May 21, 2024 1:40 pm
Rebeca Andrade to make her debut at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Antalya, Turkey in 2024

Rebecca Andrade, the most decorated gymnast in Brazilian history, is set to make her Olympic season debut at the World Challenge Cup in Antalya, Turkey on March 29. The 24-year-old will be competing on the uneven bars as she prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which are just four months away. Andrade is expected to be one of the standout stars of the artistic gymnastics competition in France’s capital.

Since her successful run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where she won vault gold and all-around silver, Andrade has continued to break records and make history in the sport. She won a 2022 World all-around gold medal, Brazil’s first World team medal and earned a five-medal haul at the 2023 Worlds.

Joining Andrade in Antalya will be other top gymnasts such as Sanne Wevers, who won an Olympic balance beam championship in 2016; Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, who claimed bronze medals on both balance beam and floor at the recent World Championships; Kaylia Nemour, who finished second on uneven bars at last year’s worlds; Flavia Saraiva, Lorrane Oliveira and Jade Barbosa from Brazil; and eight-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina from Ukraine. Chusovitina will compete on all four apparatus as she tries to qualify for her fifth Olympic Games.

In the men’s field, Ferhat Arican from Turkey will compete alongside his teammates Ibrahim Colak, who won still rings gold at last year’s world championships; Adem Asil from Israel, who also earned a gold medal in still rings at last year’s world championships and Japan’s Ryuhei Nakajima. The competition promises to be an exciting event with top gymnasts from around the world showcasing their skills on an international stage.

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