The second World Cup (first Challenger Cup) in 2012 is over. Gold medals went to eight different nations: CAN, CHN, GER, GRE NED, ROU, SLO, UKR.
Here are our top female gymnasts.
1. Brittany Rogers (CAN) 13.962
2. Nastassia Marachkouskaya (BLR) 13.875
3. Claudia Menedez Gonzalez (ESP) 13.737
We saw quite a few variations on bars: Kononekos Tkatchev to immediate Jaeger, Cuestas piked salto backwards (even tough it’s only a C dismount), Van Gerner’s high and beautiful Jaeger, Kexin’s signature Jaeger half to Jaeger and Seitz’ Def, of course.
1. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 14.825 (6.500)
2. Celine Van Gerner (NED) 14.600 (6.200)
3. Nataliya Kononenko (UKR) 14.450 (6.400)
Only two gymnasts received E-scores higher 8.0: Millousi (8.375) and Maksiuta (8.275), half of the gymnasts fell (places 5-8).
1. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 14.425 (6.100)
2. Valeriia Maksiuta (ISR) 14.175 (5.900)
3. Brittany Rogers (CAN) 13.525 (5.600)
Chelaru won with a Tsukahara, whip to triple twist and double pike to finish with double tuck.
1. Diana Chelaru (ROU) 14.375 (5.800)
2. Luiza Galiulina (UZB) 13.750 (5.400)
3. Dominique Pegg (CAN) 13.725 (5.400)
3. Kim Bui (GER) 13.725 (5.400)
On the men’s side, Philipp Boy won floor with the highest E-Score (9.0) and 6.2 difficulty. The pommel horse title went to Xiao Qin (15.925) followed by the two Britians, Daniel Keatings and Max Whitlock. China’s Chen Yibings won rings (15.675) and Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov vault. A clean execution (9.3)with the second lowest D-score (6.2) brought Mitja Petkovsek the gold on parallel bars. In the end, Epke Zonderland showed a 7.5-high bar routine and earned the gold medal ahead of the US men Ruggeri and Orozco.
photos of the meet (should be the first link on the website), for example…