Artistic Gymnastics

Igor Radivilov wins vault as Ukraine take three golds on final day in Hungary

Victories for Radivilov, wife Angelina Radivilova and Tin Srbic at the FIG World Challenge Cup event in Szombathely

By Rory Jiwani ·

Ukraine claimed three golds out of five on the final day of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup event in Szombathely, Hungary.

With FIG President Mori Watanabe among the spectators at this first international competition since Covid restrictions, London 2012 bronze medallist Igor Radivilov got proceedings underway with victory in the vault despite a scary landing.

His wife, fellow Olympian Angelina Radivilova (nee Kysla), won on the floor with Petro Pakhnyuk taking the parallel bars.

Croatia took the other two golds on the day thanks to Christina Zwicker on the balance beam and an imperious display from 2017 high bar world champion Tin Srbic.

Rio 2016 Olympian Angelina Radivilova took floor victory at the 2020 FIG World Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary

Ukraine and Croatia dominate finale

In this first international competition for over six months, it was perhaps unsurprising to see some rusty displays and awkward landings.

The men's vault got proceedings underway and three-time World Championship medallist Radivilov scored a superb 15.000 for a forward front handspring double piked somersault with half twist known as a Ri Se Gwang 2 after North Korea's reigning Olympic champion.

But the Ukrainian failed to rotate far enough on his second vault - a Tsukahara double pike - and was lucky to avoid injury as he finished down on his hands, knees and face.

Despite that, he was awarded 13.300 for an average of 14.150 - the same as Czech gymnast Ondrej Kalny - and his superior single vault score saw him step to the top of the podium after rings silver on Saturday.

Poland's Sebastian Gawronski was third with Romania's three-time Olympic medallist Marian Dragulescu, in his 22nd year of international competition, taking fourth.

Christina Zwicker took victory in the balance beam for her first World Cup medal of any colour.

The Croatian gymnast turned 18 last month and put together a smooth routine to score 12.800 which her rivals were unable to beat.

Latvia's Elina Vihrova was second with Aneta Holasova of the Czech Republic taking third.

Petro Pakhnyuk took Ukraine's second gold of the weekend with a fine display on the parallel bars.

The 28-year-old, who represented Azerbaijan at Rio 2016, was fluid and dynamic and his high difficulty value of 6.4 gave him a big advantage edge on his rivals.

He earned an execution score of 8.550 for a total of 14.650 and a comfortable victory with Kazakhstan's Milad Karimi second on 14.300.

Yevgen Yudenkov made it first and third for Ukraine with 14.100.

Ukraine's Petro Pakhnyuk won the parallel bars at the 2020 FIG World Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary

Radivilov's wife, Angelina Radivilova claimed Ukraine's third win of the day with a flowing programme even if some of her landings were a little untidy.

But her score of 13.200 was good enough for gold, adding to her vault bronze from Saturday, with Poland's Marta Pihan Kulesza second on 12.900.

Lisa Zimmermann, who represented Germany at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, earned her second bronze of the weekend with 12.800.

The final event of the weekend was the high bar with 2017 world champion Tin Srbic showing his class.

Last year's world silver medallist performed some spectacular Tkatchevs and stuck his full-twisting double layout landing to win with 14.650.

Karimi really went for it with a difficulty value of 6.3 to Srbic's 6.1, but his execution was slightly lacking as he took his second silver in quick succession with 14.150.

David Vecsernyes gave the home fans reason to cheer with third place on 14.000.

Croatia's former world champion Tin Srbic claimed high bar victory at the 2020 FIG World Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary