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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Japan’s Hitomi Hatakeda won the 34th Arthur Gander Memorial which was recently held early this month in Morges, Switzerland.
The Arthur Gander Memorial, which alternates each year between the cities of Morges and Chiasso, Switzerland, attracted a strong field after the Montreal World Championships.
The competition format allowed gymnasts to compete an abbreviated all-around, with the women doing any three events and the men any four.
The annual competition, first held in 1984, stands in the name of the former FIG President Arthur Gander.
Hatakeda, daughter of 1992 Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda, skipped beam en route to 40.100 for first place in the women’s competition. French Olympian Marine Boyer equalled her 40.100, but was bumped to second via tie-break based on higher Execution scores.
Hitomi’s younger sister, Chiaki, is one of Japan’s top junior hopes for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Hitomi along with new world floor exercise champion Mai Murakami has been picked to compete at the Toyota International (December 9-10).
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Nine-time rhythmic gymnastics world champion Bianka Panova exuded confidence that a Singaporean rhythmic gymnast at the 2024 Olympic Games is not all that impossible given the presence of talent at her academy in the country.
The Bulgarian co-founded the Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy in 2015 with business partner and academy director Daniela Michaely.
“Rhythmic gymnastics is a relatively young sport in Singapore. It has only been around for about seven years, and it's already one of the sports being considered for Direct School Admission. I’, amazed to see its progress over the past seven years,” Panova told The Straits Times.
The 48-year-old has also coached Italy’s national junior team and Belgium.
“Singapore has so much talent. The future of the sport is very positive, but there needs to be more support in order to hone the potential of local gymnasts,” added Panova, who became the first rhythmic gymnast to make a clean sweep of all five gold medals at a World Championships in 1987.
About 100 students aged between four and 14 are now enrolled in her academy.
“There’re so many talented girls and I see no difference between them and Bulgarian gymnasts. They’ve the potential and we needed to work within the system to build them up with more competitions and exposure,” she said. “The national sports association has extended their support to promote the sport. I think the focus on academic has expanded to sporting achievements as well.”
Doha (QAT), AGU Office: China dominated on the first day finals at the Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday, winning three of the first four titles at stake in men and women trampoline and women’s tumbling.
Following their impressive show at the 2012 Games in London, Dong Dong, Tu Xiao and Gao Lei and Xiao Jinyu stormed into the final as favorites.
But their road to glory wasn’t a walk in the park as they had to overcome stiff challenge from the Russians Dmitrii Ushakov, Sergei Azarian, Andrey Yudin, and Mikhail Melnik.
Ushakov ended up with the best score to put tremendous pressure on Gao, the last competitor. However, the reigning world champion pipped the Russians by a final margin of less than 0.3 points to help China reclaim the world title they had lost to Belarus in 2015. 
Japan (Daiki Kishi, Masaki Ito, Ryosuke Sakai and Ginga Munetomo) completed the podium.
Chinese women also had their share of glory when 2014 champion Liu Lingling and Youth Olympic champion Zhu Xueying, along with Zhong Xingping and Zhu Shouli produced a show of class to defend the title and overall sixth since 2005.
Belarusians Tatsiana Piatrenia, Hanna Harchonak, Maryia Makharynskaya and Anhelina Khatsian collected silver while Great Britain (Laura Gallagher, Isabelle Songhurst and Katherine Driscoll) finished third.
Meanwhile, China made it a four in a row in tumbling thanks to three¬-time world champion Jia Fangfang, who along with Chen Ling, Chen Lingxi and Zhu Shouli outshone Great Britain and France.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Rio bronze medalist Gao Lei retained men’s trampoline title as China won seven of the 14 gold medals at the 32nd Trampoline World Championships which ended in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Sunday.
The Chinese team also won a silver and bronze medal.
Russia ranked second with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals followed by Belarus with two gold, one silver and bronze.
Gao’s time of flight was his strongest asset as a 0.275point margin helped him beat Russia’s 2015 bronze medallist Dmitrii Ushakov.
Compatriot and triple Olympic medalist Dong Dong finished third, which was his 17th medal.
Japan’s Ayano Kishi came second in the women’s individual trampoline event while Belarusian Tatsiana Piatrenia won the gold and Canadian Sophiane Methot finished third.
Zhang Kuo, who won a bronze in the last edition, was the other winner in men’s tumbling on the competition’s last day.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s Dong Dong, who shares the record for most World medals in Individual Trampoline by winning six times with Alexander Moskalenko, may surpass the Russian if the 2012 Olympic champion wins the title at the 2017 Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, which starts on Thursday.
Interestingly, the competition is expected to be tight in the Chinese team, which boasts the last three world champions in Dong (2013), Tu Xiao (2014) and Gao Lei (2015), but it is Belarus’s Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou will be the man to beat.
Fresh off their second title at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, Dong and Tu will also be competing for a fifth world crown in synchronised trampoline. The duo has four titles under their belt, same as Moskalenko.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Zhong Xingping and Zhu Xueying helped China retain the synchro title at the Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Japan’s Hikaru Mori and Takagi Yumi took silver ahead of Belarusian pair Tatsiana Piatrenia and Maryia Makharynskaya.
But the biggest applause was reserved for Jia Fangfang, who reclaimed her tumbling title by piping former queen of the discipline Anna Korobeinikova by a mere 0.2 points
Three months after her second success at The World Games, Jia won her second gold after the team success in the competition.
With her four individual titles, Jia has now equalled Korobeinikova’s record. However, she is still far off the 34-year-old Russian’s overall tally of 15 world medals. Great Britain’s Lucie Colebeck completed the podium.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) hosted the FIG Artistic Coaching Academy level 1 course in Manila, from October 17-24.
A total of 41 participants from 11 countries took part in the programme, which was held under the joint collaboration of FIG and Asian Gymnastics Union.
11 coaches from the host country along with trainers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Jordan participated while FIG experts Tammy Johnson, Peggy Liddick and Takashi Kobayashi conducted the week-long course.
The main target of such programmes is to help the national federations invite aspiring coaches, who can produce gymnasts.
“We were able to field in 11 coaches to this academy. It was a great help in cost savings since we hosted it and thereby allowed more local coaches to benefit from this sponsored courses by FIG and AGU,” said GAP Secretary General Bettina H Pou.
“We extend our sincere thanks to FIG and AGU for allowing us to act as hosts to these academies. It helped us to improve our coaching staff and coaches who work with our associate members. The academy also helped us in making gymnastics a viable sport even for our members,” he added.


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