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2021 World Championships — Women’s Qualification Live Blog

It’s worlds and whatnot!

Women’s qualification begins today with the first 7 of 10 women’s subdivisions. In the first group, we’ll have the full squad from China, along with two all-arounders each from Turkey and Israel.

To answer the question: I’m watching apparatus streams via the virtual media center that was set up for credentialed media who aren’t there in person. I would love to share it with all of you, but the one thing I love more than that is not getting in trouble in any way. A valid question is why they couldn’t just…do this on YouTube.

So, a live blog it is.

In subdivision 1, Wei Xiaoyuan will be the only all-arounder for China and should lead the standings after this group, pretty much regardless of how her day goes. China will also be looking to put up 2 bars scores and 2 beam scores that can make it back to event finals. All three of China’s athletes on those events (Wei, Li, and Luo) have it in them to make finals, and Qi Qi should at least make it to the vault final with anything resembling a hit.

SUBDIVISION 1

Rotation 1

Geffen Dor finishes floor with a 15. to front tuck and just does step OOB.

Li Shijia – UB – healy, ling to piked jaeger – pak, clean – toe on to maloney with crazzzy legs, and can’t connect to the gienger and falls. She just barely caught the maloney and there was really no chance to get the combination, went for it anway and was super low – Finishes with FTDT, step back.

Dor went 10.966 on floor. Tarhan 10.833 on beam.

Netzer – FX – piked full in, short, lunge forward

Uctas – BB – switch mount to split to tuck jump 1/2, secure – bhs tuck full attempt and falls.

12.500 for Li Shijia.

Netzer hands down on double tuck.

Wei – UB – inbar fuill to komova II to pak, lovely – van leeuwen, legs together – inbar 1/2 to healy to ling, RIGHT to handstand, top piked jaeger – 1/2 turn – DLO 1/1, gets it, lunge back. Really strong work. Good form throughout. Only a medium step back on dismount. Late 1/2 turn before dismount was the biggest thing. Some handstands they will get her for but should be a strong one.

14.733 for Wei. Nice number.

11.200 for Uctas Sanli on beam, 9.966 for Netzer on floor.

Luo – UB – inbar shap  to pak, nice – maloney to gienger, good height, solid – healy to ling to piked jaeger, best toes of the bunch – short cast – giant 1/2 – FTDT, bounce back. Excellent. Like Wei, the biggest deduction trap is that 1/2 turn before dismount.

Well, not the start China would have wanted with Li’s fall, but really if Wei and Luo hit they were going to get higher scores anyway, and they both hit. I would imagine bot Wei and Luo should make it back to the bars final with those routines.

14.500 for Luo. Higher E than Wei, but three tenths lower on D. Not THE HIGHEST score, but I still like that to get back.

Rotation 2

China goes to beam, Israel to vault, Turkey to floor.

Wei – BB – candle mount, solid – switch ring, wayyyy off line and still tries to connect to korbut, not a chance, both legs side saddle on the beam and she falls. Bhs loso series hit – switch to split ring jump to bhs is gorgeous – side somi, leans to connect to split jump 1/2, another check – aerial to split jump, another hesitation – desperately tryong to avoid another large error but she’s fightit here – 2/1, bounce back

Slide back on double pike final pass for Tarhan.

12.633 for Wei

Uctas Sanli with a lovely split ring leap to start her floor – double pike, secure landing – has to tuck 1.5 to front full and steps OOB – looks like a large bounce back OOB on her final pass.

Li – BB – fhs front tuck, good save! Was short with a slide back abut kept going with a wobble – split ring leap NOOOOOOO, way crooked and scrapes her leg down the side of the beam as she falls. She’s pulled it together now – aerial to split ring to Korbut was lovely – split 1/2 from side – 2/1, step back.

All the sighs.

Tarhan went 11.433 on floor, Uctas Sanli went 11.466.

Netzer, the first to do two vaults, puts up a 13.516 average.

Li Shijia with 12.600 and behind Wei Xiaoyuan’s 12.633

Luo – BB – candle mount, good – round off layout, check with leg up but holds well – switch ring to bhs to double stag, LOVELY – switch to split ring to bhs, risking credit on the split ring – nearly a check on choreography – aerial to split ring jump to korbut, nicely connected – split 1/2 from side – 2/1, super high, hop back. Nice job.

Luo Rui is the only one we trust in a fire.

14.566 for Luo. Definite final with that score.

The first REAL disappointment for China in that rotation as Li Shijia had a chance to win gold on beam but will not be in the final after her ring fall.

Rotation 3

China to floor, Israel to bars, Turkey to vault. China will have just two on floor with Wei and Qi.

Qi Qi really struggling on her Silivas in the touch warmup.

Wei – FX – 3/1 to punch front, jusst pulls it around, landed a bit squatty – double tuck, yikes, rebounds back out of it and can’t control the rebound, ends up putting both her hands and her head down on landing – second fall of the day for her – 2/1 is fine –

12.233 for Wei.

I don’t know how Netzer made is through her bars routine without a leg flying off, but she did!

