1. Max Whitlock Great Britain 90.650 British Championships
2. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 90.375 Tokyo World Cup
3. Ryohei Kato Japan 90.175 Tokyo World Cup
4. David Belyavskiy Russia 89.799 European Championships
5. Jake Dalton USA 89.398 American Cup
6. Daniel Purvis Great Britain 89.250 Tokyo World Cup
7. Liu Rongbing China 89.134 Chinese Nationals
8. Fabian Gonzalez Spain 88.700 Tokyo World Cup
9. Lin Chaopan China 88.568 Chinese Nationals
10. Deng Shudi China 88.236 Chinese Nationals
The Olympic all-around champion returned to the gym Monday, going through her first practice since the London Games after meeting with coach Liang Chow to discuss her comeback plan.
“She is very excited to be coming back,” Chow told The Associated Press. “She can’t wait any longer.” …
… Douglas will live with her host family, the Partons, until her brother, John, a high school track star, graduates next month and goes to college. Hawkins and her other two daughters may then relocate to Iowa, or Douglas could stay with the Partons and have her family visit. …
Chinese divers won all four events on the final day to sweep the 2013 FINA USA Diving Grand Prix on Sunday.
U.S. Olympic medalist Troy Dumais took silver in the 3-meter springboard behind He Chao’s 53.25 points. Dumais, who won a bronze medal in synchronized 3-meter platform at the London Olympics, said he’s not ready to focus on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games yet.
“I’m taking it a day at a time. I can’t promise anything,” Dumais said. “You don’t make money in diving, I’m sorry – it’s a hobby, it’s not a career. I have to put some energy elsewhere. The only problem is, when you do that, it takes away from your diving. It’s a balancing act.”
Rewriting Russian Gymnastics posted an excellent interview with Russian WAG head coach Evgenyi Grebyonkin:
… Who is training with the Russian team?
‘Aliya Mustafina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Maria Paseka, Anna Dementieva, Tatiana Nabiyeva, Katya Kramarenko, Evgeniya Shelgunova, Anna Rodionova, Alla Sosnitskaya, Ekaterina Baturina, Olga Bikmurzina.’
Which athletes will participate in the Universiade?
‘It’s a mystery (smiles). We are currently training ten girls, and I do not want to single anyone out. All are prepared and understand who has more chances, who has less. It is clear that the top three contenders are Mustafina, Afanasyeva and Paseka. But Paseka is open to question – she has only two apparatus.
Grebyonkin says that after her qualification fall on bars at Europeans, Afansyeva is now trying out hand grips. But she will not compete on bars at this summer’s Universiade in Kazan.
Every gymnast knows the name Tsukahara, even if they cannot spell it.
Father Mitsuo Tsukahara popularized the vault.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) greenlighted Japan’s Naoya Tsukahara to compete for Australia …
Tsukahara, 35, is the son …
… (who) led the Japanese men’s resurgence during the late 1990s, winning all-around bronze at the 1997 World Championships and silver in 1999. In Athens in 2004, he helped the Japanese men to their first Olympic team title in 28 years. …