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2011 FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships


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The 43rd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Sendagaya, Shibuya. it was used as the venue for gymnastics events at the 1964 Summer Olympics. The gymnasium was rebuilt to a futuristic design created by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki and completed in 1991

The competition will be the first qualifications' event for the London 2012 Games. The top eight teams in Tokyo, as well as all Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists of the individual apparatus competitions will get their tickets for London. A second qualification session will be held in the North Greenwich Arena of London, the Olympic Venue for Gymnastics, on January 10 - 13, 2012.

In total, the FIG will qualify 98 men and 98 women gymnasts for the Olympic Artistic Gymnastics competitions.


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Provisional Program

October 7 (Fri)

Opening Ceremony(11:15-11:30)

Women’s Qualification(11:30-21:30)

October 8 (Sat)

Women’s Qualification (11:30-21:30)

October 9 (Sun)

Men’s Qualification (11:15-21:30)

October 10 (Mon)

Men’s Qualification (11:15-21:30)

October 11 (Tue)

Women’s Team Final(19:00-21:00)

Award Ceremony for Women’s Team Final(21:00-21:10)

October 12 (Wed)

Men’s Team Final (18:00-20:30)

Award Ceremony for Men’s Team Final (20:30-20:40)

October 13 (Thu)

Women’s All Around Final(18:00-19:45)

Award Ceremony for Women’s all Around Final (19:45-19:55)

October 14 (Fri)

Men’s All Around Final (19:00-21:30)

Longines Prize for Elegance (21:30-21:40)

Aeward Ceremony for Men’s All Around Final(21:40-21:50)

October 15 (Sat)

Apparatus Finals (Day1)

Men’s Floor Exercise (13:30-13:55)

Women’s Vault (13:55-14:25)

Award Ceremony for Men’s Floor Exercise/ Women’s Vault(14:25-14:45)

Men’s Pommel Horse(14:45-15:10)

Women’s Uneven Bars(15:10-15:35)

Men’s Rings(15:35-16:00)

Award Ceremony for Men’s Pommel Horse/ Women’s Uneven Bars/ Men’s Rings(16:00-16:30)

October 16 (Sun)

Apparatus Finals (Day2)

Men’s Vault(14:00-14:25)

Women’s Balance Beam(14:25-14:55)

Award Ceremony for Men’s Vault/ Women’s Balance Beam(14:55-15:15)

Men’s Parallel Bars(15:15-15:40)

Women’s Floor Exercise(15:40-16:10)

Men’s Horizontal Bar(16:10-16:35)

Award Ceremony for Men’s Parallel Bars/ Women’s Floor Exercise/ Men’s Horizontal Bar(16:35-17:05)

Closing Ceremony(17:05-17:20)


Rules 2009 version (partially revised in 2010):


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Wow. According to that list Bridget Sloan, Chellsie Memmel and Shawn Johnson were left off the U.S. women's team in favor of:

Mackenzie Caquatto

Anna Li

McKayla Maroney

Alexandra Raisman

Alicia Sacramone

Sabrina Vega

Jordan Wieber

The list doesn't say which one is the alternate.

Interesting to see how they will do without Rebecca Bross...

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Gymnastics: 3 Tanaka siblings to represent Japan at worlds

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese starlet Rie Tanaka has been named to represent the host country at the upcoming world gymnastics championships along with her older brother Kazuhito and younger brother Yusuke, the Japan Gymnastics Association said Sunday.

The association announced a squad of six women -- Tanaka, Koko Tsurumi, Yumi Iizuka, Yu Minobe, Yuko Shintake and Asuka Teramoto -- for the Oct. 7-16 meet at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Kyoko Oshima, who has appeared in the last seven world championships, has been selected as a reserve.

The Tanaka brothers have already booked their places in the event after meeting the selection requirements for men's competition.

Japan will have three siblings together on its national team for the first time ever at the gymnastics worlds.

(Mainichi Japan) September 19, 2011


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The women's team for the USA is:

Jordyn Wieber

Alicia Sacramone

Ali Raisman

McKayla Maroney

Anna Li

Gabrielle Douglas

Sabrina Vega

The alternate is one of the seven above, but has not been publicly announced.

Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan were all selected for the Pan Am Games team.

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It appears to me that Martha is forward-thinking. The goal is London. By putting the young-uns up for Worlds they get a vote of confidence and much needed experience. Sending the veterans to Pan Ams still gives them additional competition experience and familiarizes the judges with their routines.

I hope that by the time Olympic team selection takes place she's got a more substantial pool to choose from.

