ANTWERP, 11:55 a.m.: Day one of women's all-around/event finals qualification belonged to the U.S.'s Kyla Ross. Day two? It's anyone's guess.
The superelegant Ross and China's Yao Jinnan owned the first two subdivisions, in spite of Yao's fall on beam on her standing full. Venezuela's Jessica Lopez, currently third overall, was impressive but left room for improvement after recording falls on bars and beam.
This means is that there's room at the top, and the next three subdivisions will give gymnasts like the U.S.'s Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney, as well as Russians Tatiana Nabieva and Aliya Mustafina, Romania's Larisa Iordache or Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber ample opportunity to grab the lead, or something close to it .
China's Shang Chunsong is slated to do all-around on the nominative list, and if she does, she too could figure into the top five. Don't count out Italians Vanessa Ferrari or Carlotta Ferlito, either -- both could pop in and surprise.
The other side plot involves the three American all-arounders -- since only two per country can qualify for the all-around final, one of the three will be left out. Maroney and Biles are gunning to beat Ross's 59.198 overall.
Of course, the counters will be reset from zero for the women's all-around final, so getting into the top 24 is really the priority here. Gymnasts will want to have the best placement possible to set themselves up for the final, of course.
12:09 p.m.: The unconfirmed word via social media is that Tatiana Nabieva will not do all-around after all. (She's been walking around with a bruise on her head after crashing a tumbling pass and was evaluated for a concussion.) The Russian strategy with her is maximization of medals -- so she'll only do bars, right in the first rotation of subdivision three, and try to get into finals and the heck with the all-around because it was a long shot anyway.
Anyone else think this is due to the Russian men's surprisingly weak performance yesterday? They're probably relying on Nabs and Mustafina more than usual to save face.
Note: Asking the judges to prepare for marchout, the announcer remarks, "It seems to be early for everyone." The group Next Level -- in other words, three guys dressed in highligher color bodysuits, take the floor for a comedy routine as a crowdwarmer. Their act is cute, and their gymnastics surprisingly good -- yesterday one did a double tuck!
Valentine Sabatou, vault: Layout Cuervo (handspring front layout half) and scary -- her hand slipped on the table on her takeoff and she was way off, landed on her head. She's all right, but she's very lucky. Yikes. Too bad, as she is France's strongest shot at an all-around finalist. That was a concentration error, perhaps -- this is the 17-year-old's first Worlds.
Lim Heem Wei, beam: Side somie. Off on bhs, layout. Front layout full dismount. 11.333.
Aruna Reddy, floor: Double tuck. Front layout second pass.
Paula Plichta, vault: Handspring front pike half, no problems. Powerful. Tsuk full second vault.
Calrotta Ferlito, beam: Scissone, front aerial, sheep. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, small wobble.
Shang Chunsong, floor: 1.5 to triple full to punch front. That's not easy! 2.5 to frnt pike. Doesn't have much musical sense to this Western themed music -- choreo is very posey. Double tuck, bounces back. On her triple spin, the music spazzes -- there's no other word for that. Double pike to end. Oh, I see -- the spazzing is a shootout, and Shang dies at the end! Well, OK...anyway, the tumbling was very good.
Noel van Klaveren, vault: DTY, excellent in the air but lands basically off the mat and has to step off to salute the judges. Tsuk 1.5 with two big steps back, as it was a tad underrotated.
Tatiana Nabieva, bars: They introduce her as a bars specialist, so I guess that confirms that this is the only event she will do here. Toe full to Maloney to Pak, Kup to stalder fullt o toe Khorkina II to high, to eblind to Jaeger, well done. Good full in tuck with small hop. A good routine, if a tad sluggish in places.
Marisa Dick, beam: She was in the Canadian junior system before switching to compete for Trinidad and Tobago.
Norma Robertsdottir, floor: Arabian double front, hands down -- overrotated. Double tuck.
Laura Svilpaite, vault: Handspring front tuck, small hop. 13.416.
Simone Biles, bars: Here we go...Wieler half to kip to Maloney. Kip handstand, toe full to Tkatchev. Pike Tkatchev to Pak. Toe hecht to high. Toe stalder to immediate full twisting double tuck dismount, nearly stuck. Nice start for Simone even if she seemed nervous at the beginning of that routine. 14.8.
Emma Lunn, floor: Nice double tuck to open. 1.5 to front layout full, a little leg form. Good 2.5 twist to end. 12.333.
Kristyna Palesova, floor: Lovely opening sequence to this darker, moodier drums piece. 1.5 to front layout full, steps OOB. Double tuck. Double pike and bounces backwards to her bottom. Too bad about the fall, but that was very nice, something that could be qualified as an artistic routine.
