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Canada's Black Grabs Second Title in Osijek
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Gymnasts from five nations won gold medals Sunday as competition concluded at the FIG Challenger Cup in Osijek, Croatia.

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber won the balance beam title with a precise routine (piked front; switch leap to side somi; ff two-foot layout; front aerial to back tuck; switch side; layout gainer full off the end of the beam). Canada's Christine Lee, the top qualifier, hit her double turn; standing full; punch front and layout but grabbed the beam later on her barani.

Vault champion Ellie Black (Canada) took her second gold medal of the competition with the women's floor exercise title. Black outscored Steingruber and Ontario's Silvia Colussi-Pelaez, who represents her parents' native Spain.

Chilean Tomás González hit his Tsukahara double pike and Yurchenko 2 1/2 (9.6 Execution) to take the vault title over Poland's Marek Lyszczarz. Great Britain's Kristian Thomas and Ruslan Panteleymonov tied for the bronze.

Pan American Games champion Daniel Corral (Mexico) impressed with a victory on parallel bars over former world champion Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia).

Just seventh in qualification, former world and European high bar champion Vlasios Maras (Greece) was back on top in the final. Maras edged three-time French Olympian Yann Cucherat, 15.600-15.575.

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2012 Osijek Grand Prix/FIG Challenger Cup
April 29, Osijek, Croatia

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Giulia Steingruber5.98.17514.075
2.Vasiliki Millousi6.17.80013.900
3.Jessica Diacci5.78.12513.825
4.Christine Lee6.37.10013.400
5.Teja Belak5.57.90013.400
6.Silvia Colussi-Pelaez5.77.62513.325
7.Maria Homolova5.08.00013.000
8.Tina Erceg5.06.90011.900

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Black5.78.02513.725
2.Giulia Steingruber5.58.22513.725
3.Silvia Colussi-Pelaez5.38.30013.600
4.Christine Lee5.77.67513.375
5.Tina Erceg5.47.9750.113.275
6.Saša Golub5.47.85013.250
7.Elisa Hämmerle5.17.82512.925
8.Nikola Chung4.87.02511.825

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Tomás González7.09.1500.116.05016.125
6.69.60016.050
2.Marek Lyszczarz6.69.55016.15015.913
6.29.47516.150
3.Ruslan Panteleymonov7.08.9750.115.87515.850
6.69.22515.875
4.Kristian Thomas7.08.8750.115.77515.850
6.69.32515.775
5.Samir Ait Said7.09.30016.30015.825
7.08.6500.316.300
6.David Sender6.69.47516.07515.825
6.68.97516.075
7.Igor Radivilov7.09.42516.42515.775
7.08.2250.116.425
8.Marius Berbecar6.69.30015.90015.375
6.68.25015.900

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Daniel Corral6.69.02515.625
2.Mitja Petkovsek6.59.12515.625
3.Marius Berbecar6.49.20015.600
4.Yann Cucherat6.48.70015.100
5.Adam Kierzkowski6.58.47514.975
6.Hamilton Sabot6.18.80014.900
7.Samuel Piasecky5.79.02514.725
8.Andrei Muntean6.47.92514.325

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Vlasios Maras7.08.60015.600
2.Yann Cucherat6.78.87515.575
3.Andreas Bretschneider6.98.55015.450
4.Kristian Thomas6.38.62514.925
5.Marijo Možnik6.18.25014.350
6.Hamilton Sabot6.47.82514.225
7.Marco Balduf6.17.40013.500
8.Alexander Shatilov6.37.07513.375
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