Archive for November, 2009

DTL-Final results

November 29, 2009

The results for the German Bundesliga final – quick and easy:

KTV Straubenhardt


1. KTV Straubenhardt

2. SC Cottbus

3. EnBW Turn-Team Stuttgart

4. TG Saar

EnBW TurnTeam Stuttgart


1. EnBW TurnTeam Stuttgart

2. TG Karlsruhe-Söllingen

3. TUS 1861 Chemnitz-Altendorf

4. TG Mannheim

Kim Bui was the best all arounder (53,10) over Maike Roll (52,50) and Elisabeth Seitz (51,30).

Hambüchen did it again!

November 29, 2009

Fabian Hambüchen participated in a German tv show named “Das große tv total Turmspringen” (“The great tv total high diving”) after he just won the DTL-Final with his club KTV Straubenhardt. German celebrities (actors, singers, comedians, athletes…) do or better said try to do “high diving” for the common amusement. Last year at the same event, he failed in the finals and couldn´t fullfill the expectations but this year he easily won the showevent!

Watch his 2.5 somersault fw. with 2 twists (3m) on YouTube or click play:

And if you like to see people fail painfully in things they better shouldn´t have done (for example high diving at 10m) then watch this (YouTube):

Berlin Masters – Day 1 & 2

November 29, 2009

groupphoto 2009

What a great weekend: More than eight hours of excellent rhythmic gymnastics – non-stop & live! Saturday and Sunday, the last and final Grand Prix competition of the season was held in Berlin. I really enjoyed the all around yesterday as well as todays event finals though there weren´t any surprises concerning the scores. The atmosphere was great, all of the 15 competing gymnasts were very good and expressive and the show program was entertaining!

the all-around placing: 1. Kanaeva, Evgenia (RUS) 115.213; 2. Kondakova, Daria (RUS) 112.297; 3. Staniouta, Melitina (BLR) 110.163; 4. Risenzon, Irina (ISR) 109.381; 5. Gurbanova, Anna (AZE) 106.931; 6. Miteva, Silvia (BUL) 106.573; 7. Garaeva, Aliya (AZE) 106.565; 8. Rivkin, Neta (ISR) 106.130- as I said: no surprise

and the event finals:

ROPE 1. Evgenia Kanaeva RUS 29,066; 2. Daria Kondakova RUS 28,107; 3. Melitina Staniouta BLR 27,491; 4. Irina Risenson ISR 26,966; 5. Aliya Garayeva AZE 26,866; 6. Anna Gurbanova AZE 26,733; 7. Neta Rivkin ISR 26,357; 8. Marina Petrakova KAZ 25,933

HOOP 1. Evgenia Kanaeva RUS 29,032; 2. Melitina Staniouta BLR 28,0253; 3. Irina Risenson ISR 27,516; 4. Silvia Miteva BUL 27,483; 5. Anna Gurbanova AZE 27,316; 6. Daria Kondakova RUS 27,258; 7. Aliya Garaeva AZE 27,158; 8. Marina Petrakova KAZ 26,108

BALL 1. Evgenia Kanaeva RUS 28,849; 2. Daria Kondakova RUS 28,300; 3. Irina Risenson ISR 27,633; 4. Melitina Staniouta BLR 27,408; 5. Anna Gurbanova AZE 27,075; 6. Neta Rivkin ISR 27,049; 7. Silvia Miteva BUL 26,950; 8. Aliya Garaeva AZE 26,083

RIBBON 1. Evgeniya Kanaeva RUS 29,149; 2. Melitina Staniouta BLR 27,941; 3. Daria Kondakova RUS 27,899; 4. Silvia Miteva BUL 27,725; 5. Aliya Garayeva AZE 27,574; 6. Neta Rivkin ISR 27,083; 7. Anna Gurbanova AZE 26,941; 8. Irina Risenson ISR 26,432

detailed results: (all-around & event finals)

Evgenia Kanaeva and her teammate Daria Kondakova dominated the event with their Russian-style gymnastics. Evgenias position in the world of rhythmic gymnastics is definitly justified. She is capable of doing perfect routines again and again and again. When every other gymnast wouldn´t have reached the wrongly thrown ball or hoop anymore, she stretches her fingertips a little bit more and finishes her routine elegant and confident as if nothing had happend. Melitina Staniouta showed the same style but unfortunately she couldn´t always catch her apparatus in the qualifications as well as in the finals. Nevertheless the judges loved her (she is only 16 and got the 4th place at the Olympics)…

Irina Risenson warmed the audience´s hearts with her smile. In my opinion she shows her personality and her passion for the sport the most. In the press conference the day before she answered the question how she started rhythmic gymnastics: “It happend by accident. A trainer told me: You have a pretty smile but you are small and fat, it won´t work for you. Well, even trainer can err…!” (my translation) I also really like her teammate Neta Rivkin who is very exact and sharp in her body positions. She could be a very good artistic gymnast, because she doesn´t take many steps to catch her apparatus and finishes her turns and jumps very clean.

