Japan’s Yonekura wins vault gold, earns Tokyo ticket
DOHA (Qatar): Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by winning the men’s Vault final at the 13th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup here on Saturday afternoon.
Before heading into the final, South Korea’s Shin Jeahwan led the overall rankings but Yonekura overtook the Korean with a score of 15.016 in the final that earned him a ticket to Tokyo.
Igor Radivilov and Andrey Medvedev finished second and third respectively on the podium.
The eighth and final event of the 2018-2021 Apparatus World Cup Series is being held here. The competition will determine the fate of some of the top specialists in the world vying for Tokyo Olympic berths.
The series was specifically designed by FIG for individual specialists, and is applicable to those who have not yet qualified to the Games through the 2018-2019 World Championships.
Once the series is complete (with the conclusion of the Doha World Cup) the top ranked athlete on each apparatus (six for men and four for women) will secure a ticket to Tokyo, with a maximum of one quota per nation.
With seven completed competitions in the series, some athletes have already mathematically secured the top spot on the event, and therefore have already earned their Tokyo participation.