2 days, 5 subdivisions, 146 athletes, 438 routines. Barely any live streaming. It’s okay if you missed some of qualifications. I understand. That’s why I’m here to bring you up to date on the performances you should’ve seen.
Yesenia Ferrera from Cuba first burst onto the scene at the Pan American Championships in 2014, before vanishing from the radar in the months and years after. But she’s back! Still alive and tumbling, as powerful as ever. Enjoy. *
Sae, oh, Sae. Despite being the best floor-worker of 2017, she wasn’t able to qualify to the event final. Here’s why.
Georgia-Mae Fenton doesn’t only share the Ricna half with Nina Derwael. Both have the same long lines and flow on the uneven bars. It’s a pity this routine didn’t make it to finals, though it’s only proof of how ridiculously high the level was.
Sweden’s Jonna Adlerteg has been training bars with great determination as well, so it was terrible seeing her dreams fade as her hands slipped on a release she absolutely could’ve caught.
Rianna Mizzen is a relatively unknown gymnast from Australia, who came to Worlds with an impressive 6.0 difficulty score on UB. Although she still has some execution issues to work on, her routine is certainly worth watching.
Ioana Crisan is one of those lovely Romanian all-arounders that could be up at the top, if she could grow stronger mentally (and increase her D-score on vault and bars). This is only her first year as a senior, so fingers crossed Romania can keep this gem and develop a new frontrunner.
We didn’t see Isabela Onyshko all Championships. One reason is because she competed just two events, the other because she didn’t hit either of them. On beam, her strongest event, Isabela got deducted for putting her hands down, for some wobbles, some slow connections, a missed connection and for going overtime. This resulted in a 12.400 score, though it doesn’t make the routine any less interesting to watch.
Ilaria Kaeslin is a Swiss beam princess. Her elegant routine didn’t make event finals, yet it is never to be missed.
Who knew Solveig Berg had such a lovely layout-stepout and Onodi on balance beam?!
To round off with, the last shoutout goes to Belgium’s new senior Maellyse Brassart, who performed the cleanest full-twisting yurchenko on vault.
*Featured image is from Gymcastic’s interview with Yesenia.