2022 Szombathely Challenge Cup | Event Finals Day 2 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the second day of event finals at the 2022 Szombathely Challenge Cup, held in Szombathely, Hungary!

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11:36 am. High Bar Final Standings

1. Krisztofer Meszaros, Hungary, 14.166
2. Krisztian Balazs, Hungary, 14.133
3. Yordan Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, 13.500
4. Yoshida Motomu, Japan, 13.166
5. Heath Thorpe, Australia, 13.033
6. Tang Chia-Hung, Taiwan, 12.500
7. Isaac Nuñez, Mexico, 11.800
8. Kiplin Smith, Australia, 11.266

11:33 am. Krisztofer Meszaros HUN HB: Tak full was a bit late, tak half is better, piked Kovacs is lovely, then does it tucked just as well, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev, stalder, blind change with slight ankle separation, tak, and a big double double layout with a small hop. This really was Hungary’s rotation! 14.166 (5.6, 8.566)

11:29 am. Tang Chia-Hung TWN HB: Zou Li Min, Cassina with super wild legs and a hard fall onto his knees. This final is killing me but this one particularly hurts. Goes for it again and it’s huge and gorgeous. Straddle Tkachev to piked Tkachev, blind change to Yamawaki to endo, tak full finished really late, tak half was a little messy as well, stalder, and the full-twisting double layout goes SO long but a little low, big hop forward. 12.500 (5.7, 6.800)

11:25 am. Kiplin Smith AUS HB: Endo was a little arched into handstand, goes for a layout Kovacs but catches one-handed which spins him around in the wrong direction, tries to correct it but then opts to just hop off. Back on for a Kovacs but the swing is off after catching and he needs to start his swing again before the giant to the stalder, blind change, tak, is a little short, full-twisting double layout, floaty but a little short with a hop. 11.266 (4.7, 6.566)

11:23 am. Krisztian Balazs HUN HB: Tak half is slightly late, Kolman, layout to straddle Tkachev connection, piked Tkachev, Rybalko finishes at horizontal, tak to L grip, inbar, hop full, and a full-twisting double layout, stuck! Excellent job. 14.133 (5.6, 8.533)

11:18 am. Heath Thorpe AUS HB: Jaeger to Gienger to Endo, muscles that around a bit but LOVE this series, tak, Endo full finishes in horizontal, tak half, inbar, stalder, and a full-twisting double layout, stuck! 13.033 (4.9, 8.133)

11:15 am. Yordan Aleksandrov BUL HB: Forward inbar at the start, tak half, layout Tkachev, a little loose In his hip form, straddle Tkachev, inbar, blind change to front giant in L grip, tak, Endo, hop full, and a full-twisting double layout, stuck! 13.500 (5.2, 8.300)

11:11 am. Yoshida Motomu JPN HB: I loved his qualifications routine. L grip work to start, tak full is a little late, tak half, big Kolman, ugh, then the layout Tkachev goes really far over and he misses his hands completely. Does it again, tentative this time, and catches. Straddle Tkachev, German giants, open out in to a slightly arched handstand, that handstand in quals was PERFECTION! Hit the full-twisting double layout dismount with no issues. 13.166 (5.8, 7.366)

11:08 am. Isaac Nuñez MEX HB: Big Yamawaki to Endo, tak half, Cassina, Kolman, twists a bit late in this and ends up not able to catch. Tkachev was a bit close and it affected the swing out of it, tak, stalder, hop full, and a full-twisting double layout with a hop. 11.800 (5.2, 6.600)

11:06 am. Touch warmups for the high bar final are underway!

11:02 am. Just wrapping up the medal ceremonies now. They do them FAST here in Szombathely. Love that it was like a full half hour for each set-up and ceremony in Tokyo and here they’re like ok we have 10 minutes to get two out of the way, let’s do this.

