Olympic Qualification Continues in Baku

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Lee Chih-Kai of Chinese Taipei

The apparatus qualification series for the Olympic Games continues this weekend with the Baku World Cup, where gymnasts from 41 countries will hope to add points toward their overall rankings.

As it stands, for the women, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan leads vault, Lyu Jiaqi of China leads bars, Zhao Shiting of China leads beam, and Vanessa Ferrari of Italy leads floor. All but Shiting will be present in Baku this weekend, but they’ll all have some competition if they want to maintain their standings.

On vault, both Jade Carey of the United States and Alexa Moreno of Mexico are next in line to dethrone Chusovitina, and the 2017 world and European champions on this event – Maria Paseka of Russia and Coline Devillard of France, respectively – will deepen the field, as will Dipa Karmakar of India.

Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden will hope to overcome some of the mistakes made in Melbourne to get closer to the top on bars, where Diana Varinska of Ukraine and Anastasia Iliankova will also be threats. And on floor, Carey should be the strongest in this field to keep Ferrari on her toes, but Ferrari’s own teammate, Lara Mori, will also present quite a challenge on that even this weekend.

Beam is a bit of a toss-up, as always, but I’m hoping Anastasiia Bachynska in her senior international debut will end up in the mix, Marine Boyer has looked fantastic in recent competitions, and Ferrari could be strong here if she hits, and there’s plenty of opportunity for surprises here as well.

The men’s field here is a really exciting one, with a number of the events looking like they’ll come down to close finishes. Lee Chih Kai of Chinese Taipei, who won the pommels titles in both Cottbus and Melbourne, is back for round three, but he’ll again face close competitor Weng Hao of China as well as the strong Saeedreza Keikha of Iran, so this will be one of my favorite battles to watch.

My other favorite is high bar, where Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands and Hidetaka Miyachi of Japan each have a win so far this season. Zonderland has a five-point lead overall, and Miyachi has an opportunity to surpass him in the standings, while Tin Srbic of Croatia isn’t far behind and should add even more drama to this match.

Liu Yang of China and Igor Radivilov of Ukraine have solid leads on rings and vault, respectively, each winning the golds in both Cottbus and Melbourne, but the current leaders on floor (Carlos Edriel Yulo) and parallel bars (Ferhat Arican) won’t be in attendance here, so I’m excited to see some other guys climb the ranks…specifically Dominick Cunningham of Great Britain and Rayderley Zapata on floor and You Hao of China and Ahmet Önder of Turkey on p-bars.

A full list of competitors is below. Qualifications are held tomorrow and Friday while finals will be held over the weekend, with women’s vault and bars and men’s floor, p-bars, and rings on Saturday and women’s beam and floor and men’s vault, pommels, and high bar on Sunday.

