Welcome to the live blog for for the first day of event finals at the 2023 Cottbus World Cup, held in Cottbus, Germany!
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10:54 am. Uneven Bars Standings
1. Alice D’Amato, Italy, 14.500
2. Meolie Jauch, Germany, 13.533
3. Tisha Volleman, Netherlands, 12.900
4. Lucija Hribar, Slovenia, 12.833
5. Yelizaveta Hubareva, Ukraine, 12.666
6. Julie Erichsen, Norway, 12.566
7. Kokufugata Azuki, Japan, 12.400
8. Elisabeth Seitz, Germany, 12.066
Rings Final Standings
1. Eleftherios Petrounias, Greece, 14.966
2. Mahdi Ahmad Kohani, Iran, 14.766
3. Artur Avetisyan, Armenia, 14.533
4. Vahagn Davtyan, Armenia, 14.500
5. Adem Asil, Turkey, 14.466
6. Vinzenz Höck, Austria, 14.433
7. Ali Zahran, Egypt, 14.166
8. Ibrahim Colak, Turkey, 13.466
10:49 am. Yelizaveta Hubareva UKR UB: Inbar full is a little late, Chow to Pak, nice! Maloney to Gienger, toe half to straddle Jaeger, blind full, and a clean double tuck. This was lovely!! 12.666 (5.3, 7.366) – okay, this was a REALLY picky E score, they’ve been pretty tough today but this feels like the toughest
10:46 am. Vahagn Davtyan ARM SR: Planche to inverted hang through to iron cross, presses out to maltese, inverted hang to front giant to handstand, saltos through to maltese, really tight there, in a good way, through to iron cross. Inverted hang to planche, nice and straight, a little swayed in his handstand before the dismount, a full-twisting double layout, slight pike but a good landing. 14.500 (6.0, 8.500)
10:44 am. Alice D’Amato ITA UB: Maloney with great backswing to Tkachev, great handstand before the Downie to Bhardwaj, oh goodness YES. Van Leeuwen, tiny ankle separation, blind change to front giant to front full to double front, hop forward, but she is so so so gorgeous here, I can’t get over it. 14.500 (6.2, 8.300)
10:40 am. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE SR: Ooh his man bun is next-level? It’s actually a full man pony I think. And it’s curled! Very festive, a rare 10/10 MAG hairdo. Opens into a…another skill where I probably knew the word once, it’s like a planche but held under the rings instead of above them if that makes sense? Like a planche is held high above the hands, then a maltese has the hands and shoulders at a more equal level, and he’s lower than the rings with his arms up above him. Pulls up to a maltese. Inverted hang through to saltos to inverted cross, through to maltese, giant to handstand is nice, swings through to planche, down to iron cross, hands open. Inverted hang to front pike to iron cross, nods his head, front giant to handstand, holds it well before the double double, almost stuck cold but has a little balance check and ultimately takes a baby step. 14.966 (6.3, 8.666) – unsurprisingly into first place!
10:38 am. Meolie Jauch GER UB: Van Leeuwen was very clean, blind change to big straddle Jaeger, clear hip to Pak, short handstand before the Maloney to Gienger, looked really close like she might hit her legs but she gets it around well, blind full, and a full-in with a little hop. Great work! 13.533 (5.6, 7.933)
10:35 am. Adem Asil TUR SR: Planche, inverted hang through to maltese, inverted hang, inverted cross, saltos through to maltese, inverted hang up to planche, inverted hang through to iron cross, inverted hang to front giant to handstand, clean, double double dismount, lands pretty far forward with a large step. 14.466 (6.3, 8.166)
10:33 am. Julie Erichsen NOR UB: Short handstand before the blind change to piked Jaeger, Pak with some leg separation, to stalder to van Leeuwen, legs are a bit wild there, toe full is a bit late, to full-in with a small hop back. 12.566 (5.0, 7.566)
10:30 am. Artur Avetisyan ARM SR: Planche, we have a back angle and it’s TERRIBLE lol, rolls through to maltese, to iron cross. Inverted hang to front giant to handstand, clean and tight there. Saltos to maltese, clean. Planche, arches over in the handstand near the end but tightens up well, and then sticks the CRAP out of the full-twisting double layout, woweeee, that was a STICK stick. Makes up for the handstand drama! 14.533 (6.0, 8.533)
10:26 am. Midway point for another touch warmup!
