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European champion Ferhat qualifies for parallel bars final in Doha

DOHA (Qatar): Turkey’s reigning European champion Ferhat Arican warmed up for the parallel bars final after his effortless attempt saw him top the qualification chart at the 13th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup here on Wednesday. 

Ferhat, who on Wednesday made it to the Pommel Horse final, collected an impressive 15.200 points.

Compatriot Ahmet Onder finished second with 14.766 points.

Ahmet, who had earlier qualified for Rings and Floor on Wednesday, made it to his fourth apparatus finals by qualifying for Horizontal Bar.

Doha is the eighth and final stop on the 2018-2021 FIG Apparatus World Cup series, where some of the top-ranked gymnasts will have one last chance to book their places at the Games.

Two Brazilians and as many Spaniards also made the cut in the parallel bars.

Caio Souza, who will also contest in the Rings final, and Francisco Barretto Junior made the grade.

Spanish duo Nestor Abad and Nicolau Mir also ensured their presence in the final with some excellent efforts.

In the women’s floor exercise, three-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari stayed on track to book Tokyo Olympics ticket after she topped the qualification chart with 13.600 points.

For the first time ever since Doha first hosted in 2008, this year’s edition is being held behind closed doors due to the strict Covid-19 protocols.

“I thank all the participants and delegates for their unstinted support in making this event a successful one,” said Competition LOC chairman Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi, who is also the Qatar Gymnastics Federation president.

“We hope to see a good contest in the finals tomorrow.”

The finals start at 4pm (local time) with three apparatuses in MAG (Floor, Pommel Horse, Still Rings) and two in WAG (Vault, Uneven Bars).

QUALIFICATION RESULTS:

Men: Vault: Hidenobu Yonekura (JPN) 14.633; Radivilov Igor (UKR) 14.616; Mahdi Olfati (IRI) 14.433; Adem Asil (TUR) 14.116; Milad Karimi (KAZ) 14.037; Jeahwan Shin (KOR) 14.024; Zapata Rayderley (ESP) 14.016; Andrey Medvedev 13.933.

MEN: Parallel Bars: Ferhat Arican (TUR) 15.200; Ahmet Onder (TUR) 14.766; Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 14.733; Nestor Abad (ESP) 14.600; Milad Karimi (KAZ) 14.500; Caio Souza (BRA) 14.466; Nicolau Mir (ESP) 14.133; Francisco Barretto Junior (BRA) 13.966

Men: Horizontal Bar: Marios Georgiou (CYP) 14.266; Milad Karimi (KAZ) 14.066; Joel Plata (ESP) 14.033; Francisco Barretto Junior (BRA) 13.966; Ahmet Onder (TUR) 13.933; Arthur Mariano (BRA) 13.666; Nicolau Mir (ESP) (11.666); Omar Mohamed (EGY) 10.666

WOMEN: Balance Beam: Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 13.233; Rebeca Andrade (BRA) 13.166; Saraiva Flavia (BRA) 13.091; Diana Varinska (UKR) 13.066; Anastasiia Bachynska (UKR) 12.800; Zeina Ibrahim (EGY) 12.766; Coline Devillard (FRA) 12.466

WOMEN: Floor: Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) 13.600; Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 12.800; Lorrane Oliveira 12.700; Diana Varinska (UKR) 12.633; Jana Mahmoud (EGY) 11.966; Anastasiia Bachynska (UKR) 11.900.

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