The Varna World Challenge Cup

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The Varna World Challenge Cup, held this weekend in Bulgaria, marks the fifth FIG event finals match of the season and will feature acro competitors in addition to MAG and WAG.

Qualifications began today for the women on vault and bars at 5:55 pm local time. Tomorrow the beam and floor qualifications will be held at 2 pm, and all finals will begin at 12:30 pm on Saturday May 9.

The women should see some great competition on vault, as last year’s world champion on the event, Hong Un Jong of North Korea, is one of several strong vaulters set to compete, including Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland (who could medal in pretty much any final here, to be honest), Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, Phan Thi Ha Thanh of Vietnam (she should also be a big threat on beam), and both Teja Belak and Tjasa Kysslef of Slovenia, both of whom have done very well on the world cup circuit so far this year.

Also look out for Youna Dufournet of France to fight for gold on bars, 2014 Asian Games beam champion Kim Un Hyang of North Korea on that event, Tutya Yilmaz of Turkey on both beam and floor, Tzuf Feldon of Israel to show off her very promising beam routine in finals, and the spunky U.S.-trained Isabella Amado of Panama on beam and floor.

A full list of MAG and WAG participants is below.

ARGENTINA
Nicolas Cordoba
Mauro Martinez
Osvaldo Martinez
Federico Molinari
AUSTRIA
Lukas Kranzlmüller
Severin Kranzlmüller
Lisa Ecker
AZERBAIJAN
Daniel Robert Lucas
Petro Pakhnyuk
Oleg Stepko
BELARUS
Dzmitry Barkalau
Vasili Mikhalitsyn
Anastasiya Miklashevich
Anastasiya Yekimenka
BULGARIA
Martin Angelov
Dimitar Bardarski
Aleksandar Batinkov
Dimitar Dimitrov
Hristos Marinov
Iliya Tudzharov
Ralitsa Mileva
Valentina Rashkova
Simona Yaketova
Albena Zlatkova
CHILE
Tomas Gonzalez
CROATIA
Andrej korosteljev
Tomislav Markovic
Marijo Moznik
Robert Seligman
Tin Srbic
Filip Ude
Ema Kajic
CYPRUS
Irodotos Georgallas
Marios Georgiou
FRANCE
Julien Gobaux
Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues
Cyril Tommasone
Arnaud Willig
Youna Dufournet
GREAT BRITAIN
James Hall
Ashley Watson
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat
Eyal Glazer
Andrey Medvedev
Tzuf Feldon
Gaya Giladi
Ofir Netzir
JORDAN
Ahmad Abu al Soud
Adham Alsqour
KAZAKHSTAN
Nurtas Kozhakov
Azizbek Kudratullayev
Aida Bauyrzhanova
Yekaterina Chuikina
LATVIA
Vitalijs Kardasovs
Dmitrijs Trefilovs
NORTH KOREA
Han Jong Hyok
Pak Tae Yong
Ri Se Gwan
Hong Un Jong
Kang Yong Mi
Kim Un Hyang
PANAMA
Isabella Amado
Valentina Brostella
PERU
Ariana Orrego
Mariana Chiraella
QATAR
Mahmood al Sadi
Ahmed al Dayani
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Jure Pavlica
Mitja Petkovsek
Ziga Silc
Teja Belak
Ivana Kamnikar
Tjasa Kysselef
SWITZERLAND
Jessica Diacci
Ilaria Käslin
Giulia Steingruber
SLOVAKIA
Slavomir Michnak
Ivan Vargovsky
Barbora Mokosova
TURKEY
Ferhat Arican
Ibrahim Colak
Ahmet Onder
Umit Samiloglu
Ekin Morova
Demet Mutlu
Tutya Yilmaz
UZBEKISTAN
Abdulla Azimov
Timur Kadirov
Dilnoza Abdusalimova
Oksana Chusovitina
Elena Rega
VENEZUELA
Regulo Carmona
Jose Luis Fuentes
Katriel de Sousa
Paola Marquez
Cindy Ruiz
VIETNAM
Dang Nam
Dinh Phuong Thanh
Do vu Hung
Le Thanh Tung
Pham Phuoc Hung
Phan Ngoc Nung
Do Thi Thu Huyen
Do Thi Van Anh
Phan Thi Ha Thanh

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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