Doha Challenge Cup – Romania a facut “regulile”

Desfasurat cu doua saptamani inaintea Campionatelor Europene Individuale de la Moscova (17-21 aprilie), concursul de etapa FIG Challenge Cup s-a constituit intr-o foarte buna proba practica de pregatire si de evaluare inaintea evenimentului continental. Delegatia Romaniei, cu Diana Bulimar, Larisa Iordache, Flavius Koczi, Andrei V. Muntean si Marius Berbecar in prim-plan, a facut… regulile la Doha (Qatar), afirmandu-si aspiratiile pentru podiumurile europene. Gimnastii nostri au ocupat locul intai pe natiuni, cu cinci medalii obtinute, dintre care patru de culoarea locului intai – Diana Bulimar, Larisa Iordache, Flavius Koczi, Andrei V. Muntean – si doua pozitii secunde, prin Larisa Iordache, dominand astfel o competitie la care au luat parte 150 de sportivi din 36 de tari si la finalul careia au urcat pe podium reprezentantii a 13 natiuni.


Diana Bulimar la sol, urmata de colega ei Larisa Iordache, care s-a impus la barna, Flavius Koczi, la randu-i, tot la sol, si surpriza deosebit de placuta care s-a numit Andrei V. Muntean au intrunit aprecierile comentatorilor prezenti in tribunele de la Aspire Dome si, mai important, ale juriilor de concurs, daca judecam prin prisma confruntarilor viitoare, dar sa nu omitem faptul ca Larisa Iordache a mai fost in prim-plan si la alte doua aparate, iar Marius Berbecar a castigat calificarile la paralele.
Este adevarat, de la editia 2013 a Doha Challenge Cup au lipsit gimnastii din Rusia, Germania sau Ucraina, pe lista favoritilor la Moscova, dar acest lucru nu umbreste cu nimic modul in care au evoluat sportivii nostri la Doha.
Tabloul medaliilor obtinute la concursul din Qatar are urmatoarea configuratie:

LOC

TARA AUR ARGINT BRONZ TOTAL

1.

ROMANIA

4

2

6

2

China

1

2

2

5

3

Brazilia

1

1

2

RPD Coreeana

1

1

2

Vietnam

1

1

2

6

Croatia

1

1

Ungaria

1

1

2

8

M. Britanie

1

2

3

9

Japonia

1

1

Olanda

1

1

11

Armenia

2

2

Elvetia

2

2

13

Slovenia

1

1

Sa consemnam si cateva dintre comentariile aparute dupa inchierea competitiei:
In articolul intitulat “Romania Rules Final Day at Doha Challenge Cup”,  Amanda Turner de la International Gymnast Magazine, scrie:
“Olympian Larisa Iordache took the gold medal on balance beam with a wobble-free set, tumbling a ff tucked full, a round off layout/piked full, and a RO ff, triple twist dismount.
Romanian Olympian Diana Bulimar won women’s floor exercise with dynamic tumbling (double layout; tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to double tuck; double pike). Iordache was second (tucked double-double out of bounds; tucked full-in; triple twist; quad turn; double tuck).
Romanian Andrei Vasile Muntean — one of two gymnasts named Andrei Muntean on the Romanian national team — won parallel bars with a well-executed set, complete with a double pike dismount…”