It's time for team USA to bring home Olympic gold. That's the medal I care about the most in London. Time to break with the Karolyi's tradition of silver-medal winning teams. If this year's Worlds are something of a casualty, then so be it.

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Tweddle to lead GB assault in Tokyo

23/09/2011 - 20:30

Three-times world champion Beth Tweddle will lead the British team at next month's World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, a vital qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tweddle will be joined by current British champions Hannah Whelan and Daniel Purvis, Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith, former world all-around silver medallist Daniel Keatings and double Commonwealth champion Imogen Cairns in the 14-strong Tokyo-bound squad.

British gymnasts are aiming to finish in the top eight to qualify full teams for London and they will be looking to match the three medals they won in Rotterdam this year, including an uneven bars gold for Tweddle, Smith's pommel horse silver and a bronze in the floor for Purvis.


Women's team

Beth Tweddle, Danusia Francis, Hannah Whelan, Imogen Cairns, Jennifer Pinches, Laura Edwards, Rebecca Downie

Men's team

Daniel Keatings, Kristian Thomas, Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Ruslan Panteleymonov, Sam Oldham


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If I understand well, GB will have presence guaranteed if part of the 8 best men and women ranked teams in the qualifying or if part of the Mem and Women individual medal winners



I.12 MAG and 12 WAG teams of 5 gymnasts. These places are allocated to the NOC

II.MAG and WAG individual apparatus medal winners (gold, silver and bronze) . These places are nominative

III. Host country with 1 MAG gymnast and 1 WAG gymnast. These places are nominative

MAG and WAG Continental Presence: Africa (2 places), America (2 places), Asia (2 places), Europe (2 places including the Host Country) and Oceania (1 place). These places are nominative

IV. MAG and WAG Tripartite Invitations. These places are nominative

V. Best ranked MAG and WAG individual gymnasts. If qualified with one gymnast among NOC ranked 5-8 as per the team ranking of CI from 2012 Test Event, the place is allocated to the NOC. If qualified with one gymnast among NOC with teams ranked 17 - 24 as per the Team ranking of CI from the 2011 WCH or among the MAG and WAG NOC other than NOC ranked 1-24 from the team ranking of CI from the 2011 WCH, the quota place is nominative.


regarding Category III: MAG and WAG Host Country (priority order #1)

Host Country presence guaranteed if part of the 8 best ranked MAG and 8 best ranked WAG teams of 5 gymnasts or if part of the MAG and WAG individual apparatus medal winners (gold, silver and bronze) if not qualified with another criteria.

If the presence of the Host Country is neither guaranteed after the 2011 WCH nor after the 2012 Test Event, the best ranked MAG gymnast and best ranked WAG gymnast from the Host Country as per the individual ranking of CI from the 2011 WCH (all-around result) will qualify (by name).


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If I understand well, GB will have presence guaranteed if part of the 8 best men and women ranked teams in the qualifying or if part of the Mem and Women individual medal winners

Wow. Impressive. You really did your homework. Thanks a lot!

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Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan were all selected for the Pan Am Games team.

Memmel out of PanAm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Beijing Olympian and 2005 world champion Chellsie Memmel will miss next month's Pan American Games because of a shoulder injury.

Memmel tweaked her right shoulder at last month's U.S. championships. It's the same shoulder she blew out at the 2006 world championships, causing her to miss most of the next two years.

Memmel participated in both world team selection camps. But national team coordinator Martha Karolyi passed her over for the world championships, saying Memmel wasn't ready because of her shoulder. Worlds begin Oct. 7 in Tokyo and are the main qualifier for the London Olympics.

Grace McLaughlin is expected to replace Memmel at Pan Ams, which are Oct. 24-29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.


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Wow. Impressive. You really did your homework. Thanks a lot!

After Sacramone and Wieber, which of those young ladies has a chance of being a medal contender in the Olympics? Not including Shawn Johnson or Chellsie Memmel.

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Izbasa Out of Worlds with Foot Injury

The Romanian delegation left Friday for Tokyo without Olympic champion Sandra Izbasa, who has been suffering from foot pain.

Izbasa, who won vault and floor exercise at April's European championships, was replaced on Romania's world team by Daniela Andrei. Izbasa suffered a torn Achilles' tendon prior to the 2009 World Championships. She skipped the Romanian nationals in August, but competed vault at a recent dual meet against Great Britain.

"We do not want to push her, she was in pain," women's head coach Octavian Bellu told a Romanian newspaper. "She really wanted it, but could not. This is a big loss — her contribution to vault and floor was crucial for the team, but we must adapt. We would worsen her injury [by pushing her]."

