12 AGWC Day 3 : Carey and Derwael shine on first day of finals
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Doha, 22 March 2019 – Jade Carey completed a hat-trick of victories in the World Cup series. After the double in Baku on Floor and Vault, the 19-year old American rained victorious on the final on Vault in the Aspire Dome at the 12th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup. The judges awarded her with a combined score of 14.883. ProTv was the official Media Support Services Provider for the event.

“I think it was a really good performance”, the ever smiling Carey said. It is cool to be in Doha, after missing last year’s World Championships. I am happy that I made both vaults, especially the first one, because it is the first time I have tried it in competition. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s final on the floor”. Russia’s Maria Paseka with a score of 14.766 points and France’s Coline Devillard with 14.549 points completed the podium.

In the meantime Nina Derwael (Belgium) achieved another victory at the Aspire Dome. Five months after her winning performance on the Uneven Bars at the World Championships, the Belgian topped the World Cup final. She gathered 15.033 points living in second place China’s Yilin Fan (14.933), the winner in Melbourne earlier this year. The bronze medal went to Russian Anastasia Iliankova with 14.700 points.

“I have taken some time off competition because of some minor injuries. Today I felt very comfortable with my routine, i was not nervous at all. I am very happy to be back here in Doha, it is my third time here. Our biggest goal this year is the World Championships (Stuttgart, Germany from 4/10/2019 to 13/10/2019), we want to qualify as a team and I believe we have a great shot at achieving it”, said Derwael.

Drama and dominating perfomances for the men

Alexander Shatilov of Israel was the first winner of the day, earning first place on the vault with 14.633 points with Spain’s Rayderley Zapata coming on second place with 14.333 points. The World Championships bronze medalist, Philippine’s Carlos Yulo was only third (14.266), after his impressive performance in the Qualification. The Chinese star Xiao Ruoteng disappointed his fans, since he  managed only seventh place in the competition after a fall and a couple of mistakes on his program.

Unfortunately, there was drama on the Floor when the last competitor, Australian Christopher Remkes fell badly on the mat and injured his left foot. Remkes was removed from the arena on a stretcher and he will undergo a medical examination to identify the severity of his injury.

There was a tie for first place on the Pommel Horse with Chinese Taipei’s Chih Kai Lee prevailing against Japan’s Kohei Kameyama thanks to a higher execution score. Both of them earned 15.400 points by the judjes with Lee reaching his second win of the World Cup season on this event. A second Japanese, Kaito Imabayashi was third with 15.333.

On the last final of the day China’s Xingyu Lan was the undisputed winner with 15.100 points. The Armenian duo of Artur Tovmasyan and Vahagn Davtyan were second and third respectively.

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