The Russians and Italian womens gymnastics teams made their mark at the World Gymnastics Championships on Friday. Both countries put on strong performances during the full rotation at the SSE Hydro Arena where Russia held the top spot with Italy finishing in third after the end of Day One.
The two countries got into competition with the Russians competing on the floor and the Italians on the uneven bars. Vanessa Ferrari was Italy’s best gymnast for the team that had her more than ready to bring the heat for her team. She put up a 13.633 on her routine that gave her team a total of 54.332 on the apparatus
The Russians had Kseniia Afanaseva and Maria Paseka up on floor where the two scored 14.633 and 13.666 on their routines. With help from their teammates they scored a 54.699 setting the bar high for the Italians. When they went for it on vault, the Russians brought good numbers with Paseka scoring a 15.500 that brought them a total of 60.299 for the four competitors representing Russia.
Italy’s second rotation went to the beam where Carlotta Ferlito lead the way scoring a 14.233 on her beam routine while Ferrari and Tea Urgin recorded 13.733 respectively. At the halfway point, Russia led by five points with the best score on vault of the day.
The third rotation had the Russian women moving to the uneven bars while the Italians used their finesse to dance away on floor. Ferrari scored a 13.933 that guaranteed her a shot at qualifying for the All-Around. Leading Russia on the day was Paseka as she scored a 14.8 as she was firing on all cylinders while performing her routine with a 6.1 difficulty rating.
Last up was Italy on the vault and Russia on the beam, as things would determine if they would sit comfortably in the top eight or be on the bubble after Saturday’s qualifications. Ferrari got Italy started on vault scoring a 14.366 but her teammate Erika Fasana recorded a 15.058 laying out a somersault on the landing. They finished their run through the day’s event scoring 224.452 that put them in third place.
Russia’s expertise on the balance beam came in to rule at the end of the fifth subdivision. Viktoriia Komova performed a solid routine that gave her a 14.533. It was matched by Seda Tutkhalian who finished her day in second place behind Eli Black of Canada by .700. Russia made it a team effort moving into first place as a team with a total of 231.437 that bested the United Kingdom by 4.275.
With China and the United States being the last two powerhouse teams still left to compete, the Russians and Italians might have their place locked up for the Olympics, but there is still plenty of gymnastics left before spots can be locked up.