The Balance Beam Situation

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Live from Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 6

It’s the big one of the day with China and Canada going simultaneously. Following the spectacular qualification performance from France, China’s task is going to be finding a way to match it, while Canada is looking to place 3rd after today as a team, which would be a solid position to be comfortable making the team final.

TEAMS: China, Canada
INDIVIDUALS: Raegan Rutty (CAY), Giulianna Pino (ECU), Megan Ryan (IRL), Emma Slevin (IRL), Kate Molloy (IRL), Celeste Mordenti (LUX), Naveen Daries (RSA), Mammule Rankoe (RSA), Caitlin Rooskrantz (RSA), Barbora Mokosova (SVK), Chiara Bunce (SVK)

There are jacket-capes in Canada’s introduction. China did a little intro choreography! I’m so proud!

Rotation 1

Moors – UB – Shap to pak, clean – toe full , a little late – Van leeuwen – pretty – clear hip to blind change to khorkina, caught – toe pike 1/2 dismount, a little slide. Nice start.

Tingting went for the full to lead off vault instead of the DTY, probably a solid choice after PT.

Tang – VT – a little deep on this DTY, chest forward, but only a small hop, still fine work. She did some better ones in PT but also some that looked like that. 14.266

13.333 for Moors

Li – VT – nice power, chest up, a large bounce back, but should score higher than Tang because she completed it more comfortably. 14.466

Woo with some handstand posititions and leg breaks, but solid work, hit piked jaeger, and very nice stick on DLO.

Qi – VT – goes for the DTY as her first vault, also nice power, landing more under control than Li’s.

13.500 for Woo, nice number for her.

Black – UB – toe shap to hindrff close but caught – piked jaeger, good phythm into pak – a short hs on low – toe shap 1/2, bit of legs – some form, some handstands but normal Ellie – toe tuck 1/2 dismount, slide back

Qi – VT 2 – rudi and it’s nice, chest down a bit and a step to the side, but definitely an option for her first vault, and it does score better than her DTY. 14.666 to 14.533.

14.266 for Black. Watch out, you’re going to upset Daggett by giving Ellie over a 14 on bars.

Padurariu – UB – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger – inbar tkatchev piked, wel caught – stalder to bail to stalder full – stalder shoot – double tuck dismount, pace back. Solid, less sluggish than she looked in PT.

Successful rotations for both teams.

13.433 for Padurariu, not nearly doing her full D, which was probably smart.

Ryan – FX – double tuck, short with a lunge forward – back 1.5 to front full, lunge forward and possible OOB – 2/1, lunge back – 12.100

Mokosova – FX – carol of the bells? – blatant attempt to invoke Carol – double back, bounce back – back 1.5 to front tuck, very rough pass, low, barely pulled it out, lots of form – double L turn – 2/1, bounce back. switch leap switch ring –

Bunce – FX – double pike, some legs apart, step back – back 1.5 to front layout – back 2.5 – single L turn and probably not horinztonal enough – 2/1, solid.

Pino is off beam immediately on a loso series – she follows with a layout and splits the beam and rides it sideways for a while, nearly falls again on a tuck jump 1/2 – switch 1/2, check – side aerial, check – switch to sissone – split jump 1/2 from side position is fine – punch front layout, squats back to hold the landing. Val is like, WHY CAN’T YOU BE MARIA CAIRE. 8.333.

Rotation 2

Woo – BB – candle mount, has to muscles a little – bhs loso, lean check – aerial – double turn, overturns a little – had a large break later with a bend at the hips but stays on.

12.300

Chen – UB – Stalder shap to pak, clean – Maloney to gienger, caught well – E pirouette to piked jaeger, good – Ling 1/2 – FTDT, hunched over but hit, hop forward. Good.

14.366 for Chen

Moors – BB – she’ss the beam on her front handspring front tuck, tried to Ellie save it to one leg but alas no. WHYY. Her attitude turn is lovely – rudi dismount, nice. 12.133. Sigh.

Tang – UB – shap to pak, good – Van Leeuwen – Healy to ling to front giant full to piked jaeger – DLO, stuck. Very nice.

14.633

Liu – UB – Stalder Shap to pak, great height – Maloney to gienger, some feet but caught – short hs after that – healy to ling to ling 1/2 – DLO, flung out a little but fine, slide back

Black – BB – double turn, right on – front tuck with a check – bhs layout, solid – a few checks here and there, nothing major, near stick on the dismount. She’s on.

14.766 for Tingting

Li SJ – UB – piked jaeger, nice – Ricna to pak, some legs apart – Maloney to gienger, some feet – FTDT, stuck. Good. I’d say a little more ragged than the previous two, but solid.

13.533 for Black.

Padurariu – BB – candle mount – wolf triple, nice toe point, just a little arm control – switch ring, check at the hips – side aerial to loso loso very strong – switch 1/2, among the better ones – aerial to split to bhs, comfortable – switch to sheep – 2/1, short with a lunge but keeps it to her feet

14.166 for Li on bars. 43.765 for China on bars, the top bars rotation of the day.

Padurariu still gets a 13.500, which is a strong number, 4th best on the day.

Daries – FX – 2.5 to front tuck but stumbles off the floor and onto the podium, so kind of OOB – double pike, bounce back – 2/1, a little low, slide back –

Canada’s 39.333 on beam is behind only France.