Qi – FX – opts for just the full in first pass and lands comfortably – 3/1 to front tuck, lunges back to hold the landing – falls out of a triple turn pretty dramatically – switch to split ring – 2.5 to front pike, comfortable – wolf double was tight and in a high position but around – 2/1, step. So a downgrade for Qi but a necessary one.

Qi Qi with a hit, but gets a 7.633 E score for a 12.833 total.

Because of the way this competition is, Wei doesn’t have to worry about making it back to the AA final, but two falls in three routines so far…

Rotation 4

China to vault, Turkey to bars, Israel to beam

Wei opens vault for China weith a clean and successful yfull, medium slide back, good position.

13.266 for Wei. She’ll end the day on just 52.865 in the AA.

Netzer with a fall on a layout on beam.

Annnnd we have a crashed DTY for Qi Qi. Not close, lands on her hands and knees. The rudi attempt does not go better, a lunge to the side and a hand down. UH OH. No vault final for Qi Qi.

Tarhan – UB – maloney is clean to pak, legs apart and feet – stalder shoot to high is quite close – hits piked jaeger – giant full – DLO dismount is pretty solid. Through with a hit.

China’s qualification performance: Luo Rui will now be going to Paris instead of Emily. She had a very strong day and has a good shot at two finals here. Wei will make it back to the bars final and the AA final, but the two falls weren’t great. I don’t anticipate finals for Li Shijia or Qi Qi unless floor stays rooougggghhh.

So, we’ve got a half second before the next subdivision, which will be quite a bit busier with Italy, Great Britain, Netherlands, and Hungary all in action.

For now:

All-Around
Wei XY- 52.865
Tarhan – 46.666
Uctas Sanli – 46.166
Netzer – 45.458
Dor – 43.298

Netzer leads vault with 13.516, Wei leads bars with 14.733, Luo leads beam with 14.566, and Qi leads floor with 12.833.


SUBDIVISION 2

Expect lots of finalists to come out of this group, with the most eager eyes on Becky Downie’s bars routine in the final rotation. We have a number of potential vault finalists here as well with Asia D’Amato, Elze Geurts, and Csenge Bacskay. And given the performance from Wei in the first subdivision, the D’Amatos have an even better opening for a high AA qualification position here.

Rotation 1

Netherlands on vault, Italy on bars, GB on beam, and Hungary on floor.

Touch warmup now.

Stacey – BB – GBR – hits candle mount – wolf turn was a struggle but she hit it – loso series, aerial look fine – a couple short split positions – 1.5 dismount, hop.

Asia D’Amato – UB – Church to pak, hit – maloney to tkatchev, solid – Ray – 1/2 turn to giant 1/2 to front giant full to double front, ahhhh sits it down. Great until then.

12.333 for both D’Amato and Stacey.

Alice D’Amato – UB – maloney, great height into tkatchev, good – stalder tkatchev piked to a clean Pak – van leeuwen, some legs – front giant full to double front, hit, hop forward. Strong work overall.

Fenton – BB – loso mount, hit – double turn, nice! – switch to split leap to Y spin, large break there, bend but keeps it on – bhs loso, hit, foot flexing – lots of arm waving on her triple wolf but saved it – leans forward on double wolf but saves that as well – things finally catch up to her on a front aerial, very short and falls.

Geurts hits DTY with a bounce back

13.966 for Alice D’Amato.

Iorio – UB – stalder tkatchev piked to Pak to maloney to stalder 1/2 to yezhova to shaposh 1/2 – YES! – front giant full to double front, lunge forward. Love it.

Geurts also hits her handspring front full, a little jarred on landing and some legs, but through two vaults. She goes into first place easily on vault with a 14.350 average.

Downie – BB – hits candle mount, just a tad over vertical – switch ring, I’d say not for credit, secure landing – side aerial to loso, solid – switch to a balk, does not connect – then does switch 1/2, shortish but solid – aerial to split to bhs, good – side somi, hit, small correction – switch to a full turn – round off 1.5 dismount, hop forward. She minimized the checks in that one very well. Between the balk and some of the positions they’ll get her on E, but through a hit beam routine.

Iorio went 14.183, which puts her in 3rd place on bars currently.

Downie goes 13.333 on beam, which puts her in 2nd currently.

Zoja Szekely’s 11.966 is the strongest floor score for Hungary, also putting her 3rd.

Geurts is our most likely event medalist from that rotation, though I can wish that Iorio’s bars score holds up.

Rotation 2

Hungary to vault, Netherlands to bars, Italy to beam, GB to floor.

Van Pol – UB – blind to jaeger, hit – piked tkatchev, solid – pak, looks like she hit her feet on the mat swinging through, and then can’t get her tow on afterward and has to hop off.

Asia D’Amato – BB – loso series, arm wave check, holds it – bhs loso, very small check – split 1/2 from side, well done – switch to split leap to bhs, smoothly connected – switch 1/2, larger arm wave break – side somi, hit – aerial, bend to the side, fights for it again – wobble on full turn – double pike, hit, hop back. She had to fight many monsters in that routine but she stayed on.

She gets a 13.000 for it. hey not bad!

Looks like Van Pol had a second fall on bars as well.

