Play-by-Play: Women's qualifications at the 2019 European Championships, Subdivision 1

Marine Boyer of France.

Marine Boyer of France.

Rotation 1: French gymnasts Marine Boyer and Lorette Charpy, as well as Russia’s Anastasia Ilyankova and Maria Paseka and Ukraine’s Anastasia Bachynska, grace subdivision 1.

Anny Wu (SUI), VT: FTY, small hop. Bit of a lack of amplitude.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), UB: Stalder Shaposh half. Toe blind to pike Jaager. Ricna to Pak. Toe Shasposh half. Toe full to giants to full twisting double tuck, small hop forward.

Anina Wildi (SUI), VT: Nice handspring front pike half. FTY second vault.

Anastasia Ilyankova (RUS), UB: Shang. Toe Tkatchev half to Ezhova. Stalder Maloney to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck with a step. 14.133.

Anastasia Bachynska (UKR), FX: Full in. Double pike. Big step on front 1/1. Lovely presentation and expression. Easy looking double tuck to end with a small hop. 12.4.

Valeriia Osipova (UKR), FX: Full in pike with a step back. Full in tuck, again a little stutter on the landing, maybe 0.1. Double tuck, small hop back. Where the Ukrainian are magical is in the selection of music and the choreo they do.

Alba Petisco (ESP), BB: Bhs, bhs, layout and dances around on the beam to save it (she does). Double tuck dismount with a step back.

Rotation 2:

Anastasia Bachynska (UKR), VT: Yurchenko 1.5, wonderful in the air but a fairly big step forward. 14.0, 9.0 E. The step was really the only thing wrong with it.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Humphrey turn to wolf turn double. Switch to jump to Korbut, a tad offline. Split half. Looking very clam, purposeful. Double pike with a step forward.

Alba Petisco (ESP), FX: Double pike to hands and knees opening pass.

Christina Zwicker (CRO), BB: Bhs, layout. Front layout dismount. 10.333.

Sanna Veerman (NED), FX: Good Arabian double front to open, small hop. Nice folksy piece of music that the crowd can clap along to. Double tuck, bounces back a bit. 1.5 to front 1/1. Tourjete half to Popa. Double full to end, a little stutter on the landing.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), VT: Excellent high FTY, just a hop/step back.

Marine Boyer (FRA), BB: Front aerial, small check. Split to tuck half. Nearly comes off on roundoff, layout, has to grab the beam. Switch to switch half, nice. Wobble on full turn with leg up. Side aerial. Split leap to sides somie. Split half. Double pike with a hop back. Likely no final.

Rotation 3:

Alba Petisco (ESP), VT: FTY, stpepb back. 13.333.

Valeriia Osipova (UKR), UB: Lovely exercise, full of stalders. Tkatchev. Double pike dismount.

Demet Mutlu (TUR), BB: Comes off halfway through, didn’t see on what.

Sanna Veerman (NED), VT: Yurchenko 1.5, nice! Just a hop forward. Little bit of leg form in the air as well.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), UB: Hit routine. Double pike dismount, small hop. 12.733.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), FX: James Bond — fast at the beginning, a violin'-y “Skyfall” at the end. Full turn with leg up. Double front with a hop forward. Double tuck, small bounce back. Tourjete half. Front 1/1. Double pike.

Anastasia Bachnyska (UKR), UB: STalder to Maloney to Pak, great. Toe shoot Shaposh. Toe full — lovely 00 to Tkatchve. Blind to pike Jaeger. Just a double tuck (she went for it with the half in podium training and fell) but stuck cold. Smart play.

Marine Boyer (FRA), FX: Jazzy routine, fun to watch. 2.5 to punch front. Switch half. Double turn with leg up. Double tuck, a bit awkward on the landing. Double pike.

Rotation 4:

Maria Paseka (RUS), VT: Cheng to her hands and knees. That one was not even close. She didn’t have the block she needed off the table, bent her legs to try to get the twist around, and just came down on all fours. She’s all right though, but no vault final for her, likely. She looks deflated standing there at the end of the runway. 13.5 for that. Vault no. 2: Amanar, and it’s great. Man.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), BB: Punch front mount.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), VT: Excellent, well-controlled FTY, small hop. Controlled is one word for Charpy’s gymnastics — she’s very almost careful in many of the things she does, even flying through the air.

Anny Wu (SUI), FX: 2.5, overcooks it and has to put her hands down. Double pike, steps back.

Valeriia Osipova (UKR), BB: Off on roundoff, layout mount. Bhs, layout, step back. Side somie. Side aerial. Switch to split leap. sneaks around a Tourjete half. Lovely lines, very classic Ukrainian presentation. Front aerial. Switch half. Falls again on double tuck dismount. 10.266.

Christina Zwickjer (CRO), VT: Yurchenko layout. 10.9.

Anina Wildi (SUI), FX: Pretty piece of music. Full in tuck, step back. Punch front to layout full. Double tuck, low landing but stands up. Double turn with leg up.

Play-by-Play: 2019 Tokyo World Cup, Women's All-around Final

Morgan Hurd of the USA.

Morgan Hurd of the USA.

Rotation 1:

Morgan Hurd (USA) VT: Good DTY, hint of legs in the air, drifts off to the right. Wow -- she was really off on the takeoff of that, but saves it with just a fairly big step to the side. 14.233 with 0.1 for going over the line.

Aiko Sugihara, JPN, VT: Really nice Yurchenko 1.5, small hop. Gorgeous in the air, and just floated all the way through. Hi there Aiko! 14.1.

Asuka Teramoto, JPN, VT: Terrific handspring Rudi, very nearly stuck. Asuka comes off the podium with a smile, and with good reason: she's done this vault for years and received very little acclaim for it. That was the best one ever, though! 14.6. Wow.

Lee Yunseo (KOR), VT: Yurchenko full, some legs and a small hop. Better and higher than we saw at the American Cup last month, in any case. 13.166.

Ellie Black (CAN), VT: WOW. STUCK handspring layout front full. A tad piked in the air as always, but whatever — that was gorgeous. Everyone's having the best day of their lives on vault at the Tokyo World Cup. Maybe there's something in the water. Maybe it's the equipment. 14.500.

Liu Jingxing (CHN), VT: Tidy FTY with a couple of tiny steps back. 13.1.

Carina Kroll (GER), VT: Handspring front tuck half, a little low on the landing and maybe just a smidge underrotated, but stuck all the same. Can't remember the last time so many have stuck or nearly stuck their vaults! 13.033.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), VT: Very good FTY, small hop on the landing but nothing much else to take away from it. 13.5.

Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), VT: Yurchenko layout with a small step back. Wise choice to do the simpler vault after landing the full on her hands and knees in warmup. 12.1.

After one: It's Asuka Teramoto, then Ellie Black, then Morgan Hurd after a marvelous vault rotation at the Tokyo World Cup. Hurd may not have gotten the start she wanted, but she's capable of making up the difference. Her competition is looking good, however.

Rotation 2:

Aiko Sugihara (JPN), UB: 12.866 for clean routine with full twisting double tuck dismount. Short on a couple handstands, though.

Asuka Termaoto (JPN), UB: Inbar blind to pike Jaeger, Nice Ricna. Stalder full to Gienger. Blind to pike Jaeger. Bail to Ray. Great high full twisting double tuck, small hop on the landing. Cool new routine for her. 13.266.

Lee Yunseo (KOR), UB: Inbar full. Inbar Shaposh to Pak to stalder, misses feet on toe on into her stalder, has to stop and opts to jump off an rechalk. The rest was clean. 12.133.

Ellie Black (CAN), UB: Toe Shaposh to clear hip uprise Tkatchev. Toe Tkatchev, hop change to pike Jaeger. Pak. toe shoot Shaposh half to high. Full turn. Toe on front half tuck dismount, stuck. 13.533.

Liu Jingxing (CHN), UB: Huge toe Tkatchev but falls on it, just cast too far out. Would have been amazing. Pak. Maloney to inbar Gienger. Blind to full spin to Jaeger. Beautiful double layout, stuck. Highly impressive routine despite the fall. 12.333.

Carina Kroll (GER), UB: Stalder to toe full, finished out of handstand, Maloney to Pak, nice. Ray, labored handstand before blind to Jaeger. Toe half. Same dismount as black -- toe on front half tucked, misses and lands on her hands and knees. 10.766.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), UB: Shaposh to Pak. Toe full to Maloney to bail to Ray. Blind to Jaeger. Toe stalder half turn (finishes out of handstand), giants to double tuck. Very clean in the interior, underwhelming dismount. 12.566.

Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), UB: Off on opening stalder full. Uh-oh. Repeats the skill to toe Shaposh half. Toe blind on high -- has to improvise -- to pike Jaeger to Pak. Maloney to inbar Geinger. Blind to double front half out, underrotated and crashed. Poor kid is in tears as she walks off the podium. 10.966.

Morgan Hurd (USA), UB: Inbar Shaposh to uprise stalder full to Tkatchev. Ricna to Pak. Ray. Inbar blind. Inbar to full twisting double tuck, hangs on for the stick. Really correct handstands in that routine. Score in the blog. 14.300.

After two: Ellie Black and Asuka Teramoto both remain in striking distance of Morgan Hurd entering the third rotation. Black is 0.5 back, while Teramoto trails by 0.667. Afterward things open up -- Sugihara, currently fourth, is more than 1.5 points behind Hurd.

Rotation 3:

Asuka Teramoto (JPN), BB: Front aerial, split jump, straddle jump. Double turn. Onodi. Switch to side somie. Bhs, layout. Side aerial. 2.5 twist dismount, tiny hop. Solid as ever on beam. 13.333.

Lee Yunseo (KOR), BB: Back dive mount. Double wolf turn. Split leap to switch half. Front aerial, jump. Side aerial. Side somie. Bhs, layout, balance check. Switch to split jump full, not 180. 2.5 twist, slightly underrotated. Best routine from her so far. 11.933.

Ellie Black (CAN), BB: Switch leap mount. Double turn. Solid punch front. Bhs, layout to two feet, so aggressive! Really giving nothing away. Switch to switch half to bhs. Side somie. 2.5 twist, small hop forward. Terrific set. 13.733.

Liu Jingxing (CHN), BB: Back dive mount. Roundoff, layout to two feet, wobbles, no connection to jumps. Switch ring to bhs, lovely. Front aerial to split jump to back tuck. Split half. Big wobble on jump near the end. Nice double tuck dismount. 13.6.

