Of all apparatus at Worlds, Vault was the most troubling.
There are too many injuries.
Chantysha Netteb was injured in World Championships Finals 2013.
Chantysha has ACL and meniscus damage. She underwent surgery Oct 8th.
Ellie Black was injured at Olympic Finals.
Yamilet Pena fell at 2011 Worlds, 2012 Olympics and twice at 2013 Worlds — yet this Code of Points keeps placing her in Finals.
Arabian Punch Front:
Scarier … was Phan Thi Ha Thanh attempting the Amanar …
With the triple twisting Yurchenko on it’s way, I worry for the state of vaulting. We have gymnasts landing Produnovas to their heads (or to forward roll would be the nice way of saying it). We have gymnasts competing underrotated Amanars (think Shawn Johnson to Maria Paseka). We have gymnasts getting credit for laid out Podkopayeva’s (Yurchenko 1/2 on pike half off) when they are indeed piked. And now, joining the group of not-yet-ready-to-land Produnovas, we have gymnasts creating a new group of not-yet-ready-to-land Amanars. The same way Pena seems safer than Mahmoud, we’re entering a world where Paseka seems safer than Phan. …
Click PLAY or watch the Worlds 2013 Vault Final on YouTube.
What could be done?
Vault deductions doubled? (at least)
Improve the landing mat? (something like that used for Double Mini)
Use video analysis to award part of the score for Height & Distance? (as Trampoline does with “Air Time”)
Reward clean twisting more?
Will FIG WTC do anything this quadrennial to FIX Vault judging?
… I doubt it. They failed to fix it from last quad. Expect to see someone falling on Prudnova and someone injured in every World Final from here to Rio.
It’s going to take some accident more horrific than Mustafina or Netteb on international TV before somebody fixes the Rules.
It’s also the Men’s most dangerous apparatus in 2013. Changes in the WAG Code should be matched in the MAG Code.