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3rd WORLD CUP 1999/2000


COMMENTS, first day Finals / Kommentare 1.Tag:

The Finals had many highlights, with the highest score of the day earned by Marius Urzica from Romania on Pommel Horse with a score of 9.900 points. Marius was runner-up on Pommels in last month World Championships and could not be beaten today, as his routine is the most varied and fluent in the field.
Szilvester Csollany of Hungary, also runner up in world championships, was in a class of his own as well on Rings. In the Head to Head Final, he scored an unbeatable 9.850 with astounding strength moves and amazing control.
A surprise winner on Vault, powerful Gervasio Deferr from Spain, had two vaults with a high start value, and in contrast to the other finalists, performed both almost flawlessly. 

Bronze medal for Lee McDermott 
Lee McDermott became only the second ever British male Medal Winner on the Grand Prix Circuit today, with a world class performance on Pommel Horse. With a score of  9.725 points, Lee established himself definitely in the world's top elite on this piece of apparatus. After Kanukai Jackson’s medal on Vault in the 1997 circuit, this is only the second time a British male has been on the podium in this circuit. 

In the Women’s Final,
current European, World and Olympic Bars Champion from Russia, Svetlana Khorkina performed flawlessly on "her" apparatus. Once again, she won the Gold (9.825), but she was followed hot on the heels by compatriot Elena Produnova (9.750) who showed great power and control throughout. 

The Floor Final featured numerous very elegant and imaginative sets with powerful tumbling throughout the field. Elena Produnova from Russia very deservedly won the Gold (9.775), as she does not only show the world’s most innovative and hardest Tumbling, but also an elegant set with beautiful choreography and musical interpretation. In the final, Elena had to battle it out with the world class tumbling of Simona Amanar of Romania, who performed her full set effortlessly (9.725).

Lisa Mason
, Britain’s best gymnast at the recent World Championships, performed a very elegant and spirited Floor Routine in today’s Final, but missed a medal by less than 0.1 points. She finished in fourth position.

(Information: British Artistic Gymnastics Association)

2nd DAY  / 2. Tag:
Trouble comes out of the "wood work" on Final Day of Grand Prix
Jesus Carballo earns two Gold Medals and Elena Produnova gathers the richest medal collection of the weekend

It was a familiar scenario, in the World Cup Final in 1973, at Wembley Stadium, the then World Champion Ludmilla Turischeva dismounted from Bars and the wooden bars collapsed in a heap behind her. Today, the last day of Finals of the Grand Prix and World Cup Series, the same fate struck Aljas Pegan (SLO). Unfortunately, it happened during his Routine.
Pegan, a 5 foot 9 (172cm) Gymnast from Lubliana was second up in the Head to Head Parallel Bars Final, knowing he had a massive 9.800 from Spain’s Jesus Carballo to beat for the Gold. As he mounted, he says he heard a strange noise, he heard it again seconds later and whilst performing a 1 and 1/2 twist in Handstand, he found himself on the floor, when the bar completely came off. In an act of great sportsmanship, it was decided both Pegan and Carballo would share the Gold, as both qualified for the final with an equal score of 9.750.
On High Bar, it was Head to Head for Carballo and Pegan again. This time the High Bar stayed where it was supposed to be, but Pegan’s back muscles buckled just enough to give away some valuable points with an extra swing and a lost Bonus. Jesus Carballo walked away with his second Gold of the day, bringing Spain’s Gold Medal Total to three (3) over the weekend, the most of any country.
Men’s Floor Final provided a delightful Head to Head between Bulgarian Jordan Jovtchev and Spanish Gervasio Deferr. Deferr, the impressive powerhouse who won Vault yesterday, couldn’t quite match the flair and light performance of Jovtchev, as the Bulgarian scored a world class 9.825.

In the Women’s Finals, current World Vault Champion Elena Zamolodchikova from Russia was unbeatable with a 9.725 (two of the highest start values in the world), although Simona Amanar came close with a 9.675. Russian Elena Produnova, who delighted the audience with her daring handspring double front, finished third.
The last Women’s Final of the weekend was the Balance Beam. Three (3) of the eight (8) Gymnasts came off, amongst them Home favourite Lisa Mason.
Andreea Raducan from Romania, Silver Medalist on Beam at the recent World Championships, was in a class of her own with a 9.800. Victoria Karpenko of Ukraine earned the Silver, whilst Elena Produnova once again walked away with the Bronze, bringing her medal total to four (4) Medals (one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze), the most successful Female Gymnast of the weekend. British achievements this weekend included a fantastic Bronze Medal for
Lee McDermott on Pommel Horse. Three 4th places, (Lee McDermott -
Parallel Bars, Craig Heap - Rings and Lisa Mason – Floor), 5th place for
Annika Reeder on Vault and the 8th place for Lisa on Beam.
The Grand Prix and World Cup circuit continues in a few weeks time in Zurich, Switzerland and will wrap up in December 2000 when the Gymnasts return to Glasgow for the World Cup finals.

(Information: British Artistic Gymnastics Association)
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