Torres Tops Field in Sweden

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The 2015 Swedish Championships wrapped up on Sunday with a surprising win from 26-year-old Argentinian transplant Marcela Torres taking the title.

With a total score of 51.45, Torres – who trains at All Star alongside fellow “old lady” gymnast and Olympian Veronica Wagner, who did not make it to competition this weekend – finished atop the podium about half a point over Lovisa Estberg of Eskilstuna in second with a 50.9. The bronze medalist was Julia Rumbutis, who recently changed her national affiliation to Georgia, though she continues to train in Sweden at the same gym as Torres and Wagner.

In addition to her all-around win, Torres also managed the top score on vault with a 14.3 in addition to placing second on bars and floor. The strongest gymnast on bars was Kim Singmuang with a 12.6, on beam it was Rumbutis with a 12.75, and on floor it was Estberg with a 13.55.

Singmuang is among those considered to be the country’s best, though she is recovering from injury and wasn’t able to compete on anything but bars. Ece Ayan, a member of last year’s worlds team, was also expected to compete but injury kept her completely out.

Aside from Wagner, the national championships event was most notably missing Emma Larsson and Jonna Adlerteg, both of whom are recovering from injury. Larsson is expected to compete again soon, but Adlerteg is out with a season-ending injury after sustaining a bad fall on floor in the all-around final at last month’s European Championships.

In the junior field, Sofie Emilson of Uppsalaflickorna came in first with a 48.85 all-around total, showing especially strong work on bars (12.75, the best in the junior field by nearly three points) and beam (11.6). She was followed by two Hammarbygymnasterna gymnasts in the silver and bronze medal positions, as Alva Eriksson placed second with a 46.05 and Agnes Åkerman was third with a 45.35.

In addition to Emilson topping the podium on bars and beam, Eriksson won vault with a 12.9 and there was a two-way tie for the floor title, as both Eriksson and Emilson’s club teammate Linda Holmgren Faghihi finished with scores of 12.3.

The Swedish Championships were held on May 2-3 in Halmstad. Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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