20. April 2024  
Doha, QAT  
Artistic Gymnastics

FIG Artistic World Cup series in the 2024 Olympic year

After 100 (!) World Cup winners (60x men + 40x women) were determined on the individual apparatus in the 2023 World Challenge Cup circuit alone, there will be no all-around competition in the 2024 FIG World Cup series in the Olympic year!
This year, the World Cup Circuit (- the first four WC's) also serves as another qualification opportunity for the Olympic Games, with two athletes per apparatus - a total of 8 opportunities (female) and 12x for the men - who can still earn Olympic starting opportunities through a points system based on their placings at three of the four World Cups that will take place over the next few months (before the Olympics).
* After the first events in Cairo / Egypt and Cottbus / Germany and in Baku / AZE follows the  fourth and last FIG World Cup with qualifyinc character in Doha / QAT ...:

→ ... current World Cup  :


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  International season opener:

(1) FIG WORLD Challenge CUP 2024  Kairo / EGY (15. - 18. February)

* Preview --: The World Gymnastics Federation FIG has published the nomination list for the first World Cup 2024, which will open the WCha series in the Olympic year from 15 February in Cairo. (Almost 300 (!) athletes and just as many gymnasts have expressed an interest in competing - that's more than twice as many entries as usual for these events ...!



♦♦   MEN's FINALS :

- RYU Sung-hyun (KOR; 14.970) - the now 22-year-old South Korean former junior world champion (2019; Györ) relegated Diorges ESCOBAR (CUBA) and Eddie PENEV (BUL ) to second and third place.

- ABU AL SOUD - Jordan's first runner-up World Champion (2022) was also unbeatable by Korea's HUR Woong (14.930) with 15.070.
- JONG Ryong IL - North Korea's Asian champion of past years is in top form at the age of 34 and won the rings competition ahead of the co-favourite Armenian Vahagn Davtyan and Salvatore Maresca (ITA).

- Artur DAVTYAN (ARM) - What didn't work on the still rings, succeeded on the vault: victory with a narrow lead over Nazar Chapurnyi (UKR).

- Illia KOVTUN - with (6.7)=15.600 world top and highest score of the day. Oleg Verniaiev (6.6)=15.233 silver at eye level, almost equal!!!

- TANG Chia-Hung (TPE) won with (6.4)=14.500, as Angel Barajas (CLO), the best in the preliminary competition, was unable to repeat his most difficult routine and finished third behind Joe Fraser (GBR).

+ MEN's qualification:
→ Day 1:
* Floor: Korean double lead by RYU Sunghyun (6.1)=14.270 ahead of KIM Hansol (6.ß)=14.200;
* Horse: Best was HUR Woong (KOR) with (6.5)=15.230,
* Rings: Armenian duo in front: Artur AVETISYAN(5.9=14.530) ahead of Vahagn Davtyan (6.00)=14.530; Vinzenz Hoeck (AUT) missed the final in ninth place by 1 thousandth.
→ Day 2:
* Vault: On day 2, Vahagn DAVTYANwas alsothe best on vault (=15.000).
* Parallel bars: Ukrainian leading double: Illia KOVTUN (6.7)=15.100 ahead of veteran Oleg Verniaiev (6.6)=14.970
* high bar: Angel BARAJAS from Columbia (6.8!)=14.530 relegates Joe Fraser (GBR) to second place: (6.0)=14.300.


MEN's FINALS (Feb 17/18) 
 Qualification (Feb 15/16) > FX PH SR VT PB HB




 - AN Chang-ok (PRK) - North Korea's two-time Asian champion (2022, vault, parallel bars) prevailed against Valentina Georgieva /BULand Pranati Nayak / IND.

 - HUANG Zhuofan ahead of LUO Huan - Chinese double victory on parallel bars ahead of Ondine Achampong (GBR).

* FINAL DAY 2  (18. February)
- Nina DERWAEL - Belgium's uneven bars specialist surprises with best balance beam performance, but was already European vice-champion on beam in 2018.

- Mana OKAMURA (JPN), last year's beam winner in Cottbus is also strong on floor exercise at the moment and takes the 3rd victory for an Asian in Cairo. Austria's Charlize Moerz (AUT) unfortunately had a slip-up in the first acro-row and was unable to match her pre-competition performance. However, this 4th place in her 4th World Cup final is her best result so far!

+ WOMEN's qualification:
→ * Day 1:The best qualifiers of day 1 were An, Chang-ok (PRK; 14.050) on vault and Rebecca Downie (GBR; 13.930) on uneven bars.
→ * Day 2: Austrian Charlize MÖRZ - protégée of former Chemnitz coach Gabriele Frehse - took a surprising lead after the floor qualification with the most difficult routine of the competition (5.4) and a score of =13.200. Ondine Achampong (GBR) achieved the best apparatus score on beam with 13.700.

  WOMEN's FINALS (Feb 17/18)
Qualification (Feb 15/16) > VT UB BB FX





European Championships; Rimini / ITA (AGm: 24.-28.04 + AGw: 02.-05.05)

OLYMPIC GAMES  Paris; / FRA  (27.07. - 05.08.)

  FIG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Rotterdam / NED  (17. - 25. 10. 2024)
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* Have also a look at the

(1)  FIG WORLD Challenge CUP - Antalya / TUR  (29.-31.March)

(2)  FIG WORLD Challenge CUP - Osijek /CRO  (04.-07.April)

(3) FIG WORLD Challenge CUP - Warna / BUL  (23.-26. Mai)

(4)  FIG WORLD Challenge CUP - Koper / SLO (30.05.- 01. Juni)

(5)  FIG WORLD Challenge CUP - Szombathely / HUN (04.-06. Oktober)