Ekaterina Kislinskaya, beam: She and Kaeslin will be the last two gymnasts to compete in this rotation, so they will perform with all eyes on them. Nearly comes off on her first element, full turn with leg at horizontal. Side aerial. Onodi, appears to have her confidence back. But then off on bhs, layout. Full turn with leg at head. Switch. Back tuck. Very nice toepoint. Roundoff, 1.5 twist dismount. 11.133.
Ilaria Kaeslin, beam: While we wait for Kaeslin to go, the announcer pops in a promo for the country of Switzerland: "Switzerland is one of the fast growing countries of high level gymnastics -- always better gymnasts, always better results." Well, that's true enough. Here goes this first year senior: Switch to split ring leap, nice. Onodi to sheep. Side aerial, very nice. Very good lines, too. Full twisting bhs, not a wobble. Full turn with leg at head to turn in the other direction. Front aerial to wolf. Bhs, bhs, layout, lovely! Gets a round of applause. Roundoff, double full, small hop. Lands just as time runs out. Well, we've seen a couple of surprisingly good beam performances so fa, notably from Kyla Ross and Anna Rodionova yesterday, and a lot of falls. This was another very good one. 13.733.
Phan Thi Ha Thanh, vault: DTY with a step back, very good in the air. Basically sticks her Rudi second vault -- she gave more on that than she did in podium training. Well done. That should make finals.
Valentine Sabatou, bars: Hit set with great inbar stalder to Maloney start. Dismount is a double layout, released a little early and takes a big step forward as a result.
Carlotta Ferlito, floor: Triple full, legs bent and crossed in the air. Stuck double pike at the end. Really a wonderful routine -- great choreography and music, very enjoyable to watch.
Shang Chunsong, vault: Didn't see it. Assume it was an FTY. She's still alive.
Noel van Klaveren, bars: Toe stalder to otoe blnd to Jaeger. Pak. Ray. Toe full to giants to double pike, small hop forward. Well done Noel!
Norma Robertsdottir, vault: FTY with steps back and handspring front tuck, small hop forward.
Simone Biles, beam: Welcome to international competition and super long waits on the podium, Simone...2.5 turn in wolf position! Nice. Bobble on a jump, however -- she's a little nervous. Front aerial to split jump. Bhs, layout, small wobble but pulls it back on again. Switch to switch half. Punch front, almost too much power, puts her other foot in front of her quickly. Bhs, bhs, full twisting double tuck with a small hop. A wow dismount. Hit routine. Not perfect perfect, but hit.
Ivet Rojas, floor: Spanish guitar. Rolls backwards out of her last pass, alas.
Oksana Chusovitina, vault: Announced in French as "one of the oldest gymnasts." Handspring Rudi, makes it to her feet, but she comes onto the horse so low (and it's so evident from this position up high in the press gallery) that it scares me a bit. Second vault is a Tsuk 1.5 to good landing, just a small hop. And aw! Oksana takes the time to wave to the crowd just before leaving the podium. They respond with a round of applause.
Ng Yan Yin, beam: Falls, didn't see on what.
Barbora Mokosova, floor: A good full in tuck for the Slovak to open her fast-paced, Latin-flavored routine. Double tuck to end.
Kristyna Palesova, vault: FTY, very NCAAish. (That's not a diss.)
Ginna Escobar, bars: Legs apart on Gienger was all I caught. 12.4.
Krystyna Sankova, beam: Switch to split ring. Roundoff to layout to two feet. Switch ring. Bobble on full turn but nothing serious. Side aerial. Bigger bibble on side somie. Double pike dismount, basically stuck. Not bad!
Ilaria Kaeslin, floor: Lovely triple full mount. Double tuck, low landing but sticks it. Front layout full third pass. A soft, elegant routine for this first-year senior from Switzerland. 2.5 twist, a bit funky on landing but gets out of it with minimal deductions.
Rucha Divekar, vault: Tsuk pike and handspring front, makes both to her feet. 12.733.
Chen Yu Chun, beam: Bhs, layout to two feet. She had some wobbles, but didn't see her fall.
Lin Heem Wei, floor: "Tosca Symphony." Second pass is 1.5 to front pike. Front layout full to end. Very clean on everything she does.
Marisa Dick, vault: FTY.
Shang Chunsong, bars: Jump to high, overbalances first handstand a little...clear hip Pike Tkatchev. Pak. Shaposh. Two full spins to inverts to Jaeger. Tkatchev to Gienger, wow. Full twisting double tuck dismount.
Simone Biles, floor: Double double tuck, small hop, very well done. Switch to Tourjete full. Double layout half, very good, small hop back. 2.5 to front layout. Full in tuck. No stopping her now that bars and beam are done. That was a far more confident routine than either of her first two.
