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Written by Hu Yizhou    Sunday, 12 December 2010 17:57    PDF Print
World Champions On Top at Japan's Toyota Cup
(8 votes, average 4.88 out of 5)

World champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia won two gold medals and a silver at the Toyota Cup, held Saturday and Sunday in Toyota City, Japan.

The Japanese gymnasts bagged a total of 10 medals at the Toyota Cup, held this weekend in Aichi Prefecture.

Russia's shiny star, the 2010 world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina, took golds on vault and floor and a silver on beam while China finished with four golds earned by four different gymnasts.

Mustafina comfortably led the vault field with two watered-down vaults (double-twisting Yurchenko and Omelianchik), her teammate, 2009 European vault champion Yekaterina Kurbatova, (Yurchenko 1 1/2 and layout Podkopayeva) was beaten narrowly by Japanese Rie Tanaka (Yurchenko 1 1/2, barani) for silver by a margin of .013.

The uneven bars were a totally different story for Mustafina, who fell twice for last place. China's Jiang Yuyuan hit her Ricna-Pak combination and elgrip series to take the title over Anna Dementyeva (Maloney-half;, hop full into Tkatchev) and Yu Minobe (Ono with half, failed to link to Tkatchev, Ono to Jaeger).

World floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell (Australia) chose not to compete on that event, but on balance beam edged Mustafina by .05. Asian Games champion Sui Lu (China) took third. 2009 world champion Deng Linlin (China) fell on her layout but still managed fourth place.

Sui and Mustafina tied for the gold medal on floor exercise, while Jiang took bronze with her new music.

Two-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura went back to his world championship routines after upgrading at last weekend's Japanese nationals. He won the gold medal on floor and the silver on horizontal bar.

The Chinese men's team sent three world champions: 2009 still rings world champion Yan Mingyong, 2010 high bar world champion Zhang Chenglong and 2010 parallel bars world champion Feng Zhe. Both Yan and Zhang were unbeatable on their respective specialities, but Feng lost to Kazuhito Tanaka.

Another world champion on top once again was Frenchman Thomas Bouhail on vault.

Great Britain's Louis Smith, the 2010 world silver medalist, won pommel horse.

Russian junior Denis Ablyazin, 18, was second on vault and third on still rings. American Paul Ruggeri, who trains with coaches Justin Spring and Ivan Ivankov, took bronzes on both floor exercise and high bar.

The Toyota Cup unofficially has replaced the well-known Chunichi Cup, which had more than a 30-year run as a December event.

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

2010 Toyota Cup
Dec. 11-12, Toyota City, Japan

Women's VaultVT 1VT 2Average
1.Aliya Mustafina14.85013.72514.287
2.Rie Tanaka14.45013.65014.050
3.Yekaterina Kurbatova13.92514.15014.037
4.Jo Hyun Joo14.00013.90013.950
5.Pia Tolle13.35013.35013.350
6.Park Ji Yeon12.07511.97510.025
7.Momoko Ozawa13.2750.0006.637

Uneven BarsScore
1.Jiang Yuyuan15.475
2.Anna Dementyeva14.375
3.Yu Minobe14.250
4.Lauren Mitchell13.750
5.Pia Tolle13.325
6.Larrissa Miller13.075
7.Park Ji Yeon12.850
8.Marie Hindermann12.475
9.Rie Tanaka11.950
10.Aliya Mustafina10.625

Balance BeamScore
1.Lauren Mitchell15.200
2.Aliya Mustafina15.150
3.Sui Lu14.975
4.Deng Linlin13.775
5.Mai Yamagishi13.550
6.Yu Minobe13.125
7.Anna Dementyeva12.775
8.Park Ji Yeon12.400
9.Giulia Hindermann12.125
10.Jo Hyun Joo11.850
11.Marie Hindermann11.650

Women's Floor ExerciseScore
1.Sui Lu14.625
1.Aliya Mustafina14.625
3.Jiang Yuyuan14.175
4.Rie Tanaka14.025
5.Anna Dementyeva14.000
6.Mai Yamagishi13.625
7.Larrissa Miller13.375
8.Pia Tolle12.775
9.Jo Hyun Joo12.650
10.Giulia Hindermann12.225
11.Park Ji Yeon10.550

Men's Floor ExerciseScore
1.Kohei Uchimura15.650
2.Daniel Purvis15.200
3.Paul Ruggeri15.175
4.Denis Ablyazin15.075
5.Thomas Bouhail14.900
6.Koji Uematsu14.800
7.Thomas Pichler14.750
7.Andrei Cherkasov14.750
9.Brian Gladow14.625
10.Kim Soo Myun14.375
11.R.J. Heflin13.875
12.Yang Hak Seon13.750
13.Thomas Taranu13.250

Pommel HorseScore
1.Louis Smith15.600
2.Ha Chang Ju15.000
3.Kenya Kobayashi14.975
4.Tatsuki Nakashima14.900
5.Robert Weber14.350
6.Prashanth Sellathurai13.625
7.Emin Garibov13.600
8.Brian Gladow13.175
8.Kim Soo Myun13.175
10.R.J. Heflin12.750

