The German gymnasts had reasons to celebrate after a successful second day of finals at the Turnier der Meister in Cottbus. The team managed to snatch a total of four medals. Andreas Bretschneider picked up his fourth high bar gold medal, Marcel Nguyen came third on parallel bars and Pauline Schäfer claimed a balance beam silver and a floor bronze.
The reigning world champion Pauline Schaefer was the fourth competitor on her favorite apparatus, floor. She earned a score of 14.000 points for a near perfect routine including her own element “Schäfersalto”. She was only beaten by Wang Cenyu of China, who earned a score of 14.166 points, narrowly beating the 20yr old from Chemnitz. The bronze medal went to Maria Kharenkova of Russia. The Olympic champion Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands showed off a new dismount, gainer salto with a full twist, for the first time. An unfortunate fall during the landing, however, prevented her from earning a better score, ultimately leaving her in fifth place.
Igor Radivilov of Ukraine won silver in Sunday’s vault final, his second medal at the 42nd Turnier der Meister. The only one to beat the Cottbus based Bundesliga competitor was Keisuke Asato of Japan. Third place went to Christopher Remkes of Australia. The 19yr old Felix Remuta ended in fifth place without a chance of earning a medal.
The floor final started with a dynamic routine by Elisabeth Seitz. Small mistakes prevented her from making it into the medal positions, ultimately leaving her in sixth place. The Saxonian based Schäfer showed a solid routine, earning her a score of 13.500 points and her second podium for the weekend. The top two spots in the floor final went to Lilia Akhaimova and Maria Kharenkova of Russia. The slightly older Akhaimova ultimately beat out Kharenkova to gold and the crystal ball trophy.
The parallel bars Olympic champion Oleg Verniaiev once again showed an excellent and solid routine earning him a score of 15.166 points. The 30yr old Marcel Nguyen however also wanted a shot at winning the final and earning a gold medal. Three double flips between the bars from different positions and a Tsukahara dismount earned him a score of 15.133 points and the bronze medal behind Verniaiev. In the end, it was Tan Di of China, who beat the two arch-rivals to gold with a score of 15.566. This was the second gold medal of the day for China. The second German competitor in the parallel bars final was Ivan Rittschik, who came fifth.
In the last final of the day, the Chemnitz-based Andreas Bretschneider performed confidently and visibly relaxed, earning him his fourth high bar gold medal. Without his signature “Bretschneider” but with a cleanly executed routine and a solid dismount, he won the high bar final at the 42nd Turnier der Meister for the fourth time after 2013, 2014 and 2016. In second place was Marvin Kimble from the United States and in third place Pietro Giachino of Norway. Tan Di of China, the vice-champion at this years Chinese National Championships was the first one to compete in the high bar final with an unconventional routine. A murmur went through the 1550 spectator strong crowd at the Lausitzarena as he performed giants with tucked shoulders. In the end, however, the winner of Friday's qualification was left in fourth place.