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Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 9

The “I mean they should be good, but…” phenomenon of this Japanese team is about to be answered. Right now, GB is at 161.963, and that’s the score to beat to feel good about making the team final. Similarly, Spain is at 159.021, which is the score to beat to feel good about making the Olympics.

TEAMS: Japan, Mexico
INDIVIDUALS: Anahit Assadourian (ARM), Luciana Alvarado (CRC), Camila Montoya (CRC), Heika Del Sol Salas (CRC), Anastasija Dubova (LAT), Marija Ribalcenko (LAT), Elina Vihrova (LAT), Egle Stalinkeviciute (LTU), Agata Vostruchovaite (LTU), Sandra Collantes (PER), Fabiola Diaz (PER), Ariana Orrego (PER)

Rotation 1

Kajita – FX – 2.5 to front full, pulled out a stick on that despite being a bit low – simpler twisting elements but she’s hitting them – double held leg turn is probably around – double tuck, chest down but hit

Surprised that Garcia isn’t in the bars lineup for Mexico – but Gutierrez leads off hitting her piked jaeger and double front 1/2 out.

12.666 for Gutierrez. Ana Lago – UB – Shap to pak, some legs apart – van leeuwen, clean – gaint full to huge gienger, well caught but very short hs after it – then looks like she clipped her feet on the low bar – FTDT is very high and far, step.

13.166 for Kajita feels really high.

Hatakeda – FX – double wolf, good – double tuck, bounce back double Y spin, solid, just a little overturned – 2.5 to front tuck, step forward OOB – double pike, bounce back. Shame about the OOB, but a solid routine. 12.500

Moreno – UB – Shap to pak, legs apart – crazy legs on van leeuwen – clear hip full – deltchev is nice – clear hip 1/2 , front giant 1/2 to bail to shoot – some short handstands – DLO, bounce back. I mean, it’s Moreno bars, but she got through it and did her difficulty.

Teramoto – FX – drops heel on double L attempt – pike full in, chest well down but only a small hop – 1.5 through to 2.5, good control – wolf double – front 2/1, just a tad under-rotated – switch ring – really nice completion on switch leap full – double pike, stumble backward, she kept it in bounds because she’s so tiny, but a few significant lunges, which is a shame because the middle of this routine was so nice.

Sigh. 12.566

Stuck DLO from Frida Esparza on bars. The rest of the lineup was held in the 12s, but this surely won’t be.

Matsumura – FX – triple turn – 3/1 to punch front, small hop – L turn 1.275 – 2.5 to front full, very deep landing but she does keep it to her feet – double tuck, good control, chest up, only small hop.

13.766 for Esparza gets Mexico into the 39s on bars.

12.933 for Matsumura. 38.665 for Japan on floor. That’s currently in 10th place among floor scores.

Vostruchovaite – BB – long pause before aerial to front tuck, no possible chance to land that and falls – switch to switch 1/2, pause before back tuck, lots of deductions in those switches – side somi, a bit of a lean – front layout full, small hop. 9.933

Assadourian – BB – candle mount, drops very quickly – bhs loso series and immediate fall – swtich – split jump with a check – full turn, check – side aerial, hits, with a small lean – straight jump 1/1, solid – gainer pike, short with a hop.

Rotation 2

Gutierrez – BB – wolf double – falls on her next wolf attempt – finishes with a 2.5, lunge forward

Sugihara – VT – actually does her 1.5 after only timers in PT and it’s fine. Hop forward. 14.033

Hatakeda – VT – also hits her 1.5, also with a bounce forward, a little larger than Sugihara’s and a little more knee form to me, but we’ll see where the judges go. 14.033. All vaults are the same.

Teramoto – VT – lands her rudi, chest well down and a hop to the side, but landed. 14.633

Moreno – BB – front pike, small shuffle – bhs loso series, hit – front tuck, solid – side somi, hit – switch side, small check – double pike, overtime, hop back. Where would they be without Moreno?

And by that I mean she got 11.900.

