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All-Around World Cup Series Last Stop To Be Held In London On Saturday

The last of the three All-Around World Cup events in Artistic Gymnastics this year is going to be held in the O2 Arena in London this Saturday. Dubbed as the iPro Sport World Cup, this is where the series champions are going to be crowned. The national federation with the highest point total after all three stops would receive the World Cup series title, while the top three gymnasts in the World Cup rankings will pocket the prize money worth between 10,000 and 25,000 Swiss Francs.

The contenders for the highest titles for men are 2016 Olympic All-around silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev and China’s Sun Wei. After his great performances at the AT&T American and EnBW DTB-Pokal World Cups, Verniaiev is now leading the Ukraine on top. Wei is second to him, who would need to win in London and also have Verniaiev finish lower than seventh in order to claim the title for China.

2017 iPro Sport World Cup

The women’s division, however, is quite complicated. USA and Germany are neck to neck due to Ragan Smith and Tabea Alt’s triumphs from the first two All-Around World Cups held in their respective countries last month. USA is just five points ahead of Germany in the standings. China, too, is just behind them by 25 points.

Alt is going to continue on to the iPro Sport World Cup to try and seal the series for her country, while Ragan Smith is going to be replaced by the US newcomer Victoria Nguyen. For the host country’s representatives, there are Rio Olympic floor bronze medalist Amy Tinkler and first-year senior Georgia-Mae Fenton.

Ellie Downie’s Dilemma

Last month, Ellie Downie was hailed All-around Champion of the British Championships. In this competition, however, she had a minor foot problem during the vault event. Due to this, she was forced to withdraw from the iPro World Cup and be replaced by the 16-year-old Fenton.

“I’ve given my foot as much chance as possible to recover but unfortunately the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics is just too soon for me to be able to perform at my best on all four apparatus. It is not a serious injury which almost adds more to my frustration but its best to be safe and not to risk anything more serious longer term. I have been training with the British Gymnastics Medical Team monitoring my progress and we came to the joint decision today (Weds 5th) having given it as much time as possible to recover. I’m hugely disappointed to miss what I’m sure is going to be an incredible event and know that Georgie-Mae will do GB proud in my place. I hope everyone has an amazing time supporting all the gymnasts and aim to be back competing very soon,” Ellie said.

Georgia-Mae Fenton

Fenton, who finished fourth All-Around in the British Championships, said that she felt really sorry for Downie because she knew how much Downie was looking forward to the event. For her, however, she looks at it as a huge opportunity to compete in the biggest event of her career so far. Fenton also said that it has been her dream to compete for her country in front of a home crowd, and she believed her form at the British Championships was good. She felt ready to perform.

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