Toyota International Competition Preview
The Toyota International Competition will take place 10 – 11 December in Tokyo, Japan.
Four out of five members of the 2016 Japanese gymnastics team will compete this weekend in Tokyo. Two time Olympian Asuka Teramoto, World Cup competitor Mai Murakami, skill originator Aiko Sugihara, and Yuki Uchiyama will be joined by Koko Dobashi and Yurika Yumoto. Asuka and Mai competed in the Rio all around final, which Aiko missed out on due to the two per country rule. Mai also qualified into the floor event final and should do well on the event in this competition as well. Koko Dobashi placed fifth in the all around at the All-Japanese Championships where Yurika Yumoto only competed on bars and beam.
Russian’s Seda Tutkhalyan will continue her rapid fire competition schedule after having competed at Massilia and Blume in the past month. Seda struggled with her round off layout skills on balance beam and performed some ankle crunching Yurchenko double twists at both of her most recent meets and has seemed like she needs a mental break from gymnastics since before Rio. Angelina Melnikova placed first at the Arthur Gander Memorial competition and then second at the pairs Swiss Cup competition. She did not have a flawless meet at either, falling on a side somi on beam and missing her Jaegar both times she performed on bars. Lilia Akhaimova will compete alongside the Russian Olympians and should have a strong showing on floor as she earned first place on the event at the 2016 Russian Cup. She opens her floor routine with a double layout then performs a piked full in, a double tuck, and ends with a tucked full in. Lilia previously competed uneven bars as if it the event was men’s high bar with one giant variation after another but has improved over the past few years which only serve her all around aspirations seeing as the Russian gymnasts could populate the entire Olympic uneven bars final.
Much like Tutkhalyan, Australian Emily Little has become a familiar face on the post Olympic competition circuit. She earned the top spot in the all around at the annual Brno Grand Prix as well as on beam at the Szombathely World Cup. She also earned the silver medal on vault in Szombathely and should easily contend for a vault medal again in Japan. Georgia Rose Brown will compete as well and she is gorgeous to watch on floor. She uses her height and long legs to her advantage and performs multiple illusion turns and great leaps on floor but her above average gymnast height at 5ft 6in serves as a disadvantage on bars. Georgia has a very nice swing and great lines on the event but struggles to prevent her feet from hitting both the ground and the low bar.
Antonia Alicke and Amelie Foellinger, will represent Germany in Tokyo. Antonia performs two vaults and will attempt to qualify into the event finals and a strong floor routine could put her in the floor finals, as it did in the (April) Cottbus World Challenge Cup. Amelie qualified into the floor event final at the 2016 European Championships with difficult tumbling passes and good dance elements. She competes a full twisting Yurchenko on vault and a punch front mount and side aerial layout step out acro combination on beam.
Three Vietnamese gymnasts Thi Qunh Nhu Nguyen, Thi To Lien Duon, and 2014 and 2015 World Championships competitor Thi Van Anh Do plan to compete in the Toyko International.
Katrina Marie “Erin” Evangelista, who competed at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships, and Cristina Ma Onofre will represent the Philippines.