Matsumura downgrades to the 1.5 on VT. She was crashing DTYs in PT. But this also brings up, beyond the Mai issue, Japan left a couple possible DTYs at home too. 14.100

Lago – BB – bhs loso, check – aerial, small arm wave – split to wolf – full turn – punch frotn, another check but still only small – switch – switch 1/2 – double tuck, bounce back. Lots of pauses, so expect a lower E, but she stayed on without any huge errors.

42.766 for Japan on vault.

11.433 for Lago. E score at 6.6 for no checks beyond little leg-up wobbles, but a lot of them, and splits, and rhythm

Garcia – Switch mount – switch leap, leg-up check – front tuck, lean – bhs lay-pike, saves it with a check – side aerial, smooth – side somi, leg-up check – annndshe falls on a switch side – holds onto the beam in a pike stoop, but sadly no bonus for that – double tuck, step back. Mexico beam.

10.666

Stalinkeviciute – FX – double pike, small step – double tuck, step back – wolf turn 2.5 – nice split leap full – front layout – 12.200

Mexico puts up the lowest beam score of the event so far.

Assadourian – FX – double tuck, secure landing, just chest down – L turn single – switch ring and split ring, probably no credit for split ring for lack of closure – front layout, large bounce – 1.5, small hop.

Stumble back for Salas on her DLO on bars

Ribalcenko FX – held leg double, not all the way around – double pike to her hands and knees – double tuck, bounce back – insane rudi attempt with crazy legs, lands it with a bounce back

Rotation 3

Garcia – FX – single L turn – what is this bird-attack music? – finishes with a stuck double tuck, cowboy and chest down, but stuck.

Sugihara – UB – Maloney to gienger, legs apart – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, caught – shrot hs – toe full to bail, nice legs together position – stalder – Double pike, small step back. Clean start.

13.266 for Sugihara.Kajita – hits piked jaeger and Nabieva – pak – toe shap 1/2 – stalder – toe full – takes FTDT really close to the bar but hits it, step. She may have earned a spot to compete in the TF this year. 13.533 for this one.

Very strong DLO from Ana Lago – full in, bounce back – split leap full – heel drops right at the end of her double L turn – double pike, hands down

Teramoto – UB – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger, caught – inbar full to very high gienger but caught very close to the bar – 1/2 turn to jaeger, fine – bail to toe shoot – FTDT, very strong landing. 13.966 even with the close catch.

Moreno – FX – doubel double tucked, lands it, chest well down with a step – DLO, bounce back – split leap full – switch side 1/2 – front full to a bit of an aborted stag that didn’t get far off the ground – wolf turn double is very silly as she plant-stands-up her extended leg – double pike, short with a large stagger. 12.300

Hatakeda – UB – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger, Ricna, caught – bail is totally crooked whne she caught but pulled it back – a dead hang on high – FTDT, hop back, not her very strongest.

Gutierrez – FX – front full through to 3/1, corkscrew legs throughout but landed, hop to the side – double L attempt, not sure I’d give that as a horizontal position – 1.5 through to double tuck, small hop – 2.5 to layout, a little whipped over but fine.

13.733 for Hatakeda. 41.323 for Japan, which once again is…fine? But they’re going to have to be LEGIT on beam to make the team final.

11.500 for Orrego on beam – Diaz follows her, finishing with punch layout full and a hop

To have a shot at making TF, Japan needs to go 39.2 ish on beam. So far, China, France, and Canada have reached that on beam. There is also the chance that a total beam meltdown would put them behind Spain, but it would have to be a meltdown.

After a 10.833 for Salas, Montoya has the final beam routine of the rotation – she hits her loso series then balks on a leap and just does a frog hop – front aerial right off the beam.

Rotation 4

Hatakeda – BB – stretching and looks like she has to pee, so good sign – switch mount, small check – front tuck to split, small check again – aerial, fine – side aerial, smoothly landed – side somi, strong – switch to switch 1/2, small check – loso series, hit – double pike, hop back

12.966

Teramoto – BB – just does survive her wolf turn, makes some contact with the beam but keeps going – double turn, hit – aerial to split to straddle – onodi is quite nice – switch – side somi – bhs loso series, very solid – side aerial, calmly done – 2.5, some legs, small hop. Good routine. Two important hits with team qualification to a home Olympics on the line. 12.966

Alexa Moreno hits her rudi, bounce back fairly large, but good height and completion. Smaller bounce on her Tsuk double, another good hit

Kajita – BB – aerial to split ring, nice – bhs loso series, check – switch ring – y spin, large break, bend at the hips – side aerial, another check to the side – 2/1, college stick. Some breaks but she stayed on to clinch Olympic qualification.

