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Written by Admin    Sunday, 09 November 2008 09:35    PDF Print
Romania Romps at Blanc-Mesnil

The Romanian team in Blanc Mesnil

Winning 14 medals - including the team title - Romania ruled the 18th annual Tournament of Blanc-Mesnil/Daniel D'Amato Memorial, held Nov. 7-8 in France.

Romania and Ukraine were evenly matched in the women's competition. Ukraine's Natalia Kononenko won the all-around over Romanians Diana Bulimar and Ana Maria Baicu.

The two countries divided the four event titles. Kononenko placed first on uneven bars, and teammate Marina Sergiyenko placed first on vault. Romania's Patricia Tiron won balance beam, and Bulimar won floor exercise.

In the men's competition, Romanians Cristian Bataga and Andrei Muntean won the all-around gold and bronze medal, respectively. Switzerland's Kimon Wegmann, the all-around silver medalist, placed first in two of the event finals.

External Link: Tournament of Blanc-Mesnil

18th annual Tournament of Blanc-Mesnil/Daniel D'Amato Memorial
Nov. 7-8, 2008, Blanc-Mesnil, France

Team (women and men combined)
1. Romania 274.50
2. Ukraine 270.75
3. Switzerland 268.25

Women's All-Around
1. Natalia Kononenko UKR 55.450
2. Diana Bulimar ROM 53.850
3. Ana Maria Baicu ROM 52.500
4. Marina Sergiyenko UKR 52.500
5. Linda Staempfli SUI 50.900
6. Diana Baibak UKR 50.700
7. Carina Furst SUI 50.400
8. Patricia Tiron ROM 49.500
9. Katarzyna Jurkowska POL 48.800
10. Sabine Orlando FRA 48.550
11. Veronika Baresova CZE 47.900
12. Veronika Veisova CZE 47.400

Men's All-Around
1. Cristian Bataga ROM 84.600
2. Kimon Wegmann SUI 82.700
3. Andrei Muntean ROM 82.400
4. Nils Haller SUI 81.700
5. Dmitry Girenko UKR 81.000
6. Pascal Bucher SUI 80.850
7. Andrei Ursache ROM 80.750
8. Oleg Stepko UKR 80.250
9. Mathieu Jordan FRA 79.300
10. Maksim Kavalenka POL 77.050
11. Arnaud Darcillon FRA 76.450
12. Kazimierz Tyczynski POL 76.150

Women's Vault
1. Marina Sergiyenko UKR 13.837
2. Sabine Orlando FRA 13.075
3. Veronika Baresova CZE 12.887

Uneven Bars
1. Natalia Kononenko UKR 14.000
2. Diana Bulimar ROM 13.650
3. Linda Staempfli SUI 13.075

Balance Beam
1. Patricia Tiron ROM 13.775
2. Natalia Kononenko UKR 13.775
3. Diana Baibak ROM 12.375

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Diana Bulimar ROM 14.375
2. Linda Staempfli SUI 13.925
3. Ana Maria Baicu ROM 13.800

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Kimon Wegmann SUI 13.950
2. Mathieu Jordan FRA 13.775
3. Andrei Ursache ROM 13.750

Pommel Horse
1. Andrei Ursache ROM 14.500
2. Dmitry Girenko UKR 13.725
3. Cristian Bataga ROM 13.400

Still Rings
1. Dmitry Girenko UKR 14.650
2. Oleg Stepko UKR 14.200
3. Andrei Muntean ROM 13.900

Men's Vault
1. Kimon Wegmann SUI 15.425
2. Cristian Bataga ROM 14.312
3. Mathieu Jordan FRA 14.225

Parallel Bars
1. Oleg Stepko UKR 14.700
2. Pascal Bucher SUI 14.350
3. Nils Haller SUI 14.050

High Bar
1. Pascal Bucher SUI 14.200
2. Maxime Bouhanna FRA 13.450
3. Franck Caquelin FRA 12.825

 
Written by Admin    Saturday, 08 November 2008 19:14    PDF Print
Ostrava World Cup Concludes
The Chinese women and Slovakia's Samuel Piasecky combined for half the gold medals Saturday as the Ostrava World Cup concluded in the Czech Republic.

