Finals Day Two: The Melbourne World Cup ends on a high

23 Feb 2020

The 2020 Gymnastics World Cup has ended on a high with the crowd treated to spectacular performances on Sunday afternoon.

Men’s Vault lived up to its high expectations with Korean Jeahwan Shin, who had qualified in 6th, surprising the field to win the gold medal with a 14.866. Less than .1 behind, Jorge Vega Lopez had his efforts rewarded with a 14.783 to come in second while Israel’s Andrey Medvedev won Bronze with a 14.550.

The crowd excitement continued to build when the Balance Beam final commenced with Australia once again in medal contention. But it was Japan who continued to dominate the apparatus with Urara Ashikawa winning the Gold medal after scoring 13.300, followed by Ondine Achampong of Great Britain with a 13.166 to claim silver. Anastasiia Bachynska came in third to claim the bronze medal with her final score coming in at 12.933.

Always popular with spectators, Parallel Bars caused plenty of excitement. Following a strong performance in qualifications, Russian Vladislav Poliashov blew everyone away with an incredible score of 15.200. Yet the close competition continued with the Silver Medal secured by Yusuke Tanaka after a flawless routine earned him 15.166. The bronze was secured by Phuong Thanh Dinh of Vietnam with a score of 14.933.

The Women’s floor final got underway, with Lara Mori of Italy, the first athlete to perform in front of the packed house. But it was American and fan-favourite Jade Carey that topped the podium and claimed the Gold medal with an unbeatable 14.366. The results followed what was seen in qualifications, with Lara Mori securing the bronze medal with a score of 12.900, behind teammate Vanessa Ferrari (13.700) who took home Silver.

Concluding the competition with arguably the most spectacular apparatus, the Horizontal Bar final and it didn’t disappoint! Living up to expectations, the Flying Dutchman himself Epke Zonderland had the crowd gasping with his Gold medal winning routine that earned a 14.900, ahead of Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan’s 14.500. Much to the delight of the Australian fans, Mitchell Morgans’ strong routine earned him a score of 14.233 to secure the bronze medal.

In a year where performances are more important than ever with Olympic qualification points up for grabs, the 2020 Gymnastics World Cup was the biggest and best year yet.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts on their incredible performances and good luck as you continue your journey towards Tokyo 2020!

Read all the results HERE

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