01. March 2008  
Artistic Gymnastics

Japanese Junior- team with hat-trick in Berlin - GYMfamily EVENT -

A young Japanese artistic gymnastics team won the "13th International Junior Team Cup 2008" in Berlin for the third time in a row. The second place went to the hosts of the upcoming European Championships Switzerland and the bronze medal went to Spain. Following behind the medallists were the team from Belarus, a German mixed- team, the team from Lyon (France) and on the 7th place the host team from Berlin.
The victories in the individual rankings went to Christian Bazan from Spain (junior category), Mauricio Lima from Lyon/ France (15/16 year-old) and Hiroki Hoshijima from Japan (14 year-old and younger)...

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Ryuzo SEJIMA- Japanese elegance!

Lucas FISCHER, top gymnast from Switzerland on the 2nd place in the all-around

Overall the Spanish gymnasts looked physically stronger compared to the other gymnasts of the same age. This not necessarily has to be an advantage in future in a coordinatively complex kind of sports like gymnastics!
The athletic- looking all-around winner in the juniors' category, Christian BAZAN (photo on the right) dominated especially on rings where he reached the highest score as well as on floor where he got high 14.900 points!
Also the performances by the Spanish team on vault were impressive: two times "Roche" (handspring - double somersault fwd.). Vaults of this kind of difficulty can only be seen rarely on the junior level!

Max VACCA from Canada - 3rd in the category of the 15 - 16 year-old gymnasts!

The German team reached the 5th place - a solid result for the team with two candidates for the Junior European Championships  Sebastian KRIMMER and Andreas TOBA.
Toba couldn't compete on parallel bars and high bar due to an injured finger and Krimmer still had a few instabilities in his routines.
The host team Berlin also presented a solid competition within the expectations. After all, they managed to leave about 20 nations behind them. Philipp SORRER, also one of Germany's candidates for the Junior European Championships, made mistakes on floor and pommel horse but managed to present faultless routines on the other four apparatus!
- Berlin, March 1st 2008 -

* R E S U L T S :
> Team and Cup Results   // > All-around, Juniors
> All-around, Age group 15 - 16   //   > All-around, Age group 14 and younger

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