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Zou Kai CHNLONDON (GBR) The record-breaking event statistics and figures show levels of attendance and participation greater than ever before for an Individual World Championships - the 71 countries, more than 1,200 guests (gymnasts, coaches and officials) and in excess of 330 Media personnel - clearly show that the 41st Artsitic Gymnastics World Championships are already on everyone’s mind.
It will be a very strong competition!
The Ones To Watch
Apart from those great gymnasts who retired after Beijing 2008, Olympic All-Around Champion Yang Wei (CHN) Gold Medallist on Vault Leszek Blanik (POL), and the present champions who either through injury, or lack of preparation are unable to compete (like Women’s Olympic Champion Nasia Liukin, (USA), the world’s elite will be present at The O2.
London will see four formidable individual Olympic Individual Champions Zou Kai (CHN), winner of three Gold medals in Beijing (Floor, High Bar and Team); the Champion on Rings Cheng Yibing (CHN); Gold medallist on Uneven Bars He Kexin (CHN) and the gymnast Hong Un Jong (PRK) who wrote history for her country by winning their first Olympic title on Vault.
On four of the men’s apparatus (Floor, Rings, Vault and High Bar) seven of the eight Olympic finalists from Beijing will participate. In the women’s competition six of the Beijing Uneven Bars finalists will challenge for medals.
Add to this the gymnastics elite of five continents alongside the “best of the best” gymnasts from Great Britain’s finest generation in history, and then you can truly understand why London 2009 will be really special Championships.
Men’s All-Around
As a result of the retirement of Yang Wei (CHN), the 2005 World All-Around Champion Hiroyuki Tomita (JPN), and the fact that the surprising Beijing All-Around Bronze medallist Benoit Garanobe (FRA) will work only two apparatus in London - two names immediately spring to mind as clear favourites: the Japanese Kohei Ushimura (Silver medallist in Beijing) and Fabian Hambuechen (GER), 2007 World Silver medallist and current European Champion.
Research from international competitions in the last year shows that the following gymnasts could challenge for the Bronze medal or a top 10 place. The 2009 European Bronze medallist Yury Riazanov (RUS); Kazuhito Tanaka (JPN), experienced Dmitri Savitski (BLR) and Yernar Yerimbetov (KAZ); Jonathan Horton (USA), Alexander Shatilov (ISR), Fravious Kozci (ROM), Sergio Munos (ESP).
It could well be a great day for the host nation with Daniel Keatings, 2008 Junior European Champion in Lausanne and 2009 Senior All-around Silver medallist in Milan - in with a home chance!!
Men’s Floor
Olympic Champion Zou Kai (CHN) versus double World Champion Diego Hypolito (BRA) and the Japanese prodigy Kohei Ushimura.
The Brazilian threw a phenomenal double Arabian straight somersault with a full twist in the second somersault in the World Cup competition in Glasgow earlier this year and then continued to win on the international stage, so he should be ready to challenge for a third world title.
Keep an eye open for the following gymnasts who have the potential to reach this Final and a medal: Anton Golotsutskov (RUS), Eleftherios Kosmidis (GRE), Fabian Hambuechen (GER), Brandon O’Neil (CAN), Alexander Shatilov (ISR), Marian Dragulescu (ROM); Matthias Fahrig (GER) and last but not least the British Kristian Thomas.
Men’s Pommel Horse
Local boy Louis Smith is the only Olympic Pommel medallist from Beijing (Bronze) to compete in London, but his road to the highest place on the rostrum is far from safe. The biggest challenge for him will come from the Chinese Zhang Hongtao and the 2007 World Silver medallist Krisztian Berki (HUN).
Look out also for Daniel Keatings (GBR), Olympic finalist Kim Ji Hoon (KOR), 2006 World silver medallist Prashant Sellathurai (AUS), Saso Bertoncelj (SLO), Robert Seligman (CRO), Koki Sakamoto (JPN) and the Russian Andrey Perevozhnikov.
Men’s Rings
The Olympic Champion and double World Champion, 2006/2007 Chen Yibin (CHN) is the clear favourite on this apparatus, this time supported by his teammate Yang Mingyong.
The battle for the medals here includes a solid group of recognized Masters: former twice World Champion Jordan Jovchev (BUL); Olympic Bronze medallist Olexander Vorobiov (UKR); Danny Rodrigues Piheiro (FRA), Italian Ring Experts Mateo Morandi and Andrea Copolino; the Russians Konstantin Pluzhnikov and Alexander Balandin; Irodotos Georgalas (CYP), Regulo Carmona (VEN), and lesser known, but dangerous Timothy McNeil (USA).
Men’s Vault
Apart from the Olympic Champion Blanik, all the other great vaulters are in line for London, and all know how to win… you need two runs with Dif. 7.00 and a steady landing. The Silver medallist from Beijing Thomas Bouhail (FRA) is expected to show a new vault, kept in secret throughout the season.
Ri Se Gwang (PRK), World Bronze medallist from Stuttgart 2007 has already revealed his new in Glasgow - a Handspring double front salto with ½ turn in the piked position. The vaulting legend Marian Dragulescu (ROM) is once again, back in action and hopefully, in his best form.
