1/2 to back tuck/pike
Front tuck 1/2 out
Alfonso Baroni (acrobat)
Cristina Grigoras (ROU)
What to do about the Barani?
The true Barani, which was named after Cristina Grigoras, is a front salto with a 1/2 twist, seen here:
The box for that specific element was removed from the code of points in 2017. Now, we are left with two options for this general idea of an element. 1) The aerial round-off and 2) the 1/2 turn to back salto, seen at the top. Neither of which is truly a barani, which has become sort of a skill without a home.
The term barani is among the words gymnastics has inherited from ye olde tyme acrobatics and is a catchall used to refer to any forward salto with a half twist (rudi refers to 1.5 twists, and randi refers to 2.5 twists). It is a bastardization of the name Alfonso Baroni, a 19th-century Italian acrobat.