Visser – Tkatchev 1/2 to yezhova is hit – 1/2 turn on low, can’t get the full turn around, has to go over the wrong way and correct and recast with the other part of the turn – maloney to pak is lovely – van lweuwn, hit – giant full to FTDT, hop forward.

Alice D’Amato falls on a loso on beam. Has another larger break on an aerial. Second fall on a split 1/2 from side position. Dear dear.

13.033 for Visser. 10.966 for Alice D’Amato.

Good control on a 2.5 to finish floor for Fenton. She goes 11.733 though.

Veerman – UB – stalder shap to bhardwaj, crazy legs but catches – toe full to maloney to pak, separates legs a lot again – van leeuwen, hit – piked jaeger, takes it wayyy too far and falls.

Not a bars rotation to remember for Netherlands.

Iorio – BB – loso mount, nice – side aerial, hit – aerial, smooth – bhs loso loso, great height, does well to save it as she was leaning a ton to the right – switch to sissone, nicely done – split ring jump, small check – y spin, solid – 2/1, hop back. Good. Best of the rotation.

13.133 for Iorio is the best Italian score on beam and puts her into 3rd place.

Solid Y1.5 from Bacskay, hop. Tsuk full, large bounce back.

Bacskay averages 13.666 on vault, which puts her ahead of Netzer and into 2nd, still well behind Geurts.

Each D’Amato with one disaster so far. Iorio the strongest of the Italians on both of her events. Nice to see her back and performing confidently.

Rotation 3

GB to vault, Hungary to bars, Netherlands to beam, Italy to floor

Ruby Stacey with a clean Yfull on vault, bounce back, good.

Alice D’Amato – FX – wolf double, good – 3/1, solid, just a tad short, hops it around – double pike, secure landing, chest just a bit down but very solid – doubel y, probably not all the way around – front 2/1, hop forward. Good work overall. Minimized landing deductions.

Visser saves a side somi on beam, stays on. Gets through with a hit.

GMF going with the Yfull on vault, very high and pretty.

12.833 for Alice D’Amato on FX, tying Qi Qi’s score. 12.800 for Visser on beam.

Szekely – UB – high van leeuwen, leg break – piked jaeger, great amplitude – tkatchev to pak, gets toooo high and hits her legs on the mat on the swing through.

Asia D’Amato – FX – hits DLO, bounce back, almost overcooked it a little – double arabian is greatttt, only a small hop – switch to switch side 1/2, a little out of control but OK – double pike, solid – double tuck, a hair short, hop to the side. Like her sister, pretty good job at minimizing landing deductions but opened the door for the E hawks on several dance elements.

Hit beam for Van Pol, bounce forward on 1.5 dismount.

12.216 for Van Pol’s beam

Kovacs – stalder full to stalder shap 1/2 – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, good – some short hs – Ricna – stalder tkatchev piked toi pak, very nice – van leeuwen, only a small leg break – FTDT, a bit short, lunge forward. I thought it was going to be a rough one in the first half but she pulled it together for really some nice combos in the second half.

14.433 for Kovacs! Wow, a bit higher than I expected. That puts her 3rd.

13.133 for Asia D’Amato on floor and into the lead there.

Sanna Veerman falls on a side somi on beam.

Carofiglio – FX – front lay to double front, oh dear, well short and sits it down. And the double front pike after it is nowhere close, a second fall.

Veerman went 11.566 on beam. Carofiglio 10.833 on floor.

Rotation 4

Italy to vault, GB to bars, Hungary to beam, Netherlands to floor

Asia D’Amato needs a 14.400 on her DTY to move ahead of Wei for the lead in the AA, which is doable but requires a solid one.

Downie will be up 3rd for GB.

Bacskay hits loso mount and bhs loso on beam – some short splits – side somi, hit – side aerial, good – finishes with a 2/1 dismount, chest down and hop but fine.

Visser hits her whip 3/1 to front tuck on floor – doubel L turn around – pretty double y – doubel tuck, step back – switch ring – split leap full, some feet – switch 1/2 – 2/1, clean

Stacey – Ub – toe full to stalder shap to pak, to van lweuen, hit very well – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, feet – stalder front tuck 1/2 dismount, hop. Nice comfortable hit. Lots of feet deductions but solid.

Bounce back for Alice D’Amato on DTY, 14.333

13.200 for Stacey.

Carofiglio sits a Y1.5, well she’s having just the worst day.

Fenton – UB – stalder shap to clear hip to fenton to yezhova, lots of leg form but hit – maloney to pak, cleanly done – van leeuwen, pretty – giant full – FTDT, chest down, step. Good job. The form went crazy on her big combo but otherwise pretty and comfortably hit.

Carofiglio handspring front pike 2nd vault, landed with a lunge forward.

13.658 for Fenton.

Downie – UB – long wait for Fenton’s score – stalder full to stalder shap to clear hip tkatchev, good – tweddle to yezhova, nicely done – maloney to pak, hit – van leeuwen, lets together – FTDT is a struggglllle, but she lands it, pings off, lunge forward. Great on the bars, though some hip angle on cast handstands will get her as well. Let’s wait and see.

