The 2017 London World Cup took place in the O2 Arena in London, England on the 8th April 2017.
The event was promoted very well an drew in a spectacular crowd to the arena that hosted gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The event was also streamed live on NBCSports.com and Sky Sports 2, helping to promote and foster the growing interest in gymnastics in Great Britain, given their success at the 2016 Olympic Games.
The event acted as the last leg of the FIG World Cup All-Around series which consisted of the American Cup, the Stuttgart World Cup and the London World Cup.
Both MAG and WAG gymnasts competed with 7 WAG and 7 MAG gymnasts from around the world invited to compete along with two MAG and two WAG gymnasts from the host country.
Unfortunately, like a lot of competitions this early in the season, there was a lot of falls from the gymnasts and even more unfortunate was the injury sustained by Georgia-Mae Fenton of Great Britain in the warm ups.
Fenton, who became a senior gymnast last year missed a lot of competition in recent years due to injury and came back last year but was simply not at her best and unable to really vie for an Olympic team spot. This year, however, Georgia was looking fantastic and had recently taken 4th AA at the British Championships. Replacing Olympian Ellie Downie at this event, this was supposed to be Georgia’s first international competition as a senior, competing in her hometown of London. Unfortunately, an injury to her ribs sustained in the warm up before the competition kept Georgia-Mae out of competition. The injury is not supposed to be serious and Georgia should make it back for the rest of the season and be able to vie for a spot at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada in September.
Olympian Tabea Alt of Germany ultimately took the top spot at the event, having recently taken the AA title at the Stuttgart World Cup. First year senior, Victoria Nguyen of the USA took the silver after having a relatively good competition but looking shaky on probably her best event, the BB and getting a very low score of 12.866. Olympic bronze medalist, Amy Tinkler of Great Britain somewhat surprised with a bronze AA. Coming into the competition, Amy hadn’t competed AA since the Olympic Games in Rio, competing three events at the American Cup in March and just one event at the recent British Championships. However, the bronze medalist certainly stepped up and is certainly looking like she is making progress in her bid towards a spot on the World Championships team in September.
The results of the WAG competition are as follows:
- Tabea Alt (GER) 54.598
- Victoria Nguyen (USA) 53.832
- Amy Tinkler (GBR) 53.433
- Ana Perez (ESP) 53.299
- Angelina Melnikova (RUS)
- Ilaria Kaslin (SUI) 50.699
- Tisha Volleman (NED) 40.465
- Liu Jinru (CHN) 47.665