I: Team qualification WOMEN
third group of qualifying was the first one in the early morning...
The British girls
started the day’s competition with some strong
tumbling on floor with scores above 9 from Melissa
Wilcox (triple twist; double pike; 2 ½ twist; 9.7 SV)
and powerful Nicola Willis, who opened with a double
layout. Holly Murdock sterpped out of bounds twice, but
their team total here is higher than Spain’s.
three individual gymnasts had problems on beam. Hungary
had a bye.
On the photo, left:
team before competition
vaulted well, with handspring-front pikes and piked
baranis. All gymnasts landed their vaults well.
Monica Bergamelli continued to struggle, falling on her
full-in opener on floor and going out of bounds on her
dismount of double pike. Hungary had lots of breaks and
falls from Beata Murai and Irisz Pap on beam.
one of the Latvian gymnasts was able to break 9 points
on bars – on SV that is...
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"Gymbo" in action, outside
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Britain ran into
its first problems on bars with Melissa Wilcox hitting
her feet on the mat after a Pak salto and Emma Williams
also unable to score above eight. Holly Murdock then put
in a good performance followed by Beth Tweddle who wowed
the crowd with a Bi, a Markelov and a nailed dismount
for a 9,037 (9,9 SV), surprisingly only the fifth
highest score on bars so far.
Hungarians had some catchy tunes on floor, but failed to
impress otherwise, their highest score being Irisz
its shaky outing with hardly a gymnast being able to
land her vaults well. The Italian trio of Giorgia Denti,
Cristina Cavalli and Monica Bergamelli all had problems
on bars. According to team officials, the Italians are
currently rebuliding their team with a group of juniors
around Ilaria Colombo, who will be age eligible for
Athens. This, combined with the retirement of some of
their top gymnasts like Adriana Crisci and Martina
Bremini, was the reason behind not fielding a full
Britain had a bye.
Angela Strifler (HUN) after her last routine on
suffered the British team’s first fall of the
competition when she came off beam on a combination of
But once again it was Holly
Murdock who came back with a good routine. Despite
Nicola Willis falling on her full-twisting tuck jump,
the British team had done enough to place ahead of
just managed to get the better of South Africa but
trails Belgium by almost three points.
Tweddle - 2001 British Champion, 9th in the
current ranking after Subdivision 3:
“We did very well! This
is my first World Championships and I am satisfied with
my performance. Nevertheless, I think I deserved a
higher note for my Uneven Bars routine…”
(British Gymnastics Women’s TC Chair and Member of the
UEG Women’s Technical Committee) said:
“Our gymnasts did as well as
they possibly could! I don’t think they could have
done any better. Adrian Stan, Zoltan Jordanov and Corina
Morosan have done excellent work in stabilizing the team.
Now we can just sit and watch the teams who will compete
in the next Subdivisions and wait for the final results
at 22.40 hours local time.”
Nora Schuler / Photos by Don Johnson
Web editor: Eckhard Herholz
the top eight nations are qualified
at the Team final at Wednesday