Wu Liufang, China’s only new senior in contention for worlds this year, missed out on both worlds AND the Asian Games. Glasgow Grand Prix was the bone she got thrown instead.
Now, I really like this competition. It’s relaxed and fun, the city is great and the people are friendly, if often dangerous. However, it’s not quite Worlds. On the WAG side, although they’ve had plenty of big stars show up in the past, it’s distinctly B list. Especially since they didn’t even manage to persuade Tweddle to do it this year. So, as consolation prizes go, it isn’t the best one ever. Nonetheless, it offered the opportunity to win some hardware, get some prize money and experience one of the potential host cities for 2014 worlds. Sadly I missed it all, as one of my best friends got married yesterday. Very inconvenient of her.
Those of us who favour Wu Liufang over some of the other boring shit China have served up this year really wanted her to rock here. Since there doesn’t seem to be a role for her on major teams, let’s enjoy her now while we can. 2 x golds please. Wu Liufang is a bars and beam specialist. The field for neither was spectacular, although 2009 world silver medallist Lauren Mitchell was there for beam.
Anyway, one event went her way and one didn’t. Here are full results below:
|3||PINTO ADASME Makarena||CHI||5.20||13.800||0.0||5.00||13.725||0.0||13.762|
It pains me to say it, but it looks like the decision not to send Wu Liufang to worlds was vindicated, since she’d have been primarily a beam specialist and her beam was not great here- only 14.1 on qualifying when she actually stayed on. Still though, it’s a shame they didn’t send her to Asian Games. She could’ve had Deng Linlin’s spot. Anyway, enough bitching on that score. Here is her bars, I shall be pretending that her beam didn’t happen.
From Mother Russia’s perspective, Kurbatova got her chance to shine after being diddled out of her world vault finals berth, and took it. Well, I say shine. She did a Yurchenko 1.5 and a crap Podkopayeva, but nonetheless she managed to sneak past double Commonwealth champion Imogen Cairns.
Surprise bronze went to Makarena Adamse Pinto of Chile. If she isn’t using her namesake song for her floor music, she needs to start. If not now, there’s always the NCAA.
The Myz however looked clapped out. She too was evidently thrown a bone with this assignment. One has to wonder why the coaches bothered.
I was left wondering why Pinches wasn’t able to perform as well as that at worlds, how Lauren Mitchell manages to keep going, and whether we’ll see The Myz again.
On the men’s side, more consolation prizes and score settling as Shatilov took floor after narrowly missing out on bronze in Rotterdam, and Smith beat Berki on pommels. It would take much more than the sum of mine and Bronwyn’s combined MAG expertise to tell our readers whether there was any hometown scoring going on there or not, so I’ll content myself with linking to full results: