Great Britain took three medals at the 2016 World Cup in Glasgow in front a packed home crowd in the Emirates Arena.
World Champion Max Whitlock took gold in the men’s competition after an impressive performance, finishing ahead of Brazil’s Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano in silver with Britain’s Dan Purvis clinching the bronze. In the women’s event, powerhouse Claudia Fragapane took the bronze behind the USA’s Mckayla Skinner and Germany’s Elizabeth Seitz.
With three competitors and three medals, it was an impressive outing for the GB team in one of the first major competitions of the season.
South Essex’s Max Whitlock, fresh from his historic World Championship win back in Glasgow just last year, started off strongly on the floor. With just a few adjustments on landing he opened well to score a 15.033. Moving on to the piece where he is the reigning world champion, the pommel horse, Max didn’t disappoint the home crowd and completed his routine beautifully for a world class 15.500. Over on the rings, Max continued his good form the score 14.333 and on the vault he then completed his extremely difficult triple twisting Yurchenko scoring 15.133. Staying steady on parallel bars, Max then scored 14.500 to put him well above the rest of the field heading into the final rotation. On the high bar, the piece of apparatus that denied him an all-around medal at the 2015 Worlds, Max looked calm and confident, finishing his routine for a 14.800 and all-around total of 89.299 to top the standings.
Max commented after: “I’m very happy my target was to do clean routines across all six pieces in my first Glasgow World Cup so I’m really happy. I really enjoy competing in Glasgow it’s a place I look forward to coming too knowing the crowd are really supportive. There’s plenty more competitions coming up quickly now and we all know what’s at stake with Rio the final aim, so to start off this way with World Cup gold is a great feeling.”
Southport’s Dan Purvis also started off strongly on the floor, relishing the home crowd support, scoring a 14.566. Dan then had a few issues on the pommel horse and had to fight hard to stay on but fought well to keep his routine going, much to the delight of the crowd scoring 13.200. Looking to make up some ground, he then produced a solid rings routine for 14.400 and a steady vault (14.633). On the parallel bars, one of his favoured apparatus, Dan performed a world class routine for 15.166. It was then a close battle on the last piece of apparatus the high bar for podium finishes, but Dan did his job and performed cleanly to clinch the bronze medal with 14.500 and score an all-around total of 86.465.
After receiving his medal, Dan said: “I’m pleased with the outcome, happy that I recovered after pommel horse and battled through. The crowd were fantastic, there’s always a bit of pressure and expectation in Scotland but it’s also great fun and they really encourage you. It’s a solid start to the season aiming for the British Championships; I’ll be working on pommel next week I know that!”
Bristol’s Claudia Fragapane began her competition with a strong double twisting Yurchenko on the vault, placing second and scoring 14.466. On the bars she unfortunately had to count a fall on her first release and catch element but pushed through to score 12.500. On the beam Claudia showed some extremely impressive upgrades, including a standing Arabian somersault, a standing full twisting somersault and a flick into a full twisting somersault. Just performing one of these skills is extremely impressive; she scored 14.066 for a routine that looks only set to get better as the season continues. Claudia then finished on her best piece of apparatus, the floor where she was lying in 4th position. She didn’t hold back and tumbled her way to bronze with a score of 14.366 to total 55.398.
Speaking to us after Claudia said: “I feel really pleased overall, first competition of the year with a few improvements to make but happy with where I am at this stage. There’s still more I can add in and work on with a big year ahead so I’ll talk with my coach and continue to train hard. The crowd were brilliant and make it so much fun to compete.”
Full results and routine video clips can be found on the British Gymnastics dedicated event page.