The C Score (2.0)

UPDATED 12/8: Irina Sazonova, Wyomi Masela, Tess Moonen win the Tournoi de la ville d’Arques

Posted on: December 6, 2008

With the advertised star of the Tournoi d’Arques Tatiana Nabieva out with a heel injury, Irina Sazonova and Wyomi Masela were able to truly shine, taking the senior and junior competitions, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Dutch gymnast Tess Moonen took first in the espoir competition (France’s category of elite gymnasts a step below international elite) with a solid 55, qualifying for all event finals. Masela, meanwhile, turned in a solid 57.800, beating Sazonova’s score of 55.525. Masela also went on to take first on vault and second on floor in event finals.

(Note that there were two categories for event finals, so each one had two girls placing for each medal. If I understand correctly, gymnasts ranked first or second on an event in the Espoir category made the A final, while third and fourth place made the B final. For juniors and seniors, the top six made the A final unless both gymnasts from the same team made the A final, in which case only the top gymnast did and the other went to the B final. Why exactly? I don’t know.)

Diana Sapronova at Arques

Diana Sapronova (RUS), on floor at the Tournoi Arques, took second in the junior all-around and golds on three apparatus finals

Sazonova’s teammate Diana Sapronova took second in the all-around in the junior competition and first on bars, beam and floor in the A final, while Sazonova took first on beam, but finished only seventh and sixth, respectively, on bars and floor finals, all in the B finals.

France’s Léa Kemayou had a rather poor outing, unfortunately, placing only seventh in the junior all-around, sixth on bars and fourth on beam in the B finals. However, Doriane Thobie, a newcomer, was an impressive fourth in the all-around (Espoir) and an impressive third on beam in the B final, the best showing by France all day!

You’ll remember Masela as the Dutch junior who recently took first on vault at the Massilia Cup. Sazonova has been around for quite a while — I believe she is now 17 — but we haven’t seen much of her, besides at the 2005 WOGA Classic and the 2007 Russian Cup.

Georgiana Gheorghe (ROM), on floor at the Tournoi d'Arques, placed second in the Espoir all-around

Georgiana Gheorghe (ROM), on floor at the Tournoi d'Arques, placed second in the Espoir all-around

Georgiana Gheorghe of Romania took first on floor in the B final, the only medal for the Romanian gymnasts as the other competitor, the promising Diana Bulimar competed only on bars due to an ankle injury (Bulimar placed fourth on bars in the B final). As a combined team, however, the girls finished 13th out of 14th in the Espoir competition because Bulimar had to scratch on three of four apparatus. Gheorghe, however, finished second in the all-around.

Besides Masela’s great performance, the Dutch had a quite good day overall. Their teams went two-three in the junior/senior competition and took first in the Espoir competition. Naoual Ouazani Chahdi finished third in the junior all around and took second on beam in the B-finals, while Fiehe Willens placed third in the senior all-around and second on A-side vault.

Wyomi Masela (NED) was the big winner in the junior division at the Tournoi d'Arques

Wyomi Masela (NED) was the big winner in the junior division at the Tournoi d'Arques

Moonen and Tessa Gerrits took first in the Espoir team competition, and Moonen finished first, as I mentioned, in the all-around, by nearly four points over Gheorghe. On the A-side of event finals, they finished 1-2-3 on vault (Masela, Willens, Moonen). They placed at least one competitor in seven of the eight event finals. On the A-side, Marlies Rijken and Sanne de Smet went 2-3 on bars, and de Smet also took third on beam. Masela, of course, took second on floor. On the B-side, Willens and Lisa van den Burg went 1-2 on bars, Ouazani Chahdi took second on beam, as I mentioned, and Gerrits and van den Burg took second and third, respectively, on floor.

Finally, I should mention Argentina’s Virginie Florence Deluzio, who finished second in the senior all-around. Poland’s Marta Pihan also competed, but placed a relatively disappointing fifth in the senior all-around.

Overall, the Dutch overperformed while the Russians underperformed somewhat (though they competed none of their big players). Generally speaking, though, the level of competition was not particularly high.

Before the results, Masela’s floor (from AMGA’s much-appreciated but low-quality streamed coverage):

More videos are available from youtube user samaraGW here.

Combined senior/junior team:

1. St. Petersburg, Russia (Diana Sapronova/Irina Sazonova)
2. Pro Patria Zoetermeer, Netherlands (Naoual Ouazani Chahdi/Lisa van den Burg)
3. Bosan TON Almelo, Netherlands (Wyomi Masela, Sanne de Smet)

Espoir team:

1. Netherlands (Tessa Gerrits/Tess Moonen)
2. Belgium (Antje van de Velde/Eline Vandersteen)
3. Créteil, FRA (Doriane Thobie/Cindy Bacquet)

Senior all-around:

1. Irina Sazonova (RUS) – 55.25
2. Virginie Florence Deluzio (ARG) – 53.7
3. Fiehe Willens (NED) – 51.25

Junior all-around:

1. Wyomi Masela (NED) – 57.8
2. Diana Sapronova (RUS) – 57.4
3. Naoual Ouazani Chahdi (NED) – 55.9

Espoir all-around:

1. Tess Moonen (NED) – 55.1
2. Georgiana Gheorghe (ROM) – 51.65
3. Antje van de Velde (BEL) – 51.6

Vault A:

1. Wyomi Masela (NED)
2. Fiehe Willems (NED)
3. Tess Moonen (NED)

Vault B:

1. Alexandra Herrala (FIN)
2. Melita Cesnavicuite (LIT)
3. Reeta Pietlia (FIN)

Uneven bars A:

1. Diana Sapronova (RUS)
2. Marlies Rijken (NED)
3. Sanne de Smet (NED)

Uneven bars B:

1. Fiehe Willens (NED)
2. Lisa van den Burg (NED)
3. Emilie Ibragimova (BEL)

Beam A:

1. Diana Sapronova (RUS)
2. Reeta Pietila (FIN)
3. Sanne de Smet (NED)

Beam B:

1. Irina Sazonova (RUS)
2. Naoual Ouazani Chahdi (NED)
3. Doriane Thobie (FRA)

Floor A:

1. Diana Sapronova (RUS)
2. Wyomi Masela (NED)
3. Antje van de Velde (BEL)

Floor B:

1. Georgiana Gheorghe (ROM)
2. Tessa Gerrits (NED)
3. Lisa van den Burg (NED)

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