Aussies strike Gold in Baku

It’s been another weekend of World Cup triumph for Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics teams, at the most recent stop on the International Gymnastics Federation’s Individual Apparatus World Cup Series circuit.

In the AFG Trophy – the Baku leg of the Individual Apparatus World Cup Series run by the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation – Australia walked away with a total of six medals, after fielding a team of eight athletes competing across all ten apparatus.

The highlight of the meet for the Aussies was undoubtedly Chris Remkes’ gold medal-winning performance in the Vault final.  After progressing from the qualification round in second position, Chris nailed the execution on both of his Vaults in the final, scoring 14.733 and 15.000 on his Tsuk double pike (a landing that he could not have stuck any better if he tried!), to finish with an average total score of 14.866, ahead of Belarus’s Pavel Bulauski (14.666) and France’s Zachari Hrimche (14.616).

Emily Little once again continued her incredible form on the World Cup circuit, taking her consistency from the qualification rounds through to the Finals.  Emily took home the silver medal on Vault (scoring a total score of 14.067), 0.266 behind seven-time Olympian, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzebekistan.  Emily made it three from three in all of her event finals, taking home the bronze medal on Beam, with a score of 13.433, and the silver medal on Floor, with a score of 13.400, 0.033 behind Romanian champion, Catalina Ponor.  

Another consistent round of performances in Baku should see Emily remain on top of the FIG rankings for Vault, Beam and Bars on the Individual Apparatus World Cup Circuit.  Emily was also awarded the AFG Trophy, for receiving the best execution scores across two apparatus.

Despite a fall-ridden qualification round, the Uneven Bars final was a successful one for Australia, with both Rianna Mizzen and Georgia-Rose Brown making the podium.  Rianna jumped two places from her fourth place finish in qualifications, to take the silver medal with a score of 13.600, 0.333 behind Diana Varinska of Ukraine. Georgia-Rose maintained her consistency from the qualification round, finishing third with a score of 13.366.

In total, Australia competed 15 routines in Baku, with nine of these progressing to finals, and six of these finishing with a medal atop the podium.

For a full summary of the Australian’s results, please see below:

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Floor – Chris Remkes (Q: 3rd, F: 6th)
Pommel Horse – Chris Remkes (11th), Michael Tone (19th)
Rings – Michael Tone (12th)
Vault – Chris Remkes (Q: 2nd, F: 1st), Clay Stephens (10th)
Parallel Bars – Clay Stephens (11th), Mitchell Morgans (17th)
Horizontal Bar – Mitchell Morgans (Q: 6th, F: 8th)

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Vault – Emily Little (Q: 2nd, F: 2nd)
Uneven Bars – Rianna Mizzen (Q: 4th, F: 2nd), Georgia-Rose Brown (Q: 3rd, F: 3rd)
Beam – Emily Little (Q: 6th, F: 3rd), Emma Nedov (Q: 2nd, F: 6th)
Floor – Emily Little (Q: 3rd, F: 2nd)

Click here for full results from the AGF Trophy.

The team touched down in Doha, Qatar yesterday ahead of the final Individual Apparatus World Cup event for the 2016-2017 cycle.