Still RingsScore
1.Yan Mingyong15.825
2.Koji Yamamuro15.550
3.Denis Ablyazin15.225
4.Kenya Kobayashi15.200
5.Robert Weber14.900
6.Thomas Taranu14.675
7.Emin Garibov14.200
8.Yang Hak Seon13.250

Men's VaultVT 1VT 2Average
1.Thomas Bouhail16.27516.47516.375
2.Denis Ablyazin16.37515.97516.175
3.Koji Yamamuro16.20016.05016.125
4.Paul Ruggeri16.22515.50015.862
5.Yang Hak Seon16.00014.95015.475
6.Kohei Uchimura16.17514.65015.412
7.Wai Hung Shek15.05015.35015.200
8.Thomas Taranu15.15014.15014.650

Parallel BarsScore
1.Kazuhito Tanaka15.650
2.Feng Zhe15.200
3.Emin Garibov15.050
4.Daniel Purvis14.775
5.Paul Ruggeri14.750
6.Robert Weber14.675
6.Joseph Hagerty14.675
8.Koji Uematsu14.550
9.Brian Gladow14.425
10.Andrei Cherkasov14.250
11.Wai Hung Shek14.200
12.Kim Soo Myun14.150
13.Ha Chang Ju13.825

High BarScore
1.Zhang Chenglong15.975
2.Kohei Uchimura15.875
3.Paul Ruggeri15.750
4.Koji Uematsu15.400
5.Emin Garibov15.325
6.Robert Weber14.700
7.Kim Soo Myun14.525
8.Joseph Hagerty14.350
9.Chang Ju Ha14.050
10.Brian Gladow13.425
11.Wai Hung Shek12.575
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 12 December 2010 12:06    PDF Print
Lee Makes Comeback at Elite Canada
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

After a two-year layoff, former junior standout Peng Peng Lee returned to competition to win Elite Canada, held this weekend in Gatineau, Quebec.

Lee, 17, won the senior all-around title over Youth Olympian Madeline Gardiner (Cambridge Kips), a senior in January. Two-time world team member Charlotte Mackie (Flicka) finished third.

Formerly coached by Carol-Angela Orchard at Ontario's Sport Seneca, Lee has been sidelined for the past two years with a back injury. Orchard moved to Great Britain following the 2008 Olympic Games, and Lee is now with Kelly Manjak at Oakville Gymnastics.

Lee took her top score on balance beam, 13.900, for a packed routine (Homma flairs mount; side aerial, ff layout; double turn; punch front; barani; illusion; double twist). She earned 13.700 for an intricate uneven bars routine, with a toe-on blind to Jaeger; toe-on full to Bhardwaj (Pak full), Maloney and double layout.

"Being away from the sport made me realize how much I miss it and how much I love it," said Lee, who has committed to UCLA. "It was really hard to stay away from the sport. I remember going through the whole year, almost two years, and missing it and wanting to come back so bad, and seeing if I would actually get a chance to compete again. So competing here is amazing and to win it, I was not expecting that. I was just expecting to compete, you know, come top 10. That was my goal. Now to actually win means I can hopefully do a lot more for Canada." (Click here to watch the full interview with GCG.)

In Sunday's event finals, Gardiner won uneven bars and balance beam. Briannah Tsang of Omega in British Columbia won vault. Oakville's Mikaela Gerber, younger sister of former Canadian team member Aisha Gerber, won floor exercise.

Fourteen-year-old Victoria Moors, coached by Elvira Saadi at Ontario's Cambridge Kips, won the all-around and three events in the junior division. Hailee Westney of Ontario's Futures Gymnastics won the balance beam title.

In the novice division, Shallon Olsen, 10, of Omega won the all-around, vault and floor exercise titles. Rose-Kalam Woo, 10, of Quebec's Gym-Richelieu finished second all-around and first on balance beam. All-around bronze medalist Brianna Clark, 12, of Montreal's Gymnix won uneven bars. (The novice division uses modified FIG scoring.)

