European Games Day 1 Qualification Sub 5-6

In subdivision five, we saw Romania, Spain, the Netherlands, and several individuals.

Laura Jurca for Romania had a beautiful DTY, showing a straight body position and clean form for a 14.8, a very nice score for her. Silvia Zarzu also performed a DTY, looking a little messy for a 14.333, while Andreea Iridon performed a slightly piked Yurchenko layout for a 12.566.

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Jurca pleased with hitting her DTY.

Unfortunately, Jurca went on to have a disastrous bar routine. It looked like she had no pacing throughout the entire first half, as she rushed her Hindorff and fell, and then arched over on a clear hip full, losing herself and being forced to take several extra swings to regroup, though it didn’t work as she had a second fall on her Gienger moments later. When she got back on, her rhythm was a million times better, and she hit a lovely pak, clear hip half, clear hip to toe on to toe shoot, and her full-in dismount with a step. Jurca left the podium calmly but later broke into tears, earning just a 10.433.

The Romanians actually had to count Zarzu’s 10.5 over Jurca’s score. Zarzu performed a toe on to toe shoot, a Gienger, a bail (a little short), toe shoot, a giant full, and then a full-in which she landed to her hands and knees after an otherwise surprisingly steady set.

Iridon had a gorgeous routine, however, finally showing her potential here with absolutely lovely and clean work on her stalder full to Gienger, Ricna, bail to stalder to Ray, toe full, and full-in with a small hop, earning a 13.733 to qualify as the 6th and final gymnast into the bars final.

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Iridon before her vault.

Spain, in gorgeous black leos, kicked things off on bars in rotation four. Claudia Colom caught her Tkatchev a little close and then her Bhardwaj came in a bit too close as well, and she hit her feet on the floor as she caught with her chest. She continued with a toe full, a Chow to Gienger, and a double layout dismount, all with some messy leg form, earning an 11.2 which they were able to drop thanks to Ana Perez‘s 12.1 and Ainhoa Carmona‘s 12.366.

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Colom before performing on bars.

Perez on vault performed a solid FTY for a 13.6, and was followed by Colom with a clean FTY of her own for a 13.866, and then Carmona also hit her FTY with a hop back for a 13.9.

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The lovely Perez shows off the elegant Spanish leotard

The Netherlands was also part of this group, and though we didn’t see any of their work on bars, we did get to see all of their vault. Lieke Wevers performed a clean FTY though didn’t get much distance at all and landed a bit short with a step forward for a 13.533. Celine Van Gerner hit a clean FTY with a step for a 13.8, and Lisa Top performed two vaults, including a superb FTY nearly stuck for a 14.0. They didn’t show her first vault, though I believe it’s a handspring tuck full, and she earned a 14.133 there to average a 14.066, qualifying third into the vault final.

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Lisa Top preparing to vault.

On bars, van Gerner hit the best routine for the Dutch team, earning a 13.9 to qualify into the final over Wevers, who had a 13.6, and Top, who had a 13.566.

The broadcast also showed some individual routines, including hit bar routines from Nato Dzidziguri of Georgia and Stella Savvidou of Cyprus. Dzidziguri displayed a clear hip full with messy legs, a toe shoot, a clear hip, and a double pike with a step, an easy yet hit routine for a 10.366, while Savvidou hit her bail, toe on toe pike sole circle to high, giant full, and cowboyed double tuck with a hop for a 10.333.

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Dzidziguri very happy with her performance on bars.

Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Tutya Yilmaz of Turkey, and Barbora Mokosova of Slovakia were included in the sixth rotation.

Italy began on vault with Tea Ugrin hitting a clean FTY with a small hop for a 13.9. Alessia Leolini hit her vault with a 14.166, while Giorgia Campana‘s FTY earned a 13.833.

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Ugrin was pacing a bit nervously before vault.

Leolini hit a very nice bar routine capped off with a solid double layout for a 13.366 to get Italy started on bars. Their bars final hopeful Campana made unfortunate mistakes and earned just a 12.766, which was discarded, while Ugrin’s 13.766 for her difficult and clean routine earned a 13.766 and she wound up with a finals spot there.

For Poland, Gabriela Janik kicked things off on bars with an excellent routine, including a Maloney to bail to toe on to Ray and a giant full to Gienger on the bars. She did land her double front a bit low, which was a heavy deduction, but she stood up out of it nicely and was able to contribute a 13.233. Katarzyna Jurkowska would unfortunately count an 11.9 to their total here, while Paula Plichta‘s 11.533 was dropped.

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Janik proud of her routine.

We didn’t see any of their vaults, though Janik counted an excellent 14.4 to the total and made the final, while Jurkowska notched a 13.666.

Yilmaz seemed to have a lot of fans in the crowd for her vault. The first, an FTY for a 13.866, got a great block, and though her form was a bit loose throughout and she had a step, she showed a lot of power both on this and on her tsuk layout, where she had some leg separation on preflight and piked down a bit at the end, earning a 13.366. She looked very happy with her effort when all was said and done. Averaging a 13.616, Yilmaz didn’t make the final, though was the second reserve.

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Yilmaz preparing to vault.

On bars, she had a successful routine, though as usual was a bit messy showing some leg separation and bent legs at times. She hit her stalder full to toe shoot, Tkatchev, and a clean double layout hopped forward a bit for an 11.333.

Mokosova had a fantastic routine to start, hitting her hop blind to Jaeger, and then she started out her big combination beautifully, with a pak to stalder to Maloney to bail to toe full, but she lost her momentum on the toe full, hit her feet on the floor, and had to hop off. After re-chalking, she had the same issue with her toe full, and unfortunately had to count two falls in this otherwise excellent routine. She got on again, hit her Ray to high, and landed a fantastic double pike dismount, earning just an 11.166.

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Mokosova before her heartbreaking routine.

Bulgaria wasn’t shown at all, though Ralitsa Mileva counted a 13.533 and Albena Zlatkova counted a 13.466 on vault, and Valentina Rashkova counted an 11.466 while Zlatkova counted a 9.866 on bars.

Following six rotations, Russia led the team competition with a 60.165, followed by Germany with a 58.066, and Hungary with a 55.964.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

3 thoughts on “European Games Day 1 Qualification Sub 5-6

  1. ”Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Tutya Yilmaz of Turkey, and Barbora Mokosova of Slovenia were included in the sixth rotation.”
    I would like to inform you that Barbora is from Slovakia, not Slovenia.


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