Carina Kroll (GER), BB: Roundoff, bhs mount (falls). Bhs, layout, nice. Split leap to split half, wobble. Illusion turn, very nice. Side aerial. Side somie. Switch to split jump. Bhs, 1.5 dismount. 11.4.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), BB: Split leap mount. Switch to Tourjete. Split half. Bhs, layout, small adjustment. Punch front, another small wobble but nothing serious. Front aerial to split to bhs. Back tuck. Double tuck with a tiny hop back. Huge improvement from Stuttgart! 12.233.

Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), BB: Switch, scissone, wolf. Side aerial, layout stepout, pretty. Side somie. Front aerial to ring jump. Front handspring to front tuck, too forward, grabs beam, makes it look like choreo (judges won't be fooled though). Overtime. Front 1/1 dismount. 12.633.

Morgan Hurd (USA), BB: Wobble on standing full. Side aerial, check. New standing layout, layout combo, great. Front aerial, pause, ring jump, wobble. Tiny wobble before split half. Save of the year so far on switch ring. Double pike, shuffle back. Overtime, I think? 12.933 gives the lead back to Black.

Aiko Sugihara (JPN), BB: Wolf turn double. Side aerial, wobble. Bhs, layout. Front aerial to ring jump, wobble. Very nice switch ring. Double pike with step/shuffle back. She looks thrilled to have that one done. Lots of elegance to this routine, but her own move, the double turn with leg at head, is absent. 13.0.

After three: Fantastic beam routine moves Ellie Black ahead of Morgan Hurd with just one routine left to perform. Hurd will need to be 0.3 better than Black on floor to win the meet. Teramoto's only 0.567 off the lead as well.

Rotation 4:

Carina Kroll (GER), FX: 1.5 to front layout/tuck full. Wonderful double turn with leg at head to illusion turn. Tourjete 1/1. Double tuck, steps back and out of bounds. Double full, two small steps back. Switch to switch half. Well performed. 12.533.

Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), FX: 2.5 to punch front, tidy, teeny hop forward. Double tuck, hop back. Double turn with leg at head. Switch half. 1.5 to front full. Double wolf turn (sigh). 12.833.

Lee Yunseo (KOR): Double turn with leg at head. Double pike. Triple twist. Nice presentation. Double wolf turn. 1.5 to front layout 1/1. Double tuck, a bit low to end. And a Wenson finish, something seen more in Aerobic gymnastics — google it. 12.266.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), FX: Arabian double front mount, well done. Double turn with leg at head, not quite finished. Switch ring. 1.5 to double tuck. Switch 1/2. Ends with double pike. 12.833. So she gets her 51! 51.132 overall score.

Liu Jingxing (CHN), FX: Fast music. Full in tuck, small step back. Double tuck. Double turn with leg at head. Punch front to double full, bounces out of it, loses her footing and has to put her hands down. Oops. Double pike, underrotated and Melnikovas it. 11.5.

Aiko Sugihara (JPN), FX: New routine for her. Double layout, didn’t get the punch she needed, underrotates and falls. Too bad — her day was going so well! Floaty 2.5 to front layout though. Double turn with leg at head. Double turn with leg up. Double tuck. Switch ring to switch. Lovely expression in the choreo as well. 12.0.

Asuka Teramoto (JPN), FX: Double turn with leg at horizontal. Two whips to 3/1, stuck. Asuka's come to play! 1.5 to 2.5. Front 2/1. Switch ring to switch 1/1. Excellent double pike. Great finish! 13.6.

Morgan Hurd (USA), FX: New routine! Double double tuck, a tad underrotated, steps forward. Double layout, stuck. Switch ring. Switch 1/1. Loving the beauty in this set! Front layout to front 1/1. Double pike, small bounce back. Hurd's capable of a little better on floor, but for someone who had elbow surgery in December, that was still pretty darn good. The tumbling's quite good, but the artistry, expression and musical interpretation were next level. 13.6.

Ellie Black (CAN), FX: Popa. 2.5 walkout to double tuck. Front layout 1/1 walkout to double tuck, tries to stick, has to step back and out of bounds. That may do it for her. Double full, sticks that. Like Hurd, excellent choice of music. She doesn’t do a routine — she gives a performance. But was it better than 13.3? No — 13.266 will be good for silver, however!


GOLD - Morgan Hurd, USA, 55.099
SILVER - Ellie Black, CAN, 55.032
BRONZE - Asuka Teramoto, JPN, 54.799
4. Aiko Sugihara, JPN, 51.966
5. Carolyne Pedro, BRA, 51.132
6. Liu Jingxing, CHN, 50.533
7. Lee Yunseo, KOR, 49.498
8. Ksenia Klimenko, RUS, 48.732
9. Carina Kroell, GER, 47.732

Play-by-Play: 2019 Birmingham World Cup, Women's All-around Final

Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

Rotation 1:

Riley McCusker (USA), VT: DTY, hands down, just not enough lift off the horse. Great form, though. She does that occasionally in warmups, and it’s quite early in her season, so perhaps it’s not too surprising to see it happen in competition. 13.133.

Nagi Kajita (JPN), VT: Yurchenko full, zero push off the table, lands short but keeps it on her feet. 13.033.

Carolann Heduit (FRA), VT: Poppy Yurchenko full, good in the air but again not the surest of landings, almost an ankle twister. Seems to be catching here, these landings. 13.366.

Liu Jieyu (CHN), VT: Yurchenko full, comes off to the table veering to the right, small hop forward. Best landing we’ve seen so far. 13.033.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), VT: Her daring DTY, two small steps backward, some form in the air, but frankly great to see. More confident than in Stuttgart a week ago, too. 14.366.

Leah Greisser (GER), VT: Very nice handspring front pike, basically stuck. Okay, tiniest of hops. But really nice.

Victoria Woo (CAN), VT: FTY, well done, small hop back. Best delivered FTY yet here. 13.666.

Ellie Downie (GBR), VT: Great powerful DTY — a little too much power, frankly, big hop back, then smaller hop back. But goodness, in the air it was fabulous! 14.3. Worth it for the best vault seen so far, landing notwithstanding.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), VT: Tidy FTY, small hop. Could be just a little more extended, but really, she did her job. 13.566.

Rotation 2:

Nagi Kajita (JPN), UB: Nabieva! Nice. Pak salto. Toe Shaposh half. Stalder blind, legs split very long on that, to Jaeger. Drops off on a pirouette gone wrong. Very low full twisting double tuck, nearly touches her hands down. 11.766.

Carolann Heduit (FRA), UB: INbar full to Maloney. Uprise Ricna, nice. Inbar Tkatchev to Pak (leg form), toe Shaposh half. Blind to pike Jaeger. Double front with a step back. Nice set from the 15-year-old from Angers! 13.9.

Liu Jieyu (CHN), UB: Maloney to clear full to Tkatchev and comes off. Second fall on pike Jaeger. Full twisting double tuck dismount. 9.933.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), UB: Stalder 1/1 to Maloney to Pak to toe Shaposh half, stalder blind to pike Jaeger. Toe 1/1 to full twisting double tuck, small hop combined with a small sigh of relief. 14.366.

Leah Griesser (GER), UB: Toe full to Maloney to Bail to stalder 1/1 (out of handstand) to Ray, a bit of a dead hang, stalder full to toe blind to pike Jaeger. Double front dismount, small hop. Leah runs off the podium smiling. 12.566 — fair, given some built in form deductions.

Victoria Woo (CAN), UB: The Birmingham crowd thinks Victoria’s last name is the funniest thing they’ve ever heard. Shaposh to clear full. Toe stalder. Bail to toe shoot back to high. Clear hip blind to pike Jaeger that ends as a straddle Jaeger (hmmm), double layout with a hop. Well. 12.033.

Ellie Downie (GBR), UB: Off on toe full, her first element. Eek. Starts again: toe full to kip to Maloney to uprise Tkatchev. Falls again on pike Jaeger! Hmm. Pike Tkatchev, Pak salto, toe Shaposh half, double layout with a hop forward. 10.5. Ellie blows kisses.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), UB: Maloney to Pak. Toe SHaposh half. Blind to pike Jaeger. Tkatchev. FUll turn. Easy double tuck dismount. Composed exercise. 12.233.

Riley McCusker (USA), UB: Stalder 1/1 to Maloney to uprise Tkatchev. Ricna to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Blind to front giant to her excellent Fan dismount. 14.4.

Rotation 3:

Carolann Heduit (FRA), BB: Roundoff, bhs mount. Side aerial to layout stepout, small hesitation but all right. Switch to split to back tuck (fall). Balance check on double wolf turn. Switch ring. Front aerial, split, bhs. A little rough on some of her transitions, but an impressive roundoff, bhs, double pike dismount, landed with a couple steps back. 11.666.

Liu Jieyu (CHN), BB: Back dive mount. Switch ring. Bhs, back tuck, tentative landing but doesn’t come off. Front aerial to split jump. Small check after double turn. Split half. Switch, wolf. Double full with a step backward. 12.2.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), BB: Well, she only needs 10.2 to go into the lead, so if an 11.6 disaster happens again like last week in Stuttgart she’ll still lead. Switch half. Ring jump. Side somie. Bhs, layout, balance check but not a bit problem. Double turn and jumps off. Fight, Aliya, fight! Split to side aerial. Front aerial, fights for it. Split jump to…arm movement. Switch, wolf. Double tuck, small step. Well. Better than last week in any case. 11.866.

Leah Griesser (GER), BB: Jump to splits mount, oohs from the crowd. Off on bhs, layout. Switch to switch half. Front aerial. Side aerial, small hesitation. Side somie, another tiny hesitation. Interesting dismount combo: Valdez, bhs, 1.5 twist. 11.3.

Victoria Woo (CAN), BB: Back dive mount. Bhs, layout, excellent. Front aerial to split. Double turn. Side somie. Split half. Side aerial. Switch to scissone. 2.5 twist with a step forward. One of the only truly solid routine we’ve seen yet on beam. 12.6.

Ellie Downie (GBR), BB: Switch leap mount. Side aerial. Switch to switch half. Front tuck (fall). Nearly comes off again on double turn and PEOPLE IN THE ARENA ARE SCREAMING. Bhs, layout, wobble, more screams. 2.5 twist dismount, deep squat and step, but hangs onto it. 11.5.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), BB: Bhs, layout, layout, lovely. Switch to split half. Front aerial, split, bhs. Split ring leap. Side aerial. Punch front. She really knows where the beam is, and is making sure to put her feet down on all her skills. Double tuck dismount, small hop. Along with Victoria Woo, best routine we’ve seen yet. Beam so far as been a fallfest. 12.933.

Riley McCusker (USA), BB: Middle splits mount. Humphrey turn. Wolf double. Split leap to front aerial to straddle jump. Bhs, layout (falls). Switch to switch side, misses her foot a little but stays on. Side aerial, split jump, back tuck, wobble. Bhs, bhs, double tuck dismount, hop back. Riley takes a drink of water, looks at the camera and shrugs as if to say, “Well, what happened happened.” 12.166.

