Over fifty junior gymnasts from all over the world traveled to the Czech Republic over the weekend, competing as teams and in the all-around at the Olympic Hopes Cup in Liberec.
The team from Great Britain – featuring Alice Kinsella, Latalia Bevan, Jolie Ruckley, Megan Parker, Amelia Montague, and Teal Grindle – came in at a total score of 212.2 to defeat the Chinese ladies – Fu Yuyao, Zhang Jin, Liu Jinru, Wu Jing, Gong Kangyi, and Zhou Linlin – by a tenth, as China finished with a 212.1. The host team from the Czech Republic came in for the bronze medal with a 207.6.
The top two squads dominated the all-around as well, placing six gymnasts in the top eight. Kinsella topped the all-around podium with a 53.9, performing well everywhere, but especially on beam where a 13.8 helped give her the lead by nearly a point over Fu, who showed great work everywhere but struggled on vault, finishing her day with a 53.1. In third was Zhang, a very tidy gymnast on vault and floor, but bars and beam proved to be a problem and she finished with a 52.45.
Rounding out the top eight were Liu with a 51.85, Dorka Szujo of Hungary with a 51.7 (she was especially great on bars), Bevan with a 51.6, Ruckley with a 51.5, and Vendula Merkova of the Czech Republic with a 51.45.
Other strong performances on this day came from Wu Jing and Argentina’s Mayra Vaquie on vault, Zhou on bars, Grindle on beam, Gong on floor, and the Czech Republic’s Aneta Holasova on beam and floor. Holasova actually looked like she might place in the all-around, but she unfortunately fell apart on bars and finished only 12th overall with a 50.9.
In addition to the above, other nations sending gymnasts included Slovenia, South Africa, Israel, Austria, and the Netherlands.
Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins