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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:39    PDF Print
Komova Cruises to Victory at Youth Olympics
(16 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

Russian champion Viktoria Komova won the women's all-around gold medal Thursday evening at the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Komova took gold over China's Tan Sixin (right) and Italy's Carlotta Ferlito (left).

Junior European champion Viktoria Komova of Russia won the women's all-around gold medal Thursday evening at the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

The top three gymnasts repeated their rankings from qualification, with China's Tan Sixin (58.50) second and Italy's Carlotta Ferlito (55.35) third.

Komova, head and extended shoulders above the field, bettered her qualification results by a quarter of a point to score an impressive 61.250. With the laws of gravity her main competitor, the 15 year old from Voronezh casually competed a nearly error-free all-around to cement her status as one of the brightest stars in gymnastics.

Coached by Gennady Yelfimov, Komova began her night with a small step on a Yurchenko 2 1/2 (Amanar) vault (15.75). She continued with her unique uneven bars set for 15.45 (inside Stalder to Shaposhnikova-half; inside Stalder-blind to layout Jaeger; inside Stalder-full to Tkatchev to Pak salto; tucked full-out with one hop) to take a lead of 2.35 points halfway through the meet. On balance beam, she had a small wobble on her standing Arabian in a routine that included a front tuck, consecutive layout stepouts and two flip-flops to double tuck (15.25). Needing only a 12.20 on her final event to win, she both outtumbled and outdanced every other gymnast to scored a 14.9 (1 1/2 to Arabian double front; double tuck; triple twist; double pike).


Russia's Viktoria Komova hit four events to win by a large margin in Singapore.

Komova, the daughter of 1986 Goodwill Games champion Vera Kolesnikova, will be eligible for senior competition in 2011.

After beginning on vault with a clean but low double-twisting Yurchenko, Tan impressed on uneven bars (elgrip Endo-full to full pirouette to piked Jaeger; elgrip-full to Jaeger; elgrip Endo to double front) but was heavily penalized for her execution (7.85). Tan, coached by He Hua, again took the top score on balance beam with a 15.35. She sewed up the silver medal with her new floor routine to music from Las Vegas show "Le Rêve" (double-twisting front to stag jump; double pike; 2 1/2 twist).

With Komova and Tan all but secured of their finishes, the battle for the bronze was the night's biggest contest with Italy's Ferlito going head to head with Japan's Natsumi Sasada. Sasada, who had struggled in qualification, began on uneven bars with a clean routine that brought 14.05 (giant-full to Tkatchev; full-out) while Ferlito vaulted a Yurchenko-full (14.15). Sasada shelved her round off, layout-full mount on balance beam in favor of a safer set that ended with a stuck double pike (14.1). The Italian dropped behind after a simple routine on uneven bars (Stalder-blind to Voronin; toe-on front-half dismount).

In the third rotation, Ferlito regained third place after a strong set on beam (switch leap, back tuck, sheep jump; front aerial, ff layout; full turn to full turn in Y; 2 1/2) that earned 14.5 (9.0 execution). Sasada tumbled well (full-in; front to double tuck; triple twist; double pike) but looked noticeably lost during her choreography to the same big-band music American Carly Patterson used in 2004.

After three events, Ferlito led Sasada by one tenth, 41.40-41.30. Sasada went for broke on vault with a double-twisting Yurchenko, but ended up short and put her left knee down. Ferlito, who had scored 13.5 on floor exercise in qualification, needed a 13.75 to pass Sasada. With her Japanese rival watching intently, Ferlito stuck her opening tumbling runs of triple twist and double pike, but landed slightly low on her double tuck dismount. When the Italian's score of 13.95 was flashed, Sasada burst into tears while Ferlito celebrated joyfully with her coach.

While the top four gymnasts already had made names for themselves over the past few years, Ana Sofia Gomez established herself and the Guatemalan team as one to watch. Coached by Romanians Adrian and Elena Boboc, Gomez again hit her ff, full twist on balance beam and tumbled well to place fifth (54.05) ahead of Romania's Diana Bulimar (53.95).

Coached by Shao Yi Jiang, Australia's Angela Donald showed impressive form to finish seventh ahead of Tess Moonen of the Netherlands. Spain's Maria Vargas, ninth, and Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg rounded out the top 10.

The competition continues Saturday in Singapore with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Links: Official Website | Webcast

1st Youth Olympic Games
Aug. 19, Singapore

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Viktoria Komova15.6515.4515.2514.9061.250
2.Tan Sixin14.4014.3515.3514.4058.500
3.Carlotta Ferlito14.1512.7514.5013.9555.350
4.Natsumi Sasada13.8014.0514.1013.1555.100
5.Ana Sofia Gomez13.4013.1014.1513.4054.050
6.Diana Bulimar13.6512.7013.9013.7053.950
7.Angela Donald13.2013.1013.8013.2053.300
8.Tess Moonen13.6013.4513.0513.1053.200
9.Maria Vargas14.2512.8013.1512.6552.850
10.Jonna Adlerteg13.6513.2512.5513.1552.600
11.Harumy Freitas13.8511.8013.4513.1552.250
12.Elisa Haemmerle13.4012.4012.7013.3551.850
13.Madeline Gardiner13.8013.1512.1012.0551.100
14.Dilnoza Abdusalimova13.4512.3512.3512.5550.700
15.Kosthia Requena13.3511.1513.2512.1549.900
16.Park Kyungjin13.6011.0013.2511.6549.500
17.Alina Kravchenko13.2511.7011.9511.2548.150
18.Jessica Hogg13.2511.1510.0513.0047.450
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 18 August 2010 07:01    PDF Print
Kamoto Captures First Youth Olympics Gold
(7 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Japan's Yuya Kamoto captured the first gymnastics gold of the Youth Olympic Games on Wednesday in Singapore, winning the men's all-around title at Bisham Sports Hall.


