Veteran Oksana Chusovitina won the vault title. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

The Baku World Cup was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 16 to 19 March. It was an event final competition only, and therefore there was no all around.

The vault final was won by veteran Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan, who posted an overall score of 14.333 (14.366/5.4 for her first vault and 14.300/5.2 for her second one). Second was Australia’s Emily Little, who has been having a very successful beginning of the season. Little scored a 14.067 (14.433/5.4 for her first vault and 13.700/4.8 for her second one). Third was Slovenia’s Teja Belak with a 13.750 (13.533/4.8 and 13.966/5.0).

Balance beam and floor exercise were won by 2004 Olympic champion Catalina Ponor from Romania, who still seems to have a lot to give to the sport of gymnastics. Ponor won beam with a 13.833 for a solid routine. She was followed by Greece’s Vasiliki Millousi (13.633), who finally delivered a beautifully executed routine. Third was Australia’s Emily Little with a 13.433.

Catalina Ponor also won floor with a 14.433, edging Australia’s Emily Little by the slightest margin – Little got indeed a 13.400 for a much cleaner routine than Ponor, which however had a lower start value. Third was Azerbaijan’s Marina Nekrasova with a 12.833.

The real surprise, however, came on the uneven bars, when Ukraine’s Diana Varinska, on her international debut, won the event with an excellent 13.933. Varinska has beautiful lines and intricate combinations, and her work is reminiscent of the golden age of Ukrainian gymnastics. Second on bars was Australia’s Rianna Mizzen (13.600) and third was Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown (13.366).

Click here for full results, courtesy of The Gymternet.

By Talitha Ilacqua


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