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Gymnastics Stars Fall Back into Action
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The 2009 World Championships drew to a close Sunday, but gymnastics' busy fall season is just beginning. International events will be held every week through mid-December.

World silver medalist Ariella Käslin (Switzerland) competes Wednesday at the Swiss Cup.

Britain's Daniel Keatings, the all-around silver medalist at the recent world championships in London, will be back in action Sunday at the third stage of the Champion's Trophy in Hannover. The withdrawl of series leader Fabian Hambüchen, who was injured while training in London, opens the competition to an unexpected winner. Russia's Maxim Devyatovsky, with 11 points from the series' first two events, is the new points leader in the series, which concludes Nov. 15 in Stuttgart.

The other seven challengers are American Joseph Hagerty (10 points); Germany's Marcel Nguyen (7); Keatings (6); Switzerland's Niki Böschenstein (5) and Romania's Flavius Koczi (5); Germany's Helge Liebrich (3), replacing Hambüchen; and France's Benoit Caranobe (1).

Ariella Käslin, who made history for the Swiss women with her vault silver in London, will headline two upcoming competitions on her home turf. A nearly identical field will compete at the Arthur Gander Memorial on Wednesday in Morges and the Swiss Cup on Nov. 1 in Zurich. (Gymnasts on the roster for Morges but not Zurich include Switzerland's Claude-Alain Porchet, Germany's Eugen Spiridonov and Bulgaria's Jordan Jovtchev.)

Käslin will be paired with Böschenstein for the Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs event featuring 11 teams. The host nation will enter a second Swiss pair of Linda Stämpfli and Daniel Groves.

Fresh off his two gold medals in London, Romanian superstar Marian Dragulescu will pair with Anamaria Tamarjan in Zurich. Eight years ago, Dragulescu paired with Silvia Stroescu to win the competition.

Chinese veteran He Ning, who won the 2008 Swiss Cup with Lu Bo, will return to Zurich with Liang Fuliang.

Other nations entering teams are Canada (Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette and Casey Sandy); Germany (Kim Bui and Matthias Fahrig); France (Pauline Morel and Cyril Tommasone); Italy (Serena Licchetta and Enrico Pozzo); the Netherlands (Mayra Kroonen and Jeffrey Wammes); Russia (Ksenia Semyonova and Sergei Khorokhordin); and Ukraine (Yana Demyanchuk and Nikolai Kuksenkov).

The 13th international tournament in Combs La Ville, France, Oct. 30-31, features teams from Australia (Fiona Coley, Emma Collister, Emma Dennnis, Britt Greeley and Emily Little), Switzerland (Sara Catanzaro, Nadia Mulhauser, Sarina Gerber, Mélanie Steinacher, Yvonne Hunziker and Sara Metzger), Hungary (Renata Toth, Olivia Kapitany and Luca Diveky), Netherlands (Joy Goedkoop and Sanne De Smet), Canada (Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Coralie Leblond Chartrand, Briannah Tsang and Anna Gamelo) and the host nation.

The World Cup season returns with an event Nov. 6-8 in Osijek, Croatia, and will conclude Nov. 13-15 in Stuttgart with the annual DTB Cup. With the elimination of the biennial World Cup Final, the top gymnasts from the eight World Cup events in 2009 will be recognized in Stuttgart.

Other events in November include the SA Cup, Nov. 5-7 in Pretoria, South Africa; the Italian Grand Prix, Nov. 22 in Milan; the Junior Pan American Championships, Nov. 25-29 in Aracaju, Brazil; the 14th Alpen Adria Cup, Nov. 28 in Klagenfurt, Austria; and an international Nov. 28 in Liestal, Switzerland.

Doha, which played host to a World Cup event in September, will hold a junior gymnasiade Dec. 7-14. Japan's Toyota Cup will be held Dec. 12-13 in Toyota City.

2009's international competition draws to a close with the annual Voronin Cup, Dec. 17-18 in Moscow.

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