This weekend’s Icelandic Team Championships were all about the clubs battling it out for top dog status, but the all-around competition also got pretty exciting as Agnes Suto and 2016 Olympian Irina Sazonova went back and forth to finish only a couple of tenths apart with Suto upsetting for gold.
Neither of their teams ended up taking the top honors — that went to Björk, where top junior Margret Kristinsdottir trains — though Suto ended up helping her team, Gerpla, to second place while Sazonova helped Armann take the bronze.
Suto was close to her best at the meet in Hafnarfjordur, earning a 49.100 over Sazonova’s 48.850 after Sazonova struggled with a fall on beam. She posted the top score of 13.15 on vault as well as the second-best score of 12.45 on beam, while also hitting bars and floor well enough to have one of the strongest all-around performances of her career. And while Sazonova wasn’t at her best, she still did some great work, especially with her top score of 12.85 on bars, as well as the second-best floor score of 12.3.
In third was Kristinsdottir, who is generally at the top of the junior ranks, and managed to finish ahead of many seniors in this combined all-around ranking. She had some issues with falls on bars, but came back from them to post the top score of 12.6 on both beam and floor with very promising routines, earning a 47.500.
Dominiqua Belanyi, who trains at Armann with Sazonova, placed fourth with a 47.450, struggling on both beam and floor, but posting the second-best bars score of 12.75. Junior Sonja Olafsdottir of Gerpla was fifth with a 46.350, Gudrun Hardardottir of Björk was sixth with a 46.050 and the third-best score of 12.35 on beam, Katharina Johannsdottir of Fylkir was seventh with a 45.900 and the third-best score of 13.1 on vault, Tinna Odinsdottir of Björk was eighth with a 45.600, and Andrea Orradottir of Björk and Thelma Gudjonsdottir of Fylkir tied for ninth with scores of 45.250, while Orradottir posted the top score of 13.15 on vault and the third-best score of 12.2 on floor. In addition to these, junior Vigdis Palmadottir posted the third-best score on bars with her 11.5.
In addition to Björk in first, Gerpla in second, and Armann in third, the team competition saw Fylkir place fourth, a second team from Björk place fifth, and Keflavik place sixth.
Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins