Day two of Melbourne’s FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup lit up Hisense Arena this evening as the last of the qualifiers put forward their bid to make their way through to the weekend’s finals.
In a night of high drama, the Women’s Beam and Floor, along with the Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar were decided.
Mitchell Morgans stayed calm in front of the home crowd on his pet apparatus – the Horizontal Bar – and rewarded onlookers with a heart stopping routine that saw him qualify in first place on 14.200.
“I was a little nervous watching the other guys in the build up,” Morgans said, “but I felt really good after I got through my Parallel Bars routine and that really put me in the mood for High Bar.”
Fellow Aussie Michael Mercieca was also in top form, scoring 13.933 placing him in second behind Morgans, followed by Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi with 13.800.
Both Morgans and Mercieca also qualified for Parallel Bars Final, but it was the Chinese that really showed their strength on this apparatus with only .033 of a point separating the two top spots. Xiaoming Wu scored 14.733, whilst Di Tan just behind him with 14.700. Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi made up the top three, with a score of 14.033.
Australian pocket rocket Chris Remkes continued his explosive World Cup form, qualifying in first place for the Vault Final with two explosive efforts, earning an impressive 14.833 overall. Chinese Taipei’s Chih Kai Lee (14.300) and Brazil’s Luis Cavalleri Porto (14.199) were also awarded big scores to qualify for Sunday’s Final.
Over in the Women’s competition the Chinese continued to show the depth of their gymnastic talent, with Yile Chen dominating proceedings on Beam, putting together a clean, fluent routine, scoring 14.366, well ahead of the rest of the competition. Chen’s team mate Siyu Du (12.633) also put together some good skills to finish in second. Both Australian girls – Georgia Goodwin (12.100) and Alexandra Eade (11.566) – made it through the qualifications right behind the Chinese girls to set up what promises to be an exciting Final.
Eade carried her momentum from Beam into the Floor Exercise qualifications, advancing to the Final in first place with 13.500, ahead of the young Brazilian Isabel Barbosa (13.000) and country-woman Georgia Goodwin (12.833). All in all it was another comprehensive night of competition from both the Australian and Chinese teams, as the competition moves into Finals mode, commencing tomorrow from 6pm at Hisense Arena.