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World Championships Women’s All-Around Live Blog

After the waking trauma response that was the men’s and women’s team finals, we arrive at the all-around portion of the competition. Because let’s see how everyone does when they are even more tired!

The first news is the withdrawals, with Flavia Saraiva pulling out (replaced by first reserve Maellyse Brassart), Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos pulling out (replaced by Aline Friess, who was 2-perred), and Tang Xijing pulling out (replaced by second reserve Karina Schoenmaier), as well as third reserve Natalia Escalera pulling out of the reserve list (replaced by fourth reserve Anna-Lena Koenig). So that’s just great. Everything is going fine.

Today, if everything goes to plan, Rebeca Andrade should take the lead with vault and not relinquish it the entire time, so if at any point you see her not in first place, things haven’t gone to plan.

In the first rotation, expect Andrade’s Cheng to put her in first and Carey’s Cheng to put her in second, and then we’re looking at the other DTYs from Jones and Gadirova and the bars routines from D’Amato and Visser as the top potential scores, so they’ll all hope to outdo each other for that third spot after one event.

In the second rotation, Jones will look to use her bars score to move into second place (if she’s not in 2nd after two events, her medal hopes will have taken a hit), though we probably won’t have much of a sense of the wide open race for the bronze and perhaps silver medals until the lead group has all gone to beam and we’ve seen who survived. In terms of late comers, keep an eye on Kinsella. She’ll probably start out down in the standings because she’s in the beam group, but she ends on two possibles 14s.

Fragapane is standing on the mat to be interviewed by Nush and she’s still significantly shorter than her.

Intros starting now. Not sure if Gadirova thrives in the spotlight. It’s so hard to tell.

Eythora is FEVERISHLY prepping the bars with the chalk umbrella during this intro group.

They did not fix the graphic, so Freiss was introduced with Melanie’s picture and name.

Rotation 1

Schoenmaier hits her front tuck beam mount with a check – switch to split, solid – bhs loso, no trouble – full turn, small arm wave – side aerial, check – side somi, a step to the side and a len forward but she keeps it on – 2/1, bounce back. A hit.

Carey – VT – They’ve been done with the vault warmup for a while so looks like she’s being held until the end of floor – Cheng is pretty much her usual, smaller hop to the side – knees, legs apart on block

Visser – UB – stalder tkatchev 1/2 to yezhova attempt and hits her legs on the mat – can’t get her 1/2 turn on low and hops off

Casabuena gets a very good 13.333 on floor.

14.733 for Carey.

Jones – VT – DTY – very good control on her landing, the best DTY she has done here – just a bit of direction, nearly into the red, small shuffle of the toes.

Godwin – BB – switch mount, hit – side somi, solid – bhs loso, arm wave check – switch, back leg – pause before side aerial, leg up wobble – wolf triple is solid – double pike, hop back

14.233 for Jones.

Andrade – VT – magnificent Cheng, small hop back.

Miyata through bars with a hit.

Barbosu 11.933 on floor. Godwin 12.400 on beam.

Kinsella – BB – switch mount, small pause – aerial to split, hit – side aerial loso loso hit with a small lean – wolf double, solid – pulls out her double pike dismount, head nearly on mat, for a beam hit.

15.166 for Andrade.

D’Amato – UB – maloney to tkatchev, hit today – stalder tkatchev piked to pak to van leeuwen and she peels off on the van leeuwen.

Gadirova – VT – struggles on her DTY today, nice in the air, but chest down and a larde lunge to the side and out of bounds

13.100 for Kinsella on beam. 13.266 for Alice on bars.

Friess – UB – maloney, good height to clear hip to pak, straddled – toe full, solid finish position to van leeuwen, blind to jaeger, low but hit – doubel front, deep, pulls it out. Solid. 13.000

Maggio hits her Y1/5 with a hop forward today.

Vaelen falls on beam. Good DLO from Kuusikko in a hit floor routine.

Black – UB – maloney to hindorff, good – black to yezhova, hit well – van leeuwen, strong – giant full – toe tuck 1/2, stuck landing. Really good one!

Brown – FX – wolf 2.35 – double tuck, bounce up and back – falls on final double pike

Yamasa – BB – wolf double, good – swtich, leg-up check – bhs loso, secure, some knee position – front tuck, very deep, pulls it out – aerial, check – wolg to sissone, hit – split ring jump, secure – side aerial, good – double pike, hop back.

Brassart – UB – Maloney to tkatchev, hit – toe full, pulls it out verticall, to pak – van leeuwen, some legs – toe on – blind to front giant to double front 1/2 out, small hop. Nice one.

Lee YS – FX – double y, gets it around, slightly falls out of it – double tuck, jarred back – 3/1, large stumble, a couple bounces on one foot – switch ring to switch 1/2 – back 1.5 to front full, hop, some knees – wolf 1.5 – double pike, deep, hop back

Heduit – BB – switch mount, hit – wolf doubel, hit with a little arm lean – onodi, secure – side aerial to loso, off line and falls – switch to sissone, lovely back leg position – aerial, small check – double pike, stuck, chest down.

