2014 Blume Memorial Report and Results

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The 37th Joaquin Blume Memorial was held this past Saturday, November 15, in Barcelona. Roxana Popa of Spain won the all-around title while also earning the top scores on vault, bars, and floor. Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland earned silver while Filipa Martins of Portugal earned bronze.

In addition to the above, Ilaria Käslin of Switzerland, Georgina Hockenhull of Great Britain, Ana Maria Ocolisan of Romania, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, Francesca Deagostini of Italy, Michelle Timm of Germany, and Laura Gamell and Claudia Colom of Spain competed in this annual all-around only meet.

The gymnasts competed in two groups, with one beginning on vault and the other on uneven bars. Popa started off with the high scores on her first two events, including a 14.8 for her DTY and a 14.9 for her bar set that included a Ricna, toe-on Tkatchev to pak, Maloney to Gienger, and a full-twisting double layout dismount. Reportedly, she only had two weeks to put this routine together, yet looked fantastic in her performance.

Chusovitina posted the second highest score on vault with a 14.4 for her handspring front full. The Uzbek gymnast, coached by Svetlana Boguinskaia, also presented a relatively clean bar set, hampered by a fall on a transition skill.

The others performed clean vaults, mainly FTYs with the exception of Gamell (who only competed a Yurchenko layout, a necessary downgrade due to injury) and Pihan-Kulesza (who competed a handspring front pike).

In the second rotation, which featured bars and beam, there were some mistakes in execution on bars, but no falls. Overall the routines were well-executed, and Martins earned the second best score after Popa with a 13.75.

On beam, there were some very pretty routines, though many falls – including from Ocolisan, Hockenhull, Kaslin, Popa, and Gamell. The highest score went to Pihan-Kulesza, who performed her usually fantastic routine with unusual skills like a front walkover to front aerial to side somi, a switch leap full, and a Steingruber dismount. She earned a 14.1 for her effort. Chusovitina also gave a memorable performance, with a front tuck mount, front pike, front tuck, layout to two feet, and double back dismount.

Floor also saw some falls and unusual mistakes. Martins sat her double pike at the beginning of her routine, but recovered well and put the remaining passes to her feet. Kaslin was a delight for the audience with her elegance and long lines, and Pihan-Kulseza danced to her “Pink Panther” music, wowing the crowd with her sassy choreography.

Ocolisan fell on her 2.5 to punch front but the rest of her routine was good. DeAgostini had a rough exercise, going out of bounds and having some problems with her landings. And finally, the crowd went insane for Popa. She performed a double layout, a whip whip to tucked full-in (which was awesome!), a 2.5 to punch front, and a double pike.

The 14.4 she earned for that routine secured her the gold medal, despite the fall on beam.

Full results are below. If a video is available, click the score to be linked!

All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX Total
1 Roxana Popa Spain 14.800 14.900 13.000 14.400 57.100
2 Marta Pihan-Kulesza Poland 13.850 13.550 14.100 13.450 54.950
3 Filipa Martins Portugal 13.800 13.750 13.000 12.100 52.650
4 Georgina Hockenhull Great Britain 13.650 13.350 12.700 12.750 52.450
5 Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan 14.400 11.850 13.200 12.950 52.400
6 Ilaria Käslin Switzerland 13.550 12.600 12.700 13.350 52.200
7 Claudia Colom Spain 13.700 12.550 12.800 12.700 51.750
8 Michelle Timm Germany 14.150 12.800 12.100 12.250 51.300
9 Francesca Deagostini Italy 13.750 12.450 13.150 11.950 51.300
10 Ana Maria Ocolisan Romania 13.900 11.950 12.300 12.100 50.250
11 Laura Gamell Spain 13.000 12.750 11.550 12.050 49.350

The meet ended with an exhibition of retired gymnasts to pay tribute to Spanish gymnast Andreu Vivó, who passed away in December 2012. Following the ceremony, the gymnasts received their trophies with the winner Popa also awarded the City of Barcelona Trophy.

Article and Photos by Carlota Bardera

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  1. Pingback: Roxana Popa 14.9 Bars — Gymnastics Coaching.com

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