10:24 am. Kokufugata Azuki JPN UB: Great handstand before the toe-on to toe full is really late, ooh, Shushunova! Hop change to front giant to straddle Jaeger, Pak was clean, toe shoot a bit close, clear hip, blind full, better finish there compared to the first pirouette, and a double layout with a step back/side. 12.400 (5.2, 7.200)
10:21 am. Ali Zahran EGY SR: Pulls up to planche then rolls through to maltese. I truly do not know what his next skill is, a reverse maltese? It’s like a maltese position but upside down hahaha. I probably learned this one time but have zero recollection. Inverted hang, giant up to handstand, clean, maybe a little shaky, swings through to maltese and drops down to iron cross, inverted hang, front giant to planche, a little shaky, handstand after gets a little iffy as well, full-twisting double layout, slight pike in the second flip but a good landing. 14.166 (6.1, 8.066)
10:18 am. Tisha Volleman NED UB: Shaposh to Gienger, really nice height there! Blind change to straddle Jaeger, bail to clear hip to toe shoot, a little short in the full pirouette into the full-in dismount, step back, but strong work overall. 12.900 (5.2, 7.700) – puts her in first!
10:15 am. Ibrahim Colak TUR SR: Inverted hang with a front giant to inverted cross, swings through to planche and rolls through to maltese. Clean. Inverted hang before his saltos up to maltese, out to iron cross, looked like he was counting to himself, front pike to iron cross, big smile, inverted hang, front giant to handstand, piked double front, NOOOOOO, lands a bit too far back and stumbles it down before sitting. Ugh, that was a bummer. 13.466 (6.1, 7.366)
10:13 am. Lucija Hribar SLO UB: Toe half to straddle Jaeger, really nice. Great handstand before the Ray to Pak, excellent! Another good handstand before the Maloney to bail to toe shoot, she’s killing it. Blind full, and a high double tuck dismount, big step back but that was fantastic! 12.833 (5.0, 7.833)
10:10 am. Vinzenz Höck AUT SR: Inverted hang with a push up to maltese and then pushes THAT up to planche. Inverted cross, maybe high in his arms, saltos through to maltese, inverted hang to planche, really nice there. Down to iron cross with open hands, inverted hang with a front giant to handstand, full-twisting double layout, some pike, small hop back. 14.433 (6.0, 8.433)
10:08 am. Elisabeth Seitz GER UB: Chow I think, we had a weird angle, to Ricna, weird moment where she couldn’t get to handstand for the hop change to straddle Jaeger, does it a second time, then a Downie, doesn’t connect to Pak, but the Pak is clean. Good handstand before the van Leeuwen, toe full gets a little sketchy but she gets it around, to full-in down to her knees. Well, that was a fight, but she looked mostly great form-wise! 12.066 (5.7, 6.366)
10:05 am. Mahdi Ahmad Kohani IRI SR: Presses right up to planche, wild. Down to maltese to inverted hang. Swings up to maltese, to inverted hang, saltos to planche, slight angle there, down to iron cross, opens his palms. Inverted hang to front pike out to iron cross, great. Inverted hang to the double pike to handstand, a little short there. Piked double front dismount is great! 14.766 (6.0, 8.766)
9:59 am. Athletes are marching out for the rings and uneven bars finals!
9:40 am. Women’s Vault Standings
1. Manila Esposito, Italy, 13.233
2. Ruby Evans, Great Britain, 13.183
3. Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan, 13.016
4. Laia Font, Spain, 12.816
5. Alice Vlkova, Czech Republic, 12.733
6. Laura Casabuena, Spain, 12.650
7. Agata Vostruchovaite, Lithuania, 12.600
8. Dildora Aripova, Uzbekistan, 12.416
Pommel Horse Standings
1. Abdulla Azimov, Uzbekistan, 14.866
2. Gagik Khachikyan, Armenia, 14.833
3. Nariman Kurbanov, Kazakhstan, 14.800
4. Matvei Petrov, Albania, 14.700
5. Rhys McClenaghan, Ireland, 14.700
6. Kaya Kazuma, Japan, 14.466
7. Lee Chih-Kai, Taiwan, 14.300
8. Ahmad Abu Al Soud, Jordan, 11.800
9:37 am. Laia Font ESP VT: One of Spain’s newest seniors! Huuuuuge tsuk full, wow! Big step back but that’s one of the better tsuk fulls I’ve seen in a very long time. Just needs to tighten her legs and hips a bit. 13.133 (4.4, 8.733)
Second vault is a Yurchenko layout, really clean in the air, step back. Also one of the stronger Yurchenko layouts I’ve seen honestly! She has the makings of a great vaulter. 12.500 (3.6, 8.900)
9:34 am. Kaya Kazuma JPN PH: Scissors to handstand on the single pommel, takes him a second to get back down but no big breaks, swinging well here, could use some more hip extension, little flair sequence before traveling in Russians, travels in circles, then Russians again, REALLY had to fight through the dismount, almost slipped right off but kind of cheats his way around and saves it. 14.466 (6.4, 8.066)
9:31 am. Ruby Evans GBR VT: First vault is a Yurchenko double, HUGE, step back. Oh, this has gotten GOOD since we last saw her as a junior. Little things throughout of course but last year I was a little scared about this vault and now it’s fantastic. 14.000 (5.0, 9.000)
Second vault is a bit simpler, Yurchenko half-on front tuck, again tons of power, puts her pretty forward on the landing and she needs to take a few steps to steady it. 12.366 (3.8, 8.666, -0.1) – she’s definitely working something more difficult with this entry
13.183 average puts her second!
