Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine take home titles from the AGF Trophy in Baku (AZE)

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Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine take home titles from the AGF Trophy in Baku (AZE)

March 20, 2017

Catalina Ponor only gymnast to win two titles at this weekend’s apparatus World Cup

An impressive list of gymnasts travelled to the Azerbaijani capital for the second apparatus World Cup of the year. Several ‘veterans’ proved too good to beat, like Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina on vault, and Romanian star Catalina Ponor who clinched gold on both beam and floor. Ukraine’s talented Diana Varinska showed off original work on bars highlighted by lovely in-bar skills and risky combinations. In qualifications she opted for a safer dismount but in the final she performed her full routine and easily took the title.

 

Catalina Ponor topped beam and floor qualifications. In finals she performed solidly on beam to take the title ahead of Greece’s Vasiliki Millousi whose elegant beam set is always a pleasure to watch. On floor Ponor beat Australia’s Emily Little by just 0.033 despite some form issues. Ponor used the same music as in 2016, keeping her new floor routine a surprise for the Europeans in less than a month!

 

Marina Nekrasova sent the crowd wild by winning the bronze on floor, a great reward for the Azerbaijani efforts here in Baku.

 

In the men’s competition Olympic Champion Eleftherios Petrounias continues his winning streak on rings. On floor, a new talent emerged in Lithuania’s Tomas Kuzmickas. He topped floor and won bronze on high bar! Former Olympic Champion on pommel horse Krisztian Berki (HUN) who celebrated his birthday on Saturday had to settle for silver behind China’s Hao Weng because of difference in difficulty.

 

Women

Vault
1. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) 14.333 (5.4, 5.2)
2. Emily Little (AUS) 14.067 (5.4, 4.8)
3. Teja Belak (SLO) 13.750 (4.8, 5.0)

Bars
1. Diana Varinska (UKR) 13.933 (6.0)
2. Rianna Mizzen (AUS) 13.600 (6.0)
3. Georgia-Rose Brown (AUS) 13.366 (5.2)

Beam
1. Catalina Ponor (ROU) 13.833 (5.6)
2. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 13.633 (5.4)
3. Emily Little (AUS) 13.433 (5.2)

Floor
1. Catalina Ponor (ROU) 13.433 (5.4)
2. Emily Little (AUS) 13.400 (5.1)
3. Marina Nekrasova (AZE) 12.833 (4.9)

Men

Floor

1.      Tomas Kuzmickas (LTU) 14.166 (5.8)

2.      Pavel Bulauski (BLR) 14.000 (6.1)

3.      Naoto Hayasaka (JPN) 13.900 (6.2)

 

Pommel horse

1.      Hao Weng (CHN) 15.400 (6.5)

2.      Krisztian Berki (HUN) 15.266 (6.2)

3.      Filip Ude (CRO) 15.200 (6.2)

 

Rings

1.      Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) 15.466 (6.3)

2.      Kazuyuki Takeda (JPN) 14.766 (6.1)

3.      Yevgen Yudenkov (UKR) 14.233 (6.1)

 

Vault

1.      Christopher Remkes (AUS) 14.866 (5.6, 5.6)

2.      Pavel Bulauski (BLR) 14.666 (5.6, 5.6)

3.      Zachari Hrimeche (FRA) 14.616 (5.2, 5.6)

 

Parallel bars

1.      Rongbing Liu (CHN) 15.133 (6.4)

2.      Youxiao He (CHN) 14.866 (6.4)

3.      Shogo Nonomura (JPN) 14.700 (6.3)

 

High bar

1.      Naoto Hayasaka (JPN) 14.333 (5.9)

2.      Anton Kovacevic (CRO) 14.000 (6.1)

3.      Tomas Kuzmickas (LTU) 13.866 (5.1)

You can find the full results here

 

Photo: Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation