Italy Shows Huge Potential at Golden League

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This has been a busy weekend for Italian gymnastics, thanks to the first ever Golden League held in Porto San Giorgio. On Saturday, Brixia Brescia brought home the team competition title while Vanessa Ferrari led the all-around ranking and collected several medals in the event finals held on Sunday.

Team Competition and All-Around

Brixia Brescia dominated the team competition, earning a 278.00 for a twelve point lead over second place GAL Lissone (266.05). Olos Gym 2000 Roma earned bronze with a 253.65 while Forza e Virtu 1982 Novi Ligure was fourth (249.00).

The 2006 world champion Vanessa Ferrari won the all-around title with a massive 58.2. On floor, she picked up a huge 15.05 with a 6.3 difficulty, hitting all four tumbling passes, including her double double with a step, a stuck double layout, a full-in, and a double pike. She also had top scores on bars (with a 5.8 difficult) and beam (5.9 difficulty); on vault, she performed a DTY, scoring a 14.7.

Elisa Meneghini was the silver all-around medalist with a 56.55 after hitting all of her routines. She was the top scorer on beam (14.45) and performed a solid Yurchenko 1.5, perfectly landed for a 14.6. Behind Meneghini for the bronze medal was 2012 Olympian Erika fasana with a 56.4; she performed a high DTY and hit a solid floor routine (full-in, double layout, double pike), earning a 14.3.

Team Final Results

Rank Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Brixia Brescia 73.100 67.400 67.750 69.750 278.000
2 GAL Lissone 69.100 63.750 69.300 63.900 266.050
3 Olos Gym 2000 66.600 60.200 62.600 64.250 253.650
4 Forza e Virtu 70.200 58.450 58.400 62.800 249.850

All-Around Final Results

Rank Athlete Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Vanessa Ferrari Brixia Brescia 14.700 14.000 14.450 15.050 58.200
2 Elisa Meneghini GAL Lissone 14.600 13.500 14.450 14.000 56.550
3 Erika Fasana Brixia Brescia 14.800 13.900 13.400 14.300 56.400
4 Giorgia Campana GAL Lissone 13.700 13.950 13.800 12.600 54.050
5 Sofia Busato Brixia Brescia 14.550 12.350 13.300 13.800 54.000
6 Lavinia Marongiu Brixia Brescia 14.050 12.900 13.950 12.950 53.850
7 Lara Mori Olos Gym 2000 13.400 13.800 12.550 13.950 53.700
8 Adriana Crisci Brixia Brescia 14.550 13.300 12.300 13.500 53.650
9 Martina Rizzelli Brixia Brescia 14.500 13.300 12.050 13.100 52.950
10 Giorgia Morera Olos Gym 2000 13.300 13.250 13.400 12.750 52.700
11 Sofia Bonistalli Forza e Virtu 14.600 12.750 12.050 12.800 52.200
12 Arianna Rocca Forza e Virtu 14.250 10.300 13.950 13.600 52.100
13 Michela Redemagni GAL Lissone 13.450 12.500 12.750 13.000 51.700
14 Alessia Praz GAL Lissone 13.550 12.000 13.650 12.250 51.450
15 Chiara Imeraj Brixia Brescia 12.850 12.800 12.650 12.900 51.200
16 Nicole Terlenghi Olos Gym 2000 14.050 11.350 12.300 13.300 51.000
Martina Maggio Olos Gym 2000 12.700 12.050 13.550 12.700 51.000
18 Jessica Mattoni GAL Lissone 13.800 11.800 13.300 12.050 50.950
19 Desiree Carofiglio Brixia Brescia 13.550 11.750 11.450 12.550 49.300
20 Joana Favaretto Forza e Virtu 14.050 12.450 10.600 12.050 49.150
21 Marta Novello Forza e Virtu 14.100 11.300 10.550 12.300 48.250
22 Francesca Linari Brixia Brescia 12.450 11.050 11.700 12.400 47.600
23 Caterina Vitale Forza e Virtu 13.200 10.600 10.800 11.650 46.250
24 Emma Novello Forza e Virtu 12.550 9.900 8.550 12.050 43.050
25 Sophia Campana GAL Lissone 13.300 11.600 11.400 —— 36.300
26 Asia Pandolfo Forza e Virtu 12.900 —— 10.550 11.700 35.150
27 Ilaria Bombelli Olos Gym 2000 —— 9.750 10.800 11.550 32.100
28 Alessia Leolini Olos Gym 2000 13.700 11.400 —— —— 25.100
29 Valentina Massone Forza e Virtu 12.850 —— 11.000 —— 23.850
30 Carlotta Ferlito GAL Lissone —— —— 14.100 —— 14.100
31 Sara Giulia Pedico Olos Gym 2000 13.150 —— —— —— 13.150
32 Carlotta Necchi Forza e Virtu —— 11.350 —— —— 11.350

Event Finals

Ferrari had a good day, despite struggling with her DTY during the warm-up. She performed it without falling, earning the bronze medal in the “one vault” final with a 14.65, despite showing bent knees. On bars, she won the silver medal thanks to a solid routine that finished with a full-in with a step. On beam, she increased her D-score to a 6.1, performing a clean routine with no major mistakes, just wobbling a bit on her switch half for a 14.65. In the end, she decided to scratch from the floor final in order to preserve her energy for Worlds with Martina Rizzelli taking her place.

Meneghni, who qualified to all event finals but the “two vault” final, had a rough beginning on bars, falling twice; however, in the “one vault” final she perfectly stuck her Yurchenko 1.5, earning another 14.6 there. On beam, her pet event, she won the title with a very good routine out of a 5.9 difficulty, hitting her bhs-bhs-loso series for a 14.7. On floor, she put her hands down on her double layout and placed sixth.