Moreno moves into first on vault.

Matsumura will do the final beam instead of Sugihara – goes for a round-off tuck full! Stays on the beam with a leg-up check – switch to split – aerial, small wobble – switch ring, 70 arm waves – side aerial – side somi – 2.5, crossover lunge to the side

12.633 for Matsumura. Japan comes in behind Belgium. Looks like they’ll make the Olympics, but potentially as the final qualifier depending on how Brazil does.

Chuso update: She lost two spots in the AA race and now sits 23rd. Current projection is that 30 will make it through with the unused event final places added in. I see maybe four people who can pass her left, so it’s starting to look good for Chuso. She got some real help today from some misses.

Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 8

The Dutch subdivision has arrived. The Netherlands is very capable of getting into that 161 mix where all the borderline countries are sitting right now. I also loved Spain in PT. So there’s that.

TEAMS: Netherlands, Spain
INDIVIDUALS: Angelica Mesa (COL), Nataly Rodriguez (COL), Maria Villegas (COL), Ana Derek (CRO), Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (MAS), Ang Tracie (MAS), Tan Ing Yueh (MAS), Aleksandra Rajcic (SRB), Kristina Zivadinovic (SRB)

We’ve had the Dutch introduction and it was long and a lot, as one would hope.

Rotation 1

Visser – BB – bhs mount, smallest lean – side somi, good – split jump 1/2 from side, a little lean – side aerial to bhs, way off line and has to grab the beam – double turn, check, sanne’s like GET OUT – 2/1, bounce back

Petsico arched a handstand on her bail but pulled it out, hit routine. Cintia – UB – stalder shap to pak, just some feet – maloney to gienger, a few moments of leg breaks – full to FTDT, hit. 13.8 for her. Wow.

12.466 for Visser

Lieke – BB – small check on bhs mount – split jump, check – wolf to sissone – side aerial, misses her foot and belly flops right onto the beam. L turn 1.5 attempt, drops a littl early for me – double spin, lovely – split leap to side somi, arm wave – aerial, leg-up check – gainer layout, hop. Hrm. Lieke had a bit of a time.

Hit floor from Farah Ann and hit bars from Ana Perez.

Popa – UB – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger, good – Tkatchev to pak, clean – toe full to shap to gienger, nice – DLO 1/1, just a little deep with a hop. Nailed it. Great bars rotation for Spain.

Gigantic wait for Lieke’s beam score. Sanne has been doing side aerials back and forth for 50 minutes.

10.366 for Lieke. Well ouch.

Thorsdottir – BB – switch leap mount – bhs loso series, beautiful – picking fruit as she walks along the beam – onodi, all over the place but saves it with a step back – side aerial, small lean – Y spin – split leap to aerial to split, lovely – 2.5 dismount, step forward. A hit. She had that one moment with the Onodi, but a hit.

Spain 41.690 on bars. Very impressive.

Lovely twisting form from Derek on floor –

13.333 for Eythora and 9th place. Obvious crime.

Sanne – BB – bhs mount – tries to connect to wolf jump fulll but probably no – drops a little early on doubel L turn with a check – side aerial to side aerial, perfection – switch – bhs 1/1 to split jump, good – L turn to full tuen to double turn series, gets it with only a small check at the end but intentionally breaks connection into split leap – gainer pike 1/1, stuck. Not her best but obviously glorious.

Eythora and Sanne saved the day there. Not an ideal beam rotation, but they can work with this.

Derek got 13.033 on floor and well deserved.

Vera Van Pol gets to carry all the bags.

13.200 for Sanne and 11th place. We’ll have no Dutch gymnasts in the beam final.