The other contenders include Anton Golotsutskov (RUS), bronze medallist in Beijing; 2004 Olympic silver medallist Evgeny Sapronenko (LAT); 2008 Olympic finalist Isaak Botella (ESP); 2006 World Silver medallist Dmitry Kasperovich (BLR), Jeffrey Wammes (NED), Flavius Koczi (ROM), to name but a few.
Men’s Parallel Bars
Research shows that the Chinese and the Koreans seem to know the best secrets of this apparatus. With the Olympic Champion Li Xiaopeng (CHN) retired, it should be the time of Korea’s Silver medallist from Beijing Yoo Won Chul.
However, Kim Soo Myun (KOR), Wang Guanyang (CHN), the 2007 World Bronze medallist Anton Fokin (UZB) and a group of outstanding Parallel Bars experts will not let this happen without fight: twice World Champion Mitja Petkovsek (SLO); current European Champion Yann Couchera (FRA); 2004 Olympic Champion Valery Goncharov (UKR); Fabian Hambuechen (GER); Vasileos Tsolakidis (GRE); Robert Kulecha (POL); Epke Zonderland (NED); Manuel Carballo (ESP).
Men’s Horizontal Bar
Will Zou Kai (CHN) be as lucky as he was in Beijing to see the majority of his opponents failing? The List of the challengers cannot be better!
Current World and triple European Champion Fabian Hambuechen (GER); Olympic Silver medallist Jonathan Horton (USA); 2004 Olympic Champion Igor Cassina (ITA); current European and 2001 World Champions Vlasios Maras; 2005 World Silver medallist Yan Couchera (FRA); eternal Horizontal Bar Master Ajaz Pegan (SLO); 2006 World Champion Philippe Rizzo (AUS); 2008 World Cup Final winner Epke Zonderland (NED) and possible dark horse Danell Leyva (USA) could well provide a spectacular ending of this World Championships.
Women’s All Around
The competition is largely open, but as in the previous years the winner is most likely to come from one of the four leading nations in Women’s gymnastics: China, Romania, Russia and USA.
Current European Champion Ksenia Semenova (RUS) versus Olympic Bronze medallist Yang Yilin and Xiao Sha (CHN), with Bridget Sloan (USA) seem to be the favourites.
Expect to see somewhere at the top Ana Maria Tamarjan (ROU); Ksenia Afanasieva (RUS), Britain’s Champion Becky Downie; Ariella Kaeslin (SUI); Ana Maria Izurieta (ESP) and Japan’s ever progressing champion Koko Tsurumil. Possible surprises could come from the debutants Rebecca Bross (USA) and Youna Dufournet (FRA).
Women’s Vault
Olympic Champion Hong Un Jong (PRK) is the clear favourite, along with the European Champion Ariella Kaeslin (SUI), whose 5th place in Beijing has rocketed her to stardom.
Watch for the Russians Anna Myzdrikova and Ekaterina Kurbatova (RUS); Kayla Williams (USA), Dorina Bozogo (HUN), veteran Jana Komrskova (CZE) who has came out of retirement. British Champion on Vault Marissa King (GBR) could also have a chance to reach the final.
Women’s Uneven Bars
With Beth Tweddle (GBR), the 2006 World and European Champion and World Cup Final winner competing in London, the Final on this apparatus is expected to turn into THE highlight of these Championships:
He Kexin (CHN)- Olympic Champion; Ksenia Semenova (RUS) - defending World Champion, Yang Yilin (CHN), Olympic Bronze medallist; two very strong Ukrainians in Anastasia Koval (5th) and Daria Zgoba, 8th in Beijing – all of them will be in London and it will be a red-hot competition. Possible surprises are from the Australians Lauren Mitchell or Larisa Miller. Becky Downie (GBR) also has a chance for this final.
Women’s Beam
This time the traditional Romanian – Chinese - American dominance on Beam could be upset by the Australian Lauren Mitchell who deservingly won the 2008 World Cup Final in Madrid, but the Ukrainian Yana Demyanchuk and the Dutch gymnast Sanne Wevers have also the capacity to surprise-the first won the European title in Milan this year; the second took the Gold in two consecutive Glasgow Grand Prix competitions.
European Silver medallist Ana Maria Tamarjan will do her utmost to keep the Romanian reputation on this apparatus; she performs a very difficult routine.
Other gymnasts to follow from day one through to the Final are Xiao Sha (CHN), Ksenia Afanasieva (RUS) and Koko Tsurumi (JPN), who were both finalists in Beijing.
Women’s Floor
With the Olympic Champion’s recent injury (Romanian Sandra Izbasa has, unfortunately, torn an Achilles), the Women’s Floor in London is the only apparatus without any Beijing Olympic finalists.
Beth Tweddle, now a living “British legend”, has the chance to turn this day and this event into the pinnacle of “her” Championships.
Watch for the Russian Anna Myzdrikova (winner of the Moscow World Stars competition and Silver medallist in Glasgow with an impressive programme including a triple twisting salto immediately followed by a tucked salto), and her teammate Ksenia Afanasieva.
Ana Maria Tamarjan (ROU); the winner in Cottbus (GER) Sui Lu (CHN), Ana Maria Izurieta (ESP) and the former European Champion, the Ukrainian Alina Kozich (who will represent Uzbekistan for the first time in a World Championship) are also potential medallists.
(By Vera Atkinson – British Gymnastics)

