Paris Challenge Cup Marks Return of De Jesus Dos Santos in First Appearance Post-Tokyo

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Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos

After a bit of a break following an action-packed summer that culminated with a super exciting European Championships, which determined the final teams and individuals who would qualify to worlds, the competition season is about to ramp up again, beginning with this weekend’s Paris Challenge Cup.

Most exciting – at an event filled with so much potential to be exciting – is the return of Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos, both to the competition floor and to France after she spent much of this year training at World Champion’s Centre in Houston. De Jesus Dos Santos last competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo just over a year ago, where she led her team to a sixth-place finish in addition to placing 11th in the all-around final and sixth on bars.

De Jesus Dos Santos is slated to compete on bars and beam, alongside teammates Coline Devillard on vault, Aline Friess on bars, and Marine Boyer on beam. On the MAG side, the host country has sent 2020 Olympian Loris Frasca on pommels and vault, Benjamin Osberger on floor and pommels, Cameron-Lie Bernard on rings and p-bars, Mathias Philippe on rings, p-bars, and high bar, Léo Saladino on floor and vault, and Edgar Boulet on high bar, with juniors Nicolas Diez, Axel Brèche, Lucas Desanges, and Paco Fernandes-Henriques competing exhibition routines.

Other top competitors here include Olympic champion Rebeca Andrade of Brazil, alongside two of her fellow 2022 Pan Ams gold medalist teammates. Andrade will only compete bars, unveiling a toe full to Fabrichnova in today’s podium training, while Lorrane Oliveira will compete bars and beam, and Flavia Saraiva will compete beam and floor. The men should also have quite a few standout routines with Caio Souza, Arthur Zanetti, Arthur Mariano, and up-and-comer Yuri Guimaraes on the roster.

For the U.S., 2020 Olympic champion Jade Carey will compete vault and beam, Olympic medalist Jordan Chiles will compete vault, bars, and floor, and this year’s national silver medalist Shilese Jones will compete bars, beam, and floor, while Olympian Brody Malone and fellow 2022 automatic worlds qualifier Donnell Whittenburg will compete all six events on the men’s side.

The Brits have sent athletes over the Channel, with 2020 Olympic medalist Jennifer Gadirova and Poppy Stickler competing all four events, and though Nina Derwael was initially expected to make her comeback here, she is no longer registered to compete, though a few gymnasts who competed at Euros and who are expected to make the worlds team – including vault finalist Lisa Vaelen – are on the list.

If I went on about every individual here who deserves to be called out as one to watch, this preview would never end, but I’ve included a full list of every competitor at the bottom of the page, organized by NOC.

When’s It Happening?

Here’s the complete schedule, along with links to start lists. All times are local to Paris (CEST), which is six hours ahead of ET.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24
1:30 pm Qualifications – Session 1
MAG FX, PH, SR and WAG VT, UB
Start Lists
5:25 pm Qualifications – Session 2
MAG VT, PB, HB and WAG BB, FX
Start Lists
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25
1:30 pm MAG FX Final
2:06 pm WAG VT and MAG PH Final
2:44 pm WAG UB and MAG SR Final
4:10 pm WAG BB and MAG VT Final
4:48 pm WAG FX and MAG PB Final
5:27 pm MAG HB Final

How Can We Watch?

Qualifications won’t be streamed, but you’ll be able to follow along with live scores via Swiss Timing, and the French federation will likely be sharing on social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

You’ll be able to watch all of Sunday’s finals on MaGymTV, in addition to following along with live scores and additional coverage at the above links.

The Competitors

Here’s the official roster of all competitors expected to compete, based on the most recent start lists.

