Cottbus World Cup Wraps Up

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The competition at the Cottbus World Cup wrapped up with five event finals on Sunday, where the Hungarian and German women saw tons of success.

Zsofia Kovacs of Hungary won the beam title with a 13.933 while Carina Kröll of Germany won the silver with a 13.266 and Dorina Böczögö of Hungary won bronze with a 13.066. All three showed clean work in their performances, and though neither Kröll nor Böczögö had particularly difficult routines, they both managed to let their clean gymnastics win out over the routines with bigger tricks.

Leah Griesser of Germany and Angelina Kysla of Ukraine both came in as potential medal contenders, but both made mistakes, and ended up placing fourth and fifth with scores of 12.8 and 12.666, respectively. The remainder of the competitors also had falls, including Sigridur Bergthorsdottir of Iceland in sixth with a 10.9, Emily Little of Australia in seventh with a 10.766, and Valerija Grisane of Latvia in eighth with a 10.633.

The floor final went a bit smoother, with Kröll taking the title with a 13.7, just edging out Griesser, the favorite, who won the silver medal with a 13.633. Griesser is the prettier floor worker and was a bit cleaner in her work, but Kröll got the win on her difficulty, which was a couple of tenths higher than her teammate’s. In third was Little, who came back nicely from mistakes in qualifications to win the bronze medal with a 13.533.

The Hungarians both made solid efforts and neither had falls, but both struggled with landings and staying in-bounds; Böczögö ended up fourth with a 13.033 while Kovacs was fifth with a 12.866. Rounding out the field were Kysla in sixth with a 12.833, Tinna Odinsdottir of Iceland in seventh with an 11.666, and Agnes Suto of Iceland in eighth with an 11.5.

As expected, Igor Radivilov of Ukraine ran away with the vault title, averaging a 15.266 with brilliant execution on both, but especially on his always lovely Dragulescu. With the real fight for silver between two men matched perfectly in difficulty, Adria Vera of Spain ended up winning out over Tomi Tuuha of Finland, with Vera getting a 14.633 for his two clean efforts. Tuuha was great, too, nearly sticking his Kasamatsu 1½ but then taking a step out-of-bounds on his handspring Rudi to average a 14.583.

Behind them, there were tons of mistakes. Vitalijis Kardasovs of Latvia had a bad landing on his first vault to average a 13.899 for fourth, Rayderley Zapata of Spain sat his DTY to average a 13.833 for fifth, Sebastian Gawronski of Poland had rough landings on both vaults to average a 13.4 for seventh, and Yusuke Saito of Japan crashed his first vault and then either didn’t compete a second or received a zero for a bad attempt, averaging a 6.5 for last place. In this mix, the only clean set of vaults went to Botond Kardos, who finished sixth with a 13.499 average but had super low difficulty.

Japan’s Yuya Kamoto was the p-bars god, earning a 15.366 with his near-perfect routine to win the gold. Behind him, the race was a close one for the podium, with Alen Dimic of Slovenia out-performing Japan’s Naoto Hayasaka to win the silver with a 14.633 while Hayasaka got bronze with a 14.566. Lukas Dauser of Germany was left off the podium with his 14.366 for fourth place. Dimic had especially beautiful work, showing great handstand control and a stuck double pike dismount.

Behind the top group, Adam Babos of Hungary was fifth with a 13.933, Andres Martin of Spain was sixth with a 13.533, Joel Plata of Spain was seventh with a 13.333, and Kardos was eighth with a 13.233.

Finally, the high bar final saw an exciting fight between hometown hero Andreas Bretschneider and Kamoto. Kamoto came in with the higher difficulty at a whopping 6.9, but he had a few mistakes in his routine and earned a 15.1 whereas Bretschneider was calm and collected, hitting his Cassina, Kolman, and a stuck layout double double dismount for a 15.166.

Dimic got his second medal of the day with the bronze here, earning a 14.566 for a routine that included a layout Tkachev, layout Tkachev half, and a layout double double landed a bit low with a hop. He edged out Hungary’s David Vecsernyes for the medal, with Vecsernyes getting a 14.5 for his routine, which wasn’t quite as clean. Nestor Abad of Spain was fifth with a 14.333, Rokas Guscinas of Lithuania was sixth with a 14.066, Christopher Jursch of Germany was seventh with a 13.233 after coming up short and putting his hands down on his full-twisting double layout dismount, and Vera finished last with a 12.733.

Full results from the competition in Cottbus are available here. Next up on the world cup apparatus circuit is the Melbourne World Cup in February.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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