A Powerful Display from China on First Night of Finals

24 Feb 2018

Melbourne’s Hisense Arena hosted the first night of Finals in the FIG’s Individual Apparatus World Cup this evening, with China dominating the medals while the host nation had more mixed results.

With the last routine of the night Siyu Du (13.766) won China’s second gold – and fifth medal – for the meet, just pipping compatriot Yile Chen (13.133). Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown (12.100) couldn’t hold her dismount after doing everything she could to keep her feet, but still managed to take home the Bronze Medal.

In Woman’s Vault, Slovenian Tjasa Kysslef (13.800) held her nerve amongst a talented bunch, landing two clean Vaults to claim Gold. Emily Whitehead (13.699) also kept focused to add a Silver to Australia’s medal tally, just ahead of India’s Aruna Budda Reddy in third (13.649).

A superb routine on the Pommel Horse from Kazakhstan’s Nariman Kurbanov (14.933) saw him top the field with 14.933. Chinese Taipei’s Chih Kai Lee took home the Silver Medal (14.833), whilst Aussie Chris Remkes was the last to take to the Pommel in the rotation, and after seeing his rivals compete he knew what he needed to do to grab Bronze (scoring 13.400).

“I played it safe on dismount, I usually go with a 360 turn, but in the spur of the moment I went with a 180, which payed off,” Remkes said. “It feels great to win a medal with everyone cheering me on!”

Remkes was also highly favoured in the Floor Final, however unfortunately  didn’t have the cleanest routine on the night, with gold eventually going to Japan’s Kazayuki Takeda (13.933).  Takeda just edged out China’s Shihao Ge (who also scored 13.933) who was relegated to receiving the Silver Medal – only because of a lower execution score – whilst the Bronze went to Lithuanian Robert Tvorogal (13.633).

China rounded out the night with a powerhouse performance on Rings with Yue Ma (14.800) and Guanhua Wu (14.733) taking out the two top spots, while Japan’s Takeda (14.433) got bonze to go with his earlier triumph on Floor.

Tomorrow marks the final day of competition for this World Cup meet, with medals for Woman’s Floor and Beam, and Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar to be decided.  Competition kicks off at Hisense Arena from 3pm.


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