With less than a month until the 2019 Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne, it is set to be a star-studded event with athletes from 32 countries set to compete.
Taking place at Melbourne Arena across four days, 21 and 22 February are qualifiers then the top eight athletes from each apparatus will advance to finals on 23 and 24 February.
This is Australia’s third year hosting this event and this upcoming Melbourne World Cup is shaped up to be the biggest event yet with more countries and athletes than ever before.
The competition floor will be filled with Olympians, Commonwealth Games medalists and World Championship competitors, all eyeing podium positions and qualifying points for Tokyo 2020.
In the Women’s Artistic competition, three-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari will headline beam and floor. In 2017, Ferrari injured her Achilles in Montreal during her floor routine, her return to the floor is set to be special.
Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysselef will be looking for back to back medals after she won the gold on vault in 2018.
For the home country, Commonwealth Games 2018 floor gold medalist and last year’s Melbourne World Cup gold medal winner on floor, Alexandra Eade should have high hopes 2019.
The Men’s Artistic competition welcomes current World Champion in the high bar, Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands. Zonderland is also a three time Olympian and was the gold medalist in high bar in London 2012.
Team China will bring a team filled with experience in Yang Liu, Hao You and Chenglong Zhang, all members of the all-around bronze medal 2016 Olympic team.
Current gold medalist in both rings and team, Great Britain’s Courtney Tulloch will make his way to Melbourne to compete alongside his team mate Dominick Cunningham.
At London 2012, Hakseon Yang won Korea’s first ever Olympic gold in gymnastics and is set to compete in Melbourne on both vault and floor.
A familiar face from the podiums at last year’s Melbourne World Cup may be Chih Kai Lee from Chinese Taipei. He won silver on the pommel horse and vault and is currently the bronze medalist in the pommel horse after he competed at Doha at the end of 2018.
2018 Melbourne World Cup champion on Vault, Australia’s Chris Remkes will again represent the home country. Remkes also comes off the back of his 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal on vault.
You will be able to find the full list of athletes here.
The World Cup Gymnastics will begin at Melbourne Arena on 21 Thursday with doors opening at 5:00pm. Don’t miss out on seeing some of the world’s best gymnasts perform and get your tickets now.
List of all countries attending: