Hurd, Moldauer win first all-around World Cup of 2018, silver for James Hall

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Hurd, Moldauer win first all-around World Cup of 2018, silver for James Hall

March 5, 2018

9 male and 9 female gymnasts competed for glory at the American Cup, part of the all-around World Cup circuit

The Sears Center hosted the 2018 edition of the American Cup, a prestigious competition which is part of the all-around World Cup series. Invitations to compete in the 2018 American Cup were based on team results from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro(BRA). Both in the men’s and in the women’s competition, 9 gymnasts competed with the US, as host nation, receiving a wild card in both categories.

2017 World all-around Champion Morgan Hurd (USA) showed that she kept working hard since her victory in Montreal (CAN) in October. She upgraded on several events and topped the scoreboard on bars, beam and floor, easily winning her first American Cup title. She beat World floor Champion Mai Murakami (JPN) who noted the top score on vault, tied with bronze medallist Maile O’Keefe (USA). Injury prevented Fabiano Brito (BRA) and Yi Mao (CHN) from finishing the competition. We wish them a speedy recovery.

In the men’s competition defending American Cup Champion Yul Moldauer (USA) posted the top score on rings and was consistently good on all other events, cruising to victory with a lead of over 2.5 points. 2017 European all-around bronze medallist James Hall (GBR) showed consistency as well, his top scores coming on pommel horse and high bar, to take the silver. Ukraine’s Petro Pakhniuk excelled on parallel bars where he scored the highest score of the competition, 14.933. This effort earned him the bronze medal.



  1. Yul Moldauer (USA) 85.964
  2. James Hall (GBR) 83.297
  3. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 83.064
  4. Philipp Herder (GER) 81.965
  5. Allan Bower (USA) 81.864
  6. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) 81.498
  7. Wei Sun (CHN) 80.932
  8. Francisco Barretto (BRA) 78.832
  9. Nestor Abad (ESP) 78.432



  1. Morgan Hurd (USA) 56.599
  2. Mai Murakami (JPN) 55.633
  3. Maile O’Keefe (USA) 54.365
  4. Lorette Charpy (FRA) 52.965
  5. Kelly Simm (GBR) 51.898
  6. Eli Seitz (GER) 51.866
  7. Brooklyn Moors (CAN) 49.498
  8. Fabiane Brito (BRA) 14.233
  9. Yi Mao (CHN) 12.900


The other World Cup events in the all-around series are in Stuttgart(GER) on 17 and 18March, in Birmingham(GBR) on 21 - 22Marchand in Tokyo (JPN) on 14 April.