External Link: Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique

2010 Women's Elite Canada
Dec.10-12, Gatineau, Québec

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Peng Peng Lee Oakville 5.0 13.70 5.6 13.70 5.7 13.90 5.2 13.50 54.80
2. Madeline Gardiner Cambridge Kips 5.0 13.15 4.8 12.85 5.9 14.90 5.3 13.40 54.30
3. Charlotte Mackie Flicka 5.0 14.00 5.0 12.85 5.5 12.10 5.2 13.15 52.10
4. Talia Chiarelli Bluewater 5.0 13.70 4.7 12.20 5.2 13.10 5.4 12.95 51.95
5. Mikaela Gerber Oakville 5.0 13.75 4.7 12.10 5.2 12.45 5.3 13.45 51.75
6. Briannah Tsang Omega 5.8 14.45 5.2 12.10 4.8 11.05 5.3 13.10 50.70
7. Ti Liu Gymnix 4.4 12.80 5.0 13.35 5.1 12.30 4.4 12.20 50.65
8. Emma Sibson Omega 5.0 13.95 4.1 11.15 4.4 11.70 5.0 13.15 49.95
9. Jessica Savona Oakville 5.3 12.80 5.4 11.90 5.5 11.90 5.3 13.25 49.85
10. Taylor Ricci Flicka 5.0 13.35 4.9 11.70 5.1 11.90 5.1 12.60 49.55
10. Krishna Yemany Oakville 5.0 13.55 4.9 11.80 4.5 12.00 4.7 12.20 49.55
12. Shae Zamardi Omega 5.0 13.50 5.4 13.35 5.0 10.60 4.8 12.00 49.45
13. Silvia Colussi-Pelaez Oakville 5.0 12.80 4.9 11.95 4.5 11.90 5.0 12.45 49.10
14. Ellie Black Halifax ALTA 5.3 12.50 4.6 11.25 4.8 12.35 5.2 12.85 48.95
14. Samantha Ward Capital City 5.2 13.15 4.3 11.80 4.4 11.35 4.9 12.65 48.95
16. Sabrina Gill Oakville 5.0 13.45 5.5 10.20 4.9 12.55 5.2 12.40 48.60
17. Dominique Nadeau Gym-Action 5.0 12.30 5.3 12.85 4.7 10.55 4.8 12.25 47.95
18. Jimena Lopez Futures 4.6 12.70 4.2 11.85 4.9 12.15 4.5 11.20 47.90
19. Emily Bigras Bluewater 4.4 12.90 4.6 12.40 4.7 11.55 3.5 10.15 47.00
20. Eliane Kulczyk Gym-Plus 4.6 13.40 4.2 10.40 4.3 10.70 5.0 11.90 46.40
21. Sarah Flett Springers 5.0 13.45 3.5 7.95 5.5 12.80 4.6 11.70 45.90
22. Anna Gamelo Discovery 5.0 13.30 4.4 10.45 4.6 10.65 4.9 11.45 45.85
23. Demi Pas Stampede City 4.0 12.20 4.3 11.60 4.4 10.80 4.7 11.20 45.80
24. Mackenzie Itcush Gymtastics 4.0 12.15 4.5 10.90 4.7 11.30 4.7 11.05 45.40
25. Sydney McEachern Springers 5.0 13.15 3.8 8.80 5.0 10.75 4.6 11.85 44.55
26. Jennifer Chew Flicka 4.6 13.20 3.7 9.00 5.0 10.20 4.9 12.00 44.40
27. Sin Tsz To Univ. of Calgary 4.0 12.20 1.9 8.70 5.1 11.20 4.5 10.90 43.00
28. Jenna Longville Discovery 4.0 11.65 2.8 9.40 4.5 9.10 3.7 10.35 40.50
29. Emily Lennon Gymtastics 4.6 13.20 3.2 5.15 4.1 10.15 4.7 11.55 40.05
30. Miranda Meyer Champions 5.3 13.95 5.9 12.15 4.8 11.85 37.95

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Victoria Moors Cambridge Kips 5.1 13.80 5.2 12.65 5.5 11.90 6.4 14.75 53.10
2. Paraskevi Babalis Gymnix 4.4 13.10 4.4 11.70 5.9 14.65 5.0 12.90 52.35
3. Jordyn Pedersen Oakville 5.1 13.40 5.2 12.05 5.7 13.45 5.7 12.85 51.75
4. Sabrina Tomassini Wimgym 5.1 13.35 4.2 11.35 5.1 13.05 5.4 12.60 50.35
5. Elise Bolger Oakville 5.1 13.70 3.9 10.70 5.7 12.85 5.2 12.90 50.15
6. Hailee Westney Futures 4.2 12.25 4.1 11.65 5.6 13.50 4.7 11.85 49.25
7. Marisa Dick Capital City 4.0 12.75 3.6 10.40 4.8 12.45 5.0 11.90 47.50
8. Brielle Wilchuck Capital City 4.4 12.75 4.0 10.50 4.6 11.70 4.4 12.30 47.25
9. Helody Cyrenne Fly 4.4 12.25 4.0 11.65 4.9 10.90 4.8 12.10 46.90
10. Tegan Turner Springers 5.1 13.25 2.1 9.45 4.9 12.05 5.0 11.85 46.60
11. Casey Carvalho Futures 3.8 11.95 3.4 9.20 5.1 13.15 5.4 12.15 46.45
12. Nicole Chow TAG Sport Centre 4.5 13.00 4.1 9.60 4.9 11.90 4.7 11.45 45.95
13. Julia Pellerin Gym-Trim 4.4 13.00 2.9 10.25 4.8 10.55 4.5 12.00 45.80
14. Emily Blackner Panthers 4.2 12.55 4.0 10.75 5.0 10.85 4.5 11.40 45.55
15. Makinli Handley Okanagan 4.4 13.00 4.3 9.60 4.9 11.35 5.3 11.50 45.45
16. Rachel Sherrington Capital City 4.2 12.45 1.9 7.95 4.7 12.20 4.7 12.30 44.90
17. Tamara Kuno Flicka 5.1 13.35 3.4 9.50 5.0 10.40 5.0 10.70 43.95
18. Mariana Colussi-Pelaez Oakville 4.4 12.85 3.9 9.35 4.8 11.70 4.1 9.65 43.55
19. Kiana Amiot Gymtastics 4.0 12.35 4.7 9.05 4.6 8.90 5.0 11.50 41.80
20. Alaina Janes Gymtastics 3.1 9.05 4.8 9.30 4.3 11.95 30.30
21. Amanda Belcastro Gymtastics 2.2 9.40 4.7 11.10 4.4 9.05 29.55
22. Natalie Vaculik Gemini 5.2 11.70 11.70