Ivet Rojas, vault: Very nice FTY with a step back. Great form.
Norma Robertsdottir, bars: Gienger, messy legs. Comes off on a pirouette not long after.
Noel van Klaveren, beam: Little messy on her first acro element, either a side aerial or a layout stepout. Tourjete half. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet. Good double turn, a skill that is so hard to do well under pressure. Front aerial. 2.5 twist with a small hop forward. Overall, a hit routine for the young Dutch favorite here.
Ng Yan Yin, floor: Opens with a double full...
Krystyna Palesova, bars: Blind to Jaeger. Bail, overbalances handstand and holds it for a long time, to Ray. Tkatchev. Double layout dismount. Survival!
Laura Svilpaite, beam: Front aerial to back tuck. A bit underrotated on front tuck. Nearly comes off on a turn later on. Double full dismount.
Kristyna Sankova, floor: Arabian double front. Cheery music! 1.5 to 2.5, very good. Memmel turn. Switch ring. Switch full. Long wait in the corner before her double pike, and she doesn't even attempt to do some kind of stork stand like the rules say you need to these days. Anyways, double pike was well landed but she did go OOB. Expensive last pass.
Ilaria Kaeslin, vault: FTY, a bit weak but landed, with a hop.
Chen Yu Chun, floor: Bond piece. Falls forward on her Arabian double front first pass, as she did in warmups. Front layout third pass. Barely gets double tuck around at the end.
Lim Heem Wei, vault: Handspring front pike with two big steps forward.
Ginna Escobar, beam: Double twist dismount.
Carlotta Ferlito, vault: Very weak block and height off the table but makes her Yurchenko 1.5 around, with some form errors. 13.866.
Valentine Sabatou, beam: Front walkover mount. Front aerial, small wobble, into needle scale where she grabs the beam. Off on bhs, layout to two feet. Switch to back tuck. Side aerial. Good bhs, bhs to double pike dismount, however.
Mariana Sanchez, floor: "Two Guitars," the same music used by Svetlana Khorkina at the 2000 Olympics. Her tumbling isn't hard -- she opens with a strong double full and ends with a double tuck -- but this was a thoroughly enjoyable, womanly performance on floor. She's wearing a purple and silver version of Catalina Ponor's infamous "collar" leotard from the 2005 Worlds, and really looked like she had a great time being at the World Championships and entertaining the crowd on floor. Big smile as she leaves the podium. How nice to see! 12.233.
Simone Biles, vault: Amanar with a step forward. Her score brings her four event total to 60.133, so she now leads the all-around. McKayla Maroney has her work cut out of her. Second vault is a roundoff, half on, front layout half off, and it is also extraordinary. She and McKayla Maroney will battle it out in vault finals as well.
Ivet Rojas, bars: Lovely clean routine with double front dismount. Jessica Lopez isn't the only Venezuelan who's talented on bars!
Norma Robertsdottir, beam: Believe it was a hit routine...
Noel van Klaveren, floor: "Good Feeling." Triple furn to open. Double layout, very well done! 1.5 to 2.5, and the crowd is loving it! Switch side half. Front double full, stuck. Well!
Ng Yan Yin, vault: Piked Phelps.
Laura Svilpaite, floor: A tango. Her usual lovely dance and weak acrobatics for this level. 1.5 to front tuck half. Front layout full. Ends with roundoff, double tuck.
Chen Yu Chun, vault: Yurchenko layout.
Mariana Sanchez, vault: Yurchenko layout, rolls backwards. Whoops!
Ilaria Kaeslin, bars: Stalder full nowhere near handstand. Huge Tkatchev. Endo. Double pike. She should make all-around finals with that.
Krystyna Palesova, beam: Bhs, layout, layout, very well done! Wobble on Onodi. Sheep. Side somie. Punch front. Jumps. Wobbly full turn with leg at head. Front layout full dismount?
Valentine Sabatou, floor: Turkish music, I think. Full in pike opener. 1.5 to double pike. Double tuck to end. After her problems on vault and beam, nice to see her end on a good note like this.
Tatiana Nabieva, vault: DTY with her usual form -- crunchy kickout in her block -- but it gets better in the air as she straightens out and straightens her legs. Second vault is roundoff, half on...front tuck half off. Looks like she got a bit lost in the air, wasn't quite sure what to do, just did something to get herself to her feet. 14.633 is for the DTY, I assume.
Paula Plichta, floor: "Hijo de la Luna." Roundoff, double tuck.
Carlotta Ferlito, bars: Fairly hit routine, heavy on stalders, with some missed handstands, some leg form here and there. Arabian double front dismount.
Phan Thi Ha Thanh, beam: Off on bhs, layout to two feet. She might have fought for that a bit more...Switch to switch half, wobble. Tourjete half, another wobble. A lot of little things in this routine. Off again on side somie, poor Phan! Very correct double pike dismount, however, with legs glued together all the way through.
Marisa Dick, bars: Jump to high, blind to Jaeger. Pak, very nice. Clear half to toe hecht to high, Full turn to giants to toe on front tuck half dismount. Not bad!
Shang Chunsong, beam: This should be a big routine, and everyone will watch her do it since she's last up...Front walkover mount. Switch ring, flicks her head back, very quick skills. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, split jump, straddle jump. Punch front to bhs swingdown. Nice double turn! Switch to...armswing. Front aerial to double stag jump, stylish. Side aerial to scissone. Double pike, stuck! Well, in spite of the balk after her switch, that is one routine certainly worthy of finals...
Teja Belak, vault: Handspring front layout/pike, well done. Yurchenko 1.5 second vault.
Larisa Iordache, bars: Goes for a toe Khorkina transition and nearly misses it -- one hand comes off the bar and she has to take an intermediate swing. The rest was clean. Full in tuck dismount, small step back.
Tori-Ann Williams, beam: Punch front mount. Switch side. Bhs, layout, nice. Off on front pike. Too bad! Wow -- running double front dismount. Very powerful.
Nicolette Lim, floor: Spanish guitar.
Aruna Reddy, vault: Handspring front tuck.
Vanessa Ferrari, bars: Completely missed it due to Mustafina's beam. Saw her full in tuck dismount, that was all (hop to the side). 13.266.
Aliya Mustafina, beam: Her biggest test of the four events...Jumps. Side somie? and nearly comes off but manages it. Switch half, Onodi, double turn, very good! Front aerial, bhs. So she has a real connection. Switch, stops. Side aerial. Switch ring, a bit nervous. Double tuck, two tiny steps back. Well, she lived.
Ruby Harrold, floor: Didn't see it. Liked the music, though!
Roxana Popa, vault: Really nice DTY, small hop back.
Natsumi Sasada, bars: Hi routine. Nice full in tuck dismount.
Agnes Suto, floor: "Last of the Mohecians." Lovely work but not difficult tumbling.
Daria Matveieva, vault: FTY. Handspring front tuck second vault.
Claudia Cummins, beam: Off on bhs, layout.
Zhanerke Duisek, floor: "Wild Dances." Double pike, low landing, step forward. 1.5 to punch front. Double full to end.
Noemi Makra, vault: Handspring front pike half, step forward. Went for the stick, but didn't quite get it.
Daniele Hypolito, bars: Hit routine until her dismount, when she was too low and fell forward. Shame! 10.866.
Ellie Black, beam: Here's what I saw: Double turn, small wobble. Front pike, solid. Bhs, layout to two feet, excellent. Side somie, small check. Switch to switch half. Punch front. Stuck 2.5 twist dismount! Go Ellie!
McKayla Maroney, floor: Gets announced as an 18-year-old, which probably pleases her. Anyways. Double layout, very nearly stuck. 2.5 to front layout full, step forward. Switch to Tourjete full. Really performing it out there. Arabian double front, steps forward but keeps it in bounds. Very high for a third pass too. Ferrari (Tourjete half ringed). Double pike, great landing! McKayla gives a cool wave to the crowd, which loves her. Artur Akopyan takes her hand like an empress descending from a carriage as she descends the steps of the podium. Very regal performance, that. Lovely. 14.333.
Ruby Harrold, vault: FTY.
Teja Belak, bars: Off on toe stalder that didn't make it to handstand.
Vanessa Ferrari, beam: Stuck double pike dismount.
Aliya Mustafina, floor: Here we go...Two whips to Arabian double front and sits down! She took too much room on the whips too, thought she'd go out of bounds, and she may have pulled back to try to avoid taking a step forward...anyways, 2.5 to front layout full, barely in bounds and leg form. Dunno if they'll give her the triple turn with leg at head, but she tried...Triple full, legs again. Triple spin, well done. Double tuck, hop back.
Dipa Karmakar, bars: Full turn. Front giant. Good Pak. No toepoint to speak of. Toe hecht to dead hang. Not a World class routine, but the Indian gymnasts as a whole have improved.
Natsumi Sasada, beam: Off on her roundoff, layout full mount. Shame, but this time it wasn't really close.
Claudia Cummins, floor: The South African mounts with a double tuck, wild on the rest of her landings. Two OOBs that I counted.
Zhanerke Duisek, vault: Handspring front tuck.
Roxana Popa, bars: Maloney to Gienger. Toe lind to Jaeger. Toe Tkatchev. Toe full to Tkatchev. Pak. Ray. Full twisting double layout, step forward. Terrific set, great powerful swing and form.
