Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympics [Prelims]

So, the Olympics have started!

China qualified first into team finals, while counting two major falls: He Kexin on bars, and Jiang Yuyuan on vault. He Kexin fell on her Pak Salto, yet she still qualified into bar finals, but unfortunally goes first in the lineup. Jiang Yuyuan totally bombed her Amanar, but fortunally still qualified for the all-around ahead of Deng Linlin. Yang Yilin was consistant and qualified third into AA finals behind Shawn and Nastia. She also qualified first in bar finals.

USA was a mess. On top of Chellsie Memmel's ankle injury that inhibits her to bars only, Samantha Peszek also injured her ankle and could only compete bars as well. That means that the USA went 4-up, 4-count on bars, beam, and floor. Shawn was strong, the only major issue was her downgrading her rudi to a barani on floor. Nastia was strong as well, qualifying into three finals (floor, beam, and bars). Alicia Sacramone on the other hand was weak, only qualifying into vault finals, after lading totally out of bounds on her fourth pass.

Russia was undoubtebly the strongest I've seen them this quad, easily qualifying third over Romania. Anna Pavlova ended up making three event finals (vault, floor, and beam), Ksenia Semenova made bar finals, Ksenia Afanasyeva made beam finals, and Ekaterina Kramarenko made floor finals. Pavlova and Semenova also qualified in the top 6 in the all-around, and will join Nastia, Shawn, Yang Yilin, and Jiang Yuyuan in the top group.

The highlight for me however was Japan. Japan qualified into their first team finals ever in Olympic history (Japan finished eighth), and also qualified their first event finalist (Koko Tsurumi on beam) in a non-boycotted games since 1964. And as a analysis by Gymnast.com shows, the difference between Japan, France, and Brazil are really close. Gymnast.com took the three highest scores (similar to team finals) and came up with these totals for Brazil, France, and Japan.

Brazil - 176.900
France - 176.325
Japan - 176.125

BTW: Here is Koko Tsurumi's history making beam routine.
You can find full results here: at http://www.nbcolympics.com

3 comments:

Jasmijn said...

I'm very happy for the Japanese team as well! And so good to see Koko in beam finals. I'm so excited for TF, finally the clash USA-CHN. I must say I'm rooting for China in TF. Hope they hit.

Jasmijn

MissEducated said...

Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith both made history by being the first Brits to qualify for Olympics event finals, Beth for the UB final and Louis for pommels. Go GB!

Audrey said...

yeah, go Japan!!!!!

Please become a new force to reckon with in the quads to come!