The 2016 Doha World Challenge Cup took place in Doha, Quatar from Thursday, March 24th through to Saturday, March 26th 2016.

With 44 competiors travelling from all over the globe it was a competition not to be missed especially with 2004 Olympic Champion, Catalina Ponor returning to competition here in preparation for the Olympic Test Event in April. She, along with other seasoned veterans such as Giulia Steingruber and Diana Bulimar took on new and upcoming talent such as Zsofia Kovacs from Hungary and Rebeca Andrade from Brazil.

Qualifications took place on Thursday for both men and women and from the many competitors, 8 gymnasts qualified into each event final.

Friday the 25th March saw VT and UB finals take place for the women  with Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland topping the podium on VT.


Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden took the top spot in UB finals with a big score of 14.925 after qualifying into the final with a huge 15.000 on the event. Adlerteg was unable to make it to the podium to collect her medal after she injured herself during her routine and was being tended to by a doctor. There is no news on the severity of her injury however it didn’t look overly serious.


Saturday the 26th March saw the second day on finals take place and saw BB and FX finals take place for women. Catalina Ponor took the BB title in amazing style with a solid routine and looked like she never left the international scene! Whilst the BB final was packed with top competitors, all except the top 3 faulterd slightly and fell at least once in their routine or wobbled significantly, which was quite a disappointment however some great potential was evident from all the gymnasts.


On FX Steingruber took her second gold medal with a lovely routine displaying massive tumbling, sky high leaps and lots of personality. Also Zsofia Kovacs of Hungary who I thought would grab a couple of medals at this event took the bronze medal, her first medal of the event after qualifying into all four finals. Her reaction said it all as she burst into tears following her score being announced.


Full results are as follows:

WAG VT:

  1. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.712
  2. Teja Belak (SLO) 14.337
  3. Tjasa Kysselef (SLO) 14.087
  4. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 14.075
  5. Marcela Torres (SWE) 14.000
  6. Marina Nekrasova (AZE) 13.887
  7. Argyro Afrati (GRE) 13.575
  8. Yueh Tan Ing (MAS) 12.550

WAG UB:

  1. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE) 14.925
  2. Rebeca Andrade (BRA) 14.250
  3. Filipa Martins (POR) 13.625
  4. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 13.450
  5. Argyro Afrati (GRE) 13.175
  6. Vasiliki Milliousi (GRE) 13.175
  7. Dora-Gabriela Vulcan (ROU) 13.000
  8. Diana Laura Bulimar (ROU) 11.925

WAG BB:

  1. Catalina Ponor (ROU) 14.650
  2. Thauany Lee de Araujo (BRA) 14.150
  3. Filipa Martins (POR) 13.900
  4. Bai Yawen (CHN) 13.700
  5. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 13.700
  6. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 13.425
  7. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 13.250
  8. Luo Huan (CHN) 13.575

WAG FX:

  1. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.700
  2. Diana Bulimar (ROU) 14.125
  3. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 13.925
  4. Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI) 13.900
  5. Xu Chujun (CHN) 13.625
  6. Argyro Afrati (GRE) 13.175
  7. Sarah Voss (GER) 12.900
  8. Dora-Gabriela Vulcan (ROU) 12.900
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