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China Takes Four Golds at Melbourne World Cup
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Chinese gymnasts won four of the 10 titles in Melbourne this weekend at the first World Cup event of the 2018 FIG season. Pictured: Uneven bars champion Du Siyu (China) celebrates a hit routine with her coach.

Chinese gymnasts won four of the 10 titles in Melbourne this weekend at the first World Cup event of the 2018 FIG season.

The lineup featured gymnasts from 15 nations competing for apparatus titles Hisense Arena in Melbourne, the first of 14 stops on the FIG World Cup calendar in 2018.

The Chinese were the most successful nation in Melbourne with nine medals, two more than the host team. Four relative newcomers each won one gold medal: first-year seniors Du Siyu (uneven bars) and Chen Yile (balance beam) won half the women's events, while 2014 Youth Olympian Ma Yue, 20, (still rings) and Wu Xiaoming (parallel bars) picked up two titles in the men's competition. Wu, 21, is the only one of the four with World Cup experience, competing at the 2016 FIG World Challenger Cup in Szombathely, Hungary.

Chen, the top qualifier on bars and beam, settled for silver behind her teammate on uneven bars after falling on her opening Chow transition (Stalder-Shaposhnikova). The 15-year-old Du, who had a major break in qualification on a pirouette, hit her routine in finals. She adding a Gienger release (Chow to Pak; Maloney, backswing to giant full to Tkatchev-Gienger; double layout) for 13.766 (6.2 D), with short handstands costing her valuable points. Du, a native of Beijing, turns 16 on November 8.

Australia's lanky Georgia-Rose Brown showed beautiful lines en route to the bronze (toe-full; Chow to Pak; Maloney to Gienger; toe-blind to Jaeger; double front).

Chen regained her composure on Sunday and competed beautifully on balance beam (back dive to chest stand mount; stuck RO, two-foot layout; switch ring, Korbut; front aerial, switch leap, double stag; side aerial; RO triple twist with one step) to take the gold medal with the top score of the women's competition (14.466/6.3D). Brazil's Isabel Barbosa won the silver over Du. Barbosa, who turns 16 on October 4, trains at the Pinheiros club in São Paulo, which produced stars Daiane dos Santos and Arthur Nory.

Tjaša Kysselef (Slovenia) won the women's vault title with a solid tucked handspring front full and Yurchenko 1 1/2 (stumble forward). Just eighth in qualification after a fall on her first vault, Kysselef scored 13.800 on both vaults to edge out top qualifier Emily Whitehead of Australia by .101.

Aruna Budda Reddy won the bronze medal, the first World Cup medal for an Indian gymnast. Reddy competed a clean piked barani and slightly more messy Tsukahara-full to make history for Indian gymnastics. Reddy is the third Indian to medal at a major competition following Dipa Karmakar and Ashish Kumar, medalists at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. (Karmakar has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, as she is still recovering from ACL surgery last year.)

Top qualifier Alexandra Eade secured the gold on floor exercise, bringing the Australian women a full set of medals. Eade, who opened with a powerful double layout, credited the Australian women's national coach Mihai Brestyan for helping her boost her fitness level. Brestyan, coach of American stars Alicia Sacramone and Aly Raisman, has been dividing his time between the U.S. and Australia since taking over from Peggy Liddick in early 2017.

"I can't even describe the feeling of having every one screaming and cheering for me – it's just phenomenal," Eade said. "It's been a long time since I was competing on the international level, so it was great to nail both the qualifiers and finals and come away with a win."

Barbosa won her second silver medal for a successful senior debut, while Kysselef took bronze.

Japan's Kazuyuki Takeda, who qualified to all six event finals, won the gold on floor exercise and bronze on still rings. On floor, he edged out top qualifier Ge Shihao of China in a tie-break.

Kazakhstan's Milad Karimi, a floor finalist at last year's world championships, qualified second to the floor final but was forced to scratch after getting injured on parallel bars on Friday.

Nariman Kurbanov gave Kazakhstan reason to rejoice, however, winning the gold medal on pommel horse with the highest score of the finals. Kurbanov grabbed gold over Taiwanese Olympian Lee Chih-kai, the top qualifier, by .1, 14.933-14.833.

Australia's Christopher Remkes won the bronze on pommel horse and the gold on vault (Dragulescu; Tsukahara double pike). Lee vaulted a very clean Tsukahara 2 1/2 and layout Rudi to take another silver.

Japan's Keisuke Asato took third, although due to confusion about the tie-break procedure on vault, the Philippines Carlos Yulo was originally awarded the bronze medal in the award ceremony, which took place before the technical director had signed off on the results. (Unlike other events, in which the highest Execution score is used to break ties, ties are broken on vault by the highest individual score of the two vaults performed by each gymnast. Asato's 14.866 for his second vault gave him the edge over Yulo's high score, 14.500 for his first vault.) A second ceremony was performed in which Asato was awarded the bronze medal.

Wu Guanhua and Ma Yue, 1-2 in qualification, swapped places in the rings finals. Ma, who turned 20 on January 17, eclipsed his teammate by just .067.

