The 2018 World Cup Stuttgart station's all-around competition is the second game of this year's four-station all-around match (the first is the American Cup). The main purpose of the Chinese team's participation in international competitions in the first half of this year is to send young players as the main body in order to train athletes and teams to understand the world's development direction and the situation of major rivals. And examine and train young players. The eight all-around athletes of men and women participating in the Stuttgart competition are all excellent all-around athletes. A few athletes have won impressive rankings and achievements in the world competition. Therefore, the technical level of this competition is still relatively high.
Eight athletes participating in the women's competition came from seven countries: Zhang Jun (China's Stuttgart sixth place in 2017) and Seitz (ninth place in the 2017 World Championships in Germany), Melinikova (Russian 2017 Stuttgart runner-up), cut Rees (the US all-around runner-up for the 2017 US Championships), Voss (Germany), Voribani (Netherlands), Horitasaki (Japan), and Star Hobby (UK). Among them, Russia's Mérinikova won the all-around gold medal with a score of 57.650 in the 2017 "Russian Cup" competition; the 17-year-old Chery scored a total of 56.000 points for the 2017 American Championship all-around runner-up; Japan The 18-year-old Sakata wind won third place with 53.800 points in the 2017 Japan Championship. Therefore, the level of contestants in this women's all-around competition is high, and competition is fierce. From the final score, it can be seen. The difference between the scores of the top two players was only less than 0.1 points, and the score between the third and fifth players was also less than 0.5 points.
China’s Zhang Hao participated in the competition for the second time. In the 2017 competition, he won the sixth place in the all-around field with only 50.032 points. In the prediction before the game, Zhang Hao is not optimistic. However, the 18-year-old Zhang Yu’s greatest feature is her stable psychological quality. She is not afraid of being faced with so many famous names. The first item and the second item of uneven bars are her weaknesses. Although, it is still relatively stable. However, because the score is not as good as the other top players, the score is not very high. The two items were ranked fifth and seventh respectively, and the total score was temporarily ranked sixth. However, Zhang Hao knew that his strength was in the balance of wood and floor exercises. Especially in the balance beam project, the third appearance of her was not adversely affected by the fall of the first two athletes and resisted tremendous pressure. Although many times almost fell out of the wood, there were more mistakes in action. However, the complete set of actions was successfully completed. With 13.266 points, the top eight athletes are ranked. Incredibly, on the balance beam project, there were actually six athletes who made serious mistakes. In this way, Zhang Hao's total score was temporarily increased to the third position after three points. In the last free gymnastics competition, Zhang Hao played a stable position and ranked second in the eight players with a score of 13.266. In the final 53.431 points defeated Qunfang, won a valuable all-around gold medal. Although, this is just a women's all-around gold medal in the "World Cup Series". However, this is the first woman's all-around gold medal won by the Chinese women's athletes in the international competition organized by FIG after 7 years after Yao Jinnan won the third place in the 2011 World Championship. It is gratifying!
Apart from being happy, we still have to clearly understand that the gold content of Zhang Hao’s all-around gold medal is indeed not very high. The total score of 53.431 is far from the 55.000 points required by a true elite all-around player. Especially at the level of the two projects of vault and uneven bars is her obvious short board project. Balanced wood and floor exercise two projects, but also to further increase the value of D points and E points. In this way, her overall strength can be further improved. We must also see that the overall strength of Chery, who is third, and Merinikova, who is fourth, should be above Zhang. Zhang Hao played a basic role in the four projects and there were no devastating mistakes. However, both of them have made "disastrous" mistakes in the balance beam project. In the case of a project of balance beam, the two women lost to 1.89 points and 1.670 points respectively. The total score of the two of them is only 0.469 points and 0.732 points behind. The 17-year-old Chery was the first time to participate in the FIG's adult team competition, and he scored third place. It should be said that it is good. You know, she scored 56.000 points for the all-around runner-up in the 2017 American Championship. If there is no accident, she will be one of the main players of the United States women's team to participate in this year's World Championships. Russia’s Merinikova is one of Russia’s main forces. In the “Russian Cup” competition in 2017, Lectra won the all-around gold medal with a score of 57.650. Therefore, on the all-around project, Chinese athletes want to achieve better results in the world championships and the Olympic Games, obtain an all-around gold medal that has never been obtained, and achieve a historic breakthrough. There is still a long and difficult journey!