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Paris World Cup Live Blog

Today brings us the highly anticipated finals from the Paris World Challenge Cup—now that we’ve all decided to start paying attention to challenge cups starting this week and then never again.

It appears the finals will stream both on the French federation’s site as well as on Sport en France. Originally, Sport en France was only going to be streaming the second half of finals, but the schedule has been changed to include both sessions.

In qualification, the US women made all of their intended finals, though things got a bit shaky for Shilese Jones with a fall on bars and a double OOB/wolf turn debacle on floor that saw her finish in 7th and 8th respectively on those events. She is, however, the top qualifier on beam, just as you predicted. Jade Carey qualified first on vault by a large margin and received an 8.000 execution score on beam for the first time ever outside the US to qualify in second there. Jordan Chiles advanced to the vault and floor finals in 2nd place and to the bars final in 6th place.

In Brazilian news, Rebeca Andrade elected to compete on only bars, where she qualified in first (duh), while Flavia Saraiva is the top qualifier on floor but did not advance to the beam final after a miss.

Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos had a 3-fall nightmare on bars to miss that final but did qualify to beam, and Ellie Black made both of her finals on bars and beam, debuting a clear-hip piked tkatchev 1/2 on bars in qualification.

I’m currently connecting to watch by VPN. We have Main Guy, Lorette Charpy, and Paul Degouy on the call. Paul just got kind of scared by some pyrotechnics, so that was excellent.

We’re now getting some 1990s computer generated men falling on floor to show us that this is bad, which is stellar GIF potential.

We start with man floor, running by itself.

Men’s Floor

Montgomery – IRL – double double tucked, good, small hop – front full to double front, small shuffle – punch randi, more jarred landing back but OK – 2/1 side pass, stuck – russians, fair amount of movement – 2.5 to front lay, stuck, some knees – front 2/1 to lay 1/2, stuck – 3/1, also stuck. Excellent start to the day, great landings.

14.250 for him with 8.350 E score.

Guimaraes – BRA – front full to double front pike, shuffle forward – double double tucked, hop back – full out, high, bounce back – flare work – 2/1 side pass, stuck – way overcooks his 2.5 and cannot complete a layout out of it, fall – double front, finishes with nearly another fall, just saves himself from sitting down.

Osberger – FRA – punch randi, stuck – doubel double tuck, small hop to the side – 2.5 to front lay to front full, small hop – russians – relax and kiss the floor for a second – 2/1, stuck with arm wave – front 2/1 to front tuck full, stuck, some leg position – 3/1, bounce back, keeps it in bounds. French crowd apparently getting murdered during every pass.

14.200 and just behind Montgomery.

Emard – CAN – front 2/1 to double front, stumble and OOB, just does keep it to his feet but a stagger with steps, preposterous that he didn’t fall – double double tuck, low, hop forward – FTDT is stuck, strong – 2/1, stuck – 2.5 to high front layout, pretty, stuck – 3/1, lunge back. Lots of errors in first couple passes, but a solid finish for Gymnastics Andrew Rannells. 13.500

FYI, I’m watching on the French federation site with a VPN after making an account and logging in. You know, easy.

Dolgopyat – ISR – front 2/1 to double front goes disastrously, sits it, no chance on double front – double double layout, landed, somewaht short, hop forward – 2.5 to double front, lunge forward OOB, his second double front of the routine after he had to tuck his opening intended pike – back 1.5 to front rudi, stuck, arm wave – double double tuck, chest down, hop to the side – russians – FTDT final pass and falls again. Well he just threw his body out there and was like, “we’ll see how many limbs I have at the end.” It’s none.

Tsumura – JPN – double front pike, hop – randi, hop back – 2.5 to front layout, somewhat low on layout, hop to the side – solid flare work—I lost it on the VPN front for the second half of this routine. It was going so well until then!

But he went 13.850 to move into 3rd place.

