Rodriguez Wins Mallorca Cup

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Cintia Rodriguez

A total of 23 gymnasts participated in this year’s Mallorca Cup, a small and mostly domestic meet hosted annually in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where Cintia Rodriguez had a fantastic day to take the all-around title in addition to winning golds on bars and floor.

This was the third meet weekend in a row for the 25-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Spain qualify a full team to the Olympic Games at last year’s world championships. After getting her feet wet with some rough bars performances at two league meets – Serie A in Italy, and then the Spanish League last weekend – she seems to have gotten the early-season jitters out of her system, earning a 51.950 to get the win by over two points, thanks especially to her gorgeous bars set that earned a 13.850.

Lorena Medina of Egiba finished second all-around with a 49.650 and won the bronze on bars, while Ainara Perez, a teammate of Rodriguez’s at Xelska, won the all-around bronze with a 48.600, in addition to taking home the bronze on beam.

Rounding out the top eight were Andrea Carmona of Egiba in fourth with a 48.250, Clara Navarro of Terrassa in fifth with a 47.600, Aina Puig of Barcelona in sixth with a 47.100, first-year senior Claudia Villalba of Terrassa in seventh with a 47.000, and Mar Palliso of Egiba in eighth with a 46.350.

Carmona posted a 12.250 for the silver on floor, while Villalba won the silver on beam with a 12.100 and the bronze on vault, and Palliso snagged the silver on vault with a 13.250. Aida Coll of Xelska competed only on bars, where she won the silver medal with a 12.950, and though Maia Llacer of Xelska struggled on bars and beam here, finishing 10th all-around with a 45.950, she won the golds on both vault and floor, with scores of 13.400 and 12.250, respectively.

The men’s competition saw a few international gymnasts in attendance, but Spain’s Nicolau Mir of Xelska walked away with the title, putting up an 82.500 and posting the top scores on floor with a 14.850 and on high bar with a 14.300, in addition to the second-best scores on vault and parallel bars.

Thierno Diallo of Egiba was second with a 79.800, also putting up the top pommel horse score of 13.800, and Joe Cemlyn-Jones of Wales was fifth with a 79.050. Joel Plata of Sant Boi, who competed every event but rings and high bar, had the top scores on vault with a 14.400 and on parallel bars with a 14.700, while Adria Vera of Palma, who competed all but floor and vault, earned a 13.650 to top the field on rings.

Full results from the competition are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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