Cottbus World Cup 2023, February 23-26

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Masterful lineup at Cottbus World Cup starts up Artistic Gymnastics World Cup season
Ten titles are up for grabs in Cottbus (GER) 23-26 February as the 2023 FIG Apparatus World Cup series in Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics gets underway — and one of the largest and strongest fields in recent years will be pursuing them.

In the penultimate year before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, this long-running “Tournament of Masters” is the place to be. Numerous champions-to-be have passed through the princely city southwest of Berlin en route to World and Olympic glory, a tradition highly likely to continue with the 46th edition.

Nearly 200 gymnasts from 50 nations registered to compete in Cottbus, and while future champions are almost certainly among them, many of the glittering names on the roster already know what it is to stand atop World and Olympic podiums.

More than medals are at stake in this World Cup series: also on the table is qualification to the World Championships in Antwerp (BEL) 30 September-8 October, where teams and individuals can qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The eight highest-ranked eligible gymnasts per apparatus will earn berths to Antwerp.

Champions everywhere you look​

The massively talented starting lineups includes four Olympic champions: Shin Jeahwan (KOR), Artem Dolgopyat (ISR), Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) and Oksana Chusovitina (UZB), the eight-time Olympian who is aiming, at age 47, to earn one more ticket to the Olympic Games.

Also set to contend: World champions Artur Davtyan (ARM), Rhys McClenaghan (IRL), Ashikawa Urara (JPN), Carlos Yulo (PHI), Tin Srbic (CRO) and Kaya Kazuma (JPN).

Olympic medallists Srbic, Filip Ude (CRO), Lee Chih-Kai (TPE), Igor Radivilov (UKR) and Ferhat Arican (TUR) are in the mix as well.

As for the host of World medallists — the likes of Illia Kovtun (UKR), Elisabeth Seitz (GER), Ahmad Abu Al Soud (JOR), Andrey Medvedev (ISR), Alice D’Amato (ITA) and Elisa Iorio (ITA) — their performances are expected to light up the Lausitz Arena too.

Then there are the newcomers: among those making their Cottbus debuts include 2022 World finalist Laura Casabuena (ESP), Anna Lena Koenig (GER), Poppy-Grace Stickler (GBR) and former European Championships competitor Dorien Motten (GEO).

World Cup series kicks off​

Cottbus is the first of four FIG Apparatus World Cup events that will determine the 2023 FIG World Cup Series champions based on a point system that takes placements at individual World Cup events into account, in addition to serving as an individual qualification to the Antwerp Worlds.

After Cottbus, the series turns to Doha (QAT) and Baku (AZE) before wrapping up in Cairo (EGY) at the end of April.

Qualification results day 1

  • 1 Artem DOLGOPYAT - 14.833 ISR
  • 2 Milad KARIMI - 14.600 KAZ
  • 3 Benjamin OSBERGER - 14.066 FRA
  • 4 Aurel BENOVIC - 14.000 CRO
  • 5 Kazuma KAYA - 13.966 JPN
  • 6 Sebastian GAWRONSKI - 13.966 POL
  • 7 Dmitriy PATANIN - 13.966 KAZ
  • 8 Milan HOSSEINI - 13.933 GER
  • 1 Manila ESPOSITO - 13.383 ITA
  • 2 Ruby EVAN - 13.200 GBR
  • 3 Oksana CHUSOVITINA - 12.866 UZB
  • 4 Laura CASABUENA - 12.799 ESP
  • 5 Alice VLKOVA - 12.733 CZE
  • 6 Laia FONT - 12.716 ESP
  • 7 Agata VOSTRUCHOVAITE - 12.600 LTU
  • 8 Dildora ARIPOVA - 12.549 UZB
  • 1 Nariman KURBANOV - 15.200 KAZ
  • 2 Chih Kai LEE -15.033 TPE
  • 3 Gagik KHACHIKYAN - 15.000 ARM
  • 4 Abdulla AZIMOV - 14.800 UZB
  • 5 Rhys MC CLENAGHAN - 14.733 IRL
  • 6 Ahmad ABU AL SOUD - 14.600 JOR
  • 7 Matvei PETROV - 14.600 ALB
  • 8 Kazuma KAYA - 14.600 JPN
  • 1 Alice D’AMATO - 14.500 ITA
  • 2 Elisabeth SEITZ - 14.100 GER
  • 3 Elisa IORIO - 13.766 ITA
  • 4 Meolie JAUCH - 13.700 GER
  • 5 Lucija HRIBAR - 13.033 SLO
  • 6 Yelyzaveta HUBAREVA - 12.766 UKR
  • 7 Azuki KOKUFUGATA 12.733 JPN
  • 8 Julie ERICHSEN - 12.700 NOR
  • Eleftherios PETROUNIAS - 14.733 GRE
  • Mahdi AHMAD KOHANI - 14.666 IRI
  • Adem ASIL - 14.633 TUR
  • Ibrahim COLAK - 14.600 TUR
  • Artur AVETISYAN - 14.533 ARM
  • Vahagn DAVTYAN - 14.500 ARM
  • Ali ZAHRAN - 14.400 EGY
  • Vinzenz HOECK - 14.300 AUT
Qualification day 2:

