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
14:05-15:50 - BBC One
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Head to British-gymnastics.org/worldcup for live scores and news.
Men’s artistic gymnasts
Name: Lucas De Souza Bitencourt
Name: Wei Sun
Name: Nikita Nagornyy
Name: Petro Pakhniuk
Name: Donothan Bailey
Name: James Hall
Country: Great Britain
Name: Dominick Cunningham
Country: Great Britain
Name: Marcel Nguyen
Name: Shogo Nonomura
Women’s artistic gymnasts
Name: Hannah Jade Chrobok
Name: Jieyu Liu
Name: Amy Tinkler
Country: Great Britain
Name: Alice Kinsella
Country: Great Britain
Name: Sarah Voss
Name: Hitomi Hatakeda
Name: Vera Van Pol
Name: Angelina Melnikova
Name: Margzetta Frazier
Several former British champions attended the 2018 Gymnastics British Championships in Liverpool to celebrate the history and success of artistic gymnastics in Britain.
Thirteen gymnastics celebrities who once lifted the famous British trophies helped to get the men’s and women’s all-around competitions underway on Saturday afternoon. They were called on stage one by one and given a warm welcome by the audience in a sold-out Echo Arena.
83-year-old Gwynedd Lingard MBE who won the British title back in 1959 pushed the button in the arena to get the afternoon underway alongside the 1976 and 1978 British champion Ian Neale.
Looking back on her title success, Gwynedd said: "It was wonderful. The best bit about it was that so many people had put so much effort in to my career and I felt at last they were being rewarded, that their good work had come to something."
Two-time British champion Jeff Davis (1979 and 1980); 1989 champion James May and Ross Brewer, the unbeatable British Champion from 2003 through to 2006 were also on stage before taking over their role as breveted judges at the event.
Speaking about winning the British title, Ross said: "It was always the dream to win the British Championships. There’s something special about the competition itself, and the all-around title was always the goal for me."
Andrew Morris who won the first of his five British titles in 1983 recalled the year with fondness: "I was very fortunate to have a long career in gymnastics spanning a whole decade really. To win five titles, I was very pleased. I remember the first title like it was yesterday. It was at Wembley Arena and I’d been knocking on the door, coming fourth all season. I went to the European Championships prior to that and did very well which gave me a boost before going to Wembley and winning the British by having a consistent competition. I didn’t look back for a few years after that."
Hayley Price, the Ladies champion in 1983 and 1985 remembers her first British title as "the first time I’d won a major championship which was always the target."
The audience was pleased to see on the big screen the historic performance on floor of Neil Thomas MBE who, after becoming British Champion in 1990 and 1992, won the first ever world medal (silver) for British Gymnastics in Birmingham ’93.
A standing ovation was also given to the 1998 and 1999 Champion Craig Heap, whose voice can often be heard during BBC coverage of gymnastics.
Beth Tweddle MBE, who won an unprecedented seven straight British titles from 2001 to 2007 and paved the way for British women to win medals on the international stage, was present throughout the weekend along with Kristian Thomas, the 2008 British champion who finished is career as captain of the British team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Another double Olympian, Hannah Whelan, won the British title in 2010 and 2011 and is now working hard as a coach.
The youngest of all former champions on stage in Liverpool was Rebecca Tunney who won the title in 2012 as a first-year senior and doubled it in 2014: "As a junior I was always a bit oblivious to everything as I was so young. Coming here to Echo Arena as a first-year senior and winning the British title, it just hit me. The British was the last trial for the Olympics in London, and I’d won all three trials, and it was just like ‘oh my God, I might actually have a shot of going to the Olympics here’."
Our former champions presented the famous silver trophies to the two new senior champions at the weekend, with Brinn Bevan and Kelly Simm winning the titles for the first time to add their names to the history books.
See the full results.
British Gymnastics challenges are now available on demand thanks to a new partnership with TopYa! Active.
The TopYa! Active App now offers gymnastics content for children to experience the fun and benefits of gymnastics any time, any place, anywhere!
We have created challenges which will be released monthly through the app aimed at giving budding gymnasts the chance to get started. Children can take on a challenge, video themselves completing it and then upload their video to the app. After receiving some virtual coaching feedback, the video is live to share with the TopYa! community with the chance to win some great prizes each month.
Dave Marshall, Participation Director at British Gymnastics said “We are excited to make gymnastics available on demand and to millions. Topya! has a fantastic track record of reaching young people and great success to date with their range of sports and activity apps.
“We want as many children as possible to be active and have fun with gymnastics. The app is particularly good news for children who can’t access gymnastics sessions easily as well as encouraging and supporting those who would rather take part at home. This partnership aligns perfectly with our strategy to deliver more participation opportunities for more people.”
TopYa! co-founder Jason Keller said, “We are thrilled to partner with British Gymnastics to give kids a new way to try gymnastics skills and activities. This is a meaningful collaboration with British Gymnastics to provide more children access to a fast-growing and popular sport in a safe yet virtual environment.”
Take the British Gymnastics TopYa! Active Challenge today User instructions:
head to the website
click ‘join now’ and select 'British Gymnastics 2018 Challenge'
enter your phone number for an immediate text to download the app and from the App Store or Google Play.
set yourself up as a player, tap ‘Skills Academy’ and you are good to go!
