Results

Japan's Shogo Nonomura and Angelina Melnikova from the Russian Federation have taken gold at the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup at Arena Birmingham.

Held across two nights in front of more than 10,000 fans, the home crowd were treated to some incredible routines from the world's finest gymnasts.

On Wednesday evening it was the turn of the men, with Great Britain's James Hall taking a brilliant bronze medal, just ahead of fellow GB star and Birmingham local Dominick Cunningham who finished 4th. Russia's multiple European medallist Nikita Nagornyy finished in second, and but for a fall on his final piece (high bar), he may well have taken the title.

On Thursday evening it was Russia's Melnikova that shone, topping the scoring on both beam and floor to take gold, with Margzetta Frazier from America a close second. Winning the bronze medal was GB's Alice Kinsella who looked at home in a sold-out arena, going through clean on all of her routines to pick up her first international all-around medal to the delight of the home crowd.

Men's competition results

1. Shogo Nonomura (JPN) 84.797
2. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 84.731
3. James Hall (GBR) 83.531
4. Dominick Cunningham (GBR) 82.531
5. Wei Sun (CHN) 81.999
6. Marcel Nguyen (GER) 81.232
7. Donothan Bailey (USA) 79.231
8. Lucas De Souza Bitencourt (BRA) 77.698

Women's competition results

1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 54.465
2. Margzetta Frazier (USA) 53.932
3. Alice Kinsella (GBR) 53.099
4. Jade Chrobak (CAN) 51.366
5. Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN) 51.133
6. Vera Van Pol (NED) 51.032
7. Jieyu Liu (CHN) 48.832
8. Sarah Voss (GER) 48.131

How to follow

The 2018 Gymnastics World Cup takes place at Arena Birmingham this week with some of the best gymnasts in the world competing for medals. The men's event takes place on Wednesday 21st March with the women competing on Thursday 22nd.

You can watch live coverage on the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and mobile app.

If you miss any of the action, tune into BBC One on Saturday 24th March to see the highlights.

BBC coverage schedule

Wednesday, 21 March

19:00-21:00 - BBC Red Button and online

Thursday, 22 March

19:00-21:00 - BBC Red Button and online

Saturday, 24 March

Highlights

14:05-15:50 - BBC One

For behind the scenes action, latest news and results, be sure to follow our social media channels.

Head to british-gymnastics.org/worldcup for live scores and news.

BRITISH GYMNASTS UPDATE

Olympic bronze medal winner Amy Tinkler and local Birmingham star Dominic Cunningham will compete for Great Britain at the Gymnastics World Cup. Dom and Amy will replace Ellie Downie and Nile Wilson in the GB line up that also includes Claudia Fragapane* and James Hall.

* Alice Kinsella will now replace Claudia due to injury.

Alice said: "I'm so excited to be competing at the Gymnastics World Cup because it's in my home town and I can't wait to compete in front of everyone. The Gymnastics World Cup is a huge event and the perfect competition for me to experience before the Commonwealth Games, to have the big arena and the home crowd cheering me on will be an amazing feeling."

Full list of gymnasts

Men

James Hall, 22, Great Britain (Pegasus)
Dom Cunningham, 22, Great Britain (City of Birmingham)
Lucas De Souza Bitencourt, 23, Brazil
Wei Sun, 22, China
Marcel Nguyen, 30, Germany
Shogo Nonomura, 24, Japan
Nikita Nagornyy, 21, Russia
Petro Pakhniuk, 26, Ukraine
Donothan Bailey, 27, USA

Women

Amy Tinkler, 18, Great Britain (South Essex)
Alice Kinsella, 16, Great Britain (Park Wrekin)
Thais Santos, 16, Brazil
Jieyu Liu, 15, China
Sarah Voss, 19, Germany
Hitomi Hatakeda, 17, Japan
Vera van Pol, 25, Netherlands
Angelina Melnikova, 17, Russia
Margzetta Frazier, 18, USA.

International gymnasts announced

Following the recent announcement that Olympic medallist Nile Wilson, European all-around medallist James Hall, women's European Champion Ellie Downie and World floor medallist Claudia Fragapane will be flying the flag for Great Britain at the upcoming Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham, taking place from the 21st-22nd March, the list of international gymnasts who are set to join them has now been announced.

In the men's competition stand outs include Marcel Nguyen from Germany who took two silvers at the 2012 Olympic Games and Rio Olympic team silver medallist and three time European champion, Nikita Nagornyy from Russia.

