Nearly three months after the Games in home soil, the Brazilian gymnasts are back into action at this year’s Brazilian Championships from November 10th through to November 13th. In this competition, male and female gymnasts from both Junior and Senior levels competed for individual medals in the all-around and event finals, as well as the team title representing their home clubs with some usual players leading the way, while new faces also left their mark.
On Thursday, November 10th, the competition started with the women’s all-around with Juniors and Seniors competing at the same time but ranked separately. With some big stars absent from the competition, and others competing on just some events, 17-year-old Rebeca Andrade easily won the title with a big score of 58.300, while also posting the highest mark on every event. On vault, Andrade wisely downgraded her Amanar to an amazing DTY and got a 15.300 for it, before moving on to bars where she scored in the mid-14s for another downgraded routine. On beam, she had a solid performance for another mid-14 and on floor she scored in the low-14s after another successful effort. Over 3.5 points behind her in second place was Test Event team member Caroline Pedro with 54.750. On vault she performed a FTY with some issues for a high-13, while on bars she also had some trouble and a relatively low difficulty, which kept her in mid-13s. On beam she had one of the best execution scores of the day and reached a 13.750 and finally on floor she scored once again in the mid-13s, mostly due to her low difficulty level. Completing the podium was Milena Theodoro in third place with a total of 53.700. On vault, Theodoro also presented a FTY for a score just below 14, while on bars she unfortunately counted a fall for just 12.600. She was able to recover quickly on beam with a solid routine that earned a high-13 before finishing on floor, again with some issues, for a score in the mid-13s. Outside the podium were Lorena Rocha in fourth with 53.650, Isabelle Cruz in fifth with 51.900, Letícia Gonçalves in sixth with 50.050, Raquel Silva in seventh with 49.600, Gleyce Rodrigues in eighth with 48.600 and finally Rebecca Mariah Avelino in ninth with 47.750. Among the gymnasts not competing in the all-around, veteran Daniele Hypolito was the biggest name of the bunch and competed solely on beam where she got 14.400 despite some bobbles in her routine.
On the Junior field, 2001-born Thaís Fidelis dos Santos also had an easy win with a total of 56.900, over four points above second place. On vault, she showed a very correct DTY for a 14.800, while on bars her difficulty is still lacking a bit and even with a solid routine she only reached the mid-13s. She unfortunately fell on beam, receiving another score in the mid-13s despite her fantastic difficulty (6.5), and finally on floor she had the highest mark of the day on the event among both Junior and Seniors athletes after another super difficult routine that included an amazing opening pass of 1.5 twist through to double arabian. In second place, with 52.550, was Fidelis’ teammate Anna Júlia Reis. With quite low difficulty on vault and bars (both in the 4s-range), Reis scored in the low to mid-12s after also having some issues with execution. On beam and floor, her D-score is a bit higher, with 5.5 and 5.7, respectively, and she managed a great 14.250 on beam for the top score there among the Juniors and a 13.700 on floor after some mistakes. Finally, the bronze medal went to Jackelyne Silva with 51.700. Silva actually had a very clean competition but her low difficulty was her downfall and kept her from fighting for a higher finish. Still, she scored in the low-13s on vault, mid-12s on bars, after some execution issues, and 12.950 on both beam and floor after some problems on the latter. Rounding up the top 8 were Luiza Domingues in fourth with 51.250, Isabel Barbosa in fifth with 49.450, Amanda Lima in sixth with 48.950, Beatriz Lima in seventh with 47.850 and Mayara Santos in eighth with 47.700.
In the afternoon, it was time for the men’s all-around where Caio Souza won the Gold medal with a total of 87.200, after some issues on vault and pommel horse. Souza posted his top score on parallel bars (15.550), which was also the top score of the day on the event, followed by a low-15 on rings, 14.950 on high bar, low-14s on vault and floor, and also a low-13 on pommels after a fall there. In second place was Francisco Barreto with 86.350 after successful routines everywhere but behind held back a little by his low difficulty on floor and vault, where he only reached the mid-13s. On the other events, he managed to score in the mid to high-14s on pommels, rings and parallel bars, as well as receiving a big 15.250 on high bar, the highest score of the day on the event. Finally, the bronze medal went to Bernardo Miranda with 85.700 after solid performances everywhere for all scores in the 14s range, except for rings where he only got a 13.700 due to his low difficulty (5.0). Rounding up the top 8 were Lucas Bitencourt in fourth, Henrique Flores in fifth, Petris Barbosa in sixth, Jared Azzarini in seventh and Caio Americo in eighth.
