FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup CIII
19es Internationaux de France
La Roche sur Yon (FRA), March 16-17, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, March 18, 2013: Russian gymnasts topped the medal rankings this past weekend at the 19th Internationaux de France, the first event of the 2013 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup individual apparatus series.
A total of 70 gymnasts representing 29 countries took part at the new Vendéspace arena in La Roche-sur-Yon (FRA), with four gymnasts qualifying for the final in each event. The medals were shared between 18 nations.
Russia, Italy, Greece and USA won three medals each but Russia came out on top thanks to Gold for Ksenia Afanaseva on Floor and Denis Ablyazin on Still Rings, with the latter adding Silver on Floor. Carlotta Ferlito and Vanessa Ferrari made it a one-two for Italy on Balance Beam, Ferlito taking Bronze on the Floor. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) tied with Ablyazin for first place on Rings, while his team-mates Vasileios Tsolakidis and Vasiliki Millousi took Bronze on Parallel Bars and Balance Beam respectively. Danell Leyva and Jacob Dalton took Gold and Silver for the USA on Horizontal Bar, with Dalton also winning Bronze on Floor.
Both of the Olympic Champions from London 2012 who were taking part prevailed in their specialty events, Hungary’s Kristian Berki on Pommel Horse and South Korea’s Seon Hak Yang on Vault. Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland sprang a surprise with a double triumph on women’s Vault and Uneven Bars, and although Larisa Iordache had to withdraw at the last minute due to a minor injury her fellow Romanians, Diana Bulimar and Flavius Koczi, took Silver and Gold on women’s and men’s Floor respectively. Ryohei Kato of Japan won on Parallel Bars, with France’s Hamilton Sabot finishing fourth after a fall.
Detailed results for the Men’s and the Women’s competitions are available online.
The series continues this month with FIG World Challenge Cups in Cottbus (GER), March 21-24, and in Doha (QAT), March 27-29.
About 2013 FIG Individual Apparatus Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and World Challenge Cup Series
The 2013 World and World Challenge Cup season for individual-apparatus tournaments features a total of six events. The series starts with the only Individual Apparatus Finals World Cup of the year in La Roche sur Yon (FRA) on March 16-17, and continues with five World Challenge Cups scheduled as follows: Cottbus (GER) on March 21-24, Doha (QAT) on March 27-29, Ljubljana (SLO) on April 26-28, Anadia (POR) on June 21-23, and Osijek (CRO) on September 12-16.
With separate World Ranking lists being established for this series (six for men and four for women), and the Individual Apparatus rankings including combined lists for the World Cup and World Challenge Cups, the overall winners will be crowned in Osijek.
World Cups with Individual Apparatus qualification rounds and finals are open to the apparatus finalists of the 2012 Olympic Games and the best four gymnasts per apparatus from the 2012 World Cup Ranking list for Individual Apparatus. In addition, the organising member federation can grant wild cards to a maximum of one man and one woman.
The World Challenge Cup series is an open category, with participation limited to two gymnasts per country and apparatus, and invitations addressed at least to the apparatus finalists of the 2012 Olympic Games and the best eight gymnasts per apparatus from the 2012 World Cup Ranking list for Individual Apparatus.
The winners of the 2013 Individual Apparatus World Cup & World Challenge Cup Series will be the gymnasts with the highest number of points for each apparatus and the best four results counting after the last event in Osijek.
Consult the 2013 Rules for the FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup and World Challenge Cup Series in Artistic Gymnastics for more details.