The 2017 London World Cup, also known as the 2017 iProSport World Cup of Gymnastics will be held in the O2 Arena in London, England on the 8th April 2017.
The event is a part of the FIG All-Around World Cup series and will feature both WAG and MAG gymnasts.
9 WAG gymnasts and 9 MAG gymnasts will compete and were invited by the FIG to the event, based on world rankings from 2016. One gymnast from a country is permitted to compete whilst two gymnasts from the host country are permitted to compete.
On the women’s side the standouts are of course Olympic silver medalist, Angelina Melnikova of Russia and Olympic bronze medalist, Amy Tinkler of Great Britain.
In addition to these Olympic medalists, 2016 Olympian Tabea Alt of Germany will also compete, fresh from a victory at the 2016 Stuttgart World Cup in March where she beat out 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Angelina Melnikova for the gold medal.
Angelina Melnikova of Russia
Melnikova, who was a first year senior last year and made the Russian Olympic team with impressive beam and bars work, has been competing extensively since the Olympic Games, unlike many of her fellow Olympians. Whilst she managed to grab the silver medal in March at the Stuttgart World Cup along with some other titles around the world, Melnikova is not at her absolute best, like she was last year in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games. She looks quite tired but is seemingly managing to keep going, winning bronze medals on the vault, floor exercise and with the Russian team at last weekends City of Jesolo Trophy. So, certainly do not count her out of medal contention this weekend in London but be weary of her extensive competition record in the last few months.
Unlike Melnikova, Amy Tinkler who captured an historic bronze medal on the floor at last years Olympic Games has not been competing extensively since the Games, making her competitive comeback in March of this year, at the American Cup but only competing three events. Likewise at the recent British Championships, she only competed on the uneven bars so it will be interesting to see whether she will compete all around in London this weekend. Overall, even if she does compete all around, it will be hard for Tinkler to grab a medal, given that she is early in her comeback and is not quite back to the level she was at in 2016.
Amy Tinkler of Great Britain
Amy’s medal hopes will also be complicated by the impressive young talent heading to London this weekend. This young talent is of course headlined by Victoria Nguyen of the USA, a first year senior who is coming out of the gates strong for this new quadrennium. Victoria, who is coached by the legendary Liang Chow has been on the elite scene as a junior for a few years now and has always been impressive, especially on the balance beam. She made her debut on the elite scene as an adorable addition to the Chow army in 2014 and made her international debut as a junior in 2015. After dealing with some injuries in 2015 and 2016, she is now back and looking fantastic in her first year as a senior gymnast. Her first senior international competition, the City of Jesolo Trophy last weekend in Italy was a little bit shaky, having some trouble on floor and bars but showing what she is made of on beam in the all around competition, despite faltering slightly in beam finals and finishing 5th. If Victoria can hit all of her routines however, she should really be in contention for the gold medal this weekend in London.
Another impressive youngster is Georgia-Mae Fenton of Great Britain who just recently took the place of Olympian Ellie Downie for this World Cup event. Fenton, who was a senior last year struggled slightly with injury in 2015 and 2016 and so therefore didn’t quite make the cut for the 2016 Games. However, she has come on strong so far this year, taking 4th all around at the recent British Championships, helped by an impressive 14.900 on the uneven bars, her signature piece. She just missed out on uneven bars gold in finals however, receiving the silver medal just behind standout Ellie Downie. Fenton has really cemented herself as a contender for a bars medal this year at the World Championships with her impressive routine. Her routine has always been fantastic, jam packed with interesting releases but she has never really been able to consistently hit the routine. Now, however it seems she has really gotten a grasp on the routine and this, along with three other strong and hit events should help Fenton on her way to a medal this weekend in her hometown of London.
The event will be streamed live on NBCSports.com for those in the U.S. and will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix in the UK and Ireland.
Live scoring will also be provided on the BG Score app. More information on how to follow along with the action can be found here: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/news/latest-news/6960-how-to-follow-the-2017-ipro-world-cup-of-gymnastics
Tickets are still available from the official website: http://www.worldcupofgymnastics.com/
Schedule is as follows:
Saturday 8th April:
Full WAG roster is as follows:
- Victoria Nguyen (USA)
- Tisha Volleman (NED)
- Amy Tinkler (GBR)
- Angelina Melnikova (RUS)
- Georgia-Mae Fenton (GBR)
- Liu Jinru (CHN)
- Ilaria Kaslin (SUI)
- Ana Perez (ESP)
- Tabea Alt (GER)