The 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships may have taken place just a month ago but many of the world’s top gymnasts are already back and still competing in top shape in the final World Cup competition of 2018 in Cottbus.

At the Cottbus World Cup, an individual apparatus World Cup, many of the best athletes from last month’s Worlds in Doha are looking to get a head start in the World Cup standings with Cottbus as the first competition in the 2018-2019 series this week.

The peak form from many coming in after Worlds was clear to see amongst top contenders, but it was a gymnast who opted to pass on Doha and the World Championships who stole the show over the first two days of qualifications in Cottbus. 2017 Worlds vault and floor silver medalist Jade Carey of the U.S. soared into the event finals in second and first position respectively on her signature events.

Carey of Arizona Sunrays in Phoenix earned an impressive 14.483 on vault to qualify second into Saturday’s event final despite only competing a Yurchenko double full and not her Amanar, which the 18 year-old American competed at last year’s Worlds in Montreal.

The second day of qualifications was even more impressive for Carey as she posted the highest floor exercise score of the day, scoring a big 13.966 with a huge 6.3 difficulty score thanks to her incredibly powerful and precise tumbling.

Jade Carey on floor at the 2018 U.S. Championships Photo: John Cheng

Two Brazilian stars impressed with Carey as well Thursday and Friday in Cottbus, with Flavia Saraiva and Rebeca Andrade each making several event finals- Saraiva on beam and floor and Andrade on vault, bars, and beam.

Leading the field after qualifications on vault, Andrade totalled an impressive 14.766 after two vaults, leading Carey by three-tenths. 43 year-old gymnastics legend Oksana Chusovitina currently sits in third on vault after qualifications with a 14.416.

On the bars, 2017 World bars champion Fan Yilin of China returned with an impressive bang, showing off an incredibly difficult 6.3 difficulty score for a big 15.233 to lead after qualifications. Reigning World champion on the bars Nina Derwael was just behind Yilin with a 15.166, including a massive 6.5 difficulty score for the Belgian.

On beam, Saraiva’s confident gymnastics and precise skills paid off with a very solid 13.800 score to lead the field going into event finals while on floor the Brazilian sits just behind Carey in second going into Sunday’s final after scoring a very solid 13.800. Saraiva’s countrywoman Jade Barbosa is in third on the floor with a 13.533.

The 2018 Cottbus World Cup continues Saturday with the vault and uneven bars finals before the competition’s conclusion Sunday with the balance beam and floor exercise finals.

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