Tang finishes his routine with a 3/1 and a small hop to the side. He went 14.200 to move into 2nd place on the execution tiebreak.

Kaneta – JPN – to finish the final, we’ll see if the stream survives – double front side pass, lovely landing – well, that’s what I got to see – he had a double front pike with a hop forward.

I’m going to try to reconnect for the women’s finals to begin and we’ll see if we can salvage this very wonderful live blog.

Ultimately, it was Montgomery in 1st, Tang in 2nd, and Osberger in 3rd on floor.

I’m switching from the French federation site to Sport en France and hopefully that will be better for the next couple finals.

Pommel Horse and Women’s Vault

The crowd just saw Devillard bounce out of a timer and LOST ITS SHIT.

Kurbanov and his entire lack of hipbones really add to the line on pommel horse.

He opened with 14.450 and a very emotive conversation with his coach. Looked like a very short routine for him, which I assume is what they were talking about.

Chiles – VT 1 – DTY – solid, bounces back slightly but minimizes the size – good height and direction

Chiles – VT 2 – Lopez, it’s really working for her – a larger bounce back than her DTY, but only a little pike in the second half of the vault.

14.025 average.

Sawant is up second on horse, lost leg form a couple times on one pommel, a moment of loose back between the pommels but overall a successful hit – good straight position on magyar – russians dismount and steps.

Mayer – VT 1 – Nice controlled landing on her yfull, one very small step – some pike at the end, good layout position at the start. 13.150

Mayer – VT 2 – Tsuk back layout with a large bounce back.

12.625 average.

Devillard – VT 1 – hits a really solid rudi, good height, step back – lots of leg crossing in the air but not a worry about landing.

Devillard – VT 2 – nice high Yfull, lunge back, good amplitude – probably won’t have the difficulty to pass Chiles.

13.350 second vault and a 13.850 average to put her in second place.

Ude finishes the first half of the men on horse following Tsumura going 14.050 in the third spot. Ude was going very comfortably through the whole thing until his dismount, where he just had to banana up to handstand and then hop off.

Holasova – VT 1 – yfull is hit, only a little chest down at the end, hop back –

Holasova – VT 2 – Tsuk back layout for her second vault as well, large bounce back and another small step.

Ude into 4th place with a 13.650 on horse after the dismount debacle.

French MyKayla Skinner and Brandon Wynn out in her tinfoil jackets shooting t-shirts to the crowd.

Shiao on pommel horse through with a smooth hit, his legs only slightly getting caught in a windmill on the dismount. 14.350 is second place.

Vaelen – VT 1 – hits her handspring rudi, chest down some at the end, small hop to the side – some leg form, not as much amplitude as Devillard. 14.050

Vaelen – VT 2 – Tsuk layout full, lunge back, some piking

Top qualifier McClenagahan is up next on horse, scores haven’t been too high yet to should be plenty of room for him to move into first with a hit, which is what he delivers. It’s just pretty pommel horse, flat hip position, elevation over the horse, elegant.

Vaelen into 3rd on vault with 13.600 average, behind Chiles and Devillard.

Carey – VT 1 – Cheng, no trouble, bounce up in place – foot crossing, some leg separation on block. 14.750

Carey – VT 2 – easy DTY – high, some direction, couldn’t tell from this angle if she stayed in the area.14.000

14.375 average and first place for Carey.

15.100 for McClenaghan, easily into first place.

Arican shows a lot of exciting elements on horse but is all over the place in this routine, got so low on a Russian he was basically under the horse and a couple other crazy leg moments, including the dismount. 13.400

Taman – VT 1 – hits her DTY first vault, good height, legs crossed throughout, including on landing with was slightly concerning, step to the side and out of the area.

Taman – VT 2 – ro 1/2 on front tuck, lands it but she’s quite locked legged, which was also scary, lunge back and out of the area.

Clay finishes out the horse final, he has a leg separation on a Russian travel but otherwise a really smooth showing. One of the highest E scores but doesn’t have the difficulty to get into the medals, ends up in 4th.

