Archive for March 16th, 2011

FIG Challenger Cup 2011 / Doha

March 16, 2011


competition venue - aspire hall

The second FIG Challenger Cup will take place in Doha, Qatar, on March 30th – April 1st. Only one week before the European Championships not too many European countries will participate. Only 25 female and 55 male gymnasts compete in the event (231 athletes competed in Cottbus). As there are not as many gymnasts as in Cottbus, they might stick to the new rules and actually reduce the finalists to four per apparatus.

Gymnasts who confirmed their participation are Ashleigh Brennan and Larissa Miller (AUS), Gaelle Mys (BEL) Daniele Hypolito (BRA), Madeline Gardiner (CAN), Tan Sixin and Yao Jinnan (CHN) among others.

official website / FIG preview / complete roster (men&women)

Chinese judge falsified score

March 16, 2011

The FIG reports a Chinese Judge illicitly raised the E-score of Chinese gymnast Zhang Chenglong at the Asian Games last year.

The incident took place at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (CHN) in November of 2010, during the Men’s Artistic Floor Final. A Chinese judge on the Difficulty panel, Mr Shao Bin, modified an Execution score prior to its release without informing either the head Execution judge or the Superior Jury; Mr Bin committed this act upon his own initiative and with complete disregard for the rules in force. His action led to Chinese gymnast Zhang Chenglong‘s ascent from second to first place, tied with Kim Soo Myun of Korea but with a score providing a favourable position for the tie break.

The FIG deems Mr Bin’s attitude wholly unacceptable and has decided to take severe action, transferring this case to its Disciplinary Commission.

Click play or watch Zhang Chenglong‘s FX (15.400/6.4) on YouTube:

Click play or watch Kim Soo Myun‘s FX (15.400/ 6.6) on YouTube:

This coming from a country which is known for cheating makes the whole thing even worse. Though it might have been a very bad decision of a single judge, we can’t be sure… and it definitely doesn’t rebuild China’s trustworthiness.

UPDATE: Read the latest news: Chinese Judging Affair – Bin and Stoica speak out.

Trofeo Citta de Jesolo 2011

March 16, 2011

UPDATE: USA wins over ITA and RUS!

This weekend will be great one for gymnastics fans. Three international meets take place in Paris, in Jesolo (ITA) and in Chemnitz (GER): The FIG World Cup “18èmes Internationaux de France” on Saturday (quali) and Sunday (finals), the “Trofeo Citta de Jesolo” and the friendly meet ESP-GBR-GER-NED-SUI, both on Saturday.


USA – Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Bridgette Caquatto, Amanda Jetter, Sabrina Vega

RUS – Yulia Belokobilskaya, Ekaterina Kurbatova, Maria Stepanova, Yulia Inshina, Kristina Kruglikova

ITA – Carlotta Giovanni, Emily Armi, Ilaria Bombelli, Jessica Mattoni, Carlotta Ferlito, Giulia Leni, Elisabetta Preziosa, Eleonora Rando, Giorgia Campana, Chiara Gandolfi


USA – Kyla Ross, Katelyn Ohashi, Madison Kocian, Lexie Priessman, Sarah Finnegan, Elizabeth Price, Ericha Fassbender

RUS – Anastasia Grishina, Anastasia Sidorova, Anna Rodionova, Kristina Sidorova, Evgeniya Shelgunova, Yulia Chemareva

ITA – Elisa Meneghini, Erika Fasana, Francesca De Agostini, Greta Carnessali, Alessia Scantamburlo, Alessia Leolini, Sara Riccardi

The Japanese gymnasts aren’t able to come to Jesolo, The Couch Gymnast reports.

official websitetraining videos of the USA and Italy (via TCG)