10:56 am. Women’s Floor Final Standings

1. Katelyn Jong, United States, 13.500
2. Greta Mayer, Hungary, 13.033
3. Sydney Turner, Canada, 12.900
4. Ada Hautala, Finland, 12.766
5. Natalia Escalera, Mexico, 12.733
6. Levi Jung-Ruivivar, United States, 12.666
7. Paulina Campos, Mexico, 12.133
8. Aneta Holasova, Czech Republic, 12.133

Parallel Bars Final Standings

1. Illia Kovtun, Ukraine, 15.100
2. Haruki Minori, Japan, 14.766
3. Thierno Diallo, Spain, 14.333
4. Hung Yuan-Hsi, Taiwan, 14.133
5. Tanabe Soichiro, Japan, 14.100
6. Adam Tobin, Great Britain, 13.766
7. Krisztian Balazs, Hungary, 13.300
8. Pavel Karenejenko, Great Britain, 10.733

10:50 am. Pavel Karnejenko GBR PB: Wasn’t typing during this but he was a bit muscled on the Tippelt, and short with some leg form and hand adjustments on the next pirouette. Ended up missing the handstand with wild legs on a transition to the single rail and tried to fight but ended up falling. Then sat the double front dismount. 10.733 (5.4, 5.333)

10:48 am. Sydney Turner CAN FX: Memmel turn is good! Triple full, lands with a big lunge back. Front tuck through to 2.5, step forward into an arabesque. Switch ring to switch full, the latter was maybe a little rushed but nothing severe. Double pike with a step back. Great work! 12.900 (5.2, 7.700)

10:45 am. Thierno Diallo ESP PB: Front pike to handstand, tiniest adjustment, Makuts was strong, full pirouette from double to single rail was also strong, Tippelt was clean and fluid, double pike with a tiny hop. Very nice! 14.333 (5.9, 8.433)

10:42 am. Katelyn Jong USA FX: Double double, great! Little hop back. They need to choreograph something there because she stands there for several seconds after landing. Full-in has a bigger hop back. Double L turn. I wasn’t paying close attention to her leap series but nothing majorly wrong there. Floaty 1.5 to front full, came a little low and long out of the former but still gets the connection without any issue. Double pike at the end, chest slightly forward but super solid landing. Excellent routine! 13.500 (5.6, 7.900)

10:40 am. Illia Kovtun UKR PB: Clean handstand to start, pirouette with transitions between the bars was a little iffy, but a great transition to the single rail, and he holds that handstand forever. Some little things in the next couple of pirouettes, he’s moving too fast for me, decent on the Makuts, and a slowly-rotating but still hit double front dismount, just hops. Love a pretty much all-pirouetting routine, especially when they’re as difficult as his. 15.100 (6.3, 8.800)

10:37 am. Ada Hautala FIN FX: Front full through to double tuck, really excellent on that landing. Hop L turn to switch full, a little bouncy there. Double pike was super solid. Popa also strong. This is pretty great so far. 12.766 (5.0, 7.766)

10:35 am. Adam Tobin GBR PB: We jumped into this routine late so we could watch a floor replay. One-arm pirouette was lovely, full after that had some leg form and he had to walk his hands a bit. Double pike dismount. 13.766 (5.8, 7.966)

10:33 am. Greta Mayer HUN FX: Full-twisting double tuck to start, lots of power and a solid landing. Double pike with a couple of small steps back. Memmel turn, dances through to switch ring to tour jeté half. 1.5 to front tuck with a little hop. Double tuck with a small hop forward. Another great routine from her! 13.033 (5.1, 7.933)

10:29 am. Touch warmups for the second half!

10:27 am. Haruki Minori JPN PB: Front pike to handstand, one-arm turn was very strong, Makuts had a few little things in it that should be tighter but nothing severe, a little short on a cast to handstand after that, Bhavsar doesn’t get quite the distance that others do, and Tippelt has a little adjustment into the handstand. Double front lands a little forward with a tiny hop. Little things throughout but overall a really solid set with lots of difficulty in his pirouettes. 14.766 (6.4, 8.366)!