Ellie Black, floor: 2.5 twist walkout to triple full, well done. Front layout full walkout to double tuck. Front double full. Coach Dave Kikuchi pumps his fist when she lands her last pass. Nice presentation and original choreography as well.
Mette Hulgaard, vault: Handspring front tuck, step forward.
Olena Vasylieva, bars: Believe it was a hit routine. Great double front dismount to good landing. Good job for the first year senior.
Daniele Hypolito, beam: Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, very good. Switch to back tuck. Double pike, step forward. 13.866.
Nicole Mawhinney, floor: "Wild Dances," a different cut than earlier. Double pike.
McKayla Maroney, vault: Amanar, great as ever, with a step forward. No 10 E-score today, alas. Second vault is roundoff, half on, front layout full off, again with a step forward. Maroney is NEVER missing that one again in competition.
Noemi Makra, bars: Maloney. Jaeger. Church! That's new. Toe Tkatchev. bail to stalder to toe hecht. Terrific double layout. Lovely routine, with one release after another.
Tori-Ann Williams, floor: Surfer music. Double layout, huge. Full in tuck, also very big. Double pike to end, step forward. Excellent tumbling. 12.766.
Cagla Akyol, bars: Nice routine -- toe blind to Jaeger, Pak. Double front dismount. Some foot/leg form, however, but a hit for Germany.
Larisa Iordache, beam: Longest wait of the day to perform while the judges sort out Hypolito...the announcer is filling the space by saying things like, "Still no green light for the young Romanian..." Someone starts clapping, and suddenly everyone is clapping. Message to the judges is clear: Hurry up. But they don't. This is becoming kind of shocking. It's been about five minutes now and Iordache is dancing around trying to keep warm. Ah, here we go, finally: Bhs, back full, steps back, no problem. Roundoff, layout to two feet, very good. Full turn with leg at head, overturned just a little. Switch. Switch half. Front aerial, split, scissone. Side somie. Great so far...roundoff, bhs, triple full, very nearly stuck, small shuffle of the feet, excellent!
Claudia Cummins, vault: FTY basically to her knees. Low.
Agnes Suto, bars: Hecht mount. Gienger with legs apart. Bail to clear hip to toe shoot to high. 1.5 twist dismount.
Rucha Divekar, beam: Just from her split leap you can tell that this is not an international class routine. Work on your form, Indian gymnasts! You've made great strides technically already, but the execution, the execution...
Vanessa Ferrari, floor: Double double tuck, not bad. Full in tuck to back tuck. No punch into the back tuck, but I don't mind it. Lovely tango music and great presence and presentation. Double tuck. Bit of a long wait in the corner for her last pass, but it pays off when she sticks her double pike.
Ellie Black, vault: Tsuk double full, low but landed on her feet. Second vault is a Rudi, a bit piked down and some leg form, but again, she gets it to her feet. Vault finals?
Zhanerke Duisek, bars: Good swing.
Roxana Popa, beam: Saw back tuck, side somie. Very tidy two bhs to double pike dismount, done with a step.
Natsumi Sasada, floor: Full in tuck, OOB. 1.5 to front layout full. 2.5 twist with a step forward. Double pike, small hop/shuffle back. Not bad.
Nicole Mawhinney, vault: Tsuk pike (stood up) and handspring front tuck (sat down).
Mette Hulgaard, bars: Hit routine with double pike dismount.
Olena Vasylieva, beam: Off on side aerial to layout, as she was in podium training. Overtime. Roundoff, double tuck dismount.
Elisa Haemmerle, floor: The most classical rendition of "Born This Way" that you'll ever hear. Whip to double tuck opener, 2.5 twist closer.
Tori-Ann Williams, vault: Most powerful FTY of the day.
McKayla Maroney, bars: Weiler. Maloney. Pak. Toe Khorkina II transition. Gienger. Pike Jaeger. Stuck full twisting double tuck, STUCK.
Noemi Makra, beam: Only saw her stuck double pike dismount. That part was great. If the rest of the routine was like that, it was awesome.
Larisa Iordache, floor: Double double tuck, stuck. Full in tuck, small hop back. 4.5 turn, nice! Switch to switch full. Triple full, a bit too much power and steps back but controls it right away. Double pike, small hop back. A hit! That should make floor finals.
Tori-Ann Williams, vault: Most powerful FTY seen today.
Cagla Akyol, beam: Hit routine with side aerial to layout and tidy double pike dismount. Good for her!
Aliya Mustafina, vault: Lands her DTY (all but stuck) just as Iordache's music ends, as though to say, "Hey, don't forget about me!" Second vault: Roundoff, half on, front layout full...to her bottom. She's not pleased about that, drops her arm to the mat in a gesture that betrays her frustration.