The 2011 World Championships begin Oct. 7 in Tokyo. The Romanian women's team consists of Diana Chelaru, Raluca Haidu, Catalina Ponor, Ana Porgras, Amelia Racea and Andrei, with Diana Bulimar the alternate.


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Beijing Olympic captain Alicia Sacramone was not included in the U.S. women’s lineup for qualifying at the world gymnastics championships after injuring her right Achilles’ tendon during training Thursday. She had tests at a hospital, and was waiting for a doctor back in the United States to evaluate them.


Losing Sacramone is a huge blow for the Americans, who prize the 23-year-old as much for her veteran leadership as her big scores on vault, where she’s the defending world champion, balance beam and floor exercise. She was one of only two Americans who’d competed at worlds before — Aly Raisman was on last year’s silver-medal squad — and she considered keeping the rookies calm and focused as important as anything she did on the floor.

The Americans still should have little problem finishing in the top eight and qualifying for next summer’s London Olympics. But just a few days after looking like the favorite for gold, winning a medal of any color will be a much bigger challenge. Then again, the U.S. faced a similar predicament at the 2003 world championships, losing three team members to injury or illness. The Americans went on to win their first world title.

Without Sacramone, the five remaining Americans — uneven bars specialist Anna Li had already been ruled out with an abdominal injury — will have to compete on each event in qualifying, where the top four scores count. Only three gymnasts compete on each event in team finals, but all three scores count.



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TOKYO — Beijing Olympic captain Alicia Sacramone has a torn Achilles' tendon and expects to have surgery Monday.

The London Olympics begin in less than 10 months, and USA Gymnastics said Friday that Sacramone's recovery time won't be known until doctors see exactly where the tear is. Sacramone will have an MRI and meet with a doctor who specializes in Achilles' tendon injuries after she returns to the United States on Saturday.


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Romania takes early lead at gymnastics worlds

TOKYO (AP) — Romania better enjoy its time atop the scoreboard at the world gymnastics championships.

It's not likely to last long.

The Romanians, hoping to return to the medals podium after finishing fourth last year, scored 227.228 points Friday to take the early lead in women's qualifying. Australia was second with 221.846 points. But there is still another day of qualifying to go, and the United States, defending champion Russia and China all compete Saturday.

At least the scoring starts over in Tuesday's team finals. The top eight teams at worlds secure spots at next summer's London Olympics.

The lone bright spot for the Romanians was triple Olympic gold medalist Catalina Ponor. Six months after coming out of retirement, the 24-year-old posted the highest score on balance beam, a 15.0 that should put her in the running for the event finals.


Australia was sixth at last year's worlds. But only four members are back from that squad, and three-time world medalist Lauren Mitchell said she's happy just to be competing after rolling both her ankles two weeks ago.

"I was really pleased with what we did tonight," coach Peggy Liddick said. "It was near our maximum."

Mitchell scored 56.324 points, putting her behind Romania's Raluca Haidu in the all-around standings. That was despite a fluke mistake on balance beam, when her left foot slipped down the side of the apparatus on the landing of her leaps. Mitchell straddled the beam, but managed to stay on.


Women's Qualifications Day 1 - Top 8 All-around Live Results

1 HAIDU R. ROU 56.465

2 MITCHELL Lauren AUS 56.324

3 PORGRAS Ana ROU 54.832

4 LITTLE Emily AUS 54.732

5 LOPEZ Jessica VEN 54.731

6 LEE Christine CAN 54.632

7 MILLOUSI V. GRE 53.416

8 BROWN G. AUS 52.999


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U.S. women lead qualifying at worlds

TOKYO – The U.S. kids were more than all right, responding to the loss of Beijing Olympic captain Alicia Sacramone with a commanding performance that gave them first place in qualifying Saturday at the world gymnastics championships and a spot in next summer's London Games.

The Americans finished with 234.253 points, more than three points ahead of defending champion Russia (231.062) and almost four in front of Beijing Olympic champion China (230.370). The U.S. didn't have a single fall, and finished with the highest scores on floor exercise and vault, and second-highest on uneven bars and balance beam.

"It's definitely heartbreaking not having Alicia here with us," said U.S. champion Jordyn Wieber, who was second in the all-around standings behind Viktoria Komova of Russia. "But we knew if we came out like we've been practicing, we'd do well."

The top eight squads secure spots in next summer's London Olympics, and also will compete in Tuesday's team finals.