La randul sau, Mai Akkad, Doha Media Committee, comenteaza pe site-ul competitiei, sub titlul: “Romania Dominate in the final day in Doha’s FIG World Challenge Cup”:
…“The Romanians shined on the podium tonight in the final day of the sixth FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Doha as they bagged four gold medals.
17-year old, Diane Bullimar got the crowds on their feet as she displayed a stellar floor routine that got her the gold medal. Her compatriot, Larisa Andreea settled for the bronze while China’s Siqi Zeng took silver.  “We continue to do our best and the best is the winner,” said Bullimar about Romania’s victorious run in the event.
Andrea who helped her team win the bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympics, proved why she is a world-class gymnast in the beam finals where she scored a whopping 15.500 to win the top spot… In the parallel bars, Andrei Vasile Muntean, another Romanian captured the gold medal, while Korea’s Jin Hyok Kim took the silver and China’s Qiuhua Liao took the bronze…”
Intr-un amplu comentariu pentru The Couch Gymnast, Bea Gheorghisor noteaza:
“But today was a very good day for the balance beam finalists… You know it’s going to be good when the final starts with a gorgeous Chinese routine, brilliant both in terms of difficulty and artistry. Siqi Zeng debuted with a flic-flic – layout to two feet – split jump.  Everything stuck and centered. Her switch ring and sheep jump were textbook material. A moment of epiphany when you realize that THAT is how it’s supposed to look like. Her giant score of 15.150 seemingly sealed the deal for the gold. Or so we thought.
Both Diana Bulimar and Gabrielle Jupp had very successful routines, which gave them plenty of reasons to be satisfied with their performances. But they couldn’t touch Siqi, the difficulty just wasn’t there: Bulimar did a routine out of 5.7, with a very beautiful round-off layout to two feet. Jupp had a routine out of 5.9, the highlight of which were her double spin and the very pretty choreography. Larisa Iordache competed last in the final and had a monster of a routine. Maybe “monster” is not an appropriate word. But how would you call a routine that contains both a flic-back full and a round-off – layout full? Most importantly, the execution was solid as well. Sure, if you want to go for the nitty gritty, the layout full is not perfect: there was a little bit of a pike in the hips and some slightly bent knees. But the other elements were well done: the full tuck was stuck, the Y turn (which is also new) looks great, the triple full dismount is still one of the best out there. Impressive debut of routine for Larisa Iordache.


The final as a whole did not look as successful as the beam one. The floor seemed extremely bouncy, which made all the landings problematic: four out of the eight finalists had OOB deductions. That says a lot. We kind of knew from the beginning that baring disaster, this final was going to be between the two Romanians: Iordache was well above the rest of the field in terms of difficulty, while Diana Bulimar has the consistency and the stuck landings. You just know she is going to stuck one or… four. Larisa landed her first pass, a double-double (or a Silivaș) out of bounds, mistake for which she incurred a .1 deduction. She had steps or hops after all her other passes so the routine is not yet as crisp as it used to. In general she looked like she had energy to spare, which is how she always looks when in shape. In terms of music and chore, Larisa has the same Spanish guitar flamenco-style routine she had last year at the Olympics. Since she barely competed this routine, there would be no point in changing it. But I must confess I would like her to change after Euros: while the music is fine and Larisa is a very capable little dancer, she seems somewhat detached throughout the routine. Maybe it’s the instrumentation, maybe it’s a matter of compatibility or maybe it’s me… Diana Bulimar only stuck one landing today and if that is not testimony regarding the bounciness of the floor, I don’t know what is. Joke aside, she managed yet another solid routine: opened with a very tidy and high double layout, followed by a 1 ½ twist to double back. The third pass, a full in which is both pike and tuck (or neither) must be the weakest part of her routine. Other than that, all the elements, including the leaps and jumps looked sharp even though she is a few centimeters taller. ..Regarding the music: I find it very agreeable and Diana sells it like very few manage to do it these days, but… As the great Nadia once said (in a commentary for a performance on bars by Khorkina): “She has had this routine for a long time, not only she can close her eyes and see her routine but I can close my eyes and see her routine…”.


In sfarsit, dar nu in cele din urma, Gymmedia International scrie, de asemenea:
…”Flavius ​​Koczi (ROU) meets his favorite role, successful first line with Salto backward. 1 ½ twists and somersault with 2 ½ twists. Even the Brazilians Oyakawa did his job well, but has difficulty value of 0.4 points lower, but confident with very good design – a pity that at the end of his exercise of Tsukahara tucked just managed to step error, which cost a possible victory. Very good also the Slovenian Klarovora: He cited at least two gymnasts from Great Britain from the platform, which were placed in the qualifying better…”

Oricum, toate acestea nu echivaleaza cu castigarea bataliei europene, prima din actualul ciclu olimpic, in care noua generatie are un cuvant de spus si de demonstrat cum se profileaza viitorul.

Em.F.