Zou Kai CHN

opening-gymnaestradaThe FIG GFA Committee and the Asian Gymnastics Union, expect to organize the “Join the Gymnaestrada” course being held  during 4th to 7th February 2010, in Korea.
The World Gymnaestrada, wish is organised every fourth year, is open for all FIG Member federations and we had at our last event, 2007 in Dornbirn, AUT, 22 000 gymnasts representing 53 FIG Member Federations. This is the biggest FIG event and it is one of the most important sportive events of the world.
The next World Gymnaestrada will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland 10-16 July 2011. Our goal is to have more FIG Member Federations participating and we hope that we with this course can create more interest for participation.
This international course, offers a great opportunity for your representatives to learn about the World Gymnaestrada and the best way to participate in the event. Your representative(s) will gain many practical tips and ideas to assist them in preparing groups for participation in the 2011 World Gymnaestrada. Both coaches and managers are invited to participate.
We will treat the following theoretical and practical subjects:
• The World Gymnaestrada: Philosophy, Objectives and Program
• The 14th World Gymnaestrada, Lausanne 2011
• FIG Gymnastics for All Committee Activities & Developments, Update
• Group Performances within Apparatus, Gymnastics & Dance
• Large Group Performances
• Video presentations and analysis
Presenters: Ms. Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist, FIG Gymnastics for All committee, President
Mr. Tatsuo Araki, FIG Gymnastics for All committee, Vice President
Mr. Flemming Knudsen, FIG Gymnastics for All committee, Member
We will also have representatives from the Organising committee Lausanne 2011 that can give us specific information about the event 2011.
Cost: The FIG Gymnastics for All committee will pay accommodation in single room and full board for one participant per participating FIG Member Federation.
All participants/FIG Member Federations have to pay own travel expenses and cost for early arrival or late departure. All sightseeing’s have also to be paid by the participants/FIG Member Federations.
All FIG Member Federations have the possibility to register more than one participant but all costs are then for the participant/ FIG Member Federation. The cost for every extra participant is xxxxCHF. This should be paid after receiving the confirmation.
Registration: Please fill in the attached form and send to Mr Alexandre Cola, FIG Office, AV. de la Gare 12, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland
Confirmation: After registration a confirmation will be sent to the participants. In the confirmation we will give more information about the course.
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We welcome you all to this course and hope Asia will have more participating federations at the World Gymnaestrada 2011.

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Elaine-Koon - MASDebutant Elaine Koon proved that she is a star in the making after emerging as Malaysia’s top performer in the World Rhy-thmic Championships in Japan recently.
The 16-year-old gymnast, who was promoted to the senior squad this year, finished 54th out of 142 competitors in the individual all-around event with a total score of 68.975 points.
Malaysia’s previous best finisher in the world series was S. Sarina, who finished 44th placing at the world meet in 1989.
Elaine said that her performance would motivate her to take her career to greater heights.
“I am quite satisfied with my first ever outing in a world meet. This is only my second international tournament as a senior gymnast,” said Elaine.
“Of course, there is more work to be done as I continue to train with my team-mates for the Commonwealth Games next year (in India).”
Elaine also took part in the team event with Nur Hidayah Abdul Wahid and Wan Siti Haniza`Wan Izhar and the trio finished 24th.
They were the third ranked Commonwealth country in the team event, behind Cyprus (18th) and Australia (22).
The trio did even better than Canada, who swept most of the medals at the last edition of the Games in Melbourne. Canada came in at the 26th spot.
The 19-year-old Haniza, the most experienced among the Malaysian gymnasts, said she was proud of the team’s spirit.
“I did not do that well and there were some mistakes. But it was a great experience for the team – especially as all of us were taking part for the first time. We did well to support and encourage one another,” said the 17-year-old Hidayah.
“I think, there is a chance for us to be among the medallists in the team event at the Commonwealth Games if we continue to work hard and stay committed in training. This will be our goal.”
Hidayah and Haniza will not take part in any more competitions this year as they will be focusing on their school and university examinations respectively.
Elaine, however, will get ready for the South-East Asian Confederation Games (SEAGCON) in Thailand next month.

Elaine-Koon - MAS

UZB Federation LogoUzbekictan, 23rd of August 2009 the Veteran of sport, leading specialist of national artistic gymnastics, trainer of the highest category Jalnovakova Ludmila Dmitrievna has passed away.
Jalnovakova Ludmila Dmitrievna was born in 1946. She had a higher education special. In 1968 she graduated from the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Culture. Her sports-employment began in 1972. She was a leading specialist of many sporting organizations. In the past she was engaged in artistic gymnastics and was a member of the national team of Uzbekistan.
During her work she has established herself as a qualified specialist who knows her business.
She has always improved her professional level and also she gained a great respect of her colleges, sportsmen and gymnastics community in the Republic of Uzbekistan and outside it. She made a tremendous contribution to the development of national gymnastics. She has also conducted extensive public work.
Under her leadership has been prepared a large galaxy of highly skilled athletes, who has repeatedly defended the honor of our country on the international sports arena. Among them are repeated winners of world Championships, Olympic Champions of 1992 in Barcelona Chusovitina O. and Galieva R., and also participants of Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta Valeeva E., Dzundzyak A. and many others.
In the period of her activity the member of national team of Uzbekistan Anton Fokin became the sportsmen of “World Class” on the recognition of FIG. In 2007 Fokina Anton became a bronze medalist of World Championship 2007 and also he became a bronze medalist of Olympic Games 2008 in China. Also gymnasts, such as Ninkova A., Fayfulina T., Hasanova K., Osimov R. several times became medalists of international competitions.
Jalnovakova L.D. has been elected as a General Secretary of Uzbekistan Federation of artistic gymnastics for 12 years, also she has represented our Republic at all major international competitions as a judge of the international category for many years. During the two Olympic cycles she has been put forward for the post of Vice-President of the Technical Committee of AGU.