Tanskanen VT 1 – struggles to control her Y1.5, lunge forward and another step, bouncing out of the area. 12.950

Tanskanen – VT 2 – Tsuk layout full, some piking – both the streams I have up lost it during the landing of that vault, so I’m going to blame that on the feed itself. 12.900 for a 12.925 average.

Finals

WAG Vault
1 – Carey
2 – Chiles
3 – Devillard

Not much drama there, lots of difficulty and execution separation between the three medalists, as well as between them and everyone else.

Horse
1 – McClenaghan
2 – Kurbanov
3 – Shiao

McClenaghan miles ahead of everyone else. Impressive that Kurbanov could still take silver when removing .7 D score from his routine.

Uneven Bars and Rings

Whittenburg starts on rings – maltese raise to planche is solid – ideal flat cross position – front pikes and tucks to maltese – hesitation in handstands – double double layout dismount is excellent, maybe a small rebound in place.

Oliveira – BRA – good first hs – maloney to pak, small legs break – van leeuwen, solid – front giant full goes crazy and she loses rhythm but stays on with an extra swing – continues on the bar to piked jaeger – finishes front giant to double front step forward.

Whittenburg goes 14.500, 2 tenths up on qualification. The commentator just called him Whitburger, which is his new name.

Really comfortable planche positions from Lin on rings – some hesitation in maltese coming out of the Yamawaki Jonasson – double double tuck dismount, also stuck, chest forward.

14.450 and just behind Whittenburg.

12.950 for Oliveira on bars.

Szekely – HUN – Shaposh to pak is clean – good hs on low – maloney with legs into gienger, good rhythm – piked jaeger – short case – giant 1/2 to attempted toe 1/1, can’t get over on the full and has to hop off. Resumes with FTDT dismount, lunge back.

Zahran can’t keep the stick competition going on rings with a lunge back on a double layout full. His cross position was pretty high, but he’s also like, hi I’m doing a swallow so bye. 14.250 and 3rd place.

Jones – USA =- UB – Stalder full to stalder shap to tkatchev, hits today well – toe full, such great finish position on her full priouettes – to stalder tkatchev piked to pak, nice – van leeuwen,a bit of legs – toe 1/2 to front giant to double front, nailed landing. Excellent routine.

Caio Souza with nice flat body position on his maltese holds – some strength to maintain these handstands but finds – but botches his dismount, can’t get his triple tuck around, rolls forward out.

I, also, love seeing a closeup of Shilese instead of the beginning of Andrade’s bars.

We miss the Maloney but see Stalder full to tkatchev piked to pak, good – van leeuwen lovely legs – piked jaeger, so high and lovely – toe full, some body position piking and late, not her usual – into FTDT, no Fabrichnova, stuck landing. Excellent.

In behind Jones! Jones on 14.700 to Andrade’s 14.650. First surprise of the women’s finals. Andrade ahead on execution but .2 back on difficulty.

Hoeck had a pretty big struggle in his final handstand on rings but works out the dismount, stuck double layout full in a fairly pronounced hollow position. That’s enough to move ahead of Whittenburg byt a tenth and into 1st.

Black – UB – maloney to hindorff, good – the Black into yezhova, nicely done – van leeuwen, some legs – gaint full – toe on front tuck 1/2, bounce back. Good hit. The Black, the piked Hindorff 1/2, is a good attempt at a real 1/2 turn in tkatchev, and it helps her Yezhova not look insane.

Pilakouris with a step to the side on his DLO 1/1 rings dismount.

12.850 for Black is 3rd on bars. Her face is like, “OK werkkkk.”

Friess – UB – FRA – inbarish? to maloney to pak, leg separation – toe full, works it out into van leeuwen – clear hip to jaeger, low but caught – double front, step forward. Through a hit but more to take execution wise than the other hits.

