The 12th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup concluded with five finals on the last day of the four-day competition at Aspire Dome. Spectators filled the arena as world class gymnasts performed impeccably, much to the delight and awe of the audience.

Epke Zonderland
Epke Zonderland

In the highly anticipated Horizontal Bar final, Croatia’s Tin Srbic managed to beat his nerves by competing last, after waiting patiently for the other seven gymnasts to finish their programmes. The 2017 Horizonal Bar world champion raised the highest score (14.400) to defeat Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi (14.300). Winners said it was a tough final in Doha, because of great competitors.

Miyachi presented a powerful programme but came up short. Cuba’s Randy Leru was third (14.000). World Champion and fan favourite, Epke Zonderland fell from the bar and managed only to land on the 7th position.

Earlier, 2012 Olympics gold medallist Hakseon Yang earned his second World Cup victory of the season on the Vault. The Korean was awarded with 15.266 points by the judges, including a 15.466 score for his first vault. The winner of the first World Cup in Melbourne, Igor Radilov of Ukraine – 14.916 points – once again took to second place after Yang, following the 1-2 at the previous World Cup in Baku. Radilov said he’s happy with his results so far. Armenian Artur Davtyan was third with 14.695, having suffered a fall in his second effort.

Jingyan Zou from China put on an impressive performance on the Parallel Bars and took the victory with a great margin (15.700). Second in the final was Russia’s Vladislav Polyasov (15.066) and Australian Mitchell Morgans, third (14.566).

Surprise on the Beam, High Energy on the Floor

Newcomer Qi Li (China) was the winner on the Balance Beam. The 17-year-old gymnast claimed her first victory in the women’s category, with 14.333 points. Li was fifth in Baku. The smiling Li said, she was very happy and very nervous at the same time and that she made a lot of mistakes. She said her dream is to be included in the Chinese team for the World Championships in Stuttgart.

Belgium’s Nina Derwael added another medal to her bag. After the gold on the Uneven Bars, Derwael was second on the Balance Beam with 13.633. France’s Marine Boyer completed the podium with a score of 13.333

Jade Carey (USA) achieved a second double. After her victory on the Vault on Saturday, the 19-year-old American took first place on the Floor as well with 14.466 points. Carey had already achieved such a success in the World Cup in Baku.

The Italian duo of Lara Mori (13.433) and Vanessa Ferrari (13.300) finished second and third, respectively.

Organising Success

The President of Qatar Gymnastics Federation and FIG executive member Ali Al Hitmi expressed satisfaction over the success of the 12th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup. He was grateful to everyone who helped and participated in this year’s record breaking event.

I would like to thank all of those who contributed to another great event, our faithful volunteers, our staff, they make me and our Qatar Gymnastics Federation very proud. The feedback we get from the International Gymnastics Federation is excellent. That means that the sport in Qatar is going well under the umbrella of Qatar Olympic Committee.’

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