Goodwill Games champion Vera Kolesnikova, will
be eligible for senior competition in 2011.
After beginning on vault with a clean but low
double-twisting Yurchenko, Tan impressed on
uneven bars (consecutive full pirouettes to elgrip,
piked Jaeger; full pirouette to elgrip, straddled
Jaeger; Higgins roll to double front) but weak low-to-high transitions left her with a meager 7.85 execution score. Tan, coached by He Hua, again took
the top score on balance beam ( 15. 35), and she
sewed up the silver medal with her new floor routine to music from Las Vegas show “Le Rêve” (
double-twisting front to stag jump; double pike; 21⁄2
With Komova and Tan all but secured of their fin-
ishes, the battle for the bronze was the night’s
biggest contest, with Italy’s Ferlito going head to
head with Japan’s Natsumi Sasada. Sasada, who
had struggled in qualification, began on uneven bars
with a clean routine that brought 14.05 (giant-full
to Tkatchev; full-out) while Ferlito vaulted a
Yurchenko-full ( 14. 15). Sasada shelved her round-
off, layout-full mount on balance beam in favor of a
safer set that ended with a stuck double pike
( 14. 10). The Italian dropped behind after a simple
routine on uneven bars (Stalder-blind to Voronin;
toe-on front-half dismount).
TOP LEFT:After missing out on an all-
around medal, Sam Oldham earned the
gold on high bar.
TOP RIGHT: Mistakes ruined the all-
around efforts of Daniil Kazachkov, who
won a bronze on pommel horse.
ABOVE LEFT: Cuba’s Ernesto Vila Sarria
(center) won floor over Stepko (left) and
ABOVE: Mongolia’s Erdenebold Ganbat
(center) won vault over Ferhat Arican
(left) and Nestor Abad.
OPPOSITE TOP:AA champion Viktoria
Komova (center) with silver medalist Tan
Sixin (right, and opposite bottom) and
bronze medalist Carlotta Ferlito.