ARGENTINA
Nicolas Cordoba
Federico Molinari
Daniel Villafane
AUSTRALIA
James Bacueti
Tyson Bull
Mitchell Morgans
Christopher Remkes
Georgia-Rose Brown
Emma Nedov
AUSTRIA
Vinzenz Höck
Matthias Schwab
Elisa Hämmerle
AZERBAIJAN
Murad Agharzayev
Nikita Simonov
Ivan Tikhonov
Marina Nekrasova
BELARUS
Andrey Likhovitskiy
Vasili Mikhalitsyn
Dzianis Sanuvonh
Yahor Sharamkou
BELGIUM
Dennis Goossens
Jonathan Vrolix
BRAZIL
Diego Hypolito
CHINA
Du Yixin
Huang Mingqi
Liu Yang
Qu Ruiyang
Wang Junwen
Weng Hao
You Hao
Zhang Chenglong
Chen Yile
Li Qi
Liu Jieyu
Liu Tingting
Lyu Jiaqi
CHINESE TAIPEI
Lee Chih-Kai
Lin Hsin-Chih
Tseng Wei-Sheng
Lai Pin-Ju
Ting Hua-Tien
Wu Sing-Fen
CROATIA
Robert Seligman
Tin Srbic
Filip Ude
Ana Derek
Tijana Tkalcec
EGYPT
Omar Mohamed
Mohamed Moubarak
Tarek Hamdy Shalaby
Ali Zahran
Nancy Taman
FINLAND
Oskar Kirmes
Heikki Saarenketo
Emil Soravuo
FRANCE
Samir Aït Saïd
Edgar Boulet
Loris Frasca
Cyril Tommasone
Marine Boyer
Coline Devillard
GEORGIA
Saba Abesadze
Vitali Arseniev
Konstantin Kuzovkov
GREAT BRITAIN
Dominick Cunningham
Courtney Tulloch
GREECE
Georgios Chatziefstathiou
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Christoforos Konstantinidis
Antonios Tantalidis
Argyro Afrati
Elvira Katsali
Ioanna Xoulogi
GUATEMALA
Jorge Vega
HONG KONG
Ng Kiu Chung
HUNGARY
David Vecsernyes
INDIA
Dipa Karmakar
IRAN
Saeedreza Keikha
Mohammadreza Khosronezhad
Mahdi Olfati
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Shatilov
Michael Sorokine
Ofir Netzer
ITALY
Matteo Levantesi
Marco Lodadio
Carlo Macchini
Vanessa Ferrari
Lara Mori
Martina Rizzelli
JAPAN
Kaito Imabayashi
Kohei Kameyama
Hidetaka Miyachi
Takumi Sato
Kaito Sugimoto
Daisuke Suzuki
Mana Oguchi
KAZAKHSTAN
Yerbol Jantykov
Milad Karimi
Nariman Kurbanov
Akim Mussayev
Dmitriy Patanin
Aida Bauyrzhanova
Yekaterina Chuikina
MEXICO
Alexa Moreno
NETHERLANDS
Michel Bletterman
Rick Jacobs
Bram Louwije
Casimir Schmidt
Bram Verhofstad
Epke Zonderland
NEW ZEALAND
Dominic Bigsby
Devy Dyson
Harvey Humber
ROMANIA
Cristian Bataga
Marian Dragulescu
Denisa Golgota
RUSSIA
Denis Abliazin
Vladislav Poliashov
Alexey Rostov
Anastasia Iliankova
Maria Paseka
Varvara Zubova
SLOVAKIA
Slavomir Michnak
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj
Rok Klavora
Teja Belak
Tjasa Kysselef
Adela Sajn
SOUTH KOREA
Shin Jea-hwan
Yang Hak-seon
SPAIN
Alberto Tallon
Rayderley Zapata
SWEDEN
Jonna Adlerteg
SWITZERLAND
Pablo Brägger
Benjamin Gischard
Oliver Hegi
TURKEY
Ferhat Arican
Ibrahim Colak
Umit Samiloglu
Demet Mutlu
Nazli Savranbasi
Tutya Yilmaz
UKRAINE
Vladyslav Hryko
Igor Radivilov
Maksym Vasylenko
Anastasiia Bachynska
Diana Varinska
UNITED STATES
Trevor Howard
Colin Van Wicklen
Jade Carey
UZBEKISTAN
Rasuljon Abdurakhimov
Abdulla Azimov
Diana Bakhtiyarova
Oksana Chusovitina
VIETNAM
Dinh Phuong Thanh
Le Thanh Tung
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12 thoughts on “Olympic Qualification Continues in Baku

  1. Just a quick question – Is Flavia Saraiva not tied with Ferrari on floor, and Rebecca Andrade tied with Zhao Shiting on beam since they each placed first at different cups? Did I miss something with the Brazilians that they are no longer eligible – like did they commit to definitely competing at Worlds 2019 or something? I could swear I saw Flavia post something on Instagram that made me think she is in Baku competing.

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    • The brazilians are still eligible, though they probably won’t by the end of the year, with the team qualification. Flavia’s in Stuttgart, to compete the DTB Pokal Challenge, along with the brazilian team (Rebeca Andrade, Jade Barbosa, Thais Fidélis, Carolyne Pedro). Carolyne Pedro was supposed to attend the Stuttgart world cup, but Lorrane Oliveira couldn’t make to the team competition because of a flu or something so I don’t know if she’ll skip the world cup.

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