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Tweddle Takes Title at Doha Challenger Cup
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British star Beth Tweddle claimed the uneven bars title Thursday as competition continued at the 5th Doha Cup, held at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital.

British star Beth Tweddle claimed the uneven bars title Thursday as competition continued at the 5th Doha Cup, held at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital.

Tweddle, who scored 15.900 in qualificiation, did not connect her planned back-to-back transitions of toe-full to toe-on Tkatchev-half to Yezhova into a Maloney-half. But the three-time world champion still pulled out a victory, scoring 15.125 over China's Jiang Yuyuan (14.875). Hoping for an Olympic victory in London this summer, Tweddle could follow in the tradition of He Kexin, who won the bars title in Doha in 2008, a few months before taking gold in Beijing.

Jiang, also a member of China's gold-medal squad at the 2008 Olympics, performed a difficult set (full pirouette into elgrip, full back to elgrip, Jaeger, Pak salto; 1 1/2 out of elgrip into Tkatchev, double layout) but late pirouettes and a step on her double layout dismount cost her.

Swiss standout Giulia Steingruber upgraded to a layout Rudi on vault (15.325) to take the women's title comfortably. Qatar's Aljazy Al-Habshi placed eighth for the host nation.

The Chinese men took two titles: three-time Olympic champion Zou Kai won floor exercise, while teammate Liao Qiahua won still rings. Slovenia's Saso Bertoncelj defeated Liao to take the title pommel horse.

Competition concludes Friday with the remaining events.

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5th Doha Cup/FIG Challenger Series
March 29, 2012, Doha, Qatar

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.39.02515.32514.662
2.Nadine Jarosch5.38.92514.22513.837
3.Teja Belak5.38.87514.17513.812
4.Kirsten Beckett5.38.90014.20013.587
5.Demet Mutlu5.08.65013.65013.287
6.Togzhan Manassova4.68.60013.20012.850
7.Monika Frandofert4.68.15012.75012.787
8.Olga Antipenko5.08.50013.50012.762
9.Aljazy Al-Habshi4.27.72511.92511.762

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Beth Tweddle6.98.27515.175
2.Jiang Yuyuan6.68.27514.875
3.Lisa Katharina Hill6.18.47514.575
4.Larisa Iordache6.28.32514.525
5.Marta Pihan-Kulesza5.78.57514.275
5.Diana Bulimar5.68.67514.275
7.Giulia Steingruber5.78.07513.775
8.Nadine Jarosch5.48.32513.725

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Zou Kai6.68.90015.500
2.Tomislav Markovic6.48.62515.025
3.Vlad Cotuna6.38.52514.825
4.Andrew Smith6.28.37514.575
5.Jimmy Verbaeys6.08.25014.250
6.Rok Klavora5.68.42514.025
7.Huang Yuguo6.67.17513.775
8.Alexander Batinkov6.17.3500.313.150

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Saso Bertoncelj6.09.22515.225
2.Liao Qiuhua6.28.62514.825
3.Cyril Tommasone6.77.92514.625
4.Artur Davtyan5.59.07514.575
5.Zoltan Kallai6.28.35014.550
6.Cristian Bataga5.98.62514.525
7.Vid Hidvegi6.47.67514.075
8.Robert Seligman5.56.97512.475

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Liao Qiuhua6.68.97515.575
2.Vahagn Davtyan6.68.95015.550
3.Danny Rodrigues6.78.82515.525
4.Artur Tovmasyan6.48.87515.275
4.Andreas Toba6.68.67515.275
6.Federico Molinari6.28.75014.950
7.Cristian Bataga6.18.77514.875
8.Ali Ramadan Zahran6.48.27514.675
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