Welcome to the live blog for the first day of event finals at the 2022 Szombathely Challenge Cup, held in Szombathely, Hungary!
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11:26 am. Still Rings Final Standings
1. Vinzenz Höck, Austria, 14.666
2. Haruki Minori, Japan, 14.633
3. Tanabe Soichiro, Japan, 14.166
4. Lin Guan-Yi, Taiwan, 14.066
5. Pavel Karnejenko, Great Britain, 14.033
6. Pantely Kolidii, Ukraine, 13.600
7. Adam Tobin, Great Britain, 13.600
8. Hung Yuan-Hsi, Taiwan, 13.500
11:23 am. Haruki Minori JPN SR: Planche, swings through to maltese, inverted hang through to planche, strong. Inverted hang to saltos up to maltese, mostly good in the positioning here. Swings through to iron cross, inverted hang to iron cross, inverted hang to handstand, a little arched, and a deep but stuck full-twisting double layout. 14.633 (6.1, 8.533)
11:20 am. Hung Yuan-Hsi TWN SR: Inverted hang L sit in iron cross, then pulls his legs down for a regular old iron cross. Swings up to straddle planche, then through to handstand, swings a little. Saltos to handstand, takes him a second to adjust to position. Full-in half-out with a bounce on the landing. 13.500 (4.6, 8.900)
11:17 am. Lin Guan-Yi TWN SR: Maltese to iron cross, inverted hang to planche, really solid and steady. Swings to handstand but falls out of it and has to muscle back up. Saltos to maltese, legs dip pretty low. Inverted hang to iron cross, inverted hang to handstand, arches over a bit but adjusts. Double double with a big hop forward. Not his best but some good fight. 14.066 (5.9, 8.166)
11:14 am. Vinzenz Höck AUT SR: He doesn’t even need to do THE MOST today to win but I kinda hope he does. Swings to maltese at the start, then drops down and pushes back out to a planche, angle is maybe a little off. Inverted cross through to his saltos back out to maltese, inverted hang, swings out to planche, better this time, down to iron cross. Inverted hang up to handstand arches over significantly but he pulls it back, full-twisting double layout is stuck. 14.666!
11:10 am. Pantely Kolidii UKR SR: I wasn’t typing during this but he had some good iron cross work, one came out of a front pike, finished his saltos in a controlled L sit, and his handstands were the cleanest so far, aside from the last one. Stuck his double double. 13.600 (5.0, 8.600)
11:07 am. Tanabe Soichiro JPN SR: Okay, he’s in blue, the one guy in blue yesterday was really freaking me out. Inverted hang to maltese, super strong. Drops out of it then presses back out to maltese, down to inverted hang. Swings up to an inverted cross, his feet are WAY past his head, making for a weird position. Saltos to…something, I missed it because I was typing, iron cross, inverted hang, swings up to handstand and he’s shaking and swinging a bit, next is adjusted slightly but gets to a good place, and he lands the double double with a step back. 14.166 (6.0, 8.166)
11:04 am. Pavel Karnejenko GBR SR: Inverted hang to mlatese, really straight position, to iron cross, opens his palms. Inverted hang to saltos to straddle hold, presses to handstand, swinging slightly, next handstand is a little better, but the last is a little shaky. Double double, slides one foot back slightly. 14.033 (5.6, 8.433)
11:01 am. Adam Tobin GBR SR: Maltese, adjusts slightly, inverted hang back out to maltese to iron cross, drops to hang before piking through to an inverted hang, saltos up to straddle hold, presses to handstand, adjusts and some sway in his back, swinging a bit on the next two handstands, and then sticks the double double dismount with his feet apart.
11:00 am. Touch warm-ups now for rings.
10:51 am. Break in the action for the medal ceremonies!