Nagi Kajita (JPN), BB: Roundoff, layout to two feet (fall). Beam has been brutal today. Front aerial, pause, split, wolf. Bhs, layout, pulled it back on but could have easily come off. Switch ring. Full turn with leg at head. Switch. Side aerial. 2.5 twist with hops to the side. 11.366.

Rotation 4:

Liu Jieyu (CHN), FX: Triple full, a little underrotated, step forward. 2.5 twist to call it a front pike. Switch half. Pretty piece of music. Triple turn. Double tuck, step back. Sticks her double full to end. 12.7.

Nagi Kajita (JPN), FX: 1.5 to Rudi. Beautiful Mustafina turn. Dramatic tango music. 2.5 twist. Double turn with leg in amplitude. Switch ring to Tourjete half. Double tuck. 12.833.

Ellie Downie (GBR), FX: 1.5 to Arabian double front, huge, gorgeous, small hop forward. Open double tuck — that’s usually a double double, but good idea to save herself for Euros and not risk things under the spotlights here. Split jump full. Double pike, hop forward. Switch side half, a little wonky.

Leah Griesser (GER), FX: Enchanting routine, a beautiful fusion of music, choreo and expression. Double tuck. 2.5 wtwist. Wonderful double turn in amplitude to illusion. 1.5 to front layout 1/1. She really does justice to the music, and moves in a very special way. A treat to watch. 12.8.

Victoria Woo (CAN), FX: Double layout, small hop back. Double turn with leg up. Switch to switch full. Triple turn. Punch front to 2.5 twist. Another lovely routine, expression-wise. Double pike, stuck. Very nice routine. 12.8.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), FX: 1.5 to Arabian double front, steps out of bounds. Open full in tuck. Double tuck. Switch ring to split ring. Double pike. Very dramatic symphony music. 13.1.

Carolann Heduit (FRA), FX: Whip to double tuck, small bounce out of it. Double pike. Double turn with leg up. 2.5 to muscled punch front. Chase movie music. Double wolf turn, double turn with leg at head. Double full. Dramatic closing pose, a bit Ivana Hong-like. A routine not completely void of deductions, though for the most part she acquitted herself well. Needed 12.9 to assure her a medal, gets 12.7.

Riley McCusker (USA), FX: New floor routine for Riley! Cello music, a bit playful, a bit dramatic, suits her long lines very well. Full in tuck, stumbles around a little on the landing. Front 2/1 to front tuck to stag jump. Double pike. Double tuck, hop back. 13.366.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), FX: Beyonce’s “I’m a Survivor” and a medley of other things. Full in today, all right. Double turn. Double tuck, hops out of it. Double turn with leg at head. Switch ring. 1.5 to front layout 1/1. Double full. 12.966.

GOLD - Aliya Mustafina, RUS, 53.564
SILVER - Riley McCusker, USA, 53.065
BRONZE - Thais Fidelis, BRA, 51.832
4 - Carolann Heduit, FRA, 51.632
5 - Victoria Woo, CAN, 51.099
6 - Leah Griesser, GER, 49.799
7 - Ellie Downie, GBR, 49.333
8 - Nagi Kajita, JPN, 48.998
9 - Liu Jieyu, CHN, 47.866

Quick hits: Doha World Cup finals, Day 2

Jade Carey of the United States.

Jade Carey of the United States.

Men’s Vault:

Jorge Vega Lopez (GUA), VT: Excellent handspring Randi, great in the air, great height, just a large step to the left due to underrotation. He compromised the landing rather than give away any execution deductions in the air. 14.266. Second vault Tsuk 2.5, similiar issue with the landing — underrotated, big step. 14.033, 14.149 average.

Loris Frasca (FRA), VT: 1st reserve is in this final due to injury to Chris Remkes. Very good Tsuk triple. Frankly looks like he could add another half twist to that if he wanted. 14.666. Then Dragulescu, some steps back but not bad. The French have produced some excellent vaulters over the years — Thomas Bouhail, Benoit Caranobe, etc, and he’s the latest. 14.6, 14.633 average.

Tseng Wei-Sheng (TPE), VT: Falls backwards on Tsuk double pike, too much backward momentum but very good in the air. 13.833. Handspring double front, again too much rotation, big steps forward. Still, promising. 14.241, 14.037 average.

Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR), VT: The 2014 Youth Olympic star shows off a Randi, sizable step back, small amount of helicopter legs show up in the slo-mo, but otherwise very good. 14.8. Half on front double full, small hop forward. Nice job. 14.5, 14.65 average.

Yang Hak-seon (KOR), VT: The rejuvenated 2012 Olympic champion shows his vault, the Yang, handspring front triple full, and it's beautiful. Just a step forward. Form, rotation, speed, a wow jump in every respect. 15.466 is a wow score too. Tsuk triple, hop back, excellence again. 15.066, 15.266 average.

Igor Radivilov is going to really have to bring his A-game to top 2012 Olympic vault champion Yang Hak-seon, who just threw down a fabulous Yang and excellent Tsuk triple.

Artur Davtyan (ARM), VT: Dragulescu, amazing, stuck. Coach is jumping up and down, as he should be. Well! 15.058. Davtyan takes a seat to the side of the runway, Anyway, second vault is Tsuk 2.5, gives it away with a huge step to the side. 14.333, 14.695 average.

Igor Radivilov (UKR), VT: Terrific Dragulescu, delivered as only a man who has trained a handspring triple front can. Just a little hop. 14.9. Second vault is a Tsuk double pike, lands like a dart, just a step forward. 14.933 for 14.916 average, well done.

Marian Dragulescu (ROU), VT: Dragulescu to his hands and knees. Didn’t have the block or the height he needed to do his own vault well. 13.6. Roundoff, half on, Rudi off, makes it look easy. 14.133 for second vault.

GOLD - Yang Hak-seon, KOR, 15.266
SILVER - Igor Radivilov, UKR, 14.916
BRONZE - Artur Davtyan, ARM, 14.695

Balance Beam:

Nina Derwael (BEL), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Solid as anything so far. Front aerial. Side somie. Switch, split. Triple (or 2.5?) wolf turn. Double (or 1.5?) wolf turn, small wobble. Gainer full off the end, just a small hop. She really gave nothing away in that routine. Almost complete mastery in both her exercises here and on bars. 13.633.

Marine Boyer (FRA), BB: Front aerial, split jump, tuck half. Roundoff, layout to two feet, just great. Switch, pause, switch half. Wobble on full turn with leg up. Side aerial. Split leap to side somie to split half, small wobble. Double tuck dismount, stuck! 13.333.

Adela Sajn (SLO), BB: The 2008 Olympian shows scissone, wolf jumps. Double turn. Side aerial to side aerial to side somie, sweet combo. Standing back tuck. Front aerial. Wolf jump full. Illusion. Roundoff, 1.5 twist dismount. Unique routine with unusual skill choice. 12.833.

Ting Hua-Tien (TPE), BB: The eponymous back dive mount causes gasps in the Doha crowd. Front aerial, split jump, straddle. Switch to ring jump. Bhs, back pike (falls). Side aerial. Front layout full dismount, step backward. 12.4.

Yumika Nakamura (JPN), BB: Back dive mount. Switch, split. Bhs, layout, balance check. Nearly comes off on switch ring. Side aerial. Nearly off again on front aerial. Double tuck dismount, lands low, step forward. 11.8.

Li Qi (CHN), BB: Press mount, Switch, sheep, bhs, lovely. Roundoff, layout to two feet to immediate straddle, impeccable. Front aerial, split, Onodi, double stag, awesome! Side aerial, straddle, Korbut. Double full, a tiny hop. Wonderful routine! 14.333 moves her into first.

Soyoka Hanawa (JPN), BB: Middle splits mount. Bhs, tucked full (falls). Nice bhs, layout, layout series later on. Switch ring, small wobble. 2.5 twist dismount, hop to the side. Ambitious routine, would be beautiful if she put it all together. 11.466.

Aneta Holasova (CZE), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount, more oohs from the audience. Bhs, layout, layout, nice! Front aerial to split. Very aggressive on this event. Switch, split, straddle. Bhs, bhs, double pike, just a step forward. So impressed with her go-get-it under pressure here. 12.8.

GOLD - Li Qi, CHN, 14.333
SILVER - Nina Derwael, BEL, 13.633
BRONZE - Marine Boyer, FRA, 13.333

Parallel Bars:

Ferhat Arican (TUR), PB: Front flip. English handstand, held with some imbalance, into Diamidov. Falls on peach half attempt (I think). There's not a lot of in-between with Arican -- he's brilliant or he comes off. Today, unfortunately, he came off. Stuck double front half out. 13.9.

Mitchell Morgans (AUS), PB: Front flip. Peach half, small hesitation. Peach. Giant full to English handstand to inside Diamidov, nice. Diamidov. Stutz. Stuck double pike. After Australia's very bad day yesterday, how nice for him to deliver this hit set! 14.566.

Vasilii Mikhalitsyn (BLR), PB: Front flip. Peach to English handstand, well done. Peach half, tidy. Inside Diamidov. Diamidov. Stutz. Front layout full twist dismount, something we don't see too often. Beautiful lines throughout. 14.383.

Matteo Levantesi (ITA), PB: Giant, giant full, English handstand, struggles to one handstand...Bhavsar. Gienger. Short on a couple of handstands and just a layout dismount. Hm. 12.866.

Zou Jingyuan (CHN), PB: The sort of routine that makes you feel glad to be alive -- and for him, it wasn't even his best. Overbalanced one handstand just a little, but it doesn't matter. He's going to win by like a point and a half. 15.7.

Vladyslav Polyashov (CHN), PB: Peach half. Giant to English handstand. Insuide Diamidov. Tippelt. Bhavsar. Small overbalance in one handstand. Front flip. Front straddle somie. Double front half out. Nice set from the best Russian gymnast you've never heard of...yet. 15.066.

Andrei Likhovitskiy (BLR), PB: Clear hip half. Giant. Peach. Tippelt. Hesitation on press handstand after back toss 1/4 to the side...Stutz. Double pike dismount, just a tiny step. 14.366.

Phuong Thanh Dinh (VIE), PB: Front flip. Stops briefly after a swing element but does his best to cover. The rest of the routine was solid. Double pike with a small step. Not sure that's going to give him bronze ahead of Mitchell Morgans...13.633.

