Gymnasts Across the Globe Set for Anadia


The field for next week’s Anadia World Challenge Cup will pull from countries across the globe, with top gymnasts from places as far as China, Australia, South Africa, and Brazil expected to travel to Portugal for the eighth challenge cup meet of the season.

For the women, the list includes many who have already qualified to the Olympic Games as well as those still attempting to earn spots on their countries’ teams.

One of the most exciting will be a preview of four very likely to make Brazil’s team, as Rebeca Andrade, Jade Barbosa, Lorrane Oliveira, and Flavia Saraiva will all compete. Their team has yet to be named, but these four plus Daniele Hypolito are looking like the top options, so this could be one of the final determining competitions before things are made official.

Italy will also send a couple reaching for the games, including Vanessa Ferrari, a near-lock but needing a test like this as she’s spent so much time out due to injury since worlds. Sofia Busato, who went to Euros just for her big vaults, is also expected to compete. She’s more of a long shot for the team without her other events, but she could make an interesting last-minute bid if she can add something else to her program.

Both Greece and Mexico earned two spots at the Olympic Test Event and one Olympic spot apiece, with the contention for these spots between Vasiliki Millousi and Argyro Afrati for Greece and Ana Lago and Alexa Moreno for Mexico. Millousi won’t compete here, but Afrati – this year’s national champion – will hope to impress enough to earn the spot. Lago and Moreno, meanwhile, are both so close in their all-around potential, the decision between them will be nearly impossible. With Moreno capable of making the vault final, she could be the best option, but next weekend’s meet could give the federation a good idea as to who is most prepared at the moment.

As for those who have already qualified for the Olympics, we’ll see Isabella Amado of Panama, Teja Belak of Slovenia, Farah Boufadene of Algeria, Simona Castro of Chile, Ana Derek of Croatia, Catalina Escobar of Colombia, Katarzyna Jurkowska of Poland, Zsofia Kovacs of Hungary, Emma Larsson of Sweden (alongside her teammate Veronica Wagner, back for the first time since worlds), Jessica Lopez of Venezuela, hometown standout Filipa Martins of Portugal, Larrissa Miller of Australia (along with teammates Emily Little, Rianna Mizzen, and Lauren Mitchell), and Ariana Orrego of Peru.

The World Challenge Cup in Anadia will be held from June 23-26. A full list of MAG and WAG contenders is below.

Farah Boufadene
Emily Little
Larrissa Miller
Rianna Mizzen
Lauren Mitchell
Alexander Benda
Lukas Kranzlmüller
Severin Kranzlmüller
Jasmin Mader
Petro Pakhnyuk
Oleg Stepko
Arthur Mariano
Sergio Sasaki
Rebeca Andrade
Jade Barbosa
Lorrane Oliveira
Flavia Saraiva
Simona Castro
Cen Yu
Sun Wei
Wang Bo
Weng Hao
Zhu Xiaodong
Liu Jinru
Lyu Jiaqi
Xie Yufen
Wu Jing
Jossimar Calvo
Javier Sandoval
Catalina Escobar
Matija Baron
Andrej Korosteljev
Anton Kovacevic
Tomislav Markovic
Marijo Moznik
Filip Ude
Ana Derek
Manrique Larduet
Randy Leru
Marcia Vidiaux
Juho Kanerva
Oskar Kirmes
Sakari Vekki
Annika Urvikko
Samir Ait Said
Julien Gobaux
Zachari Hrimeche
Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues
Cyril Tommasone
Michail Doulkeridis
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Charalampos Kalidis
Konstantinos Konstantinidis
Antonios Tantalidis
Argyro Afrati
Evangelia Monokrousou
Ioanna Xoulogi
Jim Man Hin
Vid Hidvegi Dorina Böczögö
Zsofia Kovacs
Noemi Makra
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Shatilov
Sofia Busato
Vanessa Ferrari
Reiss Beckford
Kazuma Kaya
Shogo Nonomura
Yasuhiro Okamura
Wataru Tanigawa
Ahmad Abu Al Soud
Majdi Al-Hmood
Adham Alsqour
Vitalijs Kardasovs
Rihards Trams
Dmitrijs Trefilovs
Alina Circene
Valerija Grisane
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
Tan Ing Yueh
Ang Tracie
Rachel Yeoh Li Wen
Ana Lago
Alexa Moreno
Erdenebold Ganbat
Pietro Giachino
Stian Skjerahaug
Solveig Berg
Martine Bjørshol
Isabella Amado
Ariana Orrego
Katarzyna Jurkowska
Simao Almeida
Vasco Miguel Barata
Tiago Barbosa
Simao Da Silva Almeida
Francisco Fragoso
Ricardo Martins
Gustavo Simoes
Mariana Carvalho
Zoi Lima
Mariana Marianito
Filipa Martins
Paula Mejias
Nadine Joy Nathan
Sze En Tan
Saso Bertoncelj
Alen Dimic
Luka Kisek
Rok Klavora
Ziga Silc
Teja Belak
Ivana Kamnikar
Tjasa Kysselef
Adela Sajn
Bianca Mann
Andres Martin
Joel Plata
Alberto Tallon
Kevin Traid
Laura Bechdeju
Ana Palacios
Paula Raya
Emma Larsson
Veronica Wagner
Wissem Harzi
Jessica Lopez

Article by Lauren Hopkins

9 thoughts on “Gymnasts Across the Globe Set for Anadia

  1. Do you think that if Emily Little, Lauren Mitchell or Rianna Mizzen perform super well that they can take the spot that Miller currently holds?


    • I don’t think so, based on what they’ve said. It’s basically to keep the alternates performing at a high level (plus, there’s a monetary prize if you make finals).


  2. It seems to be a pretty good mix of gymnasts who are testing themselves for the Olympics and gymnasts who are simply trying to get as much mileage as they can out of the season. Is Rebeca Andrade still only doing 1-3 events or will she debut floor here?


  3. Hi, I´m from México and the federation has already given the sole spot to Alexa, based on her vaults and possibilities to make EF, It has been announced in some national media and local news, she is from Baja, not exacty know where. Hope this update helps 🙂

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  4. “The World Challenge Cup in Cottbus will be held from March 31 through April 3” – I believe this sentence belonged in a previous article. 🙂


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