Yuya Kamoto and coach celebrate victory in Singapore.

Kamoto's score of 86.35 was lower than his first-place 87.20 in Monday's qualification, but still a full point above silver medalist Oleg Stepko (Ukraine). China's Zhu Xiaodong won the bronze (85.00).

Romania's Andrei Muntean (84.95), Britain's Sam Oldham (84.65) and Russia's Daniil Kazachkov (84.00) rounded out the top group in a closely-fought competition.

The stocky Kamoto, 15, competed casually with few missteps. He pulled into the lead after still rings in the third rotation, drilling his piked double front-half dismount after a routine that included tucked, layout and piked Yamawakis. He nailed his landing on his parallel bars dismount (14.6), and as the last gymnast up needed only a 13.1 on high bar to pass Stepko. After a layout Tkatchev, he dismounted with a layout double-double (one step) to thunderous applause in recognition of his historic gold. The humble Kamoto, who bowed to the judges before beginning each routine, climbed back onto the podium with his coach to acknowledge the crowd when his score of 14.05 flashed.

Stepko impressed with his power and game face, not breaking into a smile until after the competition was over. He tumbled an Arabian double front, triple twist and full-in on floor and vaulted the only handspring double front of the top group. He earned the second-highest score of the day on parallel bars with a 14.45, and ended his day with a stuck double layout off high bar. The blonde Stepko bears a passing resemblance to compatriot Grigory Misyutin, who won the world all-around title three years before Stepko was born.

Zhu led after floor exercise, but was rough on pommel horse in comparison with China's usual standard. He lost ground to Stepko in the fifth rotation after breaking form to save a stutz on parallel bars (13.75).

Oldham lost his chance for the title early, sitting down his Arabian double front on floor exercise in the first rotation. He impressed with the cleanest form and foot extension of any of the gymnasts, and topped the field on pommel horse (13.9) and on vault (15.8, tied with Muntean). Still in the running for second place, he missed his layout Tkatchev on high bar to ruin any chance for a medal. Visibly disappointed, he remounted and threw a Tkatchev half and layout double-double.

Kazachkov also performed cleanly but lost his chance to place higher when he stumbled backward on his double pike dismount on parallel bars.

The competition continues Thursday with the women's all-around final.

External Links: Official Website | Webcast

1st Youth Olympic Games
Aug. 18, Singapore

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Yuya Kamoto14.2513.3514.4015.7014.6014.0586.350
2.Oleg Stepko14.1513.3014.0015.5514.4513.9085.350
3.Zhu Xiaodong14.3013.5513.6015.7013.7514.1085.000
4.Andrei Muntean14.0012.9514.6515.8013.8513.7084.950
5.Sam Oldham13.5013.9514.0015.8014.2513.1584.650
6.Daniil Kazachkov14.0513.7013.5515.5513.1514.0084.000
7.Ernesto Vila13.5512.3013.1015.7014.1013.4582.200
8.Vahan Vardanyan13.7013.2514.0014.8513.1013.2582.150
9.Daniel Weinert13.8013.4513.2514.7013.4513.3582.000
10.Thomas Neuteleers14.1511.8513.5514.8013.9513.5581.850
11.Ludovico Edalli13.4512.7513.4514.6513.6013.7081.600
12.Nikolaos Iliopoulos11.9513.3513.9014.9013.8513.4581.400
13.Levente Vagner13.5013.1013.6514.4513.6512.9081.250
14.Amr Ahmed12.8513.4512.7514.7013.6513.5080.900
15.Brandon Prost13.3013.1013.3015.1512.6013.2580.700
16.Eduard Shaulov13.8512.2512.8015.2012.2013.4079.700
17.Robert Watson14.0010.7013.4515.0513.5512.9079.650
18.Michalis Krasias13.5511.5013.2014.6012.5012.8078.150
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 17 August 2010 06:19    PDF Print
Komova Dominates Youth Olympics Qualification
(20 votes, average 4.60 out of 5)

Junior European champion Viktoria Komova (Russia) cruised to first place in women's qualification Tuesday at the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.


Junior European champion Viktoria Komova (Russia) dominated qualification at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

The 15-year-old Komova led the all-around qualification with a formidable 61.000, giving her nearly a 3-point lead over China's Tan Sixin (58.100). Italian upstart Carlotta Ferlito qualified third (55.750) to Thursday's all-around final.

Competing in the final of three subdivisions, Komova looked even sharper than she had at the Junior European Championships in the spring, when she won the all-around, vault and balance beam titles. Komova's unmatched combination of difficulty, execution and artistry will be tough to beat in Singapore, and a full sweep of the gold medals looks within her grasp.

Clad in a jade-and-gold leotard, Komova began on uneven bars with a 15.6 (inside Stalder to Shaposhnikova-half; layout Jaeger; Tkatchev to Pak; full-out; 6.5 Difficulty/9.1 Execution). She had a few slight balance checks during a packed beam set (flip flop to two layouts; standing Arabian; punch front; full turn with leg up to front aerial to sheep jump; ff ff double tuck) for 15.100 (5.9 D), second only to Tan. On floor exercise, she nailed her opening pass of 1 1/2 to Arabian double front, took one step on her triple twist and nearly stuck her double pike dismount (14.550). She finished on vault with her biggest error, a large step off the mat on a Yurchenko 2 1/2 (15.7). Komova, who wrapped both knees heavily before vaulting, added a clean Yurchenko double (15.1).

In the second subdivision, Tan showed trademark Chinese gymnastics, earning the top score on balance beam, 15.500 (6.3 D), for a beautiful routine (ff, ff, two-foot layout, Korbut). She performed new, dramatic choreography on floor exercise, coupled with very clean tumbling (double-twisting front to stag jump mount).

