Latest World Cup Final update: we’re almost there!
Posted December 4, 2008on:
We can basically totally predict the competitors for the WCF at this point. Probably the biggest question mark remains vault. Here are the most recent lists from the FIG:
Hong Su Jong*
Yong Mi Kang*
Unsurprisingly, we’re waiting on the North Koreans. Generally speaking, they don’t usually show up for World Cup events, but who knows what Leonid Arkayev has up his sleeve. Yong Mi Kang is definitely in competitive condition, as I have already mentioned — she recently won vault at the 2008 Asian Games. However, Hong Un Jong has already declined, so we might want to count these two out. This is the prediction about which I’m least confident. Marissa King (19th) is up next, followed by Elsa Garcia (20th). If not them, we would move on to Maria Kostyuchenko (21st) and Kim Bui (22nd). Kostyuchenko was at the Slovenian World Cup in April, but I have no idea where she is now. Bui is clearly ready, but I guess I would predict King and Garcia at this point .
I’m pretty confident that Koko Tsurumi will compete, and that Daria Joura will not. This leaves one more place. That would go to … Daniele Hypolito (20th), who is already going to Madrid, so we can count this one settled hopefully.
There is no way Chellsie Memmel is showing up to the WCF that I can conceive of, so let’s count her out. That moves Alina Kozich (21st) up, and as she will already be in Spain, she looks to be it.
Naomi Ruiz (Spain’s nominee)
Deng Lilin is reportedly fairly seriously injured, so her participation is unlikely. We can almost definitely skip over Jana Bieger and can definitely skip Cassy Vericel, Steliana Nistor and Oksana Chusovitina for injury and retirement, which moves up Koko Tsurumi (23rd) to the next place, as I’ve mentioned before. I would peg her as a likely participant.