Japan’s Hitomi Hatakeda won the 34th Arthur Gander Memorial
20 Nov 2017
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Japan’s Hitomi Hatakeda won the 34th Arthur Gander Memorial which was recently held early this month in Morges, Switzerland.
The Arthur Gander Memorial, which alternates each year between the cities of Morges and Chiasso, Switzerland, attracted a strong field after the Montreal World Championships.
The competition format allowed gymnasts to compete an abbreviated all-around, with the women doing any three events and the men any four.
The annual competition, first held in 1984, stands in the name of the former FIG President Arthur Gander.
Hatakeda, daughter of 1992 Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda, skipped beam en route to 40.100 for first place in the women’s competition. French Olympian Marine Boyer equalled her 40.100, but was bumped to second via tie-break based on higher Execution scores.
Hitomi’s younger sister, Chiaki, is one of Japan’s top junior hopes for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Hitomi along with new world floor exercise champion Mai Murakami has been picked to compete at the Toyota International (December 9-10).