zero vaults

Osijek Challenge Cup

North Korean 2008 Olympic Vault Champion Hong Un Jong

… Jong decided to show her more difficult second vault in the final. Her Cheng is usually better than her Amanar, in my opinion, but she did not seem to get the necessary block and landed knees first. There was a long wait for her score but the judges decided her score was a zero as her feet did not hit the mat first.

Arabian Punch Front

Click PLAY or watch the zero vault on YouTube. (1min 55sec)

The judges got that one right.

They got this one wrong. In prelims. A Handspring double front.


Fadwa Mohamed went on to win Gold at African Championships in Finals. (VIDEO)

Obviously a 1.0 deduction for a “fall” does not nearly enough penalize those kind of landings. If not a zero vault, a very dangerous landing should be deducted something like 4.0.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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