Weekly Catch Up
There have been a few small meets this week that I haven’t gotten a chance to write anything about. None of them featured star gymnasts, but there were a few up-and-comers.
At the Daniel D’Amato International Tournament, Ukraine was victorious in the team event which combined mens and womens scores for the team total. Their victory ahead of Russia is no surprise, since Ukraine sent it’s A senior team and Russia sent it’s B junior team. The Russian women, all born in 1995, actually were within three points of Ukrainian women, it was the men who set the Ukrainians apart. A team from france was third. In the all around, Yulia Belokobilskaya was victorious. The promising Russian junior scored 55.45, a respectable total. Yulia did not make the junior european team this year, but has an outside chance at making the worlds team next year. I would say beam is her best event, but she scored 14.55 on floor, which is pretty great. Anastasia Koval was second. Vault kind of killed her all around score, but she preformed very well on bars and beam with 14.5 and 14.8, which are fantastic scores for her. Yevheniya Cherniy consistently scored in the low to mid 13s for third place over teammate Alyona Kaydalova, both of who were members of Ukraine’s worlds team. Russians Yulia Inshina and Maria Dunayeva were 5th and 6th. From what I’ve seen of them, Inshina is a decent all arounder but doesn’t stand out anywhere, while Dunayeva is a pretty good floor worker. With some improvement, I can see her possibly going to worlds next year, or at least euros. She has a double layout and seems to be attempting a 1 1/2 through to 3/1 combination.
Anastasia Sidorova dominated the Russian Junior Championships, winning the all around, vault, beam and floor titles in the absence of Anastasia Grishina who is recovering from an injury. She supposedly landed an amanar on vault, but I’m not sure I believe it. She did score 15.3 on vault one of the days, so maybe it’s true. She was born in 1996, which means she is not eligible for worlds next year, but she is certainly in contention for the olympic team.
Sidorova also happened to dominate Top Gym in Belgium, beating runner up Ariana Guerra by over 3 points. She’s a bit weak on bars, but put up the highest scores on the other three events and the second highest score on bars. Ariana Guerra did very well on vault, but had relatively low scores on the other three events. A young Italian, Elisa Meneghini, won the bronze, closely followed by Ericha Fassbender, Guerra’s teammate. Kristina Sidorova of Russia and Noémi Makra of Hungary tied for 5th. In the event finals, Guerra won vault, Fassbender won bars and Anastasia Sidorova won beam and floor. Sidorova’s second place on vault puzzles me a bit. She generally vaults a clean double twisting yurchenko and Guerra generally vaults a 1 1/2 twisting yurchenko. One would think that Guerra wouldn’t get the .5 that she loses on difficulty back in execution. I wonder if Sidorova tried an amanar and fell.
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