Ferlito qualified third with less spectacular but consistent performances nonetheless. She ended her day with strong tumbling on floor exercise (triple twist; double pike; whip to double twist; double tuck).

Romania's Diana Bulimar qualified fourth (54.7) after missing her side somi on balance beam in the second subdivision. She came back with an energetic routine on floor exercise (piked full-in; 1 1/2 to double tuck; 2 1/2; double pike). Bulimar turns 15 on Sunday, the final day of gymnastics competition in Singapore.

Guatemala's Ana Sofia Gomez, 14, performed dynamic gymnastics in the third subdivision for sixth all-around (54.050). Coached by Romanians Adrian and Elena Boboc, Gomez hit a flip flop, tucked full twist on balance beam to qualify fifth to the final (14.2). She also qualified eighth to the floor exercise final (tucked full-in, high triple twist).

Australia's Angela Donald, seventh, was also impressive. She nailed her balance beam routine (Rulfova; ff layout; switch ring; side somi; sheep jump to back tuck; ff, ff double twist) to qualify fourth to the final with 14.4.

Coached by Elvira Saadi, Canada's Madeline Gardiner was eighth (53.850). She was strong on beam (double turn in crouch to split on the beam; Onodi; double pike) and dramatic on floor, but fell on her double pike dismount.

Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg, who led the first subdivision, finished ninth. She stood out for her clean lines and toe point, and qualified to finals on uneven bars (seventh), balance beam (eighth) and floor (fifth).

The gymnastics competition continues Wednesday with the men's all-around final. Japan's Yuya Kamoto, first in qualification, is favored to win the first gymnastics gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games. The 15-year-old Kamoto will face challenges from Britain's Sam Oldham (Great Britain), Oleg Stepko (Ukraine), Zhu Xiaodong (China) and Daniil Kazachkov (Russia).

External Links: Official Website | Webcast

1st Youth Olympic Games
Aug. 17, Singapore

Women's All-Around QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Viktoria Komova15.7015.6015.1514.5561.00 Q
2.Tan Sixin14.1514.5015.5013.9558.10 Q
3.Carlotta Ferlito14.2013.4014.6513.5055.75 Q
4.Diana Bulimar13.7513.8513.1513.9554.70 Q
5.Tess Moonen13.8013.8013.4513.2054.25 Q
6.Ana Sofia Gomez13.7512.9014.2013.2054.05 Q
7.Angela Donald13.3013.2514.4013.1054.05 Q
8.Madeline Gardiner13.7513.7513.7012.6553.85 Q
9.Jonna Adlerteg13.4013.3513.6013.2553.60 Q
10.Natsumi Sasada14.0013.2013.5512.8053.55 Q
11.Harumy Freitas13.5512.7013.7513.1053.10 Q
12.Alina Kravchenko13.1012.6513.5012.1551.40 Q
13.Elisa Haemmerle13.4512.1512.7513.0051.35 Q
14.Jessica Hogg13.5011.6012.9013.2551.25 Q
15.Dilnoza Abdusalimova13.1011.9013.5012.7051.20 Q
16.Kosthia Requena13.2012.0013.1512.5550.90 Q
17.Maria Vargas13.7512.1512.1512.6050.65 Q
18.Park Kyungjin13.6512.4512.7511.6050.45 Q
19.Bianka Mityko13.6511.2512.7012.7550.35 R
20.Nadia Baeriswyl12.9012.3012.6012.4550.25 R
21.Elisavet Tsakou12.9512.7512.5511.9550.20 R
22.Demet Mutlu13.4012.0012.4512.1049.95 R
23.Desiree Baumert13.2512.5011.4512.4049.60
24.Moldir Azimbay12.5512.6012.3011.9549.40
25.Eline Vandersteen13.4011.5012.7511.7049.35
26.Erika Pakkala13.6011.1512.0512.5049.30
27.Claudia Cummins13.1011.2011.9012.8049.00
28.Sophia Serseri13.2510.9012.3012.2048.65
29.Filipa Verissimo13.1510.7012.4012.0548.30
30.Petra Hedbavna12.2511.6012.1011.6047.55
31.Rawiwarn Muaktanod12.509.5512.8011.9546.80
32.Eliana Rodriguez12.1511.1012.2010.8546.30
33.Shaden Wohdan12.3510.7012.6510.2545.95
34.Rachel Giam Pei Shi12.659.1512.2511.8045.85
35.Mai Elsayed12.2510.4011.3511.0045.00
36.Agustina Estarli12.5010.359.7511.5044.10
37.Soyolsaikhan Batbaatar11.609.4510.2510.7542.05
38.Lizaveta Parfionava12.307.609.5511.8541.30
39.Gabriela Dominguez12.408.2010.4510.1541.20
40.Karla Salazar13.2012.2013.300.0038.70
41.Camila Vilches12.604.259.7010.5537.10
42.Nardjes Terkmane12.1511.2510.850.0034.25

