Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev and Romanian Larisa Iordache retained their Glasgow World Cup gymnastics titles with dominant displays at the prestigious international event held once again at Emirates Arena. Both gymnasts have world class pedigree and proved that once again with near faultless displays across all apparatus, the capacity crowd showing huge appreciation for their skills.
Verniaiev was dominant, having placed 4th all-around at the 2014 World Championships he mastered the six men’s apparatus - floor, pommel horse, vault, horizontal bar, high bar - for an unbeatable 91.598 points, an outstanding total that would likely medal at any major championships.
Iordache is the World all-around silver medallist and her class was evident in Glasgow. Competing on the four women’s apparatus - vault, bars, beam and floor - she ended with a total score of 59.232 points to take the title with her confidence and style standing out in all routines.
On women's side the silver medal went to Ellie Black of Canada with 56.432 and the bronze to Jessica Lopez of Venezuela with 55.899 points.
Larisa Iordache said afterward: “I’m very happy to have won my title again in Glasgow. After competing in Stuttgart last week I was a little tired so am happy to have done another good competition and now I can have a rest and look forward to Christmas”
Britain’s Georgina Hockenhull showed tremendous composure and skill in her competition. The Team Wales double Commonwealth Games medal winner showed particularly strong performances on beam and bars giving her 54.398 points for a superb 4th place.
* source : British Gymnastics
* Women’s Competition
1. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea (ROU) - 59.232
2. BLACK Elsabeth (CAN) - 56.432
3. LOPEZ Jessica (VEN) - 55.899
4. HOCKENHULL Georgina (GBR) - 54.398
5. MURAKAMI Mai (JPN) - 54.299
6. FERRARI Vanessa (ITA) - 54.032
7. FASANA Erica (ITA) - 53.732
8. SCHAEFER Pauline (GER) - 53.365
►► Detailed results
♦♦ P R E V I E W:
The traditional Glasgow World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the gymnastics calendar and sees the world’s best male and female gymnasts in competition. Olympic, World and European medal winners compete in an action packed, non-stop event with the best gymnasts over all the pieces of gymnastics apparatus coming out on top.
The 2014 Glasgow World Cup took place on the Saturday December 6th from 1pm - 5pm in the Emirates Arena, with the very best gymnasts competing for medals at the UK’s only round of the World Cup series.
* P a r t i c i p a n t s 2014
♦ M E N
- Oleg Verniaiev (21), Ukraine 2014 Parallel Bars World Champion
- Yusuke Tanaka (24), Japan 2014 World Championship all-around bronze & Olympic team silver
- John Orozco, (20), USA 2013 World Championship parallel bars bronze
- Yuya Kamoto (20), Japan 2010 Youth Olympic All-around champion
- Frank Baines (19), Great Britain 2014 Commonwealth Games team silver for Scotland
- James Hall (19), Great Britain 2013 Australian Youth Olympic team and floor champion.
- Helge Liebrich (26), Germany 2014 German team Worlds member
- Sergio Sasaki Junior (22), Brazil 10th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games
♦ W O M E N
- Larisa Iordache (18), Romania - 2014 World all-around silver medallist
- Elsabeth Black (19), Canada 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth beam champion
- Jessica Lopez (28), Venezuela- 2008 & 2012 Olympian
- Georgina Hockenhull (17) Great Britain - 2014 Commonwealth double bronze medallist Team Wales
- Mai Murakami (18), Japan- 2013 World Championships 4th on floor
- Vanessa Ferarri (24), Italy - 2006 all-around World Champion and two time Olympian
- Erika Fasana (18), Italy - 2012 Olympian
- Pauline Schaefer, (17), Germany, member of the Germany team that placed 4th at 2014 European Championships