GOLD - Zou Jingyuan, CHN, 15.7
SILVER - Vladyslav Polyashov, RUS, 15.066
BRONZE - Mitchell Morgans, AUS, 14.566

Women’s Floor Exercise:

Coline Devillard (FRA), FX: Double layout, bounds out of bounds. Front layout walkout to double tuck, stuck that one. Double pike, stepped back and may have put her foot out again, hard to tell. Dismounts with just a layout full. 12.4.

Vanessa Ferrari (ITA), FX: Double layout, small hop back. Music that makes you think of the ballerina in an old fashioned jewelry box. Full in tuck. Switch ring to Tourjete full combo. Kind of stumbles out of double turn with leg at head combo, covers well. Front layout 1/1. 13.3.

Kim Bui (GER), FX: Split 1/1. Great double layout, stuck. Tourjete 1/1. Bounces out of double tuck slightly. Swtch to switch 1/1. A fun, modern piece of music that suits her wonderfully. 2.5 to front pike, stuck. Double pike, step back. Enjoyable to watch. If every pass were like her first one, she’d be a medal contender, but unfortunately there’s not enough torque in this routine to really make her a medal contender. But it’s a well-delivered, enjoyable piece all the same. 13.033.

Varvara Zubova (RUS), FX: Full in, rather labored. Double tuck, hop back. Double turn with leg at head to illusion. 2.5 to punch front. Switch ring. Double pike, stuck. Dramatic symphony music and some cute choreo, but she doesn't make the tumbling lines look easy, frankly. 13.1.

Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL), FX: Her "Pink Panther," an iconic routine. 2.5 to front layout 1/1, excellent. Arabian double front to rather underdone stag jump. Went for quad turn (I think) but won't get credit for it. Front 2/1 great though. Marta rounding into form before Euros in her hometown Szczecin. 13.233.

Lara Mori (ITA), FX: Whip to full in, almost too much power, steps back. Switch ring to switch side half. 2.5 to front layout with a hop. Triple full. Very entertaining performer, tons of energy and pizzazz. Double pike, a tad short, steps forward. 13.433 puts her first right now.

Jade Carey (USA), FX: Moors, excellent, bounces back but keeps it in bounds. Full twisting double layout, great landing. Double double, small hop back. Improved execution in her dance, though the tumbling is still the highlight. Double tuck, made it look easy. Hit routine! 14.466.

Marine Boyer (FRA), FX: A new routine for Marine for 2019 I believe! 2.5 to punch front. Switch half. Double turn with leg at head. Double tuck, perfect stick. Wolf turn double. Double tuck, too much power, stumbles back a little. 13.2.

GOLD - Jade Carey, USA, 14.466
SILVER - Lara Mori, ITA, 13.433
BRONZE - Vanessa Ferrari, ITA, 13.3

High Bar:

Alexei Rostov (RUS), HB: Cassina, legs a tad bent. Kolman, nothing wrong with that. Layout Tkatchev. Tkatchev half. Flexes feet on Tak full. Tak half. Hands down on dismount, double double layout. 13.291.

Randy Leru (CUB), HB: One arm giant. Liukin, stylish! Layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev to Tkatch half. Layout Tkatchev half. Stalders etc. Good high full twisting double layout with a tiny hop. 14.0.

Hidetaka Miyachi (JPN), HB: One of the recent greats on this event due to his mastery of Kovacs-style skills shows wonderful double twisting layout Kovacs, his own skill, followed by Cassina, Kolman, Kovacs, the kitchen sink. Wonderful set -- the audience adores it! Terrific speed too. Flares out his full twisting double layout dismount and allows himself some celebration. 14.3.

Milad Karimi (KAZ), HB: Yama. Cassina, nice. Kovacs, beautiful! Kolman too. Hop 1.5. Endo. And loses it on an inverts skill, has to swing the other way. Too bad! No medal for him here today...12.566.

Epke Zonderland (NED), HB: Cassina to Kovacs and comes off! Oops. He and Tin Srbic are really the two who stand in the way of Miyachi winning this event here, and he's just taken himself out of contention, which is a chance for Srbic. Epke sticks his double double layout dismount for good measure and shrugs in the kiss and cry. 12.966.

Deng Shudi (CHN), HB: Layout Tkatchev to layout Tkatchev half. Tkatchev. Off on Tkatchev half, just couldn't get his hands around the bar. In the stands, Li Qi is completely unmoved. Yama. Stuck double double layout.

Carlo Macchini (ITA). HB: Kolman. Hop 1.5. Swings the other way on a Tak full, oops. Tak half, nice. Stuck full twisting double layout. So everyone’s sticking the dismount, but the interior has been a bit dodgy for some. 13.3.

Tin Srbic (CRO), HB: Ricna, powerful and unusual for a man to perform. Tkatchev, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev half. Layout Tkatchev half. Steps on his full twisting double layout dismount. Great all the way through but wondering if he gave the gold away on that dismount..nope! 14.4.

GOLD - Tin Srbic, CRO, 14.4
SILVER - Hidetaka Miyachi, JPN, 14.3
BRONZE - Randy Leru, CUB, 14.0

Quick hits: Doha World Cup finals, Day 1

Maria Paseka of Russia.

Maria Paseka of Russia.

Men’s Floor:

Xiao Ruoteng (CHN), FX: Randi, stuck, nice. 2.5 to front layout half. Rolls out of double double tuck, not enough rotation. Oops. 5/2 to 2/1 front. Flairs. 2/1. 3/1 with a step back. 13.166.

Ahmet Onder (TUR), FX: Double double layout, stuck, really nice. 1.5 to Rudi, slightly untidy landing. Full in to end. 14.266.

Alexander Shatilov (ISR), FX: Front double pike, tiny hop. 2.5 to front 2/1. Good high double double, stuck. 1.5 to front full to Rudi, good. 2/1. Full in to end, stuck. A lot of stick in that routine, very good. 14.633. Happy birthday Sasha!

Carlos Yulo (PHI), FX: Beautiful running front double front pike half out. Amazing 2.5 to Randi, stumbled a bit on landing but so much air! 3.5 to tuck half. 2/1. Front 1/1 to front 2/1. 3/1, small hop. 14.266.

Jonathan Vrolix (BEL): The surprise of quals...Front 2/1 to double front, small hop. Front double pike, stuck cold. 2.5 to front layout half, small hop. 1.5 to front 1/1. Didn't see last pass, alas.

Rayderley Zapata (ESP), FX: 1.5 to front double pike, springy. Front double pike half out. Same thing tucked. Double Arabisn half out. Double full, bounces upwards on landing. High 2.5 to front half. Double layout with a couple of steps. He has the highest hurdle you’ve ever seen in your life. Interesting technique. 14.433.

Emil Soravuo (FIN), FX: Great high double double tuck. 1.5 to front 2/1. 2.5 to Rudi, stuck. Double full. Front layout, front layout half. Triple full. A testament to the 2014 Youth Olympian's form that with significantly less diff than many others he makes these finals. 14.233.

Chris Remkes (AUS) has hurt his left knee landing his triple double layout on floor. Poor guy! It was an awkward landing. He's being attended to on the floor. No doubt that's an ACL injury via the replay — bone went out and seems to have gone back in. But that hurts a lot.

GOLD - Shatilov
SILVER - Zapata

Women’s Vault:

Coline Devillard (FRA), VT: Terrific handspring Rudi. Looked great in the air, just a step back. 14.933. Then DTY with another step back. But looks so clean in the air, well done! 14.166. 14.549 average.

Maria Paseka (RUS), VT: Cheng, lands offline and hops to the side. Bent legs in the air. Was better in qualification. 14.433. Amanar, STUCK. Wow. Best Amanar of her career, that. 15.1. 14.766 average.

Emily Thomas (GBR), VT: Yurchenko 1.5, step to the side but very nice in the air. 14.033. Tsuk full, basically stuck, tiniest of hops. 13.666. 13.849 average.

Marina Nekrasova (AZE), VT: Sits underrotated Tsuk 1.5. 12.333. Nice handspring front pike full, offline on the landing and a step to the side. But otherwise quite good. 14.1. 13.216 average.

Jade Carey (USA), VT: Very good Cheng, but rather a lunge backward. 15.066, excellent. Second vault: DTY, same step on landing. 14.7, 14.883 puts her first so far! In the Carey vs. Paseka battle, Carey takes this round.

Alexa Moreno (MEX), VT: Rudi, ground comes up a little fast for her, chest low and rather big step forward. 14.4. Tsuk double full, another big lunge back. Other than that, a nice vault.

Oksana Chusovitina (UZB), VT: Tucks her Rudi down from the block. Just didn’t get the push she needed at all - hand placement looked off from the beginning. 13,866. Second vault is Tsuk 1.5, stumbles sideways a bit on the landing but good in the air. 13.866 for second vault and 13.866 total.

Gabriela Janik (POL), VT: Replacement for Marcia Vidiaux of Cuba, who withdrew from the final. A head taller than every other finalist. Tsuk full with a step. 13.666. Handspring front tuck full, very high, just a hop on landing. 13.766, 13.716 average.

GOLD - Carey
SILVER - Paseka
BRONZE - Devillard

Pommel Horse:

Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM), PH: The 2016 Olympian gets through his Busnari and Russians between the pommels without breaking his swing. Tiniest of struggles in the handstand pirouette dismount. 14.666.

Kohei Kameyama (JPN), PH: Begins with a beautiful scissor to handstand. Very nice flairs sequence. Fights determinedly through the dismount — someone wants to go to Tokyo! 15.4. Well!

Kaito Imabayashi (JPN), PH: Being cheered through this routine by his teammates and coach, it sounds like. He’s less fluid than Kameyama in my opinion, but hits this routine and then launches into a podium party the likes of which we haven’t seen yet today in Doha. 15.3333/6.8.

Lee Chih-Kai (TPE), PH: Gorgeous work from the flairmaster! Hit routine. Seemed to me he clipped his foot early in the routine, but it didn’t deter him at all. The only pommel horse routine in which the crowd was applauding midway through because those flairs are so cool to watch. 15.4 ties him with Kameyama at this point.

Stephen Nedoroscik (USA), PH: Comes off with about a quarter of the routine left to go. Looked great to that point. Finishes well. 13.966.

Zou Jingyuan (CHN), PH: Rather disconcerting to see him on another event besides parallel bars! He's not bad here, but misses his hand placement and comes off pretty early on. Falls a second time later.

Filip Ude (CRO), PH: Legs apart on Russians between the pommels and drops off later. Filip looks none too happy about this. The third competitor in a row to come off the horse. Falls a second time, too. 11.633.

Saeedreza Keikha (IRI), PH: An opportunity for him here -- and he takes it! Excellent routine, fast flairs, terrific dismount. Keikha is delighted and should be. 15.133.

