The Future Cup in Linz is one of the world's most important meetings for young gymnasts. At the comeback after two years of corona interruption, the 17th edition on 25/26 November 2022 gathered a total of 105 future gymnast hopes from three continents in the Tips Arena.


In the team competition, the talented team of the Austrian juniors won with 230,100 points just ahead of the team from England with 229,400 points. Behind it, the seats were taken quite clearly. Third place went to the team from Quebec/Canada with 222,205 points. In 4th place Team Spain from Catalonia with 219,700 points and fifth was the team that had travelled the furthest, Australia with 216,550 points.


In Group 1 of the oldest gymnasts we see quite new faces on the podium. Kilian Schmitt from Switzerland won with 75,100 points, just ahead of Aaro Harju from Finland with 74,250 points. Third in the round of champions was Oliver Kasala from Slovakia with 73,850 points. In this class, performances at elite level have already been shown and we can be curious about the performances of these gymnasts in their first elite year. For Austria, Nikolas Ivkic (71,650) achieved the best result of the Austrian gymnasts in this competition in this competition with the 5th place and in view of the strong starting field with a respectable performance.


In the second youngest group U16, gymnasts from Austria and England made the first six places. Quite dominant with 1.2 points ahea , Jonas Rushworth from England won with 76,800 points. Second was Elliot Vernon from England with 75,600 points. Behind him, only one tenth of a point behind Matteo Frais from Austria with 75,500 points. The places 2-6 were separated in this class by only 1.1 points and therefore hardly contested. Daniel Leighton-Scott from England finished fourth, followed by Austrians Gino Vetter and local hero Vincent Lindpointer.


The victory in the youngest class U14 was won by the Canadian Thomas Tittley with 73,200 points. Second was Thomasz Le Khac from Poland with 71,950 points. Third was the only 11-year-old James Knipe from Manchester in England, who prevailed with 70,900 points against the competitors, mostly three years older. Best Austrian was Michael Miggitsch in 11th place with 67,150 points.


New in the course of the Future Cup were the apparaturs finals the next day. The best six gymnasts per apparatus and age group were able to win the titles on the individual apparatus. The titles were won by the gymnasts very differently, there was no dominant gymnast. The Austrians, who could not win a title in the respective age groups in the all-around, secured 3 equipment titles on this day and stood on the podium ten times.


Overall, the "Small Linz Gymnastics World Championships" was unanimously praised by all participants due to the excellent organization and loving care. The level of gymnasts shown increases every year and was one of the highest in the history of the Future Cup.


Future Cup Organisation Director and OÖFT President Helmut Kranzlmüller: "After the two-year COVID-19 break, we have made an exceptionally good comeback. That was the best Future Cup so far. Thanks to the entire team behind it and making this important platform for top-class junior sport possible. All the teams want to come back next year – there's hardly any greater praise."


Winner of the apparaturs finals

 Apparatur  U18  U16  U14
 Floor  Marcus Pietarinen (FIN)  Sergio David Kovac (ESP)  Max Krüger (SUI)
 Pommel Horse  Oliver Kasala (SVK)  Alfred Schwaiger (AUT)  Thomasz Le Khac (POL)
 Rings  Oliver Kasala (SVK)  Vincent Lindpointner (AUT)  Thomas Tittley (CAN)
 Vault  Eric Terres (ESP)  Sergio David Kovac (ESP)  Thomas Tittley (CAN)
 Parallel Bars  Kilian Schmitt (SUI)  Gino Vetter (AUT)  James Knipe (GBR)
 High Bar  Aaro Harju (FIN)  Joseph Feery (GBR)  Thomas Tittley (CAN)