Tsumura was first reserve into this final, got in when Malone withdrew. Did not show the difficulty of the others on the rings, but did throw out a double double layout dismount, some leg crossing and a couple small steps.

13.600 puts Friess into 4th place. If she had been ahead of Black….

Vaelen – UB – stalder tkatchev 1/2 to yezhova, hit, more of a cross grip catch on hers – maloney to pak, nice legs position – van leeuwen, clean – toe full, pause in the middle with some legs – FTDT, lunge back.

Asil definitely has the smoothest rings work of anyone in the final – moving from one element to the other without looking like he wants to die – double double tuck dismount, lunge back.

Vaelen does go 14.100, which puts her in third ahead of Black.

Chiles – UB – toe full, a little late into huge piked tkatchev – does not connect into pak – maloney to gienger, solid – piked jaeger, comfortable – bail to toe shoot – good final cast hs – FTDT, better dismount than qualification, hop forward. So many casts though, will get vertical-positioned to smithereens here.

14.800 for Asil gets him the gold on rings.

13.750 for Chiles puts her in 5th. 7.950 E score. The E scores in the 7s here compared to the 8.3s at nationals will be something to watch for Chiles.

Finals

Bars
1 – Jones
2 – Andrade
3 – Vaelen

Jones defeating Andrade will be the story there. Likely came down to full pirouette finishing position today. Jones was RIGHT on top of the bar, and Andrade had that weird toe full before her dismount.

Rings
1 – Asil
2 – Hoeck
3 – Whittenburg

It was rings.

We’re now on a break of allegedly about 45 minutes until the second half of finals.

The second half of finals begins with beam and men’s vault, so you know, grab onto the ship’s hull and clench as best you can.

Beam and Men’s Vault

Cheryl Hamilton standing there like, we’re all giving Jade a 9 in execution or you’re not invited to my hotel later.

Dolgopyat – VT 2 is a high handspring double front, hop to the side, limping off like a slight death.

14.325 average for him. Missed the first vault with some simultaneous buffering from all three windows I have open. Too many windows? Maybe. Not enough windows? Almost surely.

Carey – BB – bhs loso loso is secure, she omitted the second loso in qual – side aerial, pause before split and straddle – aerial, small arm wave – switch to switch 1/2, short on switch 1/2 but normal short – switch side, secure – split jump 1/2 from side – bhs bhs double pike dismount, step to the side. Solid work.

13.750

Guimaraes VT 1 – a really high Kas 1.5, pretty large lunge forward, some foot crossing

Guimaraes VT 2 – handspring double front and fully runs to Belgium on the landing with a hand down.

De Jesus Dos Santos – BB – front pike mount, leg up wobble but holds onto it – front pike, another fairly large break, stays on – bhs lay 2 feet, leg up again – switch to switch 1/2, check, lovely initial switch – aerial to split, check – sissone to pike jump is lovely – switch ring, step forward – double pike, lunge back. Well, it was a wobble burger, but a delightful one. 12.650

Plata – VT 1 – lands his Dragulescu while still alive, so that’s a win – deep landing, a hop out of the area and then an additional stagger.

Plata – VT 2 – DTY second vault, it did not look like he got much of a block there but he got it around for a stick, chest forward.

14.025 average and into second.

Gadirova – BB – switch to switch 1/2, some low back leg on the mount – back tuck, secure – aerial, check, pretends she was going to scale – split to straddle combination – straddle 1/2 from side, good height, holds it – bhs loso loso, secure – side aerial, feet, solid – double pike, lunge back. Good one for her. 13.450.

Souza – VT 1 – very good Dragulescu, just small hop to the side – minimizes the cowboy compared to most. 14.900

Souza – VT 2 – Kas 1.5, also hit pretty well, hop to the side again, looks like he kept it in – good straight position. He can win with those vaults. 14.575 average.