GOLD - Lee
SILVER - Kameyama
BRONZE - Imabayashi

Uneven Bars:

Jonna Adlerteg (SWE), UB: Clear hip pike Tkatchev, Pak, Shaposh to Bhardwaj, Maloney to uprside clear full to Tkatchev, double layout with a hop. 14.216.

Diana Varinska (UKR), UB: Falls to her back on her Tkatchev half. Doesn't repeat the skill, just gets up and dismounts with a full twisting double tuck. 12.4.

Nina Derwael (BEL), UB: Nabieva, Ricna half to Ezhova to stalder Shaposh, Bhardwaj, toe Shaposh half, toe 1/1 to full twisting double tuck, finished twist high above the bar. 15.033.

Fan Yilin (CHN), UB: Terrific stuff from the two-time world champion. A very different routine from Derwael’s, but impeccably executed. Only thing is a step back on her Fan dismount. 14.933.

Anastasia Ilyankova (RUS), UB: Clear hip pike Tkatchev. Toe Tkatchev halt to Ezhova. Stalder Shaposh to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck, small shuffle. 14.7.

Yumika Nakamura (JPN), UB: Toe full to Gienger, pike Jaeger. Jaeger. Bail to toe shoot to toe hecht to high, full turn, giants, double pike. Impeccable execution but lacking in some of the more intricate combinations of some other others.

Kim Bui (GER), UB: Pike Jaeger to Pak, Maloney to Bhardwaj, toe Shaposh. Toe full to Gienger. Stuck full twisting double tuck dismount. Been waiting for her to stick that! 14.0.

Martina Rizzelli (ITA): Ricna to Pak, Maloney to bail to Ray. Toe blind to front giant. Toe full. Full twisting double tuck, very nice landing. 13.016

GOLD - Derwael
BRONZE - Ilyankova

Still Rings:

Ali Zahran (EGY), SR: Pull to planche. Maltese. Victorian cross, hard! Maltese. Iron cross. Planche. Groans audibly with the effort of pulling his full twisting double layout (a little pikey if you’re picky), but sticks the dismount. 14.433.

Samir Ait-Said (FRA), SR: Iron cross, pull to Maltese, planche. Pike Yamawaki to tuck Yamawaki to Maltese, nice! Spontaneous round of applause for that. Iron cross. Full twisting double layout, tiny hop. 14.633.

Marco Lodadio (ITA), SR: Looks slighter than some of the others, but don’t be fooled: Planche. Maltese. Maltese again. Tucked Yama to piked Yama to iron cross. Planche. Roll to cross. Stuck double double tuck. Big happy reaction from Marco! Strength, power and elegance says the commentator. Agreed. 14.7.

Vahagn Davtyan (ARM), SR: Pull to planche. Maltese. Iron cross. Pike Yamawaki to Maltese. Iron cross. Planche. Full twisting double layout, basically hangs on for the stick. Completely different reaction from the celebrating Lodadio, absolutely somber as he walks away. 14.825 moves him into the lead.

Artur Tovmasyan (ARM), SR: Maltese. Tucked Yama to piked Yama. Roll to iron cross. Pull to Maltese. Full twisting double layout with a step to the side. 14.833.

Lan Xingyu (CHN), SR: Roll to planche. Magnificent Maltese. Planche. Piked Yamawaki to iron cross. Tucked Yamawaki. Maltese. Iron cross. Double double tuck, again also stuck. Was it enough? 15.1.

Ibrahim Colak (TUR), SR: Planche. Maltese. Planche. Tucked Yama, piked Yama. Iron cross. Roll to iron cross. Stumbles out of front double pike but celebrates anyway. Good for him! 14.5.

Courtney Tulloch (GBR), SR: Pull to Victorian (angles). Wonderful Maltese, however. Piked Yama. Planche, drop down to iron cross, sweet…and hands down on his double double! Not rotated enough. Aargh.

GOLD - Lan
SILVER - Tovmasyan
BRONZE - Davtyan

Quick hits: Stuttgart World Cup, Women's All-around final


You’ve got to hand it to the organizers of the Stuttgart World Cup for their rockstar introductions of the gymnasts. The lights in the Porsche Arena are dimmed and the gymnasts presented one by one, making their appearance by running through a corridor formed by local gymnasts waving blue pom-poms while strobe lights flash and a steam machine shoots off smoke. The effect is totally cool.


1 - Simone Biles, USA,
2 - Ana Padurariu, Canada,
3 - Elisabeth Seitz, Germany,

Rotation 4:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), FX: Arabian double front, small steps out of it. Double turn with leg at head. Switch ring. 1.5 to double tuck, keeps it in bounds. The sort of music you’d hear in a heist movie. Double full. Double pike, step back. 12.333.

Kim Bui (GER), FX: Split jump full. Lovely double layout. Tourjete full. Double tuck. A great piece of music for Kim, something the crowd can clap and bop along to. 2.5 to front pike, stuck. Double pike. Small bounces back on three of those passes, but whatever. A thoroughly enjoyable routine from start to finish. Fun fact: Kim Bui’s first Stuttgart World Cup was back in 2005.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), FX: Music is The Piano Guys’s “Michael Meets Mozart.” Hands down on double double tuck, but the audience recognizes it as a hard skill and applauds her. Full in to a Melnikova style landing. Same on double tuck to end. Well, it hasn’t been a horrible day for her, but she might have expected better of herself. She’s capable of better. 11.333.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), FX: Arabian double front, stuck cold. Triple turn. Double tuck. Double turn with leg at head. Wonderful expression in this routine. She has the crowd positively hanging on her every move. 1.5 to front layout full, essentially stuck. Double full. Well, that was as well as she’s currently capable of doing that routine. Good for her! 13.2.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), FX: Techno mix that gets the crowd clapping. Wolf turn double that she doesn’t complete, but that seems to be part of her choreography. Full in tuck, bounces out of bounds with both feet. Double turn with leg at head. 2.5 to punch front. Tourjete full. Double pike. 12.3. Hatakeda receives her score with a shrug.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), FX: Double turn with leg at head. Running double front tuck, stuck. Double tuck second pass, well landed. A very flowy, graceful exercise despite the wolf double turn snuck in before her double pike to finish. Great day for Lorette. 12.566.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), FX: Another great music selection by the German team, this clappable, kind of 1920s swing piece that’s been infused with a little modern day techno. Also fun is how she draws a heart in the air before her first pass. Arabian double front, small hop forward. 1.5 to double tuck. Double pike. Everyone loves it. 13.2 moves her into the lead right now.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), FX: A rumba, I believe, and she pulls it off extremely well. Double pike. Tourjete half to switch ring. 2.5 to to punch front. Double full. Excellent finish! 13.2, and she takes the lead! Guaranteed second at least…

Simone Biles (USA), FX: Full twisting double layout, excellent. Comes very close to going OOB on her Biles, but just stays in. Front layout full walkout to full in. Finally does go OOB on her double double closing pass, but I think she can be forgiven. 14.9.

Rotation 3:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), BB: Split leap mount. Switch to Tourjete. Split half. Bhs, layout (fall). Punch front (fall). Supportive applause from the crowd. Front aerial to split to bhs. Back tuck. Double tuck with a hop back. 9.866.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), BB: Switch mount to switch half. Wobble on side aerial. Split leap to front aerial. Bhs, layout. Double turn. Side somie. Double tuck, hop forward. She doesn’t look terribly pleased with that. 13.0.

Kim Bui (GER), BB: Roundoff, layout to two feet mount. Steps back but doesn’t come off. Bhs, layout, balance break where her leg comes up, but stays on. Switch to switch half, another step back. Crowd gasps with the suspense. Nice 540 degree jump. Side aerial. Gainer layout off the end, just under the buzzer, stuck. 11.8.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), BB: Switch mount. Punch front. Front aerial, straddle, wolf jumps. Side somie. Switch. Switch half. Bhs, layout. Double pike, step forward. Sound routine. 12.9.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount, great. Bhs, layout, perfect. Wolf triple, nice! Charpy is on in this routine so far. Smooth side aerial. Switch, split, Korbut. The eponymous split half. Front aerial, split. And a stuck double pike dismount! Wow. 13.666 feels a little low.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), BB: Back dive mount, Triple wolf turn, excellent. Switch ring, tidy. Side aerial, layout, layout. Switch half. Front aerial, split, bhs. Switch to sheep jump. Double pike dismount with just a step. Excellent routine from the world silver medalist on this event. She sighs with relief as she takes a seat in the kiss and cry. 14.333.

Aliya Musatfina (RUS), BB: Switch half to Onodi and comes off. Bhs, layout. Double turn, small check. Split leap to side aerial, slight check. Front aerial, has to fight to save it. Switch to wolf, balance break. Double tuck, chest low, step forward. Well. 11.6.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), BB: Punch front. Bhs, layout to two feet, solid. Side somie. Double turn not completed, has to step back and save it. Small wobble on side aerial. Front layout full dismount with a step. 12.466.

Simone Biles (USA), BB: Stands up too quickly midst wold turn full but doesn’t fall. Bhs, layout, layout, excellent. Switch to switch half to back pike, leg comes up but again, no fall. Side aerial. Split jump half. Front aerial, split jump, straddle jump. Bhs, bhs, full in tuck, solid. 14.2.

Rotation 2:

Kim Bui (GER), UB: Hop change to pike Jaeger to Pak. Maloney to Bhardwaj to toe Shaposh half, toe 1/1 to Hgienger. Full twisting double tuck, small hop back. Control and ease all the way through. 13.8.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), UB: Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Inbar pike Tkatchev. Bail to stalder full. Ray. Full twisting double tuck with a step forward. 14.066.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), UB: Stalder Shaposh half, toe blind to pike Jaeger. Ricna to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck, stuck. Bravo! 13.933. Lorette looks delighted, as she should.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), UB: Shaposh to Pak, legs apart. Toe full. Maloney to bail to Ray. Blind to Jaeger. Toe half. Double tuck. Some form here and there, but she got through. 11.833.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), UB: Inbar to inbar full to toe Shaposh half, inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Ricna. Bail to stalder to Ray. Full twisting double tuck, stuck! Well done. Hatakeda sure loves inbar elements. She was one who had problems in warmups today, but it certainly didn’t show in the competition. 13.566.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), UB: Stalder full to Maloney to stalder uprise to Ricna to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe blind to pike Jaeger. Open double tuck dismount. You can tell where her Hungarian teammates are sitting because the rest of the arena is dead silent while she performs except for this little patch of voices screaming encouragement at her. 12.9.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), UB: Stalder full to Maloney to Pak to toe Shaposh half. Stalder blind to pike Jaeger. Toe full to full twisting double tuck, stuck. My goodness! Sheer excellence. 14.2.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), UB: Dead silence as she mounts. Maloney to stalder uprise RIcha. Hop to change to pike Jaeger. Stalder pike Tkatchev to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck with a step back. 14.233.