Geurts going on floor at the same time – finishes 1.5 to front full, just does save it with a shuffle back.

12.966 for Geurts on floor for 2nd place.

Asia D’Amato went 13.816 average on vault for second place.

Downie got a 6.2 D score and a 14.000 total, which already has her down in 5th place. Ruh roh.

It’s been a DAY so far, and that was two subdivisions.

Somehow, Wei withstood the assault from the second subdivision and remains in the AA lead.

All-Around
Wei – 52.865
Asia D’Amato – 52.599
Visser – 52.266
Alice D’Amato – 52.098
Stacey – 50.765

On the events, Geurts has taken the lead on vault with a score that will make it back.
On bars, Kovacs is in third place with a very compelling score, and Downie is just in 5th place. Though she is in second on beam.
The floor leaders are now Asia D’Amato, Geurts, and Visser, and…well I have no idea what which way that event is going.


SUBDIVISION 3

Armine’s tape measure has already arrived at vault for some reason.

Touch warmup now. So, this is going to be a bit of a US-centric session, though I am interest to see if a Canadian can sneak in on beam.

Rotation 1

Canada on vault, USA on bars, Croatia on beam, Norway on floor.

Announcement that the warmup period is over comes as Frazier finishes her touch and Wong and DiCello haven’t started yet. So I think not.

Toessbro hits double pike and double tuck on floor. Zwicker falls on beam on a wolf turn.

Frazier – UB – Falls on her opening Church. She took it way too far in the warmup and corrected to the opposite mistake here, catching way too close with no chance to gets her grips over – pak – toe full to maloney – front toe 1/2 is fine this time, as is DLO, good control on landing.

Rose Woo goes 13.266 on Yfull. 10.766 for Zwicker. 12.033 for Toessbro.

Hit Y1.5 for Rousseau for Canada, lunge forward. 13.866.

12.000 for Frazier.

Wong – UB – toe full is nice into maloney to pak – van leeuwen, clean – stalder 1/2 to jaeger, good – 1/2 turn on high is OK, slight hesitation in stalder – DLO, stuck landing. One of her good ones. Pretty. Looked like she was maybe thinking about connecting the VL out of the Pak and then thought better, but not a big thing.

Handspring pike 1/2 for Rousseau as her second vault, chest forward and a lunge to the side.

Tronrud for Norway stumbles back and falls on a double pike on floor.

DiCello – UB – stalder full to maloney, good, connects to tkatchev – piked jaeger, high – Church, a little close but OK – pak – van leeuwen, small leg break – FTDT, a bit staggered on landing, small hop to the side. Good individual elements. She had 80 cast handstands in that routine, which will be an E score killer.

Wong goes 13.683 and DiCello 13.900. No bars final for the US with those two sitting in 7th and 8th already.

Wong and DiCello did pretty work. Got some of the highest E scores we’ve seen so far on bars. But the content wasn’t event final-y.

Ronbeck – FX – Norway – front full to rudi, chest down but around – switch – split leap 1.5, pretty close to around for credit – double tuck, didn’t get much set at all, either hands down or very close to hands down – switch ring – double Y to illusion, that was a highlight, I’d give double Y credit – front 2/1, legs but around, possible connection into stag.

She goes 11.366 for that.

Rousseau’s vaulting put her 5th there so far, the highest event placement for anyone in the first rotation.

Rotation 2

Wong – BB – switch to straddle jump, good – side aerial to loso, hit, just a bit of knees at the end – L turn, small hesitation before full turn so probably no connection there – switch ring, low back leg – side somi, solid – straddle 1/2 from side, comfortable – aerial to split jump, hit securely – 2.5 dismouint, small hop. One of her best beam routines of the year, really.

Rousseau goes 12.200 on bars for Canada.

13.700 for Wong and she’s in 2nd place on beam. She can make it to the final with that unless she gets 2-per-ed.

DiCello – BB – hits candle mount – wolf triple and wolf double are solid – side aerial, comfortable – switch to sissone – bhs loso loso, knees throughout but again very secure – aerial to straddle with her first check – straddle 1/2 from side – pause deduction here before her dismount, waits for a very long time – bhs bhs double tuck, pulls it around, chest down. Normal DiCello, minimal wobbles, should score well.

12.800 for Rose Woo on bars.

13.500 for DiCello, 4 tenths lower than Wong on E score, so that should ensure Wong is in place to make the beam final.

McClain – BB – she basically almost got stuck just sitting on the beam – tuck full is comfortable – bhs bhs layout is not but an amazing save, large lean over and a dog-pee leg but she held it – swithc to switch 1/2, lean forward – aerial to split to straddle – side aerial, pretty – switch ring, short back leg – bhs bhs double pike, good, step back. Through beam with a hit, which is a victory, but let’s see how much that major break on the layout cost her. She has some wiggle room with her higher D score.

Just missed it. 13.466 for McClain puts her .033 behind DiCello and out of the beam final.

US as a group will be happy about that beam rotation because of the no-one-fell thing. Though not having McClain in that beam final will sting.

DiCello and Wong almost even in the AA after two events, well on their way to going into 1-2 positions in the AA.