Chinese Olympic alternate Xiao Sha won women's balance beam over teammate Jiang Yuyuan. Jiang, a member of China's gold medal-winning team in Beijing, won floor exercise despite a fall on her double pike dismount.

Czech Olympian Kristyna Palesova earned a medal for the host nation with the bronze on beam.

Netherlands Jeffrey Wammes won vault and placed second on high bar beyond Piasecky, who also won parallel bars.

World Cup competition continues next weekend with the DTB Cup in Stuttgart. The DTB Cup is the final chance for gymnasts to earn qualification points to the 2008 World Cup Final, Dec. 12-14 in Madrid.

2008 Ostrava World Cup
Nov. 8, Slovakia

Balance Beam
1. Xiao Sha CHN (7.0/8.650) 15.650
2. Jiang Yuyuan CHN (6.4/8.900) 15.300
3. Kristyna Palesova CZE (6.0/8.400) 14.400
4. Adela Sajn SLO (6.0/8.000) 14.000
5. Cynthia Lemieux CAN (6.4/7.100) 13.500
5. Dorina Boczogo HUN (5.4/8.400/-0.3) 13.500
7. Eva Verbova CZE (5.6/7.800) 13.400
8. Aagje Vanwalleghem BEL (5.9/7.450) 13.350

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Jiang Yuyuan CHN (6.2/8.050) 14.250
2. Dorina Boczogo HUN (5.5/8.700) 14.200
3. Xiao Sha CHN (5.5/8.350) 13.850
4. Aagje Vanwalleghem BEL (5.5/8.100/-0.1) 13.500
5. Sasa Golob SLO (5.1/8.350) 13.450
6. Adela Sajn SLO (5.4/7.850) 13.250
7. Veronika Ozanova CZE (4.9/8.300) 13.200
8. Monika Frandofert POL (5.1/8.050) 13.150

Men's Vault
1. Jeffrey Wammes NED 15.975
2. Alexander Suprun UKR 15.912
3. Tommi Tuuha FIN 15.550
4. Claudio Capelli SUI 15.488
5. Alen Dimic SLO 15.412
6. Ali Al-Asi JOR 15.300
7. Jindrich Pansky CZE 15.275
8. Istvan Szalontai HUN 15.262
9. Marek Lyszcarz POL 7.675

Parallel Bars
1. Samuel Piasecky SVK (6.5/9.075) 15.575
2. Alen Dimic SLO (5.9/9.250) 15.150
3. Claudio Capelli SUI (6.2/8.925) 15.125
4. Roman Kulesza POL (6.2/8.825) 15.025
5. Jose Fuentes VEN (6.0/8.775) 14.775
6. Kyoichi Watanabe JPN (6.2/8.550) 14.750
7. Adam Kierzkowski POL (6.0/8.575) 14.575
8. Andrej Neczli SVK (5.5/8.250) 13.750

High Bar
1. Samuel Piasecky SVK (6.3/9.175) 15.475
2. Jeffrey Wammes NED (6.4/8.950) 15.350
3. Marijo Moznik CRO (6.6/8.300) 14.900
4. Thomas Pichler AUS (5.9/8.925) 14.825
5. Koji Uematsu JPN (6.9/7.900) 14.800
5. Takuya Niijima JPN (6.1/8.700) 14.800
7. Roman Kulesza POL (6.4/8.150) 14.550
8. Aljaz Pegan SLO (6.6/7.925) 14.525

Xiao Sha on balance beam

Jiang on balance beam

Kristyna Palesova on balance beam

Jiang Yuyuan on floor exercise

Dorina Boczogo on floor exercise

 
Written by Admin    Friday, 07 November 2008 16:52    PDF Print
Chinese in Charge in Ostrava
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Jiang Yuyuan (China)

China's Jiang Yuyuan and Zhong Hangtao were golden Friday at the World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Jiang, a member of China's first-place team at the Olympics in Beijing, easily won uneven bars by 1.75 points. She earned the highest women's score of the day with a 15.800 (7.1 A-Panel score).