Novice All-Around (Two-Day)VTUBBBFXTotal
1. Shallon Olsen Omega 11.8 29.70 12.4 27.40 13.9 30.20 14.1 31.40 118.70
2. Rose-Kalam Woo Gym-Richelieu 9.4 26.25 13.0 28.20 13.9 31.60 10.0 25.75 111.80
3. Brianna Clark Gymnix 9.8 27.10 12.9 28.60 13.2 29.10 8.6 26.35 111.15
4. Heaven Latimer Brantford 8.7 25.35 11.2 23.50 13.6 29.55 13.0 28.90 107.30
5. Sydney Davison Oakville 10.2 27.75 9.2 25.60 10.8 26.40 11.1 26.80 106.55
6. Aleeza Yu Gemini 9.8 27.65 9.9 23.80 14.0 27.05 9.6 25.20 103.70
7. Ivy Lu Gymnix 8.0 25.10 9.1 25.55 11.5 27.55 8.2 24.75 102.95
8. Kirsten Peterman Cambridge Kips 11.8 29.20 11.5 25.95 11.6 22.95 9.7 24.70 102.80
9. Tara Mauchel ASF 8.6 25.45 9.8 24.70 11.4 24.75 9.8 23.60 98.50
10. Samantha Poirier WIMgym 9.4 25.65 9.2 23.10 10.0 24.80 8.8 24.60 98.15
11. Marilou Banville WIMgym 8.0 25.60 6.1 21.30 11.6 26.65 8.9 24.35 97.90
11. Taylor Chan TAG Sport Centre 8.1 25.20 6.9 21.70 10.6 24.50 11.4 26.50 97.90
13. Emilie Dumont Viagym 8.6 25.30 8.7 25.10 10.2 24.85 8.0 22.35 97.60
14. Charlie Wright Marian 8.4 23.95 8.3 20.45 12.2 27.60 10.2 25.50 97.50
15. Cassandra Buchan Cambridge Kips 8.1 24.85 10.4 25.35 10.2 22.80 9.0 24.15 97.15
16. Taylor Davison Oakville 9.2 26.10 5.6 21.70 12.8 24.10 11.2 25.10 97.00
17. Hailey Kardos Futures 8.2 25.10 5.5 19.15 13.1 27.40 9.0 24.45 96.10
18. Sophie Guindon Gym-Richelieu 9.4 22.95 8.4 23.80 11.8 26.00 7.0 23.10 95.85
19. Emily Ponce Futures 8.2 25.05 6.4 19.35 9.8 24.40 9.5 25.10 93.90
20. Coral Strugnell Omega 8.0 25.30 8.8 23.75 10.2 22.50 10.7 21.75 93.30
21. Majory Bastien Viagym 7.6 24.30 6.0 20.40 8.7 23.15 6.5 23.80 91.65
22. Halee Grimsdale Stampede City 8.0 24.80 5.0 17.30 10.1 24.35 9.2 23.50 89.95
23. Kayla Boungnaseng SGI 8.6 25.05 5.3 20.10 9.4 23.00 6.5 21.75 89.90
24. Mia Dimas Gym Adventure 8.0 25.05 5.3 18.55 10.6 24.20 8.6 21.85 89.65
25. Victoria Peetoom Gym Mississauga 8.2 25.30 5.8 20.85 10.4 19.00 7.3 23.45 88.60
26. Angel Zhong Omega 8.3 24.30 7.8 19.40 11.7 24.10 8.5 20.55 88.35
27. Cindy Dumont Fly 8.4 23.50 6.3 17.05 11.8 24.60 7.8 22.45 87.60
28. Mackenzie Parker Gymtastics 8.2 24.95 7.6 16.95 11.0 21.75 7.2 18.40 82.05
29. Breanna Franklin Gym Adventure 7.6 21.45 10.1 20.20 4.1 10.45 52.10
30. Madison Brannen Marian 4.3 12.35 4.1 11.20 5.6 13.20 5.3 12.10 48.85
31. Adele Lefevre Okanagan 4.1 12.50 4.5 10.15 5.3 11.65 4.5 10.55 44.85
32. Denelle Pedrick Queen City 5.1 13.45 1.6 7.95 4.6 10.85 4.5 11.30 43.55

