Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus Finals – day 1
LONDON (GBR), FIG Office, January 12, 2012: With Olympic qualifications completed over the last two days, Men’s and Women’s Artistic gymnasts entered the first day of Apparatus Finals on Thursday at London’s North Greenwich Arena. The stands were filled with an enthusiastic crowd, who loudly supported the gymnasts and showed their appreciation, especially for the five athletes representing the host country.
The best eight gymnasts per apparatus qualified and competed for medals on Men’s Floor, Pommel Horse and Rings as well as the Women’s Vault and Uneven Bars.
Great Britain’s Daniel Purvis, top qualifier on Floor and highest All-around scorer on Tuesday, was first up and stuck his routine with confidence. Enrique Gonzalez of Chile bettered his qualifying score to tie with Purvis (15.466) in first place while Kristian Thomas (GBR) confirmed his qualifying third position with a total of 15.333.
Purvis commented on his performance: "It's been an amazing year. Making the final today was a bonus. I've got a taste for performing here now. It's like being at a football match with everyone cheering you. I've loved it. It's a dream come true to get a medal."
1 PURVIS Daniel GBR 15.466
1 GONZALEZ SEPULVEDA Enrique Tomas CHI 15.466
3 THOMAS Kristian GBR 15.333
4 BEHAN Kieran IRL 14.900
5 da SILVA Gael FRA 14.833
6 CALVO MORENO Jossimar Orlando COL 14.533
7 BOTELLA PEREZ Isaac ESP 14.266
8 RAMOS RIVERA Angel PUR 13.833
Pommel Horse specialist and home crowd darling Louis Smith (GBR), who was beaten by his team-mate Max Whitlock during preliminaries, showed his full potential tonight, eager to win an Olympic medal in the arena this July. He scored 15.700 points and took home the Gold. Whitlock’s 15.100 won him the Silver, with Andrey Likhovitskiy of Belarus claiming Bronze (14.966).
Smith said on his winning performance: "It was probably one of the cleanest performances of the routine but I don't know how, considering the preparations, but I have gained a lot of experience with the added pressure of a home crowd. It was the best option to go for the easiest and safe routine, nothing special but to prove the right place."
1 SMITH Louis GBR 15.700
2 WHITLOCK Max GBR 15.100
3 LIKHOVITSKIY Andrey BLR 14.966
4 BUSNARI Alberto ITA 14.791
5 HIDVEGI Vid HUN 14.666
5 CORRAL BARRON Daniel MEX 14.666
7 TOMMASONE Cyril FRA 13.833
8 YAMAMOTO Shoichi JPN 13.300
The impressive Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti of Brazil, 2011 World runner-up, showed his massive strength on the Rings yet again, where he outscored his contenders with 15.533 points. Italy’s Matteo Morandi came closest, winning the Silver (15.433), while Tommy Ramos of Puerto Rico made the podium in third (15.100).
Nabarrete Zanetti commented on his Gold medal: "I wanted to win but I never expected it. I especially wanted to win here as the North Greenwich Arena will be the Olympic venue (London 2012 Olympic Games)."
1 NABARRETE ZANETTI Arthur BRA 15.533
2 MORANDI Matteo ITA 15.433
3 RAMOS Tommy PUR 15.100
4 PINHEIRO-RODRIGUES Danny FRA 5.033
5 ANGIOLETTI Matteo ITA 14.933
6 IGNATYEV Nikita RUS 14.866
7 PURVIS Daniel GBR 14.766
8 MUNOZ Sergio ESP 14.733
Brazilian Jade Fernandes Barbosa, whose team succeeded in qualifying for the Games yesterday despite her falls off the beam during qualifications, impressed with a clean execution of her two vaults. The top qualifier upped her average score to a 14.799 total and secured the Gold. Israel’s Valeriia Maksiuta was on her heals with 14.600 points to take the Silver and Dutch Wyomi Masela made it to the podium in third place (14.183).
Fernandes Barbosa said: "I have hope now that I have won the gold. I was apprehensive at first. Now I feel I can perform harder jumps."
And Maksiuta commented on competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games: "I have a place in the Olympics. I will compete in the vault. It has been very good to compete here. Very helpful. I heard voices I knew shouting for me. I am looking forward to the summer now."
1 FERNANDES BARBOSA Jade BRA 14.799
2 MAKSIUTA Valeriia ISR 14.600
3 MASELA Wyomi NED 14.183
4 MATIAS HYPOLITO Daniele BRA 14.066
5 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 13.766
6 FASANA Erika ITA 13.708
7 GRISHINA Anastasia RUS 12.633
First year senior Anastasia Grishina (15.033) of Russia beat top qualifier Youna Dufournet (14.800) of France with a slightly higher execution value to take the Gold on Uneven Bars. Yao Jinnan (CHN) edged out Canada’s Kristina Vaculik (14.466) by a mere .034 due to a higher difficulty score. She won the Bronze.
Yao commented on her performance: "I am pleased with the result but I am best at the all-round event. I feel I can do better in the all-round competition at the Olympics and that is what I will focus on now."
1 GRISHINA Anastasia RUS 15.033
2 DUFOURNET Youna FRA 14.800
3 YAO Jinnan CHN 14.500
4 VACULIK Kristina CAN 14.466
5 LEE Christine CAN 14.366
6 TUNNEY Rebecca GBR 14.266
7 PIHAN-KULESZA Marta POL 13.966
8 KONONENKO Nataliya UKR 13.700
Acting as the Host Broadcaster for the first time, the FIG live streamed the competitions on the Gymnastics YouTube channel with great success and thousands of fans following the action on their screens.
The event continues on Friday with the Men’s and Women’s Trampoline Gymnastics qualifications, immediately followed by the respective Finals and a second day of Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus Finals starting at 6:30 pm. Live streaming will be available for each of these finals.