It was an incredible night at Melbourne Arena to get the World Cup Gymnastics finals underway with Men’s Floor, Pommel Horse and Rings as well as Women’s Vault and Uneven Bars.
Opening competition with men’s floor, the crowd was wowed by the spectacular display from the gymnasts. Korean Sunghyun Ryu took home the Gold medal with an outstanding 14.933, Russian Kirill Prokopev coming in second with 14.600 and Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan securing bronze with 14.200.
In an impressive display of strength on the Still Rings, Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias secured the Gold medal with an incredible 15.066 much to the delight of his fans cheering in the stands. Followed closely by Mahdi Ahmad Kohani (Iran) taking Silver with 14.500, Egyptian Ali Zahran came in third with 14.200.
American Stephan Nedoroscik picked up a Melbourne World Cup Gold Medal with a score of 15.400 on Pommel Horse. The apparatus proved unforgiving with a number of the competitors struggling to stay on the apparatus. Saeedreza Keikha of Iran claimed silver with a strong performance earning him 15.033 and Japanese talent Kohei Kameyama winning Bronze with a score of 14.833.
In terms of the Women’s competition, fan favourite Jade Carey from the USA had the energetic crowd cheering her on when she won Gold on the vault with an impressive 14.866, clearly ahead of France’s Coline Devillard with a score of 14.249 for Silver and Japanese athlete Shoko Miyata Bronze medal performance with 14.149.
The uneven bars proved to be a difficult apparatus with many gymnasts struggling to strong together their routines as they aimed for high for the final. Ukraine’s Diana Varinska took out the Gold medal on Uneven Bars with a 13.733, just .100 ahead of local hero and Australia’s Georgia Godwin who walked away with Silver after her stunning performance. Russian Daria Spiridonova took the Bronze medal with a score of 13.533.
With just one day left in competition, Super Sunday is set to be huge with the Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar, Women’s Floor and Balance Beam finals. Crowds will be treated to talent from across the globe with Jade Carey, Vanessa Ferrari, Epke Zonderland, Courtney Tulloch as well as Australians Georgia Godwin, Emma Nedov, Tyson Bull, Mitch Morgans, Breanna Scott and James Bacueti all back in action and aiming for the podium.
View the full list of results from Saturday 22 Finals session HERE