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FIG World Cup Season Begins in Melbourne
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China's gymnasts dominated the first day of qualification as the 2017 FIG World Cup season began Wednesday in Melbourne, earning seven qualification spots across five apparatus.

The apparatus competition is the first of the individual apparatus World Cup events scheduled for the 2017 FIG season. The event attracted gymnasts from 14 countries to Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park, near the Rod Laver Arena, site of the 2005 World Championships. The Melbourne World Cup has been added to the FIG calendar as an annual event through 2020.

The Chinese women topped both events on the first day of competition. Olympic finalist Wang Yan was first on vault, while teammate Luo Huan led the scoring on uneven bars.

2012 Australian Olympian Emily Little qualified a close second behind Wang on vault, while her teammate Naomi Lee qualified in third. On uneven bars, national champion Rianna Mizzen earned the second qualification spot ahead of China's Liu Tingting.

The Chinese men did not send any members of their bronze medal-winning Olympic team from last summer in Rio de Janeiro. The team instead sent a few gymnasts with various World Cup experience, as well as two newcomers born in 1998.

The big draws on the men's side were world and Olympic champions Kenzo Shirai (Japan) and Krisztián Berki, who each led one event. Shirai easily led floor exercise with a score of 15.100 (7.1 Difficulty), well ahead of runner-up Mu Jile of China (14.366/5.9).

Berki, who skipped most of the 2016 season after failing to qualify to Rio de Janeiro, also earned first place on his specialty, pommel horse (14.800/6.3). China's Weng Hao, who won pommel horse last year at the World Challenge Cup in Anadia, qualified second (14.466/6.2) ahead of teammate Zou Jingyuan (14.433/5.9).

China's Wu Guanhua, still rings champion at the 2015 World Challenge Cup of Slovenia, qualified first on rings (14.766/6.2) over Turkish veteran İbrahim Çolak (14.533/6.1) and two-time Japanese Olympian Koji Yamamuro (13.866/5.9).

Christopher Remkes had the top result Wednesday for the Aussie men, qualifying to the final on still rings in fourth place. Shirai, eager to improve his all-around performance, also competed on rings but missed the finals, placing ninth. Shirai is also in the lineup on vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Competition continues Thursday in Melbourne with the qualification for the remaining five events.

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2017 FIG World Cup of Melbourne
February 22, Melbourne Olympic Park, Australia

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Wang Yan5.68.5000.114.00014.216
2.Emily Little5.49.1330.114.43314.133
3.Naomi Lee4.68.76613.36613.183
4.Caitlin Todd4.08.93312.93313.033
5.Chan Tsz Sum Elizabeth4.28.4000.312.30012.583
6.Ing Yueh Tan4.67.7330.312.03312.566
7.Tracie Ang4.48.63313.03312.149
8.Choi Nim Yan4.87.2000.111.9005.950

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Luo Huan6.08.40014.400
2.Rianna Mizzen6.08.10014.100
3.Liu Tingting6.08.06614.066
4.Georgia-Rose Brown5.16.43311.533
5.Tracie Ang 4.46.53310.933
6.Ing Yueh Tan3.14.9668.066

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Kenzo Shirai7.18.00015.100
2.Mu Jile5.98.46614.366
3.Wataru Tanigawa5.88.36614.166
4.Ahmet Önder5.78.0000.113.600
5.Ferhat Arıcan5.67.8000.113.300
6.Luke Dobney4.68.3330.312.633
7.Luke Wadsworth5.47.3000.312.400
8.Christopher Remkes6.16.4000.412.100
9.Devy Dyson4.37.3330.111.533

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Krisztián Berki6.38.50014.800
2.Weng Hao6.28.26614.466
3.Zou Jingyuan5.98.53314.433
4.Christopher Remkes5.38.10013.400
5.Yusuke Saito5.77.63313.333
6.Zoltán Kállai5.77.56613.266
7.Michael Tone5.56.83312.333
8.Ahmet Önder5.07.30012.300
9.Devy Dyson5.96.20012.100
10.Koji Yamamuro6.05.56611.566
11.Jorden O'Connell-Inns5.26.23311.433

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Wu Guanhua6.28.56614.766
2.İbrahim Çolak6.18.43314.533
3.Koji Yamamuro5.97.96613.866
4.Ahmet Önder5.57.93313.433
5.Devy Dyson5.47.93313.333
6.Ng Kiu Chung5.77.43313.133
7.Michael Tone5.47.66613.066
8.Michael Mercieca5.47.23312.633
9.Kenzo Shirai5.46.46611.866
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