No livestream emerged from Japan Junior, not that it would have been much good to me in the end when I discovered the AA started at 5am my time. Unfortunately, nobody was allowed to make videos either, and only two have emerged so far. First, results!
Unsurprisingly, Bailie Key won with a huge 58.4. Bailie fell on beam and still scored a 14 there. She scored a 15 on floor with a 6.1 routine, and nailed her DTY also, 15.05. It's so surprising to hear that Bailie fell..she counted no falls this year at Jesolo, Chemnitz, Classics or Nationals and the European competitions had event finals too. Despite the fall here, she still finished 1.5 points ahead of her nearest rival, continuing her streak of domination.
Sadly, Laurie Hernandez fell, paving the way to silver for the one who wasn't mentioned at all in the live tweets...Wang Yan! She has been dealing with an injury but appears to be fully recovered, scoring huge on vault and very respectable elsewhere..though I don't think she could have been at her best on floor and beam given her scores there, a bit lower than expected. Wang Yan has a DTT and Rudi under her belt belt (Rudi not consistent...yet) whereas most of her competitors will be doing a DTY and FTY, or even less. A great result for her after a disappointing National Games, and she's in a good position to take vault gold and place on beam.
I was very curious about how Laurie Hernandez' floor would score under international judging for the first time..not to worry, she got 14.7 for 5.9 difficulty. She came to grief as mentioned on bars but seems to have done well otherwise. Aleeza Yu of Canada snatched fourth place which was thrilling but unexpected, I hope a video or two of her appear despite the ban on them..after all, we do have two already.
Fifth-seventh place consist of Andreea Munteanu, Maria Bondareva and Maria Kharenkova. Andreea had hand surgery a while ago so as expected she wasn't at the top of her game, and her teammate Andreea Iridon had a bit of a nightmare with at least one fall and counting a piked yurchenko but she's also having issues with growth pain in her wrist. We don't know of any excuse for the fairly poor performances of the two Russians though. Kharenkova is slightly concerning given that she's turning senior in a few months. It's hard to see her excel as an all-arounder, but certainly she continues to show a lot of promise on beam and floor in particular. Bondareva is younger, and lovely, but her scores indicate that she hasn't really progressed- she seems to be in a rut. Hopefully both girls can advance with their gymnastics and not be struck down by the horror show that is Russian gymnastics politics (and health!) and a certain person/dragon.
Catherine Lyons was eighth, a respectable result given that she has lower difficulty than the girls of the top 4. She seems to have grown a lot but I'm very hopeful for her future, I see her as the elegant antithesis to powerhouses Tyesha Mattis, Amy Tinkler and Ellie Downie. Compatriot Georgia Mae Fenton has been dealing with injury unfortunately and as such only competed two events.
Here are some more snippets from Japan's gymnastics federation:
1) Key maybe did piked circle 1/1 stuck the tsk dismount
2) Laurie fell on Ricna and didn't do Pak salto
3) Janas almost fell off beam.
4) Munteanu under rotated her triple twist on floor.
5) Maybe Kharenkova did Arabian to jump
6) Sae Miyagawa changed her first pass from "1 1/2 to dbl front" to "front layout to tuck dbl front" and maybe dlo
7) Wakana Yasui upgraded her first pass to 2 1/2 to front layout, second pass to tuck full
I'm so happy Wang Yan had a great competition! I'll update with event finals results tomorrow.
This channel has videos of Munteanu and Kharenkova on floor, and hopefully more to be uploaded...You can see the breakdown of scores here and the list of event final orders here. Event finals will start in about 6 hours or so.
The US worlds team are currently training in the Netherlands. Here are some observations from Judith, who was present..this training session was open to the public, but like at US sessions, it didn't include floor tumbling or vault.
"Ok quick summary. Biles does a 2.5 wolf on beam now, I believe she
nailed it every time. The bhs bhs layout is gone I think because she did
bhs - loso. Full-in dismount. She did a double wolf on floor and added a
front aerial. The girls didn't do any tumbling or vaulting so I can't
say anything about that.
Kyla didn't change anything I believe. Looked solid on bars as usual and
her beam too. No sign of the aerial cartwheel to loso or bhs-arabian.
The switch ring - back tuck seems to be gone too, the back tuck is after
the switch leap.
Brenna looked cleaner on UB and she hit the Tweddle - straddle back
every time I think. After the straddle back she does a toe-on half but
she had some trouble with that one. She also added the Maloney half back
into her routine. Her beam was blah as usual. I believe she only did a
double tuck dismount(2 bhs's) today instead of the double pike at Nats.
I've seen her splits while sitting on the floor, and I don't think she
can do a proper split....
McKayla didn't look so good on UB actually. I believe she starts with a
weiler half on the low bar but she couldn't quite get it. maloney - pak,
maloney half, gienger, piked jaeger, full turn, full-in dismount(not
all of those were good) Her beam was ok, just not as clean and
consistent as the others due to lack of training I think. front
pike(puck..), bhs loso, front tuck, switch leap switch half, side
aerial, eeh just the usual. I saw one double pike dismount from her,
wasn't too hot. Apparently she cried a bit too but I didn't see it.
As a whole, the girls looked fit, strong and healthy and they looked
focused. We were behind glass during beam and bars, but not for
floor(dance-throughs and dance skills etc) and it was dead quiet."