YOG Dakar 2022 – can Senegal pull off this event?

I hope so. Having been there twice for FIG Gymnastics events, I really like the small, peaceful, friendly west African nation.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Hopefully the Olympic movement can rally enough sponsorship so the citizens of Senegal are not paying for this circus.

The world will finally learn of the astonishing statue 49m tall statue close to Dakar airport.

Alexander Dityatin interview

Aleksandr Dityatin won eight medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Gymnovosti translated a new interview where he reflects on his career, judging and prospects for the current Russian teams.

ALEXANDER DITYATIN: THE EXPERTS SAID I’D NEVER BECOME A GYMNAST

He was a tall, elegant and consistent competitor.

Click PLAY or watch some Rings on YouTube. (1980)

YOG Champion Giorgia Villa

1. Giorgia Villa ITA 54.066
2. Amelie Morgan GBR 53.432
3. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 52.332
4. Tang Xijing CHN 52.264
5. Ksenia Klimenko RUS 51.199
6. Emma Slevin IRL 50.499

It’s another fantastic result for Amelie Morgan.

But the biggest shout out has to go to Ireland’s Emma Slevin. Congratulations.

Youth Olympic Games Champ Takeru Kitazono

He’s the BIG story in the men’s competition.

1. Takeru Kitazono JPN 82.298
2. Sergei Naidin RUS 80.498
3. Diogo Soares BRA 80.265
4. Brandon Briones USA 80.131
5. Adam Tobin GBR 79.573
6. Nazar Chepurnyi UKR 79.331

Full results.

Juniors count 2 less skills than seniors.

Takeru Kitazono JPN competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Parallel Bars Qualification in the America Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday 9th October 2018. Photo: Jed Leicester for OIS/IOC. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC

Giorgia Villa leads YOG Bars & AA

After 3 of 4 apparatus.

YOG International Gymnastics “teams”

Grace Chui found the document which details which Youth Olympic Games athletes have been placed into what combined teams.

A bit of fun. A LOT of confusion, in my opinion.

Hopefully it will help bring a little more attention to the non-Olympic disciplines.

Here’s team Oksana CHUSOVITINA for example:

Acrobatic
AKHOTNIKAVA Viktoryia BLR
FAMENKOU Ilya BLR

Artistic – Men
BRIONES Brandon USA
TOBIN Adam GBR
AFIFY Mohamed EGY

Artistic – Women
ULMASOVA Indira UZB
PEREZ Karla GUA
PAULSSON Tonya SWE

Rhythmic
IAKOVLEVA Lidiia AUS
YAMADA Aino JPN
ROTAERMEL Lilly GER

Trampoline – Men
ESCALLIER Santiago ARG

Trampoline – Women
SAKELLARIDOU Antonia GRE

See all the “teams”.

YOG Men’s Vault prelims

1. Brandon Briones USA 14.033
2. Felix Dolci CAN 13.950
3. Gabriel Burtanete ROU 13.733
4. Sam Dick NZL 13.716
5. Diogo Soares BRA 13.683
6. Jacob Karlsen NOR 13.679
7. Fernando Espindola ARG 13.566
8. Nazar Chepurnyi UKR 13.550

Full results.

Giorgia Villa leads YOG vault

Finalists:

1. Giorgia Villa ITA 14.083
2. Anastasiia Bachynska UKR 13.816
3. Emma Spence CAN 13.791
4. Amelie Morgan GBR 13.449
5. Csenge Bacskay HUN 13.416
6. Lisa Zimmermann GER 13.299
7. Kate Sayer AUS 13.200
8. Emma Slevin IRL 13.200

Emma was Ireland’s Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer. And I can remember when her club in Galway — Renmore — was still set-up, take-down. They’ve come a long way! 🙂