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Viktoria Komova6.59.20 15.7015.400 Q
5.88.400.115.10 
2.Carlotta Ferlito5.09.20 14.2014.075 Q
4.49.55 13.95 
3.Natsumi Sasada5.09.100.114.0014.025 Q
5.88.25 14.05 
4.Maria Vargas5.08.75 13.7513.650 Q
4.49.15 13.55 
5.Diana Bulimar5.08.75 13.7513.650 Q
4.68.95 13.55 
6.Madeline Gardiner5.08.75 13.7513.625 Q
4.78.80 13.50 
7.Bianka Mityko4.49.25 13.6513.575 Q
4.68.90 13.50 
8.Harumy Freitas5.08.55 13.5513.575 Q
4.49.20 13.60 
9.Demet Mutlu4.88.60 13.4013.500 R
4.69.00 13.60 
10.Jessica Hogg5.08.50 13.5013.375 R
4.48.85 13.25 
11.Jonna Adlerteg5.08.40 13.4013.300 R
4.48.80 13.20 
12.Elisa Haemmerle4.88.65 13.4513.275
4.48.70 13.10 
13.Karla Salazar4.48.900.113.2013.275
4.48.95 13.35 
14.Dilnoza Abdusalimova4.68.50 13.1013.225
4.68.75 13.35 
15.Tan Sixin5.88.35 14.1513.200
4.47.85 12.25 
16.Erika Pakkala4.69.00 13.6013.125
4.68.05 12.65 
17.Sophia Serseri5.08.350.113.2512.775
4.08.300.112.30 
18.Shaden Wohdan4.47.95 12.3512.450
4.08.55 12.55 
19.Rawiwarn Muaktanod4.28.30 12.5012.400
4.47.90 12.30 
20.Agustina Estarli4.28.30 12.5012.075
4.47.25 11.65 

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Viktoria Komova6.59.10 15.60 Q
2.Tan Sixin6.58.00 14.50 Q
3.Diana Bulimar5.38.55 13.85 Q
4.Tess Moonen5.38.50 13.80 Q
5.Madeline Gardiner5.48.35 13.75 Q
6.Carlotta Ferlito5.28.20 13.40 Q
7.Jonna Adlerteg5.08.35 13.35 Q
8.Angela Donald5.18.15 13.25 Q
9.Natsumi Sasada5.77.50 13.20 R
10.Ana Sofia Gomez5.37.60 12.90 R
11.Elisavet Tsakou5.27.55 12.75 R
12.Harumy Freitas4.78.00 12.70
13.Alina Kravchenko4.18.55 12.65
14.Moldir Azimbay5.27.40 12.60
15.Desiree Baumert5.47.10 12.50
16.Park Kyungjin5.96.55 12.45
17.Nadia Baeriswyl4.57.80 12.30
18.Karla Salazar5.27.00 12.20
19.Elisa Haemmerle4.37.85 12.15
20.Maria Vargas4.97.25 12.15
21.Kosthia Requena4.87.20 12.00
22.Demet Mutlu5.16.90 12.00
23.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.16.80 11.90
24.Petra Hedbavna3.38.30 11.60
25.Jessica Hogg4.17.50 11.60
26.Eline Vandersteen4.66.90 11.50
27.Bianka Mityko3.77.55 11.25
28.Claudia Cummins5.16.10 11.20
29.Erika Pakkala3.57.65 11.15
30.Eliana Rodriguez4.66.50 11.10
31.Sophia Serseri4.96.00 10.90
32.Filipa Verissimo2.87.90 10.70
33.Shaden Wohdan3.96.80 10.70
34.Mai Elsayed4.85.60 10.40
35.Agustina Estarli4.75.65 10.35
36.Rawiwarn Muaktanod3.75.85 9.55
37.Soyolsaikhan Batbaatar3.16.35 9.45
38.Rachel Giam Pei Shi1.97.25 9.15
39.Gabriela Dominguez1.86.40 8.20
40.Lizaveta Parfionava3.14.50 7.60
41.Camila Vilches1.32.95 4.25

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Tan Sixin6.39.20 15.50 Q
2.Viktoria Komova5.99.25 15.15 Q
3.Carlotta Ferlito5.88.85 14.65 Q
4.Angela Donald5.58.90 14.40 Q
5.Ana Sofia Gomez5.78.50 14.20 Q
6.Harumy Freitas4.98.85 13.75 Q
7.Madeline Gardiner5.48.30 13.70 Q
8.Jonna Adlerteg5.08.60 13.60 Q
9.Natsumi Sasada5.67.95 13.55 R
10.Alina Kravchenko4.98.60 13.50 R
11.Dilnoza Abdusalimova5.08.50 13.50 R
12.Tess Moonen5.67.85 13.45
13.Karla Salazar5.28.10 13.30
14.Kosthia Requena5.37.85 13.15
15.Diana Bulimar5.77.45 13.15
16.Jessica Hogg4.88.10 12.90
17.Rawiwarn Muaktanod5.47.40 12.80
18.Eline Vandersteen4.58.25 12.75
19.Elisa Haemmerle5.07.75 12.75
20.Park Kyungjin5.47.35 12.75
21.Bianka Mityko4.48.30 12.70
22.Shaden Wohdan4.68.05 12.65
23.Nadia Baeriswyl4.18.50 12.60
24.Elisavet Tsakou4.87.75 12.55
25.Demet Mutlu4.57.95 12.45
26.Filipa Verissimo4.67.80 12.40
27.Moldir Azimbay4.77.60 12.30
28.Sophia Serseri4.97.40 12.30
29.Rachel Giam Pei Shi4.47.85 12.25
30.Eliana Rodriguez4.97.400.112.20
31.Maria Vargas4.87.35 12.15
32.Petra Hedbavna4.18.00 12.10
33.Erika Pakkala4.37.75 12.05
34.Claudia Cummins4.97.00 11.90
35.Desiree Baumert5.46.05 11.45
36.Mai Elsayed4.86.55 11.35
37.Nardjes Terkmane3.67.65 11.25
38.Gabriela Dominguez4.26.25 10.45
39.Soyolsaikhan Batbaatar4.35.95 10.25
40.Agustina Estarli2.96.85 9.75
41.Camila Vilches3.95.80 9.70
42.Lizaveta Parfionava3.36.25 9.55