Simone Biles (USA), UB: Wieler kip, half yurm tp Maloney to uprise Tkatchev. Toe full to pike Tkatchev to Pak. Toe Shaposh half (a bit of a fingertip catch, but she caught it) to immediate full twisting double tuck with a hop. Biles looks relieved, I think. 14.3.

Rotation 1:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), VT: FTY, clean, small hop back. 13.733.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), VT: DTY, amazing. Just a step back. Wow. Mustafina’s ability to do things when she needs to never ceases to boggle the mind. 14.4.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), VT: Yurchenko 1.5, well done, small hop to the side. 13.933.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), VT: Really nice DTY with a step back. Great lift on that, efficient twist. Camera shows Seitz’s vault in slo-mo, then pans to German head coach Ulla Koch in the background high-fiving someone as Seitz turns to salute the judges. 14.5.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), VT: DTY, just excellent in the air, but stumbles back on the landing and has to take two big steps backward to save it. But great in the air! 13.933.

Kim Bui (GER), VT: FTY, clean, hop back. 13.533.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), VT: FTY, small bounce more upwards than back. 13.533.

Simone Biles (USA), VT: Cheng, excellent, small bounce backward. 15.4.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), VT: FTY, hop backwards. 13.566.

Quick hits: DTB Pokal, Women's Team Final


Rotation 1:

Aleksandra Shchekoldina (RUS), VT: FTY, hop back.

Kristen Polderman (NED), FX: Whip to double tuck, small hop back. Full twist to double full twist. Interesting! Punch front to 1.5 twist, steps OOB. 12.366.

Celia Serber (FRA), FX: Full in tuck, stuck. Double pike, 0.3 step back. Entertaining choreography and fun Caribbean music. Punch front to double full, step forward and near fall. 12.833.

Angelina Melnikova (RUS), VT: DTY, hop back. Efficient twist. Not a fantastic block, but made it work thanks to the tight twist. 13.9.

Tisha Vollman (NED), FX: Cheerful folk music. Whip to full in tuck, nice. Double tuck. 1.5 to punch front. The Dutch are so great about telling stories with their choreo. Thoroughly entertaining. 13.333.

Flavia Saraiva (BRA), VT: DTY, very nice! Small step. Great technique on that -- legs totally together, no starfishing there. 14.066.

Aline Friess (FRA), FX: Sits down her opening front layout to double front. Which was a shame, as the rest of the routine was quite good. Roundoff, full in tuck. Roundoff, double tuck to end. A very intriguing newcomer for France! 11.966.

Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), FX: Music: It's fado! "Porto" by Dulce Pontes. Haunting and lovely. Triple turn. 3/1 to punch front, very good! Double tuck. Pulls around the 2.5 to punch front. Captivating as ever, she holds the house in the palm of her hand when she performs. 13.4.

Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), FX: Full twisting double layout, steps OOB. Open full in tuck, stuck. Nice! Same routine as 2018, but coming into her own as a performer -- her delivery is far sassier than last year. Front layout walkout to double tuck. Double pike.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA), vault: Fantastic DTY with just a step back. 14.8. One of the reasons Brazil beat Russia in the team qualification here is because Russia did FTYs and a DTY from Melnikova, whereas Brazil came in with three DTYs. The DTY difference -- it's a thing.

Flavia Saraiva (BRA), UB: Taktchev to Pak. Maloney to Tkatchev. Toe full. Blind to front giant to double front, step/hop forward. 13.266.

Rotation 2:

Angelina Melnikova (RUS), UB: Inbar full, inbar Shaposh to Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Toe full to to good high full twisting double tuck with a hop.

Aline Friess (FRA), VT: Handspring layout front half. She's got power -- expect that to turn into a Rudi within a short time. 13.566.

Jade Barbosa (BRA), UB: Stalder Shaposh, Tkatchev. Ricna to Pak. Maloney to bail to Ray. Toe full. Blind to font giant. Double layout with flexed feet if you're picky.

Angelina Simakova (RUS), UB: Stalder, to Maloney to Gienger. Comes off on pike Jaeger. Toe full to Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Blind to double front, small hop/step.

Beautiful (and aggressive!) bar routine from Rebeca Andrade caps off his rotation. No coach standing anywhere near the bars, this is all on her own and so very confident. It's been awhile since we've seen a gymnast swing a routine with so much power! 14.566.

Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), UB: Stalder full to Khorkina II, toe blind to pike Jaeger to Pak. Peels off on her Maloney transition. Oh dear, it was all so nice before. Geinger. Blind to excellent double front half with a hop. 13.033.

Netherlands/France on Vault: A parade of FTYs, all really of good quality, landed with a variety of small hops. The exception was Kristen Polderman, who I believe showed a Tsuk full, and Aline Friess's pretty front layout half.

Rotation 3:

Tisha Volleman (NED), UB: Khorkina II transition, Jaeger. Bail to toe stalder, full twisting double tuck. 12.633.

Angelina Simakova (RUS), BB: Back dive mount. Switch ring, small wobble. Bhs, layout, layout, wobble. Front aerial. Ring jump, wobble. Switch (at 180?) and jumps. Side aerial. Double tuck with a step back. A nice routine, but a fair share of wobbles. 12.4.

Aline Friess (FRA), UB: Maloney to Pak, Khorkina II, toe stalder, full turn, blind to Jaeger. Hop change to double front, underrotated and sits. 12.166. She does not look amused.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), BB: Bhs, layout, layout, really well done. Switch to split half to straddle jump. Front aerial, split, bhs. Split ring leap. Side aerial. Punch front. Double pike with a step. Good routine. 12.733.

Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), UB: Shaposh to Pak. Maloney to bail to toe full to Ray. Blind to pike Jaeger. Full twisting double tuck in which the twist seemed to happen in slow motion, but she made it. 13.333.

Angelina Melnikova (RUS), BB: Punch front mount to split, straddle, nicely connected. Switch. Kotchetkova. Bhs, layout. Front aerial. Wolf turn 2/1. Split full. Double pike, small hop. Well controlled throughout, showing what Melnikova is capable of. 13.166.

Lea Marques (FRA), UB: Stalder blind to pike Jaeger. Crunchy Nabieva but doesn't fall. Does fall twice later in the routine, however. Double tuck dismount. Props to her for going for the difficulty, even if it didn't work out. 10.566.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA), BB: Bhs, layout, layout. Front aerial to split ring jump. Split half. Switch ring. Side aerial. Double pike. 13.433.

Sanna Veerman (NED), UB: Stalder Shaposh to Bhardwaj, Maloney to Pak to toe Shaposh half and comes off, just not enough swing to make it. Piked Jaeger. Toe full to full twisting double tuck with a small hop. 12.833.

Daria Belusova (RUS), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Switch. Onodi. Ring jump. Side aerial. Front aerial. Split jump to Korbut. Wolf turn. Bhs, bhs, double tuck. 12.466.

Claire Pontlevoy (FRA), UB: Inbar fall. Inbar Shaposh to Pak. Stalder Shaposh half. Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Stalder half. Blind to double front, step back. 13.2.

Flavia Saraiva (BRA), BB: Roundoff, bhs, split jump, Korbut mount sequence. Roundoff, layout to two feet, great as ever. Bhs, layout, layout, comes off. (Aww! Even the music stops.) Switch ring. Front aerial to ring jump. Double pike, step forward. 13.033.

Rotation 4:

Claire Pontlevoy (FRA), BB: Front aerial. Side somie. Wolf turn. Bhs, bhs, layout. Side aerial. Switch to scissone. Double full dismount. Some great qualities in this young gymnast -- it will be exciting to watch her in the next few years.

Thais Fidelis (BRA), FX: 1.5 to double Arabian, lands both feet OOB, but a nice pass all the same. Open full in tuck. Dramatic symphony music, quite Russian. Double tuck. Double pike. "Huge drama here in the Porsche Arena!" cries the announcer. Very much so. 13.266.

Sanna Veerman (NED), BB: Front pike mount. Bhs, layout, wobble. Side aerial. Switch to jump full. Side somie. Switch 3/4. 1.5 twist dismount. 11.7.

Angelina Simakova (RUS), FX: 2.5 to front layout 1/1, very good. Full in tuck. Fun rather playful piece of piano music is a very good fit for her. Double pike. Double tuck.

Aline Friess (FRA), BB: Front pike, almost comes off but really went for it. Roundoff, layout to two feet, almost comes off again but saves it. Punch front. Switch to switch half and this time she really does fall. Off again on wolf 2/1. Double tuck.

Flavia Saraiva (BRA), FX: Her 2018 routine, with one big difference: First pass is roundoff, bhs, whip to double layout. Terrific. Full in tuck. 1.5 to front layout. The audience loves the music, clapping along. Double pike to end. 13.666. Flavia's blowing kisses!

Tisha Volleman (NED), BB: Roundoff, Arabian mount! Falls off, but awesome stuff. Front aerial to front somie. Illusion, inadvertently does an extra half turn out of it. Falls again on side aerial. Double turn. Full turn with leg up. Side somie. Double full.

Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), BB: Front pike. Front pike on the beam. Bhs, layout to two feet (fall). Split half. Switch half. Front aerial, split jump. Double tuck. 12.366.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA), FX: Full twisting double layout. Double layout. Powerful piece of music, called 'Battlefield" by Magic Sword. 2.5 to front layout 1/1. Double pike, step back. A very affecting routine. So much force. 14.133.

Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), BB: Off on roundoff, layout to two feet mount. Full turn with leg up to switch to full turn with leg at head, so pretty. Split leap to side aerial to Korbut. Wonderful sequence where she really seems to take on a character. Onodi, has to grab the beam, tries to turn it into a needle scale as a cover up, and then falls again. Triple full dismount.

Angelina Melnikova (RUS), FX: Full twisting double layout, truly a layout position. Double layout, just too low. Underrotated and stumbles around on the landing as a result. Double tuck, stuck. Double pike. Well. Certainly better than at the Russian Championships...14.066.

So, one takeaway from today is that the gymnasts whose performances really endure are the ones who bring something different, whether choice of skills (Dalaloyan) or supreme artistry (Thorsdottir). It's always been that way, I suppose, but feels somehow important to say now.

DTB Pokal Women's Team Challenge - Finals

1 - Brazil, 164.396
2 - Russia, 159.496
3 - Netherlands, 153.763
4 - France, 150.462

Quick hits: 2019 International Gymnix, Senior Team/AA final

Rotation 1:

Kate Sayer (AUS), floor: Double tuck, bounces OOB. Looking more mature and elegant since last summer's Youth Olympic Games, where she was eighth AA. More landing troubles on double pike, but no falls. 11.5.