ALBANIA
Matvei Petrov
ARGENTINA
Franco Gutierrez
Santiago Mayol
Daniel Villafañe
Sira Macias
Leila Martinez
Rocio Saucedo
AUSTRALIA
Jose Caballero
Marcus Casamento
Vedant Sawant
Kiplin Smith
Heath Thorpe
AUSTRIA
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Vinzenz Höck
Severin Kranzlmüller
Selina Kickinger
Jasmin Mader
Charlize Mörz
AZERBAIJAN
Javidan Babayev
BELGIUM
Maxime Gentges
Takumi Onoshima
Maellyse Brassart
Noémie Louon
Lisa Vaelen
BRAZIL
Yuri Guimaraes
Arthur Mariano
Caio Souza
Arthur Zanetti
Rebeca Andrade
Lorrane Oliveira
Flavia Saraiva
CANADA
Zachary Clay
William Emard
Samuel Zakutney
Ellie Black
Denelle Pedrick
CROATIA
Aurel Benovic
Filip Borosa
Marko Sambolec
Tin Srbic
Filip Ude
Tijana Korent
Sara Sulekic
Tina Zelcic
CYPRUS
Michalis Chari
Ilias Georgiou
Marios Georgiou
Sokratis Pilakouris
CZECH REPUBLIC
Aneta Holasova
Sara Prochazkova
EGYPT
Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem
Ahmed Abdelrahman
Mohamed Afify
Ahmed El Maraghy
Omar Mohamed
Ali Zahran
Jana Abdelsalam
Jana Aboelhasan
Zeina Sharaf
Nancy Taman
FINLAND
Robert Kirmes
Elias Koski
Sani Mäkelä
Kaia Tanskanen
FRANCE
Cameron-Lie Bernard
Edgar Boulet
Loris Frasca
Benjamin Osberger
Mathias Philippe
Léo SaladinoExhibitions:
Axel Breche
Lucas Desanges
Nicolas Diez
Paco Fernandes-Henriques
Marine Boyer
Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos
Coline Devillard
Aline Friess
GREAT BRITAIN
Korben Fellows
Harry Hepworth
Joshua Nathan
Jennifer Gadirova
Poppy Stickler
HONG KONG
Ng Ka Ki
Shek Wai Hung
Angel Wong Hiu Ying
Vanessa Wong
HUNGARY
Zsofia Kovacs
Greta Mayer
Zoja Szekely
Nikolett Szilagyi
IRELAND
Dominick Cunningham
Daniel Fox
Ewan McAteer
Rhys McClenaghan
Eamon Montgomery
Jane Heffernan
Halle Hilton
Emma Slevin
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Myakinin
Uri Zeidel
Ofir Netzer
Lihie Raz
ITALY
Lorenzo Bonicelli
Edoardo de Rosa
Thomas Grasso
Niccolo Vannuchi
JAPAN
Asato Keisuke
Kaneta Kiichi
Kotoge Kazuma
Tsumura Ryota
KAZAKHSTAN
Ilyas Azizov
Milad Karimi
Nariman Kurbanov
LITHUANIA
Gytis Chasazyrovas
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
LUXEMBOURG
Celeste Mordenti
MOROCCO
Abderrazak Nasser
NETHERLANDS
Loran de Munck
Martijn de Veer
Jermain Grünberg
Jordi Hagenaar
Yazz Ramsahai
Casimir Schmidt
Sanna Veerman
Tisha Volleman
NEW ZEALAND
Mathieu Clatin
Daniel Stoddart
NORWAY
Jacob Karlsen
Peder Skogvang
Nore Stene
Harald Wibye
Mali Neurauter
Juliane Tøssebro
Maria Tronrud
PERU
Nicolas Garfias
POLAND
Sebastian Gawronski
Filip Sasnal
PUERTO RICO
Miguel Aquino
SLOVAKIA
Sara Surmanova
SPAIN
Thierno Diallo
Nicolau Mir
Joel Plata
Rayderley Zapata
Laura Casabuena
Maia Llacer
Lorena Medina
SWEDEN
Tonya Paulsson
Nathalie Westlund
TAIWAN
Hung Yuan-Hsi
Lin Guan-Yi
Shiao Yu-Jan
Tang Chia-Hung
Tseng Wei-Sheng
Yeh Cheng
Lai Pin-Ju
TURKEY
Ferhat Arican
Adem Asil
UNITED STATES
Brody Malone
Donnell Whittenburg
Jade Carey
Jordan Chiles
Shilese Jones

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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