25. September 2011  
Artistic Gymnastics

2nd finals day at the Challenger tournament in Maribor

The 44th Salamunov Memorial, FIG Challenger tournament in Maribor ended with the second finals day. The first gold medal went to Matthias Fahrig (GER) on vault. Greece's Vasiliki Millousi won on beam. The best on parallel bars was Wang Guanyin from China and Roni Rabinovitz (ISR) won floor. The best gymnast on high-bar was Maras Vlasios from Greece.

On the first finals day yesterday the titel in the men's floor final was shared by Rok Klavora (SLO) and Fadi Bahlawan from Syria.
<< The final on pommel hose was won by China's Zhang Hongtao with a very elegant routine and Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) won on rings.
Valeria Maksiuta from Israel repeated her good performance from the qualfication and won the title in the women's vault final. The gold medal on uneven bars went to Kristina Palesova from the Czech Republic ...

Matthias Fahrig, fit as a fiddle again!

Women's uneven bars final

1. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 14.000 (D-score 6.0)
2. Valeria Maksiuta (ISR) 13.950 (D-score 5.8)
3. Adela Sajn (SLO) 13.400 (D-score 5.2)
4. Kristyna Palesova (CZE) 13.300 (D-score 5.4)
5. Roni Rabinovitz (ISR) 13.250 (D-score 5.4)
6. Elisa Haemmerle (AUT) 13.200 (D-score 5.2)
7. Tina Erceg (CRO) 12.450 (D-score 5.0)
8. Laura Gombas (HUN) 12.350 (D-score 4.3)

In the women's final on beam the highest difficulties were missing. However, most of the competitors proved to be already in shape for the World Championships and got through their routines solidly and without major mistakes. Vasiliki Millousi had to fight to remain on the beam after one turn but got well through the rest of her program . Also the only D-score of 6.0 in this field secured her the gold medal in this final.

Women's floor final:

1. Roni Rabinovitz (ISR) 13.600 (D-score 5.4)
2. Tina Erceg (CRO) 13.200 (D-score 4.9)
3. Adela Sajn (SLO) 13.000 (D-score 5.2)
4. Fiona Novak (SLO) 12.750 (D-score 4.9)
5. Elisa Haemmerle (AUT) 12.550 (D-score 5.1)
6. Kristyna Palesova (CZE) 12.250 (D-score 4.1)
7. Tina Larsen (NOR) 12.200 (D-score 4.4)
8. Lisa Ecker (AUT) 11.450 (D-score 4.7)

After having been satisfied with her own performance already in the beam final, Roni Rabinovitz won the women's floor final. She got through her routine solidly and with 5.4 also had the highest D-score in the field.

* Women's vault final

1. Valeria Maksiuta (ISR) 14.125
2. Teja Belak (SLO)12.875
3. Orsolya Nagy (HUN) 12.800
4. Thelma Hermannsdottir (ISL) 12.600
5. Jasmin Mader (AUT) 12.525
6. Dina Madir (CRO) 12.350
7. Tina Larsen (NOR) 12.300
8. Agnes Suto (ISL) 12.025

In the women's vault final Valeria Maksiuta from Israel especially convinced with her very well executed second vault, handspring – somersault fwd. piked with 1/1 turn. The rest of the field didn't manage to reach her level of performance as well regarding the difficulty as also regarding the execution.

ZHANG, Hongtao
Chinese pommel horse victory on Saturday

Women's uneven bars final

1. Kristina Palesova (CZE) 13,750 (D-score 5.5)
2. Valeria Maksiuta (ISR) 13.100 (D-score 5.3)
3. Tina Erceg (CRO) 12.800 (D-score 5.0)
4. Jasmin Mader (AUT) 12.55 (D-score 4.9)
5. Roni Rabinovitz (ISR) 12.050 (D-score 5.5)
5. Vasiliki Milousi (GRE) 12.050 (D-score 5.4)
7. Fiona Novak (SLO) 11.950 (D-score 5.0)
8. Laura Gombas (HUN) 11.350 (D-score 5.1)

With a powerful performance Kristina Palesova (CZE) won the final on uneven bars. The second place went to Valeria Maksiuta from Israel who had a few problems with the rhythm during her routine but in the end was very happy about having stuck the landing of her new dismount double somersault fwd. with 1/1 turn.