Final Challenge Cup of the Season Begins in Mersin

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Göksu Üctas Sanli

The final world challenge cup of the 2020-2021 season begins tomorrow with qualifications in Mersin, where around a hundred gymnasts are on the roster to compete both for medals and for the overall challenge cup series titles.

In the women’s field, Csenge Bacskay of Hungary leads the series on vault after winning medals at three of the five meets so far, including the gold in Osijek, and silver at last week’s competition in Koper. On floor, the leader is two-time Olympian Ana Derek of Croatia, who also won gold in Osijek and silver last week, while Diana Varinska of Ukraine leads bars and beam, and while she won’t be in attendance in Mersin, she still has a strong chance at keeping her lead on bars.

Illia Kovtun of Ukraine leads floor, pommel horse, and parallel bars, and will be on hand to fight for the overall titles this weekend, as will his teammate Nazar Chepurnyi, who leads vault. Vinzenz Höck of Austria, who won gold on rings last weekend, has a perfect 90 on this event, so despite not participating in Mersin, he’ll pretty much certainly get the overall win, while Tin Srbic of Croatia, who won the silver on high bar at the Olympics last month, also leads his event with a score of 90 and should walk away with the win without attending the Mersin meet.

Turkey, the host country, isn’t sending any of its MAG Olympians, but they have six up-and-coming talents on the roster, including last week’s Koper p-bars champion Sercan Demir, along with Mustafa Arca, Hasan Bulut, Yunus Gündogdu, Mehmet Ayberk Kosak, and Kerem Sener. 2020 Olympian Nazli Savranbasi and 2012 Olympian Göksu Üctas Sanli, who won silver on floor at European Championships in 2020, headline the women’s field for Turkey, with Bilge Tarhan and Cemre Kendirci also expected to compete.

Qualifications will be held on Friday, September 10, while finals will be held over the weekend.

The nominative list of competitors is below, but note that the last update to the roster was August 19, and it’s likely that several listed will not end up competing.

ALBANIA
Matvei Petrov
AUSTRIA
Marlies Männersdorfer
AZERBAIJAN
Javidan Babayev
Aghamurad Gahramanov
Nikita Simonov
BRAZIL
Gabriel Barbosa
Diogo Paes
Patrick Sampaio
Leonardo Souza
CANADA
Zachary Clay
Felix Dolci
William Emard
Chris Kaji
Jayson Rampersad
Samuel Zakutney
Jessica Dowling
Audrey Rousseau
Rose-Kaying Woo
CHILE
Ignacio Varas
CROATIA
Filip Ude
Jakov Vlahek
Ana Derek
Tijana Korent
Sara Sulekic
Christina Zwicker
CYPRUS
Neofytos Kyriakou Christiana Eleftheriou
CZECH REPUBLIC
Ondrej Kalny
GREECE
Apostolos Kanellos
Georgios Kelesidis
Grigorios Kosmidis
Christos Tsingelidis
Stefanos Tsolakidis
Argyro Afrati
Elvira Katsali
Vasiliki Kyrlidou
HUNGARY
Krisztian Balazs
Krisztofer Meszaros
Benedek Tomcsanyi
David Vecsernyes
Csenge Bacskay
Dorina Böczögö
Zoja Szekely
ITALY
Edoardo de Rosa
Tommaso de Vecchis
Lay Giannini
Niccolo Vannucchi
JORDAN
Ahmad Abu Al Soud
Saleem Naghouj
KAZAKHSTAN
Ilyas Azizov
Nariman Kurbanov
Farukh Nabiyev
LATVIA
Ricards Plate
LITHUANIA
Gytis Chasazyrovas
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
Agata Vostruchovaite
MONGOLIA
Boldbaatar Bayarsaikhan
Enkhtuvshin Damdindorj
Usukhbayar Erkhembayar
POLAND
Brygida Urbanska
ROMANIA
Gabriel Burtanete
Toma Modoianu-Zseder
Larisa Iordache
RUSSIA
Viktor Kaliuzhin
Grigorii Klimentev
SERBIA
Dusan Dordevic
Vlada Rakovic
Andjela Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Rajcic
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj
Luka Bojanc
Nikolaj Bozic
Luka Kisek
Lucija Hribar
Tjasa Kysselef
SWITZERLAND
Moreno Kratter
Henji Mboyo
Samir Serhani
TURKEY
Mustafa Arca
Hasan Bulut
Sercan Demir
Yunus Gündogdu
Mehmet Kosak
Kerem Sener
Cemre Kendirci
Nazli Savranbasi
Bilge Tarhan
Göksu Üctas Sanli
UKRAINE
Nazar Chepurnyi
Vladyslav Hryko
Illia Kovtun
Anastasiia Bachynska
Yana Fedorova
Yelizaveta Hubareva
UZBEKISTAN
Rasuljon Abdurakhimov
Abdulla Azimov
Khabibullo Ergashev
Abdulazzi Mirvaliev
Dildora Aripova
Ominakhon Khalilova
Anastasiya Miroshnichenko

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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