Jalnovakova Ludmila Dmitrievna


huang shanshan Taking home both Gold and Silver medals, Chinese gymnasts triumphed in Men’s and Women’s Individual Trampoline at the fourth and second to last FIG World Cup of the season held in Zielona Gora (POL) from September 4 – 5, 2009.

2007 title holder and 2008 Olympic Champion Lu Chunlong (CHN) won the Men’s Individual Trampoline Gold medal with a score of 42.400, placing just ahead of his compatriot Tu Xiao, and his satisfying 41.900 points. FIG World Ranking leader and winner of the World Cup in Sofia (BUL) Masaki Ito (JPN) settled for Bronze with 41.700 points.

TRA Individual Men
1. LU Chunlong (CHN) – 42.400
2. TU Xiao (CHN) – 41.900
3. ITO Masaki (JPN) – 41.700

2007 World Championships runner-up and winner of the 2008 World Cup Final Huang Shanshan (CHN) prevailed with a score of 39.600 in the Women’s Individual Trampoline competition in Zielona Gora. Her team mate Zhong Xingping took home Silver with 38.900 while 2008 Olympic finalist from Canada Rosannagh MacLennan settled for Bronze (38.800).

TRA Individual Women
1. HUANG Shanshan (CHN) – 39.600
2. ZHONG Xingping (CHN) – 38.900
3. MACLENNAN Rosannagh (CAN) – 38.800

Gold medallists from Sofia and at this year’s World Championships Masaki Ito / Shunsuke Nagasaki (JPN) were the favourites in Synchronised Trampoline this year and they did their reputation proud, seizing the Gold medal with a 51.600 score! Danish Daniel Praest and Peter Jensen, who were a bit disappointed with a mere 7th place at the World Games in Kaohsiung, made it to the podium this time around scoring 50.200. The 50.000 points secured by 2007 title holder Ben Wilden and his new partner Blake Gaudry from Australia were good enough to win them the Bronze this year.

TRA Synchro Men
1. ITO Masaki/NAGASAKI Shunsuke (JPN) – 51.600
2. PRAEST Daniel/JENSEN Peter (DEN) – 50.200
3. WILDEN Ben/GAUDRY Blake (AUS) – 50.000

2009 World Games Champions and World Ranking leaders from Ukraine Yuliia Domchevska and Olena Movchan topped the Women’s Synchronised Trampoline event once again. They carried off the Gold with 45.900 points, taking a lead on Russian Anna Ivanova and Galina Goncharenko (45.600). Ekaterina Khilko and Anna Savkina from Ukraine settled for Bronze with a final score of 45.100.

TRA Synchro Women
1. DOMCHEVSKA Yuliia/MOVCHAN Olena (UKR) – 45.900
2. IVANOVA Anna/GONCHARENKO Galina (RUS) – 45.600
3. KHILKO Ekaterina/SAVKINA Anna (UZB) – 45.100

20 year old Russian Bronze medallist in Sofia this year, Evgeniy Zinukov, won the Gold in Men’s Tumbling with 75.200 points. He relegated US American Kalon Ludvigson to second place by a wide margin (73.900) and Ukrainian Viktor Kykarenko to rank three (72.900).

Tumbling Men
1. ZINUKOV Evgeniy (RUS) – 75.200
2. LUDVIGSON Kalon (USA) – 73.900
3. KYFARENKO Viktor (UKR) – 72.900

The Women's Tumbling competition saw Ukraine’s Olena Chabanenko win Gold in Zielona Gora with a final score of 66.400. Russians Anastasia Isupova (65.800) and Elena Krasnokutskaya (65.400) took home the Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

Tumbling Women
1. CHABANENKO Olena (UKR) – 66.400
2. ISUPOVA Anastasia (RUS) – 65.800
3. KRASNOKUTSKAYA Elena (RUS) – 65.400

Read a detailed review at Acrobatic Sports!

The next and last stopover of the season’s World Cup circuit in Trampoline Gymnastics will be in Salzgitter (GER) from September 11 - 12.

