2017’s Best Scores: August Update

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Our best scores database is growing, and with several huge competitions happening in August — like the U.S. Championships, the Russian Cup, and Universiade — we’re excited to look at the updates to the gymnasts topping the charts so far in 2017 because there have been a ton of changes. By the end of July, we’ve covered 114 competitions and now have 7148 score entries in our database, so let’s check in once again!

Below, find a list of the top all-around and event scores thus far, as well as the top D scores for each event. An asterisk (*) next to the name denotes a junior competitor, and I’ve removed bonus from all domestic meets to keep things consistent.

For full lists of all scores this year, and to follow along between our monthly best score posts, check out our top scores spreadsheet. We update this religiously, after every single meet, so feel free to play around over there, sort the columns, whatever you feel like doing.

As a reminder, this is just a fun way to track the top range of scores in the all-around and on each event. Obviously every meet is scored at a different standard and it’s impossible to compare from meet to meet, but calm down — it’s nothing serious. We’re not predicting the next Olympic champion or electing the next leader of the free world. It’s just easier this way to see a range of scores that could be the goal gymnasts will be trying to reach at bigger international competitions.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Elena Eremina Russia Russian Cup QF 57.900
2 Ragan Smith United States U.S. Championships D2 57.850
3 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup AA 57.650
4 Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 57.225
5 Maile O’Keefe* United States U.S. Championships D2 57.150
6 Emma Malabuyo* United States U.S. Championships D1 56.950
7 Asuka Teramoto Japan All-Japan Student Championships AA 56.800
Liu Tingting China Asian Championships AA 56.800
9 Larisa Iordache Romania Summer Universiade 56.750
10 Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.600
11 Mai Murakami Japan NHK Trophy 56.450
12 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik International 56.350
13 Trinity Thomas United States U.S. Championships D2 56.250
14 Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Elek Matolay Memorial AA 56.202
15 Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships QF 56.198
16 Ellie Black Canada Summer Universiade QF 56.050
17 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships D2 56.000
Rebeca Andrade Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.000
19 Adeline Kenlin* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.900
20 Abby Paulson United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.800
21 Ana Padurariu* Canada City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.750
Kara Eaker* United States U.S. Championships D2 55.750
23 Luo Huan China Asian Championships AA 55.700
24 Morgan Hurd United States U.S. Championships D2 55.650
25 Giorgia Villa* Italy International Gymnix AA 55.502

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships D1 15.150
2 Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 15.100
3 Rebeca Andrade Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.000
Eliana Lazzari* United States Parkettes National Qualifier 15.000
Maria Paseka Russia Summer Universiade QF 15.000
Asuka Teramoto Japan All-Japan Student Championships AA 15.000
7 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 14.950
8 Asia D’Amato* Italy 3rd Italian Serie A 14.900
Leanne Wong* United States American Classic 14.900

Best Two-Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 14.850
2 Liu Jinru China Asian Championships QF 14.625
Maria Paseka Russia Universiade QF 14.625
4 Rebeca Andrade Brazil Koper Challenge Cup EF 14.600
5 Wang Yan China Doha World Cup QF 14.566
6 Ellie Black Canada Universiade QF 14.525
Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup QF 14.525
8 Shallon Olsen Canada City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.500

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Anastasia Iliankova Russia Russian Cup EF 15.275
2 Elena Eremina Russia Russian Cup QF 15.175
3 Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
5 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup AA 14.825
6 Nina Derwael Belgium Flanders International Team Challenge 14.800
7 Ashton Locklear United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.750
Elisabeth Seitz Germany 1st Bundesliga 14.750

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Ragan Smith United States U.S. Classic 15.350
2 Liu Tingting China Asian Championships AA 15.300
3 Kara Eaker* United States U.S. Championships D2 15.150
Maria Kharenkova Russia Russian Cup AA 15.150
5 Marine Boyer France French Championships EF 14.900
6 Adeline Kenlin* United States U.S. Classic 14.850
Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik International 14.850
8 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup EF 14.825

