day did not go well for the two German girls.
Camilla Ermert fell on bars and beam,
while Yvonne Musik came off beam on a
tucked front and sat down her handspring front pike vault. Floor went ok
for the two gymnast. Camilla Ermert opened with a double front. Yvonne
Musik stepped out of bounds on her Arabian double front mount but was
the gymnasts marched in for the final subdivision, there were only two Spanish
gymnasts present – Elena Gomez and
Alba Planas. The surprise was even greater when only Gomez
mounted the podium. Marta Cusido, who had
completed podium training on a heavily taped leg, cheered from the stands.
According to Alba Planas, Cusido had made the trip already injured with a
tear in her leg muscle which had got worse. Planas herself had bruised her
neck badly in a fall in podium training and couldn’t compete. “Marta
would probably have competed if I could have, but since I couldn’t, she
didn’t either,” she said.
started with strong vaults and strong scores – Svetlana
Khorkina did only a RO-1/2 on front tuck ˝ off that she stuck
Natalia Ziganshina (Photo)
Zamolodchikova each showed double twisting Yurchenkos,
Zamolodchikova with a large hop forward.
Ukraine also vaulted solidly and
scored well with Tatiana Yarosh
showing a 1 ˝ Yurchenko (a little tucked, a little low), Natalia
Sirobaba a 1 ˝ tiwsting Tsukahara (low landing) and Alyona
Kvasha a handspring full-twisting front layout.
France suffered on beam when Marlene
Peron put her hands down on her double front dismount and Delphine
Regease wobbled after a ff- layout combination. First up for Italy,
Monica Bergamelli fell on a change leg side leap. Sole Romanian
Oana Petrovschi got through her bars routine well and caught
her Gienger whereas Elena Gomez fell.
Flying and fighting Ziganshina
the second rotation, Russia whizzed through three great bars sets,
capped off by Svetlana Khorkina who nailed her routine for a 9,787, the
highest score of the competition to date. Ukraine competed bars well,
anchored by Irina Yarotskaya, who
opened with a nice combination of stalder full on low bar into immediate
straddled hecht to high bar. Over on floor Italy’s Ilaria
Colombo sat down her Arabian double front while Monica
Bergamelli went out of bounds on her opening full-in but nailed all of her
other tumbles. Gargano navigated her
full-in; whip through to
2 ˝ twist punch front and triple twist well.
did not go very well for Russia with Natalia Ziganshina surviving three
wobbles and Khorkina's connections slow for a 9,6 start value. Lyudmila
Yezhova sold her difficult set, including the combination of
Onodi- front aerial-side somi well and couldn’t help a huge smile after
she stuck her 2 ˝ twist dismount. Ukraine started to falter on beam with
two falls from Natalia Sirobaba (handspring-front
tuck and her dismount) and one from Irina Yarotskaya (front pike mount). Oana
Petrovschi fell on her opening tumble of 2 ˝ twist to punch
front full. On vault, Italy
gained momentum with Gargano’s full twisting ff on back pike off,
Colombo’s 1 ˝ twisting Yurchenko and Bergamelli’s double twisting
Yurchenko, all landed well. France had mixed luck on vault with Clelia
Coutzac overrotating her 1 ˝ twisting Yurchenko and Regease
sticking her handspring front pike ˝ cold.
the final rotation, Russia suffered a scare after Yekaterina
Shuster crashed her tucked full-in dismount after a nice
routine that opened with a piked full-in, followed by an Arabian double
front. Natalia Ziganshina and Svetlana Khorkina both got through their
routines well. Khorkina opened with a whip triple twist, continued with a
double pike and closed with a double twist. Natalia Sirobaba wrecked
Ukraine’s medal chances by falling to her hands on her Arabian double
front and additionally went out of bounds a 2 ˝ twist punch front.
Meanwhile, over on bars Italy was winding up their giants during good
routines and winding down for a bronze medal. The
girls from the Netherlands had been patiently waiting in the
stands throughout the evening’s competition and were rewarded with a
silver for their performance early on in the day.