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WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Japan finishes atop the Universiade medal table in Naples; U.S. wins...

Almost 6,000 athletes from 118 countries attended the 30th World University Games, held in Naples (ITA). Some 222 events were held in 18 sports...

GYMNASTICS: Zeng’s four golds gives her 17 national titles at U.S. National Champs...

There isn’t much doubt that Laura Zeng, an established veteran at age 19, is the best Rhythmic gymnast in the U.S. She proved it once again with four gold medals and a bronze at the USA Gymnastics National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. Zeng came into the meet with 13 national championships […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Laura Zeng tries to get closer to history at 2019 USA...

Although Artistic Gymnastics dominates the headlines, the other elements of the sport – Rhythmic, Trampoline & Tumbling and Acrobatic – have brought more than 1,600 athletes to the Iowa Events Center for competitions through Saturday at the USA Gymnastics National Championships. More than half – about 817 – are in Trampoline & Tumbling, in which […]
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GYMNASTICS: Russia and Japan shine in first World Junior Championships; di Cello wins...

The first-ever FIG World Junior Championships was a showcase for the traditional power nations in the sport, with Japan leading the men’s events and Russia dominating the women. It’s worth asking why a junior Worlds is necessary, with so many teenagers already competing at the senior level, but this championship was limited to men aged […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: World-leading 13.06 for Roberts at NCAAs, IAAF replies to the...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● The first day of the NCAA Division I Championships in Austin, Texas (USA) showed once again why – except in the opinion of the IAAF World Rankings compilers – this is one of the best meets in the world each […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: IAAF’s women’s regs suspended by Swiss Court, so Semenya can...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● South Africa’s Caster Semenya won a round against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its regulations for women in the 400 m-Mile events on Monday. The Swiss Federal Tribunal, acting on a request from Semenya’s attorneys, suspended the […]
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GYMNASTICS: Hungary’s Kovacs wins two to highlight Koper World Challenge Cup

The third of six World Challenge Cup events was held in Koper (SLO), with Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs – the 2017 European All-Around silver medalist – the only gymnast to collect two wins, in the Uneven Bars (14.000) and Beam (13.200). The highest score in the men’s competition was registered by Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan, the 2018 […]
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GYMNASTICS: Ukraine’s Radivilova wins three medals to highlight Osijek Challenge Cup

Ukraine’s 2016 Olympian Angelina Radivilova was the big winner with three medals at the second FIG World Challenge Cup for 2019, held in Osijek...

GYMNASTICS Preview: Croatia’s Srbic headlines Second World Challenge Cup in Osijek

The 11th edition of the FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics in Osijek (CRO) comes this weekend, with finals on Saturday and Sunday...

GYMNASTICS: Eight wins for China in opening World Challenge Cup in Zhaoqing

The FIG World Cup series in artistic gymnastics has been completed and the second-tier World Challenge Cup series began over the weekend in China. The hosts were by far the most successful, winning eight of the 10 events, with 2017-18 World Parallel Bars Champion Jingyuan Zou taking his specialty and the Pommel Horse; he was […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Who is Kenny Bednarek and how did he just run...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● It’s a World Championship year, so crazy things are happening. Like Kenny Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College running a wind-aided 19.49 in the prelims of the National Junior College Championships in Hobbs, New Mexico. What? 19.49? What? […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: WADA chief Reedie says he is “unsure” of winning against...

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Doping ● Britain’s Craig Reedie is the elected head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the lead actor in the world’s fight against doping in sport. In an interview with the SportAccord conference newsletter, The Daily, he noted: “I am unsure whether sport […]
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GYMNASTICS: Russia’s Soldatova sweeps first World Challenge Cup

The headline star coming into the first FIG Rhythmic World Challenge Cup of the season was Russia’s double 2018 World Championships medal winner, Aleksandra Soldatova. And she performed like it. Soldatova started by winning the All-Around title by more than three full points ahead of teammate Ekaterina Selezneva and went on to win all four […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Tough times for Jamaican track … off the field?

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Uneasy signs for the sport in Jamaica, where this weekend’s Jamaica International Invitational – an IAAF World Challenge meet – was canceled for lack of funding. Jamaica Athletics president Dr. Warren Blake said in a statement, “We have managed to run […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Russians Soldatova and Selezneva headline World Challenge Cup in Guadalajara

The FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup series has concluded and the World Challenge Cup – a second-tier series – is beginning this weekend in Guadalajara (ESP) with All-Around and Apparatus finals. The level of competition is usually not as good as in the World Cups, but there are three World Championships medal winners on the […]
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GYMNASTICS: Dina Averina wins three golds; Zeng get rare U.S. medal in Baku...

The elite of the Rhythmic Gymnastics world converged on Baku (AZE) for the fourth and final FIG World Cup of 2019, once again confirming the status of Russian twins Dina and Arina Averina as the finest in the world. Dina, the reigning World Champion, won the All-Around in a rout over Arina by 85.600-79.850, and […]
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LANE ONE: Planning your time off for 2020 yet? How about U.S. Trials...

With the announcement of St. Louis, Missouri as the site for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for men and women, the United States Olympic Committee – and its television partner, NBC – have assembled two weeks of continuous Olympic Trials action for next June. Over the course of almost a year, four U.S. Trials events […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Averina & Averina take on Ashram in final RhythmicWorld Cup, in...

The fourth and final round of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup comes this weekend at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku (AZE), with Russia working on a sweep of the All-Around, Ball and Ribbon events. Over the first three meets, Russian entries have won 13 of the 15 events, with only Israel’s Linoy Ashram […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics’ future collides with its present over the next seven...

On Tuesday, USA Gymnastics announced that the 2020 Olympic Trials in Artistic Gymnastics will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri...

GYMNASTICS: Melnik surprises with Trampoline World Cup win in Minsk

Coming into the second FIG Trampoline World Cup of 2019, Russia’s Mikhail Melnik would not have been even a long-shot to win the individual title against an excellent field. But the 27-year-old veteran, who has been in the World Championships since 2010, pulled off a a stunner with a 61.045 score in the final to […]
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