Senior Vault FinalDScoreAverage
1. Briannah Tsang Omega 5.8 14.35 13.850
5.2 13.35
2. Ellie Black Halifax ALTA 5.5 13.65 13.600
5.2 13.55
3. Eliane Kulczyk Gym-Plus 4.6 13.85 13.475
4.6 13.10
4. Madeline Gardiner Cambridge Kips 5.0 13.80 13.300
4.4 12.80
5. Sarah Flett Springers 5.0 13.50 13.275
4.4 13.05
6. Taylor Ricci Flicka 5.0 13.20 13.075
4.4 12.95
7. Jennifer Chew Flicka 4.6 13.10 12.900
4.2 12.70
8. Emily Lennon Gymtastics 4.6 13.00 12.600
4.0 12.20

Senior Uneven Bars FinalDScore
1. Madeline Gardiner Cambridge Kips 5.2 13.20
2. Talia Chiarelli Bluewater 4.8 13.15
3. Ti Liu Gymnix 5.0 13.10
4. Shae Zamardi Omega 5.4 12.95
5. Mikaela Gerber Oakville 4.7 12.40
6. Emily Bigras Bluewater 4.9 12.35
7. Briannah Tsang Omega 5.3 12.10
8. Peng Peng Lee Oakville 4.4 11.00

Senior Balance Beam FinalDScore
1. Madeline Gardiner Cambridge Kips 5.8 14.50
2. Peng Peng Lee Oakville 5.6 14.25
3. Miranda Meyer Champions 6.0 13.55
4. Ellie Black Halifax ALTA 5.5 12.95
5. Mikaela Gerber Oakville 5.3 12.70
6. Sarah Flett Springers 5.3 12.30
7. Talia Chiarelli Bluewater 5.3 12.20
8. Ti Liu Gymnix 4.9 12.00

Senior Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1. Mikaela Gerber Oakville 5.4 14.15
2. Peng Peng Lee Oakville 5.0 13.85
2. Jessica Savona Oakville 5.4 13.85
4. Madeline Gardiner Cambridge Kips 5.3 13.55
5. Talia Chiarelli Bluewater 5.4 13.25
6. Emma Sibson Omega 5.1 13.05
7. Briannah Tsang Omega 5.3 12.85
8. Ellie Black Halifax ALTA 5.0 12.45

Junior Vault FinalDScoreAverage
1. Victoria Moors Cambridge Kips 5.1 13.70 13.450
4.4 13.20
2. Sabrina Tomassini Wimgym 5.1 13.50 13.325
4.6 13.15
3. Elise Bolger Oakville 5.1 13.55 13.250
4.4 12.95
4. Jordyn Pedersen Oakville 5.1 13.50 13.225
4.4 12.95
5. Marisa Dick Capital City 4.4 13.15 13.150
4.4 13.15
6. Tegan Turner Springers 4.4 12.55 13.100
5.1 13.65
7. Nicole Chow TAG Sport Centre 4.4 12.85 6.425
0.0 0.00
8. Tamara Kuno Flicka 4.4 12.70 6.350
0.0 0.00

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDScore
1. Victoria Moors Cambridge Kips 5.2 13.40
2. Natalie Vaculik Gemini 5.2 13.10
3. Hailee Westney Futures 4.1 11.45
4. Sabrina Tomassini Wimgym 4.2 11.35
5. Emily Blackner Panthers 4.1 11.25
6. Paraskevi Babalis Gymnix 4.3 11.20
6. Jordyn Pedersen Oakville 4.4 11.20
8. Helody Cyrenne Fly 4.0 9.90

Junior Balance Beam FinalDScore
1. Hailee Westney Futures 5.9 13.85
2. Paraskevi Babalis Gymnix 5.8 13.75
3. Jordyn Pedersen Oakville 5.5 13.40
4. Casey Carvalho Futures 5.1 13.15
5. Elise Bolger Oakville 5.8 13.10
6. Sabrina Tomassini Wimgym 5.6 12.85
7. Marisa Dick Capital City 4.8 12.80
8. Rachel Sherrington Capital City 4.6 10.50

Junior Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1. Victoria Moors Cambridge Kips 6.4 15.25
2. Kiana Amiot Gymtastics 5.0 14.00
3. Jordyn Pedersen Oakville 5.6 13.60
4. Casey Carvalho Futures 5.4 12.90
5. Elise Bolger Oakville 5.2 12.85
6. Brielle Wilchuck Capital City 4.4 12.70
6. Sabrina Tomassini Wimgym 5.4 12.70
8. Rachel Sherrington Capital City 5.0 12.45
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 12 December 2010 04:50    PDF Print
Leyva Wins 15th Valeri Liukin Invitational
(6 votes, average 4.83 out of 5)

American Danell Leyva won the all-around and parallel bars titles at the 15th Valeri Liukin Invitational, held Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas.

World high bar finalist Danell Leyva (U.S.) won the all-around title Saturday evening at the 15th Valeri Liukin Invitational, held at WOGA's newest facility in Frisco, Texas.

The Cuban-born Leyva, who trains at Universal Gymnastics in Florida, hit six clean events to take the title over Japan's Sho Yokoyama and Jumpei Oka. He took the top score of the night on parallel bars (smooth Diamidov with an extra half pirouette) and was second on pommel horse and high bar.