After 1:
Andrade – 15.166
Carey – 14.733
Jones – 14.233
Maggio – 14.033
Black – 13.933

Rotation 2

The lady who just shook her head at the guy when he tried to get her to do the in-arena entertainment is my hero.

Miyata – BB – switchmount, hit – layout 2 feet, solid – switch to sissone – aerial to split – double turn nearly falls apart, saves it with a bend at the hips – side aerial, another larger check – side somi is hit – double pike, solid landing, a couple steps.

Godwin has a couple lunges forward OOB on her double front

Jones – UB – good first hs – stalder full to stalder shap to tkatchev, hit – toe full to Downie to pak, small leg break – van leeuwen – toe 1/2 to front giant to double front, larger lunge forward. Hit.

Volleman secure landing on FTY, small hop back.

12.966 for Miyata. Godwin still goes 13.033 which is not bad.

Kinsella – FX – 1.5 through to 3/1, secure, small hop back – back 2.5 to front full, controls landing, slide, knees – wolf double is around – split leap full to switch full, maybe not quite around – double pike, bounce back.

14.366 for Jones.

Andrade – UB – maloney, good to stakder full,a  lit late into piked tkatchev to pak to van leeuwen, hit – goes over on her cast! – corrects to do piked jaeger – toe full, very late into FTDT, step back. Well, she stayed on but several errors in there. She can afford that, but it puts more pressure on beam.

Friess is off beam on her 2 foot layout.

Kinsella goes 13.633 on floor, which is a big number for her in her bronze quest.

Vaelen with nice amplitude on a split leap full on floor.

Andrade still manages to eke out a 13.800 on bars, but she lost nearly a point versus her potential. 

Ou – UB – van leeuwen, hit – large arch on high bar but pulled it back – late pirouette into a very close piked jaeger – pak – toe on to maloney to gienger – has to muscle up cast – FTDT, hop to the side. Well, that is how worlds has been going for China. Just 13.200

Gadirova – UB – piked jaeger, close but caught – tkatchev 1/2 to yezhova, form but gets it – maloney to pak – van leeuwen, hit – giant full, late – FTDT, step forward. Much better than her warmup.

Black – BB – switch mount to switch 1/2 to korbut is hit – double turn, larger break, bend at the hips – full turn to straddle jump – punch front, holds it with an arm wave – bhs layout 2 feet, good – side somi, secure – 2.5, knees, small hop in place.

13.233 is a strong score for Gadirova on bars.

Maggio – UB – Ray to pak, hit – stalder full, nice to maloney to tkatchev, close but hit – bail to toe full, small arch, hit – higgins to front giant 1/2 – souble arabian dismount, looked locked leg, rebounds and puts her hand down. Maggio and bars. She walked a few steps and now has stopped still on the mat and will be looked at.

Heduit – FX – FTDT, step back, just a little low – double arabian, sits it down – 

13.433 for Black on beam to move into 3rd.

Brassart with a large break on beam on her side aerial, lean to the side – bhs loso and falls

12.800 for Maggio on bars.

Carey – UB – Ray, hit with some foot form, yezhova, solid – short cast – maloney, legs to bhardwaj, hit – van leeuwen – goant full, crooked and a bit late – FTDT, small hop.

Visser – BB – saves her bhs mount, could very easily have fallen – turn, little step, arm wave – switch, pause before side somi, secure – split jump 1/2 from side, little lean – straight jump full, hit – side aerial to bhs, another lean to the side with arm wave – double turn was pretty, but another wobble – split leap to sissone – round off bhs 2/1, hop back

Carey’s 13.166 moves her into 3rd ahead of Black and Gadirova.

After 2:
Andrade – 28.966
Jones – 28.599
Carey – 27.899
Black – 27.366
Gadirova – 27.066

Rotation 3

This group on beam. Brace yourselves.

Andrade – BB – Here we go – switch mount, good – switch, pause – switch 1/2, hit – bhs loso, secure – aerial to split ring jump, solid – switch ring to split jump to bhs, solid work – side aerial, hit – full turn, check, lean to the side – wolf jump to sissone, good – ro bhs double pike, step back.

A huge hit for her. Big deal. I honestly thought there was no way she was staying on beam after that tentative early switch.

Kinsella hits a good DTY with a bounce back. 14.166

Vaelen – VT – rudi – solid one, a couple steps back, chest up

Volleman goes 13.133 on bars.

13.533 on beam for Andrade means she’ll just have to not lose this thing on floor.

Ou – BB – fhs front tuck, secuyre, deep – switch to switch 1/2 to korbut – switch ring, small hesitation before split ring to bhs, good – aerial to straddle to bhs, nice – full turn, wobble – side somi, secure – 2.5, hop to the side

Black – FX – popa, good – front full to double pike, step back, stays in bounds – front 2/1 to front tuck, small hop – split leap full is very low – switch full is higher in the passage of dance – 2.5, good control on landing. It was really only that weird split full but she worked it out.

Ou Yushan goes 13.866 on beam.

Gadirova – BB – candle mount, hit – switch to switch 1/2 to korbut, hit combination – wolf double, lean, hit – aerial to split to straddle, solid – bhs loso, secure – side aerial, well done – double pike dismount, lunge back to hold it. One of her most secure beams.

