/ GRUPPE 4
There's more to Latvia than Olympic floor champ Vikhrov...
One team in this group is the centre of attention: Latvia
with Olympic floor champion Igor Vikhrov, Yevgeni
Sapronenko, second on vault at the last world
championships, experienced Erik Revelinsh and young Ivan
Denmark has a few specialists on the team, namely Kaspar
Fardan (high bar, floor). The Austrians say they will be
happy to place among the top 30 teams.
But: Thomas Zimmermann will
present his spectacular handspring- front salto with a
half turn into a back salto as a world premiere. Also in
this group are Kazakhstan and Argentina. The gymnasts
from Taiwan are the unknown factor. .
...a bit nervous: Igors Vikhrovs
Latvia starts on pommels with a bang. Young Denis
Zbickis starts off with a 9,2, Sapronenko adds to that and Ivan
Gorbunovs's score is just a tad lower.
At the same time Kasper Fardan is on high bar, his speciality.
He catches his release of full-twisting Kovacs well but
gets stuck on an Endo. Even his triple flyaway will not get him
into the final now!
Bad luck! Thomas Zimmermann's „Zimmi“
goes splat. He lands the vault on his knees: 9,025
points. Goodbye to the final and any medal hopes.
Taiwan is disappointing on floor. Nobody can muster more than
8,725. Erika Revelinsh finishes the rotation with another score
in the nines for Latvia. The small country is in the lead after
the first rotation - ahead of Korea and Russia.
The Latvians fail to impress on rings, with the notable
exception of Erik Revelinsh who at least manages a 8,912.
This means third place for the Baltic team. Austrian Zimmermann
has recovered from his unsuccessful vault. He puts on a good
show on parallel bars with a double salto between the rails (8,587).
Something finally goes well for Kaspar Fardan (DEN) a 9,35
on floor. Taiwan is getting going on pommels and the
Kazaks seem to have found a successor for legendary Sergei
Fedorchenko: Yernar Yerimbetov, who scores a 9,562 for a well
executed Tsukahara with 2 1/2 twists (SV 9,9)..
Fantastic! Incredible! These and similar words echoed from the
stands in all languages of the world. 38,023 points on vault for
Latvia. 9,437 for
Revelinsh double twisting Tsukahara. Sapronenko nailed his
double Tsuakhara. His reward were incredible
9,762 points. Igors Vikhrovs nearly matches this for his Tsukahara
with 2 ½ twists . At the same time Yermimbetov
scores 9,487 on bars and Eric Pedercini's 9,312 on floor
shows that Aregntina is on track as well.
Latvia has a weak rotation on bars and cannot pull ahead
Even Sapronenko has a few mistakes in his routine and
can't stick his dismount None of the other gymnasts can go
but the height of Sapronenko's piked salto was impressive!
The Latvians seemed to be fighting the
laws of gravity rather than for second place on high bar.
Revelinsh is the only gymnast to score above 9. Cheering in the
Danish camp when Tue Lodahl is awarded with 9,612 for a huge
Tsukahara with 2 1/2 twists. Kazakhstan has some impressive
acrobatics on floor: Stepan
Gorbatchev 9,337, and Yernar Yerimbetov goes one better for 9,562.
The Latvians pull out all the stops on floor: Ivan
Gorbunovs acrobatics earn 9,4. Olympic floor champ Igor Vihrovs
follows with front layout - doluble twisting front- front layout-
2 1/2 twsiting front, 1 1/2 Arabian double front and a double
double dismount. 9,5 (10 SV). Sapronenko is even better for a
9,575. While it is not enough to pass Russia, the current third
place still leaves hope for making team finals for the Latvians.