An Amazing End To The Gymnastics World Cup

25 Feb 2019

On Sunday 24, the last day of the World Cup Gymnastics at Melbourne Arena took place. The crowd was wowed with Finals in the Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar, Women’s Floor and the Balance Beam.

The first apparatus was Men’s Vault Final and what a close one that turned out to be.

Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov who qualified in top spot, came out with two fantastic Vault’s and scored 14.949 to claim the Gold medal. He was closely followed by Loris Frasca from France who scored 14.900 which earned him the Silver medal. Great Britain’s Dominick Cunningham closed out the podium in the third position with a score of 14.749 which was his second Bronze medal at the World Cup.

The Balance Beam was up next and the crowd was really behind this apparatus with two Australian’s in the mix for medal contention.

It was a close call between first and second, Shiting Zhao from China came out victorious with a score of 13.566 to earn the Gold medal. Australian Emma Nedov followed closely with a score of 13.500 to claim the Silver medal. Japan’s Mana Oguchi earned herself the Bronze medal with a score of 13.066.

The intriguing Parallel Bar qualifications lead to a great competition in the Final.

Hao You from China performed an incredible routine and won the Gold medal with the high score of 15.066. Team Turkey came out firing in the Final with Ahmet Onder scoring 14.633 which earned him the Silver, while team mate Ferhat Arican won Bronze with a score of 14.366.

The highly anticipated Horizontal Bar qualification lived up to expectations with an equal score for first and another equal score for fifth. This set the stage for the Horizontal Bar Final on Sunday.

The Gold medal score was 14.733 which both powerhouses Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi and Netherlands Epke Zonderland received. Miyachi claimed the top podium spot and received the Gold medal with higher execution. Zonderland followed for the Silver medal while Chenglong Zhang from China scored a 14.333 to claim the Bronze medal.

The final apparatus for the day and whole competition was Women’s Floor, Melbourne was lucky enough to mark the return of Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari after injuring her achilles in 2017.

And what a return it was, Ferrari went on to win the Gold medal comfortably with a score of 13.600. Paula Mejias from Puerto Rico shined in front of Melbourne and scored 12.533 to earn Silver. China’s Shiting Zhao earned herself another World Cup medal with a score of 12.266 to claim Bronze.

Congratulations to all the athletes who travelled to Melbourne to compete at the World Cup Gymnastics at Melbourne Arena. We hope to see you back in 2020!

For the full list of results from the Sunday 24 Finals click here.

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