In the women's competition, Rio Olympic team silver medallist and European floor Champion Angelina Melnikova from Russia looks set to be one to watch as well as rising star Margzetta Frazier from the USA.

Don't miss out on witnessing some of the world's best gymnasts live in action.

Full list of gymnasts

Men

James Hall, 22, Great Britain (Pegasus)
Nile Wilson, 22, Great Britain (Leeds)
Lucas De Souza Bitencourt, 23, Brazil
Wei Sun, 22, China
Marcel Nguyen, 30, Germany
Shogo Nonomura, 24, Japan
Nikita Nagornyy, 21, Russia
Petro Pakhniuk, 26, Ukraine
Donothan Bailey, 27, USA

Women

Ellie Downie, 18, Great Britain (Notts)
Claudia Fragapane, 20, Great Britain (Bristol Hawks)
Thais Santos, 16, Brazil
Jieyu Liu, 15, China
Sarah Voss, 19, Germany
Hitomi Hatakeda, 17, Japan
Vera van Pol, 25, Netherlands
Angelina Melnikova, 17, Russia
Margzetta Frazier, 18, USA.

British gymnasts announcement

James Hall, Nile Wilson, Claudia Fragapane and Ellie Downie will represent Great Britain as the world's best gymnasts descend on Arena Birmingham for the Gymnastics World Cup on the 21st and 22nd March.

With 50 days to go to the event, the British gymnasts were announced across social media and also at a special event held at a Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Birmingham today where local children were joined by Ellie and James during their gymnastics classes.

Ellie, who made history last year by becoming the first ever British gymnast to win a major all-around title by taking gold in European Championships in Romania said:

"I'm delighted to be part of a really strong Great Britain team for the World Cup and can't wait to take on the best in the world in front of a home crowd. There is a real passion for gymnastics in the Midlands and it was great to come here this morning and meet some of the students who could be GB stars of the future.

"The World Cup will be the first chance many of them will get to experience a major gymnastics event in their home city so hopefully they can get down to Arena Birmingham with their friends and families and cheer us on in 50 days' time. A big support can make a real difference."

James Hall, who also tasted success at last year's European Championships, taking bronze in the men's all-around event, commented:

"The Gymnastics World Cup is a massive event with the very best gymnasts in the world all coming to Birmingham to compete. For myself and the other British gymnasts the home crowd support will be huge and could be the difference in taking us on to the medal podium. Representing your country is a great honour and I can't wait to walk out in my GB kit in Arena Birmingham and show the British fans what I can do."

Our British gymnasts will be taking on Brazil, China, Japan, Germany, Holland, USA, Russia, in the event with the Ukraine joining the men's event. Gymnasts from the other competing nations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Brazil

Brazil will have one female and one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. The Brazilian team have been excelling since Rio and have some exciting young stars amongst their team. Traditionally they are very powerful with Diego Hypolito taking silver and Arthur Mariano bronze on the floor for the men at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Arthur Zanetti also showed his incredible strength on rings to take silver amongst a highly competitive field. The women's team is home to rising star Flavia Lopes Saraiva who is a former Youth Olympic Champion.

Japan

Japan will have one female and one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. Japan is home to the Olympic and six-time world all-around champion, Kohei Uchimura, considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time. Kohei has led the way and wowed the world with his incredible gymnasts time and time again, helping lead the men's team to Olympic gold in Rio. The women's team have also been rising up the ranks with some difficult and exciting work across the apparatus.

Netherlands

The Netherlands will have a female competitor at the 2018 World Cup. The Dutch women are well-known for their exquisite choreography on the floor and original skills on the balance beam. Sanne Wevers famously took the Olympic beam title in Rio winning the Netherlands first Olympic gold medal with some stylish and creative work.

Great Britain

Great Britain will have two female and two male representatives at the 2018 World Cup. The British have been rising through the ranks since unprecedented success at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Both the men's and women's teams have been breaking records year on year with Max Whitlock being crowned Britain's first ever Olympic gold medallist in 2016, taking the floor and pommel horse titles. Ellie Downie then became the country's first women's European all-around champion when she sensationally took the title in 2017.

Russia

Russia will have a one female and one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. The team have long been a dominant force in the world of gymnastics with their men known for powerful floor and vaulting and their incredible strength on the rings with their men taking team silver at the Rio Olympic Games. Their women's team are no less successful and are known for their beautifully crafted beam and uneven bar work and also took team silver in Rio with Aliya Mustafina being crowned Olympic bar champion and the all-around bronze medallist. Maria Paseka was a force to be reckoned with on the vault at the recent 2017 World Championships where she took the title.