Szilagyi – BB – side split handstand to one arm mount, somewhat tentative leaving one arm – wolf 1.5, rises some and kind of bails out of it but stays on – side aerial, smooth – switch to straddle, good positions – bhs bhs loso, took it right to the end, shortish landing to keep it on the beam, check – aerial with knees into split – side somi, secure – double tuck, hop back. 12.550

Asil – VT 1 – piked Dragulescu and again lands it as an alive person – shows a clear pike shape, chest well down, but just a medium hop forward. 15.000

Asil – VT 2 – Tsuk double pike, again a hit, lunge forward and out of the area. Two hits today. He missed the Tsuk in qualification.

14.725 average for Asil and into first.

Pedrick – BB – switch mount, pretty large break, bend at hips – switch 1/2 and falls – resumes with Korbut – side somi, pretty quick connecting to split jump 1/2 in side, that was nice – full turn – bhs loso, step back – side aerial, large leg-up break – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. 11.150

Asato goes for AHHHHHH – a Ri Se Cannonball and lands it face first. He’s down for a while but getting up now. That is NOT. GOOD. His neck looks like it’s not in a fun place.

WHY ARE YOU DOING A SECOND VAULT.

Asato VT 2 – well he did a Kas 2/1 and sat it down but in a normal sit-down kind of way, so I guess that’s a win?

Black – BB – switch mount to switch 1/2 to korbut, quickly connected, short on switch 1/2 – double turn, check – full turn to straddle jump, solid – front tuck, arm wave – bhs to layout 2 feet, secure – side somi, also solid – 2.5 dismount, legs, step forward. Nice one.

Mohamed – VT 1 – pretty nice Shewfelt, hop to the side, loses feet some at the end, good initial layout position. 14.550

Mohamed – VT 2 – handspring double front attempt, well short and sits it down.

13.700 for Black so she goes behind Carey.

Boyer – BB – switch mount – bhs layout 2 feet, secure, pretty solid height – switch, check, breaks connection into switch 1/2 which is rather short – aerial to split to sissone – side aerial, holds it – side somi, small check – full turn – double pike, hop back. Really nice one for her. Comfortable.

Grasso – VT 1 – TTY is hit but with a fairly large stumble back, a couple lunges.

13.750 for Boyer, she goes into first ahead of Carey on the E tiebreak.

Grasso – VT 2 – Tsuk but just does a single back tuck full out of it – which I mean same. We call that vault a single-twisting “I Just Saw Asato”

Jones – BB – Arabian, secure, just a bit deep – side aerial, small check – bhs loso, hit – switch side, it was nice, corrects working out of it with a larger leg up wobble – straddle jump from side with a lean – then a bit tentative on her split 1/2 from side – switch to sissone is hit – bhs bhs double pike, step back, another small step. Wobbly and uncertain in several places but a stay-on. 13.400

Finals

Beam
1 – Boyer
2 – Carey
3 – Black

Beam specialist Jade Carey almost won the title there. Nice for Boyer to hit a fairly secure one at her home event.

I feel like they got some E score adjustment notes after the first day, because Carey’s finals beam was way stronger than her qualification beam and got a lower E score.

Men’s Vault
1 – Asil
2 – Souza
3 – Dolgopyat

So those people were the good news. The bad news is gahhhhh men’s vault.

The second half of finals begins with beam and men’s vault, so you know, grab onto the ship’s hull and clench as best you can.

Beam and Men’s Vault

Cheryl Hamilton standing there like, we’re all giving Jade a 9 in execution or you’re not invited to my hotel later.

Dolgopyat – VT 2 is a high handspring double front, hop to the side, limping off like a slight death.

14.325 average for him. Missed the first vault with some simultaneous buffering from all three windows I have open. Too many windows? Maybe. Not enough windows? Almost surely.

Carey – BB – bhs loso loso is secure, she omitted the second loso in qual – side aerial, pause before split and straddle – aerial, small arm wave – switch to switch 1/2, short on switch 1/2 but normal short – switch side, secure – split jump 1/2 from side – bhs bhs double pike dismount, step to the side. Solid work.

13.750

Guimaraes VT 1 – a really high Kas 1.5, pretty large lunge forward, some foot crossing

Guimaraes VT 2 – handspring double front and fully runs to Belgium on the landing with a hand down.

De Jesus Dos Santos – BB – front pike mount, leg up wobble but holds onto it – front pike, another fairly large break, stays on – bhs lay 2 feet, leg up again – switch to switch 1/2, check, lovely initial switch – aerial to split, check – sissone to pike jump is lovely – switch ring, step forward – double pike, lunge back. Well, it was a wobble burger, but a delightful one. 12.650

Plata – VT 1 – lands his Dragulescu while still alive, so that’s a win – deep landing, a hop out of the area and then an additional stagger.

Plata – VT 2 – DTY second vault, it did not look like he got much of a block there but he got it around for a stick, chest forward.

14.025 average and into second.

Gadirova – BB – switch to switch 1/2, some low back leg on the mount – back tuck, secure – aerial, check, pretends she was going to scale – split to straddle combination – straddle 1/2 from side, good height, holds it – bhs loso loso, secure – side aerial, feet, solid – double pike, lunge back. Good one for her. 13.450.

Souza – VT 1 – very good Dragulescu, just small hop to the side – minimizes the cowboy compared to most. 14.900

Souza – VT 2 – Kas 1.5, also hit pretty well, hop to the side again, looks like he kept it in – good straight position. He can win with those vaults. 14.575 average.

Szilagyi – BB – side split handstand to one arm mount, somewhat tentative leaving one arm – wolf 1.5, rises some and kind of bails out of it but stays on – side aerial, smooth – switch to straddle, good positions – bhs bhs loso, took it right to the end, shortish landing to keep it on the beam, check – aerial with knees into split – side somi, secure – double tuck, hop back. 12.550

Asil – VT 1 – piked Dragulescu and again lands it as an alive person – shows a clear pike shape, chest well down, but just a medium hop forward. 15.000

Asil – VT 2 – Tsuk double pike, again a hit, lunge forward and out of the area. Two hits today. He missed the Tsuk in qualification.

14.725 average for Asil and into first.

Pedrick – BB – switch mount, pretty large break, bend at hips – switch 1/2 and falls – resumes with Korbut – side somi, pretty quick connecting to split jump 1/2 in side, that was nice – full turn – bhs loso, step back – side aerial, large leg-up break – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. 11.150

Asato goes for AHHHHHH – a Ri Se Cannonball and lands it face first. He’s down for a while but getting up now. That is NOT. GOOD. His neck looks like it’s not in a fun place.

WHY ARE YOU DOING A SECOND VAULT.

Asato VT 2 – well he did a Kas 2/1 and sat it down but in a normal sit-down kind of way, so I guess that’s a win?

Black – BB – switch mount to switch 1/2 to korbut, quickly connected, short on switch 1/2 – double turn, check – full turn to straddle jump, solid – front tuck, arm wave – bhs to layout 2 feet, secure – side somi, also solid – 2.5 dismount, legs, step forward. Nice one.

Mohamed – VT 1 – pretty nice Shewfelt, hop to the side, loses feet some at the end, good initial layout position. 14.550

Mohamed – VT 2 – handspring double front attempt, well short and sits it down.

13.700 for Black so she goes behind Carey.

Boyer – BB – switch mount – bhs layout 2 feet, secure, pretty solid height – switch, check, breaks connection into switch 1/2 which is rather short – aerial to split to sissone – side aerial, holds it – side somi, small check – full turn – double pike, hop back. Really nice one for her. Comfortable.

Grasso – VT 1 – TTY is hit but with a fairly large stumble back, a couple lunges.

13.750 for Boyer, she goes into first ahead of Carey on the E tiebreak.

