Diorges Escobar got a very good first step in this World Cup. Photo: Calixto N. Llanes/JIT Newspaper (Cuba)

The best Cuban gymnast of the moment, Diorges Escobar,

qualified for the hands-free final in the first stop of the Apparatus World Cup,

a tournament divided into four segments and which represents one of the last opportunities to obtain an Olympic quota for Paris 2024. .

In this initial stage, hosted by the Egyptian city of Cairo, the

all-around

holder of the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games,

finished the qualifying round with a very good score of 14.133.

That performance allowed him to enter the medal discussion next Saturday with the fourth best score. Likewise,

she secured her first points in the race for passage to the summer event.

Finishing ahead of Diorges were South Koreans

Sun Hhyun Ryu (14,266) – world junior freehand title holder in 2019 – and Hansol Kim (14,200)

, as well as Frenchman Benjamin Osberger (14,166).

After this good step,

the Antillean will face the preliminaries on Friday on the fixed bar and parallel bars

, the other two devices where he will compete in order to achieve the best possible placements.

The Cuban will also compete in parallel bars and fixed bar. Photo: Calixto N. Llanes/JIT Newspaper (Cuba)

This World Cup circuit will continue on February 22 in the German city of Cottbus, to continue on March 7 in Baku and close on April 17 in Doha.

At each of these stops

the 16 best in each specialty will receive points

to establish a final ranking with the athletes eligible to qualify for Paris. At the end of the period,

the two best placed in each device will get the spot.

Athletes from countries with a qualified team or a maximum of three individual athletes already secured, as well as those who have qualified individually at the 2023 World Championships, will not be taken into account for these places.