Three-time world bronze medalist Huang Qiushuang of China won the Tokyo Cup on Saturday, clinching the 2011 FIG World Cup series.
Huang dominated the competition at the famed Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall, winning by more than 3 points over Japan's Yu Minobe, 58.265-54.699. German Olympian Kim Bui won the bronze (54.398).
Huang grabbed the lead in the first rotation, where she nearly stuck her double-twisting Yurchenko. The bronze medalist on uneven bars at last month's worlds in Tokyo, Huang showed superior difficulty (6.7) for her bars set (elgrip Endo; full Ono to full back to elgrip; elgrip Endo full to piked Jaeger; Pak salto; double layout). She missed a kip after her left hand did not grasp the bar completely on her Jaeger, but her 14.633 was still the second-highest score of the day after her vault mark. Huang ended the competition with the top scores on both balance beam (14.366) and floor exercise (14.333).
The event is the fourth and final all-around World Cup of the year, following competitions in Jacksonville, Glasgow and Stuttgart. Huang, leading the FIG series after her victory at the DTB Cup two weeks ago in Stuttgart, won the overall World Cup title for 2011.
The men's competition takes place Sunday. Three-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura headlines the men's field, which also includes series leader Nikolai Kuksenkov (Ukraine), two-time world all-around silver medalist Philipp Boy (Germany) and DTB Cup champion Shogo Nonomura (Japan).
External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association
2011 Tokyo World Cup
Nov. 26, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan