The Summer Universiade, a multi-sport event organized for university athletes and held every two years, is set to begin on July 3 in Gwangju, South Korea.
The gymnastics competition will begin on July 4 with the first day of individual qualifications and team finals, the same format we saw at the European Games. Team medals will be awarded on the 5th, followed by the all-around competition on July 6 and event finals on July 7.
The Russians won the team event in 2013, and though their team is slightly weaker this time around, they still have big names, including European vault champion Maria Paseka. She headlines a team that also features Daria Elizarova, Polina Fedorova, Ekaterina Kramarenko, and Alla Sidorenko, none of whom would normally factor into a major international team picture this year but for a B team, it’s a pretty solid group.
Their competition includes Australia and Japan, both of whom are sending mostly A team gymnasts. Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown, Lauren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Monckton, and Emma Nedov are all very experienced, as are Japan’s Wakana Inoue, Yu Minobe, Natsumi Sasada, Asuka Teramoto, and Sakura Yumoto.
Malaysia and South Korea are the only other countries sending full teams, with Malaysia’s including the six-time Southeast Asian Games medalist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi. Individual standouts in attendance include Great Britain’s Kelly Simm and Portugal’s Filipa Martins. There will also be a couple NCAA gymnasts in the mix, including Simone Penker of Austria, who competes for the University of Alaska, and Jordan Rae of New Zealand, who just completed a standout freshman year at Bowling Green.
A full list of competitors is below. Hyphens currently mark spots where countries have opted to send a gymnast or two, though these gymnasts have not yet been officially named.
Official Team Rosters
Angel Wong Hiu Ying
Nur Eli Ellina Azmi
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
Tan Ing Yueh
Eum Da Yeon
Heo Seon Mi
Park Ji Soo
Article by Lauren Hopkins