The Melbourne World Cup event finals saw both veterans and newcomers make a splash on the international scene, as Vanessa Ferrari returned to competition and Fan Yilin and Oksana Chusovitina began their Tokyo 2020 Olympic journeys.

Yeo Seo-Jeong of South Korea won vault with a 14.266, just two tenths higher than Chusovitina, who placed second with a 14.200. Though Chusovitina had slightly higher execution scores, Yeo’s higher start values gave her an edge over the rest of the competition. When Chusovitina competes with full difficulty, she will be hard to beat at these upcoming Apparatus World Cup series events. Alexa Moreno placed fourth but had the second highest single vault score with a 14.066. By upping the difficulty of her second vault, Moreno should put herself in contention for another vault medal at Worlds this year.

Fan Yilin of China performed a bar routine with a 6.3 difficulty score for a total of 14.833 to win the title. She is now ranked second in the FIG Apparatus World cup Standings, five points behind teammate Lyu Jiaqi. Lyu placed second in Melbourne with a 14.366 but maintains her first-place ranking in the series. Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden placed fourth with a fall, but showed a routine with a huge 6.0 difficulty score. Georgie Rose-Brown of Australia scored a 13.366, where her beautiful lines earned her a bronze medal.

Vanessa Ferrari performs on the floor exercise at the Melbourne World Cup in Melbourne, Australia/Gymnastics Australia

First year senior Zhao Shiting of China won on beam with a 13.566. Despite having the second lowest difficulty among the event finalists, her clean execution was enough to earn first place at the event and in the Apparatus World Cup rankings. Emma Nedov of Australia placed second with a 13.500, competing a routine with a 5.4 difficulty score, the highest in the event final. Mana Oguchi of Japan placed third with a 13.066. Unfortunately, Valeriia Osipova of Ukraine placed seventh with an 11.233, followed by Chusovitina in eigth with a 10.533.

Fan favorite and 2013 World floor bronze medalist Vanessa Ferrari won the floor exercise with a 13.600, where her routine had the highest start value among the finalists. By placing first at this competition, Ferrari is currently tied for first in the World Cup standings. Paula Mejias of Puerto Rico placed second with a 12.533, giving Central America some representation in Melbourne. Zhao Shiting placed third with a 12.266, contributing to China’s strong showing at this competition.

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