Some of Britain’s best and a host of world class stars are gearing up for the 2019 Gymnastics World Cup, taking place this Saturday 23rd March at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham.
With a stellar line-up already announced - that includes Olympic, world and European medallists, and coverage across the BBC during both the men’s and women’s competitions - these are the gymnasts you can look forward to seeing in Birmingham.
Allan Bower (USA)
Allan will be coming to Birmingham aiming for medals after impressing in 2018, where he took national all-around bronze before narrowly missing out on a place in the American team for the World Championships. Confident across the apparatus, he will be hoping to make his mark on the world stage today.
Bart Deurloo (NED)
Bart is a highly experienced gymnast having represented Netherlands for a number of years. He’s competed at four World Championships (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017) for his country, with his most recent appearance in 2017 earning him a high bar bronze medal. A 2016 Olympian, he’ll be aiming for a place on the podium this weekend.
Christian Baumann (SUI)
Another exceptional gymnast, Christian is one of the most experienced at this year’s World Cup. A star in Switzerland, he continues to test himself amongst the world’s best. A four-time representative at World Championships over the years, he’s also medalled multiple times at European Championships, both as an individual and as part of a team.
Jamie Lewis (GBR)
Jamie is in his first year as a senior and is a huge prospect for the future. A three-time age group all-around British champion, he's also had success on the international stage. Just last year at the 2018 Junior European Championships in Glasgow he won four individual medals, including floor gold, all-around and pommel horse silver and rings bronze.
Joe Fraser (GBR)
Having turned senior in 2017, Joe hasn’t looked back. He won the British all-around title that same year, as well as finishing 5th all-around at his first senior European Championships. Strong across the apparatus, he made finals on high bar and parallel bars at the 2018 Europeans in Glasgow.
Kazuma Kaya (JPN)
Kazuma is a world-class operator across the apparatus and showed just that at the 2018 World Championships as part of Japan’s team. An important asset, he finished in all-around 6th and helped the team to bronze. Three years earlier, at the 2015 World Championships, he was part of the Japan team that took world gold.
Nikita Nagornyy (RUS)
Nikita is one of the best male gymnasts in the world. He proved to be just that at the 2018 World Championships as he finished 3rd all-around and helped the team to silver. He also made the floor, pommel horse, rings and vault finals, showing that he is truly world-class across the apparatus. He was also part of the Russian team that won silver at the Rio Olympics.
Petro Pakhniuk (UKR)
Petro was an all-around finalist at the 2014 World Championships in China, proving his undoubted qualities across each piece. His consistency over the years has seen him represent Ukraine at the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 World Championships. Petro was also part of the team in Rio, and shouldn’t be underestimated in Birmingham.
Wei Sun (CHN)
Wei Sun returns to the World Cup in Birmingham for the second year running, having finished 5th last year. That result kick-started the best 12 months of his career to date. Having earned a place on China’s team for the 2018 World Championships, he finished an incredible 4th all-around, and helped the team to gold.
Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
One of the greatest women’s artistic gymnasts of all time, Aliya is known worldwide for her success. She really does need no introduction. Aliya is a double-Olympic champion, with a total of seven Olympic medals, and has won 3 world titles, 12 world medals, 5 European titles and a total of 12 European medals.
Carolann Heduit (FRA)
A first year senior, Carolann will be gaining valuable international experience in Birmingham. She actually competed in Britain just last year at the Junior European Championships in Glasgow, taking home uneven bars bronze against the likes of up-and-coming British stars Amelie Morgan and Phoebe Jakubczyk.
Ellie Downie (GBR)
Ellie made history for GB at the 2017 European Championships when she became the first British gymnast to become all-around champion at a major championship. Having taken a year out through injury following that success, Ellie returned at the 2018 World Championships and will be aiming for a place on the podium in front of her home crowd.
Jieyu Liu (CHN)
Jieyu is competing in Birmingham for the second year running having represented China at last year’s World Cup. That was her first international competition as a senior gymnast and she’ll be hoping to gain even more experience this time around. She finished 7th last year but will be looking to climb the leaderboard this weekend.
Leah Griesser (GER)
Part of the German elite squad for a number of years, Leah was selected for both the European Championships and World Championships in 2018. At the world’s Leah played her part in helping the German team to an 8th placed finish, and will be looking to gain more experience amongst a world-class field in Birmingham.
Nagi Kajita (JPN)
Nagi is 18 years old and made her major championship debut just last year when she represented Japan at the 2018 World Championships. Having competed across the apparatus, she helped the team finish in 6th. Now hoping to increase her experience on the international stage, this weekend she’ll be hoping to mix it with the world’s best.
Thais Fidelis (BRA)
Thais is one of the younger gymnasts at the World Cup, but don’t let that fool you. She has appeared at the last two World Championships for her country, making the floor and all-around final in 2017. Brazil is a country on the rise in women’s artistic gymnastics, and Thais is certainly playing her part.
Riley McCusker (USA)
From one of the powerhouse nations of world gymnastics, Riley is a real star. After being selected for the American team to compete at the 2018 World Championships, Riley made a big contribution at the event and helped the team to a dominant gold. Confident across the apparatus, she’s an exciting gymnast to watch.
Victoria Kayen Woo (CAN)
Victoria is a two-time world championship team member, having competed at both the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. Victoria will be returning to compete on British soil for the first time since the 2015 worlds, where she helped the Canadian team to a 6th place finish. She’s been at elite level for a number of years.
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