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Romanians Reclaim Swiss Cup
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Steliana Nistor and Flavius Koczi won the 25th annual Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs competition held Sunday in Zurich.

At the competition, each team competes two events and the top eight teams advance to the semi-final. The top four teams then advance to the final.

Steliana Nistor

Nistor and Koczi held off the naturalized German pair of Oksana Chusovitina (born in Uzbekistan) and Yevgeny Spiridonov (born in Russia).

The Russian pair of Svetlana Klyukina and Sergei Khorokhordin finished third, ahead of the brother-sister pair from Brazil, Diego and Daniele Hypolito.

Romania has been the most successful nation at the Swiss Cup, winning in 1986 (Ecaterina Szabo and Marian Rizan), 1987 (Daniela Silivas and Nicusor Pascu), 1988 (Gabriela Potorac and Marius Toba), 2001 (Silvia Stroescu and Marian Dragulescu), 2003 (Oana Ban and Marian Dragulescu) and 2004 (Catalina Ponor and Marius Urzica).

From 1994 to 1999, the Swiss Cup was for apparatus only, but the mixed-pairs format returned in 2000.

The Chinese pair of Han Bing and Teng Haibin won in 2005, and the mixed-mixed pair of Oksana Chusovitina (Germany) and Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria) won in 2006.

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