2020 Olympic Games | Women’s Subdivision 5 Qualifications Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for subdivision five of women’s qualifications at the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo, Japan!

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9:57 pm. Team Standings

1. Russia 171.629
2. United States 170.562
3. China 166.863
4. France 164.561
5. Belgium 164.195
6. Great Britain 163.396
7. Italy 163.330
8. Japan 162.662
9. Germany 161.162
10. Canada 160.964
11. Netherlands 160.263
12. Spain 157.128

All-Around Standings

1. Simone Biles USA 57.731
2. Rebeca Andrade BRA 57.399
3. Sunisa Lee USA 57.166
4. Angelina Melnikova RUS 57.132
5. Vladislava Urazova RUS 57.099
6. Viktoria Listunova RUS 56.932
7. Nina Derwael BEL 56.598
8. Tang Xijing CHN 56.432
9. Jade Carey USA 56.265
10. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos FRA 55.431
11. MyKayla Skinner USA 55.398
12. Jessica Gadirova GBR 55.199

9:56 pm. Belgium qualifies to the team final in fifth place. Prior to this, the team’s best finish was 11th. In 1948. Belgium’s first Olympics ever.

9:55 pm. Rebeca Andrade BRA UB: A little late on the stalder full, lovely piked Tkachev to Pak, big van Leeuwen, blind change to piked Jaeger, toe full to full-in stuck!!!

9:50 pm. Yeo Seo-jeong KOR FX: Double layout, 2.5 to front full, double tuck with a hop back. Stumbles back the double pike.

Mandy Mohamed EGY UB: Legs came apart in a handstand and she had to hop off. Caught a release when she got back on and hit the dismount.

9:48 pm. Maellyse Brassart BEL BB: Switch to switch half, back tuck, side aerial, check, great layout series, switch ring, hit the dismount. Fantastic!

9:47 pm. Zeina Ibrahim EGY UB: Clear hip half to straddle Jaeger, bail, toe-on to toe shoot, double layout with a little hop, good!

9:45 pm. Lisa Vaelen BEL BB: Hit the mount, side somi, wobble on the punch front, step to the side on the dismount.

Lee Yun-seo KOR FX: Piked full-in, hop back. Double full good. Hop back on the double pike.

9:43 pm. Hanna Traukova BLR UB: Straddle Jaeger, bail to toe full, hit the dismount.

Sarah Voss GER VT: DTY comes up very short, big stumble forward.

9:41 pm. Jutta Verkest BEL BB: Lovely bhs loso. Switch to split ring leap, check at the hips. The rest was very nice!

Zsofia Kovacs HUN FX: Double layout and full-in both good! Switch to tour jeté half. Good double tuck with a hop back.

Elisabeth Seitz GER VT: Hit the DTY!!

9:40 pm. Jonna Adlerteg SWE UB: I jumped into this too late to type but this was a BEAUTIFUL routine!!! One of the strongest from her I’ve seen in quite some time.

Pauline Schäfer GER VT: Hit a handspring front layout half with a hop back.

9:37 pm. Nina Derwael BEL BB: Lovely back handspring mount, switch leap to split ring leap, excellent. Front aerial. Side somi with a little check. Tick tock down to a wolf turn position, triple wolf turn is clean, another wolf turn after that, gainer full dismount. Incredible!

Kim Bui GER VT: Big FTY!

Alexa Moreno MEX FX: Double double with a hop back. Double layout excellent! Arabian double front, stumbled a little. Double pike with a stumble back.

9:34 pm. Rotation 3 Subdivision

1. Simone Biles USA 43.665
2. Angelina Melnikova RUS 43.399
— Jade Carey USA 43.399
4. Rebeca Andrade BRA 43.199
5. Vladislava Urazova RUS 43.099
6. Tang Xijing CHN 43.066
— Viktoria Listunova RUS 43.066
8. Sunisa Lee USA 42.966

9:29 pm. Yeo Seo-jeong KOR BB: Wolf turn, 2.5 turns, then a double, a little iffy, then off on her bhs loso loso. Side aerial. Switch to switch half. Punch front to split jump. Came off again after that. Hit the dismount.

9:26 pm. Kim Bui GER FX: Double wolf turn. Split jump full. Double tuck with a hop back. 2.5 to punch front. Double pike with a hop.

9:24 pm. Lee Yun-seo KOR BB: Split leap to front aerial to jump series. The rest was lovely, step forward out of the 2.5 dismount.

9:23 pm. Nina Derwael BEL UB: Nabieva, Downie, Derwael-Fenton to Ezhova to Chow to Pak to van Leeuwen, very good. Hit the pirouette into the full-in dismount. Great!

9:22 pm. Pauline Schäfer GER FX: Double front. Triple turn to a double, nice. Front double full, good. Also hit a front full. Split ring leap, back leg isn’t there, into a switch ring I think. Good work!

