/ GRUPPE 10
(= last group)
(FINAL TEAM QUALIFICATION STANDINGS)
Wanted: Eight teams for the finals...
The last group has the home team, a three gymnast squad
from Cuba, the Germans and Romania, a secret favourite
for many and surely the only team with a realistic shot
at the top 8 here.
might be harbouring some hopes but have to do without
experienced Valeri Belenki, who injured his shoulder
prior to the competition, and lack a little substance
compared to the other teams.
Cuba, despite having a very strong gymnast in Eric Lopez
who will be a force to reckon with in the all around
final, have no chance of reaching the final.
As expected, the four Belgians can't do much on high bar. They
have strong support in the Topsporthal from their fans. The
three Cubans start unconventionally on pommels and a 9,0 from
Eric Lopez remains their highest score. The Germans begin well
on bars. 8,787 from Stephan Zapf, almost matched by Robert
Juckel, Sven Kwiatkowski scores 8,927. Christian Berczes flown
in just shortly before the competition proved his worth for the
team with a 8,575. Thomas Andergassen masters his nerves and his
routine for a 9,162. The Romanians begin cautiously on floor.
But then Marian Draguelscu score a super 9,662.
This fantastic floor routine seems to have set the Romanians
alight. Rares Orzata begins on pommels with a 9,237. Dragulescu
can't build on that but Dan Potra even scores a 9,362. What
follows then is a dream: Suciu 9,625, Olympic champion Marius
Urzica is his usual confident self and his 9,762 are the highest
score on pommels to date. While the Belgians are worth watching
on floor, things begin to fall apart for the Germans over on
high bar. Stephan Zapf (8,487) is best, Andergassen slips
off on a turn to ellgrip and swings on one arm. Juckel misses
his Tkachev and Kwiatkowski his full-twisting Kovacs.
Gunther Couckuyt (BEL) does well for himself with 8,9 on pommel
horse. The three Cubans are brilliant on vault. Charles Leon
Tamayo almost surely made the final with a Cuervo with 1
1/2 twists (9,687). The Romanians survive rings, their weakest
apparatus, relatively well. Dragulescu scores 9,025, Don Potra
9,462. Meanwhile, the Germans are falling on their double
fronts. Only Kwiatkowski (9,05) and Thomas Andergassen (8,725)
remain without mistakes.
The competition is not going well for the Germans with falls on
pommel horse. Only Zapf (8,937) and Kwiatkowski (9,337) manage
to stay on. At the same time, the Cubans showed powerful
routines on bars. Eric Lopez qualifies to the final with a
9,675. The Belgian team can't do much on rings. On the other
hand, the Romanians pile on the points on vault with Tsukaharas
with 2 1/2 twists: Razvan Selariu 9,0, Dan Potra
9,387, Rares Orzata 9,412 and Ioan Suciu 9,512.
The most spectacular vault is performed by Marian Dragulescu. He
earns huge cheers for his handspring-double front with a 1/2
twist as well as 9,712 points. Romania goes into the lead after
The Cubans are well worth watching on high bar with
elements like a hecht over the bar and Winklers that are
rarely performed. They don't manage to generate high
completely Wallon Belgian team can't win any ground on
can't live up to their potential on rings. Only Stephan
Zapf can score well with a 9,112. The Romanians are
surprisingly weak on bars. Dragulescu is the first to
come close to 9 points with 8,937. Marius Urzica scores
well above that with 9,587.
The final rotation of the preliminary marathon has the
host team give a solid perfromance on bars. The Cubans are
yet again a delight to watch on floor. There is some
appalause, but also laughter, in the arena as Abel Drigg
hops his Fedorchenko. The Germans redeem themselves with a
great rotation on vault. All of them score above 9,2 but
no gymnast makes the final. The Romanians struggle hard on
high bar and scrape into the final with a bad showing
here. Suciu doesn't exactly boost their spirits with a
7,625. Potra has two breaks for a mere 8,25. Marian
Dragulescu, who catches a nice Winkler, at least manages a
8,775. Orzata scores a decent 9, 287 despite crashing on
his Winkler. Joker Razvan
Selariu erases Suciu's result. The Romanians embrace and
the scoreboard shows fourth place.
Belgium has a lot to do to get
into the mix of the top teams.
The new gym set up by Janssen &
Fritsen right next to
the arena offers brilliant training conditions for them
from now on. The Cubans have added a lot to these
championships. It is a real shame they didn't manage to
field a full team. Germany can build on some of the
performances but currently has to make do with a 13th
place, behind Canada and Switzerland. The Romanians can
improve in the team final, but mere flashes of
brilliance will not be enough for a medal.
All in all, the level of the preliminary competition was very
high in places. The top nations proved that they can perform
attractive gymnastics with the new Code of Points. The high
number of participating countries and the fact that some of the
"smaller" nations are able to move up the rankings leaves room
for optimism. Germany crashed badly, its young gymnasts in no
way capable of replacing their established stars.
(Report: Reinhard Linder / Germany)
8 teams make the finals!!)
RESULTS ALL (Team Quali)