Top stars Berki, Wang make it to finals
Hungary’s 2012 London Olympics gold medallist Krisztian Berki were among the star gymnasts who qualified for the finals at the 10th FIG Artistic Individual Apparatus World Cup at the Aspire Dome in Doha on Wednesday.
The finals will be held on Friday and Saturday after another round of qualifications in men’s vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar while the women will compete to secure berths in the balance beam and floor finals.
Berki, a pommel horse expert, collected 14,833 points with China’s Jingyuan Zou came second with 14,433 points while Croatia’s Filipe Ude finished third (13,800).
China’s Ruoteng Xiao, Armenia’s Artur Davtyan, Lithuania’s Robert Tvorogal, Japan’s Kilchi Takenaka Turkey’s Ferhat Arican also qualified for the final.
Qatar’s Ahmed Al Dayani failed to make it the final, finishing 23rd with 11,600 points, but may earn a wild card.
In the men’s men’s floor, Switzerland’s Pablo Braegger qualified (14,133 points) followed by Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Hung Tang (14,000) and Romanian Marian Dragulescu (14,000).
Ferhat Arican (Turkey), Milad Karimi (Kazakhstan), Kilchi Takenaka (Japan) Artur Davtyan (Armenia) and Oskar Kirmes (Finland) also booked a berth in the final.
But Qatar’s Ahmed Mousa failed to make the qualification mark, finishing 23rd.
Armenia’s Artur Tovmasyan topped the men’s rings qualification while Ukrain’s Igor Radivilov and Armenia’s Vahagn Davtyan came second and third respectively.
China’s Jingyuan Zou, Turkey’s Ibrahim Colak, Belgium’s Dennis Goossens, Germany’s Marcel Nguyen and Japan’s, Genichiro Kohzu also made it to the final.
Meanwhile, an age-of-the-seat contest was witnessed in the women’s vault qualification, with China’s Rio Games bronze medalist Yan Wang topped the chart with 14,566 points.
Uzbek veteran Oksana Chusovitina took the second spot (14.249) while Australia’s emerging star came Emily Little came third (14, 100).
Teja Belak (Slovenia), Tjasa Kysselef (Slovenia), Zsofia Kov (Hungary), Yuliya Inshina (Azerbaijan), Chaimaa Zemszami (Mauritania) also qualified in the same discipline.
In the only other event in the women’s category, China’s Huan Luo (14.433) came first in the uneven bars. Her compatriot Liu Tingting looked impressive to take the second spot with 14.366 points. Aussie Rianna Mizzen finished third (14.133).
Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs, Australian Georgia-Rose Brown, Slovenian Ivana Kamnikar, Switzerland’s Lynn Genhart, Czech Republic’s Vendula Merkova also made it to the final.