9:29 am. Nariman Kurbanov KAZ PH: Scissors into his Russians across the horse, circles back and forth, spindle, legs come apart while circling on the single pommel but great fight getting it back and not missing a beat in his rhythm, good push up into the pirouette for the dismount. 14.800 (6.5, 8.300)
9:26 am. Manila Esposito ITA VT: Yurchenko 1.5, really nice in the air and tons of power! Actually kinda overdoes it on the power, ends up really forward and has to take a huge hop on the landing. She has some of the nicest knee form on this (and other) vault compared to most of the Italians. 13.500 (4.6, 8.900) – she could get this up to a 9.5 pretty easily I think
Second vault is a tsuk full, a bit weaker here throughout from the block to the form in the air, just rushes it off the table and ends up with leg separation and a pike down. But the landing is better, just a small hop back. 12.966 (4.2, 8.866, -0.1)
13.233 average, this puts her in the lead!
9:23 am. Abdulla Azimov UZB PH: Clean scissors to handstand and back down, one arm was nice, Russians on the pommel, pretty clean overall in his hip form, travels in Russians, beautiful extension going into this dismount, ooh, this was very nice. 14.866 (6.2, 8.666)
9:20 am. Agata Vostruchovaite LTU VT: Handspring front pike half, rushes a bit coming off and ends up bending her knees, chest down on the landing, massive and wild hop back but stays up! 12.200 (4.0, 8.500, -0.3)
Second vault is a tsuk full, a bit piked down with some knee form and a hop back but a stronger effort than the first. 13.000 (4.4, 8.600)
9:18 am. Matvei Petrov ALB PH: Scissors to handstand, muscles it up a bit, scissors into his circles, one-arm, circles on the single pommel into Russians, then down to the horse. Good transitions. Handstand pirouettes were a little messy, especially as he went back down to his circles but he fixed it really fast, good save. Flairs, travels in circles, legs apart into the dismount but he fights through again. Hit! 14.700 (6.2, 8.500)
9:14 am. Touch for the second half is underway!
9:10 am. Oksana Chusovitina UZB VT: Handspring front pike full, comes up a little short, bends her knees to kind of help pull herself around using her legs, but still lands a bit short, big step out to the side and OOB. I think that was supposed to be a pike and not a layout but I don’t know. Either way they’ll definitely credit it as a pike. 12.866 (4.4, 8.566, -0.1)
Second vault is a tsuk layout full, huge hop back there, but much cleaner/tighter in the air. 13.166 (4.4, 8.766)
9:08 am. Gagik Khachikyan ARM PH: Scissors through to his swings, one-arm swing, Russians on the single pommel, back to circles on the pommels, Russians between the pommels, his transitions are really clean in and out of elements, Russians to travel across and then at the end, muscles a bit into the dismount but pushes it up and over. Great! 14.833 (6.2, 8.633)
9:05 am. Dildora Aripova UZB VT: Yurchenko full, really bent arms on the table, lack of power, and goes way off to the side, ends up landing OOB with a hop back to center. Some pike down in there as well. Just not great, sadly! 12.366 (4.2, 8.466, -0.3)
Second vault is a handspring front tuck half, much better here! Some leg form and a hop back but just looked stronger overall. 12.466 (3.8, 8.666)
9:02 am. Lee Chih-Kai TWN PH: Scissors to handstand, down to scissors into his circles on both pommels, one-arm swing, goes up into the pirouette in handstand well but then as he’s coming down into his flairs he kind of misses a beat and has to come off. Back on to repeat the sequence and gets it this time, travels in flairs, and goes pretty cleanly into the dismount. Beautiful routine aside from the fall! 14.300 (6.5, 7.800) – wow, would’ve probably touched a 9.0 E without the fall!
