Zsofia Kovacs Back at the 2019 Koper World Cup.

Marina Nekrasova nearly stuck her first vault, Teja Belak did the same with her second vault, it was a close fight but Nekrasova had a slightly more difficult second vault which secured her the gold by just a 0.100 difference; she scored a 14.475 while Belak got a 14.375.

The bronze went to Chile’s Franchesca Santi who had less difficulty but much better execution than fourth place finisher Yamilet Peña who had some form issues and an out of bounds deduction on her second vault that translated into a fourth place finish by just a 0.050 margin. Franchesca averaged a 14.000 while Yamilet a 13.950

In the bars final, Zsofia Kovacs who missed the European championships with injury was back in a league of her own with a 5.7 difficulty and an 8.300 execution to get the gold medal by a mile with a 14.000. The silver medal went to Austria’s Jasmin Mader who had only a 4.4 difficulty but got the second best execution score to get a 12.500

In fact, three gymnasts had that same low 4.4, Jasmin Mader who won silver, Yamilet Peña who fell on her Gienger release and Ana Maria Puiu who had a struggle on the low bar and then couldn’t get her rhythm back while in the high bar and had to jump off scoring only an 8.650. This shows Romania hasn’t been able to get out of the uneven bars nightmare and a score like that at a competition where a team placement is at stake would be extremely costly.

The bronze medal went to Belarus with Aliaksandra Varabyova who only had a 4.5 difficulty and a bit of a dead hang while transitioning from the low to the high bar, but her 11.950 won the tie-breaker between her and Hungary’s new senior Zoja Szeleky.

Despite the low score, 11.950, Zoja’s routine was actually very good, she had three releases, unfortunately she fell on her first one, a piked Jeager, when she remounted she did it again and caught it. The rest of her routine went well for a 5.2 in difficulty, second highest behind teammate Zsofia Kovacs but the fall made the difference and she finished fourth.

On beam, again Zsofia Kovacs reigned but this time it was by the slightest of margins. She had the highest difficulty with a 5.6 but counted a few wobbles, while second place finisher Ilaria Kaeslin had a lot less difficulty (4.9) but a much more secure execution that translated into the highest E-score and only finished second by a 0.050 difference. Zsofia scored a 13.200 while Ilaria Kaeslin a 13.150.

In third, Farah Hussein who had the second best E-score with a 7.800 and her 12.600 was enough for third. In fourth Romania’s Iulia Berar who had a 5.2 in difficulty, second highest behind Kovacs but unfortunately missed her foot on her acro-series.

In the floor final, Ilaria Kaeslin again showed an extremely clean routine to win gold with the highest E-score an 8.250 for a 12.950. A tenth behind her was Romania’s Ana Maria Puiu who had a 4.9 difficulty routine unlike Kaeslin who only had a 4.7. This medal was redemption for Ana Maria after the bars disaster.

In bronze, home gymnast 29-year-old Adela Sajn who won the tie-breaker ahead of Romania’s Maria Pana. It was a contrast of performances, Adela had the second lowest D-score (4.4) but the second Highest E-score (8.100) while Maria Pana had the highest D-score of all competitors (5.0) but only a 7.500 in execution so while both scored a 12.500 the medal went to Adela Sajn.  


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