the second rotation, Yelena Anoshina
showed a great bars routine with a Tkachev and a Pak to stalder.
Pavlova followed suit, nailing her double layout dismount
after a strong set. Last up Polina Miller missed
her opening combination and fell on her dismount and was lucky to
score a 8,8. Romania lost ground
on bars with Floarea Leonida
coming off on her Tkachev and generally lower start values than the
Russians. The French gymnasts competed
their difficult beam sets well to stay in the medal mix while the
Dutch girls struggled a little with Berber
van den Berg having a few wobbles.
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Mirabella Akhunu got the crowd going with an entertaining
floor routine, but stepped out of bounds on a 2 ½ twist. Spain’s
disasters continued with another fall on floor from Pulgarin.
Itlay vaulted confidently to
keep in the mix.
third rotation saw strong beam efforts for Russia from Yelena
Anoshina (solid standing Arabian) and Anna
Pavlova, but Polina Miller struggled
to bring her dismount round. Alexandra
Eremia showed an original planche mount and a Rulfova
to get the Romanians started on beam. Iuliana
Chindea ended up under the beam after a combination of
front tuck to Korbut but dismounted with a double pike.
Leonida picked up the slack with a good routine that
included a ff to full-twisting back tuck. Over on floor the
French were continuing their climb towards a medal with Soraya
Chaouch opening with a whip to tucked full-in. Berber
van den Berg went out of bounds on her opening piked
full-in and had a very low landing on her dismount. Ukraine’s
vaulting was topped by Mirabella Akhunu’s
lovely handspring front layout.
finished off on floor capped by a good performance from Anna
Pavlova after Maria Kryuchkova
had struggled on some her landings and twists but it would be enough
to secure the title Lead by clutch performances from Florea
Leonida ( full-in; 2 ½ twists to punch front full;
double pike and triple twist) an Alexandra
Eremia (full-in; whip to triple twist; 2 ½ twist punch
front and double pike).
Floarea Leonida (ROM)
gained some momentum with strong vaulting, anchored by van den
Berg’s 1 ½ twisting Yurchenko. France finished
a delighted third after low start values on their well executed
vaults kept them behind Romania in
the end. Ukraine did well on
bars with a super routine from Alina Kozich
but it wasn’t enough for a medal. Spain
crumbled all the way to eleventh.
leads the all around standings ahead of Leonida
and Kozich. The latter is a small surprise since
Ukrainian head coach Viktor Lutayenko had been planning to compete
the 14-year-old on bars and beam only less than four hours before
the competition started. “Alina injured her knee on floor doing a
double front before we left Ukraine,” he explained.
(Team competition, tomorrow, Friday, April, the 19th)
vault and floor champion Yelena
Zamolodchikova will compete vault only in tomorrow’s
senior team competition. “I’m not feeling very well,”
she said after training today, “and will unfortunately do vault
only for the team.” Team mate Svetlana
Khorkina says she plans to take today to rest and will
not think about the competition until tomorrow. “We’re going to
have a rest now and tomorrow we’ll see.”
will most likely compete only one gymnast on all events – Alyona
Kvasha. “Natalia Sirobaba
will sit out bars and Irina Yarodskaya
can only do bars and beam due to her ankle injury. It’s an old
injury but it still hurts,” head coach Lutayenko said.
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