The team final and qualification competitions were held at the Mediterranean Games yesterday. These Games are held in Mersin, Turkey and feature the many nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
The team final was won by Italy, who competed earlier in the day, alongside France, two of the biggest contenders for the title. The Italian team, featuring Vanessa Ferrari, Elisabetta Preziosa, Giulia Leni, Giorgia Campana and Chiara Gandolfi finished with a final score of 165.396. France finished in second, followed by Greece, who competed in a later subdivision in third.
The team final was also the qualification competition for the all around and event finals. Vanessa Ferrari of Italy topped the all around rankings with a 54. 632, followed by Giorgia Camapana (ITA) and Valentine Sabatou (FRA).
According to Giulia Holzer, our Italian correspondent, Ferrari has told the media that although her plan had been to retire after the Mediterranean Games, she is now thinking of continuing on toward Worlds. This is great news for Italy and for her fans. She certainly proving to be as inefficient as Oksana Chusovitina in retiring- for which we are grateful!
Spain did not bring a full team to these Games. However, their two individuals did very well, with Roxana Popa- another favorite in this meet, qualified in fifth place and her team mate Maria Vargas behind her in 6th.
Vanessa Ferrari also topped the floor qualifications, with a 14.00. Elisabetta Preziosa qualified in 2nd (13.633), then Valentine Sabatou (13.433) in third.
Giorgia Campana led beam qualifications (14.266). She has shown remarkable potential for Italy this year, after finally being given a chance to show her prowess beyond bars. Vanessa Ferrari qualified in 2nd place (14.066). Greek favorite Vasiliki Millousi ended her qualification meet qualified to the all around in fourth place. She also mounted the beam with the signature mount- a round off back step out, landing on one foot to immediate needle scale, holding her leg, that she has been attempting for some time. She qualified in third place.
Maria Vargas topped the bars standing with a 13.866, followed by two Italians, Giorgia Campana (13.766) and Chiara Gandolfi (13.700).
On vault it was all about Egypt, with two of their girls qualifying in 1st and 2nd place. Fadwa Mahmoud earned 14.377 and Nancy Taman a 13.833. French gymnast Johanna Cano qualified in third with 13.550.
Here are the team rankings:
1 Italy 165,396
2 France 158,895
3 Greece 148,997
4 Egypt 147,730
5 Turkey 142,029
6 Slovenia 141,463
Here are the top eight all around qualifiers:
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) 54.632
Giorgia Campana (ITA) 54.498
Valentine Sabatou (FRA) 53. 799
Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 53.733
Roxanan Popa (ESP) 53.165
Maria Vargas (ESP) 53.065
Maelys Plessis (FRA) 53.031
Mira Boumejmajen (FRA) 50.798
Article: Brigid McCarthy & Giulia Holzer
Cover photo: Vanessa Ferrari
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