44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
Antwerp (BEL), September 30 – October 6, 2013
Women’s Qualifications – Subdivisions 1 - 2
ANTWERP (BEL), FIG Office, October 1, 2013: The Women’s competition of the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships kicked off in Antwerp (BEL) on Tuesday with the first two of five subdivisions.
London 2012 Olympic Team Champion Kyla Ross (USA) took an early lead over the field with a total score of 59.198. She was followed by 2011 World All-around Bronze medallist Yao Jinnan of China (57.965) and Jessica Lopez of Venezuela (55.065) in provisional second and third place respectively. With the remaining three subdivisions taking place on Wednesday, results are not yet final.
Kyla Ross (USA), a member of the 2012 Olympic Gold medal winning team who will celebrate her 17th birthday later this month, absolutely dominated the first subdivision in women’s qualifications on Tuesday. The American gymnast put on an exquisite overall performance at her first World Championships, ranking first in the All-around and on all apparatuses except for Vault after this subdivision. Her total added up to 59.198, a clear 6.5 points ahead of her nearest competitors.
Leticia Stephanie Lima da Costa of Brazil, Dorina Boczogo of Hungary, Ida Gustavsson of Sweden and Sophie Scheder of Germany, four All-around gymnasts, followed Ross with scores of 52-plus.
The subdivision was also notable for 2008 Olympic Champion Hong Un Jong’s (PRK) highly difficult vaults that secured her the provisional first place among the gymnasts attempting to qualify for the Vault final with a 15.249 average. Hong opted not to perform the triple twisting Yurchenko she had submitted for evaluation during qualifications.
China were represented by two specialists in this subdivision: 17-year-olds Huang Huidan on Uneven Bars (15.133) and Zeng Siqi (13.900), who both took provisional second place on their respective apparatus.
Canada’s Kaitlyn Hofland impressed on Balance Beam (13.600), while her compatriot Maegan Chant put in a powerful Floor routine (13.333).
Belgium’s Lisa Verschueren made the host country proud with a consistent overall performance (51.599).
The dense field of All-arounders in Subdivision 2 was headlined by China’s Yao Jinnan, the 2011 World All-around Bronze medallist and London 2012 Olympic finalist on Uneven Bars. Yao achieved her best results on Uneven Bars (15.433), where she took the provisional lead with the most difficult routine. Filling the gap that Ross left between herself and the rest of the competitors in Subdivision 1, Yao was ranked in a provisional second place at the end of the day (57.965).
Venezuela’s Jessica Lopez, whose strongest piece on Tuesday was Vault but who had falls on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, came third with a 55.065 total.
Russia’s All-arounder Anna Rodionova recorded the highest score on Beam in this subdivision, ranking second behind Ross with 14.466 points. She looks good in the overall standings too, her scores adding up to 54.599 points.
The youngest member of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Team, Rebecca Tunney, managed a consistent All-around performance at her first World Championships, scoring 54.132. And first-year senior Laura Waem of Belgium impressed the local crowd as she outscored Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz to rank provisionally sixth. The latter had a few mistakes on Beam, where she fell off, as well as on Floor, where she twice stepped out of bounds. On her strongest apparatus, the Uneven Bars, Seitz finished in fifth position at the end of the day (14.266).
Other noteworthy highlights of Subdivision 2 included the fantastic Floor routine of 17-year-old Mai Murakami (JPN) that scored 14.466 to put the petite gymnast in the lead, and Francesca Deagostini’s (ITA) impressive routine on Balance Beam (13.908).
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The event continues on Wednesday with the remaining three subdivisions for the women’s qualifications.
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