China

China will have one female and one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. Long known as one of the powerhouse countries of gymnastics, they are renowned for intricate work on the uneven bars and confident beam work on the women's side, alongside well-executed, complex skills on the parallel bars and the rings for the men. Both the men's and women's teams took bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games with Xiao Ruoteng and Lin Chaopan taking gold and silver all-around and Zou Jingyuan parallel bars gold in the men's competition at the 2017 World Championships in Canada and Fan Yilin taking the women's bars title.

Ukraine

The Ukraine will have one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. Oleg Verniaiev is one of the Ukraine's most successful gymnasts and has been winning medals on the world stage for many years and was just pipped to the Olympic all-around gold by Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura in Rio. Oleg then went on to be crowned the 2016 parallel bars Olympic champion.

USA

The USA will have one female and one male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. The United States have been producing world and Olympic champions for many years and have dominated the women's side of competition. The all-around Olympic champion in 2016 was Simone Biles who went on to take a further three gold medals with the team, on the vault and floor as well as a beam bronze. Having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast. The men's team are always strong world contenders with the likes of Daniel Leyva taking two silver medals in Rio on the horizontal and parallel bars and Alex Naddour taking bronze on the pommel horse.

Germany

Germany will have one female and male competitor at the 2018 World Cup. Germany upped their game at the recent world championships with their women's team taking two medals on the difficult balance beam. Pauline Schafer was crowned the world champion with teammate, Tabea Alt taking the bronze. The men's team are no strangers to success either and produced the 2016 Olympic Champion on the high bar, Fabian Hambuchen.

RIO STARS SET FOR BIRMINGHAM AS WORLD CUP NATIONS ANNOUNCED

Birmingham is set to welcome a host of Olympic stars from Rio 2016 next March after the competing nations for the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup were announced in the city today (Tuesday).

World-class gymnastics from the best ranked nations will be renewing their Olympic rivalries at the two-day event at the Arena Birmingham on March 21st and 22nd with Japan, Russia, China, USA, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands lining up against host nation Great Britain in the women's event with the men's event also including Ukraine.

The USA topped the gymnastics medal table in Brazil winning 12 medals including four golds. Great Britain finished in third place behind Russia on six medals with Max Whitlock's double gold in the men's floor and pommel among the many memorable GB performances. The GB team will be hoping to produce more memorable moments in front of a passionate Birmingham home crowd.

Each competing nation will select one male and one female gymnast for the world cup event. As hosts Great Britain secure four spots automatically - two for the men's competition and two for the women's competition. Countries are expected to announce their gymnasts in the New Year.

The competing world cup nations were revealed at the city's GMAC (Gymnastics Marshall Arts Centre) where local gymnasts Joe Fraser and Dominick Cunningham are in training as they vie for the two spots in the men's GB team.

Fraser from Edgbaston, who competed in his first ever World Championships earlier this year and Cunningham, a sliver medallist at this year's British Championships were joined by junior gymnasts and potential GB stars of the future from the Birmingham club.

Joe Fraser / Dominick Cunningham said:

"To have the best gymnastic countries in the world here in Birmingham is amazing for the city and just gives me an even bigger incentive to be selected in the GB team. It would be a dream come true for me to part of the team and perform in front of my home crowd so I'll be doing everything I can to impress the selectors"

Competition Director Matthew Greenwood added:

"We're delighted that all of the top nations have chosen the Gymnastics World Cup as a key event for their elite gymnasts in 2018. To have the gymnastics powerhouses like USA, Russia and China shows we really will have the best of the best in action. Our British gymnasts will be up against top competition and a big, vocal home crowd can play a big role in pushing them on to perform at their best."

The World Cup travels the globe with four events staged in four different countries. Next year's competition will stop in the USA and Germany before coming to the UK and Birmingham next March with the final World Cup event will taking place in Japan.

Nations compete to be crowned World Cup winners with each individual event securing vital points on the leader board. Medals are awarded at each event, with gymnasts also picking up ranking points in the hope of being crowned the World Cup series champion.

The first night of competition in Birmingham on Wednesday March 21st will see the men battle it out on all the famous apparatus (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar). It's then all about the women on the following night as they compete on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

Tickets for the event at the Arena Birmingham are on sale now. Prices start from £18 per session, with family tickets available from £48 (booking fees apply).



21 - 22 March

Arena Birmingham