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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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While the rather underwhelming (Coach Rick’s characterization of my reaction to the results) PAGU Individual Event Championships took place in Argentina, with the United States present, everyone else of consequence was over in Europe at the Massilia Cup in France.

The Massilia Cup’s Web site is beyond useless, but I’ve finally gotten my hands on some results. Note that there is both the Open and the Cup. The Open is for all teams who are interested in competing, while the Cup is limited to the official delegations from the top eight countries. The top performers then compete in an all-around known as Top Massilia in which each gymnast competes as many events as she chooses. It’s an EF competition, but for some reason they also compile all-around scores.

The Chinese dominated, sweeping both all-arounds and both team finals, with Jiang Yuyuan and her teammate Guo Wei winning the Cup (with only two competitors while all of the other teams had three, top two scores count), and Jiang taking gold in the Cup all-around and gold on bars and floor in Top Massilia. To be fair, however, the Chinese had the most experienced team (with Jiang), followed by the Australians, who placed third. The Russians took second, with the graceful Aliya Mustafina replacing Tatiana Nabieva, who was scheduled to compete (no word on what happened), Viktoria Komova (who does a Patterson dismount on beam), and Kristina Goryunova (Goryunova appears to have replaced Anna Demienteva, who was scheduled). Goryunova went on to medal in two EFs in the Top Massilia; Mustafina on one. Russia beat China in team finals on vault, but just barely, and floor by nearly a point, while the Australians actually placed first on beam, but came in only third. The three Russians went 4-5-6 in the all-around, Goryunova, Komova, Mustafina. Mustafina had the highest score on floor of all competitors.

Australian Lauren Mitchell had a good meet, taking second in the all-around in the Cup and first in the all-around in Top Massilia with silvers on two events, and third by team with Ashleigh Brennan and up-and-comer Britt Greeley. (Note: advance word had Emily Little competing on the Cup team and Greeley on the Open team. Not sure what happened.) And despite the scandal brewing at home, the Brazilians placed a respectable fourth. Their highest placement in the all-around was Bruna Leal, ninth, with Ethiene Franco tenth and Khiuna Dias twelfth.

The disappointments come for the French and the Romanians. The French senior team, with Youna Dufournet making her senior debut, placed only fifth, with a fall by Dufournet on bars and on her triple twist on floor. The other French competitors were Laetitia Dugain and Manon Erre (Dugain appears to be replacing Angeline Serre, who was expected to compete). Dufournet placed only eighth in the all-around with low scores on beam and floor. Marine Brevet and Chloé Stanic, two up-and-coming French juniors, actually beat Dugain, who placed a dismal 21st of 23.

But the real trouble is for the Romanians, who came in a dismal sixth despite putting up some of their top new talent — Amelia Racea, Diana Trenca and Claudia Voicu. As I’ve mentioned, the Romanians have a huge problem with vault (Racea does the best one, a FTY), and tend to score in the mid-50’s. Racea posted a reasonable 57.050 with trouble on bars to finish seventh. Voicu placed thirteenth, Trenca eighteenth. Hopefully the move to Deva by many of their top gymnasts of the next generation, including these three, will sort that out. None placed in any EFs.

China in first, Russia in second, Australia in third

The podium for the Massilia Cup team competition: China in first, Russia in second, Australia in third

As for the Open, the Canadians overperformed, taking the second and third spots on the team podium and placing Dominique Pegg in third place in the all-around. Pegg was my choice for top Canadian junior. A WOGA team placed fourth, but I don’t know who competed.

The two Chinese girls who placed first and second in the Open, Zhang Yujiao and Kang Xiaojun outscored Pegg by 1.5 and 2 points, respectively. Briley Casanova, a fairly well-known American junior, took fourth. Casanova had the highest score on vault and tied with Kang for the highest score on floor, but took a hit on bars with a 12.750.

As I mentioned, Mitchell placed first in the Top Massilia. Racea placed second — leaving out bars — while Goryunova placed third and Pegg fourth (the highest finish by an Open competitor). The rest of the competitors did not compete three events and I’m not even sure why they do this ranking.

More importantly, the Dutch Wyomi Masela placed first on vault, the best finish of any Dutch competitor. Goryunova took second, just above Dufournet on what some might say is her best event. As I mentioned, Mitchell took silver on three events (bars and beam, her best-scoring events). Jiang, unsurprisingly, dominated her competition on bars and floor. Guo took first on beam and third on floor, cementing the Chinese dominance.

Finally, the audience was also treated to a performance by Nastia Liukin who, however, appears to have used one of her routines from the Tour of Gymnastics Superstars. If I remember correctly, I didn’t enjoy it.

Nastia Liukin at the 2008 Massilia Cup

Nastia Liukin at the 2008 Massilia Cup

Full results are available here. That link is weird, so if it doesn’t work, here is the Massilia Cup main page.