Silvia Miteva performed her routines to classic, elegant and calm music (a nice alternation compared to all the beats which especially the Azerbaijan mix into their music choices), she was very consistent.

I have so much respect for the rhythmic gymnasts because – in contrast to artistic gymnastics – they are always totally alone on the competition floor. They have nothing but their apparatus and all eyes are on them. If you can´t sell your routine, if you haven´t got the personality, grace and expression, if you haven´t got the passion, if you don´t know how to showcase your skills, you are lost. Everybody recognizes the slightest mistake.

But the audience was great. A lot of young girls cheered for every gymnast. Okay, Irina Risenson who also won the audience prize to be “Miss Turnier” (“Miss Tournament”) got the loudest claps but nevertheless every safe catch was celebrated by the very supporting fans. And I think this is one of the few events in Berlin where you see all the Russians who live here together at one place. They really love the sport and in contrast to artistic gymnastics it´s still their domain. No Chinese, Romanian or American girl has any chance to win a title in rhythmic gymnastics.

official website (German)


November 24, 2009

In four days (28 November) the Deutsche Turnliga final competition will be held in Karlsruhe including some famous gymnasts. The German clubs KTV Straubenhardt (Marian Dragulescu, Fabian Hambüchen, Marcel Nguyen, Niki Böschenstein), SC Cottbus (Philipp Boy, Robert Juckel), TG Saar (Anton Fokin, Eugen Spiridonov) and EnBW Turn-Team Stuttgart (Thomas Andergassen, Sebastian Krimmer) will fight for the mens title.

Desiree Baumert, Maike Roll, Katja Roll (TG Karlsruhe)

On the women´s side EnBW TT Stuttgart-Ulm (Kim Bui, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Sanne Wevers) TG Karlsruhe-Söllingen (Adela Sajn, Maike Roll, Desiree Baumert) TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf (Joeline Möbius) and TG Mannheim (Elisabeth Seitz) qualified for the final.

external link (German) & more informations


Very cute Gymbo :-)

November 24, 2009

The Dutch Gymnastics Federations harbors the a little gymnastics crocodile named Gymbo.

Okay, he needs to work a little bit on his technique for the flic-flac, but isn´t he cute?

Click here for more Gymbos (& download him)!

WOW – The young Japanese girls are damn strong, too!

November 24, 2009

“this is sick…whatta amaizing skills she got…and insane combinations…awsome”

“She’s a baby!!!!!!”

“Is that really an Okino? It looks like double turn to me. She has great difficulty but that doesn’t mean a thing till she can clean it up. I hope she can make it to 2012.”

These are some of the comments under the YouTube-video of the 13 year-old Mai Murakami doing her balance beam routine at the 2009 Japan Nationals.

Mai mounts with a round-off layout, she does a full twisting layout, a switch ring leap, a triple turn (has to stop after 2.5) & I think she wanted to connect it into a layout step-out, a free aerial cartwheel connected with a sheep jump, dismount: triple full. Yes, she has some wobbles, but hey, she is capable of stuff other gymnasts just can dream about. (D: 6.4)

And she perfects the quickness of all “near-the-beam-poses” I´ve seen.

Check it out for yourself:

Her floor isn´t bad either: double layout, double twisting double back, full twist fw. into 1.5 twists fw., triple twist… (D: 5.9)

Click play or watch it on YouTube.

But back in my mind, I´m nevertheless thinking about all the hours of hard training she already must have spent in the gym at her young age. Let´s hope she is talented, consistent and passionated about the sport she grew up with. So we will actually see her in London.

Berlin Masters / Final Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix

November 21, 2009

Next weekend (28/29. November) I´m going to see the final of the 2009 Grand Prix season in rhythmic gymnastics, the Berlin Masters. On Saturday, the group and individual qualifications will be held in the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. On Sunday, the finalists will fight for the medals as well as the overall winner of the series.

Russias Evgenia Kanaeva, the Russian group, Israels Irina Risenson, Austrias Caroline Weber as well as Aliya Garayeva (AZE) among others will participate. Let´s guess who will win?! Or better, let´s guess who will be second after Kanaeva?!

I´m excited to see the best rhythmic gymnast in the World, Evgenia Kanaeva, who holds the Olympic title, all World titles, all European titles and wins nearly all medals at every competition she attends (World Games, World Cups, Grand Prix series…).

Look out for the competition report!


DTB-Cup photos

November 21, 2009

GymnasticsUnited has some new photo galleries from the recent DTB World Cup in Stuttgart.

Ana Porgras won beam.

Maike Roll (GER) got 2nd.

