MAG Challenge Cup hits Hungary
The second leg of the 2022 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup occurred this weekend, with our five MAG athletes taking to the floor in Szombathely, Hungary, where they produced some spectacular results.
The Australian team managed to make four finals, an astounding result for a team filled with young gymnasts. Heath Thorpe, who was recently selected in the Artistic World Championship squad, was the oldest Australian to compete at 22, with the quartet of Vedant Sawant, Marcus Casamento, Jose Caballero and Kipp Smith all under the age of 20.
This next generation of MAG talent is an incredibly exciting sign of the progress of gymnastics around Australia, with three states (Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland) represented amongst the squad.
The Horizontal Bar was the prize apparatus for Australia with two Aussies qualifying for the final. Kipp Smith and Heath Thorpe completed impressive routines to qualify for the final in seventh and eight place respectively, with Heath ultimately finishing in fifth with a score of 13.033, and Kipp finishing in eighth, scoring 11.266. Heath’s routine can be viewed here.
Qualifying for his debut World Floor Final was Victorian Marcus Casamento, whose score of 13.633, culminated in an impressive fifth place finish. Marcus’ final routine can be seen here.
Vedant Sawant qualified for his second successive Pommel Horse final with a qualifying score of 14.300, while Jose Caballero also performed admirably on the apparatus, just missing out on a final appearance.
The final competition of the series takes place in Turkey this weekend.