Ruby Harrold, bars: Maloney to Bharwaj, awesome. Toe Khorkina II to Zuchold that draws gasps! Jaeger. Double front with a step forward. The crowd loves it!
Teja Belak, beam: Switch, scissone. Front aerial to bhs. Side aerial, wobble. Side somie. It's really hard to look elegant coming out of a side somie, isn't it? Punch front. Switch half and comes off. Ah, too bad. Double tuck with a step back.
Natsumi Sasada, vault: FTY, well done.
Roxana Popa, floor: "La Cucaracha." Double layout, bounces out of it with chest down. Whips to full in tuck. 2.5 to punch front. Double pike, step back. Very fun, crowd-pleasing routine.
Elisa Haemmerle, vault: Tsuk full.
Ellie Black, bars: Jump to high, hope change to Jaeger to Pak. toe stalder to toe hecht to high, full turn to giant to toe pike half dismount, stuck. This is certainly her weak point, but she got through it about as well as she could.
Daria Matvieieva, floor: Bond piece that wasused as a DeBeers diamond commercial forever. Very approprtate for Antwerp! 1.5 to front layout full. Double full. Lovely Ukrainian style choreo, but all the tumbling seems...well, short. Double pike to end, that was nice.
Mette Hulgaard, beam: Back pike for the 25-year-old Dane. Stuck Gainer pike off the end.
Larisa Iordache, vault: DTY.
McKayla Maroney, beam: Front pike, nearly comes off. Bhs, layout. Punch front. Switch, wobble. Switch half. Full turn. Off on side aerial, the same as in podium training, I believe. Side somie. Well, it was a thrill to see her do all-around at a Worlds...switch side. Double pike with a step back.
Noemi Makra, floor: Opened with a nice full in pike, small bounce upwards due to the podium. The rest of it must have gone well too, because she gets a nice greeting and a kiss from her coach on the sidelines. He seems to be congratulating her for a nice day of work.
Vanessa Ferrari, vault: 14.366 for what is I'm assuming a Yurchenko 1.5, which is what she trained.
Nicolette Lim, beam: One fall, and overtime.
Pauline Schaefer, floor: Lovely double pike to open. 1.5 to front layout full. Double tuck to end.
Aliya Mustafina, bars: Hits the routine, including her toe stalder to new Seitz to mixed grip (full twisting Maloney) and toe full to full twisting double tuck dismount (step back). She won't be happy with what she did today, but it was a decent exercise and should be enough to make finals. 14.9.
Ruby Harrold, beam: Bhs, layout. Wobble on full turn with leg at head. Again on switch ring. Nearly comes off on side aerial. But she's surviving! Roundoff, double tuck dismount with a step back.
Rucha Divekar, floor: Straddle 1.5. Hands down on double tuck mount. Punch front to full twist. Very pretty piece of music. Falls again on double full.
Agnes Suto,beam: Unusual elbow stand mount. Front aerial. Bhs. Full turn with leg at horizontal. Side aerial. Switch. Didn't see the dismount -- might have been a Gainer layout.
It's being announced that if you are a delegation member and are sitting in the "soft seats" you should give them away "to people who have paid for their tickets."
Yamilet Pena, vault: If she is going to make vault finals, she probably needs to throw the handspring double front here...oh, she's going to do it. And she does. To a forward roll immediately. Better that than underrotating, IMO. She looks devastated, of course, looking up to the ceiling like, why? And not bothering to conceal her disappointment. But she walked away from it. That's the important thing. Second vault: DTY with a step back. 14.9. That will probably be enough to make finals...
Giulia Steingruber, bars: Toe Khorkina II to high. Toe full to Geinger. Blind to Markelov. Double front dismount. Might have missed some handstands here and there, but a decent set on her weakest event, so...
Jasmin Mader, beam: Gainer pike off the end.
Shaden Woden, floor: What I'd describe as Turkish music. The only competitor here to wear a leotard that covers her upper legs. Double tuck to open. Both feet out of bounds on second pass.
Kirsten Beckett, vault: Yurchenko 1.5 with a large step forward.
Sandra Izbasa, floor: Well, she said that her goal here was to finish a floor routine on her feet, and she did that. Full in pike. 1.5 to triple full to single stag jump. Full in tuck. 2.5 to punch front -- played it a bit safe. A good routine, worth of finals.
Hiu Ying Angel Wong, vault: Tsuk full.
Ana Filipa Martins, bars: Hit routine with full in tuck dismount. Strong for the young woman from Portugal.
Dilnoza Abdusalimova, beam: Comes off, but didn't see on what.
Rosanna Ojala, floor: Double tuck to end.