2012 Olympian Giorgia Campana overcame the shoulder pain she had suffered during the Novara Cup and brought home the bars title thanks to a very strong routine. Though her 5.6 start value is a bit low for a bars specialist, her clean handstand work helped her earn a 14.05, a great score for a relatively weak bars team. On beam, she came in fifth with a 14.1.

Carlotta Ferlito competed only on beam, where she came in fourth with a remarkable 14.3 considering she didn’t perform her full difficulty (she kept out the 2.5 dismount). She’s still getting back all of her skills after the health issues she’s suffered for the past several months, and was not included on the Worlds team due to her weakened state.

Lavinia Marongiu showed a solid beam set, sticking her double tuck dismount for a 14.45, good enough for the bronze medal behind Meneghni and Ferrari.

Lara Mori had ups and downs throughout the weekend: she fell on beam on Saturday, then fell three times on bars in the event final. However, there was a silver lining – she took home the silver medal on floor, earning a 13.7. Her choreography looked really nice, and she stuck two out of her three tumbling passes (the double tuck and the double pike).

After earning good results at the Mediterranean Junior Championships, Sofia Busato had another great weekend, adding more medals to her collection. She won the silver medal in the “one vault” final, earning a 14.7, and then won a bronze on floor with a 13.35.

Martina Rizzelli had troubles on bars (11.9) and floor (12.85), but on vault she performed a DTY for a 14.5, coming in fifth.

The “two vault” final winner was Arianna Rocca with a 14.0, while 2000 Olympian Adriana Crisci was the silver medalist with a 13.725; Desiree Carofiglio won bronze with a 13.6.

Vault Final Results (Two Vaults)

Rank Athlete Club D E ND Total Average
1 Arianna Rocca Forza e Virtu 5.0 8.950 13.950 14.000
5.0 9.050 14.050
2 Adriana Crisci Victoria Torino 5.3 8.850 -0.1 14.050 13.725
4.6 8.800 13.400
3 Desiree Carofiglio Futuregym 5.0 8.800 13.800 13.600
4.4 9.000 13.400
4 Nicole Terlenghi Estate 83 5.3 8.900 -0.1 14.100 13.475
4.2 8.650 12.850

Vault Final Results (One Vault)

Rank Athlete Club D E ND Total
1 Erika Fasana Brixia Brescia 5.8 9.200 15.000
2 Sofia Busato Brixia Brescia 5.3 9.400 14.700
3 Vanessa Ferrari Brixia Brescia 5.8 8.850 14.650
4 Elisa Meneghini GAL Lissone 5.3 9.300 14.600
5 Martina Rizzelli Brixia Brescia 5.8 8.700 14.500
6 Sofia Bonistalli Casellina 5.8 8.600 -0.1 14.300
7 Marta Novello Forza e Virtu 5.0 9.100 14.100
8 Joana Favaretto SGA Gymnasium 5.0 9.050 14.050

Bars Final Results

Rank Athlete Club D E ND Total
1 Giorgia Campana Centro Sportivo Esercito 5.5 8.550 14.050
2 Vanessa Ferrari Brixia Brescia 5.8 8.200 14.000
3 Erika Fasana Brixia Brescia 5.4 8.250 13.650
4 Giorgia Morera Olos Gym 2000 5.3 8.100 13.400
Adriana Crisci Victoria Torino 5.2 8.200 13.400
6 Martina Rizzelli Brixia Brescia 5.5 6.400 11.900
7 Elisa Meneghini GAL Lissone 4.3 6.350 10.650
8 Lara Mori Ginnica Giglio 5.0 5.450 10.450

Beam Final Results

Rank Athlete Club D E ND Total
1 Elisa Meneghini GAL Lissone 5.9 8.800 14.700
2 Vanessa Ferrari Brixia Brescia 6.1 8.550 14.650
3 Lavinia Marongiu La Fenice 5.7 8.750 14.450
4 Carlotta Ferlito GAL Lissone 55. 8.800 14.300
5 Giorgia Campana Centro Sportivo Esercito 5.7 8.450 14.150
6 Martina Maggio Robur et Virtus 5.5 8.250 13.750
7 Arianna Rocca Forza e Virtu 5.6 7.100 12.700
8 Alessia Praz GAL Lissone 5.2 7.400 12.600

Floor Final Results

Rank Athlete Club D E ND Total
1 Erika Fasana Brixia Brescia 5.6 8.450 14.050
2 Lara Mori Ginnica Giglio 5.5 8.200 13.700
3 Sofia Busato Brixia Brescia 5.1 8.250 13.350
4 Nicole Terlenghi Estate 83 5.4 7.700 13.100
5 Adriana Crisci Victoria Torino 5.2 7.750 12.950
6 Elisa Meneghini GAL Lissone 5.7 7.150 12.850
Martina Rizzelli Brixia Brescia 5.7 7.150 12.850
8 Arianna Rocca Forza e Virtu 5.3 6.550 -0.1 11.750

Article by Valeria Violi
Photo thanks to Federazione Ginnastica d’Italia

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4 thoughts on “Italy Shows Huge Potential at Golden League

  1. You misspelled Meneghini a couple times 🙂 other than that, great article! it’s great to see a GOOD gymnastics website talking about non-big 4 countries as well.

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  2. This team seems to finally be showing the talent and potential they’ve had for some years now. I was particularly impressed with some of their improved vaults!

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  3. Pingback: Ferrari is ready for Worlds — Gymnastics Coaching.com

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