38.999 is not what NED would have wanted on beam, but they can live with it, especially if the judges are 13.5-level impressed by the floor routines from Lieke and Eythora.

Rotation 2

Volleman – FX – quad turn for credit – full in, two steps back, right into the corner but stays in – double tuck to punch front – double held leg turn – 1.5 to front full, some legs but controlled – good triple turn

Petisco with a leg up check on her bhs bhs series but stays on

12.366 for Petisco.

13.333 for Volleman, good score

Cintia – BB – bhs loso series, very smooth – switch to split leap – side aerial – aerial – split ring jump, leg-up check – check on y spin – hits 2/1 dismount

Visser – FX – Memmel to illusion, hit – whip 3/1 to punch front, got it, although that was surely a back 2.65 – 2.5 to front lay – pretty leap positions – double tuck, short with a hop

Tisha has submitted an inquiry – DIDN’T YOU SEE ME DO THAT QUINT TURN I DIDN’T DO?

13.366 for Visser

Perez – BB – switch to switch 1/2, solid – L turn, smooth – bhs loso, knees, but very secure – NOOOOO falls on punch front

Lieke – FX – leans out of her double L to double turn a little but gets it around – doubel tuck, only a small slide – split leap full – 2.5, controlled step, just some knees – switch ring – switch 1/2 – attempts quint turn but definite triple credit – front full, hop forward – perfect obviously in every way except for the German press members in the row in front who talked through the whole routine and watched none of it. All class.

Popa – BB – aerial, good – bhs layout 2 feet, and falls. Falls for both Perez and Popa on beam. Y spin, correction – side somi, arm wave – split jump 1/2 from side, very solid – split leap 1/2, nice height – bhs bhs 2/1, lunge back

WHOA. Volleman inquiry accepted and now she has a 13.533. I’m blatantly shocked.

13.033 for Lieke, no final. Boo.

Thorsdottir – FX – split ring leap – just the 2.5 mount, not the triple punch – double tuck, step back – double L to double turn to Memmel to illusion it was…well she got through it, though I wouldn’t credit the initial double L, which will change things, a bit of leaning – 2/1 to front tuck.

9.900 for Popa on beam. DEAR ME.

Still waiting on the floor score for Eythora. They’re literally not even going to have a floor score for Eythora as the next rotation starts. I’m sure that turn combination is causing a problem.

Rotation 3

LOL Marina Gonzalez is up there waiting to start this rotation, and the judges are like…we’re not done with Eythora yet.

12.966 for Eythora. YOU MONSTERS.

Gonzalez – FX – wolf turn 3.375 – full in, hop to the side – 2.5, large bounce forward and OOB – front full with a hop – double tuck, bounce back –

Sorry that was Visser, who looks nothing like Lieke cool – hits a full with a bounce back, Visser follows with 13.933 for her 1.5

Volleman – VT – hits her DTY, lunge back and another step back but nice power and height. 14.400

Eythora follows by hitting her DTY as well – a nice one, a bounce back, though less than Volleman’s and just a bit of chest position on landing.

12.533 for Gonzalez

Lieke puts up her clean full int he 4th position, lovely extension, slide back. 13.733. Viable vault rotation for NED. They’re in contention to pass Canada.

Perez – FX – double double, landed it, well short with a lunge forward – whip through to double tuck, very secure – switch ring – Memmel turn, good – 2.5 to front tuck, legs in the twisting – wolf turn 2.5ish – double pike, bounce back

13.200 for Perez, 13th overall on floor.

Rodriguez – FX – double Y spin, good – doubel pike, short with a shuffle forward – split jump 1/1 – split ring leap, pretty – rudi, slide – switch ring to switch side – 2/1, slide back. Beautiful routine. 12.800

Gonzalez score changed to 12.733.

Popa – FX – DLO, nailed it, stuck landing, awesome – whip whip full in, also excellent – triple Y spin and I’d say she got it three times around – front full, dances out – doubel pike, hop back. GREAT routine. That better make the final.

13.800 and into 2nd place. YES.

