The 10th edition of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar concluded on Sunday where the Chinese team showed very promising finishes, claiming half the title available, much like they did in Melbourne last month. Veterans and experienced athletes won their best events and some standouts have emerged as well.
Leading the Chinese team in their successful domination of the competition was phenom and World Championships hopeful Liu Tingting. After winning on the Melbourne World Cup, Tingting came back to win another world title, or titles to be exact. She won gold on two out of four apparatus, specifically the balance beam and floor exercise where she scored 14.466 and 13.366 respectively. At the balance beam, she outscored the 2004 Olympic Champion Catalina Ponor who also led in AGF Trophy in Baku last week, and own teammate Luo Huan. On floor exercise, she put Australian standout Emily Little on second and Croatia’s Ana Derek on third.
The third event the Chinese women won gold was on the uneven bars, which Tingting placed only fourth on due to a fall, allowing her teammate and another World Championships hopeful Luo Huan to take the gold with 14.433. Hungarian Zsofia Kovacs was on second and another Australian was on third, Georgia-Rose Brown.
At the women’s vault competition, another Chinese woman qualified first with a solid three-tenth lead but was forced to withdraw due to a fall that led to an injury during the qualifications on floor exercise. Because of this, vault legend Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan had the chance to redeem herself on her best event. She scored 14.166 ahead of AUS’ Little and Slovenia’s Teja Belak, showing that despite being twice older than most of them, she could still compete and take her first steps toward Tokyo 2020.
Southeast Asian Men Collects Medals
Elsewhere, on the men’s competition, newcomers and Olympians alike have emerged victors. On the men’s floor, a fairly new name took the gold—Chinese Taipei’s Tang Chia-Hung with a score of 14.366. On the second was Kazakhstan’s Milad Karimi and on third was Marian Dragulescu from Romania.
On men’s vault, another new name has imposed, Vietnam’s Le Thanh Tung, who clinched the gold with a 14.733 after showing beautiful work on his routine. He is ahead of Armenia’s Artur Davtyan who took two steps back and out-of-bounds on his tsuk double full, and Heikki Saarenketo of Finland who has the lowest difficulty score of the bunch.
Until this competition, for Armenia’s Artur Tovmasyan, the greatest result of his international career was last year’s third place finish on rings in Doha. But not anymore, as this time he turned in an amazing performance to take the gold, defeating international standouts Igor Radivilov of Ukraine and Zou Jingyuan of China.
Still the master of pommel horse was 2012 Olympic champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary. Despite his silver finish in Baku last week, he now has the lead in World Cup rankings, ahead of Chinese sensation Weng Hao, who beat him for the gold in Baku. Silver on pommel horse was China’s Xiao Ruoteng and on bronze was Davtyan.
Although beaten by Tovmasyan on rings, Jingyuan redeemed himself on the parallel bars by taking the gold with a 15.900. He actually got a 16.166 in qualifications, which seems impossible under the new Code of Points but he actually made it possible. He put Germany’s Marcel Nguyen and Switzerland’s Pablo Brägger on second and bronze respectively on the finals.
Another Chinese man took the gold for high bar after improving his qualifying round performance. He scored 14.533 ahead of Croatia’s Tin Srbic and Switzerland’s Christian Baumann.
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