Archive for July, 2009

Japan Cup – results

July 19, 2009


Kohei Uchimura (JPN) wins over Fabian Hambüchen (GER) and Kazuhito Tanaka (JPN). (It will be an interesting fight at the Worlds between two of the best gymnasts in the world: Uchimura won with 92.750 ahead of Hambüchen with 92.100.)

Yesterday, the Japanese team (275.500) defeated China (273.850) and Germany (266.800). Russia placed forth, Korea fifth and the USA sixth.

Here´s a little part of the competition report:

Russia had some form breaks on pommel horse that were going to cost them to win a medal. Germany, however, amazed the crowd (probably the most exciting performances for the crowd other than those of Japan). Fahrig hit his first pass (double twisting layout front to punch double front!) and Hambuchen did high layout full-in stuck tucked full-in dismount. They amazingly went ahead of Russia and win a bronze medal. China performed in the first half and Japan in the second half in the last rotation. China come. Tanaka stuck his layout double-double dismount to lead Japan to a memorial victory. Sekiguchi, however, missed stoop-in-shoot to hand stand with full twist. He underrotated it and he bent elbows to make a rotation somehow. The most amazing part was AFTER that mistake; he immediately connected to Yamawaki without an extra giant. That performance was so exciting that the crowd just made a big applause. The final competitor of the day, Kohei Uchimura, amazed the crowd in a way they expected; he hit his routine including very high Kovacas, layout Kovacs and Kolman. He failed to stick his landing (a little hop) but it was enough to celebrate Japanese victory.


The Chinese QiuShuang Huang (58.900) won over Aliya Mustafina (58.250) and Tatiana Nabieva (57.450) (both RUS).

In the team competition, China won over Russia (with only one tenth) and Japan.

More photos, complete results and reports on the official website.

Worlds 2009 – numbers

July 14, 2009

2009_logo.gif269 male & 168 female gymnasts (altogether 437) from 72 countries are registrated for the 41st World Championships 2009 in London´s O2 Arena on 13-18 October

the judges have to watch 961 men´s & 551 women´s routines in the qualification

16 countries (CHN, USA, ROM, RUS, JPN, GBR, AUS, BRA, CAN, GER, FRA, NED, IND, NOR, SLO & SUI) are sending the maximum number of participants – 6 men and 4 women

full article on BG

EYOF participants

July 11, 2009

Sara Catanzaro (SUI), Laura Svilpaite (LTU), Naoul Ouazzani Chahdi (NED), Marine Brevet (FRA), Nicole Hibbert (GBR), Désirée Baumert (GER), Carlotta Ferlito (ITA), Amelia Racea (ROM) and Victoriya Komova (RUS) compete among others at the upcoming European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, FIN.

Click here for the full roster on the official website.

Champions Trophy No. 2

July 11, 2009

The next city of the Champions Trophy, one of the best endowed gymnastics competitions with altogether 200.000 Euro prize money, is my hometown Berlin. In September (19th), eight world class gymnasts will fight for the big money. I received already a free ticket, when I was judging at a competition two weeks ago – it seems as if it might become difficult to fill the Max-Schmeling-Halle (which holds 7.500 seats) only by selling tickets for 12 to 3o Euros.

Fabian Hambüchen (GER,1), Maxim Deviatovsky (RUS,5), Benoit Caranobe (FRA,8), Daniel Keatings (GBR), Joseph Hagerty (USA,3), Niki Böschenstein (SUI,6), Enrico Pozzo (ITA) and Philipp Boy (GER,7) or Marcel Nguyen (GER,2) – The number in the bracketts tells you their place at the first competition in Frankfurt six weeks ago (if they competed).

Unfortunately, there will be no Asian gymnast – from China or Japan. 😦

Japan Cup

July 1, 2009
The 2009 Japan Cup will be held on July 18-19 at the Makuhari Event Hall in Chiba, JPN.
Gymnasts (male) from the best six nations (USA, GER, JPN, CHN, RUS, KOR) at the 2008 Olympics will compete in a team competition (“5-3-3” format: five gymnasts – three gymnasts compete – three scores count; this system will also be applied at the 2012 Olympics) as well as in the all-around (the two best gymnasts per nation). Female gymnasts come from RUS, AUS, CHN and JPN, for example Lauren Mitchell (AUS), Shanshan Li and Kexin He (CHN), Ksenia Semenova (RUS) and Koko Tsurumi (JPN)
The German team improves their skills in a trainingscamp for a week in Tokio at the Kunami-sports club. Head coach Andreas Hirsch will choose the best five athletes after an internal qualification with the Japanese gymnasts out of these eight: Fabian Hambüchen, Philipp Boy, Matthias Fahrig, Marcel Nguyen, Eugen Spiridonov, Philipp Sorrer, Thomas Taranu & Andreas Toba. Fabian Hambüchen is training a new super difficult element, the “Liukin” (tkatchev streched with 1/1 twists = F = 0,6), which he plans to present at the Japan Cup.
The USA sends Jonathan Horton, Kyle Bunthuwong, Steven Legendre, Danell Leyva, Tim McNeill and Sho Nakamori.
Kohei Uchimura, Kazuhito Tanaka, Koji Yamamuro, Eiichi Sekiguchi and Koki Sakamoto represent Japan in the competition
For a full overview of the men and women teams and further informations take a look at the official website.