Melnikova is the 2014 Top Gym Champion

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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!

All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX AA
1 Angelina Melnikova Russia 14.500 14.500 14.200 13.750 56.950
2 Sydney Laird Canada 13.600 12.500 13.050 13.600 52.750
3 Ioana Crisan Romania 14.000 11.300 14.150 13.250 52.700
4 Juliette Bossu France 13.350 12.550 13.650 12.750 52.300
5 Sydney Soloski Canada 13.900 11.900 13.050 13.200 52.050
Marine Boyer France 14.000 13.250 11.400 13.400 52.050
7 Senna Deriks Belgium 13.550 12.700 12.050 13.400 51.550
8 Anastasia Dmitrieva Russia 13.950 11.000 13.200 13.400 51.550
9 Aneta Holasova Czech Republic 13.750 11.650 12.500 13.500 51.400
10 Maellyse Brassart Belgium 14.050 11.550 13.250 12.450 51.300
Amy Tinkler Great Britain 14.250 10.150 13.000 13.900 51.300
Olivia Cimpian Romania 14.000 11.550 12.650 13.100 51.300
13 Meaghan Ruttan Canada 13.150 12.100 12.300 13.050 50.600
14 Nina Derwael Belgium 13.650 11.900 11.900 13.050 50.500
Enya Pouliot Canada 13.350 11.400 12.950 12.800 50.500
16 Dyonnailys Supriana Netherlands 13.800 13.050 10.400 13.000 50.250
17 Tzuf Feldon Israel 12.500 12.600 12.950 11.950 50.000
18 Chloé Leblicq Belgium 13.050 11.000 12.800 12.550 49.400
19 Véronika Sebakova Czech Republic 12.850 12.150 11.100 12.600 48.700
20 Goldie Harder Canada 13.050 8.600 12.900 12.350 46.900
21 Morgan Spruijtenburg Netherlands 12.700 10.650 10.900 12.450 46.700
22 Carlota Miserachs Spain 12.600 9.400 11.150 11.900 45.050
23 Kitti Honti Hungary 13.800 7.150 10.800 12.350 44.100
24 Sofia Iribarren Spain 12.650 7.850 11.450 11.650 43.600
25 Noa Dooga Israel 12.750 8.750 10.550 10.500 42.550
26 Sara Peter Hungary 13.200 7.650 8.750 11.250 40.850
27 Imane Balad Morocco 13.200 7.600 8.350 9.250 38.400

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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