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Germany Beats Italy, Switzerland at Swiss Cup
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Germany outlasted mixed teams from Italy and Switzerland to win the Swiss Cup on Sunday in Zurich.


Elisabeth Seitz (Germany)

Elisabeth Seitz paired with superstar Fabian Hambüchen to win the title after four rounds of competition.

The mixed-pair format features one male gymnast and one female gymnast competing on selected apparatus. The top eight teams advance to the semi-final, from which the top four teams advance to the final. The gymnasts must compete on different events during the first rounds of competition, but in the final can pick any apparatus except the high-scoring vault.

Seitz, a finalist on uneven bars at the recent world championships in Rotterdam, opted for a safe Gienger instead of her Def in the final (14.850), while Hambüchen scored 16.000 on high bar.

Italy was second with a 13.850 on floor exercise from Vanessa Ferrari and 15.050 on still rings from Matteo Morandi (one step on dismount).

The home team just egded Romania with hit routines from Ariella Käslin (14.150 on balance beam) and Claudio Capelli (15.050 on parallel bars).

Ukraine, France, China and the Netherlands failed to advance to the semi-final after mistakes from the female gymnasts.

Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov, fourth all-around in Rotterdam, performed consistently with 14.700 on both still rings and parallel bars and 14.850 on high bar. Olympian Anastasia Koval couldn't score above 14, however.

France's Yann Cucherat, who skipped the 2010 Worlds while waiting for the birth of his son, returned to score 15.000 on parallel bars and 15.300 on high bar. Teammate Marine Brevet fell off beam for 12.900.

Chinese newcomer Huang Yuguo competed well, but Zhang Yelinzi scored only 10.850 on floor exercise with falls on her Arabian double front and double tuck.

Jeffrey Wammes earned 16.100 on vault and 15.050 on high bar for the Netherlands, but Marlies Rijken couldn't score above 13.000.

Great Britain, additional teams from Switzerland and Germany, and Bulgaria failed to advance past the first round. Bulgarian veteran Jordan Jovtchev, 37, performed a strong routine on still rings but did not throw a dismount (12.900).

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2010 Swiss Cup
Oct. 31, 2010, Zurich

Round 1Round 2Semi-FinalTotalFinal
1. Germany 1 88.350 30.850
Elisabeth Seitz 14.650 14.100 13.600 14.850
Fabian Hambüchen 15.000 16.05 14.95 16.000
2. Italy 85.900 29.350
Vanessa Ferrari 14.000 14.250 13.850 13.850
Matteo Morandi 15.250 15.800 12.750 15.500
3. Switzerland 1 89.525 29.200
Ariella Käslin 14.600 14.825 14.200 14.150
Claudio Capelli 15.950 15.150 14.800 15.050
4. Romania 86.825 29.000
Sandra Izbasa 13.950 12.700 13.950 14.00
Flavius Koczi 16.175 14.850 15.200 15.00
5. Ukraine 85.250
Anastasia Koval 13.650 13.750 13.600
Nikolai Kuksenkov 14.700 14.850 14.700
6. France 84.450
Marine Brevet 13.450 12.900 14.050
Yann Cucherat 15.100 15.300 13.650
7. China 83.300
Zhang Yelinzi 13.850 14.000 10.850
Huang Yuguo 14.450 14.300 15.850
8. Netherlands 83.000
Marlies Rijken 12.600 12.300 12.550
Jeffrey Wammes 16.100 15.050 14.400
9. Great Britain 56.050
Imogen Cairns 13.350 13.750
Kristian Thomas 14.300 14.650
10. Germany 2 55.200
Lisa Katharina Hill 14.300 13.400
Sebastian Krimmer 13.550 13.950
11. Switzerland 2 54.125
Giulia Steingruber 13.150 12.300
Roman Gisi 14.425 14.250
12. Bulgaria 49.675
Ralitsa Mileva 10.350 13.075
Jordan Jovtchev 12.900 13.350
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