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Viktoria Komova5.59.05 14.55 Q
2.Tan Sixin5.38.65 13.95 Q
3.Diana Bulimar5.48.55 13.95 Q
4.Carlotta Ferlito5.18.40 13.50 Q
5.Jonna Adlerteg4.88.45 13.25 Q
6.Jessica Hogg5.08.25 13.25 Q
7.Tess Moonen5.08.400.213.20 Q
8.Ana Sofia Gomez5.37.90 13.20 Q
9.Harumy Freitas4.88.30 13.10 R
10.Angela Donald5.08.10 13.10 R
11.Elisa Haemmerle4.98.10 13.00 R
12.Claudia Cummins4.97.90 12.80
13.Natsumi Sasada5.27.60 12.80
14.Bianka Mityko4.78.05 12.75
15.Dilnoza Abdusalimova4.87.90 12.70
16.Madeline Gardiner5.27.45 12.65
17.Maria Vargas4.97.70 12.60
18.Kosthia Requena4.87.75 12.55
19.Erika Pakkala4.58.00 12.50
20.Nadia Baeriswyl4.67.85 12.45
21.Desiree Baumert5.37.10 12.40
22.Sophia Serseri4.97.800.512.20
23.Alina Kravchenko4.97.350.112.15
24.Demet Mutlu4.57.700.112.10
25.Filipa Verissimo4.37.75 12.05
26.Moldir Azimbay4.87.250.111.95
27.Elisavet Tsakou4.77.25 11.95
28.Rawiwarn Muaktanod4.97.05 11.95
29.Lizaveta Parfionava4.67.25 11.85
30.Rachel Giam Pei Shi3.97.90 11.80
31.Eline Vandersteen4.87.200.311.70
32.Petra Hedbavna3.77.90 11.60
33.Park Kyungjin5.26.40 11.60
34.Agustina Estarli4.76.80 11.50
35.Mai Elsayed4.86.20 11.00
36.Nardjes Terkmane3.96.95 10.85
37.Eliana Rodriguez4.66.350.110.85
38.Soyolsaikhan Batbaatar4.26.55 10.75
39.Camila Vilches3.86.75 10.55
40.Shaden Wohdan3.36.95 10.25
41.Gabriela Dominguez3.56.950.310.15
42.Karla Salazar0.00.00 0.00
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 16 August 2010 12:47    PDF Print
Kamoto Leads Youth Olympics Qualification
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Fifteen-year-old Yuya Kamoto (Japan) led the men's qualification at the Youth Olympic Games on Monday at Singapore's Bishan Sports Hall.

Japan's Yuya Kamoto led the men's qualification at the Youth Olympic Games on Monday at Singapore's Bishan Sports Hall.

In the first of two subdivisions, Kamoto scored 87.250 to lead China's Zhu Xiaodong (86.100), who fell on his double pike parallel bars dismount. Russia's Daniil Kazachkov was third (85.400).

Junior European champion Sam Oldham (Great Britain) jumped into the mix in the second subdivision, scoring 86.850 for second. Ukraine's Oleg Stepko was close behind with 86.800, to bump Zhu and Kazakhov down to fourth and fifth.

Kamoto, Kazachkov and Stepko each qualified to five apparatus finals. Kamato, who turns 16 on Sept. 14, was the top gymnast on parallel bars (14.850). Stepko, 16, was first on pommel horse (14.550) and earned the highest execution score of the day, 9.800, for his second vault. Oldham was best on high bar (14.450), Zhu on floor exercise (14.600), Spain's Nestor Abad on vault (15.775) and Romanian Andrei Muntean on still rings (14.700).

The gymnastics competition is open to males born in 1993 or 1994 and females born in 1995.

The gymnastics competition continues Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the women's qualification. Russia's Viktoria Komova, winner of four gold medals at the 2010 Junior Europeans, is favored to dominate the field.

The men's all-around final will be held Wednesday.

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1st Youth Olympic Games
Aug. 16, Singapore

All-Around QualificationFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Yuya Kamoto14.5013.6514.5015.7514.8513.9587.20 Q
2.Sam Oldham14.3514.3013.9015.6014.2514.4586.85 Q
3.Oleg Stepko14.4014.5514.0515.7014.3013.8086.80 Q
4.Zhu Xiaodong14.6013.6014.2015.9013.6514.1586.10 Q
5.Daniil Kazachkov13.8013.9514.1015.8013.9013.8585.40 Q
6.Andrei Muntean13.9513.6514.7015.7014.4011.4083.80 Q
7.Ernesto Vila14.1013.4012.7015.6514.0513.9083.80 Q
8.Thomas Neuteleers14.2012.6513.9014.7514.2013.8083.50 Q
9.Ludovico Edalli13.7513.4513.4014.8013.9013.8083.10 Q
10.Vahan Vardanyan13.6013.5013.9014.9513.1513.4582.55 Q
11.Robert Watson13.8512.9013.5014.9513.8513.3082.35 Q
12.Nikolaos Iliopoulos12.4013.7013.8515.4013.3513.5082.20 Q
13.Eduard Shaulov13.8013.5012.1015.5013.6013.2581.75 Q
14.Levente Vagner13.2513.6513.6014.6513.6012.8581.60 Q
15.Daniel Weinert13.8513.0513.1014.6513.6513.3081.60 Q
16.Michalis Krasias13.6013.2013.8014.7012.8513.3081.45 Q
17.Brandon Prost13.3513.0513.2514.6013.7013.1581.10 Q
18.Amr Ahmed13.3513.6013.1514.9012.7513.3081.05 Q
19.Oliver Hegi12.3013.4013.6515.3512.5513.7581.00 R
20.Jesse Glenn13.8011.7514.0015.6512.3013.1580.65 R
21.Arthur Mariano13.5013.1511.9515.3513.4513.2580.65 R
22.Jo Yeonggwang13.3511.9013.7514.9513.1513.3580.45 R
23.Robert Tvorogal13.2013.0512.0514.8513.1014.1580.40
24.Vasily Mikhalitsyn13.3013.6013.3013.9013.5512.7080.35
25.Weena Chokpaoumpai14.0512.5513.2015.1012.7512.4580.10
26.Ferhat Arican12.6513.4013.5515.4011.9513.0580.00
27.Brody Jai Hennessy12.4011.7013.7514.9513.2513.8079.85
28.Nestor Abad14.1010.2014.0515.8011.5014.1079.75
29.Junior Rojo13.6011.8013.4515.0013.3512.3079.50
30.Javier Cervantes12.7012.1513.5515.8012.5012.5079.20
31.Filip Borosa14.0512.9512.4514.7512.4011.9078.50
32.Viktor Kocherin12.6013.1012.4015.5512.0512.4078.10
33.Ryan Patterson12.8011.3512.8514.7013.0512.9577.70
34.Karl Kosztka13.7511.2013.1014.8011.6512.4076.90
35.Ahmed Aldayani11.5512.8511.6515.1012.1512.6075.90
36.Timothy Tay13.2011.5512.2514.1012.1512.1075.35
37.Erdenebold Ganbat12.2511.8513.9515.4512.059.7575.30
38.Ismael Sanabria13.758.6512.1515.2011.0513.0073.80
39.Naimi Mechkour12.8510.4511.2514.7011.1012.2072.55
40.Adham Alsqour12.509.3510.9013.0510.4512.4068.65
41.Lukasz Borkowski0.0011.050.0013.900.0010.8035.75