The 2018 Gymnastics British Championships concluded in Liverpool today, with the senior women’s apparatus finals and men’s Masters finals.
A packed crowd cheered on the country’s top gymnasts as they looked to show their best performances and win the British titles across the different apparatus. Full scores can be found on our dedicated event page.
In the senior women’s apparatus finals, the titles were split with Swansea’s Holly Jones taking the top spot on the vault with 13.825 after performing two strong vaults to finish ahead of South Essex’s Amy Tinkler with 13.800. Amy today opted to water down her first vault to just the single twisting yurchenko as opposed to the double, to ensure a strong landing. In third was first year senior, Taeja James from the City of Birmingham who produced two clean vaults to score 13.650.
On the uneven bars, the newly crowned all-around champion, Kelly Simm from Dynamo, took her second gold medal with a well-executed routine for 13.850. Park Wrekin’s Charlie Fellows was hot on her heels with 13.700 for silver, with Clwb Cymru Caerdydd’s Emily Thomas completing the podium with 13.000.
It was a battle of nerves on beam to see who could stick it under pressure. In the end, it was Clwb Cymru Caerdydd’s Maisie Methuen who took the gold with a solid performance scoring 13.400. Just pipped to gold was Park Wrekin’s Alice Kinsella (13.350) who had an almost faultless routine but had to count a big stumble on her dismount landing. Kelly Simm then added another medal to her collection taking the bronze with 13.000.
On the women’s final apparatus, the floor, it was Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler’s time to shine. Amy took the title with an impressive 14.050 after once again successfully performing the ‘Moors’ (a double twisting, double straight somersault). Taeja James finished second with a fantastic performance for 13.700. Charlie Fellows then bagged herself another bronze with 13.150.
The men’s Masters includes the top eight scorers from the previous days competition across the under 16, under 18 and senior categories. The competition is a great chance for some of the junior gymnasts to challenge some of the more experienced veterans.
On the floor, it was Olympic champion Max Whitlock MBE from South Essex who comfortably took the title with a very strong performance to score 14.975. Teammate Jay Thompson secured silver with some impressive twisting and a score of 14.150 and Josh Cook (YMCA Barry) finished with bronze scoring 13.825.
Onto the pommel horse, it was once again Max Whitlock MBE who wowed the crowds scoring a world class 15.625 to take the title. Teammate Brinn Bevan continued his winning ways to take the silver with a 14.400 and Swansea’s Jack Davies took the bronze with 13.350.
Over on the rings, it was Nile Wilson from Leeds who took the title with 14.425 ahead of the City of Birmingham’s Dom Cunningham with 14.050 and Southport’s Daniel Purvis with 13.900.
The vault saw a champion in the form of 16 year old Jake Jarman, who bettered his more senior counterparts to take the title with 14.187 average. In second was City of Birmingham’s Hamish Carter with 13.650. Hamish will hope to use his success ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month where he will compete for Scotland. Dom Cunningham had to then settle for the bronze with 13.152 after having to count a fall during his first vault.
On the penultimate piece of apparatus, the parallel bars. Nile Wilson topped the group with a near faultless routine apart from a low landing on his double front dismount, scoring 14.972. Teammates Dan Purvis (14.450) and Frank Baines (14.400) followed in second and third respectively.
Nile then went on to bag himself the horizontal bar gold with multiple daring release and catches to score a strong 14.400. Hamish Carter earnt himself another silver medal with a clean routine for 13.675 followed by all-around champion Brinn Bevan with 13.675.
Full scores and news from the entire weekend can be found on our dedicated event page.
British Gymnastics has secured a historic three year deal with BBC Sport meaning the broadcaster will air an unprecedented number of Championships and events over the next three years. The agreement includes the exclusive and terrestrial broadcast of the Gymnastics World Cup taking place this month. Full details are as follows:
Live TV broadcast, plus live streaming on BBC Sport online and on connected TV (exclusive to BBC):
• Gymnastics World Cup
Live streaming on BBC Sport online and on connected TV (non-exclusive to BBC):
• Artistic Gymnastics British Championships
• Rhythmic Gymnastics British Championships
• Aerobics Gymnastics British Championships
• Trampoline Tumbling & Double Mini Trampoline British Championships
• Acrobatics Gymnastics British Championships
Whilst the Artistic British Championships have been broadcast on the BBC previously, this is a landmark agreement for the wider disciplines. Nigel Hill, Commercial Director at British Gymnastics responsible for negotiations said “We are delighted to partner with BBC Sport on this historic agreement. Gymnastics is spectacular to watch and we win more fans every year. Broadcast is crucial to the profile and understanding of the sport. This new agreement ensures viewers can experience many exciting Championship events and disciplines.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “This new deal strengthens our year-round commitment to gymnastics and is a perfect fit for our market-leading, free-to-air, sports streaming service. We're delighted to be showcasing the sport and the inspirational feats of its British role models to the widest possible audience.”
The 2018 Gymnastics World Cup will be streamed exclusively live on the BBC app, website and Red Button and on Weds 21st and Thurs 22nd March and broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 24th March.
The event which takes place at Arena Birmingham will feature 18 leading gymnasts from eight nations including the Great Britain team of Amy Tinkler, Alice Kinsella, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham. Gymnasts will take part in the all-around competition which for men includes the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars whilst the women will battle it out on the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.