After a day off on Friday for training, the competition returned on Saturday, with team finals where Junior and Senior gymnasts competed together representing their home clubs. On the women’s side, Flamengo (including Andrade, Hypolito and Theodoro) won the title with a total of 167.650. On vault, they showed a solid DTY for a 15.100 and two FTYs for scores around 14, followed by bars where they counted a mid-14 and a high-13 but also a 12.650 after Theodoro had mistakes. On beam, Andrade and Hypolito posted in the mid-14s, with Theodoro once again having a disappointing routine for a 13.30o and finally on floor, they got two scores in the low to mid-13s, as well as Andrade’s big 14.500. In second place was Cegin (Fidelis, Reis and Pedro) with 165.850 after also presenting a DTY and two FTYs on vault with results in the high-13s to high-14s but receiving lower scores on bars after issues from Fidelis and Lorena Rocha. On beam they counted two scores in the 13s, as well as a 14.400 from Fidelis despite sitting her double pike dismount (you can thank her big difficulty for that) and finally on floor they earned two scores in the 13s and a huge 15.100 from Fidelis thanks to a fantastic routine with both difficulty and execution. In a completely different league was Pinheiros in third place with a total of 153.600 after competing with just three gymnasts instead of the usual five. They posted good scores on vault (all in the 13s range), but had some problems on bars with results in the 11s and 12s, and on beam and floor, they had mostly hit but low difficulty routines for 12s and 13s on both events. Finally, in fourth and last place was Osasco with 151.350 after great results on vault (high-13s to low-14s), several issues on bars for scores in the 10s and 11s, a diverse beam rotation ranging from 11.900 to 13.350 and lastly low difficulty floor routines for high-12s and low-13s.
On the men’s side, Pinheiros (featuring Arthur Nory and Barreto) won the title with a total of 255.900. They had three solid performances on floor and vault for scores mostly in the 14s, while on high bar they were able to post two 15s and one low-14 after some issues. On the other hand, they counted some low scores on pommels with two 13s, on rings with a 12.950 and on parallel bars in the high-13s to mid-14s. In second place was São Bernardo lead by AA Champion Caio Souza with a total of 254.050. They counted some misses on almost every event, with multiple scores in the 13s everywhere. Nonetheless, Souza was able to pull a total of 89.050, bringing in some great scores to help his team reach the Silver medal. In third was Serc Santa Maria (Bitencourt and Flores) with 253.200 after solid performances on rings and vault with results in the 14s and 15s but also some disasters on pommels where their highest score was 13.600, while the other events were a mixed of hits and misses with the highlight of Hudson Miguel’s 15.150 on parallel bars. Finally, in fourth and last place was Minas Ténis Clube quite far behind with 236.200 after low scores on every event, with the occasional 14 or 15, but mostly staying in the 12-13 range.
Finally, event finals took place on Sunday, the last day of competition, with juniors and seniors competing together with six gymnasts on each event. For the women, on vault, Raquel Silva won the Gold with a 13.725, followed by Gleyce Rodrigues in second and Leandra Gago in third, while on bars Rebeca Andrade took the title with a total of 14.450, with Maria Cecília Cruz and Lorena Rocha tied for second over a point behind her with 13.325. On beam, Andrade took yet another Gold after a score of 14.525, followed by Thaís Fidelis in second after falling on her front tuck and Carolyne Pedro in third and finally on floor Fidelis finished on top with 14.775, with Andrade in second and Anna Reis in third.
For the men, Caio Souza won floor with 14.550, followed by Lucas Bitencourt in second and Jared Azzarini in third in a very close final, while on pommels it was Bitencourt’s turn to take the title with the same 14.550 score, with Francisco Barreto in second and Bernardo Miranda in third. On rings, Henrique Flores won the final with a total of 15.225, followed by Souza and Bitencourt, while Luís Porto won vault with an average of 14.450, with Lucas Cardoso in second and Renato Nascimento in third. On parallel bars, Souza added yet another Gold to his collection after a great routine for a 15.625, with Bernardo Miranda in second and Hudson Miguel in third and finally on high bar Barreto took the title with a 15.225, followed by Souza in second and Petrix Barbosa in third.
As a whole, this competition showed the current level of Brazilian gymnastics with the younger gymnasts proving they have the skills and the execution to soon join the Senior rankings and help the Brazilian team reach new heights. Still, it’s only been three months since Rio and many athletes are still taking it slow as we progress into a new quad and a new code of points that will require some readjustment to their routines, while others are still unsure of what the future holds for them when it comes to the sport of gymnastics. Either way, Brazil is quickly growing into a top team that could become a regular in team and event finals in the next few years and a brand new generation of gymnasts is here to help them achieve that and put South America in the map of the sport.
Full results here.