Grasso – VT 2 – Tsuk but just does a single back tuck full out of it – which I mean same. We call that vault a single-twisting “I Just Saw Asato”

Jones – BB – Arabian, secure, just a hair deep – side aerial, small check – bhs loso, hit – switch side, it was nice, corrects working out of it with a larger leg up wobble – straddle jump from side with a lean – then a bit tentative on her split 1/2 from side – switch to sissone is hit – bhs bhs double pike, step back, another small step. Wobbly and uncertain in several places but a stay-on. 13.400

Finals

Beam
1 – Boyer
2 – Carey
3 – Black

Beam specialist Jade Carey almost won the title there. Nice for Boyer to hit a fairly secure one at her home event.

I feel like they got some E score adjustment notes after the first day, because Carey’s finals beam was way stronger than her qualification beam and got a lower E score.

Men’s Vault
1 – Asil
2 – Souza
3 – Dolgopyat

So those people were the good news. The bad news is gahhhhh men’s vault.

Women’s Floor and PBars

Gadirova – FX – DLO, hop back – such a high split jump full – full in, small slide back – switch ring to split leap full – switch full attempt is somewhat short in the position department – front loso to back tuck, hop back. 13.250, good.

Whittenburg – PB – good healy – peach to peach 1/2, quick, some leg position – diamidov – double tuck to arms well done – front straddle to arms, solid – doubel front 1/2 out, hop back. Good. Usual moments of feet and leg positions but didn’t add in any errors. 14.200

Stickler – FX – split jump full, good – DLO, a little shorter than Gadirova, step to the side – front loso to layout full, hop back – switch ring to switch full, pretty well done – double pike, step back – pulls around wolf turn. 12.650

Bernard – PB – diam, hit – peach 1/2, some hand position and a little lean – makuts attempt, misses hand and comes off – resumes with good diam and diam 1/2 work – healy – double pike dismount is pretty in the air but a large lunge back and another step on landing. 12.750

Jones – FX – double double, hop to the side – double L turn, around – popa, hop out of it – DLO, hop back – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back, keeps it in bounds – L hop full to switch 1/2, better than the element she attempted in qual – still struggling with that wolf turn, gets about 1.65 around this time.

13.500 is enough for 1st.

Souza – PB – a little quick on peach 1/2 handstand psoition – double front to arms, high – healy – front straddle, also strong – tippelt, smooth – double front 1/2, stuck. Really good work. 14.700, easily in first

Casabuena – FX – piked full in, around, some leg form throughout, step to the side – double y attempt, falls out of it – double tuck, good, small bounce back – front full, hop forward – switch ring to split leap full, good split position in split full – double pike, a little low, slide back. 12.750

Arican – PB – diam, nice – stutz, bounces along the bars for a second but steadies himself – peach to one is insane, goes for a journey one way, then back the other, but stays on the bars – peach 1/2 – makuts is hit – finishes with a nice stick on double front 1/2.

Arican’s just like, “Today, my routines will be the weirdest.” 13.450

Chiles – FX – 1.5 through to FTDT, good height, bounce back – DLO 1/1, sticks the landing – wolf double, love a camera cut in the middle of an element – L turn full to split leap 1.5, pulled around – switch side 1/2, a little under – front loso to double tuck, bounce back. Good one, really really good. 

Phillipe – PB – a hesitation on one rail – diam body position is ragged – really smooth makuts and healy, lovely – stutz, good – again another pretty crazy diam element – double front, step forward. 13.550 and into 3rd.

14.050 and comfortably into first for Chiles. The 8.250 E score will also be encouraging.

Medina – FX – DLO is somewhat low but around, a little bit of pike – FTDT, hop to the side – split jump full, good – front tuck through to double tuck, more secure, only small movement – y turn single – switch ring, some feet into split leap full – double pike, stumble back. 11.600

Kaneta – PB – slight hesitation out of healy, hand placement – front straddle looked a little crazy – good stuz – bhavsar is hit – titppelt good – great toe point throughout – double pike, pretty large bounce back. 13.950 now puts him in 3rd.