Zeina Ibrahim EGY VT: FTY, not a ton of distance, but not bad.

9:21 pm. Jutta Verkest BEL UB: Piked jaeger Tkachev half (I didn’t see the entry so that’s vague) to Ezhova, transitions up and down, saw the Pak, then van Leeuwen, good on both, double tuck dismount, good routine!

9:20 pm. Mandy Mohamed EGY VT: FTY, big hop back.

9:17 pm. Sarah Voss GER FX: Her walk out onto the floor was SO dramatic. Hop on the 1.5 to front full. 2.5 to front layout. Comes up short on the double pike. Clean double full.

Zsofia Kovacs HUN BB: Hit a leap into a Korbut, also solid on her flight series, stuck the double tuck!

Lisa Vaelen BEL UB: Chow half, blind change to piked Jaeger, caught a Tkachev to Pak as well, and hit the dismount.

Hanna Traukova BLR VT: Yurchenko layout.

9:16 pm. Rebeca Andrade BRA VT: Big GORGEOUS Cheng!!!!! WOW. DTY second vault also excellent.

9:14 pm. Alexa Moreno MEX BB: Punch front and flight series both great. Ugh, off on her side somi. Hit the dismount.

Elisabeth Seitz GER FX: Arabian double front, 1.5 through to double tuck with a hop back. Double pike, good.

Maellyse Brassart BEL UB: Blind full, blind change to big piked Jaeger, clear hip to Pak, tucked toe front half. Good routine!

9:12 pm. Getting into the third subdivision shortly!

9:06 pm. Mandy Mohamed EGY FX: Whip to double tuck. Front full at the end was good!

9:05 pm. Lee Yun-seo KOR UB: Maloney to Pak to Chow half, inbar half to piked Jaeger, blind half, stader full into her full-in dismount. Fabulous!

9:02 pm. Hanna Traukova BLR FX: Dobule pike solid. Really cowboyed double tuck, doesn’t pull it around fast enough and sits it. Switch ring. Front layout.

Kim Bui GER BB: Layout mount, bhs loso, legs apart on both, side aerial with a check, good jump series. Full turn. Straight jump 1.5, switch to switch half, gainer layout dismount. Kim Bui, the beam savior of Germany!

9:00 pm. Zsofia Kovacs HUN UB: Toe full to Chow half, nice handstand before the inbar half to piked Jaeger, Ricna, Downie to Pak, van Leeuwen, full-in with a step. Great!

8:57 pm. Pauline Schäfer GER BB: Hit her mount. The rest good so far, wobbled on one thing that I saw, side aerial series. Hit the dismount.

Rebeca Andrade BRA FX: Front through to full-in, stuck cold. Full-twisting double layout also strong, and stuck the double layout on her toes. Good double pike to finish.

Alexa Moreno MEX UB: Hit everything I saw, a little loose in some of her form.

Lisa Vaelen BEL VT: Handspring front pike, weird that she’d do an easy vault when she’s basically here to vault?? She normally has a half out of it at least.

8:53 pm. Flavia Saraiva BRA FX: Whip to full-in with a step. The rest went well but then on the double pike, she looks like she did something to her ankle, sits down for a minute, then steps up to salute and starts limping off, coach helps her.

Maellyse Brassart BEL VT: DTY, a little buckled on the landing.

Sarah Voss GER BB: Came off early in the routine but hit the rest.

Julie Erichsen NOR UB: UGH, I missed this!!! Sad, it was her one event and I was dying to see her.

8:52 pm. Yeo Seo-jeong KOR UB: Toe-on to blind change to piked Jaeger, good. Caught a release to a Pak after that, toe shoot, hit the dismount.

Nina Derwael BEL VT: Yurchenko 1.5, step forward, form in the air was mostly tight, just bends her knees a little.

8:50 pm. Elisabeth Seitz GER BB: Switch leap mount, punch front, back handspring, balked the series, interesting, side somi, double spin, switch leap, side aerial, front full dismount stuck. So I didn’t see her make up the missed series, unless I’m losing my mind??

Zeina Ibrahim EGY FX: Double pike with a hop back. Switch to switch full. Hop back on the double full. Front layout.

Jutta Verkest BEL VT: Clean FTY with a hop back.

8:47 pm. Going into the second rotation soon!

8:40 pm. Hanna Traukova BLR BB: Check on the punch front mount. Switch leap, wobble. Split leap into another jump. Good on the bhs loso. Wobbles out of the side aerial. Side somi with a check. Finishes her 1.5 wolf turn in a squat. Front layout full dismount.

8:38 pm. Rebeca Andrade BRA BB: Split leap mount, switch half, break at the hips on her bhs loso, front aerial to split jump mount to back handspring, transverse split jump half, wobble out of the switch ring, side aerial, split leap to sissone, full turn, wobble, double pike with a step.