Jiang's teammate Xiao Sha, an alternate to the 2008 Olympic team, placed seventh on bars. Xiao was the top gymnast on balance beam in Thursday's qualification, scoring 16.0-0.

Hungarian Olympian Dorina Boczogo won vault over Belgian veteran Aagje Vanwalleghem, who was also second on uneven bars.

Zhang Hongtao won men's pommel horse by an eight-tenth margin.

The Netherlands' Yuri van Gelder added another World Cup gold to his resume, defeating 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Alexander Vorobyov (Ukraine).

Finals conclude Saturday with the remainder of the events. 2008 Ostrava World Cup
Nov. 7, 2008, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Women's Vault
1. Dorina Boczogo HUN 14.025
2. Aagje Vanwalleghem BEL 13.950
3. Veronika Ozanova CZE 13.700
4. Laura Gombas HUN 13.575
5. Annika Urvikko FIN 13.275
6. Tatiana Valova UKR 13.275
7. Alenka Dolnicar SLO 12.775
8. Joanna Litewka POL 12.700

Uneven Bars
1. Jiang Yuyuan CHN (7.1/8.7) 15.800
2. Aagje Vanwalleghem BEL (6.0/8.05) 14.050
3. Laurie-Eve Pepin CAN (5.5/8.1) 13.600
4. Cynthia Lemieux CAN (5.6/7.7) 13.300
5. Alexandra Ohlsson SWE (5.3/7.85) 13.150
6. Tatiana Valova UKR (5.7/7.15) 12.850
7. Xiao Sha CHN (5.5/6.8) 12.200
8. Ivana Kovacova SVK (5.8/6.35) 12.15

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Tomislav Markovic CRO (6.3/9.125) 15.425
2. Koji Uematsu JPN (6.2/9.1) 15.300
3. Alexander Suprun UKR (6/9.125) 15.125
4. Rok Klavora SLO (5.9/8.975) 14.875
5. Jeffrey Wammes NED (5.9/8.675) 14.575
6. Mans Sternberg SWE (5.6/8.825) 14.425
7. Ibrahim Bulut TUR (5.4/8.9) 14.300
8. Ziga Silc SLO (6.0/8.05) 14.050

Pommel Horse
1. Zhang Hontao CHN (6.8/9.525) 16.325
2. Saso Bertoncelj SLO (6.5/9.025) 15.525
3. Zoltan Kallai HUN (6.3/8.975) 15.275
4. Alexander Suprun UKR (6.0/9.200) 15.200
5. Robert Seligman CRO (6.3/8.350) 14.650
6. Jose Fuentes VEN (5.8/8.700) 14.500
7. Claudio Capelli SUI (5.5/8.850) 14.350
8. Mathew Curtis AUS (5.6/7.750) 13.350

Still Rings
1. Yuri van Gelder NED (7.3/9.275) 16.575
2. Alexander Vorobyov UKR (7.2/9.100) 16.300
3. Yan Mingyong CHN (7.3/8.800) 16.100
4. Regulo Carmona VEN (7.0/8.925) 15.925
5. Irodotos Giorgallas CYP (7.1/7.575) 14.675
6. Roman Gisi SUI (5.8/8.700) 14.500
7. Claudio Capelli SUI (5.5/8.950) 14.450
8. Antony van Assche NED (5.7/8.750) 14.450

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 02 November 2008 22:52    PDF Print
Chinese Duo Win Swiss Cup

Lu Bo (China)

Chinese gymnasts Lu Bo and He Ning teamed up to win the Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs competition held Sunday in Zurich.