Netherlands will feel like 3rd place is really doable at this point. We also have an interesting race for Spain’s AA place between Rodriguez and Perez, with the bonus that Popa is probably getting an individual place for the floor final now.

Rotation 4

Cintia vaults a full with a hop back –

Derek – BB – back handspring loso, cehck – switch ring, nice closure – full turn – switch 1/2, secure – aerail to split to bhs, a little pause int he series –

Stuck full for Petisco, just chest down

Eythora – UB – stalder to bail – clear hip 1/2 on low bar – blind change to piked jaseger, caught – FTDT, deep and either puts a knee down or almost does.

13.666 on a full for Perez. That score means Cintia will get the Olympic AA spot for Spain. Small hop back on full for Popa.

11.466 for Eythora. Oof

Spain finished behind Belgium, so Olympic qualification looks out as a team, but they’re ahead of the other contending teams.

Sanne – UB – clear hip to shap to clear hip full to bail to toe shoot – giant full to blind change to Jaeger – DLO, stuck. An actually perfect bars routine, all the handstands so crisp. Warrants our highest E score on bars so far.

13.633. E score of 8.533. Psh.

Visser – UB – stalder full to stalder shap to pak to van leeuwen – excellent – toe on to 1/2 turn to jaeger, very high, and then she collapses on the high bar and has to recast – it was so perfect before that – FTDT, hop.

Farah Ann – BB – side aerial , solid – switch – tour jete – round off back tuck, hit, small check – side somi, check – Y spin and falls – knew it was too good to be true – 2/1, legs, hop back.

13.466 for Visser. So Netherlands needs a good hit from Lieke so they can drop Eythora’s number now.

Lieke – UB – church to Pak, hit – Maloney to bail, solid – toe full to toe shap – blind change – front giant – double front, got scary for a second, but she hits with two steps back. They need something like a low-mid 13 for this routine.

13.900 for Lieke! The Netherlands moves up to 4th, behind Canada but should be safely into TF. Bumps GB to 5th and Italy to 6th. Rough for both of them. They needed NED to mess up.

Item #1: With just 6 eligible teams remaining to compete, we know that France, Canada, and the Netherlands have qualified WAG teams to Tokyo.

Spain is looking at 2 Olympians, with Rodriguez in the AA and Popa for floor.

Unlikely that Eythora can make the AA final after that bars routine.

Farah Ann nearly scored 50 and looks pretty good for the Olympics right now.

Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 7

It’s a big subdivision for the team competition (and also beam heart attacks) with Great Britain and Italy both competing. Great Britain is fully capable of advancing to the team final, but as we know, it’s not a given. GB will be looking to beat Germany’s 161.897 to have a shot at it.

Italy has been the other “possible medal upset” team, along with France, but following France’s excellent performance yesterday, Italy will have to do a lot to match. At minimum, they’ll be looking to pass Canada. Well, at minimum they’ll be looking to not completely turn to liquid on every apparatus, but…

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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.

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Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 5

France! And…Romania. The goal for France here will be to be in first place after this subdivision, which is absolutely doable. The goal for Romania is to not start crying, especially starting on bars.

TEAMS: France, Romania
INDIVIDUALS: Argyro Afrati (GRE), Elvira Katsali (GRE), Ioana Xoulogi (GRE), Gabriela Janik (POL), Teja Belak (SLO), Tjasa Kysselef (SLO), Adela Sajn (SLO), Katriel de Luna (VEN), Milca Leon (VEN)

In arena highlights of Baby Fabian scoring 16.125 on HB in 2007. Oh, the 2008 CoP.

Rotation 1

Boyer – FX – 2.5 to front pike, just a little short with a step – switch 1/2, pretty nice – Memmel, will get credit – double tuck, short, a little shuffle forward – double pike, good, small hop. Nice.

Ghiciuc – UB – clear hip to Shap, some legs – bail, a bit of back arch – shoot to high – jaeger, caught with some feet – giant full and then another giant and she can’t get up to vertical and hops off.

Getting through all of your actual skills and then falling on a giant is peak Romanian bars.

12.966 for Boyer.