Yokoyama was one of eight young gymnasts from Sakae Gymnastics, with half representing the Japanese national team and half representing the club. Yokoyama led Japan to the team title over Universal, with Sakae taking third. The Japanese gymnasts impressed across the board with the best execution and landings.

Yokoyama was the most successful gymnast of the night with five medals, including golds on pommel horse and still rings. Takahito Watanabe (Sakae) won the vault title.

Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov, fourth all-around at October's world championships, was fourth again after sitting down his Arabian double front on floor exercise. Kuksenkov won high bar with the top score of the night (half-Takemoto to Tkatchev-half; Kolman; stuck full-twisting double layout).

Several notable names on the roster were late scratches. World and Olympic bronze medalist Sasha Artemev (U.S.) warmed up prior to the event, but decided he was not quite ready to compete. Alex Artemov (U.S.), son of 1988 Olympic gold medalist Vladimir Artemov, scratched with an arm injury. Ukraine's Oleg Stepko, a double gold medalist at this years Youth Olympic Games, traveled to Texas but fell ill with a 102F (39C) fever.

The competition is held in honor of WOGA co-owner Valeri Liukin, a multiple Olympic, world and European champion.

"This was one of our better meets of the past few years," Liukin said. "The quality was really, really good. A lot of very young gymnasts came, especially from our U.S. clubs. There were some incredible routines and Danell [Leyva] did an incredible job."

The three-day long event also includes competition for Levels 4-10. The host club was represented in the international session by Emmanuel Monroy, who will represent Mexico at next weekend's Mikhail Voronin Cup in Moscow.

World and Olympic champion Nastia Liukin was on hand to emcee the competition and present awards.

External Link: Official WOGA Website

15th Valeri Liukin Invitational
Dec. 11, 2010, Frisco, Texas

All-AroundTotal
1. Danell Leyva 90.950
2. Sho Yokoyama 90.250
3. Jumpei Oka 88.550
4. Nikolai Kuksenkov 88.400
5. Kohta Nakajima 87.450
6. Luke Wiwatowski 87.350

Floor ExerciseScore
1. Ryohei Kato 15.700
2. Alexy Bilozertchev 15.300
2. Jumpei Oka 15.300

Pommel HorseScore
1. Sho Yokoyama 15.100
2. Danell Leyva 14.750
3. Jumpei Oka 14.600

Still RingsScore
1. Sho Yokoyama 15.200
1. Wesley Haagensen 15.200
3. Yuta Matsuda 14.900

VaultAverage
1. Takahito Watanabe 15.263
2. Adam Zyzk 14.525

Parallel BarsScore
1. Danell Leyva 15.800
2. Sho Yokoyama 15.550
3. Chris Brooks 15.250

High BarScore
1. Nikolai Kuksenkov 15.850
2. Danell Leyva 15.800
3. Sho Yokoyama 15.600
 
Written by Hu Yizhou    Sunday, 05 December 2010 22:45    PDF Print
Uchimura Upgrades at Japanese Nationals
(10 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

World champion Kohei Uchimura vaulted triple-twisting Yurchenko and Dragulescu vaults this weekend at the Japanese national championships.

World champion Kohei Uchimura showed upgraded routines en route to four individuals titles at the 64th Japanese National Championships, which concluded Sunday in the Yamaguchi Prefecture.

With his score of 92.750, Uchimura led Nippon Sport Science University to the team title on Saturday. The superstar then won half of the individual apparatus titles Sunday. (The all-around nationals took place in the spring as part of the world and Asian Games trials.)

In the men's competition, 2009 and 2010 world all-around champion Uchimura surprised the field by debuting two new vaults: a triple-twisting Yurchenko (click here for video) and a Dragulescu (both 7.0 value). He threw a 7.1-value high bar routine (almost perfectly executed layout Kolman) and a 6.9-value parallel bars routine. In Sunday's finals he won floor exercise (16.200), vault (phenomenal 16.787 average) and high bar (16.150)

The other three titles all went to 2010 world team members: Kenya Kobayashi on pommel horse (15.125), Koji Yamamuro on still rings (15.575) and Koji Uematsu on parallel bars (15.675).

NSSU alumna Rie Tanaka won two events while her undergraduate compatriots won the team title. Asahi Seimei Gymnastics Club, which is run by five-time Olympic champion Mitsuo Tsukahara and his family, have won the women's team title 23 of the past 26 years. But this time it was not able to defend and placed merely fourth, mostly because of losing its strongest members: Beijing Olympian Kyoko Oshima and Yu Minobe moved to post-education level and represent "Asahi Seimei" instead. 2009 world all-around bronze medalist Koko Tsurumi was absent due to shoulder injury.

Junior sensation Mai Murakami, 14, was able to maintain her acro lines (double layout; double-double; front layout full to Rudi; triple full) from last year to win the floor title (14.550/5.9). Tanaka, the Asian Games all-around bronze madalist, won vault (13.837) and balance beam (14.075) while the bars title went to 24-year-old Oshima (14.225). Youth Olympian Natsumi Sasada placed second on both bars and floor, but was not able to remain on the beam after her signature round off, layout-full mount.