The 2008 edition of the Swiss Cup was the third held in the new "Hallenstadion." As the competition usually attracts a big crowd — around 6,000 people this time — it sure was right to move it to a bigger hall that also offers more technical abilities. The organizers took advantage of this by setting up spotlights on the apparatus the gymnast was competing on, and using several colored lights for the other areas of the hall during routines. The idea behind this is to get the performance even more into the center of attention. Furthermore they thought of special songs for each team played before and after routines, a special touch for this unusual mixed.

After warm ups and some show acts the competition went off with the first two rounds. Many of the female gymnasts started on vault. Only Juliana Santos (Brazil) and Lia Parolari (Italy) chose to do balance beam here and He Ning (China) and Ksenia Afanasyeva (Russia) went with uneven bars. While Parolari showed some beautiful choreography on beam, He had to fight with some form issues on bars. However, everyone still had the chance to make up for mistakes in the second round. Parolari was beautiful on floor as well but had some problems landing her tumbling and getting her twists around.

France's Youna Dufournet had a terrible time on bars, missing a pirouette several times in a row and remounting every time. This kept France from advancing to the semifinal. The German pair of Fabian Hambüchen and Oksana Chusovitina, on the other hand, took the lead despite a scary fall from Chusovitina, who missed her foot on her beam dismount and landed a double tuck on her head. The competition ended after round two for the pairs frm France, Brazil, Italy and The Netherlands.

The semifinal began disastrously for leader Germany when Chusovitina tore her Achilles' tendon on floor. Her first tumbling run (Tsukahara) went well, but then bad luck struck on the second tumbling pass (double tuck). Chusovitina, 33, was forced to stop her routine and was clearly in great pain.

He Ning (China)

After this shock, Hambüchen still managed to show two great vaults. Up to that point things had gone really well for the German team, and it was a disappointment to see them out of the final. Afanasyeva showed a very nice and elegant floor routine in this round, the two Swiss pairs showed very nice routines to the delight of the audience. The first Swiss team with Ariella Käslin and Niki Böschenstein managed to advance to the final round, although the other Swiss team just missed out placing fifth after the semifinal.

In the final round, the four remaining teams of China, Russia, Romania and Switzerland began again from zero. China's He performed uneven bars again, taking the chance to show she is able to deliver a better routine than she did in the first round. Her partner Lu Bo was very strong on rings, setting the score to beat. Käslin gave away Switzerland's chance when she fell on vault — her best event. However, the crowd still went wild for this team — especially when Böschenstein hit his vaults.

Sandra Izbasa and Flavius Koczi did their best possible to defend Romania's Swiss Cup title, but China's high total was out of their reach. Russia met the same situation, and eventually the Chinese team ended up as the winner. The victory is China's third at the Swiss Cup.

After the medal ceremony, most of the gymnasts took a seat behind prepared tables in the lobby for an autograph session. The crowd around those tables was huge and showed that the fans in Switzerland truly are interested in this beautiful sport and enjoy the unique competition format.

Click here to download results.

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Written by Ayako Murao    Sunday, 02 November 2008 05:06    PDF Print
Uchimura Wins Japanese Title
(5 votes, average 4.80 out of 5)

Kohei Uchimura

2008 Olympians Kohei Uchimura and Koko Tsurumi won the Japanese National Championships, which concluded Sunday in Niigata.

Uchimura, the 2008 Olympic all-around silver medalist, edged Kazuhito Tanaka by .150 in the all-around final. The 19-year-old Uchimura is the first teenager to win the title since Naoya Tsukahara won in 1996. (Tsukahara finished 14th all-around in Niigata.)

Uchimura was the top gymnast in Friday's preliminaries — which also served as the apparatus finals — and Saturday's all-around final.

"It's good that I won," Uchimura said Saturday. "I was frustrated when I got second at the intercollegiate championships after the Olympics, so I wanted to win this competition. I didn't care when came close to me. However, when my teammate told me he might beat me, I thought I would be second again. Today, I was doing well on the first four apparatus, but in the last two events I was tired and I couldn't make the exercises I wanted. However it's good that I didn't make any mistakes. Because of the pain in my lower back, I didn't do the training to go through all six events the past two days, so I think it's extremely good that I didn't any mistakes in any events."