Aleah Finnegan (USA), vault: Yurchenko 1.5 with a big step/bounce forward, some leg form. 14.1.

Emma Spence (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Switch to switch half (leg form). Front aerial. Double twist. 12.3.

Romi Brown (AUS), floor: Double tuck. Good high double pike. 1.5 to front layout. Polished work from AUS so far on floor. Double full to end. 12.7.

Laurie Denommee (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Side aerial, wobble. Side somie, solid. Layout dismount. 12.4.

Alyona Shchennikova (USA), vault: Very nice DTY, nearly stuck. 14.433.

Emma Nedov (AUS), floor: Full twisting double tuck, well done. High double tuck. Punch front through to double full. Sits the double pike to end. Too bad! Very nice otherwise. 12.066.

Elena Chipizubov (AUS), floor: Double pike, lovely light landing. Easy double tuck. A soft, pretty exercise, practically something out of rhythmic. Double full. Full twist to end. 12.8.

Imogen Paterson (CAN), vault: Tucked FTY. 13.266.

Victoria Woo (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Side aerial. Switch (small wobble), wolf, scissone. 2.5 twist with a step forward. 12.433.

Jade Chrobok (CAN), beam: Switch to switch half, half not quite at 180. Off on bhs, layout. Double turn. Front aerial. Side somie. Roundoff, double pike from a single step. 11.733.

Rose Woo (CAN), beam: Off on first element, a double turn. Punch front to straddle jump, aggressive. Off agin on bhs, layout to two feet. Switch ring. Side somie. Front aerial, split jump. Switch half, big wobble. Double full dismount. 10.666.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), beam: Off on wolf double turn, just like Rose Woo! A pity. Pretty switch ring. Off again on side aerial, layout, layout. Switch half. Front aerial, split jump, bhs. Switch to sheep. Hands down on double pike dismount too. Not a good day for CAN on beam. 11.0.

Rotation 2:

Haley de Jong (CAN), floor: Nice high Arabian double front to begin. Triple full. Double tuck. 13.2.

Sloane Blakely (USA), bars: Pak. Toe shoot to high. Stalder blind, pike Jaeger. Toe blind and good high double front with a hop forward. 13.5.

Romi Brown (AUS), vault: Pretty Yurchenko full. Kate Sayer (AUS), vault: Another Y-full with a little bit of form. 13.166.

Isabela Onyshko (CAN), floor: Double tuck. Pretty, avant-garde music with an Asian feel. Punch front to double full. Double turn with leg at head to illusion turn. Switch ring to switch full. Double pike. 13.166.

Azuki Kokofugata (JPN), beam: Front aerial to double stag. Switch, sheep. Quick movements from this tiny young gymnast! Bhs, layout, big wobble but stays on. Triple full dismount. Impressive! 12.7.

Emma Spence (CAN), floor: 1.5 to double tuck, bounces out of it but stays on her feet. 2.5 to punch front that goes forward but not upward and still somehow puts it to her feet. Save of the day so far! Leg form on her leaps. Double pike to end. 12.7.

Laurie Denommee (CAN), floor: Nice double layout! Punch front to layout full, looks like she's capable of well m1ore than that. Great choice of music for her, allowing her to show off her power and finesse. Big double pike to end. Nice routine. 13.1.

Imogen Paterson (CAN), bars: Has a nice routine going but misses toe on entry into Khorkina II transition twice, then falls on the actual element. 10.5.

Fien Enghels (BEL), beam: Back dive mount. One of the nicer wolf double turns in existence. Side aerial. Bhs, layout, step back. Front aerial. Ring jump, head not far enough back. Roundoff, full dismount. Very nice set, extremely calm. 13.033.

Victoria Woo (CAN), floor: Stumbles out of triple turn. Lovely dramatic choreo. Punch front through to 2.5. Double pike, hops back but good height. 12.833.

Rotation 3:

Romi Brown (AUS), bars: Maloney to Pak. Blind to Deltchev. Open double tuck, small hop. Getting Hollie Dykes vibes with this one. 12.8.

Mikako Serita (JPN), floor: Double tuck. Triple turn, a tad off. Double wolf turn. 1.5 to front layout full, step/bounce out of it. Rudi. She's a little rough around the edges choreo-wise, but a nice start for someone so young. Double full to end. 12.433.

Sloane Blakely (USA), beam: Double wolf turn. Wonderful high standing Arabian. Switch to switch half to layout stepout, huge. Front handspring to sky-high front tuck but comes off. Front aerial. Side somie. Big easy looking double tuck dismount. Such.high.tumbling. 13.333 (5.9 D!)

Kara Eaker (USA), beam: Full turn with leg at head. Front aerial to ring jump, small wobble. Side aerial, layout, layout, beautiful. Scissone to side somie. Switch to bhs to Korbut. Switch, switch side, excellence everywhere. Roundoff, bhs, 2.5 twist, hop forward. Bravo Kara! 14.666.

Fien Enghels (BEL), floor: Italian opera music. Double tuck, bounces out of it and OOB. Punch front to full twist. Lovely form and presentation -- and performing her dance with a smile! Double full. Delightful routine from Belgium's junior national champion. 12.166.

Maellyse Brassart (BEL), floor: Full in pike. Punch front to double tuck, hop back. As with all the Belgians, unusual music choice and very thoughtful choreo. Double pike. 12.9.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), floor: Tourjete full. Good high triple twist to open. 1.5 to front layout full. Switch to switch half. She's quite an actress out there! Some very raw "animal" choreo in this routine. Overcooks her double tuck and sits down -- too bad! 12.233.

Rotation 4:

Laurie Denommee (CAN), bars: Toe Shaposh to bail, toe Wyler, toe Khorkina II to high, Gienger, pirouette out of handstand, toe front half dismount. Some form here and there but nothing too serious. 12.866.

Emma Spence (CAN), bars: Pike Jaeger. Nabieva, nice! Pak. Toe full. Khorkina II. Clear hip to giants to double pike, a little low. 12.466.

Yuki Murakami (JPN), vault: FTY, very nice! 13.266.

Kate Sayer (AUS), beam: Tourjete, tentative, lacking in amplitude. Two bhs to double full. 12.433.

Haley de Jong (CAN), bars: Toe Shaposh, very nice! Pak. Maloney to bail. Toe shoot to high. Blind, half turn (feet apart), giants, pretty double layout. 13.033.

Elena Chipizubov (AUS), beam: Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, VERY pretty. Front aerial, jump, back tuck. Punch front, very nice as well. Ring jump. A little careful with some of her leaps/jumps, but perhaps the most precise gymnast in the field. Bhs, bhs, double full. 13.0.

Emma Nedov (AUS), beam: The eponymous back dive mount. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, wobble. Front aerial to jumps. Switch, wolf. Switch ring, won't be credited but no wobble. Punch front, solid. Double pike with a small hop back. Well done Australia! 13.8.

Sloane Blakely (USA), floor, Nice high full in tuck, great. Arabian double front that seems to drop from the sky. Double pike, shuffle back. Double tuck, hop back. Entertaining routine, capped with excellent tumbling. 13.566.

Kara Eaker (USA), floor: Triple full, too much energy and bouces out with both feet glued together nonetheless. 2.5 to front layout full, small hop to the side. Terrific turn combo. Ladylike music and choreo. Front layout to front 2/1. Hands down on double pike! Aie. 12.466.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), vault: FTY, very well done. Great height and distance. 13.666.

Three falls off the uneven bars for Rose Woo (CAN), who nonetheless nearly sticks her double front dismount. She was trying some new skills here, and is clearly still adjusting. 8.633.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), bars: Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Misses inbar Tkatchev pike. Repeats the skill and makes it, successfully connects it to Pak. Bail to Ray, full twisting double tuck with a hop. 13.433.

#IntlGymnix 2019 Senior Women's AA -
🥇Kara Eaker, USA, 55.298
🥈Alyona Shchennikova, USA, 55.198
🥉Azuki Kokufugata, JPN, 52.4*

#IntlGymnix 2019 Senior Women's Team final -
🥇USA (Aleah Finnegan, Alyona Shchennikova, Kara Eaker, Sloane Blakely), 165.261
🥈Canada 2 (Emma Spence, Haley de Jong, Isabela Onyshko, Laurie Denommee), 155.196 
🥉Australia (Elena Chipizubov, Emma Nedov, Kate Sayer, Romi Brown), 154.963

*This was not the result that the livescoring showed -- it showed Sloane Blakely third, followed by Belgium's Fien Enghels, and even Kokufugata looked confused when called to the podium, but this is how the medal ceremony played out.

Quick hits: 2019 Russian Championships, Women's AA final

Aliya Mustafina. Photo: Elena Mikhailovna/

Aliya Mustafina. Photo: Elena Mikhailovna/

Rotation 1:

Daria Elizarova, vault: Beautiful stuck handspring front pike half from the 2006 European Junior Champion! Not particularly difficult but gorgeously done.

Ksenia Klimenko, vault: Has trouble coming onto the horse (way too high on the table), does only a Yurchenko layout. Had the same trouble at last summer's Youth Olympic Games, if memory serves...

Ksenia Kamkova, beam: Humphrey turn, double wolf turn. Front aerial to split to double stag ring, lovely. Side aerial to layout, wobble. Ring jump. Tourjete half. Side somie. Double twist.

Natalia Kapitanova, bars: Stalder 1/1 to Shaposh to Pak (legs apart), stalder to Khorkina II, Tkatchev, toe blind, front giant, toe full to double pike.

Anastasia Ilyankova, bars: Fantastic set Downie? to Pak, Toe Tkatchev half to Ezhova, but full twisting double tuck with a huge step to the side and off the mat.

Angelina Melnkiva, bars: Stalder full to Maloney to Park to toe Khorkina II, inbar blind to pike Jaeger, half turn to toe full to full twisting double tuck. Well done! Gelya all smiles afterward.

Rotation 2:

Elena Eremina, floor: Full in? Lovely presentation. 1.5 to front pike. Double turn with leg at head, a little rough at the end.

Aliya Mustafina, bars: Her regular royal routine. Such wonderful technique. A little tiny bit off on the toe full before her dismount if you want to be really picky, but not a big deal. Sticks her full twisting double tuck today. 14.1.

Daria Belousova, bars: Nabieva to begin, nice. Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Toe blind to pike Jaeger. Full turn to stuck full twisting double tuck. Determined routine, and very good handstands.

Sidenote: A furrow-eyebrowed Belousova is a sight! Meanwhile Melnikova still hasn't stopped smiling.