8:37 pm. Zsofia Kovacs HUN VT: I missed this, looks like she hit a good DTY! 14.5

8:36 pm. Kim Bui GER UB: I missed the beginning, saw she caught her Pak and van Leeuwen, toe full to Gienger, double pike with a couple steps back.

8:33 pm. Lisa Vaelen BEL FX: Arabian double front, step forward. Tucked full-in with a step back. Clean double tuck with a step. Wonderful job!

Flavia Saraiva BRA BB: Back handspring mount, solid roundoff layout, full turn, switch to sissone, excellent bhs loso loso, front aerial into a jump into a back handspring, good connections, side somi with a wobble, split ring leap, excellent double pike!

8:32 pm. Elisabeth Seitz GER UB: Maloney to Ricna, good, blind change to piked Jaeger, Downie to Pak, super clean, van Leeuwen, some little foot form deductions, toe full to full-in, came off a bit low but got the landing!

8:31 pm. Alexa Moreno MEX VT: Second vault is a tsuk double full, step to the side on the landing, some leg form in the air.

8:29 pm. Nina Derwael BEL FX: Two steps back on the double tuck. Hops out of the 1.5 to front full. Swtich ring to split leap. Lovely performance.

Alexa Moreno MEX VT: Also does a rudi, and it looks pretty good! Could be a little tighter but solid overall.

8:25 pm. Jutta Verkest BEL FX: A full-in to start, the double tuck was also very clean.

Mandy Mohamed EGY BB: Gorgeous black leo, I wish I could see detail from here. Sparkles for days. Hit the mount, off on her bhs loso, big wobble on the side somi. Side aerial good.

Pauline Schäfer GER UB: Caught it from the toe shoot, clear hip to big Gienger, missed the release after that. Looks like she tries again, piked jaeger, tucked toe front half with a step.

Yeo Seo-jeong KOR VT: Beautiful handspring rudi! I think the Korean guys are in the crowd, she got a ton of applause for that. Second is a DTY, excellent landing!

8:24 pm. Lee Yun-seo KOR VT: FTY with a little hop back, some pike in the air.

8:23 pm. Maellyse Brassart BEL FX: Tucked full-in, hit. Front full with a step. Good double tuck.

Zeina Ibrahim EGY BB: Got her first wolf turn, I think a triple, and looked like she almost had the second but then fell. Hit her leap series. Side aerial loso with a big wobble but holds on.

Sarah Voss GER UB: Van Leeuwen, toe full a little arched, back tuck out of a handstand for the dismount.

8:22 pm. I am SO TIRED. Let’s go!

21 thoughts on “2020 Olympic Games | Women’s Subdivision 5 Qualifications Live Blog

  1. Wasn’t Germany’s day today 😫 just one less mistake on beam or bars and they would have made it 😦 oh well…congratulations for the teams that made it! ❤️


  2. Wow when is the last time a gymnast qualified to all 6 Finals! Also can we talk about Melnikova qualifying to 5 Finals! I think Suni might be the only one to make 4 finals too. Big hopes for them!


  3. So, this was certainly a wake-up call for the US women, as well as Simone individually. They are not locks. You still have to perform. I’ve been getting tired of all the press and commentators talking about how the US women and Simone are guarantees for gold. No, they are not. They have to bring a better level in the finals.

    Poor Simone. All this GOAT talk and pressure from the press that she’s a lock for several golds. I hope she can shut out all the chatter and re-focus for the finals. Same for the US women. No one is a lock. This is sport after all, where anything can happen. Just look at how Russia over-performed. I was shocked at how well they did.


    • Thank you. I’m glad someone said it. I’m tired of reading the “guaranteed gold”. Don’t jinx us please!!! I am not at all shocked at Russia at all. I knew it was going to be a tight race. I didn’t know it would be so bad that we would qualify in 2nd, but I thought it would be a much narrow margin than what we are used to. One more thing, we are not deep anymore. Last olympics we could have sent two teams that would have won gold and silver, respectively. I know it’s not the case this year. Not sure if it’s the change (since the Karolyi’s are gone or Covid, etc.) but there hasn’t been that consistency and stuck cold landings from years prior. Hopefully, U.S. will pull it together for night 2.


      • I think we’re still deep, I just think we’re seeing the results of the changing of guards. As harsh as Marta may have been, she got results, and had 0 problems sitting you if you don’t prove that you have done the work to prove you earned your spot when you get to the big game. The consistency is not there. I, like everyone else, thought that the nats/trials falls were ‘they haven’t competed in a while’ flukes. But when Jade and Myk have the comps of their lives, and have to skip the media zone because the team competed like level 7s, that’s a problem.


        • Tbc, Id much rather the team finish last than have to endure abuse, but more than 1 thing can be true at the same time.

          Then again, they won all of the worlds comps since Marta.