Two-time Olympian Hiroyuki Tomita, the national champion from 2004-2007, skipped the competition.

"Tomita is a role model," Uchimura said. "I don't know whether I can catch up to him or not. I want to try my best to be close to him."

Tomita and Uchimura will compete Nov. 14-15 in the Toyota International Cup, along with 2008 Olympic teammates Takehiro Kashima, Makoto Okiguchi and Koki Sakamoto.

On Sunday, Uchimura led Nippon Sport Science University to the team title. Two-time world all-around bronze medalist Hisashi Mizutori was a member of the runner-up Tokusyukai team, which also included 2008 Olympian Takuya Nakase. Okiguchi, with a 15.650 on floor exercise and 16.150 on vault, helped KONAMI place third.

Koko Tsurumi

Tsurumi, who finished eighth on beam at the 2008 Olympics, won the all-around Saturday (60.800) after placing second to Miki Uemura in Friday's preliminaries.

"I was nervous because [on Friday] I made mistakes with new elements," said Tsurumi, 16. "I've tried to make sure to do them in the training, and today I could do them as I did in the training. I was shocked when I made a mistake on the landing of my double-twisting Yurchenko. However, I'm good at the other three events, so I concentrated on them without giving up. On uneven bars, I was doing well, but I didn't hit one handstand, although I ended up with the good landing. I thought it would be impossible to win without getting a high score there, so I was relieved when I got the score (16.200). Before the competition, I didn't care about my successive victories so much. Now, however, I'm really glad that I won Japanese Nationals three consecutive years."

During Friday's apparatus finals, Uemura won both vault and floor exercise.

"Although at the All-Japan Non-Student Championships I wasn't highly motivated, when I came to this competition I started feeling better," Uemura said. "I was training two kinds of vaults and I'm glad to win the vault final. I didn't expect to win on floor."

On Sunday, Tsurumi improved to 61.100 to lead the Asahi club to the team title.

The Japanese women's lineup for the Toyota International is Tsurumi, Mayu Kuroda, Keiko Mukumoto and Kyoko Oshima.

Click here to download full results.

2008 Japanese National Championships
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Niigata

Men's Team Final
1. Nippon Sport Science University 359.550
2. Tokusyukai G.C. 358.550
3. KONAMI 357.750
4. Juntendo University 356.800
5. Sosyukai G.C. 347.000
6. Sendai University 342.300
7. Sohgoh G.C. 341.300
8. Nihon University 340.500

Women's Team Final
1. Asahi LI GC 279.250
2. Nippon Sport Science University 273.000
3. Toda City SC 268.000
4. Legic Sports 259.400
5. Kyoto Jumping GC 256.800
6. Shitennoji SC 253.650
7. Tsukuba University 242.000
8. Kokushikan University 239.400

Men's All-Around Final
1. Kohei Uchimura 91.900
2. Kazuhito Tanaka 91.750
3. Koji Yamamuro 90.600
4. Ryosuke Baba 89.800
5. Yusuke Tanaka 89.600
6. Yosuke Hoshi 89.550
7. Koji Uematsu 89.450
8. Hisashi Mizutori 89.400
8. Kenji Nishimine 89.400
10. Kazuya Ueda 89.300

Women's All-Around Final
1. Koko Tsurumi 60.800
2. Yuko Shintake 58.900
3. Miki Uemura 58.750
4. Kyoko Oshima 58.500
5. Yu Minobe 58.000
5. Keiko Mukumoto 58.000
7. Manami Ishizaka 57.700
8. Yoshino Taniguchi 57.050
9. Mayu Kuroda 56.650
10. Rie Tanaka 56.250