Rotation 3

Zwicker to vault, Norway to bars, Canada to beam, USA to floor

Frazier – FX – double double, pulls it around, chest forward with a lunge – DLO, similar, chest fortwar hop – switch ring is good – that ring jump 1/2 – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back – split jump full – switch 1/2 to split jump 1/2 – double pike, deep but saves it – fights for those landings for a better routine than podium, but lots to take.

Cassie Lee finishes beam with 1.5 dismount, hop. 12.633

13.166 for Frazier and she is somehow into first place on floor. The 7.666 E score tells me this is softer scoring on floor than the Olympics.

DiCello – FX – doubel double, solid, hop back – 1.5 to front full, secure landing, some knees – pulls around wolf triple, wolf double is good – switch ring to split leap full, fine – double pike, stuck landing. Will be the leader easily. 13.800

Rose Woo – BB – candle mount, good – bhs to lay-pike, holds it – pretty good swithc ring – then falls.

Tronrud finishes Norways bars with 11.366, so we’re just waiting on Wong’s floor now.

Wong – FX – double L turn, around but drops toward the end – double double, hits it into the corner, chest but only a small hop back – whip to triple full, good control, just some leg crossing – L hop full to an unfortunate switch ring – 2.5 to front full, nailed the landing, very good – double pike, stuck. DAMN. This is the best day she’s had in the AA in YEARS.

14.000 on floor for Wong and she will be the leader there and in the AA by a smidge over DiCello going to their last event. DiCello probably has the edge on DTY scoring though.

The US will put two people each into the beam and floor finals, which is about what they could have hoped for.

Note the E scores for Wong and DiCello on floor of 8.300 and 8.400.

Rotation 4

USA goes to vault, Zwicker to bars, Norway to beam, Canada to floor

Woo – FX – 2.5 to front tuck is hit – 3/1, lots of leg crossing but controls the landing – tries a double wolf but just SMACKS her leg on the floor after the first turn and then does a little extra FML 1/2 turn – switch ring and swithc 1/2, pretty –  double pike, a bit short, step, some foot flexing.

McClain – VT – really strong DTY, step to the side. No reason for her to vault because she doesn’t have 2 and isn’t doing AA, but why not I guess. 14.400

Wong – VT – DTY, gets it around, chest a bit forward though with a hop, so room for DiCello to pass her. Wong goes 14.366 for that and will finish on 55.749 AA.

DiCello – VT – Strong DTY, chest up, medium-small bounce back. Interestingly, she goes just 14.500 for it, so Wong will be ahead of her by a half tenth in the AA today. DiCello finishes on 55.700.

12.400 for Woo on floor.

Rousseau – FX – split jump full, love how she waits to start the split – double arabian, jarred landing, a little locked, but she’s fine – 1.5 through to double tuck, bounce back, keeps it in bounds – switch ring – split leap full is pretty short – double pike, short, lunge forward, avoids putting her hands down.

So, looks like Wong and DiCello into the AA final, the beam final, and the floor final. No finals for McClain or Frazier.

Juliane Toessebro has been waiting for I think 11 minutes to go on beam, and now they’ve called her back off the pdoium, and then of course the second they do that Tronrud’s score finally comes in. 12.100.

Toessebro – BB – wolf single – switch, hits it with an arm wave – bhs lay-pike, not tooo piked though and really securely landed – side somi, hit – side aerial, also secure – 2/1 dismount, small step back. Really good one!

11.800 for Toessebro. I’m calling for an inquiry.

Ronbeck – BB – switch-ish mount, more like a change leg step up – fhs to front tuck, deep and falls – side somi, solid – switch and split and bhs, probably not getting the combination there – side aerial and aerial are well done – front lay dismount, stuck. Strong finish.

That does it for subdivision 3. The story there was Leanne Wong having such a strong 4-hit day and qualifying first in the all-around. The US women will have six medal chances here, and while I would imagine all the medals on beam is quite a long shot, the rest don’t look it right now.

All-Around
1. Wong – 55.749
2. DiCello – 55.700
3. Wei – 52.865
4. Asia D’Amato – 52.599
5. Visser – 52.266


I’ve decided I’m going to chill on the routine-by-routine for the epic Switzerland, Portugal, Iceland, Colombia subdivision, but I’m still going to watch and may pop in with thoughts.

Filipa Martins – UB – Hindorff – arches hs on high bar but brings it back – Martins to Yezhova, toe full to maloney to pak – van lwwuen, small leg break – DLO, hop back.

She gets 14.133 and moves into 5th place, knocking Downie down to 6th.

Yiseth Valenzuela of Colombia hits a Yfull and a Tsuk layout both cleanly to move into 6th place on vault.

Juliana Ochoa of Colombia salutes and leaves after her…third I think?…fall on bars. Which might beat the 8.366 that Ferreira of Portugal just got on beam.

Martins – BB – Nice round-loff loso – side somi – y spin – wolf to sissone, pretty – split leap 1/2 – aerial to split to bhs, well connected – L turn, leg below horizontal though – switch 1/2 is hit – 2/1, lunge back. Good hit overall. 12.666 puts her in 9th place there.

Ochoa got a 1.766 E score and a 0.566 total score.

