Oleg Verniaiev, Tabea Alt seal World Cup series titles for Ukraine, Germany; USA women tie for win10/04/2017
With their second consecutive victories on the World Cup circuit, Oleg Verniaiev and Tabea Alt clinched the FIG World Cup Series for Ukraine and Germany, respectively, at Saturday’s iPro Sport World Cup in London.
No halting Tabea Alt
Beam demons plagued nearly all the women in London, but Tabea Alt had the fewest mistakes elsewhere, allowing her to claim the title. In spite of a fall on her Beam dismount, the one stain on an otherwise clean performance, Alt turned in best or second best score on each apparatus for a comfortable win over American Victoria Nguyen, who was participating in her first individual World Cup event, and 2016 Olympic Floor bronze medallist Amy Tinkler of Great Britain.
“It's always good to be stable and have good routines, so that's the goal for success,” Alt said after the competition. Not that she was expecting to win: "I am speechless," she told the Deutscher Turner-Bund. "It is incredible that I am now standing here with the FIG Cup in my hands and the medal around my neck."
Oleg Verniaiev masters London
Omnipresent on the World Cup stage for the past several years, Oleg Verniaiev hasn’t let Olympic success taper his habits. Verniaiev didn’t let a fatigue error on his Pommel Horse dismount keep him from being his usual brilliant self on Rings and Parallel Bars. It was enough to secure the title despite a challenge from super tumbler Donnell Whittenburg of the USA, who had the highest score of the day on Floor Exercise and second best on Rings and Vault.
The elegant Lukas Dauser of Germany had the highest score of the men’s competition on Parallel Bars and impressed on Horizontal Bar to take the bronze.
Germany, Ukraine, USA women win FIG World Cup series
Alt and Verniaiev’s performances in London assured their national federations the 2017 FIG World Cup series title in Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. The winners of the World Cup series are determined by a points total based on athlete rankings at each of the three World Cup competitions. Verniaiev’s victories in Stuttgart and London, as well as a silver medal finish at the AT&T American Cup in March assured Ukraine would win on the men’s side.
Alt’s victories at the same meet, combined with Kim Bui’s fourth-place finish at the American Cup, lifted the Germans to the Women’s title, tying with the USA, who benefitted from Ragan Smith's victory at the American Cup and podium finishes from newcomers Morgan Hurd and Victoria Nguyen in Stuttgart and London, respectively. Additionally, the three top-ranked athletes in the All-around World Cup standings received prize money between 15-25,000 Swiss Francs.
Full results: British Gymnastics
Related: 2017 FIG World Cup rankings - Men
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