Gymnastics qualification rounds wrap up Oct. 10 at 2018 Youth Olympic Games
posted on 10/09/2018

© Ricardo Bufolin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 9, 2018 – Rhythmic gymnast Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, and Brandon Briones of Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, will both compete on the final day of gymnastics qualifications at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gymnastics’ qualification round wraps up tomorrow with men’s and rhythmic gymnastics. The medals for the multi-disciplinary event will be awarded at the conclusion of 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.

Kapitonova will compete at 2 p.m. in clubs and at 7 p.m. in ribbon in the all-around qualification round. Briones competes in men’s final event, the horizontal bar, at 7 p.m. Times are local to Argentina.

In rhythmic’s all-around qualification, Kapitonova earned a 14.600 for hoop and a 14.350 for ball routine for a two-event total of 28.950 and 13th. Russia’s Daria Trubnikova had the highest all-around score after two of four events at 35.175. Ukraine’s Khrystyna Pohrankychna posted a 32.350, and Armenia’s Yulia Vodopyanova in third at 32.150.

In the parallel bars qualification round, Briones scored a 13.266 (4.700, difficulty; 8.566, execution) for 10th in the preliminary ranking. Japan’s Takeru Kitazono had the highest event qualifying score at 14.266, followed by Russia’s Sergei Naidin (13.933) and Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi (13.833).

For the women’s uneven bars Giorgia Villa of Italy posted the day’s top score at 14.100. Anastasiia Bachynska of Ukraine was second at 13.466, and China’s Tang Xijing was third (13.333).

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.

In the multi-discipline event, gymnasts are divided into 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.

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. 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.