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Mai Murakami Japan All-Japan Student Championships AA 14.800
2 Maria Kharenkova Russia Russian Cup EF 14.500
3 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup AA 14.425
4 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D2 14.400
5 Ragan Smith United States U.S. Championships D2 14.350
6 Emma Malabuyo* United States U.S. Classic 14.300
7 Elena Eremina Russia Russian Cup QF 14.275
8 Eleonora Afanasyeva Russia Russian Cup AA 14.200
Thais Fidelis Brazil Brazilian Championships QF 14.200
Trinity Thomas United States U.S. Championships AA 14.200

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D2 11.4
Li Linxi China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
Liu Jinru China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
Wang Yan China Doha World Cup QF 11.4
Wu Jing China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
6 Coline Devillard France European Championships EF 11.2
Sae Miyakawa Japan NHK Trophy 11.2
Soyoka Hanawa* Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 11.2

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Gabby Perea* United States U.S. Championships D2 6.5
2 Elena Eremina Russia Russian Cup QF 6.4
3 Fan Yilin China Anta Cup 6.3
4 Du Siyu* China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Anastasia Iliankova Russia Russian Cup EF 6.2
Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships EF 6.2
Luo Huan China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.2
Alyona Shchennikova United States U.S. Classic 6.2

Best Balance Beam Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Liu Tingting China Asian Championships AA 6.6
2 Larisa Iordache Romania Summer Universiade AA 6.5
Luo Huan China Chinese Championships AA 6.5
4 Fan Yilin China Anta Cup 6.3
Li Qi* China Chinese Championships EF 6.3
6 Sunisa Lee* United States U.S. Classic 6.2
Catalina Ponor Romania European Championships EF 6.2
Ragan Smith United States U.S. Classic 6.2

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 6.2
2 Mai Murakami Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 6.0
3 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D2 5.8
4 Sunisa Lee* United States U.S. Championships D2 5.7
Jaymes Marshall* United States U.S. Championships D1 5.7
Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup AA 5.7
Shang Chunsong China Chinese Championships QF 5.7
Ragan Smith United States U.S. Championships D2 5.7
Trinity Thomas United States U.S. Championships D2 5.7

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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22 thoughts on “2017’s Best Scores: August Update

  1. I always look forward to this list to see the changes each month. The Russian scores are way over-inflated and I don’t think they will score that high at Worlds. I think the Russians always post higher scores to give their gymnasts a boost of confidence and then when they go to Worlds or any other competition outside of Russia and score no where near that… people wonder what happened. I still believe that Melnikova and Eremina are their best shots for medals at Worlds especially on Bars and in the All Around. Their Floor scores were just way too high!! Just my opinion. If anything, I think the scores at US Nationals were more in line to what to really expect at Worlds this year. Even though we have no returning Olympians, we still have a shot I would say at 3-5 medals which is great considering we are starting from scratch with no veterans at all.

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    • Yeah, the Russian scores are definitely inflated, but so are most, so it kind of balances out. Out of the 100+ meets this year I’d say on average most scores are at least 0.3 higher than they’d be at worlds…with Russia going a little beyond that and the U.S. mostly staying in check, though there were a couple of routines that were definitely a bit too high in terms of E score. Euros was pretty fairly/strictly scored, so if the judges continue scoring like that at worlds, these scores won’t be what we should expect!

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  2. Sunisa Lee did not have a difficulty score of 6.2 day one of nationals. The judges scored her using the old CoP by accident; it would actually have been a 5.7. She had a 5.7 difficulty with the same set day two.

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  3. I thought some of the U.S. girls were both underscored and overscored in some places. Riley, for example, was on bars for sure, she didn’t deserve an 8.4/8.5 E score and I think the judges keep counting her dismount as a D instead of an E, although it’s an E, so her total D is a 6.1 when it should be a 6.2. I would have scored her maybe three tenths higher on both days. Ragan was pretty fairly scored on vault and bars, but on beam and floor I’m not sure. I liked Chiles’ beam save, but I don’t think she deserved an 8.8 with bobbles and built in deductions. But I think that if Riley gets her DTY back she’ll be ahead either way. As for the Russians, they definitely overscore their gymnasts. And for some reason the Chinese seem to underscore by the same margin as the Russians overscore. But things should balance out at Worlds.

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