World Cup Wrap
Tyson Bull in Horizontal Bar Final. Source: Gymnastics Australia
Athletes from over 30 different countries flew into Melbourne this week to compete in the 2019 Melbourne World Cup at Melbourne Arena over the weekend of 21-24 February.
Both Men’s Artistic and Women’s Artistic gymnasts came prepared to compete on individual apparatus. The MAG gymnasts competed on Pommel, Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar, and the WAG gymnasts on Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor.
Eleven Australian Gymnasts qualified to compete at the World Cup, including 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes Chris Remkes, Georgia-Rose Brown and Michael Tone. Victorian athletes Romi Brown and Tyson Bull were also selected for the World Cup Team.
Day 1 of qualifiers saw the Women’s Artistic Gymnasts compete on Uneven Bars and Vault. Romi Brown qualified for the Uneven Bars final in sixth place, while fellow Aussie Georgia-Rose Brown qualified in third position. The Men’s Artistic Gymnasts competed on Floor, Pommel and Rings, where Chris Remkes qualified for the Floor final.
The MAG gymnasts competed on Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar and Vault on Day 2 of qualifiers. Tyson Bull gave a strong routine on Horizontal Bar, qualifying fourth for the final along with Mitchell Morgans in fifth. Remkes managed to score a ticket to the Vault final to defend his title, with a score of 14.216. The WAG gymnasts were up on Beam and Floor, with Emma Nedov and Elena Chipizubov qualifying for the Beam final. Kate Sayer and Emma Nedov were looking to qualify for the Floor Final. Nedov qualified in second position, with Sayer just missing out on the qualifying score.
Finals – Day 1
It was a massive first day of finals, with some great routines from both Australian and International gymnasts. The audience was treated to a spectacular performance from Team Adrenalin, with their breathtaking FusionFX routine ‘Ome Kayo’.
Romi Brown competed in her first World Cup final on Uneven Bars, scoring 12.500 and finishing in fifth place. Georgia-Rose Brown was the first Australian to step up onto the podium, winning the Bronze Medal on the Uneven Bars.
The level of International competition on Saturday night was incredible! The crowd were thrilled to see veteran gymnast Oksana Chusovitina compete on Vault, going on to win the Silver Medal. UK fan favourite Dominick Cunningham gave a nail biting Floor performance which earned him the Bronze Medal, tied with Spain’s Rayderley Zapata. Olympic Gold Medalist Arthur Zanetti from Brazil gave an impressive performance on Rings, earning the Bronze Medal behind Yang Liu and Hao You of China.
Finals – Day 2
The last day of competition was jam-packed full of great gymnastics that thrilled the Melbourne crowd. The Australian’s were up against immense International competition on Horizontal Bar, including Olympic Gold Medalist Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands and Hidetaka Miyachi from Japan. Tyson Bull competed in front of a roaring home crowd on the Horizontal Bar, giving a fantastic performance which gave him a score of 13.966, while Mitchell Morgan placed fourth.
Vanessa Ferrari gave one of the most popular performances of the night on Floor, earning herself the Gold Medal. Emma Nedov gave a wonderful Floor performance, but missed out on a spot on the podium by one place.
The 2019 World Cup was a fantastic way to kick off the year of gymnastics. Congratulations to all of the competitors who gave their best performances over the weekend, including Victorian gymnasts Tyson Bull and Romi Brown. We can’t wait to see what this year holds!