The Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev has taken the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics title in the men’s competition with a total score of 83.864. The Olympic all-around silver medallist has not stopped since Rio and can now add another medal to his collection. In second was the USA’s Donnell Whittenburg with 82.665 followed by Germany’s Lukas Dauser in bronze with 81.698.
Britain’s Sam Oldham finished in 4th place with 81.064. Sam started on the floor having to count a deep squat on his final tumble but steadily made his way back up the rankings on pommel and rings. On the vault he had to again count a deep landing on his difficult handspring double front but continued with confidence on the parallel bars and high bar, just missing out on a medal.
Sam Oldham said after the event: “I see this as a step towards Tokyo and a great experience. The first half of my competition could have one better so I needed to step up with the final routines, which I did. To compete in a packed out O2 arena shows just how far British Gymnastics has come. It’s been a superb event and I want to thank everyone involved and all my support team.”
After a busy summer in Rio, it was teammate Brinn Bevan who finished in 5th with 80.465. Brinn had to count a fall early on, on the floor. He fought back on pommel and rings but like Sam, then had to count a fall on vault on his tricky double piked Tsukahara. Brinn was solid however on the parallel bars and stuck his high bar dismount cold to take the 5th spot.
Brinn enjoyed every moment on the big stage: “This was my first all-around event this year so was a big challenge for me. I made a few mistakes but also tried some new elements which it’s good to compete. I can look at the scores and think if I’d have hit my routines I'd be up there which is encouraging. The atmosphere was incredible and the support blew me away.”
As this was the third and final World Cup in the series, the country with the highest points accumulated from all three events was to be awarded, with this year’s women’s title going to Germany and men’s to Ukraine.