On parallel bars, Wu Xiaoming and Tan Di repeated their qualification rankings to give China another 1-2 finish, with Australia's Michael Mercieca winning the bronze.

Hidetaka Miyachi won the gold on high bar over Mitchell Morgans and Mercieca. The spectacular caught four releases: the "Miyachi" (double-twisting layout Kovacs or layout Bretschneider), a Cassina; Kolman; and Kovacs; and stuck a beautifully flared-out full-twisting double layout to win by the largest margin of victory in the finals.

The FIG series continues March 3 in Chicago with the American Cup, the first of four all-around events on this year's calendar. International gymnastics returns to Australia this spring with the Commonwealth Games, April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Queensland.

Update: This article has been updated to clarify the results of the men's vault final.

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2nd Melbourne Gymnastics World Cup
February 24-25, 2018, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Tjaša Kysselef4.89.00013.80013.800
2.Emily Whitehead5.08.7330.113.63313.699
3.Aruna Budda Reddy4.69.06613.66613.649
4.Georgia Godwin4.88.80013.60013.583
5.Liu Jinru4.88.8330.113.53313.499
6.Pranati Nayak4.88.53313.33313.416
7.Charlotte Ryan4.69.10013.70012.850
8.Nadine Joy Nathan4.67.56612.16611.966

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Du Siyu6.27.56613.766
2.Chen Yile6.07.13313.133
3.Georgia-Rose Brown5.46.70012.100
4.Maia Fishwick4.37.60011.900
5.Nadine Joy Nathan4.37.33311.633
6.Zeng Qiyan4.27.40011.600
7.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi5.06.23311.233
8.Rianna Mizzen4.56.10010.600

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Chen Yile6.38.16614.466
2.Isabel Barbosa5.07.66612.666
3.Du Siyu4.76.63311.333
4.Tjaša Kysselef4.96.26611.166
5.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi4.86.30011.100
6.Nadine Joy Nathan4.16.70010.800
7.Stella Ashcroft5.05.7330.110.633
8.Alexandra Eade5.14.8000.19.800

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Alexandra Eade5.18.23313.333
2.Isabel Barbosa5.07.60012.600
3.Tjaša Kysselef4.38.06612.366
4.Estella Matthewson4.67.7330.312.033
5.Brett Isabella4.77.30012.000
6.Farah Ann Abdul Hadi4.67.4000.111.900
7.Aruna Budda Reddy4.26.63310.833
8.Zeng Qiyan3.96.56610.466

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Kazuyuki Takeda5.68.33313.933
2.Ge Shihao6.08.0330.113.933
3.Robert Tvorogal5.18.53313.633
4.Scott Costin5.38.33313.633
5.Rok Klavora5.67.56613.166
6.Kyleab Ellis5.67.7000.213.100
7.Carlos Yulo5.77.5000.113.100
8.Christopher Remkes6.84.40011.200

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Nariman Kurbanov6.38.63314.933
2.Lee Chih-kai6.08.83314.833
3.Christopher Remkes5.87.60013.400
4.Kohei Kameyama6.37.06613.366
5.Michael Tone5.87.10012.900
6.Kazuyuki Takeda5.66.83312.433
7.Weng Hao6.06.40012.400
8.Kristijan Vugrinski5.86.40012.200

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Ma Yue6.18.70014.800
2.Wu Guanhua6.28.53314.733
3.Kazuyuki Takeda5.98.53314.433
4.Rakesh Patra5.48.33313.733
5.Keisuke Asato5.58.03313.533
6.Michael Tone5.28.16613.366
7.Michael Mercieca5.47.66613.066
8.Yerbol Jantykov4.67.80012.400

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Christopher Remkes5.69.16614.76614.616
2.Lee Chih-kai5.29.60014.80014.450
3.Keisuke Asato6.07.9000.313.60014.233
4.Carlos Yulo5.29.30014.50014.233
5.Luís Porto5.28.8000.113.90014.016
6.Kyleab Ellis4.89.33314.13313.849
7.Kazuyuki Takeda5.28.10013.30013.650
8.Ashish Kumar5.28.76613.96613.583

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Wu Xiaoming6.38.53314.833
2.Tan Di6.48.10014.500
3.Michael Mercieca5.48.46613.866
4.Lee Chih-kai5.28.60013.800
5.Kazuyuki Takeda5.97.9000.313.500
6.Hidetaka Miyachi5.38.16613.466
7.Rakesh Patra5.38.13313.433
8.Mitchell Morgans5.57.93313.433

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Hidetaka Miyachi6.08.60014.600
2.Mitchell Morgans6.17.66613.766
3.Michael Mercieca5.78.00013.700
4.Robert Tvorogal5.18.43313.533
5.Kazuyuki Takeda5.67.70013.300
6.Kyleab Ellis4.28.43312.633
7.David Bishop5.17.50012.600
8.Lim Kaeson3.38.66611.966
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Thiago Simoes said:

Yulo won bronze on vault, not Asato.
February 27, 2018
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