Gymnastics in Japan continues to be a family affair, as was evident in Yamaguchi. Haruhi Uchimura, the younger sister of Kohei, was a member of the winning NSSU women's team, and both of their parents are former gymnasts. There were also three Tanakas competing: World silver medalist Kazuhito Tanaka and Rie, plus Yusuke, the all-around silver medalist at the high school level. The Tanaka parents used to be gymnasts, too.

Yayoi Kano, who won four consecutive NHK titles but missed the 1980 Olympics because of the boycott, had her daughter Natsumi Sasada realize the Olympic dream this summer in Singapore. There were also two Minobes here: Yu Minobe and Sayuri Minobe.

The international Toyota Cup will take place next weekend, and the scheduled participants include women's world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina (Russia). There will be at least four significant international meets in Japan next year: the Japan Cup in July, the International Juniors in September, the 2011 World Championships in October and an all-around World Cup event in November.

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 December 2010 00:47    PDF Print
U.S. Junior Ohashi Wins Big at Bumbo Cup
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

U.S. junior Katelyn Ohashi won three titles at the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup, an international tournament held Friday and Saturday in Tshwane, South Africa.

Ohashi, 13, won the all-around gold with 56.425, (a score that would have been 57.575 if both vaults had not been averaged). She shined on balance beam, earning 15.200 during the all-around. In finals, she won vault and floor exercise. Coached by Valeri Liukin at WOGA, Ohashi took second at the 2010 U.S. Junior Championships.

Ohashi's WOGA teammate McKenzie Wofford won the all-around silver medal over Keira Brennan (Wales). Wofford, 15, won uneven bars and balance beam in event finals.

No foreign senior female gymnasts attended, giving the South African women a sweep of the medals. Chanel Parson was on top with 50.475, while World Cup medalist Jennifer Khwela swallowed a 9.175 on uneven bars to place third.

Ukraine's Vitaly Nakonechny won the men's title, topped Romanian star Marian Dragulescu and Commonwealth Games champion Luke Folwell (Great Britain).

Great Britain's Cameron Mackenzie, who was born in South Africa, picked up the junior men's title. Hungary's Adam Ramos took second over Romanian Daniel Radeanu.

Radeanu picked up two titles in finals, as did Belarus's Vasily Mikhalitsyn and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev.

The two-day competition also featured an international field of trampolinists and rhythmic gymnasts.

External Link: South African Gymnastics Federation

2010 Bumbo Gymnastics Cup
Dec. 3-4, Tshwane, South Africa

Senior Women's All-AroundVT (AVG)UB BB FXTotal
1. Chanel Parsons 13.600 12.650 12.775 12.650 11.750 50.475
2. Ashleigh Heldsinger 13.200 12.500 11.875 12.800 12.300 49.825
3. Jennifer Khwela 13.700 14.000 9.175 13.200 12.975 49.200
4. Nicole Szabo 13.500 13.300 11.025 12.350 11.650 48.425
5. Viani van Vuuren 13.400 12.600 8.875 12.050 10.800 44.725

Junior Women's All-AroundVT (AVG)UBBBFXTotal
1. Katelyn Ohashi 14.700 12.400 13.250 15.250 14.375 56.425
2. McKenzie Wofford 13.700 13.750 13.875 13.550 13.775 54.925
3. Keira Brennan 13.400 12.900 11.750 13.375 11.900 50.175
4. Angel Romaeo 12.900 12.900 10.950 13.050 12.875 49.775
5. Irina Paun 12.500 12.500 10.225 13.600 12.875 49.200
6. Raer Theaker 11.500 13.100 12.725 11.925 11.950 48.900
7. Claudia Cummins 12.700 12.700 11.875 10.975 12.350 47.900
8. Venus Romaeo 12.900 13.400 11.225 11.450 11.750 47.575
9. Marian Rauta 12.600 11.500 10.150 13.475 11.650 47.325
10. Kirsten Beckett 12.250 11.275 23.525
11. Jessica Hogg 10.375 12.100 22.475

Senior Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Vitaly Nakonechny 14.000 14.250 14.200 15.800 14.000 14.300 86.550
2. Marian Dragulescu 15.150 13.400 13.750 14.750 13.800 14.050 84.900
3. Luke Folwell 13.600 13.300 15.100 15.150 13.750 13.850 84.750
4. Zoltan Kallai 13.550 14.450 13.800 14.650 13.950 14.300 84.700
5. Pavel Bulauski 14.050 11.600 14.350 15.250 12.600 13.900 81.750
6. Tyrone Morris 13.400 12.800 13.450 14.050 13.650 13.450 80.800
7. Christo Malan 12.300 12.450 12.650 14.600 12.650 12.900 77.550
8. Thabo Mkandwire 11.850 0.000 12.550 14.950 12.050 12.550 63.950
9. Linkokuhle Ngcongo 12.950 0.000 0.000 14.350 13.100 0.000 40.400