 huang shanshan


huang shanshanDong Dong (CHN) and Huang Shanshan (CHN) prevailed in the men's and women's trampoline finals of the fifth and last World Cup of the 2009 World Cup Series that took place today in Salzgitter, Germany. Masaki Ito (JPN) and Elena Movchan (UKR) were the winners of the World Cup Series in individual trampoline. Masaki Ito-Shunsuke Nagasaki (JPN) and Ekaterina Khilko-Anna Savkina (UZB) won the synchronized trampoline events of the Salzgitter World Cup. By qualifying to the final, Ito-Nagasaki won the 2009 World Cup Series in men's synchronized trampoline. Kalon Ludvigson (USA) and Anna Korobeynikova (RUS) triumphed in tumbling. Korobeynikova clinched the victory in the World Cup Series. Pictures by Bo Tureby and Justen Millerbernd added.
Following back-to-back World Cups in Belgium and Poland, the fifth and last leg of the 2009 World Cup Series kicked off today at the 1,500-seat Amselstieg sports hall in Salzgitter, Germany.  This Salzgitter World Cup featured 181 entries from 26 countries.
The preliminaries in synchronized trampoline took place this Saturday morning.  The finals kicked off at 3 pm, starting with the synchronized trampoline finals, followed by the tumbling finals, and then the individual trampoline finals.
As the last leg of the World Cup Series, this Salzgitter World Cup was key to the determination of the winners of the 2009 World Cup Series.  The final victory in the World Cup Series is based on the four best World Cup results of each gymnast.  Gymnasts collect World Cup points ranging from 50 points for the 1st place to 6 pts for the 16th place  in the following decreasing point numbers: 50, 40, 30, 25, 23, 20, 18, 16, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 6.  The previous legs of these 2009 World Cup Series took place in Loule, Portugal, last September, in Sofia, Bulgaria, in April, in Ostend, Belgium, in August, and in Zielona Gora, Poland, last week-end.
The men's individual trampoline competition of this Salzgitter World Cup crowned Dong Dong (CHN - 42.00 pts).  Martin Gromowski (GER - 41.20 pts) defended well the colors of the home country, and was rewarded with a silver medal.  Tu Xiao (CHN - 40.90 pts) left Salzgitter with the bronze medal around his neck.  As Jason Burnett (CAN - 8th) did not win the gold medal, Masaki Ito (JPN) won the 2009 World Cup Series.  Ito finished 5th in the final.
In women's individual trampoline, Huang Shanshan (CHN) won her second consecutive World Cup.  With 38.50 pts, she prevailed over Irina Karavaeva (RUS - 37.90 pts) and Li Dan (CHN - 37.70 pts).  As Ekaterina Khilko (UZB - 4th) did not win the gold or silver medal, Elena Movchan (UKR) clinched the victory in the 2009 World Cup Series.  
In men's synchronized trampoline, Masaki Ito-Shunsuke Nagasaki (JPN - 51.60 pts) triumphed.  They had previously won the 2009 World Cup Series by qualifying for the final.  Like in Zielona Gora, the silver medal went to Peter Jensen-Daniel Praest (DEN - 50.60 pts), and the bronze medal to Nikolai Kazak-Viacheslav Model (BLR - 49.60 pts).  Kazak-Model beat the world record of the highest scoring first routine in the preliminaries (40.50 pts). 
In women's synchronized trampoline, Ekaterina Khilko-Anna Savkina (UZB - 46.10 pts) claimed the gold medal.  It was the first ever World Cup gold medal in synchronized trampoline for Uzbekistan. Viktoria Voronina-Anastasia Velichko (RUS - 45.40 pts) captured the silver medal.  Sarah Syed-Jessica Simon (GER) brought a medal to the home country by taking the 3rd place with 44.70 pts.  Elena Movchan-Yulia Domchevska (UKR), who withdrew from the competition, had already won the 2009 World Cup Series before the Salzgitter World Cup.
In men's tumbling, Kalon Ludvigson (USA) triumphed with 76.80 pts, winning the first World Cup gold medal in men's tumbling for the U.S. in ten years.  Viktor Kiforenko (UKR - 75.10 pts) claimed the silver medal with 75.10 pts.  Mikhail Kostyanov (RUS) secured the bronze medal with 74.50 pts in a final of a high level.  World Champion Andrei Krylov (RUS) struggled in the final and did not do better than 4th.  He had clinched the victory in the World Cup Series yesterday by qualifying for the final.
In women's tumbling, Anna Korobeynikova (RUS) captured the gold medal with an outstanding performance (70.40 pts), and clinched the World Cup Series.  It was her fourth World Cup gold medal in these World Cup Series, sweeping all four events she entered. Elena Chabanenko (UKR - 67.20 pts) claimed the silver medal.  Anzhelika Soldatkina (RUS) settled for the bronze medal with 66.40 pts.
The 2009 World Cup Series victory was still up for grabs in the final of this Salzgitter World Cup.  However, Olympic silver medalist Jason Burnett (CAN) absolutely needed to win the gold medal to take over the World Cup Rankings from Masaki Ito (JPN).  Burnett definitely went for the gold with an impressive beginning.  Unfortunately, he had to interrupt his routine, and had to settle for the 8th place of this final.  It meant that Ito was the winner of the 2009 World Cup Series.
The gold medal of this Salzgitter World Cup went to Olympic bronze medalist Dong Dong (CHN), who offered a sterling routine.  The routine performed by the 2007 World silver medalist and 2008 World Cup Final winner was done with nice height maintained throughout the routine, sharp body positions, and very little traveling, despite featuring high difficulty (16.60 pt tariff).  Overall, Dong Dong scored 42.00 pts.  At just 20, it was the fifth World Cup gold medal in Dong Dong's career.  Dong Dong was the first male Chinese trampolinist to win a World Cup when he triumphed at the 2007 Quebec City World Cup.
With the loud support from the crowd, Martin Gromowski delivered one of the best routines of his career.  He was rewarded with a silver medal that delighted the crowd of the Amselstieg sports hall of Salzgitter.  Gromowski performed his routine with height, confidence, and very neat execution.  In the final, Gromowski kept the traveling under control, which can be his weakness sometimes.  His performance yielded a score of 41.20 pts (16.20 pt tariff).  It was the first career World Cup medal in individual trampoline for the 2009 German Champion.  It was also the end of a three year drought for Germany as Gromowski's silver medal was the first German World Cup medal in men's individual trampoline since the 2006 Salzgitter World Cup where hometown champion Henrik Stehlik (GER), the 2003 World Champion and 2004 Olympic medalist, claimed the bronze medal.
One week after winning the silver medal in Zielona Gora, Tu Xiao won another World Cup medal.  This time, it was the bronze medal.  Tu Xiao relied once again on his superior difficulty (17.40 pt tariff) to have an edge over his rivals.  Tu delivered a strong routine with good execution.  However, some traveling cost him a few tenths.  He ended up with a good bronze medal with 40.90 pts.  Yasuhiro Ueyama (JPN), who was the winner of the 2006 Salzgitter World Cup, did shine again in Salzgitter.  The 2-time World medalist performed a very strong routine with very sharp openings and neat body positions, while limiting his traveling.  Overall, Ueyama scored 40.40 pts (16.20 pt tariff).  The 2006 World Cup Final winner had to settle for the 4th place.  Ueyama barely edged Masaki Ito, the winner of the 2009 World Cup Series.  Ito, who had won the Sofia World Cup and medals at the Loule and Zielona Gora World Cups, had to be content with a 5th place this time.  Ito relied on brilliant execution once again, but encountered a little traveling.  Overall, he scored 40.30 pts (16.20 pt tariff).