Gadirova with a huge 13.733 on beam with an E score over 8. She and Kinsella are CLOSE.

Maggio – BB – switch mount, check – switch to sissone, nice – bhs loso, check – full turn, lean to the side – switch ring, holds it – side aerial, secure – aerial, squeeze correction – side somi, arm wave to control it – double pike, small hop back

Visser hits her 3/1 front tuck on floor – L turn 2.5 to double turn – double y to illusion in the same spot – 2/1, bounce back – double tuck, bounce back

13.033 on beam for Maggio.

Carey – BB – forward roll mount – full turn, check – bhs loso, no second loso, step back – side aerial to split jump to straddle, secure – aerial, secure – switch to switch 1/2, shortish but not excessive – switch side – split jump 1/2 from side, under split – bhs bhs double pike, deep landing but held the stick somehow. A somewhat tight showing but stayed on.

Miyata – FX – DLO 1/1, good secure landing, knees throughout – whip whip 3/1, also very well controlled – wolf double, some crazy arms but around – 1.5 to front full, solid – switch – split lepa full was under split – double pike, step back. Really good landings. Some body position things, but great control.

Just 12.633 for Carey which drops her to 5th with Jones still to come.

Jones – BB – full turn – Arabian, very solid – switch to sissone, nicely done – bhs loso, good – switch side, lean with the arm – straddle jump from side, a little tentative on those but hit – side aerial, secure – bhs bhs double pike, small step.

Miyata went 13.733. Waiting on the Jones score.

13.100 for Jones keeps her in a comfortable 2nd heading to floor.

After 3:
Andrade – 42.499
Jones – 41.699
Kinsella – 40.899
Gadirova – 40.799
Black – 40.699
Carey – 40.532

Bronzzeeeeeee. Could go any which way since everyone is capable of a 14 on their remaining events.

Rotation 4

Ou – FX – whip whip 3/1, hit, chest down – 2.5 to front lay, secure, some knees – wolf triple, pulls it around – double tuck, step back – triple turn – swtich ring and switch 1/2 are good – doubel L turn, around – 13.733

Friess only vaulted the Tsuk lay full.

Kuusikko hits her bhs loso series – switch to split, solid – wolf 1.5, hit – aerial, large break, bend way overat the hips – side aerial is secure – 1.5 dismount, stuck. Good day for her.

Black – VT – handspring layout full – hits it, a little short, slide back, knees. She did what she could do in the quest.

Gadirova – FX – double double tuckedish – bounce back – DLO 1/1, solid landing, small hop – switch ring to split leap 1.5, a little bounce – switch leap full, around – popa, hit – front full through to double tuck, bounce back. Good hit. Expecting giant score.

Black is done on 54.732

Romi Brown is off beam on a side aerial.

Gadirova gets a massive 14.400 (6.0/8.4). Have to imagine that’s going to clinch a bronze for her unless Carey pulls it allllll out and gets some E help. Kinsella can get close on bars, but can she get there….

Maggio – FX – gets wolf triple around – DLO, couple small hops back – front loso to double pike, small hop – split ring to switch ring 1/2 – FTDT, hop back – double tuck, great stick. 13.866 great number.

D’Amato finishes with a hit DTY, bounce back

Carey – FX – double double layout, small bounce into the corner – DLO 1/1, strong, another small bounce – switch full, around – front loso to double tuck, shuffle back, both feet – split leap full – FTDT, shuffle back again.

Godwin good landing on DLO to finish bars. 13.500

Kinsella – UB – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, strong – short cast hs – stalder tkatchev piked ot pak – maloney to gienger, caught, legs apart – toe full – double arabian, pace forward.

14.166 for Carey, into 3rd behind Gadirova.

Jones – FX – wolf double, under rotated, probably a single – double double tucked, small step – split leap full – DLO, chest a bit forward, small shuffle – double L, looks like she just did get it around – front tuck through to double tuck, secure landing – L hop full to switch 1/2, hit. 4 for 4 in an all-around final.

I’m watching to see what happens to her D score. It could get CLOSEEEE with Gadirova.

Kinsella 14.166, now she’s in 2nd behind Gadirova.

13.700 for Jones (she lost 2 tenths of D) is enough to move ahead of Gadirova.

Andrade – FX – front full through to FTDT, small shuffle back – DLO 1/1, shuffle back – switch leap full, around – falls out of double Y, not as bad as qual but a deduction – DLO, wonderful landing – split leap full, bounce on landing – double pike, step back. That will clinch the title.

We still ahve a final beam routine from Volleman – who just his front walkover to front kickover – L turn, hit – side somi, secure – double turn, well done – switch, low, connected to cat leap – kotbut, hit – gainer layout full, hop.

14.400 for Andrade, who will win by a ton.

FINAL:
1) Andrade – 56.899
2) Jones – 55.399
3) Gadirova – 55.199
4) Kinsella – 55.065
5) Black – 54.732
6) Carey – 54.698
7) Ou – 53.899
8) Miyata – 53.798

 

 

 

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