After the conclusion of the all-around finals, the athletes had another chance to shine with the best on each apparatus competing at the respective event finals. While some new faces managed to reach the podium, most of the medals belonged to well-known gymnasts, proving German gymnastics is still mostly relying on veterans.
Among the senior women, Pauline Tratz took the title on vault with an average of 13.866 after a nice FTY with a hop back and a front pike half with some tiny steps back. In second place was Michelle Timm who saw her front layout half downgraded to a pike and also showed a FTY, both with a hop back, to score a 13.466. Lastly, the bronze medal belonged to Amelie Follinger who received a 13.300 for her stuck FTY and Tsukahara layout with a big hop back.
On bars, European Bronze medalist Elisabeth Seitz gathered yet another gold medal to add to her all-around win after posting a total of 14.466 for her routine that featured a Maloney to Ricna, a Downie, that she didn’t connect to the pak this time around, a van Leeuwen and a toe-on full to full-in dismount landed with a hop forward. In second place was veteran Kim Bui with 14.166 after showing a piked jaeger that also didn’t connect to her pak, a Maloney to Bhardwaj with super clean form, a van Leeuwen with some leg sep, a toe-on full to Gienger and a full-in dismount, where she had a very deep landing just managed to stand it up and take just a hop forward. After these two clear frontrunners, the results were quite a bit lower with Leah Griesser reaching the bronze medal after receiving a 13.500 for her exercise that featured an opening series of toe-on full to Maloney to bail to stalder full to stalder to high bar, a piked jaeger and a double front dismount with a hop forward.
Continuing her winning streak, Seitz also took the title on beam with 13.233 after performing a front tuck, a BHS to back pike with a wobble, a front aerial, also with a wobble, a double turn with a tiny balance check and stuck gainer layout dismount. After her bronze on vault, Follinger managed to also take home a silver medal here, posting 13.166 for a routine featuring an LOSO mount, a side aerial to LOSO to split jump, a switch leap to switch half to BHS, a split leap full, a double turn, a cross split jump and a stuck gainer pike dismount. At last, Timm finished third with 13.033 after presenting a switch leap mount to split leap to split leap full, a round-off + layout with big leg separation on the latter, an L turn, a side somi with a wobble and a very original ending series of switch leap to front layout full dismount, landed with a hop forward.
Finally, on floor, Pauline Schaefer took the title with 13.200 after an expressive performance that included a double attitude to double turn, a quad turn and a ring leap to switch ring as her best dance elements, as well as a very clean double layout with a hop back, a front layout full with a hop forward and a double pike landed quite low, which caused her to stumble forward, though she did manage to avoid putting her hands down. The silver medal was then shared between Marlene Bindig and Kim Bui, both receiving a 12.866 for their routines. Bindig presented a double tuck with a big step back, a double L turn, a double twist with a few tiny steps back, a front layout full to stag jump and a ring leap to switch ring to finish, while Bui opted for an opening double tuck landed with big hop back, a Gogean leap, a 2.5 twists to front tuck with a tiny hop forward, a switch full, a nearly stuck double twist and a double pike with a deep landing and a tiny hop to finish her day.
Among the 15-year-old juniors, Kim Ruoff was the true star, winning three event titles (vault, beam and floor) to add to her all-around gold medal. On vault, she posted in the mid-13s, easily surpassing the other two medalists, Lucienne Fragel and Elisabeth Wagner, who posted only in the 12s, while on beam and floor she scored 12.650 and 12.600, respectively, with Hala Sidaoui and Fragel also medalling on beam and Lisa Schoniger and Rubina Riedl rounding up the podium on floor. On beam Schoniger was the national champion, almost breaking the 13s mark, followed by Alina Hainemann and Wagner in second and third on this event.
As expected by her all-around performance, Emelie Petz completely dominated the junior event finals among the girls born in 2003. On vault, she managed to break into the 14s, edging out Lisa Zimmermann and Leonie Papke by nearly a full point, while on bars her 13.600 was more than enough for the title, with Papke and Anuschka Maltzan taking the two other available medals. On beam, she posted a 14 even, showing difficulty and execution well beyond her competitors, leaving Zimmermann and Muriel Klumpp with the silver and bronze, respectively. At last on floor, where she has her lowest difficulty, she was still able to reach the mid-13s for another gold, with Klumpp and Maltzan completing the podium.
As for the two younger categories, the results were much more diverse, with multiple champion on both. Among the 13-year-olds, Jasmin Haase took the title on vault with 12.850, followed by Aiyu Zhu and Hannah Dietz, whereas on bars, Shanique Muller and Theresa Geyer shared the gold with 11.150, with Stella Neufeld taking bronze. Geyer took yet another gold medal on beam with 12.300, followed by Lana Maroldt and Sophia Steurer in second and third after some issues and lastly on floor, the title belonged to Emma Malewski with a great 12.700, while Haase took silver and Dietz took bronze.
Among the 2005-babies, aged just 12 years old, Chiara Strecker was the vault champion with an average of 12.625, edging out Julia Birck and Anastassia Cybin, while on bars Birck managed to take the gold, followed by Luisa Huber and Cybin, who took another bronze. In a final filled with falls and mistakes, Birck won yet another gold on beam after receiving a 11.700, with Stella McLean and Lona Hacker rounding-up the podium despite major errors from all three. At last, Klara Quach was the champion on floor with 11.700, narrowly surpassing Maike Halbisch who got silver and Birck who took bronze.
As for the men, Philipp Herder was the floor champion with a total of 14.425, edging out all-around champion Lukas Dauser by just two tenths due to higher difficulty, while Ivan Rittschik retained his 2016 title on pommel horse, posting 14.475 for a very clean routine in an event that’s usually problematic for the Germans. On rings, Marcel Nguyen took the gold medal with 14.625, followed closely by Florian Lindner and on vault Nick Klessing was the top finisher, receiving a 13.975 for his Roche and double twisting Tsukahara. Nguyen took yet another gold medal, this time on parallel bars, where he got a 14.450, not showing full difficulty but doing just enough to take the title and finish on top on the two events he competed at this meet. Lastly, Felix Pohl was the new high bar champion with 13.825, a much lower score than the usual German high bar workers but the best at this final.
Overall, the German Championships reaffirmed the strength of the older competitors who still won most event medals here and don’t seem to face any competition from their younger teammates. Nonetheless, 2003-born Emelie Petz is already showing great gymnastics and could become a fantastic asset for the senior team come 2019. For the more immediate future, this year’s World team will most likely be a repeat of the Rio Olympic team and we will continue to see the “older” athletes at the big international meets for quite a while. Still, the German program seems to be growing and improving so I think they will manage to continue among the best in Europe and soon enough the younger kids will catch up to the veterans and make the team even stronger than it already is.