Venezuela's Jessica Lopez and a pair of young Greek veterans were the top qualifiers at the Osijek World Cup, happening this weekend in Croatia.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lopez, who is planning to compete in the all-around at the World Championships in Antwerp later this month, qualified first for event finals on bars (14.6), beam (14.55) and floor (13.95).
The Netherlands's young Noel van Klaveren, second on vault at this year's European Championships, qualified first on her best event (double-twisting Yurchenko and a Tsukahara full, 14.565 average) ahead of teammate and 2012 European Junior vault champion Chantysha Netteb (13.95 average). Van Klaveren will also appear in the beam final.
Hungary's Noemi Makra, a first-year senior and the most promising Hungarian gymnast since Dorina Boczogo, was the only gymnast to qualify for all four event finals. Makra averaged 13.825 for fourth on her two vaults, 14.05 for third on uneven bars, 13.875 for sixth on beam and 13.725 for third on floor.
Russia's Alla Sosnitskaya, third all-around at the Russian Cup a few weeks ago, also had a nice international debut, qualifying third on vault with a Yurchenko full and Podkopayeva (13.825), and second on bars (14.475).
The men's competition was topped by veterans from the past few years, including 2010 World floor champion Eleftherios Kosmidis of Greece on floor (15.225), Alberto Busnari of Italy on pommel horse (15.2), strongman Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece on rings (15.4) and Olympic high bar champion Epke Zonderland, who hit his 7.2 D-score high bar set for 15.525, more than a point ahead of second-place qualifier Bence Talas of Hungary (14.5).
But behind the veterans, a bevy of newcomers are making their names known, including Talas, who had a promising start to his season at the European Championships earlier this season, Japan's Kenzo Kaneko, who qualified for finals on everything but pommel horse and rings, and France's Axel Augis, an alternate for the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics, who qualified first on parallel bars (15.375).
Vietnam's new vaulting star Ha Thanh Nguyen nailed his Yurchenko double pike on vault for 15.735 and the lead on that event.
The Osijek World Cup continues with event finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Related: Find all Osijek Event Finals qualifiers here.