Charpy – FX – Memmel turn, good – double front, small bounce forward – double tuck, bounce back – split leap full, solid split position – front full, a bit mushy and a hop forward – very secure landing on double pike. Another useful routine.

11.466 for Ghiciuc –

Holbura – UB – shap to pak – 1/2 turn and toe shoot – piked jaeger with flexed feet but caught that and jaeger – DLO, step. A hit!

13.233 for Charpy. France on track.

12.233 for Holbura. They got into the 12s!

Golgota – UB – Toe Shap to clear hip 1/2, short of hs – blind change to jaeger, caught – giant full to tkatchev – pak and struggles casting out of it – looks like her couch put his hands on her on her shap 1/2, we shall see – double front, step

Friess went OOB on her first pass. Double tuck is nice and clean –

12.200 for Golgota.

Crisan – UB – weiler 1/2, short – Stalder shap to slear hip full to tkatchev to pak totally straddled – toe shoot – DLO, quite low and an awkward landing with a bounce forward – lots of form.

Well, technically, Romania did not count a fall on bars, and that’s something.

MDJDS – FX – DLO 1/1, very strong landing, just a little built in pike on that and a small adjustment on landing – full in, step – wolf turn double and Paseka rolls out of it – front losoo to double tuck, bounce back – double pike, stuck, chest down

Janik falls on beam on a punch front, and then immediately again on an aerial. Nearly again on a side somi. She’s having a time.

37.099 on bars for Romania, which is better than Egypt and Czech Republic.

We’re still waiting on the score for Melanie. I think they just forget. They were like, you get a twelveteen point September.

We finally have a score for her and it’s 13.966, the top floor score, obviously.

Rotation 2

Ghiciuc – BB – side jump, small check – bhs back pike, hit solidly – switch 1/2, short of split but secure – side aerial to split – a couple checks but this is going OK – finishes with a gainer 1.5. Good work.

Boyer hits a nice full, solid amplitude and form – bounce backward

Good DTY for Melanie, a fairly large bounce back, but a comfortable vault for her, chest up

12.600 for Ghiciuc.

You know it’s Olympic qualification when the Slovenians are dusting off their other events, Belak down on her first pass on FX

Golgota has to grab the beam on her mount series. And now she’s off on her acro series. Oh Denisa. wolf 1.5 – double tuck, hop back. Girl, you’ve got to watch out for your teammates.

Very nice rudi from Aline Friess, slide back. It’s a 15.000 for Friess. France cleaning up in this vault rotation.

Pontlevoy – VT – DTY – not as strong as the other vaults, but a successful DTY, some chest position and a step to the side.

14.300 for Pontlevoy. France well out in front.

11.833 for Golgota on beam.

Crisan – BB – switch mount to switch 1/2 to swing down – full turn – bhs loso loso series, feet but secure – side aerial, large break and she comes off. Looked like she was on, maybe just a little check necessary but then she adjusted and it was all over – side somi, arm wave – split jump 1/2 from side, lean – bhs bhs 2/1, step back.

Sajn – FX – double pike, bounce back, keeps it in bounds – quad spin, just leans out of it at the end – split leap full – front full, knees, secure landing – 2.5, really solid landing there

11.733 for Crisan

Holbura – BB – candle mount – side aerial to bhs, small lean – switch to split ring, arm wave – switch 1/2, step back – aerial to split to swing down – double tuck, solid landing. She’s just like, BYE DENISA OLYMPIC SPOT MINE.

12.733 is the top beam score for Romania.

Romania did put up the 4th-best beam rotation so far by hitting two of four.

Rotation 3

Ghiciuc – FX – held leg double turn, a little short of two turns – double tuch, small shuffle –

Friess – UB – toe full to toe shap to pak, pretty, legs right together – van leeuwen – clear hip – jaeger a little tight but caught – double front, saves what could have been a fall with a quick bounce back

11.966 for Ghiciuc. 13.566 for Friess.

Charpy – UB – shap 1/2, a bit of legs – piked jaeger is nice – Ricna to pak, cleanly done – Can leeuwen – toe full FTDT, stuck, nice job.

Holbura with another solid routine including a double pike.