10:49 am. Uneven Bars Final Standings
1. Zoja Szekely, Hungary, 13.733
2. Sydney Turner, Canada, 13.666
3. Addison Fatta, United States, 13.600
4. Natalia Escalera, Mexico, 13.233
5. Katelyn Jong, United States, 13.133
6. Maisa Kuusikko, Finland, 13.133
7. Sara Sulekic, Croatia, 12.566
8. Lilla Makai, Hungary, 12.266
Pommel Horse Final Standings
1. Nariman Kurbanov, Kazakhstan, 15.300
2. Shiao Yu-Jan, Taiwan, 14.566
3. Hiramatsu Koga, Japan, 14.166
4. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 13.933
5. Ilia Liubimov, Israel, 13.800
6. Vedant Sawant, Australia, 13.766
7. Xheni Dyrmishi, Austria, 13.733
8. Ahmad Abu Al Soud, Jordan, 12.666
10:44 am. Maisa Kuusikko FIN UB: Good handstand before the shaposh to Tkachev, a little low, to Pak, OOF, she doesn’t get enough height out of the Tkachev and has to force it around and it’s basically tucked, it’s honestly SHOCKING she caught that??? Toe full to Maloney, hops to mixed grip to Ezhova, van Leeuwen, double layout comes up a bit short with a big stumble on the dismount. 13.133 (6.0, 7.133)
10:42 am. Shiao Yu-Jan TWN PH: Scissors to handstand, down to single handle circles and a one-arm swing, Russians between the handles go really well and get applause, travels in Russians, then continues them at the end, travels again in circles, and clean into the dismount. 14.566 (5.8, 8.766)
10:39 am. Natalia Escalera MEX UB: Van Leeuwen, blind change to piked Jaeger, went out REALLY far but no problems catching. Clean Tkachev, connects to a messy Pak and the Maloney is also a bit weak, connects to a Gienger with some leg separation, blind full is a bit late, to toe full with her chest low and a hop. Some great moments in this but just needs to tighten up a bit overall. 13.233 (5.7, 7.533)
10:38 am. Xheni Dyrmishi AUT PH: Scissors muscled a bit to handstand, really MASSIVE clearance between his hips and the horse when he starts circling, his arms must be miles long? Some hip form at parts here, but everything looks good overall, travels well and transitions strongly into the dismount. 13.733 (5.4, 8.333)
10:36 am. Lilla Makai HUN UB: Toe full is really nice in handstand, to Maloney to Pak, clean! Short handstand before the van Leeuwen, some ankle form, toe half to piked Jaeger, toe half finishes a bit short, and a high double tuck with a hop forward. 12.266 (4.8, 7.466)
10:34 am. Artem Dolgopyat ISR PH: Scissors to circles and Russians on the single handle, nice. Does a lot of single handle work, transitions back down to the horse well, Russians across the horse and then again at the end, some leg form as he gets closer to the end of his routine but he snaps them back together and gets into the handstand for the dismount with no problems. 13.933 (5.7, 8.233)
10:33 am. Addison Fatta USA UB: They showed a replay of pommels instead of her routine, so we only saw the double layout dismount, but she looks happy with it! Assume it was a hit. 13.600 (5.4, 8.200) – puts her in third for now
10:31 am. Vedant Sawant AUS PH: I think last week in Paris was the first time I’ve seen him and he’s so good! Scissors right into his circles on both handles, moves easily to one for a one-arm swing, then Russians on the other handle, good transitions up and down, Russaisn between the pommels with the tiniest leg form break, travels in Russians and then in circles, Russians at the end get a little sketchy and low to the horse, but he fights through it and finishes strong. 13.766 (6.0, 7.766)
10:27 am. Sydney Turner CAN UB: Inbar to inbar half to piked Jaeger, very nice. Toe full, doesn’t connect to the Pak, Maloney to stalder half, a little muscled there, and a double layout with a small hop. Lots of good in-the-moment corrections for her. Really knows how to think on her feet/hands. 13.666 (5.6, 8.066)
10:25 am. Ahmad Abu Al Soud JOR PH: I was really hoping he’d medal here but he’s a bit off his game, with two falls in his set. 12.666 (6.3, 6.366)
10:23 am. Sara Sulekic CRO UB: Nabieva!!! Get it. Pak is nice. Short handstand before the van Leeuwen, toe-on to stalder to blind change to front giant half, blind full, and a clean solid layout dismount. 12.566 (4.7, 7.866)
10:21 am. Hiramatsu Koga JPN PH: Scissor to handstand, then some circles on the single handle. Transitions down to Russians on the horse with no major errors, and his hip extension looks really nice throughout. Travels well, good control in his legs, looked like he almost missed a hand going up into the handstand, but no problems – excellent routine. 14.166 (5.7, 8.466)
10:19 am. Katelyn Jong USA UB: Stalder full finished really late, Chow to Pak (legs apart), good handstand before the van Leeuwen (legs apart), arches over in handstand before the inbar to inbar half to piked Jaeger (legs apart), stalder to full-out with a hop back. 13.133 (5.7, 7.433)
10:17 am. Nariman Kurbanov KAZ PH: Some switch leg work at the start, then transitions well into his circles. Russians on the single handle, one-arm swing, beautiful transition to the dismount, just lovely work. 15.300 (6.3, 9.000)
10:15 am. Zoja Szekely HUN UB: Chow to Pak, nice on both. Maloney to Gienger, nice stretch there, blind change to big piked Jaeger, this is the best she’s looked all year? Toe full right in vertical to full-in, wow! 13.733 (5.6, 8.133)
10:13 am. Ilia Liubimov ISR PH: Scissors to handstand, down into circles on both handles, one-arm pirouette, good transition work between the handles, losts hip form momentarily at one point, but then works his way into his travels, including the wide-arm skill, mostly clean into the handstand for the dismount. Good work! 13.800 (5.7, 8.100)
10:12 am. Touch is just coming to an end.
