Six Tokyo Olympians Headline First International Meet of the New Quad

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Ana Derek

It’s somehow already been a month since the 2020 Olympic Games wrapped up, and this weekend, international competition resumes with the Koper Challenge Cup, with six gymnasts who competed in Tokyo already back and ready to go.

Ana Derek of Croatia, Sofus Heggemsnes of Norway, Illia Kovtun of Ukraine, Barbora Mokosova of Slovakia, Matvei Petrov of Albania, and Giarnni Regini-Moran of Great Britain are all back from their quick breaks to get some early experience before heading back to Japan for world championships, which are set to begin in about six weeks.

Kovtun, Petrov, and Regini-Moran could all be strong podium contenders for worlds this year, with Kovtun and Petrov both expected to compete on their strongest events in Koper. Kovtun could clean up here, competing everything but vault, and Petrov will be one of the biggest threats for gold on pommels. Regini-Moran won’t compete on his standout events – floor and vault – but will go up on all of the rest, a solid way to work himself back into competition mode.

Derek is hoping to bring home medals on beam and floor in Koper, while Mokosova should be a contender for the bars podium, and Heggemsnes – who was limited to just four events at the Olympics due to an injury just weeks before – is still slowly making his way back and will compete pommels, rings, and high bar.

These six aside, there will be a number of excellent athletes here, including lots of great specialists that should make this a very competitive first meet of the new quad. The host country, Slovenia, is sending a total of 13 gymnasts (seven men and six women), including several medal contenders, like Saso Berteoncelj on pommels and Tjasa Kysselef on vault.

Russia has a B team here, but should still be in the running for a number of medals, and it will be interesting to see how 2019 world championships team silver medalist Anastasia Agafonova – who hasn’t competed in nearly two years – looks on bars and beam.

Qualifications will begin on Thursday, September 2, and continue on Friday, September 3, while event finals take place over the weekend. A full list of competitors is below.

ALBANIA
Matvei Petrov
AUSTRIA
Manuel Arnold
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Vinzenz Höck
Severin Kranzlmüller
Ricardo Rudy
Jasmin Mader
Marlies Männersdorfer
AZERBAIJAN
Samira Gahramanova
Milana Minakovskaya
BELGIUM
Maxime Gentges
Noah Kuavita
Takumi Onoshima
Luka van den Keybus
CANADA
Zachary Clay
Felix Dolci
William Emard
Chris Kaji
Jayson Rampersad
Samuel Zakutney
Cassie Lee
Rachael Riley
CROATIA
Aurel Benovic
Robert Seligman
Filip Ude
Ana Derek
Tijana Korent
Tina Zelcic
CZECH REPUBLIC
Jonas Behal
Ondrej Kalny
Radomir Sliz
Daniela Halova
Lucie Zahradnickova
FRANCE
Julien Marechal
Benjamin Osberger
Mathias Philippe
Leo Saladino
GERMANY
Lucas Kochan
Leonard Prügel
Tom Schultze
Julia Birck
Aiyu Zhu
GREAT BRITAIN
Jake Jarman
Joshua Nathan
Giarnni Regini-Moran
Courtney Tulloch
Claudia Fragapane
GREECE
Stavros Gkinis
Alkinoos Graikos
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Christoforos Konstantinidis
Nikolaos Kranitis
Antonios Tantalidis
Argyro Afrati
HONG KONG
Lee Man Hin
Ng Ka Ki
Chan Cheuk Lam
Angel Wong Hiu Ying
HUNGARY
Krisztian Balazs
Adam Dobrovitz
Krisztofer Meszaros
David Vecsernyes
Csenge Bacskay
Dorina Böczögö
Zoja Szekely
Hanna Szujo
IRELAND
Blathnaid Higgins
Kate Molloy
Emma Slevin
ISRAEL
Pavel Gulidov
Eyal Indig
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Myakinin
Michael Sorokine
ITALY
Lorenzo Casali
Andrea Cingolani
Mario Macchiati
Carlo Macchini
Paolo Principi
JORDAN
Ahmad Abu Al Soud
Saleem Naghouj
KAZAKHSTAN
Ilyas Azizov
Nariman Kurbanov
Farukh Nabiyev
Aida Bauyrzhanova
Alexandra Shametko
Darya Yassinskaya
MALTA
Ella Borg
Isabel Camilleri
MONGOLIA
Boldbaatar Bayarsaikhan
Enkhtuvshin Damdindorj
Usukhbayar Erkhembayar
NORWAY
Theodor Gadderud
Sofus Heggemsnes
Jacob Karlsen
Harald Wibye
Mari Kanter
POLAND
Lukasz Borkowski
Filip Sasnal
Kaja Skalska
Brygida Urbanska
ROMANIA
Gabriel Burtanete
Toma Modoianu-Zseder
Antonia Duta
Ioana Stanciulescu
RUSSIA
Ilya Kibartas
Sergei Krivunets
Vladislav Novokshonov
Kirill Prokopev
Alexey Rostov
Ilia Zaika
Anastasia Agafonova
SERBIA
Dusan Dordevic
Vlada Rakovic
Petar Vefic
Petar Velickovic
Aleksandra Rajcic
SLOVAKIA
Barbora Mokosova
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj
Luka Bojanc
Nikolaj Bozic
Mark Istenic
Luka Kisek
Rok Klavora
Jure Pavlica
Lara Crnjac
Lucija Hribar
Meta Kunaver
Tjasa Kysselef
Brina Plevcak
Gaja Zabnikar
SWITZERLAND
Andrin Frey
Marco Pfyl
Noe Seifert
Martina Eisenegger
Anina Wildi
SYRIA
Suhail Al Kurdi
Mohamed Khalil
Lais Najjar
TURKEY
Mustafa Arca
Hasan Bulut
Sercan Demir
Yunus Gündogdu
Mehmet Kosak
Kerem Sener
UKRAINE
Nazar Chepurnyi
Vladyslav Hryko
Illia Kovtun
Yana Fedorova
Yelizaveta Hubareva
UNITED STATES
Riley Loos

Article by Lauren Hopkins

9 thoughts on “Six Tokyo Olympians Headline First International Meet of the New Quad

    • That’s what I thought, but unfortunately the world cup rosters are never updated, so I always go with what is most recent ~1-2 days prior to the competition even though several on the roster probably aren’t likely to compete.

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    • I have no idea…I checked her social media when I saw that she didn’t compete bars and she just had a video of her driving a car around a parking garage lol, maybe just not ready to be back in major competition yet?

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  1. Just to let you know, the this Olympic cycle or quad is not over until December 2021. The new quad and code of points start on Jan 2022. This year is like 1996 or 1992 when we had both OG and WC in the same year.

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    • I’m just talking about the new period of competition post-Olympics, which is technically the beginning of the next quad for me even if the code doesn’t change until Jan 2022. Despite the code not yet changing, 2021 worlds is the first worlds of the 2024 quad, not the last worlds of the 2020 quad (similar to 2005 worlds being the first worlds of the 2008 quad despite the code not changing until 2006).

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