Archive for March, 2011

ESP – GBR – GER – NED – SUI – Results

March 19, 2011

Chuso, Bui, Jarosch, Tolle, Hausch, Hill, Hindermann

Germany (211.00) won over Spain (208.95), Great Britain (205.30) and Switzerland (202.30) at the friendly meet between teams of the four countries and single gymnasts from the Netherlands today at the German club TuS 1861 Chemnitz-Altendorf which celebrates its 150th birthday this year!

In the all-around, Celine Van Gerner (54.80) defeated Giulia Steingruber (53.10), Nadine Jarosch (52.90) and Lisa-Katharina Hill (52.80).

Oksana Chusovitina only competed on VT (14.95/14.40) and BB (13.55), Kim Bui repeated her good UB routine from Cottbus and earned 14.00. Unfortunately, a lot of falls kept the scores lower than 13 points. Elisabeth Seitz and Beth Tweddle both didn’t compete (Seitz competes tomorrow in the UB final in Paris. Where Tweddle is? – I have no idea.).

I’ll post complete results and more when they are published.

DTB / photos

Paris World Cup 2011 – Qualification Results

March 19, 2011

We have the first results from the qualifications at the 18è Internationaux de France. The four best gymnast qualified for the event finals tomorrow. Click on the links to see detailed results with E- & D-Scores! – See the first results of event finals!



1. Tatiana Nabieva – 14.483
2. Aliya Mustafina – 14.433
3. Diana Maria Chelaru – 13.900
4. Jennifer Khwela – 13.733
5. Hyunjoo Jo – 13.500
6. Imogen Cairns – 13.833
7. Tijana Tkalcec – 13.333
8. Paula Plichta – 13.100
9. Ariella Kaeslin – 6.733
10. Hiu Ying Angel Wong – 6.667

Uneven Bars

1. Aliya Mustafina – 15.833
2. Qiushuang Huang – 15.466
3. Elisabeth Seitz – 14.866
4. Tatiana Nabieva – 14.833
5. Ana Porgras – 13.866
6. Vasiliki Millousi – 13.700
7. Jana Sikulova – 13.333
8. Lauren Mitchell – 12.966
9. Ivana Kamnikar – 12.900
10. Jessica Lopez – 12.366

Balance Beam

1. Aliya Mustafina – 15.333
2. Ana Porgras – 14.733
3. Anna Dementyeva – 14.700
4. Lauren Mitchell – 14.433
5. Linlin Deng – 14.366
6. Vasiliki Millousi – 13.833
7. Hannah Whelan – 13.800
8. Yana Demyanchuk – 13.800
9. Liufang Wu – 13.600
10. Jessica Lopez – 13.233
11. Fiona Novak – 11.766

Floor Exercise

1. Sandra Raluca Izbasa – 14.933
2. Diana Maria Chelaru – 14.733
3. Vanessa Ferrari – 14.300
4. Anna Dementyeva – 13.900
5. Lu Sui – 13.800
6. Jessica Lopez – 13.733
7. Marta Pihan-Kulesza – 13.166
8. Tina Erceg – 13.066
9. Lauren Mitchell – 13.033
10. Liufang Wu – 12.400
11. Marine Brevet – 12.133
12. Fiona Novak – 11.933


Floor Exercise

1. E. T. Gonzalez Sepulveda – 15.466
2. Gaël Da Silva – 15.300
3. Thomas Bouhail – 15.066
4. Flavius Koczi – 15.066
5. Enrico Pozzo – 14.966
6. Alexander Shatilov – 14.866
7. Jeffrey Wammes – 14.833
8. Eleftherios Kosmidis – 14.800
9. Sakari Vekki – 14.566
10. Daniel Purves – 14.333
11. Tomislav Markovic – 14.200
12. Kas Ven Weelden – 13.166


Suisse Women’s Team for Europeans

March 19, 2011

Ariella Kaeslin

Following women are on the team:

