Finals Day 1: China show why they belong on the podium

24 Feb 2019

What a night at Day One of the Finals at Melbourne Arena for the World Cup Gymnastics. On Saturday 23, Melbourne Arena hosted the Men’s Floor, Pommel Horse Rings, Women’s Vault and Uneven Bars.

Men’s Floor was up first and what an interesting final that turned out to be. The Australian crowd cheering on each athlete, in what turned out to be one of the closest competitions we’ve had here.

Carlos Edriel Yulo from the Philippines claimed the Gold medal as a clear winner with a score of 14.566. While Japan’s Hibiki Arayashiki, Great Britain’s Dominick Cunningham and Spain’s Rayderley Zapata all scored 14.500. Arayashiki was the Silver medalist as he had a better execution score on the night. While Cunningham and Zapata both go home with an equal Bronze medal.

Next up for the evening was Women’s Vault, an apparatus that many people were excited to watch as seven time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina qualified in second place. Seojeong Yeo from Korea proved far too good on Vault after she claimed Gold with a score of 14.266. Uzbekistan’s Chusovitina came in at Silver at 14.200 and China’s Linmin Yu rounded up the Vault with a Bronze medal and a score of 14.083.

Following Vault saw the Pommel Horse take place which had two amazing scores in first and second place. Chinese Taipei’s Chih Kai Lee who won Silver in Melbourne in 2018, was able to go one better in 2019 after he claimed Gold with an incredible score of 15.266. Hao Weng from China wasn’t far behind him with 15.233 earning him the Silver medal. While Japan’s Tomomasa Hasegawa closed out the podium with Bronze and a score of 14.666.

The battle of strength on the Rings is always a sight to see and of course the crowd was wowed by how strong these athletes are. Yang Liu from China scored an amazing 15.166 to claim the Gold medal while team mate Hao You only just missed out but earned Silver with 15.133. And of course, who else would the Bronze medal go to other than two time Olympian Arthur Zanetti from Brazil with a score of 14.966.

The last apparatus of the evening was the Uneven Bars which had plenty of interest to the home crowd as Australian Georgia-Rose Brown was in good contention for a podium spot. Previous World Champion Yilin Fan from China was just too good in her routine and she went on to claim Gold with a score of 14.833. Her team mate was not far behind, Jiaqi Lyu earned herself a Silver medal with a 14.366. For Bronze, much to the crowds joy, Georgia-Rose Brown earned her podium spot with a score of 13.366.

We now look towards Sunday Finals which will see Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar, Women’s Floor and Beam. Good luck to all those competing today.

For the full list of results from Saturday 23 Finals, click here.

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