- First impressions and thoughts…
There are a lot of “old mens” on the carpet: Jordan Jovtchev from Bulgaria (36, 9. EU Championships), Espen Jansen from Norway (40, 13. EU), Mitja Petkovsek from Slovenia (32, 9. EU) – At this moment, at the beginning of a new Olympic circle, many countries sent “older” athletes instead of building up “newer” and “fresher” gymnasts for the next Olympics. Even the host contry, Italy, starts with four gymnasts over 30 years old; Pozzo and Morandi (both 27!) are the youngest in the team!
Is it because of the World-Cup-mood, which strengthened the apparatus specialists? As long as you have really good gymnasts on one or two apparatus, the young men don´t have a chance to make the team. So Great Britain chooses the right way: Except for Luke Fowell (21) and Kristian Thomas (20) all other athletes (Daniel Keatings, Louis Smith etc. ) are under 20 years old.
- podium training
Epke Zonderland (NED), whose shoulder already was injured, has problems with the other shoulder. He only does PB and HB and his brother Herre now has the chance to do the all-around.
Remarkable in the first rotation: The 22 year old Russian Juri Rjasanov as well as the Junior-All-Around-Champion in 2008 Daniel Keatings (GBR) fulfilled the high expectations. Keatings could be the third gymnast after Juri Koroljov and Dmitry Bilozerchev (Sowjets) to win the All-Around as an Elite directly after the Junior-Title.
In the second rotation, Hambuchen (GER) and Cassina (ITA) had a duel on HB, but both fell twice doing the Kovacs. Benoit Caranobe (FRA), Philipp Boy (GER), Claudio Capelli (ITA) and Jeffrey Wammes (NED), Daniel Keatings (GBR), Juri Rjasanov (RUS) and Fabian Hambuchen (GER) are real contestant for a medal.
In contrast to the womens podium training, you could see solid and difficult routines.
Click here for the blog about mens podium training on International Gymnast.