World Champion Joe Fraser

Click PLAY or watch the interview on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch his Qualification Routine on Facebook.

BEST routine at Worlds 16.383

All hail.

This could be the best P Bar routine of our lifetimes.

ZOU Jingyuan in the Team competition.

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FIG names more Olympic qualifiers

OKSANA CHUSOVITINA is invited to Tokyo. Her 8th Olympics. She’s age-44.

Marian DRAGULESCU too, at age-38.

Added after the apparatus finals today:

1 YEO Seojeong KOR
2 DEREK Ana  CRO
3 ROOSKRANTZ Caitlin RSA
4 ADLERTEG Jonna  SWE 
5 JANIK Gabriela POL
6 CASTRO Simona CHI
7 RAZ Lihie  ISR
8 ERICHSEN Julie  NOR
9 ORREGO Ariana PER
10 CHUSOVITINA Oksana UZB 
11 TING Hua-Tien TPE
12 NEKRASOVA Marina AZE
13 TAN Sze En SGP

1 DOLGOPYAT Artem ISR
2 MCCLENAGHAN Rhys IRL
3 TOMMASONE Cyril FRA
4 COLAK Ibrahim TUR
5 LODADIO Marco ITA
6 AIT SAID Samir FRA
7 DRAGULESCU Marian ROU
8 LE Thanh Tung VIE
9 SHEK Wai Hung HKG
10 ONDER Ahmet TUR
11 SRBIC Tin CRO
12 BULL Tyson AUS
13 COURNOYER Rene CAN
14 ABDURAKHIMOV Rasuljon UZB
15 GEORGIOU Marios CYP
16 TIKHONOV Ivan AZE
17 RUMBUTIS David SWE
18 LIKHOVITSKIY Andrey BLR
19 HEGGEMSNES Sofus NOR

There will be more to come through the World Cup series.

Details.

Oksana in Rio

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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Click PLAY or watch Simone on YouTube.

Simone’s Mic Drop

A mic drop is the gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Don’t do that … unless you are the G.O.A.T.

And you add it to your choreography at the end of the 4th apparatus. 5th AA title.

Then it’s very cool. 😊

Mykayla Skinner suggested it to her, getting the idea from a fan.

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NEW Boguinskaia interview

Now that Simone won in the same arena, let’s look back at the 1989 Stuttgart World Champion.

Dvora Meyers:

Thirty years ago, the Soviet squad, one of the greatest women’s gymnastics teams ever assembled, won the team gold medal at the 1989 world championships in Stuttgart.

… Soviet gymnasts showcased difficulty that was years ahead its time and they performed with style to spare. Their floor rotation was one for the ages—Olga Strazheva performed to Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” Olesya Dudnik to Gershwin’s “Second Rhapsody,” and Natalia Laschenova’s to Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”

The star of the team was Svetlana Boguinskaia, who won both the all-around and floor titles …

For Svetlana Boguinskaia, the best part of winning was the microwave.

Click PLAY or watch her ‘fairly sensational’ Floor on YouTube.

RUSSIAN Men are World Champions

1. Russia – 261.726
2. China – 260.729
3. Japan – 258.159

4. United States – 254.578
5. Great Britain – 251.611
6. Chinese Taipei – 248.243
7. Switzerland – 247.038
8. Ukraine – 246.593

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

I’d predicted RUS, CHN, USA and would probably do the same again if the teams were competing tomorrow.

I had doubts whether the young and inexperienced Japanese team would hold it together. Their routines are SO difficult. Also, Wataru Tanigawa looked to be injured in the qualification competition. But — happily — looked 100% tonight!

I was wrong. It was a superb 3 way fight for the medals. The best team competition I can recall. Ever.

Congratulations Japan!

related – Russia wins first men’s gymnastics world team title since Soviet breakup