Viacheslav Model (BLR), who was a bronze medalist in Ostend, claimed the 6th place of this Salzgitter World Cup with 39.10 pts (16.20 pt tariff) after a solid routine.  Diogo Ganchinho (POR) also had a good showing as he claimed the 7th place with 38.90 pts.
The women's individual trampoline World Cup Series were also still up for grabs in this Salzgitter World Cup Final.  However, Ekaterina Khilko (UZB) faced an uphill battle as she needed to win either the gold medal or the silver medal.  In this final, she gave her best, but had to settle for the 4th place with 36.80 pts.  It meant that Elena Movchan (UKR) was the winner of the 2009 World Cup Series.
The gold medal of this Salzgitter World Cup went to Huang Shanshan, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, just one week after she won the Zielona Gora World Cup.  Huang, who had won the 2006 Salzgitter World Cup as well, was competing last after dominating the preliminaries.  She delivered a sterling routine with height and nice execution, scoring 38.50 pts.  It was the sixth career World Cup gold medal for the 2007 World silver medalist and 2008 World Cup Final winner.  Huang Shanshan was also the first Chinese to ever win a World Cup gold medal when she prevailed in Savognin, Switzerland, three years ago.  With this new gold medal, she showed everybody she will be the woman to beat the upcoming World Championships in St Petersburg, Russia, in November.
Irina Karavaeva, the 2000 Olympic Champion and 5-time World Champion, is coming back into top shape, as witnessed by the silver medal she won in this final.  Karavaeva proved she is building momentum as she performed a very good routine.  She jumped high and with her characteristic sharp body positions in the air.  She performed her routine with good execution, scoring 37.90 pts (14.00 pt tariff).  With a little less traveling and stepped up difficulty, Karavaeva should be able to compete for the gold medal at the St Petersburg World Championships.  This Salzgitter World Cup silver medal was only her fourth career World Cup silver medal.  In contrast, her collection of World Cup gold medals features 28 pieces.
Li Dan won the second World Cup medal of her career as she claimed the bronze medal in this final.  She performed a routine with a very difficult beginning (14.60 pt tariff) and scored 37.70 pts, just 0.20 pts off Karavaeva.  Li Dan's routine was of very good quality, but she lost a few precious tenths due to a little traveling.  Khilko, the Olympic bronze medalist, scored 36.80 pts thanks to a good routine with high difficulty (14.60 pt tariff).  She had to settle for the 4th place.  Haruka Hirota (JPN), the 8-time Japanese Champion, came in 5th place with 35.80 pts.  She relied on very good execution with moderate difficulty.  Marina Kyiko (UKR) took the 6th place with 35.60 pts with a good routine that experienced some traveling here and there.  Andrea Lenders (NED - 7th) and Luba Golovina (GEO - 8th) unfortunately could not complete their routines and had to settle for the last two places of the final.                
World Champion and World Games Champion Andrei Krylov (RUS) had already secured the victory in the World Cup Series before the final started as a qualification to the final had mathematically put him out of his rivals' reach.  Nevertheless, the final of this Salzgitter World Cup did not disappoint.  It proved to be suspenseful and of a very high level.  Pan American Champion and world record holder Kalon Ludvigson (USA - pictured left) was seeking his first World Cup gold medal after having to settle for the silver medal five times in the past.  Competing third to last in the final, Ludvigson put a lot of pressure right off the bat with his first routine.  His routine displayed great difficulty (12.40 pt tariff - the highest of the final), amazing pace, neat execution, and a mastered landing.  Overall, Ludvigson scored 39.40 pts, which put tremendous pressure on 2007 Kunshan World Cup winner Mikhail Kostyanov (RUS) and, more importantly on Krylov, who were left to compete after him.  Kostyanov did well (37.40 pts with a 10.80 pt tariff), but not well enough.  Krylov, who had won the Loule and Ostend World Cups in these Series, followed.  The World Champion however proved to be very nervous due to the pressure put on by Ludvigson's pass.  Krylov struggled in his first pass, and could not land properly his final skill.  Overall, he scored only 35.50 pts, which meant that the gold medal would most likely be out of his reach.
After this first pass where he built a 1.40 pt advantage over his rivals, Ludvigson had to deliver a strong second pass to avoid any upset.  He delivered exactly that, scoring 37.40 pts with a well mastered second pass that proved to be the best second pass of the final.  Overall, Ludvigson, who is coached by Justen Millerbernd, scored 76.80 pts and clinched his first career World Cup gold medal.  Ludvigson mentioned that having his coach on the floor, rather than having him officiate as a judge, gave him the confidence to go for the gold and put pressure on Krylov.  Ludvigson's gold medal was the first gold medal in men's tumbling in more than 10 years for the United States.  The last U.S. World Cup gold medal in men's tumbling dated back to May 1999 in Aachen, Germany, where Rayshine Harris (USA), the always spectacular 1996 World Champion, won his ninth and last career World Cup gold medal.  This great achievement for Ludvigson comes after a string of great achievements for the U.S. gymnasts with gold medals in Ostend for Logan Dooley (USA) in individual trampoline and for Logan Dooley-Steven Gluckstein (USA) in synchronized trampoline.
In addition, Kalon Ludvigson's first pass was the highest scoring pass ever under the new code of points.  The current world record of 40.60 pts held by Wang Jiexu (CHN) for a pass performed at the 2007 Sofia World Cup had a degree of difficulty of 14.5 pts under the old code of points.  Under the new code of points, it would have a degree of difficulty of 12.10 pts, which means that the record would have been 38.2 pts under the old code of points.  In comparison, Ludvigson scored 39.40 pts with a 12.40 pt tariff. 
In this final in Salzgitter, World Games bronze medalist Viktor Kiforenko (UKR) captured the silver medal one week after claiming the bronze medal in Poland.  Kiforenko scored 75.10 pts thanks to two very strong passes.  His first pass scored 38.00 pts (10.50 pts) and his second pass 37.10 pts (10.40 pt tariff).  Mikhail Kostyanov secured the bronze medal for Russia with two strong and consistent passes as well.  Kostyanov scored 37.40 pts for his first pass (10.80 pt tariff) and 37.10 pts for his second pass (10.50 pt tariff).  Krylov had to settle for the 4th place with 70.70 pts.  His second pass also struggled, especially the landing, despite some high difficulty (12.10 pt tariff).
