The City of Jesolo Trophy was a weekend full of new seniors, international debuts, surprises and, most importantly, amazing gymnastics. On Saturday, we watched the U.S. senior team take gold and Sunisa Lee win the senior all-around title, while Russia won the junior competition and the U.S. came in second as a team, with Konnor McClain winning the junior all-around title.
After an exciting Saturday of team and all-around competitions, the event finals began on Sunday with the seniors on vault and the juniors on beam. The competitors then continued to rotate in event order.
There were only two competitors in senior vault finals, both gymnasts from Italy. Desiree Carofiglio and Asia D’Amato both gave solid efforts, but the gold eventually went to D’Amato. Carofiglio competed a Yurchenko 1 ½ first but landed in a squat and took a large step. Her second vault was a handspring piked front, which she hopped out of on the landing. With a 13.4 for her Yurchenko and a 13.1 for her handspring front, she averaged a 13.25. D’Amato first competed a double twisting Yurchenko with lots of height, then tried a López for her second vault and stepped to the side on the landing. With an average score of 14.2, she squeezed out the senior vault title.
The junior beam final ended with Russia taking first and third and the U.S. taking second. Viktoriia Listunova placed first with a 13.85, then Ciena Alipio with a 13.75 and finally Elena Gerasimova with a 13.7. Listunova competed a backflip mount, double wolf turn, front handspring front with lots of height and a double-tuck dismount. With confident, exact movements, this routine won her gold on this event.
Alipio took second with a solid triple series and a double full dismount. Gerasimova mounted with an impressive Onodi, though she looked slightly off balance, she ended up saving it. She had an impressive routine with two series, and almost lost the routine again on the dismount—a 2 ½ where her foot almost slipped—but she once again saved it, coming in third.
Beam was a heartbreaking event right off the bat for a few juniors, including Wei Xiaoyuan from China who fell on her triple series and Konnor McClain from the U.S. McClain qualified in first for the event with a 14.133, but sat on the beam during her standing Arabian, then fell off, unable to save it. She also fell on her triple series, giving her no chance to place on this event today, despite her quality performance yesterday.
The seniors then moved to bars, where Sunisa Lee took first with a 14.45, giving U.S. the gold on this event. She competed a concrete routine, displaying a Jaeger, Nabieva combination and Geinger. Tang Xijing of China scored a 14.350 after a Maloney to Pak, Maloney half, piked Jaeger and a stuck double layout dismount to put the cherry on top of a beautiful bar routine. Elisa Lorio won third place for Italy, scoring a 14.300. She displayed many skills including a Stalder Shaposhnikova half and a stuck double front.
Meanwhile the juniors were on floor, where Russia dominated the top two spots. Viktoriia Listunova won first with a 14.300, and Vladislava Urazova took second with a 13.900. Listunova won this event by four tenths because of her clean passes with lots of height. She opened with a whip whip to triple full, then competed a 2 ½ punch front and ended with a double tuck. Her leaps and turns were also very controlled and steady. Urazova competed a triple as her first pass, then a large back 2 ½. She continued her routine with a front double full and ended with a huge double tuck.
Konnor McClain picked up the pace after her beam mishaps to take third on floor with a 13.350. She opened with a double layout then moved to a 1 ½ step out to double pike. Her third pass was a back 2 ½ punch front and she finished with a double. McClain picked up some tenths others lost on this event from her strong form, especially her clean toe point throughout her routine.
The third event for seniors was beam, where Liu Tingting from China took first, Emma Malabuyo placed second for the U.S. and Sunisa Lee took third. Tingting competed a strong routine and her ability to place first was obvious as Guan Chenchen ran over after her set and gave her a huge hug, clearly proud of her work. One of her only mistakes was a small balance check between her leaps, but she made up for it with a front handspring front series, front aerial to ring jump to back handspring swing down and a double full dismount. This routine scored her a 14.8 and gave her a strong lead over Malabuyo’s 14.4.
Malabuyo also had a slight pause in combinations, hers occurring between her front aerial and ring jump and between her standing Arabian and jumps, but otherwise stayed rock-hard during her set. She also competed a punch front to straddle jump to back handspring swing down and a double pike dismount. Lee scored a 14.15 for her triple series, side aerial to back layout and double tuck dismount. She also landed her triple wolf turn, a strong comeback after falling on that skill in Saturday’s competition.
The junior vault final was a competitive one, with Konnor McClain taking first with a 14.425. She first competed a double twisting Yurchenko, which had lots of height and gave her a 14.75. Her second vault was a full twisting Yurchenko, which received a 14.1. Listunova scored better on her first vault, receiving a 14.5 for a double twisting Yurchenko. Her second vault, a full twisting Yurchenko, gave her a 13.7, giving her the average score of 14.1. Celina Alipio rounded out this event, scoring an average of 14.05 after a 14.1 for a Yurchenko 1 ½ with a hop forward on the landing and a 14.0 for a full twisting Yurchenko as her second vault.
The seniors finished on floor, an event where the U.S. often dominates and today was no exception. Sunisa Lee took gold with a 14.2 and Emma Malabuyo was right behind her with a 14.1. Trailing over a half point behind was Qi Qi, representing China and scoring a 13.55.
Lee competed a tuck double twisting double back, sticking it for a strong opening pass. She then threw a double layout, which she landed a bit short with her chest down, but it was still a good pass overall. She then did a back 1 ½ to front layout full, displaying an abundance of confidence and power. She did a triple wolf turn, then a double wolf turn before finishing with a nearly stuck double tuck. Malabuyo competed four passes, starting with a double layout. She had the opposite problem of Lee’s double layout, and instead of landing short, hopped back a bit on the landing. She then competed a steady Arabian double, a tuck full in where her chest was a bit low on the landing and a double pike with a hop back on the landing. Qi Qi competed a tuck full in, back 2 ½ to front full, a triple turn, triple full, and ended with a double tuck.
The junior competition ended on bars, where Vladislava Urazova placed first with an incredible routine. She scored a well-deserved 14.3 with a Shaposhnikova to Pak, Maloney half, piked Jaeger and full twisting double tuck dismount. Her lines were beautiful, and she looked like she was floating effortlessly the entire time, showing no strain in executing this difficult routine.
Elena Gerasimova took second with a 14.1, boasting a Shaposhnikova to Pak, Stalder half to toe up, piked Jaeger and a twisting double tuck dismount. Her clean routine won her second over Konnor McClain, who took bronze with a 13.75. She competed a blind to piked Jaeger, which she caught close to the bar, a Pak, a Stalder full to Maloney to Stalder half and ended with a tuck full in, a dismount where she hopped to the side slightly on the landing.
Watch all the videos from today’s individual event finals here.