1 USA ­ United States 234.253

2 RUS ­ Russia 231.062

3 CHN ­ China 230.370

4 ROU ­ Romania 227.228

5 JPN ­ Japan 223.543

6 AUS ­ Australia 221.846

7 GER ­ Germany 221.163

8 GBR ­ Great Britain 220.553

9 ITA ­ Italy 219.578

10 FRA ­ France 216.827  

11 CAN ­ Canada 215.328  

12 ESP ­ Spain 214.028  

13 NED ­ Netherlands 212.828  

14 BRA ­ Brazil 212.497  

15 KOR ­ Korea 211.930  

16 BEL ­ Belgium 208.828  

17 MEX ­ Mexico 206.751  

18 SUI ­ Switzerland 206.127  

19 UKR ­ Ukraine 204.229  

20 HUN ­ Hungary 203.654  

21 VEN ­ Venezuela 202.294  

22 UZB ­ Uzbekistan 201.861  

23 SLO ­ Slovenia 197.828  

24 GRE ­ Greece 197.611  


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1 763 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 60.157

2 802 WIEBER Jordyn USA 60.032

3 632 YAO Jinnan CHN 59.031

4 804 RAISMAN Alexandra USA 58.432

5 762 AFANASEVA Kseniia RUS 56.941

6 631 HUANG Qiushuang CHN 56.932

7 675 SEITZ Elisabeth GER 56.732

8 756 HAIDU Raluca Oana ROU 56.465

9 712 TSURUMI Koko JPN 56.365

10 596 MITCHELL Lauren AUS 56.324

11 702 FERRARI Vanessa ITA 56.198

12 674 JAROSCH Nadine GER 55.500

13 663 WHELAN Hannah GBR 55.465

14 742 van GERNER Celine NED 55.465

15 713 TANAKA Rie JPN 55.432

16 753 PORGRAS Ana ROU

17 594 LITTLE Emily AUS 54.732

18 823 LOPEZ Jessica VEN 54.731

19 642 IZURIETA Ana Maria ESP 54.698

20 625 LEE Christine CAN 54.632

21 612 MATIAS HYPOLITO Daniele BRA 54.557

22 782 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 54.498

23 655 MALAUSSENA Aurelie FRA 54.365

24 703 FERLITO Carlotta ITA 54.332


R1 653 BREVET Marine FRA 54.331

R2 665 FRANCIS Danusia GBR 53.965

R3 723 HEO Seon Mi KOR 53.932



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803 MARONEY Mc Kayla USA 1 15.083

673 CHUSOVITINA Oksana GER 2 14.833

523 PENA ABREU Yamilet DOM 3 14.466

782 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 4 14.299


737 MORENO MEDINA Alexa Citlali MEX 6 14.249

766 NABIEVA Tatiana RUS 7 14.224

579 PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 8 14.216


R1 722 JO Hyunjoo KOR 14.149

R2 544 MAKSIUTA Valeriia ISR 14.016

R3 697 SHEPPARD Austin Lee HUN 13.916

Uneven Bars

763 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 1 15.733

654 DUFOURNET Youna FRA 2 15.066

712 TSURUMI Koko JPN 3 14.933

631 HUANG Qiushuang CHN 4 14.900

766 NABIEVA Tatiana RUS 5 14.883

806 DOUGLAS Gabrielle USA 6 14.866

802 WIEBER Jordyn USA 7 14.800

715 TERAMOTO Asuka JPN 8 14.683


R1 632 YAO Jinnan CHN 14.566

R2 675 SEITZ Elisabeth GER 14.433

R3 662 TWEDDLE Elizabeth GBR 14.433


763 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 1 15.400

634 SUI Lu CHN 2 15.400

802 WIEBER Jordyn USA 3 15.233

632 YAO Jinnan CHN 4 15.066

751 PONOR Catalina ROU 5 15.000

804 RAISMAN Alexandra USA 6 14.933

755 RACEA Elena Amelia ROU 7 14.733

767 INSHINA Yulia RUS 8 14.566


R1 685 MILLOUSI Vasiliki GRE 14.450

R2 663 WHELAN Hannah GBR 14.400

R3 715 TERAMOTO Asuka JPN 14.366


804 RAISMAN Alexandra USA 1 14.833

634 SUI Lu CHN 2 14.600

802 WIEBER Jordyn USA 3 14.566

632 YAO Jinnan CHN 4 14.533

763 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 5 14.491

702 FERRARI Vanessa ITA 6 14.466

662 TWEDDLE Elizabeth GBR 7 14.433

757 BULIMAR Diana Laura ROU 8 14.400


R1 596 MITCHELL Lauren AUS 14.391

R2 762 AFANASEVA Kseniia RUS 14.325

R3 754 CHELARU Diana Maria ROU 14.233


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