Sanne Wevers, the 2016 Olympic beam champion, is expected to make her comeback at the Melbourne World Cup, the first in the 2017 individual apparatus world cup series.
Wevers arrived in Melbourne with her family yesterday. In addition to competing at the world cup later this month, Sanne, her twin sister Lieke, and their father Vincent will host conditioning, strength, and nutrition clinics along with Ton Leenders, conditioning coach for the Wevers twins. The clinics will be held over the next couple of weeks to help raise money for Hayden Marshall, a trampoline competitor who was left a quadriplegic after a freak accident.
Coming to the Hisense Arena in only three weeks, the competition will also feature several top Chinese gymnasts, including 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Wang Yan, Olympic alternate Luo Huan, and Liu Tingting, originally part of China’s Olympic team until an injury forced her to stay home.
Several of Australia’s top gymnasts — including 2012 Olympian Emily Little, 2016 national champion Rianna Mizzen, and former world team members Georgia Godwin, Emma Nedov, and Georgia-Rose Brown — will also make appearances in the women’s competition.
On the men’s side, 2016 Olympic champions Koji Yamamuro and Kenzo Shirai of Japan will compete on their best events while 2012 Olympic champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary will return to challenge for gold on his favorite apparatus, the pommel horse. From the host country, former world team members Michael Mercieca, Christopher Remkes, and Luke Wadsworth will hope to challenge for medals.
The competition begins February 22. A full list of competitors is below.
|Clay Mason Stephens
|Jim Man Hin
Ng Kiu Chung
|Chan Tsz Sum
Nim Yan Choi
Tan Ing Yueh
Article by Lauren Hopkins