The 2016 Varna World Challenge Cup took place from May 13th through May 15th 2016 in Varna Bulgaria. The roster was packed with familiar faces and the standard of competition was extremely high with the winning routines from both the vault and uneven so bars finals reaching into the 15’s. Many of the faces at this competition are on the path to Rio or at least attempting to make it there and were hoping to impress at this competition in order to help their Olympic bid.
2012 Olympian, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, the familiar face of the World Challenge Cup events and undoubtedly one of the top, if not the top competitor at this event took two of the event titles, the vault title with a huge average of 15.134 and also took the floor exercise gold along with a bronze medal on the uneven bars.
Daria Skrypnik of Russia, a contender for their Olympic team took the gold medal on the uneven bars with a 15.067. Historically strong on the uneven bars, Russia showed their prowess by also taking the silver medal on the event with the young Evgeniya Shelgunova scoring a 14.067 to take the silver medal. Certainly Russia’s prowess on the event is evident. However being great on the uneven bars does not help either of these gymnasts Olympic bid as simply, Russia has too many great uneven bars workers. Albeit, both are great all-arounders also with Shelgunova causing quite the stir at the beginning of 2016 due to her impressive all-around scores. Sadly it seems she has had problems with consistency and her Olympic bid seems quite uncertain at this point.
Marine Boyer of France took the gold medal on the balance beam with a score of 14.500 with Phan Thi Ha Thanh of Vietnam taking the silver to add to the silver medal she earned on the vault, the event she earned a World Championships bronze medal on in 2011. Ilaria Kaslin of Switzerland took the bronze medal on the balance beam whilst Poland’s 2016 Olympian,Katazyna Jurkowska took the bronze medal on the vault.
Along with Steingrubers gold on the floor exercise, Switzerland also took the silver medal on the event with Ilaria Kaslin taking the silver with a score of 13.933 and Russia’s Evgeniya Shelgunova took the bronze.
Full results are as follows:
- Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 15.134
- Phan Thi Ha Thanh (VIE) 14.400
- Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 14.167
- Tjasa Kysselef (SLO) 14.134
- Evgeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 13.867
- Lisa Ecker (AUT) 13.750
- Valerija Grisane (LAT) 13.533
- Gaya Giladi (ISR) 13.517
- Daria Skrypnik (RUS) 15.067
- Evgeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 14.067
- Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.000
- Marine Brevet (FRA) 13.833
- Ana Sofia Gomez (GUA) 13.600
- Marine Boyer (FRA) 12.267
- Valentina Rashkova (BUL) 11.433
- Teja Belak (SLO) 11.067
- Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 9.633
- Marine Boyer (FRA) 14.500
- Phan Thi Ha Thanh (VIE) 14.367
- Ilaria Kaslin (SUI) 14.100
- Ana Sofia Gomez (GUA) 14.067
- Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) 14.033
- Tutya Yilmaz (TUR) 13.933
- Dorina Boeczoego (HUN) 13.600
- Marine Brevet (FRA) 13.600
- Giuliani Steingruber (SUI) 14.733
- Ilaria Kaslin (SUI) 13.933
- Evgeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 13.767
- Marine Brevet (FRA) 13.233
- Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.167
- Dorian Boeczoego (HUN) 12.967
- Daria Skrypnik (RUS) 12.967
- Yekaterina Chuikina (KAZ) 11.333