The 2016 Arthur Gander Memorial took place in Chiasso, Italy on November 2nd and had a great selection of competitors including three 2016 Olympians.
It was easy to spot who these three Olympians were as they finished first, second and third in this competition that occurs every two years.
The competition is slightly unconventional in that each WAG gymnast only competes three events and these events are selected by the gymnast prior to the competition. For MAG gymnasts, the rules are the same but with 4 events.
After the first two rotations for the women, only the top six go on to compete for the title and the winner is derived from the scores from the three events combined.
It is a popular event for the Russians to send gymnasts to and they have a good track record with Russian bars queen, Daria Spiridonova winning the event in 2014. And the Russians did not disappoint this year.
The youngest member of the Russian Olympic team in Rio that took the silver medal, Angelina Melnikova took the 2016 Arthur Gander Memorial title, performing on Vault, Uneven Bars and Balance Beam to get a combined score of 42.800. Her highest score came on the Vault where she received a 14.900 for her double twisting Yurchenko. Her second best score came on the Uneven Bars where she received a 14.750 and her lowest score came on the Balance Beam where she received a disappointing 13.150, an event which she has scored over 15 on in the past.
Check out Melnikova warming up beam at the Arthur Gander Memorial:
Nonetheless, despite this disappointing performance on the beam, she claimed the top spot, nearly two points ahead of second place finisher, Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands. This fellow 2016 Olympian performed on the Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise where she was as enchanting as ever. She received a 14. 200 on Balance Beam, a 14.000 on Floor Exercise and a 12.750 for her Vault which she had reportedly intended to do a double twisting Yurchenko but was credited for a piked Yurchenko.
Check out Eythora being as charming as ever on Floor Exercise at the Arthur Gander Memorial:
In third was three time Olympian and Venezuelan gymnast, Jessica Lopez who finished 7th in the All-Around at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and also qualified to the Uneven Bars final, becoming the first Venezuelan gymnast to do so. It was no surprise that she did indeed compete on the Uneven Bars, receiving her highest score of the competition, a 14.350 . She also competed on the Balance Beam, receiving a 12.650 and on Floor Exercise, receiving a 13.700 on that event.
Many of these gymnasts will compete in just a few days time at the Swiss Cup in Zurich, Switzerland. Stay tuned!
(All credit to Ginnastica Artistica Italiana for the videos)
Full results of the women’s competition are as follows:
- Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 42.800 (VT: 14.900, UB: 14.750, BB: 13.150)
- Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) 40.950 (VT: 12.750, BB: 14.200, FX: 14.000)
- Jessica Lopez (VEN) 40.700 (UB: 14.350, BB: 12.650, FX: 13.700)
- Caterina Barloggio (SUI) 39.400 (BB: 13.800, FX: 13.050, UB: 12.550)
- Carina Kroell (GER) 39.200 (VT: 13.400, FX: 13.550, BB: 12.250)
- Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 39.200 (VT: 13.450, BB: 12.850, FX: 12.900)
Gymnasts who did not progress to the third event and only competed two events:
Angelina Kysla (UKR) 26.200 (VT: 13.750, FX: 12.450)
Victoria Kayen-Woo (CAN) 25.650 (UB: 12.450, FX: 13.200)
Thea Brogli (SUI) 24.500 (VT: 12.400, FX: 12.100)