Well now. Martins finishes out the subdivision with a 12.933 on floor, which is 6th place on that event and gives her a 53.032 in the AA, which is third behind the Americans, ahead of Wei Xiaoyuan.


SUBDIVISION 5

In this one, we have Japan, Taiwan, Ukraine, Denmark, and Celeste Mordenti of Luxembourg.

Hatakeda – UB – inbar full to inbar Shap to pak to stalder to van leeuwenm loses her leg form there but big combo – piked jaeger, solid – 1/2 turn – FTDT, bounce back. Really strong opening combo, a big more ragged at the end, but she also has one of the better rando 1/2 turns in terms of finishing position.

After crashing her DTY in the warmup, Rasmussen of Denmark lands it in competition, just, deep with a large lunge to the side and a stagger off the mat. 13.433.

13.933 for Hatakeda, so she will not pass Downie.

Ting Hua-Tien – BB – candle mount – split leap, pause before aerial to bhs, so a broken series but all elements lovely – switch to split ring jump, check and a little lean forward before bhs – side somi, clean – split jump 1/2 from side, connected to straddle 1/2, connected to straight jump full with a lean, but I’d say legit connected – wobbles on full turn – punch layout full dismount, hop to the side. She stayed on without any huge breaks, though I fear all the hesitations will destroy the score, which is a shame because the elements are so lovely.

Hubareva has been waiting to go on floor for so long that she turned into Radivilova.

12.933 for Ting Hua Tien and 8th place.

Hubareva – FX – double Arabian, very short but saves it with a stumble back – double L turn – 3/1, controlled landing, small step, leg crossing – split leap full – double Y spin, also around, she’s getting value on her D spins – 2.5, crossover step – switch ring, switch 1/2, not quite up there – 2/1, small step. 12.533

Bachynska – FX – full in, solid, chest just a bit down, small movement – double arabian, a bit deep, saves it – double y is close – switch rin to split ring – double pike, nicely done, again only a small slide – switch 1/2 is short – double tuck, another small slide. Really good one. That should get up there.

13.100 for Bachynska, top score besides the Americans on floor so far.

Rotation 2

Murakami – BB – candle mount, hit – front tuck, solid – bhs loso, check and a little bounce but saves it – aerial, pause before sissone to wolf jump – wolf triple and wolf double work out, it’s a miracle – switch ring, bounce – double pike, verrry deep but pulls it out. A hit!

Ting Hua Tien falls on double tuck on floor.

13.400 puts her ahead of Downie and in 5th place (4th in the standings because McClain is 2-per)

Rasmussen hits bars, finishes double pike with a step. 11.666

Fedorova moves ahead of Rasmussen on vault and into 6th place with her Yfull and handspring front.

Hatakeda – BB – second half of routine – switch to switch 1/2, good – bhs loso, arm wave correction – double pike dismount, stumble back, a couple steps. 12.966

Good height on yfull from Bachnsyka, shuffle back, a couple steps. 13.566

Lai Pin Ju almost turned herself right out of bounds on floor.

Mordenti – BB – LUX – switch mount and wobbles and comes off and falls right back to where she came from – bhs loso is solid – split jump 1/2 from side, a bit short – side aerial, pretty solid, just an arm wave – back tuck, hit – full turn, small wobble – bhs back tuck 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 11.100

Ashikawa – BB – bhs mount, nicely done – bhs loso, strong – wolf jump sissone – split ring jump, good extension – switch to sheep, small squeeze to hold it – side somi, hit – split 1/2, no checks at all really – and then I ruined it – switch ring and THE MOST REMARKABLE save, 1800 leans and somehow pulls it back after an hour – double turn, good – 3/1 dismount, a little short, hops it around.

Almost perfect, but the switch ring was a BIG error. Nonetheless she goes 13.533, which puts her ahead of DiCello and into 3rd, great position.

Hiraiwa – FX – falls out of triple turn attempt – bigggg DLO, nice, small hop – switch ring to split leap full, nice split leap full – 2.5 to front layout, low layout, has to arch it around – double y, also leans out of it but have have put 2 around – double wolf – front 2/1, little step forward. Good overall, some of the turns might get her.

13.200 and now she’s into 3rd on floor. If that’s 13.200, Mai’s ready to get a 50.

Just looked over to see Fedorova fall immediately on bars.

Rasmussen – BB – nice front walkover mount but splits the beam on her bhs loso series

Hubareva – UB – inabr full – inbar shap to pak, some feet, good height – maloney to gienger, a bit close – inbar half gets loose in the back but she works through it into jaeger – double tuck, step.13.066

Bachynska – UB – stalder full to maloney, good height into pak – vann leeuwen, nice – toe full to tkatchev, a little low but fine – jaeger – toe 1/2, late – doubel tuck, stuck. She’s having a really nice day so far.

Hatakeda – FX – finishes up a hit floor with a double pike, bounce back. 13.333 for her, and now SHE’s into 3rd place on floor. Everyone just trading that spot.

Hatakeda should move into 3rd place in the AA after vault.