Mayer – FX – split jump full, good amplitude – FTDT, hop forward, some legs – double pike, larger bounce back – falls out of double y attempt – switch ring and split full, no trouble – 1.5 to front tuck, little hop – double tuck, somewhat short, lunge-covers out of it. 12.300

Mir – PB – and he’s immediately off on a peach element – resumes with peach, hand wlak forwar d- tippelt, lands it a little low but gets up to handstand – hit bhavsar – nice high front straddle – stutz, clean – double pike, nearly holds the stick with a step back-salute. Lovely second half of routine, but…

Saraiva – FX – DLO 1/1 attempt and it’s insane – she rebounds herself into the sky and then onto her hands – we cannot have nice things – DLO, step back – lovely split leap – tries to pull around a split 1.5 and a switch ring 1/2 – 1.5 to front full, crossover step – double pike, step back. 12.550

Malone – PB – opesn with a hit makuts – little hesitation in peach – diam, arm walk – front straddle, solid – tippelt, clean – healy – stutz, a little under handstand – double front dismount, holds onto stick with a small lean.

14.600 puts him a tenth behind Souza and in silver position, ahead of Whittenburg in bronze.

Finals

Women’s Floor
1 – Chiles
2 – Jones
3 – Gadirova

Very encouraging result for Chiles, hit all her routines at this event, and a floor routine where she got all her difficulty and a reasonable execution score.

PBars
1 – Souza
2 – Malone
3 – Whittenburg

While floor and vault didn’t go as planned for Whittenburg in qualification, he got medals in both his finals.

One left!

High Bar

Georgiou – tak full, late but normal on tht and tak 1/2 – Cassina, hit – Kovacs to Kolman and he loses it there – Kolman way way high and off the bar and all the bars – so good on the Cassina and Kovacs too – finishes with a double double layout, hop forward. 13.050

Tvorogal – good tak 1/1 finish – tak 1/2 also pretty solid – layout tkatchev to tkatchev to piked tkatchev, super high, good – rybalko – DLO 1/1 is quite piked, step back. 13.850

Kotoge – Yam, only a little pike – tak 1/1 and tak 1/2, OK – Kolman, a little close but fine – layout tkatchev – tkatchev – DLO 2/1, lunge forward. Lower amplitude on his releases than others, so we’ll see how that is treated. 13.700 and behind Tvorogal.

Nory – tak 1/2 – liukin is hit well – layout tkatchev, floaty to tkatchev – his layout jaeger full ruins our lives, fall – resumes tak 1/1 to yamawaki, hit – stalder – DLO 2/1, step forward. 12.650

Srbic – Kolman hit – tak 1/1, good vertical – tak 1/2, same – stalder tkatchev – layout tkatchev to tkatchev – DLO 1/1, nearly stuck, small step. Good clean work.

14.050 is enough for first place.

Ilias Georgiou – tak 1/2, good – Cassina, ust did catch it – Kolman is nice, good height – layout tkatchev, solid – tkatchev – tak – DLO 2/1, chest down, bound forward, stays on his feet

14.400 and he’s in big first place. Tin’s face said, “Or, how about you eat my farts.”

Malone – Casina, good – Kolman also hit – layout tkatchev to tkatchev – tak finishing positions are strong – holds onto DLO 2/1 dismount landing with a little lean.

14.650 and takes over first place.

Myakinin – tak 1/1 – Cassina, hit – kolman, well done – tak 1/2, good vertical – tkatchev – DLO 1/1 is a struggle, lunge forward and then additional lunges – 13.200

Shout out to me, who just now realized there are 9 people in this HB final. I was like BYE NOW…

El Maraghy – tak 1/2, solid – Kolman with crazy straddle leg on catch – layout tkatchev – tkatcehv to piked tkatchev, good amplitude – inbar – tak – hop to the side on dismount. 13.400

High bar
1 – Malone
2 – Georgiou
3 – Srbic


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