Yang, Lee and Yulo victorious as Melbourne World Cup finals begin

Lee Chih-Kai (TPE) won the men’s pommel horse title in Melbourne. Photo: World Cup Melbourne.

Lee Chih-Kai (TPE) won the men’s pommel horse title in Melbourne. Photo: World Cup Melbourne.

Southeast Asian gymnasts carried the day on the first day of finals at the Melbourne World Cup, with world medalists from three different nations coming away with the top prizes.

2014 world rings champion Liu Yang turned in an excellent routine on his best event to play out the same scenario with teammate You Hao, with only 0.033 separating gold and silver, while 2012 Olympic rings champion Arthur Zanetti of Brazil defeated a host of strongmen, including qualification leader Igor Radivilov of Ukraine, for bronze.

Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Kai Lee proved the class of the field on pommel horse, flairing his way to gold over China’s Weng Hao and Japanese specialist Tomagasa Hasegawa. All three posted routines with 6.5 difficulty score, but Lee’s execution carried the day, albeit barely -- like on rings, the difference between first and second was a mere 0.033.

A fall from qualification leader Ahmet Onder of Turkey on his full-in final pass opened up the men’s field for world bronze medalist Carlos Yulo of the Philippines, who stepped up to win his first ever world cup title (running double front pike half out, 2.5 to Randi, 3.5 to front half, double full, front full to front double full, triple twist), with newcomer Hibiki Arayashiki of Japan using many of the same passes in a silver medal effort.


Men’s floor

1. Carlos Edriel Yulo, Philippines, 14.566
2. Hibiki Arayashiki, Japan, 14.500
3. Rayderley Zapata, Spain, 14.500
3. Dominick Cunningham, Great Britain, 14.500
5. Kim Han-sol, South Korea, 14.200
6. Casimir Schmidt, Netherlands, 13.833
7. Christopher Remkes, Australia, 13.733
8. Ahmet Önder, Turkey, 13.166

Pommel horse

1. Lee Chih-Kai, Chinese Taipei, 15.266
2. Weng Hao, China, 15.233
3. Tomomasa Hasegawa, Japan, 14.666
4. Thierry Pellerin, Canada, 13.700
5. Ferhat Arican, Turkey, 13.133
6. Bram Louwije, Netherlands, 12.766
7. Akim Mussayev, Kazakhstan, 12.700
8. Cyril Tommasone, France, 12.033

Still rings

1. Liu Yang, China, 15.166
2. You Hao, China, 15.133
3. Arthur Zanetti, Brazil, 14.966
4. Kazuya Takahashi, Japan, 14.600
5. Courtney Tulloch, Great Britain, 14.600
6. Igor Radivilov, Ukraine, 14.566
7. Ali Zahran, Egypt, 14.400
8. Ryan Oehrlein, Canada, 14.000