43. TURNIER DER MEISTER | 22. - 25. November 2018 | Lausitz-Arena Cottbus

First day of finals: Berki with fantastic 15,766 points
20.11.16 | 
Nick Klessing from Halle wins bronze medal on rings
Nick Klessing, Junior European champion on rings, secured the first medal for the German team at the 41st Turnier der Meister, whereas the German female gymnasts Pauline Tratz and Leah Grießer from Karlsruhe missed the leap onto the winner's podium taking a good 4th place. Today's topscorer was Krisztian Berki from Hungary with fantastic 15,766 points on pommel horse.

With 14,533 points, Klessing managed to grab the bronze medal on rings. In his World Cup debut he showed a sold routine and a perfect triple somersault dismount. His teammate Nils Dunkel on the other hand, struggled with his dismount and only finished 8th with 12,300 points. The gold medal went to former World Champion Igor Radivilov (15,433) who is also supporting the SC Cottbus in the German League (Bundesliga). Japanese Yuya Kamoto came in 2nd with 14,066 points.

The floor final took place without German participation. As in the qualification, the Slovanian Rok Klavora finished third and hence secured bronze medal with 14,900 points. With a difficulty of 6.8, the Japanese Naoto Hayasaka scored 15,433 points and managed to beat his Spanish competitor Rayderley Miguel Zapata (15,166/6.6) and win the battle for the first gold medal of the tournament.

First on vault for the German women's team was Pauline Tratz from Karlsruhe. The 17-year old future student of the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) performed a solid first vault (14,133), showing only small insecurities during landing. As in the qualification, she secured 4th place (13,783) after showing a successful second vault. Gold went to Emily Little from Australia (14,299) who put Dorina Böczögo (13,899) and Zsofia Kovacs (13,866) – both from Hungary – in 2nd and 3rd place.

The final on pommel horse also took place without German participation. Former Olympic champion Krisztian Berki showed a strong routine (15,766) without major insecurities and could even improve his results from qualification. This way he easily left his fellow competitors behind. Naoto Hayasaka (15,000) secured Silver and Robert Seligman (14,833) came in 3rd.

On uneven bars, Leah Grießer started off very strong but had to leave the apparatus unvoluntarily after her jaeger salto and only scored 12,866 points. This mistake cost her a place on the podium. Szofia Kovacs from Hungary won the gold medal with 14,133 points, follwed by her team mate Dorina Böczögo with 13,233 points. The bronze medal went to Angelina Kysla from the Ukraine (12,966).

Translation: Franziska Jaiser | Pictures: sportfotos-berlin.de

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