Specialists Fan, Yeo win as Melbourne finals begin

Fan Yilin (CHN) on uneven bars. Photo: Melbourne World Cup.

Fan Yilin (CHN) on uneven bars. Photo: Melbourne World Cup.

World champion Fan Yilin and rising star Yeo Seojeong took the two gold medals available on the first day of apparatus finals at the Melbourne World Cup Saturday in Australia’s second largest city.

Fan, a two-time world champion on uneven bars, edged teammate Lyu Jiaqi for the title on her signature event (inbar Shaposh to Pak to stalder Shaposh to Gienger, inbar blind to full spins to her Fan dismount), her 6.3 difficulty score pipping Lyu’s 6.1 (toe Shaposh to Pak to toe Khorkina, full spins to piked Tkatchev, full spin with half turn out to double twist dismount, a tad sluggish at times.)

Yeo, daughter of 1996 Olympic vault silver medalist Yeo Hong-chul, continued to show that vaultinbg genes run in her family as she took the women’s vault title over superveteran Oksana Chusovitina. Yeo vaulted a Rudi and a double-twisting Yurchenko, while Chusovitina showed a handspring pike front full and Tsuk 1.5, which have served her well over the years and continue to do so.

Australian veteran Georgia-Rose Brown thrilled the home crowd in Melbourne by winning bronze (13.366) on uneven bars, and floor star Chris Remkes went for broke, landing a triple twisting double layout second pass before putting his hands down on his full twisting double layout dismount. The start value of his routine is 6.9, the highest in the field by seven tenths of a point.


Women’s vault

1. Yeo Seo-jeong, South Korea, 14.266
2. Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan, 14.200
3. Yu Linmin, China, 14.083
4. Alexa Moreno, Mexico, 14.066
5. Ayaka Sakaguchi, Japan, 13.833
6. Tjasa Kysselef, Slovenia, 13.833
7. Paula Mejias, Puerto Rico, 13.533
8. Asuka Ogawa, Japan, 12.962

Uneven bars

1. Fan Yilin, China, 14.833
2. Lyu Jiaqi, China, 14.366
3. Georgia-Rose Brown, Australia, 13.366
4. Jonna Adlerteg, Sweden, 13.166
5. Romi Brown, Australia, 12.500
6. Valeriia Osipova, Ukraine, 12.366
7. Ting Hua-Tien, Chinese Taipei, 12.300
8. Martina Rizzelli, Italy, 12.000