World class gymnastics returns to the Emirates Arena this Saturday with another star-studded line-up of international athletes battling for gold in the Glasgow World Cup and BBC Sport will screen extensive coverage.
Following on from the successful Commonwealth Games, Scotland is once again at the heart of the sport as a star-studded line-up battle it out for titles across a range of apparatus, with the world’s eight highest-ranked male and female gymnasts in their disciplines all set to be in action.
Considered to be one of the most prestigious events in the gymnastics calendar, a plethora of Olympic, World and European medal winners will compete in an action packed, non-stop one-day event with the best gymnasts over all the pieces of apparatus coming out on top.
From the European Championships held in Bulgaria in May, to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer and World Championships in China in October, the sport of gymnastics has toured the globe with outstanding displays from the awe-inspiring top gymnasts.
Many of these very top gymnasts will be in action in front of over 5,000 fans inside the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday, in an event which brings the competitive gymnastics season to a close.
Leading the way on the men’s side will be Germany’s Fabien Hambuechen, a powerhouse of international gymnastics the double-Olympic medal winner has nine World Championship and eleven European Championship medals spanning back to 2006.
Fighting “Fabi” for the title will be the likes of Ukrainian parallel bars World Champion and reigning Glasgow World Cup winner Oleg Verniaiev along with American World medallist John Orozco and 2014 World Championship all-around bronze medal winner Yusuke Tanaka of Japan.
With Commonwealth champion Nile Wilson ruled out due to injury, Great Britain will be represented by 19-year-old Scottish Commonwealth Games team silver medal-winner Frank Baines, who will be looking to build on his success from the summer and attempt to emulate Dan Purvis, who won the men’s event in Glasgow 12 months ago.
In the women’s event reigning champion Larissa Iordache of Romania is back to defend her crown, the Olympic bronze medallist has an incredible three world and 11 European medals to her name.
Chasing Larissa will be Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari, whose career has seen her win the all-around World title back in 2006 and take her fourth European gold this year on the floor.
Canada’s Commonwealth Games beam champion Elsabeth Black also a likely contender for the title, while 2012 Olympic and 2014 British Champion and European team silver medal-winner Rebecca Tunney returns from injury to compete for Great Britain and will be aiming to make her mark.
Bringing a sensational year of for the sport to a close, the UK leg of the World Cup series promises to be an unmissable event for gymnastics fans and BBC Sport will have live coverage and extended highlights of the event.
BBC Sport brings its 2014 gymnastics coverage to a close with extensive coverage of the Glasgow World Cup from the Emirates Arena.
Live streaming of the entire Glasgow World Cup event will be available to watch via the BBC Sport website on Saturday, December 6, starting at 1.00pm and running through to at least 4.30pm.
A special two-hour highlights from the event will be broadcast a week later on BBC One, starting at 1.00pm on Saturday, December 13, where Ore Oduba will introduce all the best moments from the final Gymnastics World Cup meeting of the 2014 season.
Expert commentary and analysis will be provided by acclaimed gymnastics coach and BBC veteran Christine Still and former Commonwealth champion Craig Heap.
In addition, BBC Radio 5 live will also be broadcasting live from the Emirates throughout the day, plus there will be a special gymnastics-themed show to be aired prior to the event on 5 live Sport.
Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the event, which will also be available on the BBC gymnastics website.
Saturday 6th December
Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm BBC Sport Website
Saturday 13th December
Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics
Highlights: 1.00pm-3.00pm BBC One