We are delighted to announce the selected gymnasts that will compete at the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday 8th April 2017.
Set to feature Team GB stars such as Olympic bronze medalists Amy Tinkler and Sam Oldham, the World Cup of Gymnastics sees the world’s best gymnasts invited to compete in the prestigious ‘all-around’ competition.
The competition is coming back home to London as one of the most spectacular and popular events in the world of gymnastics as part of our new partnership with Matchroom Sport.
The British gymnasts aiming to wow the home crowd will be Amy Tinkler, Ellie Downie, Sam Oldham and Brinn Bevan. With 14 major championship medals between them, our gymnastics superstars will spearhead an international field of the world’s best in this major global event in front of a packed out crowd in London.
Rio Olympian Ellie Downie is making a name for herself on the international stage winning an all-around bronze at the 2015 European Championships whilst Amy Tinkler is back on home soil after an outstanding performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where she won bronze on floor and became Team GB’s youngest medal winner in Rio.
Amy said: “I’m so excited to compete in London, in front of such a massive crowd. I love the atmosphere of a big crowd and to know that pretty much everyone is supporting me is a huge motivation and I know will definitely boost my performance. The O2 is an iconic venue and it’s an incredible honour to be competing in there.”
Sam Oldham, London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and two-time silver medal winner on high bar at the European Championships, has just returned from competing at the American Cup and is relishing in the chance to compete on the world stage again. Brinn Bevan, who was part of the first men's team to win a Team medal at a World Gymnastics Championships for Great Britain in Glasgow in 2015, has his sights set on wowing the home crowd again in London.
Brinn said: “It’s always a huge achievement to be called up to the big stage for your country. I’ve had a bit of break since the amazing experience of Rio 2016 Olympic Games and can’t wait to get back into action. This World Cup is going to be at another level, the best arena in the world with the best crowd and some new ideas and innovations that will be great for gymnastics.”
The iPro World Cup of Gymnastics will feature nine male and nine female gymnasts including Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev the parallel bars Olympic Champion and 16-year-old Russian sensation Angelina Melinikova, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games team silver medallist. The women will compete in the afternoon on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor, while the men will compete in the evening over six testing apparatus (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar).
As well as our competing British gymnastics stars, a host of our Rio Olympians will also be present at the O2 Arena supporting the gymnasts and interacting with the crowd including double Olympic champion Max Whitlock who today also announced his plans for a return to competition.
The first World Cup of gymnastics was in 1975 and was hosted in London. The event is being brought back to its roots and will be the final competition in the World Cup Series where the winner who has gained the most points over all past three events (American Cup, Stuttgart World Cup and this World Cup in London) will be crowned. The competition will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and tickets are on sale now from £30 per session. Find out more information at http://www.worldcupofgymnastics.com
The World Cup of Gymnastics will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix for the very first time, making the event available to millions of Sky TV customers. Sky’s broadcast guests include Olympic medalist Beth Tweddle and Nile Wilson, with Natalie Pinkham presenting. Christine Still and Craig Heap will commentate. Coverage is from 1300-1700 and 1900-2300.
Amy Tinkler (GBR)
Ellie Downie (GBR)
Tabea Alt (GER)
Tisha Volleman (NED)
Angelina Melnikova (RUS)
Jordan Chiles (USA)
Jinru Liu (CHN)
2 gymnasts names tbc
Sam Oldham (GBR)
Brinn Bevan (GBR)
Lukas Dauser (GER)
Alexey Rostov (RUS)
Eddy Yusof (SUI)
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR)
Donnell Whittenburg (USA)
Bart Duerloo (NED)
Jianlin Luo (CHN)