By collecting all the available gold medals at the recently held World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, 2015 World bronze medalist Ellie Downie has been recognized as the first female athlete to capture all the apparatus gold medals at a Gymnastics World Cup under its current competition rules this weekend.
The British artistic gymnast, who firmly established Britain’s historic team bronze finish at last year’s Glasgow World Championships, took the opportunity to show off her Olympic potential in Osijek. The British gymnastics star dominated the event with strong performances, her scores lying between 14.525 on Floor to 14.95 for a perfectly executed Balance Beam routine.
Due to her amazing performance in Osijek, Downie has become one of the few female gymnasts to achieve a golden sweep at a World Cup. The last to do such a title sweep is the Russian artistic gymnast Ludmilla Tourischeva, who grabbed all the available gold medals at the 1975 World Cup in London.
“Osijek is one of the best competitions I have ever had,” the 17-year-old female gymnast said. “The crowd and organization were great. I really enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you all!”
The men’s event in Croatia was more varied, as the six available apparatus medals were shared by five different gymnasts. 2015 Baku double gold medalist Oleg Verniaiev was the only male gymnast to get two gold medals, topping the scores in Pommel Horse and Vault as he continues an extended Olympic warmup. The Ukranian artistic gymnast also took home three gold medals in the Rio Test Event event finals, which took place on 18th of April in the Rio Olympic Arena.
Veteran artistic gymnasts, 2012 Olympic vault silver medalist Deniz Ablyazin and two-time European horizontal bar champion Emin Garibov acquired the title in the Still Rings and Parallel Bars, respectively. Garibov has just returned to the international competition after recovering from a shoulder injury that hindered him from competing for nearly two years. German artistic gymnast Matthias Fahrig took home the gold on the Floor, while Turkish gymnast Umit Samiloglu became the top performer on the High Bar apparatus.
Manrique Larduet Imprints His Name in Men’s Gymnastics
Despite only acquiring a single medal (a silver medal at the Parallel Bars) at the Osijek World Cup, the 2015 World all-around silver medalist Manrique Larduet will have a lasting legacy in gymnastics as his name will be inked in the Men’s Code of Points. In the Osijek World Cup’s qualification round, the Cuban Artistic gymnast executed a new dismount on the Parallel Bars, a double front somersault with a full twist, which will be named after him in the men’s code of points. The element, which adds a half twist to a dismount executed by only few gymnasts, will have G-value difficulty and will be named as the “Larduet”. This was confirmed by Steve Butcher, the President of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee on Saturday.
Larduet’s participation in last year’s World Championships in Glasgow was the first by a Cuban artistic gymnast since 2003, and the medals he acquired (the All-around silver and High Bar bronze) were the first World medals obtained by Cuba since 2001.
The 19-year-old Cuban gymnast is looking forward for the Rio Olympic Games, and hopes to be the first Cuban gymnast to take home an Olympic medal in Gymnastics.
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