Böczögö Looking Strong on Road to Rio


At the annual Hungarian Grand Prix hosted this weekend, Dorina Böczögö, a long-time gymnastics heroine from the host country, continued her quest to become a three-time Olympian with a solid win in Szombathely.

Earning a 53.8 in the all-around, Böczögö’s only major error came on vault, though she looked fantastic otherwise, hitting bars, beam, and floor very well in both days of competition to bring home the silver medals on bars with a 12.9 and beam with a 13.65 in addition to the gold on floor with a 14.2. While the Hungarian women aren’t likely to qualify a full team to the test event, one of their all-around spots will definitely go to Böczögö, as she proved she is all but unbeatable by any other gymnast in the country.

In second place was Teja Belak of Slovenia, also working toward the Olympic Games. Belak earned a 52.6 in the all-around, looking especially strong on vault, normally an excellent event for her, to post a 14.3. She competed both her Yurchenko 1.5 and a handspring tuck full in event finals to average a 14.1 there, good enough for the silver medal, while also getting the bronze on bars with a 12.85 and fifth on beam after two falls there and a total of 11.4.

Luca Diveky of Hungary was third with a 50.8. She struggled on bars and floor in the all-around, limiting her quite a bit, though did well enough on beam, and went on to win the bronze in event finals with a 12.9. Diveky also went for two easy vaults in the final there, and placed fourth with a 13.5 average.

The Slovakian Barbora Mokosova was just off the podium, a tenth behind Diveky with a 50.7. She made mistakes on bars, but performed well on beam and exceptionally well on floor, qualifying into the finals on both. In the beam final, falls brought her to an 11.1 for last place, while she tied for fourth with a 12.55 for a decent floor set.

Tünde Csillag of Hungary was fifth with a 50.4 after missing bars, though her floor in the all-around competition was excellent. She unfortunately made a mistake there in finals in addition to going out-of-bounds, so lost the gold to Böczögö but still managed a 13.55.

In sixth place was Tjasa Kysselef of Slovenia with a 49.6. Kysselef had a rough bar routine, but showed excellent work on vault and also did well on floor with her execution. She earned the bronze medal with a 13.925 average in finals, and tied Mokosova for fourth on floor with a 12.55.

The Israeli gymnast Tzuf Feldon was seventh with a 49.2. Feldon, who normally shines on beam, is preparing for her first world championships though looked a little nervous and shaky, even on her best event, and didn’t qualify into any of the finals.

Boglarka Devai of Hungary placed eighth with a 49.1. The new senior tends to not be great on bars or beam, though she has a new DTY on vault that should help the team greatly in Glasgow, and she also does decent work on floor. She walked away from the meet as the vault champion, averaging a 14.4 for her excellent DTY and tsuk full.

Tyesha Mattis of Great Britain, voluntarily sitting out worlds trials in an effort to recover from injuries, attended the meet to get back out there on bars and beam. She hit bars for a 13.5 but fell on beam for a 12.1 in prelims, and then won bars gold with a 13.55, showing small errors but hitting a 6.0 difficulty pretty well considering her absence from the sport.

Vasiliki Millousi of Greece competed everything but vault, and ended up doing very well in finals, including beam gold with a 13.85 for a routine with a 6.2 start value (though she incurred an overtime penalty) and floor bronze with a 13.0 for her effortless routine there. Millousi also competed in the bars final, tying for fourth place with a 12.6.

Full results from the Grand Prix are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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