First time participants impress at Worlds

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First time participants impress at Worlds

October 5, 2017

Competition report of the women’s qualifications at #MTL2017gym

Competing over 5 subdivisions and two days, the female gymnasts at this year’s World Championships in Montreal (CAN) aimed to qualify for the all-around and / or apparatus finals.

For one of the favourites for the all-around competition, Romania’s Larisa Iordache, these World Championships were over before they actually began. While warming up on floor, she tore her Achilles tendon and had to be carried of the podium and wheeled out of the hall. A sad moment for the talented gymnast whose career has been marked by untimely injuries. Teammate Catalina Ponor watched in horror: “For me it was a shock because the same thing happened to me in 2011. It scares me as this happened to me before and it could happen again. I was so scared to punch on the floor. That’s why I couldn’t do the floor really well and I couldn’t push myself to do what I wanted. I wanted to do the second pass with a full-in double piked but I couldn’t as I was too scared. My legs were shaking.” A fall on her beam mount took the 5-time European Champion out of final contention on her best event. Exit Ponor, who announced her retirement.

4 gymnasts scored 55 points or more in the all-around: Japan’s Mai Murakami, American Ragan Smith, Canadian Ellie Black and France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, with junior European all-around Champion Elena Eremina coming within a one hundredths of a point.

Defending World Champion Maria Paseka (RUS) was the only veteran to top the apparatus standings, on her speciality vault. All other three leaders are first time World Championships participants! Russia’s Elena Eremina topped bars, edging teammate Anastasia Iliankova. Germany’s Tabea Alt was the best on beam and American champion Ragan Smith impressed on floor. From the 2017 European Champions, only Belgium’s Nina Derwael made it to her event’s final qualifying in 4th.

2015 European all-around Champion, and the winner of the 2016 continental title on vault and floor, Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber returned to international competition after a year of rehabilitation: “Competition went so-so. I’m happy that I had no big mistake but it could be better especially on beam. I was very shaky. We’ll see, I hope in the all-around final I can do better. I’m happy with my vault. In the beginning it wasn’t sure if I’ll do my double twist in the second vault. I didn’t have much time for the preparation but why not try it. I’m happy it was quite good.”


Top 8 going into the all-around final:

1. Mai Murakami (JPN) 55.933

2. Ragan Smith (USA) 55.932

3. Ellie Black (CAN) 55.766

4. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) 55.299

5. Elena Eremina (RUS) 54.999

6. Morgan Hurd (USA) 54.832

7. Diana Varinska (UKR) 53.915

8. Nina Derwael (BEL) 53.598


Qualified to the apparatus finals:


1. Maria Paseka (RUS) 14.933

2. Jade Carey (USA) 14.849

3. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.750

4. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.649

5. Yan Wang (CHN) 14.550

6. Sae Miyakawa (JPN) 14.516

7. Ellie Black (CAN) 14.483

8. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) 14.349



1. Elena Eremina (RUS) 15.100

2. Anastasia Iliankova (RUS) 15.066

3. Fan Yilin (CHN) 15.000

4. Nina Derwael (BEL) 14.966

*Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.966

5. Eli Seitz (GER) 14.700

6. Ashton Locklear (USA) 14.566

7. Huan Luo (CHN) 14.566

7. Diana Varinska (UKR) 14.566



1. Tabea Alt (GER) 13.533

2. Morgan Hurd (USA) 13.500

3. Pauline Schaefer (GER) 13.433

4. Ellie Black (CAN) 13.433

5. Asuka Teramoto (JPN) 13.333

6. Elena Eremina (RUS) 13.233

7. Tingting Liu (CHN) 13.233

8. Mai Murakami (JPN) 13.200



1. Ragan Smith (USA) 14.433

2. Mai Murakami (JPN) 14.200

3. Jade Carey (USA) 14.100

4. Claudia Fragapane (GBR)

5. Brooklyn Moors (CAN) 13.866

6. Thais Santos (BRA) 13.733

7. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) 13.600

8. Lara Mori (ITA) 13.500


*doesn’t advance to the final due to the two-per-country


Find the full results and the start lists for the finals on the FIG’s event website:

The competition continues with the men’s and women’s all-around finals!