The vault podium: L-R, Emily Little, Oksana Chusovitina and Teja Belak. Photograph: Emily Little/Instagram
The 2017 Doha World Cup was held in Doha, Qatar, from 22 to 25 March.
The Chinese women dominated the field, winning three event finals – bars, beam and floor – out of possible four.
China’s Luo Huan shined on the uneven bars, in an otherwise disappointing competition. The Chinese gymnast scored a big 14.433/6.0 for a routine full of intricate pirouettes in combination. Behind her, Hungary’s Zsofia Kovacs won silver with a fall, scoring a 13.066/5.6 for a well executed routine until she fell on her full-in dismount. Third was Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown with a 13.033/5.3 for a difficult routine that still needs some polishing. Unfortunately, China’s Liu Tingting suffered a fall in an otherwise gorgeous routine, and finished just outside the medals, scoring a 13.000/5.8.
Liu Tingting found redemption in the second day of competition, winning both beam and floor. On beam, she scored a big 14.466/6.1 for a well-executed routine, packed with difficulty and unusual elements – finally some diversity! Behind her, Romania’s Catalina Ponor scored a 13.900/5.8. Ponor had a big wobble on her mount, but the rest of the routine was solid as a rock. Third was China’s Luo Huan with a 13.700/5.7 for a good routine with some remediable wobbles.
While on beam Liu Tingting shines for her difficulty as well as her execution, on floor she wins only because of her consistency, which is a delightful rarity these days. She scored a 13.366/4.9 for a lovely and well-executed routine. Second was Australia’s Emily Little, who is having the time of her life (13.133/5.1). Third was Croatia’s Ana Derek with a 12.900/5.2, who was as stylish as a rhythmic gymnast.
Vault was the only event the Chinese did not dominate. In fact, the qualification round was won by China’s Olympian Wang Yan with a big 14.566, but she withdrew from competition before the event final. The vault title was then won by Uzbekistan’s seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina with a 14.166 (14.366/5.4 and 13.966/5.2). Second was Australia’s Emily Little with a 14.099 (14.466/5.4 and 13.733/4.8). Third was Slovenia’s Teja Belak with a 14.083 (14.166/5.4 and 14.000/5.0). Belak was the only gymnast to score both vaults in the 14.0s.
Click here for full results, courtesy of the Gymternet.