Asia D’Amato training Cheng

This looks great.

Italy’s team podium finish at Worlds was no fluke. They are a serious contender for Tokyo 2020.

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Team Italy training in China.

day 1 Cottbus Finals

Points towards Olympic qualification for apparatus specialists.

1. Yu Linmin, China, 14.649
2. Teja Belak, Slovenia, 14.216
3. Yesenia Ferrera, Cuba, 14.199

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1. Fan Yilin, China, 14.800
2. Anastasia Agafonova, Russia, 14.733
3. Yin Sisi, China, 14.566

1. Kazuki Minami, Japan, 15.100
2. Rayderley Zapata, Spain, 14.800
3. Hayden Skinner, Great Britain, 14.533

1. Weng Hao, China, 15.000
2. Kaito Imabayashi, Japan, 14.966
3. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 14.866

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1. Liu Yang, China, 15.133
2. Eleftherios Petrounias, Greece, 14.866
3. Artur Avetisyan, Armenia, 14.833

Despite his silver medal, things are looking foreboding for Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece on still rings. The reigning Olympic champion shockingly missed out on qualifying for Tokyo at the world championships …

Petrounias’s sole route to the Games now is through the World Cup series, and with Liu looking so strong and likely to keep the spot, this looks less and less likely.

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Lauren – 2019 Cottbus World Cup | Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog



warm-up Vault landing with FLYSPRING

To safely warm-up before doing the VERY dangerous landing in competition, many male gymnasts use a flyspring.

Great idea. I’ve seen some women do the same warming-up Kasamatsu vaults, including Ellie Black.

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World Apparatus Finals – day 1

FANTASTIC Final. Medals from superpower Gymnastics nations including Belgium, Taiwan, Philippines, Israel, and Ireland.

1. Biles Simone USA 15.399
2. Carey Jade USA 14.883
3. Downie Ellie GBR 14.816

I thought Jade slightly better than Ellie, but it was close.

Shallon 4th. Qi Qi 5th.

1. Derwael Nina BEL BEL 15.233 = 8.733 + 6.500
2. Downie Becky GBR 15.000 8.500 + 6.500
3. Lee Sunisa USA 14.800 = 8.400 + 6.400

Most people will be content with this podium. I’m thrilled.

1. Yulo (Caloy) Carlos PHI 15.300 = 8.800 + 6.500
2. Dolgopyat Artem ISR 15.200 = 8.800 + 6.400
3. Xiao Ruoteng CHN 14.933 = 8.733 + 6.200

No controversy. Xiao had one poor landing and the lower D-score. Yulo and Artem were close. Amplitude of Yolo’s tumbling superior. I felt judges got the ranking right.

Artem wins Olympic qualification with this medal.

Yulo should be a national hero, of course.

1. Whitlock Max GBR 15.500 = 8.500 + 7.000
2. Lee Chih Kai TPE 15.433 = 8.933 + 6.500
3. McClenaghan Rhys IRL 15.400 = 9.000 + 6.400

Zou Jingyuan only 6.300. And had some leg brushes. Doesn’t swing as well as Rhys in my opinion. Some feel Max’s E-score is high since he took a 0.3 deduction on the first handstand.

1. Colak Ibrahim TUR 14.933 = 8.733 + 6.200
2. Lodadio Marco ITA 14.900 = 8.600 + 6.300
3. Ait Said Samir FRA 14.800 = 8.600 + 6.200

Sadly, the Olympic Champ and one of the greatest all-time, Petrounias Eleftherios from Greece, has not yet qualified to Tokyo. He was 4th with 14.733 = 8.433 + 6.300. But he still has a chance to qualify through the World Cup route, as can Epke Zonderland who’s in the same situation.

Recall Samir is the guy who broke his legs during Vault qualification at Rio. Vowed to come back. And did it. Legend.

Full results.

reality check – could Khorkina beat Biles?

Hmmm …

After Valentina, the next Russian spokesperson most often wrong, most delusional is the great Svetlana Khorkina.

But, to be fair, you be the judge.

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