Men's Preliminaries
1. Kohei Uchimura 91.750
2. Yosuke Hoshi 91.100
3. Koji Yamamuro 90.450
3. Koji Uematsu 90.450
5. Hisashi Mizutori 89.900
6. Naoya Tsukahara 89.700
7. Kazuhito Tanaka 89.550
7. Kenya Kobayashi 89.550
9. Takehito Mori 89.450
10. Eichi Sekiguchi 89.400

Women's Preliminaries
1. Miki Uemura 59.200
2. Koko Tsurumi 59.000
3. Yuko Shintake 58.550
4. Kyoko Oshima 58.300
5. Keiko Mukumoto 58.000
6. Rie Tanaka 57.800
7. Manami Ishizaka 57.650
8. Yu Minobe 57.500
9. Mai Yamagishi 56.350
10. Momoko Ozawa 56.000

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Makoto Okiguchi 15.350
2. Kohei Uchimura 15.300
2. Eichi Sekiguchi 15.300
2. Koji Yamamuro 14.500
5. Go Tagashira 15.150
6. Yosuke Hoshi 15.100
6. Mitsuyasu Ota 15.100
8. Kenji Nishimine 15.050
8. Koji Uematsu 15.050

Pommel Horse
1. Yosuke Hoshi 15.000
2. Kohei Uchimura 14.750
3. Koji Yamamuro 14.700
4. Yuto Hayami 14.550
5. Kazuya Ueda 14.500
6. Yasuhito Konishi 14.450
6. Tomoharu Sano 14.450
6. Kohei Kameyama 14.450

Still Rings
1. Koji Yamamuro 15.250
2. Hiroyuki Mine 15.200
2. Kenya Kobayashi 15.200
2. Takuya Nakase 15.200
5. Kohei Uchimura 15.150
5. Naoya Tsukahara 15.150
5. Satoshi Arai 15.150
8. Tomoharu Sano 15.100

Men's Vault
1. Go Tagashira 16.000
2. Kenya Kobayashi 15.900
3. Makoto Okiguchi 15.800
4. Kazuma Hiyama 15.600
5. Eichi Sekiguchi 15.525
6. Yasuhi Mukumoto 15.175

Parallel Bars
1. Kazuhito Tanaka 15.850
2. Naoya Tsukahara 15.750
3. Yosuke Hoshi 15.700
4. Takehito Mori 15.600
5. Kazutoshi Sotomura 15.550
6. Kohei Uchimura 15.500
7. Yusuke Tanaka 15.450
7. Koji Uematsu 15.450

High Bar
1. Eichi Sekiguchi 15.950
2. Koji Uematsu 15.600
3. Kazuhito Tanaka 15.400
4. Mitsuyasu Ota 15.350
5. Yosuke Hoshi 15.200
5. Ryuta Nakazato 15.200
7. Takuya Nakase 15.150
7. Hisashi Mizutori 15.150

Women's Vault
1. Miki Uemura 13.825
2. Mizuho Nagai 13.775
3. Tomoko Kato 13.650
4. Ayako Tanaka 13.350
5. Yuki Ota 13.300
6. Chinami Otaki 13.275
7. Arisa Tominaga 11.525

Uneven Bars
1. Mayu Kuroda 15.500
2. Yuko Shintake 15.200
3. Miki Uemura 14.900
3. Koko Tsurumi 14.900
5. Kyoko Oshima 14.850
6. Keiko Mukumoto 14.600
7. Rie Tanaka 14.500
8. Arisa Tominaga 14.400

Balance Beam
1. Koko Tsurumi 15.500
1. Yuko Shintake 15.500
3. Miki Uemura 15.450
4. Yu Minobe 15.300
4. Keiko Mukumoto 15.300
6. Kyoko Oishi 15.100
6. Momoko Ozawa 15.100
8. Manami Ishizaka 15.000

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Miki Uemura 14.700
2. Kyoko Oshima 14.650
3. Yu Minobe 14.600
4. Yoshino Taniguchi 14.250
5. Rie Tanaka 14.200
6. Shizuka Tozawa 14.150
7. Koko Tsurumi 14.100
8. Keiko Mukumoto 14.050

 


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