2009 Worlds: Uchimura Wins Men’s All-Around

Congratulations to Kohei Uchimura for winnng the Men’s All-Around.  Exactly like I thought he would.  After the Beijing AA Finals I predicted this guy to be in the next Olympics, and wow he is amazing!  This is the first men’s event I have watched since the Olympics and Uchimura is just so talented.

Congrats and how cool it must be to be Daniel Keatings, the 2009 All Around World Silver Medalist with a home crowd audience!

Yuri Ryazanov of Russia took the bronze, which I also liked because Maxim Devyatovsky is again left out of the medals.  I don’t like poor sports and his past displays have disgusted me.

Heartbreak of the night was Jonathan Horton!  5th place in qualifying he ended up 17th.  Universal Sports didn’t even show his routines after the first couple of events, as he was last place for the first two rotations!  Sadness.  I hope he fights back to win a medal on HB on Sunday!

And congratulations to Tim McNeill for his 7th place finish.  I think things will be going well for the future of USA MAG.  Way to go men!

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2009 Worlds: WOW! Thoughts on Qualifications

PRELIMS VIDEOS ARE HERE AND HERE PLUS HERE

First off, here are the standings after Qualifications:

AA

1. Bross (USA) 57.400
2. Porgras (ROU) 57.300
3. Mitchell (AUS) 56.675
4. Deng (CHN) 56.350
5. Sloan (USA) 56.075
6. Kurbatova (RUS) 55.950
7. Tsurumi (JPN) 55.925
8. Yang (CHN) 55.500
9. Kaeslin (SUI) 55.450
10. Semenova (RUS) 54.900

VT

1. Williams (USA) 14.812
2. Hong Un Jong (PRK) 14.787
3. Myzdrikova (RUS) 14.450
4. Kaeslin (SUI) 14.325
5. Kurbatova (RUS) 14.225
6. Dufournet (FRA) 14.212
7. Rogers (CAN) 13.975
8. Garcia (MEX) 13.862

UB

1. He Kexin (CHN) 15.975
2. Rebecca Bross (USA) 15.050
3. Cha Hyong Wa (PRK) 15.025
4. Tsurumi (JPN) 14.775
5. Miller (AUS) 14.650
6. Sloan (USA) 14.600
7. Porgras (ROU) 14.575
8. Licchetta (ITA) 14.200

BB

1. Porgras (ROU) 14.850
2. Kim Un Hyang (PRK) 14.775
3. Deng Linlin 14.450
4. Hong (USA) 14.400
5. Mitchell (AUS) 14.400
6. Tsurumi (JPN) 14.375
7. Yang Yilin (CHN) 14.375
8. Preziosa (ITA) 14.275

FX

1. Myzdrikova (RUS) 14.500
2. Sui Lu (CHN) 14.275
3. Porgras (ROU) 14.175
4. Tweddle (GBR) 14.075
5. Mitchell (AUS) 14.050
6. Gil Ortitz (COL) 14.050
7. Deng Linlin (CHN) 14.00
8. Bross (USA) 13.950

WOW!  So many unexpected happenings!  I can barely organize a single thought, so I will go through each individual gymnast….

Rebecca Bross–  1st after qualifications WITH A FALL!  Considering that 2nd place Romanian Ana Porgras did not fall….this is definitely Bross’s title to lose Friday.  No major mistakes should give her the win.  An unfortunate over rotation on her Patterson beam dismount made Bross just miss beam finals (14.150).  Too bad because the translation of that score would be enough to get the gold.  I thought Bross could make UB finals (which she did, qualified 2nd) but I thought there would be no way she would medal.  I was wrong.  Bross also qualified 8th into FX finals (13.950).   Should someone scratch from the beam final, Bross is the 1st reserve.  I am excited, because gymnastically, Bross is my favorite right now.  I love her style, the way she hooks her hand as she goes into round off.  I am conflicted though, because I believe that if Bross is the 2012 champ, WOGA will rule the world in gymnastics, and I would absolutely loathe that.

Bridget Sloan– Had a bit of an off day, qualifying 5th into finals.  I feel like Bridget is a 2nd day gymnast…should do better Friday.  She did not made FX finals (rough landings) which I expected, and made bar finals, which I actually did not expect.  I love her bars though, that piked toe on Tkatchev is awesome!  She also fell on beam.  But this is kind of like Nationals….hopefully Sloan will pull it all out for Friday….

 

Ana Porgras–  Hats off to the Romanian of the future!  She qualified 2nd into the AA, 1st on beam, 3rd on floor, and 7th on bars!  I completely expected her to be top 3 on beam, and MAYBE qualify for FX, but wow!  Porgras also shows a form and style not typically seen from the Romanians.  I now predict that Porgras is to be the new Romanian star of the quad….I will go as far as predicting that she will be back in London for 2012.  After watching some videos on youtube, I must say the potential for Porgras is immense.  Furthermore, this is her first major meet and looks how she comes out on the first day!  This will be a force to be reckoned with, mark my words.