8:59 am. Laura Casabuena ESP VT: Really strong Yurchenko full! Minor form throughout in her knees and hips but she’s otherwise pretty clean and has a very nice landing. 13.200 (4.2, 9.000)
Second vault is a Tsuk layout, not a ton of power and a bit piked, the judges might give it a pike actually, step back. 12.100 (3.4, 8.700)
8:56 am. Rhys McClenaghan IRL PH: Scissors to handstand down into his circles, Russians on the single pommel, transitions well into circles again, Russians between the pommels, travels well until he moves into the Russians, legs come apart when he transitions but he does a great job to quickly clean it up. Ends up rushing a little until the end but tightens up into the dismount sequence and lands well. 14.700 (6.4, 8.300)
8:54 am. Alice Vlkova CZE VT: Tsuk full with a small hop, nice! Could use a bit more power and she had leg separation on the pre-flight but looked good overall. 13.166 (4.4, 8.766)
Second vault is an handspring front pike half, comes maybe a little rushed off the table? Has to whip the twist around and bends her knees, chest down and a step to the side OOB. 12.300 (4.0, 8.400, -0.1)
8:49 am. Ahmad Abu Al Soud JOR PH: Scissors were really nice but he comes off almost immediately after getting into his circles. Back on for Russians but gets his leg stuck while moving into a transition and comes off again. Back on to travel, does clean work on the single pommel, clean work into the dismount sequence. 11.800 (5.5, 6.300)
8:43 am. Athletes are marching out for the women’s vault final and for the pommel horse final.
8:37 am. They’re doing the medal ceremony for men’s floor now!
8:31 am. Men’s Floor Final Standings
1. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 14.466
2. Kaya Kazuma, Japan, 13.866
– Milan Hosseini, Germany, 13.866
4. Benjamin Osberger, France, 13.800
5. Dmitriy Patanin, Kazakhstan, 13.800
6. Sebastian Gawronski, Poland, 13.500
7. Milad Karimi, Kazakhstan, 12.933
8. Aurel Benovic, Croatia, 12.600
8:27 am. Aurel Benovic CRO FX: Oh damn, front double full to double front! Get it. Double double, nice kick-out and landing. Piked double front with a small hop forward. Goes for a randi down the side but comes up a bit short and puts his hands down. Nooooo. Arabian double front with a hop. 2.5 to front layout, lots of form in that series, getting a little tired maybe. Triple full ends up really short and low, stumbles forward out of it. Ugh, really wanted him to medal! 12.600 (6.3, 6.500, -0.2)
8:25 am. Sebastian Gawronski POL FX: Piked double front, a little short/deep with a step back. Front full to double front, little check on the landing. Arabian double front with kind of a big hop forward. Clean double full down the side. 2.5 to front layout with a small hop to the side. Triple full ends up really short, big leap forward to save the landing. 13.500 (5.7, 7.800)
8:22 am. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: Double twisting double layout, lands with a foot out of bounds. Front full to piked double front, amazing pike shape. 2.5 to double front. Front double full to punch front layout. Double double with a step back to steady. Arabian double front front half to finish. A few things throughout, but this was definitely the strongest overall. 14.466 (6.4, 8.166, -0.1)
8:19 am. Benjamin Osberger FRA FX: Randi with a small hop back. Double double landed well. 2.5 to front layout to front full, really nice. Clean double full down the side. Front double full to front tuck full. Triple full, small bounce back. Really nice work. 13.800 (5.6, 8.200)
8:17 am. Touch for the second half of the rotation now. Kaya Kazuma and Milan Hosseini share the lead ahead of Dmitriy Patanin. Still have Artem Dolgopyat and Benjamin Osberger to come, both are absolutely capable of taking over the lead here…and I wouldn’t count out Aurel Benovic either.
8:15 am. Milad Karimi KAZ FX: Randi is wildly short, hops to get it around and ends up OOB. Front full to piked double front, short, sits it. Ughhh. 2.5 to double front, okay, better there. Double double, great. Small hop. Double full is clean and stuck. Front double full to tucked barani. Triple full. Bummer about the fall, he did some really great work after that. 12.933 (6.2, 7.033, -0.3)
8:12 am. Kaya Kazuma JPN FX: Piked double front, small hop back. Double double, slightly forward and a tiny hop. Front double full to front layout, stuck on his toes. Russians and a Japanese press for his strength elements. Clean stuck double full. 2.5 to front tuck full, hop to the side. Triple full with a small hop back. Lots going on with his landings, but still made it solidly through. 13.866 (5.7, 8.166) – tied Hosseini on all levels!
8:09 am. Milan Hosseni GER FX: Randi down the side. Double double, small hop back. Think he did that right from a roundoff. 3.5 to front tuck full, damn! 2.5 to front layout, clean and solid. 1.5 to front full, stuck. He’s straight killing it. Triple full, small hop back. Amazing job! I think he qualified in last? 13.866 (5.7, 8.166)
8:06 am. Dmitry Patanin KAZ FX: Front double pike with a hop back. Front full to double front with a big hop forward. Double double, a little deep in the landing, hop forward. Double full, clean and stuck. Front double full to tucked barani. 2.5 to front layout. He’s doing really well, some landings aside, he just looks really good. Triple full, chest really far forward, wobbles to pull it up. 13.800 (5.9, 7.900)