/ GRUPPE 8
Norway better than Hungary
Croak (AUS) >>
- one of the 2000 Olympians, like Slater and Dunn
sole female competitor Sun Xiaojiao vaulted a
Hristakieva to open her worlds outing.
began their quest for team finals on floor with good
routines from Kylie Tanner and Alexandra Croak. Allana
Slater debuted her new floor routine to music from the
film “Moulin Rouge” on the world stage with a whip
to triple twist (a little short), 2 ˝ twist to layout
front and a double pike. Her dramatic choreography
suited her and seemed to go down well with the judges
who awarded her a 9,35 (9,9 SV) which means a trip to
the finals for Allana.
Xiaojiao was fair on bars but not as brilliant as one is
used to from the Chinese bars workers which was
reflected in her score of 8,725 (9,6 SV).
Australians continued well on vault with Slater once
again being their top scorer with a 9,15 for a 1 ˝
twisting Yurchenko. Anchored by Allison Johnston, the
Aussies scored a total of 36,024 on vault.
Slater (AUS) >>
highest Aussie in all-around
Sun, Xiaojiao (CHN)
Living up to the
Chinese tradition of brilliance of beam, Sun Xiaojiao
looked like a potential world champion until she wobbled
away a higher score than the 9,212 she eventually
received on her leaps and took three steps back on her
double tuck dismount. Her work elsewhere – high layout
to two feet and beutiful combination of front
walkover-Rulfova – was exquisite and she was able to
maintain her 10 SV.
began poorly on bars with falls from Johnston on a
Jaeger and Jessica Zarnay. Their third comeptitor
Alexandra Croak then dismounted with a simple layout.
Allana Slater injected some confidence into the team
with a nice routine that included a hop full to Gienger
for a 9,162 (9,9 SV), enough for the final. Jacqui Dunn
went one better by qualifying to the bars final in third
place with a clean effort packed with difficulty (Bi
turn to Jeager; full out dismount).
Xiaojiao did enough on floor to qualify to the
Australians had to swallow falls from Tanner and Croak on
beam. Neither Dunn nor Slater could upset the ranking on
beam but their efforts lifted Australia into the team
final in sixth place, almost a point ahead of Ukraine.
Slater was the final gymast after a day and a half of
preliminaries and finished in sixth place in the
individual rankings as well as earning two final berths.
deservedly won prelims by being the most consistent team
with a high level of difficulty. Consistency also helped
the USA to second place.
The Dutch were without doubt the
sensation of this first stage of the competition jumping
from 14th place in Tianjin to third here. The
delighted Germans also made a huge step forward from 15th
to 8th while Russia, Ukraine and Spain were
disappointing compared to their previous competitions.
Nora Schuler / Photos by Don Johnson
Web editor: Eckhard Herholz
Standings after 8
the top eight nations are qualified
at the Team final at Wednesday (from 5 p.m. on)
SVK 131, 859
standings after qualifikation)