10:24 am. Levi Jung-Ruivivar USA FX: Love the choreo after the wolf turn at the beginning. Split jump full. Double pike was clean in the air but a bit short on the landing with a hop back. 1.5 to front full, some leg form and steps forward. Switch leap to switch half. Double tuck with a hop back. Lovely work in her presentation! 12.666 (4.9, 8.066, -0.3 ND)

10:21 am. Tanabe Soichiro JPN PB: Front pike to handstand was good, basket to handstand a little short, strong Bhavsar to L sit, presses to handstand and turns around for the Tippelt, really strong there. Adjusts going into the next handstand, and is a little shaky on a half turn. Transitioned pretty well to the single rail but the cast to handstand was a little muscled. Double pike dismount, hit! 14.100 (5.8, 8.300)

10:18 am. Aneta Holasova CZE FX: Her Memmel is literally powerful, I love that. Double layout is a bit forward on the landing and she has to hop back, think a foot went OOB. 1.5 to front pike with a hop forward but she keeps that one in. Switch leap to tour jeté half, nice landing there. Double tuck with a hop back. It looked like she kind of lifted her heavily taped ankle, maybe favoring the other foot on landings, could be why her landings are a little off today. Switch half. Good double pike with a little hop. 12.133 (4.9, 7.433)

Love Barbora Mokosova waiting on the side to give her a big hug. Bringing the Slovakia back to Czechoslovakia.

10:16 am. Krisztian Balazs HUN PB: Clean first handstand, holds it forever, basket to handstand came up a little short, and a full pirouette after was also not quite there. Walked over on a half pirouette. Straddle salto was nice, big Bhavsar right to the end, swings up to handstand and arches over as he does a half turn before the Tippelt, very slow and deliberate control to handstand. Double front, ugh, just a little short on that and he sits it. 13.300 (5.8, 7.500)

10:13 am. Natalia Escalera MEX FX: Tucked full-in, some leg form in the air and a step back. Double tuck is cleaner, small hop back there. Strong leap series before her third pass, a front layout full with a small hop forward. Split jump full. Double pike stuck! Fantastic ending to a really good routine. 12.733 (4.7, 8.033)

10:10 am. Hung Yuan-Hsi TWN PB: Nice Makuts, most of his other handstands have been good so far, Bhavsar was strong, to an L sit pressed to handstand, tight form. Tippelt muscled slightly. Adjusts a little in handstand before the swing into the double front dismount, a bit deep with a stumble back. 14.133 (5.9, 8.233)

10:07 am. Paulina Campos MEX FX: Kinda falls out of her Memmel turn into a lunge. Double pike is deep with a big lunge forward. Double full has some ankle form but she lands it well. Switch full. Switch leap to switch half, maybe a little short on the latter. Stumbles a bit in the attempted triple spin. Front layout full with a little hop to the side.

10:02 am. Athletes are marching in now for the WAG floor and parallel bars finals!

9:53 am. Balance Beam Final Standings

1. Maisa Kuusikko, Finland, 12.866
2. Sydney Turner, Canada, 12.833
3. Greta Mayer, Hungary, 12.733
4. Lai Pin-Ju, Taiwan, 12.600
5. Lucie Trnkova, Czech Republic, 12.433
6. Barbora Mokosova, Slovakia, 12.300
7. Ada Hautala, Finland, 11.566
8. Mirtill Makovits, Hungary, 11.300

Men’s Vault Final Standings

1. Tseng Wei-Sheng, Taiwan, 14.599
2. Leandre Sauve, Canada, 14.416
3. Saleem Naghouj, Jordan, 14.200
4. Dimitar Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 13.899
5. Pavel Gulidov, Israel, 13.683
6. Dmitriy Patanin, Kazakhstan, 13.566
7. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 13.500
8. Yeh Cheng, Taiwan, 13.483

9:48 am. Saleem Naghouj JOR VT: Kaz 1.5, pretty clean in the air and a Great landing! Really upright position with a tiny hop. Probably the best of the kaz 1.5s tonight if my memory serves? 14.500 (5.2, 9.300)

Yurchenko double full for his second vault, pretty clean in the air, chest a bit forward on the landing, step back to control it. 13.900 (4.8, 9.100)

14.200 average

9:46 am. Lucie Trnkova CZE BB: Back handspring mount was nice. Big air on the bhs loso. Nice double wolf turn. Slight adjustment as she stands up from her low choreo moment. Switch to split jump, really short on the latter. Front aerial is solid. Side aerial slightly short with a little check. Front layout full dismount. Great work! 12.433 (4.6, 7.833)

