Aussies on top of the World Rankings
30 March 2017
GYMNASTICS: The inaugural circuit of the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) Individual Apparatus World Cup Series wrapped up in Doha on the weekend, with Australians currently sitting atop the world rankings in six of the ten apparatus on offer.
In the rankings released by the FIG overnight, Western Australia’s Emily Little was the standout for the Australians in the inaugural year of the FIG’s new World Cup format, leading the charge on all three apparatus she has been competing at a World Cup level – Vault, Beam and Floor.
She has taken home a total of ten medals across the three apparatus at the stops on the circuit in Cottbus (GER), Melbourne (AUS), Baku (AZE) and Doha (QAT); two gold, five silver, and three bronze.
Seventeen-year-old Queenslander, Rianna Mizzen, leads the remaining Women’s apparatus not being dominated by Little – the Uneven Bars – which she won a bronze medal on in Melbourne and a silver in Baku, backed up by a fifth place finish in Doha.
Fellow Aussie, Georgia-Rose Brown, is nipping at Mizzen’s heels, ranked second overall on the apparatus – a mere three points behind Mizzen – following a pair of bronze medals on Bars in both Baku and Doha, as well as a fourth place finish in Melbourne.
In the Men’s events, pocket rocket Chris Remkes leads the charge on his pet apparatus, Vault, off the back of winning the Vault title in Doha, as well as taking home the silver medal in front of an adoring home crowd in Melbourne.
Training partner and fellow South Australian, Clay Stephens, is also amongst the contenders, currently sitting ranked in third position on the overall Vault standings.
Mitchell Morgans, who trains at Gymnastics Australia’s Men’s Artistic Gymnastics National Centre of Excellence in Canberra along with Remkes and Stephens, is also currently sitting on top of the world, leading the rankings on the Horizontal Bar thanks to a silver medal in Melbourne and fourth place finish in Doha.
Australians in the Top 10:
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
3. Chris Remkes (32 points)
1. Chris Remkes (69 points)
3. Clay Stephens (35 points)
10. Clay Stephens (24 points)
1. Mitchell Morgans (43 points)
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
1. Emily Little (105 points)
8. Naomi Lee (20 points)
1. Rianna Mizzen (61 points)
2. Georgia-Rose Brown (58 points)
1. Emily Little (70 points)
4. Emma Nedov (42 points)
1. Emily Little (100 points)
7. Georgia Godwin (25 points)
The inaugural year of the FIG’s Individual Apparatus World Cup Series (held from November 2016 until March 2017) serves as a part of the 2016-2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup Series.
Across the eight events in the 2016-2018 Series (one held per year in each host city), gymnasts are attributed points based on their rankings on each apparatus at the different World Cup stops. The points from each gymnast’s best three finishes will be totalled to determine the World Cup series winner on that apparatus, at the conclusion of the Series in March 2018.
In the 2018-2020 FIG individual Apparatus World Cup Series (beginning in November 2018) the stakes will be raised, with the Series serving as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Check out the complete list of rankings here.