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2017 Baku World Cup Opens; Qualifying Results Out

On March 16, the FIG Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics World Cup has officially started at Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. The main venue was at the National Gymnastics Arena, while the theme of the opening ceremony was the Novruz holiday, which symbolizes the triumph of spring and the awakening of nature.

At the opening ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan—Ismayil Ismayilov—shared some of his thoughts, first saying, “I greet the participants joined from different parts of the world to another prestigious competition – the FIG World Cup in Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, AGF Trophy organized today in our country. Extending my best wishes to all of you, I am pleased to welcome you here in Azerbaijan.”

He went on to recall his country’s successful organization of the thrilling events of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling last month before then promising that the day’s festivity of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup—which they are hosting for the second time—would be witnessed once again next month as they hold the same events only then in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

The Deputy Minister’s speech overflowed with his pride in the country’s amazing organization of sports events; even going on to list some of the biggest sports events they have hosted in the past. He said that because of the organizers’ trust in their hosting, the people of Azerbaijan and even anywhere in the world are more active in the world of sports now more than before.

2017 Baku World Cup Qualifying Results

"I thank the leadership of the International Federation of Gymnastics for entrusting the organization of such prestigious competitions to our Republic," Ismayilov said.

After the opening ceremony, the athletes went on to compete for the highest spot. Listed below are some the first to third place results of the 2017 Baku World Cup’s qualifying round.

Women’s Vault

  1. Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan – AVG 14.383.
  2. Emily Little from Australia – AVG 14.033.
  3. Marina Nekrasova from Azerbaijan – AVG 13.733.

Women’s Uneven Bars

  1. Diana Varinska from Ukraine – Total 13.366.
  2. Wang Cenyu from China – Total 13.100.
  3. Georgia-Rose Brown from Australia – Total 13.000.

Men’s Floor

  1. Murad Agharzayev from Azerbaijan – Total 14.266.
  2. Tomas Kuzmickas from Lithuania – Total 14.066.
  3. Christopher Remkes from Australia – Total 14.033.

Men’s Rings

  1. Eleftherios Petrounias from Greece – Total 15.333.
  2. Kazuyuki Takeda from Japan – Total 14.833.
  3. Konstantinos Konstantinidis from Greece – Total 14.733.

Men’s Parallel Bars

  1. Liu Rongbing from China – Total 15.333.
  2. He Youxiao from China – Total 14.833.
  3. Kazuyuki Takeda from Japan – Total 14.733.

The competition would go on until the 19th.

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