9:43 am. Artem Dolgopyat ISR VT: After two fourth-place finishes yesterday he’s going to be hungry today. But OOF. Handspring double front, and he sits it. Just didn’t get the rotation quite quickly enough, lands on the backs of his heels with no chance of correcting. 12.900 (5.2, 7.800, -0.1 ND)

Second vault is a kaz 1.5, a bit deep with a big step forward to control it. 14.100 (5.2, 8.900)

13.500 average

9:41 am. Maisa Kuusikko FIN BB: Layout stepout mount, bhs loso loso, slight check. Switch leap to split jump. Clean wolf turn. Front aerial. Side aerial lands a little crooked but she adjusts well out of it. College sticks the 1.5 dismount on her toes with a little wobble but her feet don’t move. Good work! 12.866 (4.9, 7.966) – moves her to first!

9:38 am. Leandre Sauve CAN VT: He had my favorite vaults and reactions in qualifications. Beautiful Shewfelt with a small step forward. Literally so good in the air, almost no one’s doing it better. 14.666 (5.2, 9.466)

Follows it up with a kaz 1.5, big step to the side OOB to steady it but he’s also mostly clean aside from some leg separation in pre-flight and slight ankle form as he preps to land. He’s very very very happy and does his little claps! I love him.14.166 (5.2, 9.066, -0.1)

14.416 average puts him second and he’s thrilled!

9:35 am. Ada Hautala FIN BB: Front pike mount, misses a foot and has to stumble but stays on. Switch leap to tour jeté 1/4! Cool series and great connection, if a bit wonky on the landing. Hit the bhs loso, a little wild on the double wolf turn, good side somi, cross straight jump full, switch to split jump is a little short of 180, 1.5 with a tiny hop. Some areas in there that were a little yikes but she stayed on! She’s had some trouble with that this year. 11.566 (5.0, 6.566)

9:32 am. Tseng Wei-Sheng TWN VT: Tsuk double pike, small hop back! That was great. Pike position was shockingly pretty open! Slight knee bend but very minor. 14.766 (5.6, 9.166)

Second vault is a handspring double front, good chest position on the landing, big hop forward. Sounds out a BARBARIC YAWP when he gets this one, LOVE! 14.433 (5.2, 9.233)

14.599 to easily move into first!

9:30 am. Barbora Mokosova SVK BB: Switch leap mount, front aerial to back handspring I think? I missed a split second of this. Standing back tuck. Big check on the side aerial, gets the jump series. Showing a lot of nice toe point throughout. Switch leap is good. Gainer pike dismount off the end. Good work! 12.300 (4.4, 7.900)

9:25 am. Dimitar Dmitrov BUL VT: Kaz 1.5, tucks his legs a bit as he comes in for the landing, and he’s maybe a little tentative on the landing, ends up being a bit deep with two big steps. 13.833 (5.2, 8.733, -0.1 ND)

Yurchenko double for his second vault, hop back onto his toes and he has to wobble a bit with his chest down, but this one was so nice in the air. 13.966 (4.8, 9.166)

13.899 average

9:22 am. Greta Mayer HUN BB: Punch front pike mount was SUPER solid. Tiniest adjustment on the double wolf turn. Bhs layout was very solid as well. Switch leap, great extension with the front leg! Got a little oversplit I think but I couldn’t see the back leg from this angle. Side aerial is solid. Split jump to wolf jump, clean and strong. Switch ring, also excellent on the landing. Solid side somi. She is straight crushing it??? Double tuck is really strong, tiny hop forward. Wow! 12.733 (5.1, 7.633)

Okay I’m offended at this E score. I know, she’s not perfectly clean on every element, but she’s pretty close so give me a break.