Asuka Teramoto, bars: Falls, didn't see on what.
Gaelle Mys, beam: Onodi, front aerial, pause, sheep. Connection a little questionable. Arena is silent for the homegirl. Bhs, layout. Double pike dismount, step forward. The crowd explodes!
Catalina Escobar, floor: Overcooks a triple full and falls backwards. Fun routine otherwise.
Silvia Colussi, vault: FTY, nicely done.
Chantysha Netteb, bars: Gets lost on a pirouette and kicks the low bar. Intermediate swings ensue, etc. 12.108.
Marta Pihan-Kulesza, beam: Excellent front aerial to side somie. Switch half, pause, back tuck. Illusion. Gainer layout off the end. No double front this time.
Hannah Whelan, floor: Cool new routine to a rather jazzy "Dark Eyes." Full in tuck with a step. Clean tumbling afterward.
Vasiliki Millousi, vault: Yurchenko layout.
Victoria Moors, floor: The crowd is being educated about Moors's double double layout before she goes up, which is quite nice. "Assassin's Tango." Oh, and she misses it! Lands on hands and knees. That one was much cleaner than what she did in podium training. She's made so many that it never actually occurred to me that she could miss. 1.5 to triple full. Switch ring to switch half. 2.5 twist. Double tuck. What a shame!
Fadwa Mahmoud, beam: Off on punch front.
Dipa Karmakar, floor: Arabian double front. 2.5 twist. Double tuck to end. So, so improved from, say, the French International three years ago.
Rosanna Ojala, vault: Handspring front pike, very well done! Stuck landing.
Giulia Steingruber, beam: Punch front pike. Leap to side somie. Bhs, layout to two feet, wobbles but doesn't come off. Switch half. A little wobbly after front aerial but nothing major. Her own dismount, a Gainer layout full off the end, which is named after her. Cowbells galore from the crowd.
Mathilde Kirk, floor: Double tuck. Lovely music.
Catalina Escobar, vault: DTY, much better than in training, when she did a 1 3/4 that was a tad frightening.
Valentina Rashkova, bars: Messes up her start and does kip, front hip and then swings into a Geinger. Double layout dismount, stuck, was the best part of that routine.
Angelina Kysla, beam: Missed the opening. Punch front. Off on front aerial. Sigh.
Dilnoza Abdusalimova, floor: Traditional Eastern European music, and lovely choreo!
Victoria Moors, vault: Nice DTY.
Silvia Colussi, bars: Full turn to Tkatchev. Double pike dismount.
Ana Filipa Martins, beam: Bhs, bhs, layout, small wobble. Front aerial. Switch half. 2.5 twist to end. Hit routine.
Gaelle Mys, floor: "Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps." Front double full to front layout half. Double tuck. Double pike. A very well choreographed, very enjoyable routine, and the crowd gobbles it up. There's a huge ovation when she hits her ending pose.
Dipa Karmakar, vault: Layout Cuervo.
Vasiliki Millousi, bars: Hit routine I believe.
Asuka Teramoto, beam: Off on a layout stepout. She fell off bars too -- not having a good day, but she showed a lot of potential last year at the Olympic Games, particularly on this event. Roundoff, triple full dismount -- and she starts her hurdle for the roundoff in the middle of the beam.
Marta Pihan-Kulesza, floor: Too much power on roundoff, triple full and sits down. Bounces way forward on Arabian double front as well -- she and this podium are not getting along. Still a most enjoyable routine from the Polish papillon. Front double full to end.
Shaden Woden, vault: The Qatari does a Yurchenko tuck full and a handspring front tuck.
Yamilet Pena, bars: Hit routine with double layout dismount.
Chantysha Netteb, beam: Save of the subdivision on her switch half! That was truly impressive -- almost more than anything else anyone's done on beam this subdivision -- and got its own round of applause. Double full dismount.
Angelina Kysla, floor: "Roxanne," a tango. 1.5 to double tuck. No major disasters afterward.
Dilnoza Abdusalimova, vault: Handspring front tuck half.
Gaelle Mys, vault: FTY. Enormous applause.
Silvia Colussi, beam: Switch to back tuck. Switch half. Bhs, layout. Front aerial to jumps. Side aerial crosswise to the beam impresses everybody and gets a big hand. And then she comes off on her next skill. Double pike dismount. 12.9.
Catalina Escobar, bars: One fall.
Ana Filipa Martins, floor: Double pike. 2.5 twist.
Marta Pihan-Kulesza, vault: Sits handspring front pike. This is really not her day...
Vasiliki Millousi, beam: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Side aerial. Switch ring. Side somie. Bhs, layout. Double pike with a step forward. Excellent routine. 13.833.
