dimanche 27 novembre 2016

Top Gym 2016: Serber and Cimpian dominate in finals

Célia Serber, this year's revelation, was once again solid this afternoon, as well as Romania's Olivia Cimpian. They won all four gold medals in Charleroi!

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
On vault, Cimpian, bronze medalist in the all-around yesterday, won the final with a Yurchenko full twist and a Tsukahara layout. She placed 1st ahead of Célia Serber and her teammate Ioana Crisan, who only competed on vault due to a back injury. 

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics

Vault standings
1. Olivia Cimpian (ROU) 13.983
2. Célia Serber (FRA) 13.766
3. Ioana Crisan (ROU) 13.633

France is now well known for its work on bars. And the next generation is following in the footsteps of the oldest. Célia Serber won the gold thanks to a difficult routine and a huge full twisting double layout dismount. Olivia Cimpian and Czech Vendula Merkova, placed 2nd and 3rd. Merkova showed great potential this weekend, after a 4th place finish in the all-around yesterday.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Uneven bars standings
1. Célia Serber (FRA) 13.400
2. Olivia Cimpian (ROU) 13.250
3. Vendula Merkova (CZE) 12.800

Célia Serber was on fire this weekend as she adds another gold to her collection, this time on beam, with a side somersault, a backhandspring to layout to two feet and a double twist dismount. She placed ahead Olivia Cimpian once again, who had a much better performance than yesterday when she fell off the balance beam. But today, despite a few wobbles, you could tell she wanted to be on that podium (13.150). In 3rd is another French, Alisson Lapp who scored 12.850 to win the bronze.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Balance beam standings
1. Célia Serber (FRA) 13.450
2. Olivia Cimpian (ROU) 13.150
3. Alisson Lapp (FRA) 12.850

On floor, Olivia Cimpian won her second gold of the day with her packed routine : full twisting double piked, full twisting double tuck and triple twist. She easily won that final. There was a tie for the silver medal : France's Alisson Lapp and Czech Adela Merkova. They both scored 12.850.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Floor exercise standings
1. Olivia Cimpian (ROU) 13.200
2. Alisson Lapp (FRA) 12.850
2. Adela Merkova (CZE) 12.850

This afternoon was also the team final. Two countries were teamed up and the two best scores on each event would matter for the team total. It's France, with Spain, who won the gold, ahead of Romania and Sweden. Czech Republic and the Netherlands placed 3rd.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Team standings
1. Spain/France 102.830
2. Romania/Sweden 101.950
3. Czech Republic/The Netherlands 100.320

Mark the date! In 2017, it will be the 20th edition of the Top Gym and its 25th anniversary! This edition will be amazing!

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