Massilia Cup team:

1. China: Jiang Yuyuan, Guo Wei
2. Russia: Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, Kristina Goryunova
3. Australia: Lauren Mitchell, Ashleigh Brennan, Britt Greeley
4. Brazil: Ana Silva, Khiuna Dias, Bruna Leal
5. France (seniors): Youna Dufournet, Laetitia Dugain, Manon Erre
6. Romania: Amelia Racea, Diana Trenca, Claudia Voicu
7. Netherlands: Joy Goedkoop, Wyomi Masela, Natasja Blind
8. France (juniors): Chloé Stanic, Marine Brevet, Justine Crosato

Massilia Cup all-around:

1. Jiang Yuyuan
2. Lauren Mitchell
3. Guo Wei

Top Massilia vault:

1. Wyomi Masela (NED)
2. Kristina Goryunova (RUS)
3. Youna Dufournet (FRA)

Top Massilia uneven bars:

1. Jiang Yuyuan (CHN)
2. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
3. Geng Ruo Wei (CHN)

Top Massilia beam:

1. Guo Wei (CHN)
2. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
3. Kristina Goryunova (RUS)

Top Massilia floor:

1. Jiang Yuyuan (CHN)
2. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
3. Guo Wei (CHN)

Open team:

1. Shanghai: Zhang Yujiao, Kang Xiaojun, Ruo Wei Geng
2. Canada 1: Dominique Pegg, Rochelle Hurt, Anysia Unick
3. Canada 2: Jessica Dowling, Madeline Gardiner, Caitlyn Keats

Open all-around

1. Zhang Yujiao
2. Kang Xiaojun
3. Dominique Pegg

Honestly the Pan American Gymnastics Union event competitions are not that interesting from a U.S. perspective — there were really no other competitive gymnastics nations present except Brazil, but some of the Brazilians were in Europe for the Massilia Cup. Nevertheless, it’s a decent international opportunity for the rising generation of American seniors, and a good chance for us to see them compete against one another.

Rebecca Bross was scheduled to compete at PAGU but withdrew, reportedly because of a knee injury sustained at the most recent training camp. This left the Americans with Corrie Lothrop, Olivia Courtney and Samantha Shapiro. Incidentally, Bridget Sloan and Jana Bieger were both on the training squad for this event, but did not go. As it happens, early on Bridget Sloan announced that she would not be competing for the rest of the year, choosing instead to train for the new Code of Points. Meanwhile, it was initially rumored that Bieger had not been selected, but in fact it turns out that she made the same decision as Sloan. So Marta Karolyi hasn’t totally cast her aside yet.

Lothrop and Shapiro both performed impressively. Lothrop placed first on vault took silver on every other event, proving why Marta thought she was a valuable enough commodity to have as an alternate for the Olympics.

Shapiro competed a pretty massive 15.450-scoring routine on bars, placing her solidly among top U.S. seniors in bars scores. The next-highest score was Lothrop’s, over a point below Shapiro’s. Shapiro then went on to take beam with another very high score (15.775). She seems to have improved her difficulty fairly significantly.

The third American, Olivia Courtney (Shayla Worley’s teammate) also took home two medals: gold on floor (scoring in the low 15’s) and silver on vault.

Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro and Olivia Courtney at the PAGU Individual Event Championships

Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro and Olivia Courtney at the PAGU Individual Event Championships

Again, of course, this was basically an intrasquad competition with the slight twist of having to fly to Argentina first. But still, it’s nice to see some big scores from the next generation of U.S. gymnasts.

Full results are available here, although the site is down occasionally.

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Vault:

1. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
2. Olivia Courtney (USA)
3. Tarabini Ayelen (ARG)

Uneven bars:

1. Samantha Shapiro (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
3. Juliana Santos (BRA)

Beam:

1. Samantha Shapiro (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)

Floor:

1. Olivia Courtney (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)

I take a particular interest in French gymnastics because I grew up in Paris. This weekend, a group of French juniors took on a dominant set of Italian juniors in Ponzano Veneto, Italy. Results at the bottom, as usual.

Both teams sent their second-tier juniors to this meet, although the Italians had a clear edge on experience and level — they were not represented by the Paola Galantes, of course, but known juniors Carlotta Ferlito, Andrea Foti, Andrea La Spada, Serena Licchetta, Eleonora Rando. The last three were members of the Italian team at the 2008 Junior European Championships.

By contrast, France sent some greener juniors — with the exception of Marine Brevet, who was a member of the French Junior European team, none have any international experience to speak of. France has a couple of interesting very young juniors, but the ones they selected for this meet are fairly middle-of-the-pack. This was good experience for both Ambre Casanova and Emilie Dupuis, who competed in their first international meet. However, Brevet, Casanova, Justine Crosato and Sarah Gusmaroli, all at this meet, will be at the Massilia Cup later this month.

The top four Italians all scored in the 55-and-above range, with Erica Fasana scoring 56.700. The highest B-scores were to be found on vault, where Fasana, Chiara Gandolfi, La Spada and Brevet received B-scores of at least 9.000, the only B-scores in the 9’s of the entire meet. Not that this is uncommon among juniors, but the Italian and French teams are among those that have the most problems with this — and low A-score vaults, also witnessed at this meet.

On the other hand, Brevet qualified to EF in beam at the Junior Europeans this year, and three of the top four Italians beat her beam score at this event: point being, things are looking good for the Italians.

Anyway, the Italians certainly dominated at this meet, taking the top 9 spots. The results:

All-around:

1. Erica Fasana (56.700)
2. Serena Licchetta (56.300)
3. Andrea Foti (55.450)
4. Carlotta Ferlito (55.100)
5. Valentina Scapin/Chiara Gandolfini (54.200)
7. Andrea La Spada (54.050)
8. Eleonora Rando (53.900)
9. Francesca De Agostini (52.650)
10. Justine Crosato (52.250)

My series on rising juniors discusses the Italians here and the French here.

The full results of the Italy-France meet can be found here. It includes the team results by club.


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