10:07 am. Getting ready for the athlete march-in for pommel horse and uneven bars!
10:02 am. Little break in the action for the medal ceremony! Love hearing that Ukrainian anthem.
9:56 am. Women’s Vault Final Standings
1. Addison Fatta, United States, 13.366
2. Teja Belak, Slovenia, 13.216
3. Greta Mayer, Hungary, 13.016
4. Tijana Korent, Croatia, 12.916
5. Natlaia Escalera, Mexico, 12.899
6. Maisa Kuusikko, Finland, 12.849
7. Aneta Holasova, Czech Republic, 12.666
8. Sara Surmanova, Slovakia, 12.133
Men’s Floor Final Standings
1. Illia Kovtun, Ukraine, 14.733
2. Milad Karimi, Kazakhstan, 14.533
3. Hiramatsu Koga, Japan, 14.500
4. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 14.500
5. Marcus Casamento, Australia, 13.633
6. Tang Chia-Hung, Taiwan, 13.133
7. Emata Azusa, Japan, 11.466
8. Dmitriy Patanin, Kazakhstan, 11.333
9:50 am. Tijana Korent CRO VT: Starts with a handspring front tuck half, small step on the landing, mostly good in the air, legs are really tight together. 12.800 (3.8, 9.000)
Second vault is a Yurchenko full, legs are pretty separated in the pre-flight and at the start of her post-flight, and she pikes down a little on the landing with a couple of steps back. 13.033 (4.2, 8.833)
9:47 am. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: Front double full to double front, a little low with a hop. Double-twisting double layout, good landing. 2.5 to double front, a little forward with a big step. 1.5 to rudi side pass, a little low with a hop. Double double, small hop forward. Not as tight as what we saw yesterday but he’s still doing mostly great and clean work. Arabian double front half-out to finish, big lunge forward. Those landings will hurt today. 14.500 (6.5, 8.100, -0.1)
9:44 am. Maisa Kuusikko FIN VT: Just the Yurchenko full instead of the 1.5, really clean with a three-tenth hop back. 13.066 (4.2, 8.866)
Second vault is a Yurchenko half-on front pike half off! Wow, okay. Form isn’t quite there yet, but that’s massive for Finland? I think she meant for it to be piked, or the judges will credit it as a pike given her hip form. Some leg form throughout in general. 12.633 (4.2, 8.533, -0.1)
9:42 am. Emata Azusa JPN FX: Piked double front with a massive stumble forward off the mat. Front full to randi with a hop back. Goes for a 3.5 but it looked off in rotation, steps it around to cover up but could be dangerous if counted as a triple as I assume that’s his last pass… 2.5 to a weird front tuck, bounces out of it. Triple full with a step to the side. 11.466 (5.5, 6.866, -0.9 ND) – lol at the ND
9:39 am. Teja Belak SLO VT: Handspring front full, sits it. Looked off from the start, and not sure what position it was supposed to be. I think layout but her hips and knees are bent at various points throughout. 12.9 (5.0)
Yurchenko 1.5, really tight in the air for the most part and a strong upper body position on the landing! Good alignment in general on this one. Small steps forward. 13.533 (4.6)
13.216 moves her to second even with the fall on the first, looks like they gave her the layout?
