One of the most talented and deep fields for an individual apparatus World Cup event gathered in Cottbus, Germany and the first day of event finals certainly didn’t disappoint after a very competitive two days of qualifications.
In the vault final, American Jade Carey, the 2017 World silver medalist on the event, came in as one of the medal favorites and the Phoenix native impressed with a two-vault total of 14.616. While Carey was impressive with her Yurchenko double full and Kaz full set, Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade’s incredibly clean impressive execution earned her the edge on Carey to claim the gold medal in Cottbus after a flawless Yurchenko double full contributed to a big 14.728 for the event title.
In third position with the bronze was Indian vault specialist Dipa Karmakar, an incredibly powerful vaulter just returning from injury. After a knee injury and surgery in 2016, Karmakar, who has before performed the incredibly dangerous Produnova, is just now coming back but showed signs of her best vaulting with difficult vaults for a strong 14.316.
Reigning World vault bronze medalist Alexa Moreno kept up her impressive form for fourth here in Cottbus off a 14.279 while 43 year-old legend Oksana Chusovitina tied her but earned fifth after a tiebreaker also with a 14.279.
In an intriguing uneven bars final Saturday, the gold medalist from last month’s World Championships in Doha, Nina Derwael, continued her domination on the international scene, winning another bars title after a huge 15.100 on a beautiful, superbly executed routine despite the highest difficulty score in the world. Derwael’s incredible consistency has seen the Belgian win multiple bars titles this season and she does it with some of the hardest gymnastics anywhere, including her uber-difficult Derwael-Fenton release move.
Andrade kept up her great day in Cottbus on the bars, winning the silver behind Derwael with a very strong 14.500. The Brazilian is another gymnast just returning from injury the past season and while her vault and floor power and prowess is her strength, Andrade is becoming a major all-around threat with her consistent, difficult gymnastics.
China’s Lyu Jiaqi earned a 14.433 for third place in the bars final while 2015 Worlds bars champion Daria Spiridonova of Russia finished just outside the medals in fourth with a 14.358. German home favorite Kim Bui posted a solid routine in front of the home crowd but fell to seventh with a 14.033 while a fall on her dismount cost 2017 World bars champion Fan Yilin of China, only scoring a 13.866.
Day two of event finals in Cottbus will see champions on the balance beam and floor exercise decided as competition at the Cottbus World Cup concludes.Tags: Alexa Moreno, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cottbus World Cup, Daria Spiridonova, Dipa Karmakar, Fan Yilin, Germany, India, Jade Carey, Kim Bui, Lyu Jiaqi, Mexico, Nina Derwael, Oksana Chusovitina, Rebeca Andrade, Russia, Ukraine, United States