Daria Elizarova, bars: Stalder to toe shoot to high. Pike Jaeger. Toe full to Tkatchev. Pak. Toe half to toe shoot. Nice Arabian dismount. Elizarova, who went to compete for UZB for awhile, is one of those "in any other country in the world, she'd be at Worlds" gymnasts. Sigh.

Ksenina Klimenko, bars: Wonderful lines for this event. Stalder full to Khorkina II. Pike Jaeger to Pak. Maloney and a double front half out! Gorgeous routine. 14.1.

Angelina Simakova, bars: Inbar Gienge. Blind to Pike Jaeger. Toe full to Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Blind to double front, stuck. 14.1 as well. Popular score on bars today...

Tatiana Nabieva, beam: Punch front, big wobble. Switch, split half. Roundoff, layout to two feet, well done. Full turn with leg at head. Side aerial. As always, doesn't truly connect with her choreo but we love her anyway. Double full with a step back.

Rotation 3:

Aliya Mustafina, beam: Switch half, wobble. Onodi to ring jump, smaller wobble. Bhs, layout, very nice! Double turn, saves it. Switch to side aerial. Front aerial to split to double stag. Double tuck, close to stuck, small hop forward. Well done overall.

Daria Belusova, beam: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Almost comes off on a switch leap. Onodi, pause, ring jump. Side aerial. Pretty leaps. Front aerial, split, Korbut. Messes up her double wolf turn but stays on. Two bhs to double tuck with a step.

After an age in which Mustafina dons a pair of red bedroom slippers and takes a lap around the arena, we have her beam score: 12.533.

Have to hand it to the judges at this Russian Championships: They don't seem to be engaging in score inflation here. A 12.533 is being scored at 12.533. Belusova earns...12.533.

Daria Elizarova, beam: Punch front, solid. Front aerial, bhs. Switch, wolf full. Side aerial. Side somie. Split half, the sole nod to this current code. Nice double tuck. Elizarova comes from a world where wolf turns on beam aren't a thing, and it's wonderful. 13.366.

Ksenia Klimenko, beam: Wolf turn. Swtich, scissone. Wonderful balletic Russian presentation. Side aerial, bhs. Side somie. Front aerial to ring jump. Front handspring, punch front. Beautiful switch ring. Front layout full dismount. Gorgeous through and through. 13.333.

Angelina Simakova, beam: Switch ring, excellent. Bhs, layout, layout, very nice! Frotn aerial, little wobble, ring jump. Switch to split jump. Side aerial. Side somie. Double tuck with a step back. 13.466.

Angelina Melnikova, beam: Punch front mount, a smidge unbalanced. Switch leap. Kotchetkova, wobble. Bhs, layout, small step back. Front aerial to ring jump. Building confidence as it goes on. Wolf turn double. Side somie. Split full. Nice lift on double pike, small hop.

Standings going into the final rotation: Melnikova in front, followed by Mustafina, Simakova and Belousova.

Rotation 4:

Daria Belousova, floor: 2.5 to punch front. Triple full, chest low on landing. Sounds like she's using a cut of Jaycie Phelps's 1996 music. Bounces out of double pike. Double tuck. Walks gingerly off the podium and looks miserable -- something must be hurting. 12.966.

Daria Elizarova, floor: Triple full to punch front. Both feet OOB on landing, but still so cool. 2.5 to front layout full, magically gets it around. Double pike. Very efficient work. Finishes with a smile. The Russian commentators like it a lot.

Ksenia Klimenko, floor: 2.5 to punch front. Jazzy piano music. Double turn with leg at head. Double tuck, step back. Switch half. 1.5 to front layout full. Switch ring. Tourjete half. Double pike to end. And a wolf turn to cap things off. 13.0.

Angelina Simakova, floor: 2.5 to front layout full. Full in. Double pike. Double tuck. Not going to lose more than 0.1 on any of those landings, very precise. Nice routine. 13.566.

Angelina Melnikova, floor: Oops, not her music. Oops, still not her music. Melnikova is hesitating between faithfully holding her opening pose for the next five minutes and walking off the floor. Ah! Here we go. Double turns in combo. Falls on 1/1 double layout. Not enough height. And again on double layout! Nearly loses it again on double tuck. A decent landing on double pike, finally, but aie.

Aliya Mustafina, floor: Arabian double front, awkward landing but not horrible. Bounces out of high double tuck. Mustafina turn, a little underrotated. 1.5 to front layout full. Double twist (legs). Not perfect but she got through it. Meanwhile, 11.633 for Melnikova.

Final standings:

1. Angelina Simakova, 107.897
2. Angelina Melnikova, 107.463
3. Aliya Mustafina, 107.398
4. Daria Belousova, 106.164
5. Daria Elizarova, 105.963

Quick hits: 2019 American Cup

Rotation 1:

Leanne Wong (USA), vault: DTY, very very nice! Teeny little hop. Hello world! Excellent start for her. 14.666.

Mai Murakami (JPN), vault: DTY with a sizable hop back. Good everywhere but could have been a little better. Even Mai thinks so. 14.333.

Grace McCallum (USA), vault: Easy-looking DTY, hop back. Well done. Legs crossed in the air if you want to be nitpicky. Came on the table a tad high. But really, a nice vault. 14.566.

Sanna Veerman (NED), vault: Great Yurchenko 1.5 with just a tiny hop forward. Bravo! 14.1.

Rotation 2:

Ellie Black (CAN), bars: Toe Shaposh, uprise to Tkatchev. Taktchev, Jaeger, Pak. Toe Khorkina II to full turn, toe on front half dismount. After all that struggle in podium training, experience pays off. Good for her! 14.266.

Celia Serber (FRA), bars: Toe Shaposh to Pak, Ray. Toe blind and misses her pike Jaeger. Too bad, but good form overall. 10.666..

Grace McCallum (USA), bars: Wieler. Stalder Shaposh. Tkatchev. Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Toe stalder to toe full to full twisting double back. She didn't attempt any of the connections she's been training, but it was a clean, safe routine. McCallum seems quite happy with her 14.2. Sure, it could have been better, but better to go to beam happy than frazzled. 14.2.

Lu Yufei (CHN), bars: Jump to high, Tkatchev to Gienger, good. Blind to full spin to pike Jaeger to Pak, holds on to it. Toe shoot to nearly dead hang. Full twisting double tuck with a big step forward. Rolls her eyes as she walks off. 13.3.

Lee Yunseo (KOR), bars: Solid routine (some deductions for missed handstands) with Pak, pike Jaeger, toe Khorkina II, full twisting double tuck dismount. 13.6.

Kim Bui (GER), bars: Jump to high, hop change, pike Jaeger to Pak. Toe Shaposh, Bhardwaj. Toe Khorkina II, Toe full, close, to Gienger. Full twisting double tuck, nearly stuck. Excellent routine! 14.4.

Leanne Wong (USA), bars: Inbar stalder to inbar Shaposh to Pak to stalder Khorkina II, couldn't have asked for better. Stalder blind ot Jaeger. Toe full to giants to STUCK double layout. Wow! 14.1.

Sidenote: What is so impressive about Wong so far is how well she's hitting under pressure. And how much better those routines were in the competition after some little problems in podium training.

Mai Murakami (JPN), bars: Toe stalder to toe Shaposh to inbar Gienger, blind to pike Jaeger, hop to Jaeger. Toe full to bail to toe shoot to high, sticks the full twisting double tuck! She wants to win this. Not finish second. Win. 13.933.

Tim Daggett cannot believe that Wong and McCallum are tied after two rotations. "They're not going to tie," he says, with meaning.

Rotation 3:

Sanna Veerman (NED), beam: Punch front mount. Bhs, layout. Side aerial, small wobble. Switch to jump full turn. Side somie, bigger wobble but holds on. Goes for a switch three quarters and has to grab the beam. Stuck 1.5 twist dismount. 12.166.

Leanne Wong (USA), beam: Middle splits mount. Switch, straddle. Bhs, layout, layout, wonderful! Full turns in combo. Switch ring. So calm up there, much like Kyla Ross. Front aerial to ring jump. Side aerial. Side somie, first little wobble of the set. Then triple full dismount! 14.066.

Mai Murakami (JPN), beam: Switch leap mount. Front aerial to switch. Front pike, solid. Bhs, layout, nice...and comes off on her double wolf turn! Uh-oh…13.233.

Ellie Black (CAN), beam: Switch leap mount. Double turn to full turn. Front tuck. Bhs, layout to two feet. Switch to switch half. Side somie. 2.5 twist dismount, small hop. Well done for Ellie Black! 13.8.

Rotation 4:

Celia Serber (FRA), floor: Full in tuck, steps out of bounds. Straddle full. Wolf turn. Double pike. Punch front to double twist. I suppose what you'd call "showy" choreo and music. 12.6.

Sanna Veerman (NED), floor: Nice opening sequence! Arabian double front, very nice. Not a natural ballerina but this routine is choreographed well. Double tuck. 1.5 to front layout full. Then hands down on her double full! Too bad! 11.833.

Kim Bui (GER), floor: Lovely double layout! Tourjete full. Double tuck, hop back. Stylish routine, a real pleasure to watch. 2.5 to front pike. Double pike with a shuffle back. Very well done. 13.233.

Mai Murakami (JPN), floor: Her iconic routine...triple turn, a little overdone. Double double tuck. 2.5 to front layout full. Double pike, stuck! Well, a good way to finish for her. 14.133.

Ellie Black (CAN), floor: Straddle full. 2.5 walkout to double tuck. Front double full to punch front. Double full. Such an invigorating routine, and she carries it off so well. 13.233.

Grace McCallum (USA), floor: Double double tuck, small hop to the side. "Hava Nagila" epic film 10,000 extras cut. Front layout to front double full, good! Very nice triple twist, maybe a shade underrotated tho. Double tuck, hop back. Total success. 13.866.

Leanne Wong (USA), floor: WOW! Perfect Arabian double pike to single stag. Wow! 3.5 twist! Beautiful again! Now this is a debut. 2.5 to front layout. Triple full to end, step back. Phenomenal. #AmericanCup champion! 13.933 feels a little light but the judges probably took a little on the landings of her second and fourth pass. No matter. Still basically perfection.


1 - Leanne Wong, USA, 56.765
2 - Grace McCallum, USA, 56.465
3T - Mai Murakami, JPN, and Ellie Black, CAN, 55.732
5 - Kim Bui, GER, 54.199
6 - Lu Yufei, CHN, 51.699
7 - Sanna Veerman, NED, 50.765
8 - Celia Serber, FRA, 49.798
9 - Lee Yunseo, KOR, 47.866