MAG Vault:
1.Artur DAVTYAN14.949ARM
2.Wai Hung SHEK14.600HKG
3.Artem DOLGOPYAT14.516ISR
4.Juancho Miguel BESANA14.433PHI
6.Mahdi OLFATI14.399IRI
7.Wei-Sheng TSENG14.266TPE
8.Illia KOVTUN14.166UKR
1.Carlos Edriel YULO6.514.933PHI
2.Illia KOVTUN6.314.900UKR
3.Ferhat ARICAN6.514.700TUR
4.Kazuma KAYA6.314.666JPN
5.Nils DUNKEL5.714.466GER
6.Ilias GEORGIOU6.014.366CYP
7.Matteo LEVANTESI5.914.333ITA
8.Glen CUYLE5.614.033BEL
High bar:
1.Carlo MACCHINI6.214.233ITA
2.Kazuma KAYA5.914.166JPN
3.Shohei KAWAKAMI6.214.000JPN
4.Illia KOVTUN5.713.900UKR
5.Alexander MYAKININ6.013.700ISR
6.Martijn DE VEER5.613.566NED
7.Maxime GENTGES5.513.466BEL
8.Mathias PHILIPPE5.613.433FRA
1.Mana OKAMURA5.713.666JPN
2.Hua-Tien TING5.613.633TPE
3.Maria TRONRUD5.013.233NOR
4.Urara ASHIKAWA5.513.133JPN
5.Martina MAGGIO5.013.033ITA
6.Filipa MARTINS5.013.000POR
7.Dildora ARIPOVA5.212.966UZB
8.Ruby EVANS4.712.833GBR
WAG Floor:
1.Azuki KOKUFUGATA5.213.566JPN
2.Ruby EVANS5.413.500GBR
3.Alice D’AMATO5.213.466ITA
4.Manila ESPOSITO5.513.333ITA
5.Tisha VOLLEMAN5.013.133NED
6.Poppy-Grace STICKLER5.113.066GBR
7.Anna Lena KOENIG5.013.000GER
7.Laura CASABUENA5.013.000ESP
Im living for them playing Star Trek music as the winners come out.

Hot take: men’s fx should just take place on a double ended tumble track. Tumble one way, do a strength move, tumble the other way, do the splits, etc.
Working out who qualifies for Worlds from this World Cup series is going to be impossible because AFAIK we haven’t heard how the FIG came up with the list of qualifiers last year. Women’s floor, for example, all of the Cottbus finalists are from countries which will qualify teams, so are points going to be redistributed or not? Last year people were assuming not, but that didn’t tally with the final list.
Really? That sounds both incomprehensible and interminable. I’m already excited.

Also, I’m working on the assumption that Chusovitina is going to be one of the the qualifiers for vault however they do it. Will be interesting to see whether she goes this year.
[IMG alt="207 Likes, 3 Comments - International Gymnast Magazine (@intlgymnast) on Instagram: 2023 Cottbus World Cup - Wai Hung Shek HKG 14.733 average

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Pretty good Ri in vt finals today

[IMG alt="33 Likes, 0 Comments - International Gymnast Magazine (@intlgymnast) on Instagram: 2023 Cottbus World Cup - Urara Ashikawa JPN BB 14.066

2021 BB World Champion!🥇

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And very good beam by ashikawa, even if i can’t quite bring myself to really liking this routine

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