Murakami – FX – triple Y, I’d say she got it – double double, hit, chest down but only a little movement – DLO, pulls it around, got very little height but worked it out, bounce back – 2.5 to front full is solid – double L turn, good – tour jete – switch ring – double pike, solid, just some chest position. That ensures that today will not be the final competition for Mai. She’ll be back for finals.

14.166 and Mai goes into first place.

Rotation 4

Hiraiwa’s floor score got bumped up to 13.400 (????) so now she’s in 4th on floor and 2-pering out Hatakeda from the floor final.

Hatakeda does a Yfull on vault for 13.566, which gives her 53.798 in the AA and moves her into 3rd place.

Rasmussen – FX – DEN – double pike, bounce back, a couple steps – popa, nice and high – doubel tuck, hop back – switch to split leap full, short of split – switch ring – front tuck through to 2/1, bounce up in place. 11.800. She finishes on 47.332

Hubareva – BB – UKR – wolf double, tight but hit – check on loso series, leg up, pulls it back – switch to sissone, good – fhs to front tuck, wobbles side to side but stays togehter – split leap to aerial to split jump, some back leg situation – 2/1, bounce back.

12.633 for Hubareva gives her 51.265, which is in 9th place and looks really good for the AA final right about now.

Bachynska – BB – candle mount, fine – fhs to front tuck is very strong, secure landing – swithc to swotch 1/2, check, pause to break the series – aerial to split ring jump to bhs, again pretty slow for the connection but hit the elements – split leap to side aerial, check – switch ring is a bit crazy, won’t go over well with the judges – double tuck dismount, lunge back.

Her best AA day in a WHILE.

52.665 for Bachynska and she’s into 6th place in the AA, ahead of Visser and the D’Amatos.

So, at some point, Asia D’Amato’s 13.133 on floor got bumped down 5 tenths to a 12.633. Was that just a mistake on the scores? Did someone inquire something and make a terrible mistake? Anyway she’s now behind Visser in the AA standings.

Successful performances for Japan and (GASP) Ukraine. Japan will put Ashikawa (at least) into the beam final, and will put Murakami and (I imagine) Hiraiwa into the floor final. And Hatakeda is in 3rd place AA.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has 2 people in the top 10 in the AA, and Bachynska is currently 5th on floor when you take into account 2-per.

All-Around

1. Wong – 55.749
2. DiCello – 55.700
3. Hatakeda – 53.798
4. Martins – 53.032
5. Wei – 52.865
6. Bachynska – 52.665
7. Visser – 52.266
8. Asia D’Amato – 52.099
9. Alice D’Amato – 52.098
10. Hubareva – 51.265


So I’m going to give subdivision 6 the same treatment as subdivision 4. I’ll watch it and pop in about Schaefer and whatnot, but not going to talk about all the routines.

Schaefer – BB – switch mount to switch to split leap, excelelnt – kind of a large check on bhs loso series – hits switch ring – doubel turn, small squat squeeze – Schaefer, hits is excellently – aerial with a bit of a problem, arm wave and break connection – split jump wolf jump – side aerial, solid – gainer layout dismount, stuck.

13.733 puts Schaefer ahead of Wong and into 2nd place on beam, definite final.

Good day for Schaefer in total. She also hits floor. After splatting her double front in warmup, she pulled out a good one for the competition. 12.866 has her in 11th there.

Nancy Taman hits both vaults to move into 4th place. The DTY was a struggle, but if you have a DTY…


SUBDIVISION 7

One more to go today. This one brings us France, Sweden, India, and Ceplinschi of Romania.

Issues to watch will be whether Devillard looks like a medal threat on beam, how Heduit compares in the AA, and whether Ceplinschi can get herself into a final.

Rotation 1

France on vault, India on bars, Sweden on beam, Romania on floor

Devillard with some death defying warmup vaults

Paulsson – BB – Sweden – good wolf double – bhs loso and falls – aerial, another large break but keeps it on – switch 1/2, biggg save, just does stay on.

Serber hits a Y1.5 but a large lunge

Ceplinschi – FX – ROU – split ring jump 1/2 is a bit awkward – good height on DLO, some legs, bounce back – full in, hop back – swithc ring and switch 1/2, solid switch 1/2 – double tuck to front tuck, fun rebound but kind of maybe surprised herself on landing with a bounce – double pike, small slide. Good.

Heduit hits a DTY, bounce back. 14.300, good start.

13.300 for Ceplisnchi puts her into 6th place on floor.

Devillard – VT 1 – justttt pulls around her handspring rudi, lands very extremely deep in a triangle shape.

A couple falls for Westlund on beam for Sweden.

Talekar has the best swing of the bunch for India on bars. Hits a Tkatchev but falls on a Pak.

Long wait for Devillard’s first vault score. Some conversation we can hear on the feed. “You can judge but don’t add anything, we have to wait for Donna” something like that.

Williams – BB – Sweden – good loso mount – big break on bhs loso but leans to save it – switch 1/2 to korbut – full turn, large break at the hips – I adore her extension and amplitude. Had a fall later in the routine. No hits for Sweden on beam.

Just 13.200 for Devillard’s rudi, which is VERY low.