Sebastian Sondel (POL) took the 5th place of a World Cup for the third time of these World Cup Series.  Sondel performed two consistent passes and scored 69.70 pts, but his relative lack of difficulty prevented him from getting closer to the race for the medals.  World bronze medalist Sergei Artemenko (BLR) was in the mix for the medals after a solid first pass (36.60 pts with a 10.10 pt tariff).  Unfortunately, some struggles in his second pass meant that he had to settle for the 6th place with 65.00 pts.  Mickael Gosset (FRA - 64.00 pts) and Morgan Sauton (FRA - 54.40 pts) also struggled and finished in the last two places of the final.
The women's tumbling final was very suspenseful as the stakes were very high.  Anna Korobeynkova, the 2-time reigning World Champion and World Games Champion, and Elena Chabanenko (UKR), the 3-time former World Champion and 2-time former World Games Champion, could both win the World Cup Series if they won this Salzgitter World Cup.  Elena Chabanenko, who was competing second to last and just before Korobeynikova in this final, set the tone of the dual with a great first routine (34.20 pts with a 7.40 pt tariff).  Korobeynikova responded with a brilliant pass with great pace (35.00 pts with a 7.60 pt tariff) and neat landing, thus taking over the lead.  The pressure was on Chabanenko for the second pass.  She delivered a pretty good pass, but the landing was not mastered enough to threaten Korobeynikova.  Chabanenko scored 33.00 pts (6.80 pt tariff), for a grand total of 67.20 pts.  In her second pass, Korobeynikova just had to perform a solid pass to clinch the gold medal and the World Cup Series.  She did even better than that as she competed the best pass of the final (35.40 pts with a 7.50 pt tariff), which yielded a total score of 70.40 pts.  As a result, Korobeynikova won the 2009 World Cup Series with a perfect score of 200 pts in the World Cup Rankings.  She had previously won the 2002, 2004, and 2008 World Cup Finals.  With this Salzgitter World Cup gold medal, Korobeynikova has now won the past 9 World Cups in which she competed, including four in the 2009 World Cup Series.  Her last World Cup defeat dates back to the 2007 Sofia World Cup.  Overall, she has earned 19 career World Cup gold medals, a record in tumbling.
With 67.20 pts, Chabanenko, who had won the Zielona Gora World Cup last week, took the silver medal, the 11th World Cup silver medal of her career.  World Games silver medalist Anzhelika Soldatkina (RUS) had a nice performance that earned her the bronze medal in Salzgitter.  Soldatkina scored 66.40 pts thanks to two consistent passes (33.00 pts with a 6.70 pt tariff and 33.40 pts with a 6.80 pt tariff).  Karen Wilson (RSA - 4th) had once again a solid competition as she claimed the 4th place with 63.20 pts, also with two consistent passes (32.10 pts with a 6.30 pt tariff and 31.10 pts with a 6.10 pt tariff).  Jessica Courreges-Clerq (FRA) had a solid display as she placed 5th with 61.40 pts, barely edging Nele van Heck (BEL - 6th with 61.30 pts).  Bianca Budler (RSA) came in 7th with 57.70 pts after struggling in her second pass. An van Laerebeke (BEL) struggled in both passes and had to settle for the 8th place.               
After having secured the victory in the 2009 World Cup Series by qualifying for the men's synchronized trampoline final of this Salzgitter World Cup, World Games Champions Masaki Ito (pictured on the left)-Shunsuke Nagasaki (JPN) left no doubt as to who is currently the best pair in the world.  One week after a jaw-dropping performance that yielded the gold medal in Zielona Gora, Ito-Nagasaki offered a new dazzling routine that gave the impression of a trampoline routine being reflected onto a mirror.  Their synchronization was almost perfect, earning a 9.70 pt mark.  With a mix of neat execution and difficulty (15.40 pt tariff), they scored 51.60 pts, just 0.30 pts off the world record.  It was the third World Cup gold medal for the Japanese pair in these World Cup Series.
Like in Zielona Gora, Peter Jensen-Daniel Praest (DEN - 50.60 pts) earned the silver medal after a very neat routine with solid execution and good difficulty (15.40 pt tariff).  Their synchronization was very good (9.30 pt synchronization mark) but not as good as Ito-Nagasaki's, and that is what made the difference in the end.  European Champions Nikolai Kazak-Viacheslav Model (BLR), who had set a new world record for the highest scoring first routine in the preliminaries, did not disappoint in the final.  They delivered a routine with brilliant synchronization (9.50 pt synchronization mark).  However, some traveling and a lower execution meant that they had to settle for the bronze medal with 49.60 pts.
Former European Champions Alexander Chernonos-Yuri Nikitin (UKR) took the 4th place with 48.60 pts with a neat routine featuring high difficulty (15.80 pt tariff).  However, a little lack of synchronization meant that they would not prevail in the battle for the medals.  One week after taking the bronze medal in Poland, Blake Gaudry-Ben Wilden (AUS) delivered another solid performance, claiming the 5th place with 48.30 pts thanks to a solid synchronization.  They barely edged Sergei Azarian-Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS - 48.00 pts), who came in 6th.  2006 European silver medalists Nuno Merino-Diogo Ganchinho (POR) finished in 7th place with 45.40 pts, ahead of Dario Aloi-Flavio Cannone (ITA - 8th), who struggled.
The 2009 World Cup Series were already won by Yulia Domchevska-Elena Movchan (UKR), who withdrew in Salzgitter, before this Salzgitter World Cup.  That did not prevent Ekaterina Khilko -Anna Savkina (UZB) from giving their best to claim the first synchronized trampoline World Cup gold medal for Uzbekistan.  Khilko-Savkina, who had previously won six World Cup medals but never the gold, made the difference over their rivals in Salzgitter thanks to superior difficulty (13.10 pt tariff).  Overall, they scored 46.10 pts.  The silver medal went to Viktoria Voronina-Anastasia Velichko (RUS), who earned their third career World Cup medal.  The Russian pair relied on the best execution of the final and solid synchronization.  They scored 45.40 pts.
Jessica Simon-Sarah Syed (GER - 44.70 pts) earned a medal for the host country thanks to a solid routine.  Zita Frydrychova-Petra Anyzova (CZE) came close to the medal with 44.20 pts, but had to settle for the 4th place.  The young Czech pair offered a quality routine with the best synchronization of the final (9.50 pt tariff), but their lack of difficulty (9.70 pt tariff) was a handicap too burdensome in this final.  Marina Kyiko-Natalia Moskvina (UKR), who had qualified for the final in 1st place, suffered from the pressure.  Their routine was performed with neat execution and featured solid difficulty, but their synchronization was somewhat poor.  They scored 44.10 pts and finished 5th.  Kirsten Boersma-Karin de Vries (NED) followed in 6th place with 43.80 pts, ahead of Mina Terada-Natsumi Yamashita (JPN - 7th with 41.60 pts).  The Sofia World Cup medalists uncharacteristically lacked synchronization despite performing their routine at moderate height.  Loule World Cup winners Tatiana Petrenia-Ekaterina Mironova (BLR), who were among the favorites for the gold medal, struggled and were unable to complete their routine.  They came in 8th place.

