American Jade Carey won both the Vault and Floor Exercise for the second week in a row in what is functionally the end of the FIG Apparatus World Cup season.
Carey won both events at the Apparatus World Cup in Baku on 16-17 March and finished up four-for-four with two wins in Qatar. Her win in the Vault was especially noteworthy, as her 14.883 outscored the two-time World Vault Champion, Maria Paseka (RUS: 14.766).
Belgium’s 2018 World Champion Nina Derwael won in her specialty, the Uneven Bars, and was second on Beam. In the men’s events, 2018 Worlds Pommel Horse bronze winner Chih-Kai Lee (TPE) won that event and Croatia’s Tin Srbic – the 2017 World High Bar winner – posted a win in his favorite event by 1/10th over Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi.
There is still one more Apparatus World Cup scheduled, but it’s the traditional Turnier der Meister in Cottbus (GER) that won’t take place until November, well after the 2019 World Championships.
In the All-Around World Cup in Birmingham, Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy, the 2018 Worlds bronze medalist, was a clear winner by 85.065-84.730 over China’s Wei Sun, who finished second for the second consecutive week. Nagornyy won the Floor, Rings, Vault and Parallel Bars on his way to the top of the podium.
Russia swept the All-Around titles with a strong performance by Aliia Mustafina, the 1012 and 2016 Olympic Uneven Bars champ and two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the All-Around. She scored 53.564 points to 53.065 for American Riley McCusker. Mustafina won won the Vault, was second on the Bars (to McCusker), survived a fall on the Beam and was fourth on the Floor to earn the victory.
McCusker won on Bars and Floor and was an easy second. Summaries:
FIG Artistic Apparatus World Cup
Doha (QAT) ~ 20-23 March 2019
(Full results here)
Floor: 1. Alexander Shatilov (ISR), 14.633; 2. Rayderly Zapata (ESP), 14.433; 3. Carlos Yulo (PHI), 14.266.
Pommel Horse: 1. Chih-Kai Lee (TPE), 15.400; 2. Kohei Kameyama (JPN), 15.400; 3. Kaito Imabayashi (JPN), 15.333. Also: 6. Stephen Nedoroscik (USA), 13.966.
Rings: 1. Xingyu Lan (CHN), 15.100; 2. Artus Tovmasyan (ARM), 14.833; 3. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM), 14.825.
Vault: 1. Hakseon Yang (KOR), 15.266; 2. Igor Radivilov (UKR), 14.916; 3. Davtyan (ARM), 14.695.
Parallel Bars: 1. Jingyuan Zhou (CHN), 15.700; 2. Vladislav Poliashov (RUS), 15.066; 3. Mitchell Morgans (AUS), 14.566.
Horizontal Bar: 1. Tin Srbic (CRO), 14.400; 2. Hidetaka Miyachi (JPN), 14.300; 3. Randy Leryu (CUB), 14.000.
Vault: 1. Jade Carey (USA), 14.883; 2. Maria Paseka (RUS), 14.766; 3. Coline Devillard (FRA), 14.549.
Uneven Bars: 1. Nina Derwael (BEL), 15.033; 2. Yilin Fan (CHN), 14.933; 3. Anastasiia Iliankova (RUS), 14.700.
Beam: 1. Qi Li (CHN), 14.333; 2. Derwael (BEL), 13.633; 3. Marine Boyer (FRA), 13.333.
Floor: 1. Carey (USA), 14.466; 2. Lara Mori (ITA), 13.433; 3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA), 13.300.
FIG Artistic All-Around World Cup
Birmingham (GBR) ~ 23 March 2019
(Full results here)
Men: 1. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS), 85.065; 2. Wei Sun (CHN), 84.730; 3. Kazuma Kaya (JPN), 83.731; 4. Joe Fraser (GBR), 83.265; 5. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR), 82.330. Also: 6. Alan Bower (USA), 80.898.
Women: 1. Aliia Mustafina (RUS), 53.564; 2. Riley McCusker (USA), 53.065; 3. Thais Fidelis (BRA), 51.832; 4. Carolann Heduit (FRA), 5`.632; 5. Victoria Woo (CAN), 51.099.