          Idk, but that quals comp was giving very much USA circe 1972.


        • I’m gonna walk some of my previous comments back. I think a lot of us are just sooo shocked (knowing they’re capable of sooo much more) that we’re actually beating up on them a bit more than they deserve. While everyone could’ve been better, and I stand behind Simone and Jordan losing control, Grace and Suni had ok days. The judges clearly let the US Nats judges know that they play entirely too much.

          I just hope all of this nonstop media attention hasn’t affected Simone too much and that she can shut it off and focus. Because while I’d have bet my rent against it before today, crazy Valentina might not be sooo crazy after all.

          I’m just gonna say I hope they overperform during team finals and get the win.


      • Random thoughts on US women:

        Kind of ironic that the US women would have beaten the Russian team in qualifying had Jade Carey and Mykayla Skinner been on “the team.”

        There is plenty of room to criticize the Karolyi’s training methods and “motivational” tools. There isn’t as much room to argue about how they put together teams and lineups. Methinks at least one of them, Mykayla or Jade, would have been considered victors in “trials by fire,” veterans of numerous competitions that they liked to have as solid leadoffs for events, especially in prelims like today.

        And then Mykayla scores fourth in vault, and her Olympics is done. What the friggin frack is the point of having “individual competitors” if you still hold to the two per country rule in AA and event finals?

        Regardless, my heart goes out to Jordan Chiles. I worried about whether she has really had time to acclimate to being among the hunted, as a member of the US team, versus being the hunter, as she has been all year in US events.

        And what was up with those fugly leos? We’ve seen leo after leo more gorgeous than many wedding gowns, and then we put the team in literal stars? I have to think a man had to have a hand in the selection, and I’m not ruling it out as a contributor to the subpar performances. After all, our “individual” members were in classy all red leos and they did terrific. Who can be at their best dressed up like a 4th of July parade baton twirler?


  4. For two years, we know that except Simone, there are around 20 women equal in the world, the ranking depending on the shape of each of them in competition : 5 or 6 from US, 2 from China, 3 from Russia, MDJDS, Black, Derwael, Andrade, Iordache, Villa, the Gadirovas … US is the best team in the world because of Biles and depth. But if Biles fails, the competition with Russia and China promises to be tough.
    McCallum and Lee did very well today, Chiles has no experience, and Simone just brought 1 extra point to the team instead of the usual 3 points. Simone was the only surprise … And she is still in gold.


  5. “Lisa Vaelen BEL VT: Handspring front pike, weird that she’d do an easy vault when she’s basically here to vault?? She normally has a half out of it at least.”
    Vaelen announced a 5.8 D vault which would have been a huge improovment from her usual piked front half (that she did in warms up) . Maybe she got a a bit lost or not so confident to finally only perform a piked front ? Nevetheless she won the bronze on UB at the WC serie this year in Osijek with a competitive 5.9 D score so she certainly wasn’t in Tokyo “basically” to do vault.
    Belgium’s performance is overall absolutely excellent, so retrospectively Verkest’s showing at the AA euro this year was like an announcement ! I still don’t get however how Derwael can get such high scores on FX. She definitely deserves what the codes allows but this in another proof the code is wrong. I feel so bad for Moors, Thordottir and some others with twice her difficulty and real artistry.


  6. I’m so happy to see Rebeca Andrade in 2nd for AA. After the injuries, she deserves it. Fingers crossed that her AA final performance is just as good or even more. She’s so talented and I want to see her on the AA (and floor podium).


  7. I keep thinking about that nagging ankle injury that’s supposedly bothering Simone since about May per her coach. The way she seems to be over rotating on vaults and various dismounts, plus taping up so much for floor. I keep wondering if it’s affecting her. Under rotation would hurt ankles like a female dog. Maybe it isn’t pressure so much as simple fear the ankle won’t cooperate. We could just be over thinking it.


  8. The British commentators for the men’s qualifying described the
    Chinese men as being businesslike and on a mission–I think the
    same went for the Russian women.

    I got the impression that Chiles was overwhelmed by *THE OLYMPICS*;
    unlike the other team members, she’s never been on a Worlds Team, and
    her one big international was the Pacific Rim Championships back in 2018.
    Hopefully Biles (and maybe Skinner, drawing on her extensive NCAA
    experience) can help Chiles get into a better mindset.

    I’m bummed about Skinner’s Olympics being done, too, although I think
    we all figured that was a likely outcome. (The moment on the
    online coverage after Carey’s vault score came up, when you could see
    it sink in that this was it, was poignant.) At least she, like Carey, proved
    here that they are both World-class all-arounders, and that the only
    thing keeper Skinner from contending for a vault medal was the
    two-per-country rule.

    And McCallum looks like she’ll be a fine teammate at Utah–genuinely upbeat, smiles and hugs all around. That can’t hurt in team finals.


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