2017’s Best Scores: March Update

When we put out our first best scores check-up of the year at the end of last month, we had data for only eight meets in the early months of 2017, with almost no gymnasts from the world’s top countries fitting into the equation.

Now, though, we’ve covered a whopping 30 meets, with the bulk of them happening over the past four weeks. The United States, Russia, and China have all seen their top gymnasts out and about, and many other gymnastics power countries like Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Romania, France, and Belgium have begun seeing the return of their own top competitors, adding tremendous depth to the charts. With a total of 1463 score entries in our database, we’re ready to check in once again.

Below, find a list of the top all-around and event scores thus far, as well as the top D scores for each event. An asterisk (*) next to the name denotes a junior competitor. I’ve included juniors in all lists except for the best vault averages, because juniors use modified rules that allow them to compete two vaults from the same family. I’ve also removed bonus from all domestic meets to keep things consistent.

For full lists of all scores this year, and to follow along between our monthly best score posts, check out our top scores spreadsheet. We update this religiously, after every single meet, so feel free to play around over there, sort the columns, whatever you feel like doing.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik Games 56.350
2 Ragan Smith United States American Cup 56.099
3 Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 55.934
4 Gabby Perea* United States International Gymnix AA 55.700
5 Giorgia Villa* Italy International Gymnix AA 55.502
6 Elena Eremina Russia Russian Championships QF 55.366
7 Ana Padurariu* Canada Elite Canada AA 55.100
8 Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships AA 54.799
9 Hitomi Hatakeda Japan International Gymnix AA 54.635
10 Daria Spiridonova Russia Reykjavik Games 54.600
11 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships AA 54.550
12 Tabea Alt Germany German National Team Cup 54.500
Abby Paulson United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 54.500
14 Asuka Teramoto Japan American Cup 54.231
15 Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships QF 54.198
16 Sydney Johnson-Scharpf United States Reykjavik Games 54.150
17 Emma Malabuyo* United States International Gymnix AA 54.135
18 Asia D’Amato* Italy International Gymnix AA 53.934
19 Elisa Iorio* Italy International Gymnix AA 53.902
20 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France American Cup 53.899
21 Evgeniya Shelgunova Russia Russian Championships AA 53.832
22 Angelina Melnikova Russia Stuttgart World Cup 53.732
23 Pauline Schäfer Germany German National Team Cup 53.700
24 Alice D’Amato* Italy International Gymnix AA 53.668
25 Angelina Simakova* Russia WOGA Classic 53.650

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 14.950
2 Emma Malabuyo* United States International Gymnix AA 14.767
3 Margzetta Frazier United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 14.750
4 Giorgia Villa* Italy International Gymnix AA 14.734
5 Wang Yan China Doha QF 14.733
6 Shallon Olsen Canada Elite Canada AA 14.700
7 Asia D’Amato* Italy International Gymnix AA 14.667
8 Anna Huber* United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 14.650
9 Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 14.634
10 Elisa Iorio* Italy International Gymnix AA 14.600
Emily Little Australia Baku QF 14.600

Best Two-Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Wang Yan China Doha QF 14.566
2 Shallon Olsen Canada International Gymnix EF 14.500
3 Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan International Gymnix EF 14.475
4 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 14.337
5 Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships EF 14.233
6 Emily Little Australia Melbourne EF 14.199
7 Teja Belak Slovenia Doha QF 14.100
8 Hitomi Hatakeda Japan International Gymnix EF 14.025
9 Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Doha EF 13.933
10 Lilia Akhaimova Russia Russian Championships EF 13.849

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Daria Skrypnik Russia Russian Championships QF 14.733
2 Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.700
Daria Spiridonova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.700
4 Anastasia Iliankova Russia Russian Championships QF 14.633
5 Georgia-Mae Fenton Great Britain British Championships AA 14.600
Gabby Perea* United States International Gymnix EF 14.600
7 Kim Bui Germany American Cup 14.533
8 Luo Huan China Doha EF 14.433
9 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 14.400
Ragan Smith United States American Cup 14.400
Angelina Melnikova Russia Stuttgart World Cup 14.400
Nina Derwael Belgium France Top 12 Championships 14.400
Alison Lepin France France Top 12 Championships 14.400

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik Games 14.850
2 Liu Tingting China Melbourne EF 14.766
3 Ana Padurariu* Canada Elite Canada EF 14.675
4 Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 14.600
5 Sanne Wevers Netherlands Melbourne EF 14.500
6 Laurie-Lou Vézina Canada Nadia Comaneci Invitational 14.400
7 Luo Huan China Melbourne QF 14.366
8 Luisa Blanco United States WOGA Classic 14.250
9 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France American Cup 14.233
Catalina Ponor Romania Baku QF 14.233

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Sydney Johnson-Scharpf United States Reykjavik Games 14.050
2 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik Games 14.000
Ragan Smith United States American Cup 14.000
4 Giorgia Villa* Italy 1st Italian Serie A 13.900
5 Taeja James* Great Britain British Championships EF 13.850
6 Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 13.800
Lilia Akhaimova Russia Russian Championships EF 13.800
Gabby Perea* United States International Gymnix AA 13.800
Elena Eremina Russia Russian Championships AA 13.800
10 Emma Malabuyo* United States International Gymnix AA 13.734