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Rieko-matsunagaIn less than two days the 29th FIG World Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics will commence! A total of 149 individual gymnasts and 26 groups from 53 different countries representing all continents are registered for this event, which is THE highlight of the international Rhythmic Gymnastics season! The organisers of the Japan Gymnastics Association and the LOC in Mie are proud to welcome gymnastic delegations to the Sun Arena, previously the venue of the 2006 World Cup Final.
FIG member federation representatives for gymnasts participating in the Individual competitions of the upcoming Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Mie (JPN) were requested to attend an Orientation Meeting this morning in the Sun Arena.
Superintendent of the Mie Prefecture Education Commission Masaharu Mukai (JPN) welcomed the delegations to Mie, proud to be hosting the second Rhythmic Gymnastics championships in the area after the 2006 World Cup Final. He wished gymnasts success for these competitions, and hopes the event will be memorable for everyone involved.
Speaking on behalf of FIG President Prof. Bruno Grandi (ITA), scheduled to arrive in Mie on Sunday, FIG Vice President Dr Michel Léglise (FRA) says he looks forward to a tremendous event in the Sun Arena. He called attention to the substantial numbers that distinguish these 29th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships: some 300 gymnasts from 53 federations (including Groups) and 150 media representatives. Léglise pointed out the flawless organisation of these championships, overseen by Hidenori Futagi (JPN), President of the Organising Committee and of the Japan Gymnastic Association (JGA) and Managing Director Morinari Watanabe. The Vice President also took a moment to thank the JGA for hosting the competitions. Finally, Dr Léglise gave the floor to Maria Szyszkowska (POL), who looks forward to taking on the challenge of her first world championships as FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics TC President.
Szyszkowska thanked Dr Léglise for his continuous support of Rhythmic Gymnastics and extended her heartfelt appreciation to the JGA. She introduced the new Technical Committee and presented Vera Sesina (RUS) as the new athletes’ representative, assuring the delegations that a strong panel of judges will guarantee fair and objective judging throughout the competitions. She called for respect from all parties in an effort to make this event a great success.
General Competition Director Sakuko Ishizaki went over the organisational details, while Dr Léglise announced that according to the WADA and FIG anti-doping rules doping tests can be conducted at any time.
The meeting concluded as JGA Vice President Zenjiro Yanagi (JPN) thanked the FIG for their invaluable support and wished success to the gymnasts who make all this happen.


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