The 2016 Glasgow World Cup line up has been confirmed with a star-studded line-up of international gymnasts set to compete as the prestigious event returns to the Emirates Arena on 12th March.
Leading the way will be 2015 pommel horse World Champion Max Whitlock, returning to the city where he made history for GBR in November. Joining Max will be teammate Claudia Fragapane the five-time Commonwealth Champion and World team bronze medallist and Scotsman Daniel Purvis, World Championships silver medal winner. Also in action will be 2015 World Championship team silver medallist Kelly Simm invited to take part in the World Cup as a host nation wild card competitor, the 2015 World University Champion will be aiming to make her mark again in Glasgow.
Max is excited to be back competing in Glasgow saying: “Competing in Glasgow has always been very special to me and the World Championships last year was incredible and historic not just for me but for the whole British team. I’m really looking forward to being back in the city and starting 2016 positively. Everyone knows how huge this year is and the World Cup is a perfect event to test myself against a really good field of international gymnasts – I can’t wait”
This Glasgow World Cup is one the final chances to see the World Championships heroes back in action just a few months before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Dan Purvis is looking forward to more famous home crowd support saying: “Every time I compete in Glasgow the support is incredible and I’m expecting more of the same at the World Cup. Hopefully lots of people will have watched us at the World Championships and been inspired by what we achieved. The World Cup is a special event and this year’s line-up is world class so I’m hoping for another sell-out crowd to cheer on the British gymnasts.”
Claudia adding: “I’m really looking forward to the World Cup and being back in Glasgow. With the Olympics not far away it’s important to start the year off well and continue to prove myself. The World Cup is a very special event and Glasgow is a brilliant city to compete in – I can’t wait to see everyone.”
Joining the British trio are some of the world’s top gymnasts including 2014 World champion American Mykayla Skinner, 2015 European bars champion Maria Kharenkova (RUS), European Games beam gold medallist Lieke Wevers (NED) and the 2013 European all-around champion and 2015 silver medallist David Belyavskiy (RUS).
The Glasgow World Cup is the second of three events in the International Gymnastics Federations 2015/16 Cup Series following the American Cup and to be followed by the Stuttgart World Cup. The competition sees the world best gymnast invited to compete in the ‘all-around’ format with six apparatus for the men and four for the women.
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The 2016 Glasgow World Cup line-up:
Team silver with Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games
Claudia Fragapane (Bristol Hawks)
2015 World bronze medallist with Team GB and 2014 four-time Commonwealth gold medallist
2012 Junior European Champion
2015 Japanese national champion and 9th all-around at the 2015 World Championships
2015 European Games beam gold medallist
2014 World Champion with team USA and vault bronze medallist
2014 World bronze medallist with team Russia and 2014 European beam champion
2014 World silver medallist with Team China
Kelly Simm (Dynamo/Southampton )
2015 World Championships team bronze
Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano
All-around 12th at the 2015 World Championships & team silver at the 2015 Pan American Games
Max Whitlock (South Essex)
2015 World pommel horse champion and 2012 Olympic double bronze medallist
Daniel Purvis (Southport)
2015 World team silver medallist and 2012 Olympic team bronze medallist
2015 World Universiade vault champion
2013 European all-around champion and 2015 silver medallist
2015 European Championships parallel bars silver
2015 Pan American Games team and pommel horse champion
2015 World University Games team silver medallist