Elisabeth Seitz won the uneven bars final on the first day of finals at this years Turnier der Meister. The 24yr old from Stuttgart performed a near-perfect routine earning her a score of 14.900 points and the highly sought after crystal ball. Seitz remarked, that she was “very happy to be nominated for the World Cup in Cottbus”, during a post-finale interview. Second and third place both went to China, with Lyu Jiaqi in second and Wang Cenyu in third.
Igor Radilov is no stranger to the spectators in the Lausitz Arena in Cottbus. The Ukrainian, who competes for the SC Cottbus in the Bundesliga, won the gold medal amidst highly competitive rings final. The second and third place once again went to China, with Lei Peng in second and Lan Xingyu in third. The two German competitors Marcel Nguyen and Andreas Toba missed a spot on the podium, finishing in fifth and eighth respectively.
Oksana Chusovitina experience of 18 participations in the Turnier der Meister served her well in today's vault final, securing her first place despite her 42 years of age. With a score of 14.283 points, the 1992 Olympic medalist secured her 11th victory in her specialist apparatus before Lilia Akhaimova of Russia and Tjasa Kysselef of Slovenia. It was Michelle Timm’s first participation in the Turnier der Meister, where the Berlin-based gymnast finished in fourth place.
The first day of finals also saw the top eight qualifiers compete on floor. The top three gymnasts all finished with a score of 14,133 points, leaving it to the execution scores to decide today's winner. Roa Klarova of Slovenia narrowly grabbed the victory before Bram Verhofstadt of the Netherlands and Kirill Prokopev of Russia.
There was an Asian triple on the pommel horse final podium. Without German participation in the pommel horse final, first place went to Wang Juwen of China, silver to Ryuhei Nashimoto of Japan and Tan Di of China. Oleg Verniavev of Ukraine finished in fourth place as the best European competitor.