BEIJING, China, Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2007—Held at the National Indoor Stadium, the Good Luck Beijing International Tournament is the test event for artistic gymnastics for the 2008 Olympic Games, giving each country an opportunity to see the Olympic competition venue in action.
China dominated the podium during the competition with Cheng Fei taking the throne in three events.
Balance Beam: China’s Cheng Fei gained her third gold out of five women’s events of as she presented the most difficult exercise in the final to beat silver winner Australian Lauren Mitchell and bronze winner American veteran Chellsie Memmel.
Lauren Mitchell, finalist of the recent World Championships in Germany, earned 8.90 on a 6.7 exercise to combine for a 15.600 runner-up spot. Chellsie Memmel of the US, individual all-around world champion of 2005 and top finisher in the qualification round, made 8.90 on a 6.4 base to collect the bronze with 15.300.
Women’s balance beam
1. Cheng Fei, China, 15.725
2. Lauren Mitchell, Australia, 15.600
3. Chellsie Memmel, USA, 15.300
4. Bridget Sloan, USA, 14.925
Floor Exercise: (Dec. 1, 2007) – Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., and Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis., claimed the silver and bronze, respectively, in women’s floor exercise.
Sloan scored a 14.925 to finish behind winner Cheng Fei of China, who posted a 15.275. Memmel earned a 14.725 to finish third. Sloan qualified for the vault finals, but did not compete.
Women’s floor exercise
1. Cheng Fei, China, 15.275
2. Bridget Sloan, USA, 14.925
3. Chellsie Memmel, USA, 14.725
Uneven Bars: (Dec. 2) — Ukraine’s Dariya Zgoba scored 15.725 points on uneven bars to seize her first gold here on Sunday at the gymnastics Olympic test event.
In spite of being penalized 0.1 point, Zgoba demonstrated a strong connection between bars and executed better flexibility and agility.
China’s teenager Jiang Yuyuan, the all-around winner, picked upthe most difficult routine of 7.1, 0.2 better off Zgoba, but her quality of techniques faltered down to finish second in a total of15.525.
Australia’s Daria Joura took the third place in 15.250.
Vault: (December 1) In the women’s vaulting horse final, China’s Cheng Fei beat all her opponents to claim the title with 15.150 points. Hong Sujong of the DPR Korea and Marissa King of Great Britain placed second (14.450) and third (14.187) respectively.
Cheng, a vault specialist, is known for her “Cheng Fei vault”. Her archrival Hong Sujong has also performed this stunt in her previous competitions. The women’s vault final was regarded as a trial of strength between the two. However, it turned out that neither of them used this highly difficult part tonight.
Cheng did two vaults valued at 5.80 and 5.60, while Hong Sujong’s were 5.80 and 5.20. Compared with her DPRK counterpart who failed to reach 9.000pts in both vaults, Cheng Fei was obviously superior in technical execution, earning a two-vault total of 15.150 (9.525 and 9.375) to win her second gold medal of the day.
1. Cheng Fei, China, 15.150
2. Hong Sujong, North Korea, 14.450
3. Marissa King, Great Britain, 14.187
All Around: China’s Jiang Yuyuan won the gold medal in the women’s all-around final with a total score of 61.225pts. Daria Joura from Australia and Bridget Sloan from the United States placed second and third respectively.