During an extremely busy weekend in the Elite gymnastics world, Stuttgart was among the many hubs for the best gymnasts in the world. The Stuttgart World Cup took place in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany to cap off the 2016 World Cup Series and alongside this event, the DTB Stuttgart Team Challenge also took place in the Porsche Arena.

WAG qualifications for the Team Challenge took place on Friday, March 18th and the team final took place on Sunday, March 20th. The competition saw teams from Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland battle to qualify and saw Russia, Poland, 1 of the two German teams and Switzerland qualify to the final and battle for top honours.

Russia took top honours as a team, helped by their huge scores on Uneven Bars, with Daria Spiridonova and Natalia Kapitonova both scoring 15.133 and Angelina Melnikova just behind them with a 15.033.


Angelina Melnikova

Whilst both scores are enormous, it was Elisabeth Seitz that posted the highest score of the day on Uneven Bars with a huge 15.366 that helped her team, Germany 1 take the silver medal.

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Elisabeth Seitz

Switzerland took the bronze medal with Giulia Steingruber leading that team with a big score of 14.766 on both the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, this competition being a significant one for the Swiss as they get ready to compete at the Rio Test Event in April with hopes to qualify a full team to the Olympics, having failed to do so at last years World Championships.  Likewise, Germany who finished in second place at this event will also fly to Rio in April to compete and hopefully earn a place at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Poland finished in 4th place with a combined team score of 160.163, led by Marta Pihan-Kulesza who posted the 3rd highest score on BB of the day, a 13.900 and Katarzyna Jurkowska who posted the second highest VT score of the day, a 14.433.

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Marta Pihan-Kulesza

With regards to Olympic talk, both Germany and Switzerland, as afore mentioned hope to qualify a full team to Rio at the Test Event in April. Significantly, Germany placed ahead of Switzerland in this event, even without main players, Sophie Scheder and Pauline Schafer who were bothe competing in the World Cup event this weekend.

Also, with regards to Olympic talk, whilst Russia has qualified a full team already and will not compete at the test event, the battle for the last place on the team was in full force at this competition. In 2015, Russia named four of the five members that will compete at the Rio Olympics as Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, Maria Paseka and Ksenia Afanasyeva, however the fifth spot is still open and the team that was sent to this competition was compiled of the front runners for that spot. So, therefore individual scores of the Russian gymnasts should be very much noted. Additionally, Seda Tutkhalian who competed this weekend in the World Cup event is also a contender and had a good competition, placing 4th.

  
The Russian team that took first

Full results are as follows:

Team competition:

  1. Russia 170.296
  2. Germany 1 164.796
  3. Switzerland 161.530
  4. Poland 160.163

*Note: This was a team event & no individual medals were awarded, however these are the individual scores that contributed to the team totals

Vault:

  1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.733
  2. Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 14.433
  3. Pauline Tratz (GER) 14.233
  4. Natalia Kapitonova (RUS) 14.166
  5. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 14.066
  6. Gabriela Janik (POL) 14.033
  7. Sarah Voss (GER) 13.866
  8. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 13.866
  9. Thea Brogli (SUI) 13.800
  10. Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 13.733
  11. Anastasiia Dmitrieva (RUS) 13.533
  12. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 12.866

Uneven Bars:

  1. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 15.366
  2. Natalia Kapitonova (RUS) 15.133
  3. Daria Spiridonova (RUS) 15.133
  4. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 15.033
  5. Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 13.700
  6. Lina Philipp (GER) 13.633
  7. Caterina Barloggio (SUI) 13.400
  8. Leah Griesser (GER) 13.000
  9. Gabriela Janik (POL) 12.400
  10. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 12.266
  11. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 11.966
  12. Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 11.700

Balance Beam:

  1. Giulia Steibgruber (SUI) 14.766
  2. Natalia Kapitonova (RUS) 14.033
  3. Caterina Barloggio (SUI) 13.900
  4. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 13.900
  5. Evgeniia Shelgunova (RUS) 13.900
  6. Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 13.866
  7. Sarah Voss (GER) 13.800
  8. Leah Griesser (GER) 13.700
  9. Pauline Tratz (GER) 13.500
  10. Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 13.400
  11. Gabriela Janik (POL) 12.900
  12. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 12.866

Floor Exercise:

  1. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.766
  2. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.433
  3. Leah Griesser (GER) 14.033
  4. Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 13.833
  5. Anastasiia Dmitrieva (RUS) 13.800
  6. Gabriela Janik (POL) 13.566
  7. Natalia Kapitonova (RUS) 13.533
  8. Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 13.500
  9. Pauline Tratz (GER) 13.133
  10. Thea Brogli (SUI) 13.100
  11. Sarah Voss (GER) 12.466
  12. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 12.033
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