Ukraine’s Kovtun completes series sweep at World Cup of Baku

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Illia Kovtun (UKR) with coach Iryna Naduk

Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun completed his sweep of 2022 World Cup series titles on parallel bars when he took gold on that apparatus at the World Cup of Baku, held March 31-April 3.

Kovtun, who won parallel bars at the preceding three series competitions in Cottbus, Doha and Cairo, was one of two Ukrainian gymnasts to earn titles in Baku. Ukraine was the only country to win more than one gold in Baku, the fourth and final competition of the series.

2020 Olympic floor exercise champion Artem Dolgopyat of Israel placed first on floor exercise, the apparatus on which he also placed first in Doha and Cairo.

Uzbekistan’s 46-year-old Oksana Chusovitina collected her third medal of the 2022 series by winning gold on vault. She took gold at the World Cup of Doha and silver at the World Cup of Cairo, both held last month.

Nariman Kurbanov of Kazakhstan placed first on pommel horse, as he did in Doha.  He was seventh in Cottbus and eighth in Cairo.

Brazil’s Julia Soares earned her first series medal when she won gold on floor exercise. Soares finished 15th all-around and seventh on balance beam at the 2019 Junior World Championships in Gyor.

2022 World Cup of Baku

March 31-April 3



  1. Oksana Chusovitina UZB266
  2. Csenge Bacskay HUN 13.266
  3. Teja Belak SLO 12.933

Uneven Bars:

  1. Lorette Charpy FRA 13.866
  2. Naomi Visser NED 13.100
  3. Vera van Pol NED 12.966

Balance Beam:

  1. Sarah Voss GER 13.733
  2. Lorette Charpy FRA 12.966
  3. Daniela Batrona UKR 12.90

Floor Exercise:

  1. Julia Soares BRA 13.433
  2. Dorina Böczögő 13.166
  3. Dildora Aripova UZB 12.866


Floor Exercise:

  1. Artem Dolgopyat ISR 14.700
  2. Milad Karimi KAZ 14.300
  3. Eamon Montgomery IRL 14.066

Pommel Horse:

  1. Nariman Kurbanov KAZ 14.633
  2. Matvei Petrov ALB 14.466
  3. Cyril Tommasone FRA 14.333

Still Rings:

  1. Salvatore Maresca ITA 14.800
  2. Ibrahim Colak TUR 14.766
  3. Nikita Simonov AZE 14.500


  1. Nazar Chepurnyi UKR 15.016
  2. Andrey Medvedev ISR 14.500
  3. Artem Dolgopyat ISR 14.450

Parallel Bars:

  1. Illia Kovtun UKR 15.333
  2. Ferhat Arican TUR 14.900
  3. Joe Fraser GBR 14.700

Horizontal Bar:

  1. Joe Fraser GBR 14.000
  2. Mitchell Morgans AUS 13.966
  3. Illia Kovtun UKR 13.866

International Gymnast Online’s recent coverage of 2022 World Cup of Baku competitors includes:

First 2022 Apparatus World Cup Concludes in Cottbus, Germany

Six Countries Golden at World Cup of Doha

Armenia and Ukraine win double gold at World Cup of Cairo

Turkey’s Arican: ‘This is a really big, big, big medal’

Arican Credits Post-COVID Europeans Gold To “A Single Word – Dedication”

Turkey’s Arican: ‘I am ready and conscious like never before’

Charpy on Tokyo postponement: ‘As if I would end this now – no way’

Israel’s Dolgopyat: ‘It is the best gift for my country’

Great Britain’s Joe Fraser: ‘It’s been one hell of a journey’

France’s Carolann Héduit on Tokyo: ‘Maybe I’ll bring some zen’

Austria’s Vinzenz Höck: ‘I hope I will reach my peak at the Paris Olympics’

Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun: ‘God is with us and the truth is on our side’

Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysselef: ‘Those were tears of happiness, joy, satisfaction’

Medvedev on COVID-19: ‘We Can Choose How We Approach Crises’

Israel’s Myakinin: ‘I Can Compete Seriously in Future Competitions with the Strongest Gymnasts’

Great Britain’s Joshua Nathan: ‘I believe to have bettered myself with these results’

Albania’s Petrov: ‘In The Final, Everything Was Different’

Israel’s Lihie Raz: ’I Did My Best To Channel The Pressure’

Üçtaş Şanlı’s 2021 Wish: ‘A Healthy Year Full of Medals’

Dutch history-maker Naomi Visser: ‘It felt like a victory for me’

Germany’s Voss on Tokyo: ‘Getting A Spot On The Team Is Harder Than Ever’

Hong Kong’s Hiu Ying Wong: ‘I see every opportunity to perform as a blessing’

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