Kayla Williams–  QUALIFIED 1ST INTO VAULT FINALS OVER THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION!!!!!  Enough said right there.  This girl will medal on Saturday.  Unfortunately, teammate Bross took over her FX spot for finals.

Anna Myzdrikova–  An amazing floor routine qualifies her first.  I predicted she would be on the medal stand.  She also qualified 3rd into VT finals!  Whoo-hoo!  Anyone following this blog knows that I am hoping upon hope that the Russians are about to emerge again as a gold medal force to be reckoned with this quad.

Ksenia Semenova–  The disappointment of the day for me.  She didn’t qualify to any event finals, and is 10th in the AA standings right now 😦

My heart goes out to Beth Tweddle.  A large mistake left her from UB EF.   She does have a really great floor set, and a stumble on her first pass tells us that she may well take the gold on this event…it is definitely possible.

My official predictions for Finals:

AA

Bross, Porgras, Sloan.  I am hesitant between bumping one of those names out and putting in Lauren Mitchell.

VT

Hong Un Jong will pull it out and score gold.  Williams will be second, and I think Ariella Kaeslin will end up 3rd over Anna Myzdrikova.

UB

He Kexin is a sure bet for first if she doesn’t fall, it is impossible to catch her if she hits.  I think Bross will be second, followed by Koko Tsurumi.  Who knows though.  Cha Hyong Wa will medal if she goes as clean as she did today. If something happens, and Bridget does not get an AA medal, for some reason i think she will throw the routine of her life and get a bronze.

BB

I think Ana Porgras will be first, Deng Linlin second, and either Ivana Hong or Lauren Mitchell for bronze.  We shall see.  Keep in mind that 2nd through 8th place are separated by 5 tenths of a point.  Deng got penalized for overtime, Hong and Mitchell did not perform their best routines (Mitchell had a bigger mistake I believe–so more potential to score big)

FX

I think Tweddle will rally and pull off the gold for a wonderful close to the competition/her career.  I hope she does.  I am hoping for Myzdrikova to place second.  I think Sui Lu or Ana Porgras will take bronze.

What I have learned this day:

China has the power to rule the world in gymnastics.  I am also hoping against hope that as the quad progresses (and juniors become seniors) that Russia will emerge as the greats they once were.  Scoring is bizzaro low to me, I can only hope that gets better with the quad.  And obviously the scoring tweaks have done nothing to eliminate those who can win with a fall, as Bross is in first with a fall.

As with the Nationals this year, it is such a different experience to watch without super favorites and root for so many people!  It is so much fun.

I cannot wait for Friday!

Nice Link to EF qualifiers here

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2009 Worlds: WAG Qualifications Results – Rebecca Bross Leads With a Fall

Click here for live updates.

I will update this post all day long.  Turmoil for Bridget Sloan so far, fall on beam and messy floor has her behind Kayla Williams for FX!  Rebecca Bross can probably take away the FX Final spot.  Ivana Hong is currently 3rd on beam with a good routine (think she had a fall on bars)  Deng Linlin also had a good beam set but Romanian’s Ana Porgras leads beam so far!

UPDATES

Beth Tweddle fell and will not be in bar finals 😦  Awwww, and neither will Ksenia Semenova

Even with a bad beam set, not her best floor, Sloan is 3rd in the AA with 2 subdivisions left.  Deng is in second, Porgras 1st.

Sloan may be making bar finals (yay!)  And He Kexin received the only score in the 15’s with a 15.975 on her bar set.  (As a poster on wwgym said; Kexin could stop in the middle of her routine, go have a smoke break, and still qualify, hahahaha).

Yang Yilin will not be in bar finals 😦

Standings after 4 subdivisions (1 more left)

AA

1. Porgras (ROU) 57.300
2. Deng (CHN) 56.350
3. Sloan (USA) 56.075
4. Kurbatova (RUS) 55.950
5. Tsurumi (JPN) 55.925
6. Yang (CHN) 55.500
7. Semyonova (RUS) 54.900
8. Dufournet (FRA) 54.375
9. Morel (FRA) 54.200
10. Bui (GER) 54.175

Vault
1. Kayla Williams (USA) 14.812
2. Hong Un Jong (PRK) – 14.787
3. Ekaterina Kurbatova (RUS) 14.225
4. Youna Dufournet (FRA) – 14.212
5. Brittany Rogers (CAN) – 13.975
6. Marissa King (GBR) – 13.850
7. Jana Komrskova (CZE) – 13.812
8. Valeri Maksiuta (ISR) 13.675

Bars
1. He Kexin (CHN) – 15.975
2. Cha Yong Hwa (PRK) – 15.025
3. Koko Tsurumi (JPN) – 14.775
4. Larrissa Miller (AUS) 14.650
5. Bridget Sloan (USA) – 14.600
6. Ana Porgras (ROU) – 14.475
7. Ekaterina Kurbatova (RUS) – 14.200
7. Serena Licchetta (ITA) – 14.200

