Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Zhao impresses, Ferrari makes golden return as Melbourne World Cup concludes

Chinese newcomer Zhao Shiting had a breakout moment as the only multi-medalist on the final day of competition at the Melbourne World Cup in Australia.

In her World Cup debut, Zhao, 15, showed star power in winning the balance beam title (beautiful roundoff layout; front aerial, split jump, Korbut; switch to split ring jump, double full dismount) and on floor exercise, where she tumbled a triple full, 2.5 to front pike, double tuck and double full for bronze despite a fall on the double tuck. Zhao did it all with a little help from friend and teammate Fan Yilin, winner of the bars title in Melbourne, who stepped in to act as coach in the absence of Zhao’s own personal coach, who was not sent to Australia.

Sixteen months after rupturing her Achilles tendon during the floor final at the 2017 World Championships, Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari took gold for a dance-infused new floor set that also included double layout, full in and front full tumbling passes. Puerto Rico’s Paula Mejias showed a 2.5 to punch front, Arabian double tuck and whip to double back for silver.

Like Georgia-Rose Brown on Saturday, Australia’s Emma Nedov gave the host country something to cheer about with silver on balance beam, her first ever world cup medal (two back handsprings to layout; front aerial, split, scissone; switch ring: punch front; double pike dismount.) Japan’s Mana Oguchi, one of a slate of emerging Japanese women set to compete at world cup events this year, won bronze (punch front mount; switch ring; bhs layout; front aerial; ring jump; front layout full dismount.)


Balance Beam

1. Zhao Shiting, China, 13.566
2. Emma Nedov, Australia, 13.500
3. Mana Oguchi, Japan, 13.066
4. Elena Chipizubov, Australia, 13.033
5. Lai Pin-Ju, Chinese Taipei, 12.433
6. Eom Do-hyun, South Korea, 12.400
7. Valeriia Osipova, Ukraine, 11.233
8. Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan, 10.533

Women’s Floor Exercise

1. Vanessa Ferrari, Italy, 13.600
2. Paula Mejias, Puerto Rico, 12.533
3. Zhao Shiting, China, 12.266
4. Emma Nedov, Australia, 11.833
5. Lai Pin-Ju, Chinese Taipei, 11.733
6. Valeriia Osipova, Ukraine, 11.633
7. Aida Bauyrzhanova, Kazakhstan, 11.000
8. Ting Hua-Tien, Chinese Taipei, 10.566

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