Final Champions Trophy – results

November 15, 2009

Final Ranking:

1. Maxim Deviatovski (RUS) – 15.000 Euros

2. Fabian Hambüchen (GER) – 11.000 Euros

3. Matthias Fahrig (GER) – 8.500 Euros

4. Marcel Nguyen (GER) – 6.000 Euros

5. Flavius Koczi (ROU) – 4.500 Euros

6. Daniel Keatings (GBR) – 3.500 Euros

7. Joseph Hagerty (USA) – 2.500 Euros

8. Roman Gisi (SUI) – 2.000 Euros

Overall Ranking:

1. Maxim Deviatovski (RUS): 25 (winner of the 50.000 Euros Mercedes)

2. Fabian Hambüchen (GER): 23 (15.000 Euros)

3. Joe Hagerty (USA): 17 (10.000 Euros)

3. Daniel Keatings (GBR): 17 (10.000 Euros, or both third places receive 5.000 Euros?!)

UPDATE: Watch German tv broadcast (46:13 min.)!

Liveticker (German) & official website (German)

The competition is over. The gymnasts competed in the order of the acutal ranking. Hagerty and Deviatovski are the only gymnasts, who competed at all four stations of the Champions Trophy.


Matthias Fahrig – double twist fw. + double somersault fw.; double arabian tucked and piked; good start – 15.275

Roman Gisi – triple twist; 2,5 twists bw.; some steps – 13.775 (5.4)

Marcel Nguyen – tsukahara layout (high); double tsukahara tucked; tsukahara – 14.900

Flavius Koczi – twist combination; triple twist;  steps out once – 14.725

Daniel Keatings – very clean; double arabian (oob with the toes); 2,5 twists bw. – 14.600 (5.8)

Joseph Hagerty – good routine – 15.075

Fabian Hambüchen – double tsukahara; falls after 2,5 twists dismount – 14.725 (6.0)

Maxim Deviatovski – tsukahara layout; tsukahara; good routine – 15.025 (6.0)

Hambüchens score is pretty though he had a fall. Is he really that clean?


Event Finals: DTB World Cup

November 14, 2009

Click here again for the liveticker (German) of the event finals at the last World Cup this year, here for the results of yesterdays qualification, here for the official results of todays finals, here for some photos & here for a short video/tv report about the quali for the Germans.

China was the most successful country winning four titles, Kim Bui (GER) the most successful gymnast winning a gold, silver and bronze medal! Congratulations to all winners who earn next to the medal and the title about 1.000 Euros prizemoney – nothing against the 50.000 Euros prize money of the Champions Trophy. Look out for the competition report tomorrow!

UPDATE: DrMtzLiama on YouTube has all the routines (men and women)! Worth to watch is Ana Porgras´ BB, Maike Rolls BB (a bit shaky but have you ever seen a better toepoint?) & Gaelle Mys´ FX (good choreo, but bad ending)…

These are the results of all ten event finals today. The gymnasts touched the apparatus before every final. The male and female gymnasts compete alternately, which avoided the long breaks between two routines. After their routines, they had to wait in the “kiss&cry-area”.


  1. Guanyin Wang (CHN) – world champion; dimitrenko; belle piked; tippelt very high; a real flight show!; clean dismount – 15.950 (6.8)
  2. Hamilton Sabot (FRA) – bent arms; overall nice routine – 15.375
  3. Marcel Nguyen (GER) – dimitrenko; belle (high); tsukahara dismount! – 15.150 (6.2)
  4. Epke Zonderland (NED) – tippelt; pegan; great dismount – 15.100 (6.1)
  5. Wesley Haagensen (USA) – short handstands but overall good routine – 14.800 (6.2)
  6. Roman Kulesza (POL) – problemes after tippelt; low dismoung – 14.575 (6.1)
  7. Samuel Piasecky (SVK) – somersault fw.; little step after dismount – 14.125 (5.5)
  8. Adam Kierzkowski (POL) – fall after first handstand; inconsistent – 13.325 (5.9)

Guanyin Wang wins easily over Hamilton Sabot and Marcel Nguyen!

FLOOR (women)

  1. Lu Sui (CHN) – world bronze medalist; layout in triple twist (clean); 2.5 twists bw.; double back piked; great routine for her – 14.125 (5.7)
  2. Kim Bui (GER) – tsukahara; double twists fw. + leap; 2.5 twists bw. + layout 1/2 twist good – 14.000
  3. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) – tsukahara nice; 2.5 twists; double back piked; double back; gets a lot of support – 13.775 (5.5)
  4. Bruna Leal (BRA) – tsukahara (little step); double back piked; oriental music – 13.175 (5.1)
  5. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL) – double arabian (legs apart); 2.5 twists good; double twist fw. (step) – 13.100 (5.2)
  6. Natasja Blind (NED) – double back piked; out of bounds; 2,5 twists bw. – 13.050 (5.0)
  7. Gaelle Mys (BEL) – double twist fw. + layout 1/2 twist; double back piked; 2,5 twists bw. – fall! – 12.150
  8. Priscila Cobello (BRA) – double arabian (oob); tsukahara nice; double back; music: “black cat, white cat” – 11.575 (4.6)

Lu Sui wins followed by Kim Bui and Elisabeth Seitz!