Devillard does pull out a DTY for her second vault, lands it, two large lunges back.

A 13.450 average for Devillard, which puts her 7th. A bad place with Andrade and Melnikova to come tomorrow.

Apparently I totally blinked and Devillard did in fact fall on her first vault. So that makes more sense. The TV-watching people got a clear replay of feet and hands landing at the same time. So the delay would have been a question of whether she landed feet first.

Rotation 2

Ceplinshi with a clean Yfull, small hop, 13.700.

Serber – UB – van leeuwen, good – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, great amplitude, smooth – pak, clean – maloney to gienger, a little close but it’s an inbar gienger, so normal – giant full – DLO, pikes it quite a bit but pulls it around, small bounce. Good one, very composed.

13.200 for Serber

Heduit – UB – stalder full to maloney to Ricna, good combo, some legs – piked jaeger, loses feet, catches – Ray, hit – pak, caught – van leeuwen, legs – double front, deep landing, but lands it. Lottts of formies in that routine. Room to take.

Just 13.366 for Heduit. They REALLY got her.

Paulsson a little deep on her full-in on floor, lunge. Double tuck is solid. Finishes with a double pike that doesn’t get the height, hands down. She’s having a day.

Good punch front pike from Pranati Das on beam.

Budda Reddy – BB – front tuck mount, arm wave – front tuck, well off to the side and falls – bhs to layout, second fall – sissone wolf jump – switch side is fine – switch – back tuck secure – straddle 1/2 from side, hit with a lean – full turn, let up check – gainer pike dismount is stuck. 9.366

Rotation 3

Sweden to vault, Ceplinschi to bars, France to beam, India to floor

Serber – BB – nice speed on wolf triple – wolf double – not horrible – side aerial, break at the hips, arm wave – an actual real life cat leap seen in the wild – bhs lay-pike, hit, arm wave – split elap to aerial to split, good – swithc to switch 1/2, just a bit short on switch 1/2 – bhs and yiikkkkkessssssss, foot slipped out into her second bhs and she hit her head on the beam. She tried to get back up and literally couldn’t. Fell over. They’re going to remove her from the area to evaluate, though she seems to at least be walking comfortably of her own volition.

Amidst that, I missed Ceplinschi going 12.333 on bars.

Heduit – BB – nice aerial – side aerial to loso and has to grab the beam to keep herself on – split leap to split leap is nice – lots of arms on a wolf double but stays on – bhs bhs 2/1, bounce back. 12.366.

It has…not been a good day for France.

Devillard – BB – switch to switch 1/2, not close to split. Beam is not really her thing. Full turn, check – side aerial and falls – aeiral is secure – switch side, leg up wobble – bhs loso, hit – double pike is EXCELLENT, stuck landing. 11.300

Rotation 4

OK well they’re having Serber go out there to warm up floor. Which is either a good sign or a terrible mistake.

Serber – FX – double L turn to double turn is good – 3/1, landed, little hop – double y spin, switch 1/2 – double wolf turn to roll out – double pike, bounce back – switch to split leap full, very short of split there – front tuck through to 2/1, lunge. So…no ill effects?

Ceplinschi is off beam on a loso. This is why we can’t have nice Romanian things. Just does survive a punch front because she ejected herself forward, still on the beam. Double tuck, bounce back.

Williams goes 12.666 on bars for Sweden to break 50. She’ll be in just behind Ceplinschi on 50.399, which is just behidn Server on 50.499.

Heduit – FX – full in, hits it, hop to the side – double arabian, around, bounce back, stays in bounds – double tuck, step back – double pike identical.

Paulsson – UB – toe full – maloney is pretty, connected to pak – van leeuwen, good height – piked jaeger, solid – double tuck dismount, stuck. Good routine, nice way to bring back her day. 13.133.

So that does it for today. Heduit goes 12.733 for a 52.765 final.

Because only 11 people are slated for the AA tomorrow, the following people have already clinched their spots in the AA final:
Wong, DiCello, Hatakeda, Martins, Wei, Heduit, Bachynska, Visser, D’Amato, D’Amato, Hubareva, Stacey, Fenton.

But pretty much anyone who scored in the 50s looks safe.

Event top 8

Vault
Geurts
Asia D’Amato
Bacskay
Taman
Netzer
Rousseau
Devillard
Budda Reddy

Tomorrow brings Andrade and Melnikova, but also Kysselef, so I think the bottom three are in trouble, but Taman and Netzer might make it through.

Bars

Wei
Luo
Kovacs
Iorio
Martins
Downie
Alice D’Amato
Hatakeda

Four bars threats coming tomorrow with 2 Russians, Andrade, and Lee Yunseo, so I would feel safe in the top 4, but not necessarily in any places after that.

Beam
Luo
Schaefer-Betz
Wong
Ashikawa
DiCello
Murakami
Downie
Iorio

Andrade and 2 Russians again look like the threats still to come to endanger the bottom three here.

Floor

Murakami
Wong
DiCello
Hiraiwa
Ceplinschi
Bachysnka
Geurts
Martins

Floor may be the hardest to break into now, as I could see Melnikova and maybe Urazova getting in here, but not too many people to challenge this.

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