Angelina Melnikova, the Russian who became this year’s junior all-around and beam champion at European Championships, won gold in the all-around at Top Gym, a competition in Charleroi, Belgium known for showcasing juniors who become top senior talent in later years.
The 14-year-old finished her day with a four point margin between her and her competition. The fight for silver and bronze was a tough one, with Canada’s Sydney Laird and Romania’s Ioana Crisan edging out about four others who were within a point from making it to the podium.
Melnikova performed both a DTY and an FTY on vault, with her leg form looking pretty messy on both. On bars, she had a pretty standard Russian set, beginning with a clean Komova II to pak salto and also including a van Leeuwen, Tkatchev, and near-stuck full-in dismount.
Though she began with a rough switch ring on beam, she nailed her bhs bhs layout, taking a quick pause before going into her jump series. There was a break between her front aerial to sheep jump and a wobble on her side somi, and she hit her double tuck dismount with just a step back. On floor, she showed a messy piked full-in, the Russian compulsory whip whip through to double back (which looked gorgeous, and she stuck!), a double full, and a stuck double pike.
Laird, who had some success at Coupe Avenir in Belgium last weekend, looked solid on vault and floor, while Crisan looked tidy on vault, dynamic on beam, and sharp on floor, and probably should have won the silver medal as she overall is a stronger gymnast, though her bars were so rough, she was unable to overcome the issues there, finishing just 0.05 behind Laird for bronze.
Like Crisan, Amy Tinkler of Great Britain looked strong but absolutely fell apart on bars and had issues on beam as well. Her FTY was super clean, however, and showed promise on floor, finishing in 10th place about 1.4 points behind Laird. I thought Marine Boyer of France had a lovely bars set, her teammate Juliette Bossu was beautiful on beam, and the little Czech gymnast Aneta Holasova was impressive on vault and floor.
Full all-around results are below, and we’ll link videos as we find them. Event finals were held on Sunday; look forward to our report to come!
|9||Aneta Holasova||Czech Republic||13.750||11.650||12.500||13.500||51.400|
|Amy Tinkler||Great Britain||14.250||10.150||13.000||13.900||51.300|
|19||Véronika Sebakova||Czech Republic||12.850||12.150||11.100||12.600||48.700|
Article by Lauren Hopkins