ECh WAG Clermont-Ferrand, junior’s final: two titles for France, one for Russia and Romania .

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ECh WAG Clermont-Ferrand, junior’s final: two titles for France, one for Russia and Romania .

April 6, 2008

The junior’s finals have met the expectations. The young Youna Dufournet goes home with the gold medals of vault and the uneven bars. Ana Porgras (ROU) wins gold at the beam and Tatiana Nabieva gold on floor. Names to be remembered.
Vault :
Victory for Youna  Dufournet with 14.287 followed by the Russians Tatiana Nabieva (14.200) and Anastasia Navikova (14.137). At the qualifications, the French had the third rank after the Russians.
The Belgian Julie Crocket, who was hoping for a medal, stoppes her sprint twice in front of the vault and is therefore only able to make one regulatory jump. 
 
Uneven bars :
Second "Marseillaise" and second gold medal for Youna Defournet. The winners are Youna Dufournet (15,625), Tatiana Nabieva (15,500) and the Dutch Natasja Blind (14,750). Aliya Mustafina (RUS), who had managed the highest score at the qualifications, falls during a change of the bars. She ends up at the foot of the podium. 
 
Beam :
As in the team competition, the Romanians dominate on the beam. Ana Porgras (15,700) presents several beautiful movements in a row and manages a successful dismount and wins the title followed by Amelia Racea (15,250). Third on the podium, Tatiana Nabieva (RUS) who wins her third medal. For her third final, Youna Dufournet, leading during qualifications, falls after a series of saltos (14,825 and 5th rank)  
 
Floor :
The fourth was the good one for the Russian Tatiana Nabieva that wins the gold medal for the floor exercise (14,800). However, the differents of points between the first three places are very little. Youna Dufournet (FRA, 14,775) gets silver this time and Amelia Racea (ROU) the bronze medal (14,750). Aliya Mustafina, 2nd in qualifications, had a major imbalance during her last diagonal and took the fourth place (14,375).  
 
The general impression is that the junior’s final was of a very high level.
 
 
 
D.Duchoud
photo: Youna Dufournet FRA