Final World Cup of the Season in Paris This Weekend

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The Challenge Cup in Paris this weekend marks the end of a long season of all-around and apparatus world cups and challenge cups, coming in at the perfect time as gymnasts are putting in final preparations for world championships, which begin in just over two weeks.

Several of those expected to be top contenders at worlds this year are set to compete in Paris, including members of the women’s Dutch, Belgian, Romanian, British, Hungarian, Swedish, and — of course — French teams.

On vault, we’ll see European champion and hometown favorite Coline Devillard take on bronze medalist Boglarka Devai of Hungary in a field that also includes such strong vaulters as European finalist Tisha Volleman of the Netherlands, world cup favorites Teja Belak and Tjasa Kysselef of Slovenia, and seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who had a rough outing in Szombathely last weekend, but won the titles in Baku and Doha earlier this year.

The European bars champion Nina Derwael of Belgium will also contend on her event, going up against last week’s challenge cup champion Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden, who won the gold in Szombathely in her first meet back since injuring her knee at a world cup in 2016. We’ll also see the up-and-comer Georgia-Mae Fenton of Great Britain, Baku bars champion Diana Varinska of Ukraine, and Romania’s Larisa Iordache, who won the gold on this event at the challenge cup in Koper.

Iordache will also contend for medals on beam and floor, as will Claudia Fragapane of Great Britain and Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands, a medalist on both events at European Championships. The beam field also includes reigning Olympic champion Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, though she struggled on her golden event at a domestic meet last weekend so it’ll be interesting to see if she’s able to get it back together here, as well as her sister and fellow Olympian Lieke Wevers and Olympic finalist Marine Boyer of France, who will hope to take the title in front of a home crowd.

France’s rising star Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos, who won bronze medals in the all-around at this year’s American Cup and European Championships before becoming the French national champion, will also be on hand, expected to compete all events but vault. She doesn’t have a standout event the way some of these other ladies do, but with strongly balanced difficulty on all, she could end up a medalist on any of them, so she’s another to keep an eye on, as is first-year senior Lorette Charpy, who probably won’t challenge for a medal here, but has been known to put out strong work on all of her events.

The men’s field is also an exciting one, with Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine hoping to come back from a weak performance in Varna a couple of weeks ago, while we’re also excited to see his teammate Igor Radivilov, Rayderley Zapata of Spain, Tomas Gonzalez of Chile, Marian Dragulescu of Romania, Bart Deurloo and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece, Marcel Nguyen of Germany, Artur Davtyan of Armenia, and the hometown boys set to compete at worlds, including Edgar Boulet, Axel Augis, Loris Frasca, Cyril Tommasone, Zachari Hrimeche, and Samir Ait Said, the man who literally snapped his leg in half in Rio last summer, back for his first international competition more than a year later.

A full list of competitors is below. The gymnasts will compete in qualifications all day Saturday, followed by event finals on Sunday.