Janik has such an out of control landing on her handspring front full that she ends up sprinting off the mat entirely.

Melanie – UB – Galante to pak, perfect – Maloney to Bhardwah, a little close but the form was perfect – shap 1/2 with legs together – inbar – DLO 1/1, just a touch deep, slide back. Nice.

12.366 for Holbura.

Crisan – FX – split jump full – full in, only a small slide back – double pike, bounce back – front tuck through to 2/1, step back – double tuck, chest down but only a small hop. Good one.

14.600 for Melanie on bars, into 3rd there

Pontlevoy – UB – Shap to Ricna – pak to Stalder Shap 1/2, goos – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger that’s pretty laid out – double front, one step. It’s a little sloppy in places but also huge difficulty.

At this point, we’re looking at a French team that is comically better than any other team we’ve seen so far today.

12.066 for Crisan.

14.400 for Pontlevoy

Golgota – FX – pike full in, straddled, small bounce back – double arabian sat it down. Seriously, Maria Holbura is going to get the Olympic spot at this point – full in, well short, stumble forward with two lunges – struggling to control her wolf turns as well – double tuck, hop back

11.000 for Golgota. Her highest score is on bars.

Teja Belak has put in an inquiry on vault, so this may be our first us of the robot judging to evaluate the inquiry.

Does that mean we have to stop all the events though?

Inquiry for Belak has been denied. OK, if they’re really using the Fujitsu judging, we need some kind of visual representation of that.

Afrati – BB – pause in her dance series and has to add an extra element – side somi, wobble back and forth – hits loso series – switch to switch 1/2, check – switch side attempt I believe, she lands on the beam but totally off balance and has to belly splat onto the beam, which whips her off like a damp rag doll as she crashes onto the mat.

Rotation 4

France is so far ahead that there’s little suspense about the French making the TF. Right now it’s about how truly medal contending they are. Romania has its internal fight for an individual qualifier, and Slovenia has to go to bars, so there’s a lot.

Charpy – BB – loso mount, solid – bhs loso, only a small lean – wolf turn triple, pulls it around, as well as the double – side aerial, check – switch – double back dismount, deep landing but hit under control

Ghiciuc hit a full, staggered legs, hop

Holbura – VT – full, bounce back, knee form

Final for Holbura is 50.632.

Crisan hits her 1.5, step to the side. 13.833

Golgota – VT – deep DTY with a step forward. Second vault is Tsuk full, a little jarring with a hop back.

Kysselef got up on bars and did like two skills as her routine and she’s my hero.

Belak – UB – blind change to forward giant to jaeger – horizontal handstand to hip circle to rest on the high bar – clear hip, she comes off the bar and sits down and is really just like FML but gets up to continue – toe on to bail, nice vertical position – giant full, loses her swing again and hops off.

Charpy 12.600 on BB

MDJDS – BB – a little check on her front mount – front pike, step back – bhs layout, solid – switch 1/2 – aerial to split to bhs, smoothly connected – switch to sissone – double tuck, hop back. Not her very strongest but a good one.

Belak got 7.833 on bars. Now Sajn has to do bars.

Sajn – UB – toe shoot – toe on – toe on 1/2 – front gitnat, front giant 1/2 annnnnd a layout dismount.

13.316 for Melanie on BB – 56.482 AA total has the lead.

Boyer – BB – great save on her layout as one foot was totally off – switch 1/2, small check – L turn, little lean into full turn – side aerial – split leap to side somi, hit – split jump 1/2 from side – double pike, hop back

13.166 for Boyer, behind Melanie.

Friess – BB – front pike mount, excellent – wolf jump to sissone – round off layout, leg up check – front tuck, solid – switch – switch 1/2 – back tuck, solid – wolf single – double tuck, bounce back. Finishing off a fab day for France.

Confirmation that Holbura was the strongest Romanian at 50.632 and that Golgota was last among the Romanians.

WHOA. Melanie bumped up 3 tenths after inquiry on beam. 13.616.

12.700 for Friess to finish at 53.999

France has destroyed everyone and is in first place by a million. Egypt has officially been eliminated from Olympic qualification. Romania is in 8th.