurbatova RUS 14.075
2. Ramilya Musina RUS 13.825
3. Mayra Kroonen NED 13.600
Men's Floor Exercise Final
1. Diego Hpolito BRA 15.550
2. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 15.475
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.225
Pommel Horse Final
1. Saso Bertoncelj SLO 15.275
2. Alex Naddour USA 15.075
3. Andrei Perevoznikov RUS 14.925
Still Rings Final
1. Alexander Balandin RUS 15.700
2. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS 15.300
3. Ali Al-Asi JOR 15.275
Men's Vault Final
1. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.337
2. Diego Hypolito BRA 16.025
3. Ri Se Gwang PRK 15.950
Parallel Bars Final
1. Jin Hyok Kim PRK 15.500
2. Anton Fokin UZB 15.250
3. Tim McNeill USA 15.150
High Bar Final
1. Aljaz Pegan SLO 15.500
2. Nikolai Kuksenkov UKR 15.375
3. Paul Ruggeri USA 15.075