ALGERIA
Mohamed Bourguieg
Hillal Metidji
Mohamed Reghib
ARGENTINA
Franco Gutierrez
Osvaldo Martinez
Daniel Villafane
ARMENIA
Artur Davtyan
Vahagn Davtyan
Harutyun Merdinyan
AUSTRALIA
Scott Costin
Mitchell Jones
Prashanth Sellathurai
Gabriel Swan
AUSTRIA
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Dirk Kathan
Matthias Schwab
Elisa Hämmerle
Jasmin Mader
Marlies Männersdorfer
BELARUS
Pavel Bulauski
Dzianis Sanuvonh
BELGIUM
Maxime Gentges
Dennis Goossens
Daan Kenis
Nina Derwael
Rune Hermans
CANADA
Damien Cachia
Ryan Oehrlein
Cory Paterson
CHILE
Tomas Gonzalez
CHINESE TAIPEI
Chen Chih Yu
Hsu Ping Chien
Lee Chih Kai
COLOMBIA
Kristopher Bohorquez
Jossimar Calvo
Andres Martinez
Dayana Ardila
Ginna Escobar
Valentina Pardo
CROATIA
Anton Kovacevic
Robert Seligman
Tin Srbic
Jakov Vlahek
Ana Derek
Ema Kajic
Ana Poscic
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Audrys Nin Reyes Yamilet Peña
EGYPT
Abdelrahman El Zamzamy
Omar Mohamed
Ali Zahran
Sherine El Zeiny
Farah Hussein
Farah Salem
FINLAND
Emil Soravuo
Sakari Vekki
Maija Leinonen
Wilma Malin
FRANCE
Samir Ait Said
Axel Augis
Edgar Boulet
Loris Frasca
Zachari Hrimeche
Cyril Tommasone
Juliette Bossu
Marine Boyer
Lorette Charpy
Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos
Coline Devillard
GERMANY
Andreas Bretschneider
Nils Dunkel
Nick Klessing
Marcel Nguyen
Felix Remuta
Ivan Rittschik
Amélie Föllinger
Leah Griesser
Michelle Timm
Sarah Voss
GREAT BRITAIN
Georgia-Mae Fenton
Claudia Fragapane
GREECE
Georgios Chatziefstathiou
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Christoforos Konstantinidis
Konstantinos Konstantinidis
Eleftherios Petrounias
Antonios Tantalidis
GUATEMALA
Luis Godinez
Jorge Vega
HUNGARY
Krisztian Boncser
Norbert Dudas
Zoltan Kallai
Bank Selmeczi
David Vecsernyes
Boglarka Devai
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat
Ilan Korchak
Andrey Medvedev
Michael Sorokine
Gaya Giladi
Ofir Kremer
Shailee Weiss
JAPAN
Kohei Kameyama
Takumi Sato
Takaaki Sugino
Kazuyuki Takeda
JORDAN
Ahmad Abu Al Soud
Adham Al Sqour
Ruba Al Daoud
LITHUANIA
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
MEXICO
Nicolle Castro
Jimena Moreno
MOROCCO
Hamza Hossaini
Abderrazak Nasser
Myriam El Koukho
Chaimaa Zemzami
NETHERLANDS
Boudewijn de Vries
Bart Deurloo
Frank Rijken
Casimir Schmidt
Bram Verhofstad
Epke Zonderland
Kirsten Polderman
Eythora Thorsdottir
Tisha Volleman
Lieke Wevers
Sanne Wevers
NEW ZEALAND
David Bishop
Amos Chan
Mikhail Koudinov
Jorden Oconnell-Inns
NORWAY
Sofie Bråten
Sofie Skåttun
PORTUGAL
Beatriz Dias
Filipa Martins
ROMANIA
Cristian Bataga
Vlad Cotuna
Marian Dragulescu
Andrei Muntean
Alexandru Ursache
Ioana Crisan
Larisa Iordache
SLOVAKIA
Slavomir Michnak Dominika Korpova
Barbora Mokosova
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj
Luka Bojanc
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Luka Terbovsek
Teja Belak
Ivana Kamnikar
Tjasa Kysselef
Adela Sajn
SPAIN
Ruben Lopez
Joel Plata
Alberto Tallon
Rayderley Zapata
Laura Bechdeju
Nora Fernandez
Ana Perez
SWEDEN
William Broman
Filip Lidbeck
Christopher Soos
Jonna Adlerteg
UKRAINE
Petro Pakhniuk
Igor Radivilov
Oleg Verniaiev
Valeriia Iarmolenko
Angelina Radivilova
Diana Varinska
UZBEKISTAN
Oksana Chusovitina

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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10 thoughts on “Final World Cup of the Season in Paris This Weekend

  1. Georgia-Mae is being named for a lot of events. I had hoped we’d see Maisie Metheun in at least one cup event. I suppose they want to build up Georgia’s experience before worlds, if she ends up in the final team.

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  2. I’m really surprised by how many high level gymnasts are here so close to worlds! I’d assumed that France would use this as a dress rehearsal for worlds and then everyone else would send their B team gymnasts or gymnasts that needed experience.

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    • I’m guessing that for a lot of these countries (not all, of course), France is so close that going to this competition doesn’t cut into practice time as much as other competitions would when you factor in travel, days for acclimation, etc.

      But yes, I am a little surprised, especially by Iordache. On one had she needs the numbers, on the other I hope she does not tire out or get injured.

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  3. @Larisa_Iordache 15.000 on balance beam #GymnasticsParis. Both 360s tuck&layout stucked on the beam. Huge scor for an international meeting. According to eye witness, who was saying to get the tuck out, get the layout out, she will be downgraded, she cant do it, shes awful, bla bla bla

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