Italy’s triple Mediterranean Games champion Lara Mori topped qualifying in the women’s floor today as action continued at the International Gymnastics Federation Individual Apparatus World Cup in Baku.
The 20-year-old, winner of Mediterranean Games gold medals in the floor, all-around and team all-around last year, continued her good form with a score of 13.633 points in today’s floor qualifying at the National Gymnastics Arena.
Jade Carey from the United States, top of the standings in vault qualifying yestrday, finished second with a score of 13.600, while another Italian, Vanessa Ferrari, returning from a serious Achilles injury, qualified third with 13.533 points.
As in every event, in all eight gymnasts advanced through to the final, with Ana Đerek from Croatia taking the last spot with a score of 12.833 points.
Also going ahead today was qualifying in the women’s balance beam, men’s vault, men’s pommel horse and men’s horizontal bar.
In the other women’s event, Australia’s Emma Nedov, a Pacific Rim team bronze medallist, topped balance beam qualifying.
She scored 13.466 points to finish ahead of Marine Boyer from France and Li Qi from China on 13.400 and 12.833 respectively.
An Australian also topped the standings in the men’s vault, where Christopher Remkes qualified in first place.
The Philippines-born Commonwealth Games champion scored 14.716 points, beating Britain’s European floor gold medallist Dominick Cunningham and South Korea’s 2012 Olympic champion Hakseon Yang.
Cunningham set a mark of 14.637 points, just ahead of Yang who managed 14.533.
Japanese gymnasts then topped qualifying in both the men’s horizontal bar and pommel horse.
On the pommel horse, Kaito Imabayashi laid down the best mark at 14.866 points to qualify for the final in first, with Switzerland’s European parallel bars champion Oliver Hegi finishing second on 14.708.
Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha came third with a score of 14.700 points.
Lastly in horizontal bar qualifying, Hidetaka Miyachi finished first with a score of 14.566 points.
Croatia’s Tin Srbić went through in second with a score of 14.400 points and Australia’s Mitchell Morgans came third, scoring 14.233.
Tomorrow finals are due to be in the men’s floor, parallel bar and rings events, while the women will contest finals in the vault and uneven bars.