Beckie Downie, bars: Hit set, stuck full twisting double tuck dismount. Beckie looks terribly chuffed, as she should. That was great. 15.1 or so.
Fadwa Mahmoud, vault: Her handspring double front is even scarier than Pena's, because she does not look that powerful and does not look like she gets enough height to get it around. Looked to me like she landed on her bum before her feet, which would give her a zero. Instead she gets 14.566. Second vault is a mediocre Tsuk full and not strong enough to get her into the final.
Chantysha Netteb, floor: Huge tumbling. Wonderful Arabian double front to open. Double tuck second pass, equally big. Interesting modern choreography as well -- not what everyone's doing, but it works for her. Final pass is a front double full. Big smile on her face as she leaves the floor.
Yamilet Pena, beam: Saw one large wobble, didn't see a fall.
Jasmin Mader, vault: FTY.
Giulia Steingruber, floor: New routine for her, very epic choice of music. Huge full twisting double layout, but OOB. Double layout second pass, enormous. Double tuck with a little hop. Double pike, great landing! Excellent routine. Lots of cowbells.
Gaelle Mys, bars: Big hit routine for Gaelle with double front dismount. Belgium's two-time Olympian has done really well tonight in front of her public.
Catalina Escobar, beam: One fall.
Asuka Teramoto, vault: Handspring front layout half, very well done! For such a small, compact gymnast you think she might not be too powerful, but that was downright flighty. Good for her!
Marta Pihan-Kulesza, bars: Shaposh to bail to Ray. Clear hip to clear blind to Jaeger and hit her feet before the Jaeger on the low bar -- ouch. Double front, good landing.
Rebecca Downie, beam: Hit routine. Wobbles here and there, but well done.
Silvia Colussi, floor: Spanish guitar, a very stylish and dramatic choice. Full in tuck to start, double pike to end. Silvia's new home base is the University of Florida, and I'll bet this routine was choreographed by them -- it has some typically Florida poses and such, and will play well in the NCAA, but it also works on the world stage.
Giulia Steingruber, vault: Wonderful stretched Rudi, maybe the best she's ever done. Tsuk full second vault.
Chantysha Netteb, vault: DTY, good, and Tsuk full. Might not be enough to get her into finals.
Victoria Moors, beam: Switch to split leap. Bhs, layout to two feet, wobbles but doesn't come off. Side aerial. Turn in wolf position, doesn't quite make it all the way around and has to grab the beam. Side somie. Very good high double pike dismount. In all-around finals, she should have another crack at the double double layout...
Angelina Kysla, vault: FTY. 13.9.
Dipa Karmakar, beam: Bhs, layout to two feet. Crisper work than seen in the past from Indian gymnasts. Back tuck. Wolf full. Gainer layout off the end, stuck. Nice job.
Yamilet Pena, floor: Arabian double front, OOB just by a little bit. This is Meringue, I think, very poppy! 1.5 to front layout full, a little awkward on landing. And it's nice to see someone do a Shushunova again -- for whatever reason we don't see them on floor anymore -- everyone's doing Memmel turns instead. Double tuck. Clapping in the corner before her final pass, a double pike that she overrotates and lands on her bottom. There's an audible groan from the crowd, which really enjoyed that routine. 11.366.
Jasmin Mader, bars: Toe full, kips off an overcooks the handstand and falls. Maloney to bail to toe half to toe stalder to toe Khorkina II transition attempt and falls. The crowd gasps at that fall. Blind to Jaeger. Toe stalder and falls again. Crowd is clapping as she remounts. Toe stalder to hecht back tuck dismount. "Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for your support, always appreciated by the gymnasts," the annoucer tells the arena.
Shaden Woden, beam: Another terribly long wait on the podium before she can begin. At the very end of this qualification, things seem to be moving in slow motion.
Kristin Beckett, floor: "Step Up." Terrific Arabian double front mount from the South African. Ends with a double pike, two big steps back after overrotating it.
Mathilde Kirk, bars: Hop change to Jaeger, bail nowhere near handstand, clear hip to toe hecht to high, 1.5 twisting dismount.
Shaden Woden, beam: Three falls total, poor gal. Punch front mount. Off on front pike. Off again on a bhs that went awry. And a third time on a back tuck. Front layout full dismount.
Dilnoza Abdusalimova, bars: Camera focuses in on Oksana Chusovitina, the national team coach, who is helping prepare the bars. Dilnoza comes off on a pike Jaeger, but she's got a lot of potential as a gymnast. Double pike dismount.
Rosanna Ojala, beam: Front somie. Off on switch half. Switch. Side somie. Bhs, layout. Split leap, thinks about doing a connection and decides against it. Jumps. Double tuck, overrotates and rolls back.