Beam
1. Ana Porgras (ROU) – 14.850
2. Kim Un Hyang (PRK) – 14.775
3. Deng Linlin (CHN) – 14.450
4. Ivana Hong (USA) 14.400
5. Koko Tsurumi (JPN) – 14.375
5. Yang Yilin (CHN) 14.375
7. Elisabetta Preziosa (ITA) – 14.275
8. Ksenia Semenova (RUS) – 14.075

Floor
1. Sui Lu (CHN) – 14.275
2. Ana Porgras (ROU) – 14.175
3. Beth Tweddle (UK) – 14.075
4. Deng Linlin (CHN) 14.00
5. Kayla Williams (USA) 13.900
6. Youna Dufournet (FRA) – 13.625
7. Bridget Sloan (USA) – 13.600
8. Ekaterina Kurbatova (RUS) 13.475

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2009 Worlds: Results From MAG Qualifications

If you click here you can get live updates from MAG Prelims.

ALL RESULTS ARE HERE

Kohei Uchimura leads so far.  Jonathan Horton is doing well, trouble on pommels, very good hugh bar routine, he ends with 5th place overall.  Maxim Devyatovsky was the leader in the first round, he is second as of right now, Daniel Keatings is in 4th, just in front of Horton.  Oh my!  I just learned that so far USA’s Tim McNeill is in 3rd place!!!!  Ahead of Horton???

EDIT/UPDATE-  Uchimura still leads.  Unfortunately Diego Hypolito ended up ninth on FX and out of the final, one of my faves Marian Dragulescu may be the leader on FX (will post official lists soon as I find them) and I believe will qualify to VT finals as well.  Danell Leyva beat Horton on HB (15,450 I believe).  Steven Legendre was 6th on FX last time I checked….should make finals.

One sub division left!!!

At the end of the day, I will make a post with my commentary.

I will do this EVERY day of Worlds, minus Saturday.  I will not watch any Event Finals until Sunday when everyone leaves my house.  (Hey now, it’s Gator Homecoming, what can I do?)  But on Sunday I will make a huge post.

I have so much work to do…I really want to do a WAG Predictions and Hopes post….we will see if I have time.

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Live From Podium Training!

I can barely wait competition to begin!

Click here to receive live updates from Podium Training.  Finally some news on the Chinese Team!

Looks like Yang Yilin cannot be counted out!  Sui Lu looking pretty good.  Bridget Sloan looking good, no news on Rebecca Bross. He Kexin‘s bars look great!  No surprise!  And Beth Tweddle may be doing  a double double bars dismount?

Who will be the big surprise this year?

PLEASE DO THE FRONT TRIPLE BRIDGET!

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Afanasyeva Withdrawn. Hambuchen Injured, May Not Compete.

A big long sigh…..

Fabian Hambuchen rolled his ankle and was taken away during podium training.  Unknown at this time whether or not he will compete.  This is terrible, as I love this gymnast, he is partially responsible for my up and coming interest in MAG.

For those of you who read this blog a lot last year, I have always heavily favored the athletes who are respectful and nice.  Hambuchen is the epitome of those things, he only gets mad at himself.  One of my ‘Heatbreaks of the Games’ I was devastated for him at the Olympics.  And not to mention I completely believed he would walk away with a couple of medals (I honestly think an AA and HB medal would be a definite) this Worlds.

Let’s all hope for him……hey!  He should at least be able to compete high bar right???

Oh my gosh, I forgot….. Ksenia Afanasyeva is out.  I have no idea if this is correct, but it appears to be.

UPDATE:  Afanasyeva is definitely out, and thanks to MMR, we know that this is official and Russian is NOT replacing her.  This I don’t like, because I am in this phase of Russian love, and am looking for the Russians to emerge as a gold medal threat this quad.

Also, MMR is an amazing blog writer, you should check out his skating blog and his gymnastics blog.  Although his gymnastics blog hasn’t been updated in some time, if you like ice skating, MMR always provides EXCELLENT rundowns/commentary and would be a good place to read in this Olympic Skating Season.

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Rumors From World’s Podium Training

Here is the word on the street…

Bridget Sloan has been rocking the DTY’s couple stuck, the full twist on the DLO looks great too.

Kayla Williams doesn’t appear to have thrown the Amanar yet, Rudi is being thrown, legs a bit messy. Changed around floor, triple twist isn’t a a side pass.

Rebecca Bross is looking well, good DTY, a little trouble on bars, but good releases and stuck landings.

-Ivana Hong– late bar turns, low Tkatchev, what’s new? 🙂 I must say I love Ivana though! I will be rooting for her on beam. Hopefully she’s fixed up that full turn!

Training Photos can be viewed here

Also, a really great preview can be found here

I am insanely excited! I will be blogging all throughout Worlds, and I think it is safe to say….”I’m back.” One of my grad school classes is Internet Technology/Instruction and I am learning A LOT! I have to make a customized search engine, and I am going to make a gymnastics one! It will be posted on my site when I am done with it, which will be before midnight on Sunday because that is when it is due!!!

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