Melbourne 2017 World Cup Day 4 “Finals Day 2″ Recap
The final day of competition here in Melbourne proved to be the best yet with a massive and lively crowd accompanying difficult and well performed gymnastics. The competition began with the mens vault which turned out to be an extremely exciting way to start the evening. Kenzo Shirai of Japan who is the current Olympic bronze medalist on the event came away with the gold medal after performing a beautiful Yurchenko triple twist and a stuck Tsukahara two and a half twist, scoring 14.916.
Christopher Remkes struggled on his second vault in qualification but came up with two amazing vaults tonight to win the silver medal with a score of 14.883. Japans Wataru Tanigawa finished in third with a 14.556 after a small mishap on his second vault cost him the silver medal.
The highly anticipated Balance Beam final was up next and did not disappoint. Liu Tingting of China performed a gorgeous beam routine full of new and innovative connections to take the gold medal with a score of 14.766. She got all but one of the connections she was attempting in warm ups and stuck her double tuck cold. Her leaps were also the best in the competition by far.
Close behind in second place was Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands who performed an amazing routine that was near perfect till a body bend after one of here simpler jumps cost her the gold medal. She upgraded her start value by six tenths from qualifying and showed her competitive nature in tonights final.
Emily Little of Australia came in third, after China’s Luo Huan sat down her double pike dismount, with a solid and confident beam routine that scored a 13.233.
Parallel bars ran simultaneously with beam and proved to be an interesting competition. Early into the rotation Ahmet Onder of Turkey unfortunately broke his finger during a fall and had to end his routine. Despite this turmoil China’s Zou Jingyuan produced a huge 15.166 showing exceptional difficulty and world class execution. Kenzo Shirai of Japan earned his second Vegemite jar of the day with his silver medal performance on p-bars which scored a 14.433. Ferhat Arican rounded out the podium with a solid routine that had a couple of muscled up elements to prevent himself from falling. Overall the quality of this final wasn’t too high as lots of gymnasts fell but the men at the top showed that they were a cut above the rest.
The womens floor final was up next and was an incredibly exciting competition. Emily Little of Australia wowed the home crowd to come away with a comfortable win. She performed a stuck double layout, excellent full in and two other great passes to take the gold medal with a score of 13.400.
Fellow Countrywoman Georgia Godwin showed great difficulty throughout her floor exercise to take the silver medal with a 12.800. China’s Liu Tingting placed in third after falling on her second tumbling pass that kept her score to a 12.733. The crowd went crazy for both Little and Godwin when it was announced that they had won gold and silver respectively.
High Bar ran with floor and was the final event of 2017 Melbourne World Cup Gymnastics. Kenzo Shirai added a fourth vegemite jar and third gold medal to his hoard of awards from this world cup. He performed a stellar routine with fantastic form and amplitude throughout. He had sky high double twisting double layout that he landed with was that helped him win the title with a score of 13.933. Mitchell Morgans of Australia was in second with a 13.400. He hit a really solid high bar routine that was a great improvement from his qualification routine. Yusuke Saito won the bronze medal after falling on his second set of back to back releases. He scraped ahead of New Zealand’s Devy Dyson to take the bronze medal with a 13.333.
That brings my recaps and liveblogging to a close for this competition. I have loved every minute of my experience here in Melbourne I have met so many amazing people and learned so much about the sport that I love. I want to thank Gymnastics Australia for giving me the opportunity to be out on the floor and get close up to the action for warmups, training and competition. I also want to thank them for their hospitality throughout the entire world cup and the respect that everyone was treated with throughout the event. Until the next event that’s me signing off, hope you enjoyed this event as much as I did.