Briones, Oh qualify for event finals at Youth Olympic Games
posted on 10/08/2018

© Ricardo Bufolin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 8, 2018 – Brandon Briones of Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, qualified for the still rings and vault finals, and Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, advanced to trampoline finals at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gymnastics’ qualification round continues tomorrow with men’s gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.

Rhythmic gymnast Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, takes to the floor for hoop at 2 p.m. and the ball at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9, local Argentina time. Briones will compete in the men’s parallel bars in the evening session. Live scoring and results are available through the official website. The live stream of gymnastics coverage on the Olympic Channel begins on Oct. 11 with the men’s all-around finals.

On the vault, Briones averaged a 14.033 (14.166/13.900) for the top qualification score and a trip to the finals. Felix Dolci of Canada earned a 13.950 for second, followed by Gabriel Burtanete of Romania (13.733).

In the still rings qualification round, Briones scored a 13.533 (4.600, difficulty; 8.933, execution) for second in the preliminary ranking and a spot in the still rings final. Japan’s Takeru Kitazono had the event’s top score of 13.700. China’s Yin Dehang was third in the rankings at 13.500.

After four of six events, Briones is ranked third in the all-around with a three-event total of 54.232. Kitazono has the top score of 55.433, followed by Yin with 54.732.

Oh advanced to the finals via her eighth place finish in the women’s trampoline preliminaries. She tallied a 92.200 total (43.040/49.160). China’s Fan Xinyi had the top women’s score with a 99.100, with Australia’s Jessica Pickering at 94.250 and Switzerland’s Emily Mussmann (93.635).

Women’s vault and men’s trampoline were also held today. The top three in the preliminary rankings were: women’s vault – Giorgia Villa of Italy (14.083), Anastasiia Bachynska of Ukraine (13.816), and Emma Spence of Canada (13.791); and men’s trampoline – Ivan Litvinovich of Belarus (108.355), Fu Fantao of China (102.910) and Ruben Tavares of Portugal (102.655).

Gymnastics begins with the multi-discipline event, which serves as the qualification round for the finals for each discipline. The Games will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel every night, and OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app will offer a 24/7 channel with live streams, replays and highlights.

In addition to the traditional disciplines of men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline, the Youth Olympic Games has a multi-discipline event. All gymnastics events will be held at the America Pavilion in Youth Olympic Park.

The formats for each discipline are identified below.

  • In the multi-discipline event, gymnasts will compete on multi-national teams. Each team includes one mixed pair, acrobatic gymnastics; three men and three women, artistic gymnastics; three rhythmic gymnasts; and one man and one woman trampoline gymnasts. Multi-discipline event scoring adds the rank achieved by each gymnast/mixed pair in their respective disciplines. The team with the lowest score wins.
  • Artistic gymnastics includes all of the men’s and women’s events: men – all-around, floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar; and women – all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The top 18 in the all-around rankings advance to the finals, and the top eight on each event qualify to the event finals.
  • Acrobatic gymnastics features the mixed pair. In the qualification round, all 12 mixed pairs perform dynamic, balanced and combined routines. The top eight advance to the finals, where each performs one combined routine.
  • For rhythmic gymnastics, athletes perform all four events –hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – in the qualification round, and the top eight in the qualification rankings advance to the all-around final.
  • Trampoline has competition in both men’s and women’s trampoline. In the qualification round, each gymnast performs a voluntary routine with 10 skills, including set requirements, and a second voluntary routine of 10 skills with no limitations. The top eight advance and perform one voluntary routine with 10 skills.

The competition schedule is listed with local Argentina time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern; when it is 12 noon in New York City, it is 1 p.m. in Buenos Aires. The multi-discipline team event serves as the qualification round for each discipline’s finals.

Oct. 9

  • 2 p.m. - Qualification Session 5 – rhythmic hoop; women’s uneven bars
  • 7 p.m. - Qualification Session 6 – rhythmic ball; men’s parallel bars

Oct. 10

  • 2 p.m. - Qualification Session 7 – rhythmic clubs; women’s balance beam
  • 7 p.m. - Qualification Session 8 – men’s horizontal bar; rhythmic ribbon), followed by the team event award ceremony

Oct. 11

  • 5 p.m. - Men’s gymnastics all-around final

Oct. 12

  • 5 p.m. - Women’s gymnastics all-around final

Oct. 13

  • 5 p.m. - Finals for men’s floor exercise, pommel horse; women’s vault and uneven bars

Oct. 14

  • 5 p.m. - Finals for men’s still rings and vault; men’s and women’s trampoline

Oct. 15

  • 5 p.m. - Finals for women’s balance beam and floor exercise; men’s parallel bars and horizontal bar; acrobatic gymnastics, mixed pair

Oct. 16

  • 5 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics all-around final

In addition to hosting competition in 12 sports, the Youth Olympic Park also has a variety of cultural activities, including artistic workshops, collaborative murals, massive games and music shows.

For more information, go to buenosaires2018.com.