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Morgan Hurd Claims 2020 American Cup Title
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Strong performances on all four events helped Morgan Hurd (USA) claim the 2020 American Cup title held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. Hurd, also the winner of the event in 2018, posted a 55.832 all-around score for the win. She earned the highest mark of the competition on bars with a 14.1/6.0 (stalder Shaposhnikova to stalder full pirouette to piked Tkatchev, stalder piked Tkatchev to Pak, toe on full pirouette to full twisting double tuck). Hurd started the competition on vault where she earned a 14.333 for a clean Yurchenko double twist. On beam, in addition to her standing full, she executed well an upgraded series: side aerial to layout step out and round off full in dismount for a 13.733/5.7. In her final event, floor, Hurd opened her new routine with a double twisting double tuck, followed by a front layout to front double full, then a full in and a double pike dismount. “I am really happy with my performance today. I was able to do some new things, and they all went well for me. I was most excited to do my new floor routine,” Hurd reflected after the competition.
First year senior Kayla Di Cello (USA) was solid on all four events to take the silver with a 55.132. Japan’s Hitomi Hatakeda won the bronze with a 53.799. Jennifer Gadirova (GBR) posted the top scores on vault (14.566) for her sky-high Yurchenko double twist, and floor (double twisting double tuck, front full step out to double tuck and 2 1/2 twist dismount) with a 13.7/5.3. She finished fourth in the all-around with a 53.535 despite falling on her piked Jaeger on bars. Fifth was Canada’s Ellie Black scoring 53.299. China’s Jin Zhang posted the top score of the day on beam with a 14.133/6.0 (back handspring to inverted hang mount, switch ring to ff swing down, perfect ff-ff layout to two feet, front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, switch leap to two feet to immediate sheep jump, split jump half sideways, ff-ff double twist).
The American Cup is part of the FIG World Cup all-around series (in addition to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Tokyo) where countries are looking to rank in the top three at the end of the four competitions to be able to qualify an additional gymnast to this year’s Olympic Games.
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