China wins at the Swiss Cup but Izbasa takes Arthur Gander
Posted November 3, 2008on:
The Arthur Gander Memorial, held October 29th, is a competition run by the Swiss, and named after a former FIG president, and has a slightly odd format. Each gymnast competes three of four events.
China, Romania and Russia each competed top female gymnasts: He Ning from China, Sandra Izbasa from Romania, and Ksenia Afanasyeva from Russia. Germany sent Oksana Chusovitina, although Marie-Sophie Hindermann was supposed to compete but withdrew because of surgery for her Achilles.
Izbasa competed a slightly watered-down version of her floor routine, and took a step out of bounds, but continued to land solidly. Izbasa just keeps going up and up in my persoal rankings: she’s competing in four more competitions in the next six weeks and is, according to Nicolae Forminte, the only Romanian currently ready to compete. In this IG article Forminte says that Ana Maria Tamirjan, Gabriela Dragoi and Andreea Grigore are all injured, and that all of the others are “struggling to find motivation,” which could be a problem for my favorite team, sadly.
ThePenguin888 over at YouTube has some other good vids.
1. Sandra Izbasa (44.300)
2. Oksana Chusovitina (44.000)
3. He Ning (43.550)
4. Ariella Käslin (42.400)
The Swiss Cup mixed pairs competition, honestly, is weird. Here’s how it works:
- Gymnasts are paired by country: each country sends one male and one female gymnast. This year twelve countries competed
- In the first round, each gymnast from each team competes on one apparatus of his/her choice.
- In the second round, each gymnast competes on a second apparatus of his/her choice.
- After the second round, four teams are cut based on total score (from the two rounds).
- In the semifinals, each gymnast competes on one apparatus of his/her choice, but the apparatus may not be one of the apparatus competed in the first two rounds.
- On the basis of scores from the first three rounds, four teams are cut.
- In the final, each gymnast competes on one apparatus of his/her choice, but the apparatus may not be the apparatus competed in the semifinals.
- The winner is determined by the combined score from the finals round only.
Exciting for me was also that Youna Dufournet of France competed, although the French team finished only ninth after she fell repeatedly on a pirouette on bars. The Germans did not perform well, with Chusovitina taking a nasty fall on beam. Word has it that she may have torn her Achilles (ironically — see above).
1. China (31.250)
2. Romania (30.775)
3. Russia (30.750)
4. Switzerland (30.025)