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Wang Yan China Doha QF 11.4
2 Shallon Olsen Canada Elite Canada EF 10.8
3 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 10.6
Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships EF 10.6
Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships EF 10.6
Alla Sosnitskaya Russia Russian Championships EF 10.6
Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha EF 10.6
8 Teja Belak Slovenia Doha EF 10.4
9 Emily Little Australia Doha EF 10.2
Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Doha EF 10.2
Eleonora Afanasyeva Russia Russian Championships EF 10.2

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships EF 6.2
2 Lyu Jiaqi China WOGA Classic 6.1
Shang Chunsong China Baku QF 6.1
Angelina Melnikova Russia Stuttgart World Cup 6.1
5 Liu Tingting China Doha QF 6.0
Luo Huan China Doha EF 6.0
Rianna Mizzen Australia Doha QF 6.0
Kim Bui Germany DTB Team Challenge 6.0
Xie Yufen China American Cup 6.0
Daria Spiridonova Russia Russian Championships EF 6.0
Gabby Perea* United States International Gymnix EF 6.0

Best Balance Beam Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Liu Tingting China Melbourne QF 6.2
2 Tabea Alt Germany Stuttgart World Cup 6.1
Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 6.1
4 Amy Tinkler Great Britain American Cup 6.0
Sanne Wevers Netherlands Melbourne EF 6.0
Catalina Ponor Romania Baku QF 6.0
7 Luo Huan China Melbourne QF 5.9
Ana Padurariu* Canada Elite Canada EF 5.9
9 Natalia Kapitonova Russia DTB Team Challenge 5.8
Ragan Smith United States American Cup 5.8
Kiko Kuwajima Japan WOGA Classic 5.8
Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik Games 5.8
Pauline Schäfer Germany Stuttgart World Cup 5.8
Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships EF 5.8

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Ragan Smith United States American Cup 5.6
2 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships EF 5.5
Shallon Olsen Canada International Gymnix EF 5.5
Laney Madsen United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.5
Sunisa Lee* United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.5
6 Catalina Ponor Romania Baku QF 5.4
Abby Paulson United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.4
Taeja James* Great Britain British Championships EF 5.4
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf United States Reykjavik Games 5.4
Olivia Trautman United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.4
Claudia Fragapane Great Britain British Championships AA 5.4
Lilia Akhaimova Russia Russian Championships EF 5.4
Wang Yan China Melbourne QF 5.4
Georgia Godwin Australia Melbourne QF 5.4
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13 thoughts on “2017’s Best Scores: March Update

    • Most likely forgetting. Seda won silver on vault at the 2015 European Games, was a reserve for vault finals at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games, and was the Russian National Champion on vault this year.

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  1. I’m not sure why you are including national qualifier results as they aren’t (to my knowledge) judged with a full panel of judges. The videos I have seen show only 2 judges and can’t be compared to full FIG competitions judged with a full panel of judges. You are just not comparing like with like.

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    • Unfortunately many domestic competitions and friendly meets around the world don’t use full panels and it’s impossible to always know which ones. That, plus even full judging panels at some meet seem to be judging using their own magic code (see Reykjavik and most national championship meets, for example). No two competitions can be compared legitimately because a 15.0 vault in one meet could be a 14.6 at another. Having watched some of the Brestyan routines, I can say that the judging there is no more out of control than the judging at Reykjavik or even for some of the British and Russian nationals routines.

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  2. There seems to be some errors scores for some of the British gymnasts as the listed score are lower than the results from British gymnastics
    Ellie Downie scored 55.35 AA (not 54.55 – I think that may include the lower average for VT2)
    Georgia May Fenton scored 14.90 on UB in AA not 14.6 (is this the top score in the world so far?)
    Claudia Fraganpane scored 13.75 FX in AA
    https://www.british-gymnastics.org/results/8497/WAG_Senior_All-Around.pdf

    Ellie Downie scored 14.6 on UB in EF
    https://www.british-gymnastics.org/results/8497/WAG_Senior_Apparatus_Final_-_Uneven_Bars.pdf

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    • I removed all bonus from the British domestic scores. Ellie had 0.8 in domestic bonus for her AA. Georgia-Mae had 0.3 bars bonus in AA and 0.4 in finals. It’s unfair to use domestic bonus when looking at scores in an international context. I also remove bonus for China and Italy, who use a similar domestic bonus system as GB.

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  3. Its interesting to see that Eremina is nowhere on the Difficulty list, yet on almost every apparatus with the top combined scores. Speaks a lot for her execution!!

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  5. You really can’t compare scores from different competitions cause the judging Isn’t the same. Especially in the beginning of the new quad I’ve noticed a large separation between lenient and strict judging. Im not too good at finding flaws in execution so maybe it’s just me and the low execution scores I’m seeing are actually accurate.

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    • No one is comparing scores. Everyone from the beginning of time has known that you can’t compare scores from meet to meet, and that’s not what we’re doing. We’re simply listing the top scores from the season so people can get a better idea as to how things are looking in terms of figuring out what’s a good score. Like, look, no one has really surpassed a 14 on floor yet, so we can see no matter how the judging has been at a competition, floor scores are really low and the max D scores are around a 5.4. Every meet has its own standard of judging, which is why we’re not like “OMG YES EYTHORA IS THE BEST GYMNAST OF THE YEAR!!!!” We’re simply saying look, she has the highest all-around score so far, but here are the other all-around scores that have also happened, so by looking at 25 or 50 or 100 of these scores we can get a better idea as to where people will fall when it gets closer to worlds. I used top and average scores to correctly predict 90% of the world and Olympic medalists from 2013 to 2016, so yeah, even if it’s not 100% accurate due to different judging standards, it’s still pretty freaking close.

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