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Zhu Xiaodong5.39.3 14.60 Q
2.Yuya Kamoto5.09.5 14.50 Q
3.Oleg Stepko5.49.0 14.40 Q
4.Sam Oldham5.39.1 14.35 Q
5.Thomas Neuteleers5.09.2 14.20 Q
6.Nestor Abad5.19.0 14.10 Q
7.Ernesto Vila5.58.6 14.10 Q
8.Filip Borosa4.99.30.114.05 Q
9.Weena Chokpaoumpai5.09.1 14.05 R
10.Andrei Muntean5.48.6 13.95 R
11.Daniel Weinert4.79.2 13.85 R
12.Robert Watson4.79.2 13.85
13.Daniil Kazachkov5.09.10.313.80
14.Jesse Glenn4.89.0 13.80
15.Eduard Shaulov5.18.7 13.80
16.Karl Kosztka4.79.1 13.75
17.Ludovico Edalli4.89.0 13.75
18.Ismael Sanabria5.28.6 13.75
19.Vahan Vardanyan4.39.3 13.60
20.Michalis Krasias4.69.0 13.60
21.Junior Rojo4.78.9 13.60
22.Arthur Mariano5.28.40.113.50
23.Brandon Prost4.98.60.113.35
24.Jo Yeonggwang5.08.4 13.35
25.Amr Ahmed5.18.3 13.35
26.Vasily Mikhalitsyn4.58.8 13.30
27.Levente Vagner4.58.90.113.25
28.Robert Tvorogal4.78.5 13.20
29.Timothy Tay4.98.3 13.20
30.Naimi Mechkour4.68.3 12.85
31.Ryan Patterson5.27.6 12.80
32.Javier Cervantes4.78.0 12.70
33.Ferhat Arican5.07.80.112.65
34.Viktor Kocherin4.68.10.112.60
35.Adham Alsqour4.77.8 12.50
36.Nikolaos Iliopoulos4.88.10.512.40
37.Brody Jai Hennessy5.07.50.112.40
38.Oliver Hegi4.97.4 12.30
39.Erdenebold Ganbat4.77.6 12.25
40.Ahmed Aldayani4.86.8 11.55
41.Lukasz Borkowski0.00.0 0.0

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Oleg Stepko5.39.3 14.55 Q
2.Sam Oldham5.19.2 14.30 Q
3.Daniil Kazachkov4.59.5 13.95 Q
4.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.18.6 13.70 Q
5.Yuya Kamoto4.59.2 13.65 Q
6.Andrei Muntean4.69.1 13.65 Q
7.Levente Vagner5.28.5 13.65 Q
8.Vasily Mikhalitsyn4.69.0 13.60 Q
9.Zhu Xiaodong5.28.4 13.60 R
10.Amr Ahmed5.28.4 13.60 R
11.Vahan Vardanyan4.49.1 13.50 R
12.Eduard Shaulov4.68.9 13.50
13.Ludovico Edalli4.59.0 13.45
14.Ernesto Vila4.78.7 13.40
15.Ferhat Arican4.88.6 13.40
16.Oliver Hegi5.28.2 13.40
17.Michalis Krasias5.18.1 13.20
18.Arthur Mariano4.38.9 13.15
19.Viktor Kocherin4.58.6 13.10
20.Daniel Weinert4.68.5 13.05
21.Brandon Prost4.78.4 13.05
22.Robert Tvorogal4.88.3 13.05
23.Filip Borosa4.09.0 12.95
24.Robert Watson4.38.6 12.90
25.Ahmed Aldayani4.88.1 12.85
26.Thomas Neuteleers4.38.4 12.65
27.Weena Chokpaoumpai4.38.3 12.55
28.Javier Cervantes4.37.9 12.15
29.Jo Yeonggwang4.47.5 11.90
30.Erdenebold Ganbat4.67.3 11.85
31.Junior Rojo3.58.3 11.80
32.Jesse Glenn3.88.0 11.75
33.Brody Jai Hennessy3.68.1 11.70
34.Timothy Tay3.97.7 11.55
35.Ryan Patterson4.07.4 11.35
36.Karl Kosztka2.78.5 11.20
37.Lukasz Borkowski3.77.4 11.05
38.Naimi Mechkour3.07.5 10.45
39.Nestor Abad4.35.9 10.20
40.Adham Alsqour4.74.7 9.35
41.Ismael Sanabria4.24.5 8.65

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Andrei Muntean5.39.4 14.70 Q
2.Yuya Kamoto5.29.3 14.50 Q
3.Zhu Xiaodong5.29.0 14.20 Q
4.Daniil Kazachkov4.99.2 14.10 Q
5.Oleg Stepko5.09.1 14.05 Q
6.Nestor Abad5.09.1 14.05 Q
7.Jesse Glenn4.99.1 14.00 Q
8.Erdenebold Ganbat5.58.5 13.95 Q
9.Vahan Vardanyan4.69.3 13.90 R
10.Sam Oldham4.79.2 13.90 R
11.Thomas Neuteleers4.99.0 13.90 R
12.Nikolaos Iliopoulos4.89.1 13.85
13.Michalis Krasias4.69.2 13.80
14.Brody Jai Hennessy4.79.1 13.75
15.Jo Yeonggwang4.89.0 13.75
16.Oliver Hegi4.88.9 13.65
17.Levente Vagner4.69.0 13.60
18.Javier Cervantes4.88.8 13.55
19.Ferhat Arican5.08.6 13.55
20.Robert Watson4.88.7 13.50
21.Junior Rojo5.18.4 13.45
22.Ludovico Edalli4.98.5 13.40
23.Vasily Mikhalitsyn4.78.6 13.30
24.Brandon Prost4.88.5 13.25
25.Weena Chokpaoumpai4.78.5 13.20
26.Amr Ahmed4.88.4 13.15
27.Karl Kosztka4.48.7 13.10
28.Daniel Weinert4.78.4 13.10
29.Ryan Patterson4.38.6 12.85
30.Ernesto Vila4.97.8 12.70
31.Filip Borosa3.68.9 12.45
32.Viktor Kocherin4.38.1 12.40
33.Timothy Tay4.18.2 12.25
34.Ismael Sanabria4.77.5 12.15
35.Eduard Shaulov4.37.8 12.10
36.Robert Tvorogal4.18.0 12.05
37.Arthur Mariano4.87.2 11.95
38.Ahmed Aldayani4.67.1 11.65
39.Naimi Mechkour2.88.5 11.25
40.Adham Alsqour4.66.3 10.90
41.Lukasz Borkowski0.00.0 0.0

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Nestor Abad6.29.615.8015.775 Q
6.29.615.75
2.Javier Cervantes6.29.615.8015.675 Q
6.29.415.55
3.Erdenebold Ganbat6.68.915.4515.575 Q
6.29.60.115.70
4.Weena Chokpaoumpai5.49.715.1015.400 Q
6.29.515.70
5.Arthur Mariano6.69.10.315.3515.375 Q
6.29.50.315.40
6.Daniil Kazachkov6.29.615.8015.325 Q
5.49.514.85
7.Ferhat Arican6.29.215.4015.125 Q
5.49.514.85
8.Oleg Stepko6.69.20.115.7015.050 Q
4.69.80.114.40
9.Oliver Hegi5.89.615.3515.050 R
5.49.414.75
10.Viktor Kocherin6.69.015.5514.825 R
4.69.514.10
11.Jesse Glenn6.29.60.115.6514.800 R
4.69.50.113.95
12.Lukasz Borkowski5.08.913.9014.175
5.49.114.45
13.Ryan Patterson5.49.314.7014.125
4.29.413.55
14.Adham Alsqour4.68.80.313.0512.400
3.68.30.111.75

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Yuya Kamoto5.59.4 14.85 Q
2.Andrei Muntean5.68.8 14.40 Q
3.Oleg Stepko5.48.9 14.30 Q
4.Sam Oldham5.29.1 14.25 Q
5.Thomas Neuteleers5.29.0 14.20 Q
6.Ernesto Vila5.28.9 14.05 Q
7.Daniil Kazachkov4.79.2 13.90 Q
8.Ludovico Edalli4.99.0 13.90 Q
9.Robert Watson4.79.2 13.85 R
10.Brandon Prost4.69.1 13.70 R
11.Daniel Weinert4.49.3 13.65 R
12.Zhu Xiaodong5.28.5 13.65
13.Eduard Shaulov4.69.0 13.60
14.Levente Vagner4.88.8 13.60
15.Vasily Mikhalitsyn4.69.0 13.55
16.Arthur Mariano4.88.7 13.45
17.Junior Rojo4.58.9 13.35
18.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.28.2 13.35
19.Brody Jai Hennessy4.68.7 13.25
20.Vahan Vardanyan3.99.3 13.15
21.Jo Yeonggwang5.18.1 13.15
22.Robert Tvorogal5.18.0 13.10
23.Ryan Patterson4.28.9 13.05
24.Michalis Krasias4.38.6 12.85
25.Weena Chokpaoumpai4.58.3 12.75
26.Amr Ahmed4.78.1 12.75
27.Oliver Hegi4.87.8 12.55
28.Javier Cervantes4.38.2 12.50
29.Filip Borosa4.48.0 12.40
30.Jesse Glenn4.77.6 12.30
31.Timothy Tay4.28.0 12.15
32.Ahmed Aldayani4.57.7 12.15
33.Erdenebold Ganbat4.37.8 12.05
34.Viktor Kocherin4.47.7 12.05
35.Ferhat Arican4.97.1 11.95
36.Karl Kosztka4.27.5 11.65
37.Nestor Abad4.86.7 11.50
38.Naimi Mechkour4.56.6 11.10
39.Ismael Sanabria4.17.0 11.05
40.Adham Alsqour4.56.0 10.45
41.Lukasz Borkowski0.00.0 0.00

