Our spies tell us He Kexin won bars with a humongous 17.000. She was supposedly better in Milan than she was in Beijing. Does that mean she didn't muscle her kips? Lia Parolari is supposed to have finished second with a 14.700 score (2.300 behind He), Serena Licchetta third with 14.300. Our spy noted that Romania's Dana Druncea, in action for the first time since, oh, quite some time because of injury, looked rather overweight and only scored a 12.650 on bars. Supposedly she did better on beam and floor, although she used watered down routines.
We're glad Lia Parolari won a gold before a home crowd. She's a beautiful gymnast who deserves a few medals every now and then. Watch her very elegant beam set, featuring a pretty Memmel turn (a compulsory element in Italy, it seems), here.
Lia Parolari (photo: Tom Theobald)
Other news of note would be that Monica Bergamelli has apparently announced that she'll go on competing for another year. Good for her!
Now let's see how long we'll have to wait for those official results...