  • Jessica Diacci (17)
  • Ariella Kaeslin (24)
  • Giulia Steingruber (17)
  • Linda Stämpfli (23) and Nadia Baeriswyl (16) fight for the last spot at the friendly meet in Chemnitz

Suisse Gymnastics Federation

Men’s Team for Europeans

Suisse Men’s Team for Europeans

March 19, 2011

Claudio Capelli

Following men are on the team:

  • Claudio Capelli (25)
  • Daniel Groves (27)
  • Pascal Bucher (22)
  • Lucas Fischer (21)
  • Nils Haller (22)
  • Manuel Rickli (24)

Suisse Gymnastics Federation

Women’s Team for Europeans

Chinese Judging Affair – Bin and Stoica speak out

March 19, 2011

An excellent article on IG informs us about the newest statements concerning the Chinese judge who falsified an E-score at the FX EF at the Asian Games last year.

Both, the Chinese judge (D-score) Shao Bin and the Romanian FIG Men’s Technical Committee President Adrian Stoica, explained their behavior.

Shao Bin changed the score because of unfair judging. In his opinion and in the opinion of Korean D-score judge Nam Seung Ku, China’s Zhang Chenglong performed better than Korea’s Kim Soo Myun. He blames Stoica and the FIG technical committee for accepting and approving the changed score in the first place and can’t understand why they accuse him a couple of months later of changing the score illicitly. Watch both FX routines here. Did Chenglong really perform better?

“Also, as a Chinese judge, how can I be callous when the issue affected a Chinese athlete?” Shao said. “I changed the score not for a gold medal, which does not mean too much as we’ve already got so many golds, and we can have many ones other than this, but I have to protect the gymnasts’ performance and protect their interests. Do you know why every federation sends judges to the meet? It is because every judge represents not only the Asian Gymnastics Union but also the gymnasts. Preventing them from being robbed is also our duty.”

Adrian Stoica defends his decision to accept the score in the first place. Apparently he didn’t have a choice. Because of a lack of judges and especially a lack of balance in the judges group (China had more judges than every other country) and the judging system the problem on FX occured.

In my position as President of the Superior Jury I immediately acted, together with Huang Liping by trying to revert to the original judge’s scores, but unfortunately the scoring system used did not recorded the original scores, but only the final scores published on screens. Not having the trace of scores, we were obliged to accept the final published score, but even in this case – it is true without clear evidences, I consider such an attitude unacceptable for an FIG International brevetted judge.

Stoica’s statement is from January 2011, so he doesn’t answer directly to Bin’s opinion about the unfair judging. Read everything about the judging affair on International Gymnast.

A Europeans Must-Have

March 18, 2011

40 euros per package

A limited edition – 111 pairs of the gym shoes designed by iwa for the German team at Europeans – will be sold with a little USB-Stick (4 GB) and a bag exclusively at the European Championships 2011 in Berlin for a reasonable price.


18è Internationaux de France / Paris World Cup 2011

March 17, 2011



finals videos

live blogs, videos and more at Gymnastics Examiner

qualification videos (Chelaru, Nabieva, Kaeslin…) / more quali videos (complete UB & VT)

IG qualifications report

podium training videos and photos compiled by The Couch Gymnast

podium training photos (women)

more informations & competing gymnasts per apparatus

The 18è Internationaux de France, the first FIG World Cup for event finals will be held in Paris this weekend, 19-20 March. Qualifications begin on Saturday, event finals for the four best qualifiers on all ten apparatus take place on Sunday. Invited are the eight finalists on each apparatus from Rotterdam and the four best gymnasts from the 2010 World Cup Ranking List, for example Aliya Mustafina, Tatiana Nabieva, Sandra Izbasa, Ana Porgras, Vanessa Ferrari, Elisabeth Seitz, Jessica Lopez, Lauren Mitchell, Ariella Kaeslin, Deng Linlin, Sui Lu… on the women’s side. Beth Tweddle and Kristian Berki have withdrawn.

official websiteFIG preview / daily videos i-Gym

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)