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Hypolito, Sasaki Best at Brazilian Trophy
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Three-time Olympian Daniele Hypolito and Sergio Sasaki won the all-around titles at the Brazilian Trophy, held Saturday in Brasilia.

Hypolito took the title with 55.600, easily topping Adrian Gomes (52.550) and Gabriela Soares (52.150).

Hypolito, 26, said she was happy with her consistent scores: 13.750 on vault, 13.900 on uneven bars and balance beam, and 14.050 on floor exercise.


Sergio Sasaki

"Competing on balance beam always creates some nervousness because it is extremely difficult, but I did very well on all four and am very happy," she said.

Gomes, 21, said she was surprised with her silver medal.

"I'm not at my best at the moment but I came to do my best," she said. "I made some mistakes that I know I can improve and therefore I was even surprised with the results but of course very happy."

Soares, 17, said she was happy to take third after a fall on uneven bars.

"I was not counting on the medal, because I fell on bars," she said. "But I managed to spend well in other devices and I am very pleased to get this medal."

Daiane dos Santos, 28, made a successful comeback after a two-year absence caused by injury and a suspension for diuretics. Dos Santos, the 2003 world champion on floor exercise, tumbled a full-twisting double layout and piked Arabian double front on floor.

Brazilian team coordinator Georgette Vidor said she was pleased with dos Santos and invited her back to the national squad.

"We had already talked with Daiane dos Santos about her participation here in this meet and she knew she would be evaluated," Vidor said. "She told me she wants to help Brazil to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. And we know her energy will be very important for the group."

In the men's competition, Sasaki scored 88.550 to defeat reigning Brazilian champion Diego Hypolito (86.200) and Pericles da Silva (85.100).

Sasaki, 19, earned a top score of 16.500 on vault, plus 15.550 on floor, 13.750 on pommel horse, 14.300 on still rings, 14.400 on parallel bars and 14.050 on high bar.

"The plan was to score more than 88.000 points and I'm very happy that I achieved the goal," Sasaki said. "Our goal is the world championships, which will be qualifying for the Olympics, where our aim is to scored 89.000 to 90.000.

Sasaki left São Paulo club São Caetano to train alongside Hypolito at Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.

"When I changed my club and, consequently, my state, it opened up some things and it's great to see that it is paying off," he said. "I got two medals at the World Cup already this year and now this title. I owe it all to my team and my coaches."

External Link: Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation

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