Global Cup: China and Japan improve, USA unreachable

US Gymnastics World Champion Simone Biles
After their resounding victory in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the USA have sealed, if there ever was any doubt, the 2015 Global Cup title for the world’s best sporting nation. The Stars & Stripes have carved a gap of nearly 2,000 points over second-placed Russia, though their record winning margin of 3,138 points in 2012 is not within reach.
On a Gymnastics theme, it is interesting to note how the overall sport group, comprising Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline, will be topped by China, only 20 points ahead of the USA.
China’s climb into overall Global Cup third place, by leap-frogging France, is indeed the month’s main news. The Asian giants finished third twice before (2011 and 2008) and were never above fourth in the Global Cup otherwise. They are now 368 points behind Russia and the race for second place is by no means a foregone conclusion.
Thanks to Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Weightlifting, November was a very positive month for another Asian nation, Japan: they were 5th in the monthly ranking and are now 7th overall, a big improvement over their 13th position at the end of 2014 and on par with their best-ever Global Cup finish (7th in 2011).
Looking towards the finishing line, Kenya is also worth  a mention as one of the most improved nations in the Global Cup top 20: the African nation is sitting in 12th position, after finishing 28th in 2014, and is still ahead of its best-ever finish, 13th.

The USA may be dominant as always, but there’s still plenty to fight for in the last sporting month of 2015!