Rotation 3

Tingting – BB – candle mount, nice – fhs front tuck, very solid – switch to splti ring to bhs, a little pause in that combination – switch ring, strong – aerial to split ring toswing down – split leap to side aerial to split to wolf – 2/1, hop back. Overtime. Nice.

A couple broken mixed series but only small wobbles. Very well done.

Olsen – FX – double double, slide back, mostly minimized – pike full in – front tuck trhough to double tuck, a little deep – 2/1, shuffle.

The landing bounces we would expect, though she kept them under control, nothing terribly large

14.300 for tingting, top beam score so far.

12.691 for Olsen.

Tang – BB – loso mount with a small lean – ro layout, so high, was a little crooked in the air but didn’t really show up in a wobble – falls on a switch ring, an odd fall, and then gets back up and immediately falls again – aerial with a pause before split to double stag – split 1/2 from side, good – 2/1, stuck.

The first break for China and it will be significant for both AA and event final purposes. 11.733

Woo short on a DLO on floor with a lunge forward. 12.500 for her.

Moors – FX – podkopayeva, nailed, one of her best landings on that – front 2/1 to front 1/1, solid – double attitude turn, does not get three turns around – switch ring – split ring 1/2 that no one should do – lovely leaps overall though – 2.5 to front tuck got a little funky, some knees and low, but she landed it and the rest should pull her through

Chen – BB – round off layout, solid – doing well with her mixed series – finishes with the 3/1 upgrade, just a touch short, step to the side. Short routine but a good one. 14.266

13.666 for Moors is into 2nd on floor, behind only MDJDS.

Black – FX – popa, good – front full through to 3/1, got it around and under control – 2.5 throigh to double pike, just a tad short, hop forward – switch full is borderline for switch side 1/2 credit – 2/1 got a little weird with a bounce back –

Li SJ – BB – front handspring to front tuck is excellent following some solid series and a side aerial – switch ring t0 bhs – aerial to split ring, small check – split jump 1/2 from side – double pike, step back.

My guess is that this will 2-per Chen out of the beam final.

13.200 for Black. Canada in good shape to be 3rd at the end of the day. China dominant enough on bars and beam that it should be able to hold onto first ahead of France.

Rotation 4

Tang -FX – 3/1 to front tuck fully sideways Chinese style landing – 2.5 to front pike, some corkscrew leg work but more ampltiude there – falls out of presumed quad turn attempt – double tuck, quite low, steps forward – switch ring – split ring – double pike, exact same as the tuck, short with some steps.

Moors got her floor score changed to 13.566, which is a downgrade of a tenth. LOL! Teach you to inquire.

12.866 for Tang is too high.

Li Shijia comes through with a hit as we were discussing what happened to Moors’ floor score, wonder if they were trying to get her triple attitude (no chance) and they looked at it again and were like, “Actually single.” Good double pike to finish.

Black with a 14.200 on her handspring layout full. Second vault – strong Tsuk 1.5, small hop to the side

55.199 for Black, puts her currently in 3rd

Black also moves past Chuso. It’s looking bad for Chuso’s 8th Olympics.

Shallon – VT 1 – Cheng – well, it happened, landed a little short with a shuffle forward, not any height, and the piking

Long wait for Li Shijia’s floor score.

Shallon – VT 2 – excellent DTY, stuck landing, just a little bit of piking and some height deductions. I would say it’s an NCAA 10, but for Shallon it would be like an NCAA 9.875.

We’re still waiting on Li’s score. It’s 12.600. 55.732 for her in the AA which puts her in 2nd.

Liu TT – FX – held leg double turn, definite credit, into full turn – 3/1, hop forward – Memmel turn is excellent – wolf double – double tuck, solid, small slide back – split ring 1/2 – front full to stag – switch ring – switch 1/2 – good, and the definite-credit D turns will help.

Canada has indeed moved ahead of Germany by more than a point and will feel pretty solid about TF now.

Qi Qi still in a winter coat. 13.233 for Tingting.

Qi Qi – FX – does not go for the double double, just a full twist – double tuck, solid landing – triple turn – switch ring – split ring 1/2 – 3/1, a little short with a step – 2.5 to front tuck, deep landing on front stuck with a step back.

So, China into first, followed by France then Canada. With Italy, GB, Netherlands, Japan, Russia, USA, and Brazil to go tomorrow, there’s little safety, but France is obviously in the TF and Canada is on the cusp but OK.

Liu Tingting and Li Shijia sit at #2 and #3 in the AA right now and will go to that final.

No non-team gymnasts added themselves to the 50 club here, so that will make those competitive near-50 people feel better.

Assuming that the favored 12 make the Olympics, your Olympic qualification standings for the individuals are currently as follows:

  1. Godwin
  2. Varinska
  3. Lee Yunseo
  4. Francis
  5. Kim Su Jong
  6. Holasova
  7. Vidiaux
  8. Holbura
  9. Haemmerle
  10. Alistratava
  11. Mohamed
  12. Mokosova
  13. Martins
  14. Rooskrantz
  15. Adlerteg
  16. Janik
  17. Castro
  18. Chusovitina
  19. Ting Hua Tien
  20. Nekrasova

So, at the end 20 qualify automatically, and then we’ll probably end up adding something like 10 more once the unused event final places are reallocated. Individual-wise, I think today was a little stronger than tomorrow. Tomorrow is better team-wise, so some of these people who appear in danger might end up safe.

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