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Sam Oldham5.29.3 14.45 Q
2.Robert Tvorogal5.09.2 14.15 Q
3.Zhu Xiaodong5.19.1 14.15 Q
4.Nestor Abad4.99.2 14.10 Q
5.Yuya Kamoto5.18.9 13.95 Q
6.Ernesto Vila5.48.5 13.90 Q
7.Daniil Kazachkov5.18.8 13.85 Q
8.Brody Jai Hennessy4.59.313.80 Q
9.Oleg Stepko4.79.1 13.80 R
10.Ludovico Edalli4.89.0 13.80 R
11.Thomas Neuteleers4.89.0 13.80 R
12.Oliver Hegi5.08.8 13.75
13.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.08.5 13.50
14.Vahan Vardanyan4.19.4 13.45
15.Jo Yeonggwang5.08.4 13.35
16.Daniel Weinert4.48.9 13.30
17.Michalis Krasias4.78.6 13.30
18.Robert Watson5.08.3 13.30
19.Amr Ahmed5.18.2 13.30
20.Arthur Mariano4.68.7 13.25
21.Eduard Shaulov4.78.6 13.25
22.Brandon Prost4.98.3 13.15
23.Jesse Glenn5.08.2 13.15
24.Ferhat Arican4.98.2 13.05
25.Ismael Sanabria4.98.1 13.00
26.Ryan Patterson4.38.7 12.95
27.Levente Vagner4.88.1 12.85
28.Vasily Mikhalitsyn4.58.2 12.70
29.Ahmed Aldayani5.07.6 12.60
30.Javier Cervantes4.77.8 12.50
31.Weena Chokpaoumpai4.38.2 12.45
32.Viktor Kocherin3.58.9 12.40
33.Karl Kosztka3.88.6 12.40
34.Adham Alsqour4.77.7 12.40
35.Junior Rojo3.78.6 12.30
36.Naimi Mechkour3.78.5 12.20
37.Timothy Tay4.18.0 12.10
38.Filip Borosa4.17.8 11.90
39.Andrei Muntean4.96.5 11.40
40.Lukasz Borkowski3.67.2 10.80
41.Erdenebold Ganbat3.26.6 9.75
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 15 August 2010 08:05    PDF Print
Liukin Looking Forward, Not Back to Beijing
(57 votes, average 4.16 out of 5)

While mulling a comeback for 2012, reigning Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin (U.S.) said she doesn't spend every moment recalling her victory two years ago today in Beijing.


Nastia Liukin (U.S.) waves to the crowd after winning the women's gymnastics all-around gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"One of the little girls (at her UCLA camp in July) asked me, 'What does it feel like to wake up every day and think you are the Olympics champion?' I don't wake up thinking, 'Wow, I'm the Olympic champion.' I hardly ever think about that," she told IG.

Liukin last competed at the 2009 U.S. Championships, which took place in Dallas near her hometown of Parker, Texas. She competed balance beam only, finishing fourth, and made the national team. She declined her spot at the world training camp, feeling that she was not ready to show her best at the world championships in London.

Since then, Liukin has been busy with appearances and projects. In 2010, she launched the Nastia Liukin Cup competition series and her own line of clothing, "SuperGirl by Nastia Liukin."

At the U.S. championships that concluded Saturday in Hartford, Liukin appeared on camera for Universal Sports, interviewing gymnasts and coaches. WOGA clubmate Rebecca Bross — who trains with Liukin's coach and father, Valeri Liukin — won the senior women's competition.

In Hartford, Liukin said it felt strange to not be competing at the national championships for the first time in eight years. Her first appearance at a national championships in 2002 gave a glimpse of her future greatness. On the first day of competition, the then-12 year old missed her Gienger on uneven bars and jarred her elbow during the fall. She was unable to finish the routine and scored a 6.800, but refused to withdraw from the competition. Instead, she fought back to complete both days of competition and finish 15th, earning one of the final spots on the U.S. junior national team.

"I was 12 when I made the national team, and I remember thinking, 'Gosh, in six years, I could have the opportunity to go to the Olympic Games,'" recalled Liukin, who turns 21 on Oct. 30. "Of course, at that point, you're like, 'Six years away seems so long.' Now the Olympics are done and over, and [I've] already accomplished it."

Liukin won the next four U.S. titles, at the junior level in 2003 and 2004 and as a senior in 2005 and 2006. She won four medals at the 2005 Worlds, including golds on uneven bars and balance beam. But a severe ankle sprain derailed her training prior to the 2006 Worlds in Aarhus, where she competed uneven bars only. She was nearly 100 percent by the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart, where she helped the U.S. win the team title and added the individual gold on balance beam.

Some considered Liukin an underdog at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, favoring 2007 world champion Shawn Johnson to win the all-around title. But Liukin had the competition of her life during the final, eclipsing Johnson for the gold medal.

Two years later, Liukin said she is so busy that she only sometimes recalls that moment.

"I really hope that's how my life will always be," she said.

Liukin will be back in the gym training for the figure skating and gymnastics show Oct. 3 in Dallas. Depending on how her training goes, she said she may decide in favor of a comeback. If she were to win one more world and three more Olympic medals, she would surpass Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history.

While her mind is not made up about 2012, Liukin promises she will never live in the past. She sees more ventures and adventures in her future.

"I'm so proud of my accomplishments and my medals, but I do want to live somewhat of a normal life," she said. "I enjoy doing what I do."

IG's John Crumlish contributed to this article. Read his full interview with Nastia Liukin in the September issue of International Gymnast Magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

 


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