9:19 am. Pavel Gulidov ISR VT: Handspring double front, pushes forward and goes a little too hard, to his hands. Looked pretty powerful, though. 13.233 (5.2, 8.033)

Kaz 1.5 with a big step forward for his second vault. Looked pretty solid in the air and he opened up out of the twist really well with a little bit of flare. 14.133 (5.2, 8.933)

13.683 average

9:18 am. Sydney Turner CAN BB: Layout stepout mount, bhs loso ends up a little short but she adjusts and gets back in control. Switch to switch half with a step, pauses before the back handspring. Front aerial to jump series is strong, cross split jump half with a little balance check and her chest down, then she lands the 1.5 dismount with a hop. 12.833 (5.6, 7.233)

9:14 am. Yeh Cheng TWN VT: Kaz 1.5, maybe a little more knee bend on the landing than he should’ve had to absorb the mat, and has to take two big steps over to the side to stay upright, ends up off the mat. It looked pretty good in the air, though. 13.766 (5.2, 8.866, -0.3 ND)

Second vault is a…mistake maybe? It looked like he did another kaz, yeah, he did like, just a tsuk entry with a full twist, so a straight-up kaz? Weird? 13.200 (4.0, 9.200)

13.483 average

No same family penalty, so maybe I missed the entry on the first vault and just assumed it was a kaz when it was a handspring, he probably just started twisting early off the table or something, I assume it as a handspring front double full instead? The mistake was ME, not a him mistake. 🙂

9:11 am. Lai Pin-Ju TWN BB: Switch ring was nice! Back handspring back tuck with a small step back and a smile when she gets it. Side aerial, split jump to straddle jump, extension was ALMOST fully there. Front aerial to split ring jump, very nice. I feel like this is upgraded a bit from quals? Side somi with the tiniest adjustment. A little check to control the full turn, and she dismounts with a rudi, hop back. That was very strong. 12.600 (4.7, 7.900)

9:08 am. Dmitriy Patanin KAZ VT: Handspring double front, comes in a little low but really pushes forward on the landing and manages to keep it upright, hop forward. 14.366 (5.2)

Second vault is a kaz 1.5, lots of ankle form and he’s deep there as well but can’t push it back upright the way he did with the first, ends up with a big stumble back and eventually has to drop his hand down. 12.766 (5.2)

13.566 average

9:06 am. Mirtill Makovits HUN BB: Off on her punch front tuck beam mount, sadly. Has a clean full turn and front aerial. Very nice side aerial to back handspring, just steps back out of the latter. Her composure is so nice, she looks so calm and collected. Switch leap to split jump. Side somi. Had another leap near the end but I couldn’t see it from the angle we had. 1.5 was a little short and deep with a step back. 11.300 (4.5, 6.800)

9:04 am. Athletes have just finished marching in for the balance beam and MAG vault finals! Touch warmups are underway.

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  2. Umm…when do Chellsie and Alicia start?? Levi is a beautiful dancer, but I can’t even think of another time when a US gymnast w an NCAA difficulty level fx routine got an international assignment, esp a world cup. I don’t want to be 1 of those ppl on the ‘US panic’ ship, but without the veterans the US really would be screwed right now in terms of depth.

    Congrats to all of the medalists.


    • Not everyone on the national team went to trials for this meet. The three here are B/C team and won’t come close to even making worlds as alternates, but they got this assignment because they went to trials and performed well there.


      • What is the situation with Katelyn Jong? She was very dominant her last junior season, winning everything in sight, and now in her senior season, she is not even in the conversation for Worlds and has been getting middle-of-the-road results at assignments. Is she recovering from an injury and has world-class potential but not this season? Or was the junior field in 2021 relatively weak?


        • She was injured and missed part of the season, but it’s also just hard to transition from junior to senior, and hard to make waves at the senior level when the team is a strong one. She’s not scoring as high as she did as a junior (most of her AA scores have been about 2 points behind) but I think that’s partly because of the vault D score dropping, and then also because she’s been more inconsistent this year with more falls or other struggles at events like nationals. She looked much improved at Szombathely and I kind of like that while she still has a pretty difficult all-around program, she’s not going all-out just yet, especially at a time where gymnasts are peaking a bit older. She only just turned 16 two months ago and I think having a little more time could do wonders for her, but in Szombathely she got her highest bars and floor scores of the year, so I think that’s a pretty good move in the right direction.


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