Junior Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Cameron Mackenzie 13.200 13.700 12.650 15.300 13.900 13.850 82.600
2. Adam Babos 13.950 12.950 13.550 14.800 13.950 13.200 82.400
3. Daniel Radeanu 14.250 13.850 12.950 15.350 12.050 12.300 80.750
4. Vasili Mikhalitsyn 12.750 12.500 13.200 14.150 13.550 13.350 79.500
5. Ryan Patterson 13.650 11.250 12.700 14.650 12.600 13.200 78.050
6. Oleg Vernyayev 10.650 11.050 12.000 14.950 14.500 14.150 77.300
7. Tiaan Grobler 11.700 10.500 12.700 13.600 11.500 12.250 72.250

Women's Vault FinalVt 1Vt 2Avg
1. Katelyn Ohashi 13.600 15.150 14.375
2. Jennifer Khwela 14.150 13.975 14.063
3. McKenzie Wofford 13.475 13.975 13.725
4. Nicole Szabo 12.700 13.300 13.000
5. Keira Brennan 13.175 12.725 12.950
6. Venus Romaeo 12.900 12.800 12.850
7. Marian Rauta 12.300 12.500 12.400
8. Irina Paun 12.200 12.475 12.338

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1. McKenzie Wofford 14.250
2. Katelyn Ohashi 13.875
3. Chanel Parsons 12.625
4. Raer Theaker 12.575
5. Ashleigh Heldsinger 12.250
6. Keira Brennan 11.975
7. Irina Paun 10.575
8. Marian Rauta 9.575

Balance Beam FinalScore
1. McKenzie Wofford 14.525
2. Katelyn Ohashi 14.150
3. Irina Paun 13.900
4. Angel Romaeo 13.350
5. Keira Brennan 13.300
6. Marian Rauta 13.250
7. Jennifer Khwela 13.050
8. Ashleigh Heldsinger 11.525

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Katelyn Ohashi 14.500
2. McKenzie Wofford 13.825
3. Angel Romaeo 13.275
4. Jennifer Khwela 13.150
5. Irina Paun 12.650
6. Raer Theaker 11.950
7. Marian Rauta 11.900
8. Claudia Cummins 11.475

Senio Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Marian Dragulescu 15.400
2. Pavel Bulavsky 14.300
3. Tyrone Morris 13.500
4. Luke Folwell 13.500

Senior Pommel Horse FinalScore
1. Zoltan Kallai 15.700
2. Vitaly Nakonechny 15.100
3. Luke Folwell 13.200
4. Tyrone Morris 13.200
5. Pavel Bulavsky 12.700
6. Marian Dragulescu 11.450

Senior Still Rings FinalScore
1. Luke Folwell 15.200
2. Pavel Bulavsky 14.300
3. Vitaly Nakonechny 13.950
4. Tyrone Morris 13.150
5. Zoltan Kallai 12.950

Senior Men's Vault FinalVt 1Vt 2Avg
1. Pavel Bulavsky 16.550 15.150 15.850
2. Linkokuhle Ngcongo 15.600 14.100 14.850
3. Zoltan Kallai 14.950 13.800 14.380
4. Thabo Mkandwire 11.800 14.650 13.230

Senior Parallel Bars FinalScore
1. Luke Folwell 14.600
2. Zoltan Kallai 14.400
3. Linkokuhle Ngcongo 13.750
4. Vitaly Nakonechny 13.700
5. Pavel Bulavsky 13.650
6. Tyrone Morris 13.450

Senior High Bar FinalScore
1. Marian Dragulescu 14.300
2. Luke Folwell 14.000
3. Zoltan Kallai 14.000
4. Pavel Bulavsky 13.900
5. Tyrone Morris 13.450
6. Vitaly Nakonechny 13.400

Junior Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Daniel Radeanu 14.550
2. Adam Babos 13.800
3. Tiaan Grobler 13.650
4. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 13.450
5. Ryan Patterson 13.450
6. Oleg Vernyayev 13.200

Junior Pommel Horse FinalScore
1. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 14.100
2. Adam Babos 13.950
3. Daniel Radeanu 13.750
4. Cameron Mackenzie 13.700
5. Ryan Patterson 12.200
6. Oleg Vernyayev 12.150

Junior Still Rings FinalScore
1. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 13.500
2. Adam Babos 13.200
3. Tiaan Grobler 12.350
4. Daniel Radeanu 12.250
5. Ryan Patterson 11.850
6. Oleg Vernyayev 11.650

Junior Men's Vault FinalVt 1Vt 2Avg
1. Daniel Radeanu 15.700 15.650 15.675
2. Oleg Vernyayev 14.300 15.200 14.750
3. Ryan Patterson 14.900 14.000 14.450
4. Adam Babos 14.850 12.650 13.750
5. Tiaan Grobler 13.850 12.750 13.300

Junior Parallel Bars FinalScore
1. Oleg Vernyayev 15.000
2. Cameron Mackenzie 13.850
3. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 13.800
4. Adam Babos 12.600
5. Ryan Patterson 11.400
6. Daniel Radeanu 10.750

Junior High Bar FinalScore
1. Oleg Vernyayev 13.950
2. Daniel Radeanu 13.500
3. Adam Babos 13.350
4. Cameron Mackenzie 12.700
5. Vasily Mikhalitsyn 11.950
6. Ryan Patterson 11.850
 


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