Skregelid Wins Tight Norwegian Race

Martine Skregelid, the 16-year-old who trains at the Asker club just southwest of Oslo, turned in a strong performance at a Norwegian FIG meet held at her home club this weekend to manage the gold all-around medal by just half a tenth.

With a score of 49.5, Skregelid defeated Sofie Skåttun and Thea Nygaard, both of whom earned scores of 49.45 to tie for the silver medal, as well as Sofie Bråten, who was fourth with a 47.5. The race was tight right up to the finish, with Skåttun looking consistent on all four of her events and Nygaard making up for a weak bars set with excellent work on vault, though it was Skregelid’s combination of vault and beam that helped push her ahead, giving her exactly what she needed to sneak by for the title.

Rounding out the top eight were Victoria Bøe in fifth with a 47.45, Ingrid Hafenbrädl in sixth with a 46.55, Martine Bjørshol in seventh with a 45.4, and Martine Magnussen in eighth with a 44.9.

Hafenbrädl is usually a bit more competitive, but some uncharacteristically weak routines took her out of the running for the top of the podium. She came back strong in event finals, however, winning the gold medals on bars and beam with scores of 11.75 and 12.7, in addition to winning bronze on floor with an 11.9.

The vault gold went to Bjørshol, who had a 12.9 for her super clean effort, and she also picked up the floor silver with a 12.0, while Skåttun won floor gold with a 12.15. Other medals went to Magnussen with a 12.725 for silver on vault, Karoline Bjerk with a 12.675 for bronze on vault, Katarina Schilling with 11.25 for silver on bars, and Bøe with 10.9 for bronze on bars and 12.2 for bronze on beam.

This meet also saw the return of Solveig Berg, who has spent much of the past year out due to injury, though she managed to come back nicely on beam here, earning a 12.0 in prelims and then a 12.25 in the final to win silver.

At the junior level, Juliane Tøssebro won the gold all-around medal with a 49.1 followed by Edel Fosse with a 48.0 for silver, Sara Davidsen with a 47.1 for bronze, and Julie Søderstrøm and Julie Erichsen tied in fourth place with scores of 46.8. These five also dominated the event finals, and are likely to be the five who will compete both at Nordic and European Championships coming up in May.

There was a 2015 worlds bars final kind of surprise on vault in event finals here, with Tøssebro, Davidsen, and Fosse each getting matching D and E points to tie for gold with identical scores of 12.8. Søderstrøm then came in strong to win gold on bars with a 10.45 and beam with a 13.0, with Fosse tying her for the bars gold in addition to picking up the silver medals on beam with a 12.85 and floor with a 12.3. Tøssebro won the floor gold with a 12.95 and also got the bars gold with a 10.2, while Erichsen picked up the floor bronze with a 12.15.

The only one not in this group to medal was Mari Kanter, who came up clutch in the beam final with the highest difficulty in the bunch to earn the bronze medal with a score of 12.75.

In all, this was an especially nice look at how the Norwegian team is shaping up for the Nordic Championships especially, where they’ll hope to challenge for a team medal in addition to making a few individual podiums. They’re definitely growing nicely as a program, with the junior field looking exceptionally strong, so it will be nice to see them build on this going forward.

Full results from the Norwegian FIG meet are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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