9:36 am. Illia Kovtun UKR FX: Front full to double front with a hop forward. Piked double front is super solid. He looks like he’s grown like 12 feet. Big 3.5! Randi with a little hop in place. 2.5 to front layout with a little wobble. Triple full with a hop back. 14.733 (6.1, 8.633) – puts him in first!
9:33 am. Aneta Holasova CZE VT: Yurchenko full, small hop back but pretty solid in the air.
Second is a tsuk layout, looked a little off on the block, or tentative maybe, but gets it around with a step to the side.
I missed her average!
9:31 am. Hiramatsu Koga JPN FX: Front full to front triple full I think! Double double with a small hop back, I definitely didn’t catch what he did in his third pass but it was two connected twists, not sure what the first was but think he connected to a randi? Russian circles for his strength bit. 2.5 with a hop to the side. 1.5 to front double full, and a solid triple full to finish, just a small hop back. 14.500 (6.2, 8.300)
9:26 am. Natalia Escalera MEX VT: Yurchenko 1.5, big stumble back with a massive fight to hold it up but she nearly crashes into the table. Couldn’t see if she actually touched the mat with her hands but it was as close to a fall as counting one, sadly. 12.733 (4.6)
Tsuk full for the second vault is really strong, step to the side. 13.066 (4.4, 8.666)
12.899 average puts her third 😦
9:23 am. Marcus Casamento AUS FX: Front double full I think? to front layout, nice. Piked double front with a small hop back. Clean and stuck double tuck. Fabulous transitions down the length of the floor into the strength elements bit. 2.5 to tucked barani. 1.5 to front full. Triple full at the end, a little deep with a hop forward, but that was a great set! 13.633 (5.3, 8.333)
9:20 am. Sara Surmanova SVK VT: Handspring front pike half, whips it around really quickly so the landing looks a bit rushed for her and she doesn’t QUITE have it but it’s not bad. Leg form looked mostly good in the air at least! 12.666
Tsuk layout for the second, kind of throws it like one would throw a tsuk timer and not a competitive laid-out vault. Knee form is ambiguous and she bounces back on the landing. The angle for the replay shows that the knee form is almost more tucked than ambiguous but I don’t think tucked enough to be downgraded. Could be close though. 11.600
9:18 am. Dmitriy Patanin KAZ FX: Piked double front, really deep, punches back out of it and ends up sitting. Front full double front, comes up short there and sits. Double double, lands a little forward with a step. Double full down the side, step there too. As Tim Daggett said at nationals re: Yul’s double full, “you’ve done that pass a million times in your life, all of the guys here are going to laugh at you for such a heinous mistake!!!!” I’m guessing they’re not. 1.5 to tucked barani, 2.5 to…tucked 1.5 maybe, I didn’t really see, and a triple full to finish, some crossed ankles there. 11.333 (5.6, 5.733)
9:14 am. Greta Mayer HUN VT: Really nice Yurchenko double, and she sticks it! 13.333 (4.2, 9.133)
Tsuk layout for her second vault, pretty solid in the air, hop back. 12.700 (3.8, 8.900)
9:11 am. Tang Chia-Hung KAZ FX: I think that was a 3.5 with a small hop to the side, okay! I’m sleepy so it could have been a 2.5 but I swear it was more. Full-twisting double back with a small hop. Front full to front double full. Flairs. I didn’t pay attention to the pass after that, double full I think? He finished with a triple full, a bit short with a huge lunge forward out of it. 13.133 (5.4, 7.733)
Trying to get scores as they come in but they haven’t shown any yet.
9:08 am. Addison Fatta USA VT: Does a Yurchenko double for her first vault, pretty clean in the air, but really deep and squatted on the landing with a hop forward and to the side.
Second vault is a tsuk full, ooh, huge upgrade from the tsuk back tuck yesterday! Form isn’t fully there and she has a big hop back but this will likely take gold, I think? Unless someone else has a surprising upgrade.
13.366 average – I think Natalia Escalera could potentially beat this, she was a tenth back with her average yesterday.
9:06 am. Milad Karimi KAZ FX: Randi to start, nice in the air and a strong landing. Front full to piked double front, stuck it! That was great. 2.5 to double front, small step forward. Double double with a tiny bounce. 1.5 to front double full. Triple full, stuck. This was brilliant. 14.533 (6.3, 8.233)
9:02 am. Athletes are marching out for the MAG floor final!
And now for WAG vault as well.