With the conclusion of the fourth FIG Apparatus World Cup in Doha this weekend, we are beginning to see a clearer picture of the top contenders for each event title and individual event specialist qualification spot to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jade Carey of the US had a great competition following her success last week at the Baku World Cup, winning both floor and vault and currently ranked first in both events. The battle for the uneven bars title continues, with Belgium‘s Nina Derwael winning the event in Doha and quickly catching up to China‘s Lyu Jiaqi and Fan Yilin, currently ranked first and second, respectively. Derwael has also put herself in the running for the beam title after placing second on the event in Doha.
As always, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan has kept herself in the mix, currently ranked second on vault with 66 points. Though it will be difficult to catch Carey, Chusovitina could still pass her with two first-place wins at subsequent World Cups. Currently, Carey has earned 85 points out of a possible 90, which could only be improved if USA Gymnastics decides to send her to more Apparatus World Cups, such as the Cottbus World Cup later this year following Worlds. Alexa Moreno of Mexico kept herself in third place with a good performance in Doha, but will need to watch out for Russia‘s Maria Paseka, who has yet to add a third score to her point total.
Jiaqi is still ranked first on the uneven bars with a total of 75 points, though Derwael could surpass her with a fifth-place finish or better at her next World Cup competition. Derwael has only competed at two Apparatus World Cups so far and has won both, so expect her third-place ranking to improve after her next competition. Fan Yilin is ranked second with 65 points and will want to drop her eighth-place finish to maintain her standing and stay ahead of Derwael. Sweden‘s Jonna Adlerteg is ranked fourth after struggling to hit her routine cleanly in event finals. Anastasia Iliankova of Russia will be looking to work her way up the rankings after adding a third score to her point total at her next competition.
Marine Boyer of France has moved into first place in the balance beam rankings after her third-place finish in Doha. As Boyer is the only top contender who has competed at three World Cups, the title is still anyone’s to win. Both Emma Nedov of Australia and Li Qi could pass Boyer in the rankings with podium finishes at future competition. Li Qi competed a beautiful routine to win the event in Doha, followed by Derwael in second place, showing that she could be a legitimate contender for the beam title as well.
The podium for the floor exercise in Doha was an exact replica of the podium last week in Baku, with Carey winning the event, Lara Mori of Italy finishing second, and fellow Italian Vanessa Ferrari finishing third. Carey’s win on the event catapulted her to first place in the rankings, six points above Ferrari. However, her ranking is not secure, as a first-place finish by Ferrari at future World Cups would push Carey to second place. Mori is also close behind, just eight points out of the lead. Podium finishes from the Italians would threaten Carey’s event title if she does not attend any more World Cup competitions.Tags: 2019 Doha World Cup, Alexa Moreno, Anastasia Iliankova, Australia, Belgium, China, Doha World Cup, elite, elite gymnastics, Emma Nedov, Fan Yilin, FIG, France, Italy, Jade Carey, Jonna Adlerteg, Lara Mori, Li Q, Lyu Jiaqi, Maria Paseka, Marine Boyer, Mexico, Nina Derwael, Oksana Chusovitina, Russia, Sweden, US, Uzbekistan, Vanessa Ferrari, women's gymnastics