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Portugal Readies for 1st Gymnastics World Cup
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While Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates rest this weekend between matches at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Portugal will play host to a top group of gymnasts at its first FIG World Cup.


Four-time Portuguese national champion Zoi Lima

Approximately 100 gymnasts are expected to compete at the 1st Portugal World Cup, June 18-20 in São João da Madeira. Admission to the event at Travessas Sports Hall is free to the public.

Among the international stars expected are Olympic champion Chen Yibing (China) and world champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil).

New Chinese national champion Feng Zhe is also on the men's roster, as are World Cup medalists Flavius Koczi (Romania), Samuel Piasecky (Slovakia), Ali Al-Asi (Jordan), Alexander Shatilov (Israel), Yevgeny Sapronenko (Latvia, Filip Yanev (Bulgaria), Wajdi Bouallegue (Tunisia), Regulo Carmona (Venezuela), and Isaac Botella and Rafael Martinez (Spain).

Portugal's entrants include top all-arounders Manuel Campos, 15th at the 2009 Worlds in London, and Gustavo Simoes, the bronze medalist at the 2008 Junior Europeans in Lausanne.

World bronze medalist Sui Lu of China headlines a smaller female lineup, which also includes three-time Brazilian Olympian Daniele Hypolito. Venezuelan Olympian Jessica Lopez, third on uneven bars at the 2010 Moscow World Cup, and Slovenia's Teja Belak, first on vault at the 2010 Maribor World Cup, will be in contention for more hardware in Portugal.

Other 2008 Olympians in the women's field are Tina Erceg (Croatia), Hannah Whelan (Great Britain) and Do Thi Ngan Thuong (Vietnam).

The host team women's lineup includes four-time national champion Zoi Lima — the silver medalist on floor exercise at the 2009 Osijek World Cup — and Russian-born Ekaterina Kislinskaya, 16.

Neighbor Spain is sending four first-year seniors: Marta Cuesto, Sara Cuso, Claudia Vila and Elena Zaldivar.

Following the event in Portugal, the FIG series will take a three-month hiatus. World Cup action will return in September with events in Ghent (Sept. 11-12), Kiev (Sept. 18-19) and Ostrava (Sept. 22-Oct. 2).

External Link: Official Event Website

1st Portugal World Cup
June 18-20, 2010, São João da Madeira

Men's Roster
Mauro Martinez
Juan Manuel Lompizano
Juan Sebastian Melchiori
Nicolas Busso Orozco
Alexander Leidlmair
Fabian Leimlehner
Marco Baldauf
Matthias Schwab
Donna-Donny Truyens
Jonas Toeback
Mosiah Rodrigues
Arthur Zanetti
Sergio Eras
Diego Hypolito
Filip Yanev
Alexander Batinkov
Liao Junlin
Tong Yingjie
Chen Yibing
Guo Weiyang
Feng Zhe
Jorge Hugo Giraldo
Juan Guillermo Escobar
Javier Sandoval
Didier Lugo
Panagiotis Aristotelous
Irodotos Georgallas
Georgios Georgiou
Giannos Parpas
Georgios Spanos
Rafael Martinez
Arkaitz Garcia
Isaac Botella Perez
Fabian Gonzalez
Ivan San Miguel
Juho Kanerva
Yevgen Gryshchenko
Ruslan Panteleymonov
Theo Seager
Steve Woitalla
Thomas Taranu
Jian Zhong
Wai Hung Shek
Alexander Shatilov
Ali Al-Asi
Jad Mazahreh
Yevgeny Sapronenko
Sascha Palgen
Javier Balboa
Santiago Lopez Viana
Miguel Monreal
Simao Almeida
Manuel Campos
Gustavo Simoes
Bernardo Graca
Flavius Koczi
Ovidiu Buidoso
Ziga Silc
Alen Dimic
Gregor Saksida
Samuel Piasecky
Wajdi Bouallegue
Jose Luis Fuentes
Regulo Carmona
Johny Parra
Cuong Hoang
Pham Phuoc Hung
Nam Dang
Women's Roster
Kathrin Nussbacher
Stephanie Dittert
Simone Penker
Daniele Hypolito
Kristin Klarenbach
Sui Lu
Zhang Yujiao
Melba Yurany Avendano
Gabriela Maria Gomez
Nathalia Sanchez
Tina Erceg
Claudia Vila
Elena Zaldivar
Sara Cuso
Marta Cuesta
Ida Laisi
Laura Edwards
Hannah Whelan
Hiu Ying Angel Wong
Monika Frandofert
Marta Damasio
Alexandra Choon
Ekaterina Kislinskaya
Zoi Lima
Fiona Novak
Teja Belak
Alenka Dolnicar
Ivana Kamnikar
Lina Sjoeberg
Jessica Lopez
Phan Thi Ha Thanh
Do Thi Ngan Thuong
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