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Caranobe Comes Back as French Defeat Germans
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Eighteen months after a serious ankle injury, 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Benoît Caranobe was back in action, helping the French men defeat Germany and Spain in a tri-meet held Saturday in Troyes. Pictured: German Olympian Eugen Spiridonov was the top all-arounder.

Eighteen months after a serious ankle injury, 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Benoît Caranobe was back in action, helping the French men defeat Germany and Spain in a tri-meet held Saturday in Troyes.

France edged rival Germany by just over a point, 263.30-262.25, followed by Spain with 260.00.


Benoît Caranobe (France)

Germany's Eugen Spiridonov was the top all-arounder with 88.05. France's Arnaud Willig (86.85) took second over Spain's Nestor Abad (84.85).

Caranobe contributed four events in his first international competition since the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, where he severely injured his right ankle. Caranobe suffered ruptured ankle ligaments and tendons — including his Achilles — and a broken ankle bone.

"My ankle is still not great," the two-time Olympian told IG on Monday. "I still can't run so I can't do floor or vault. Landings on the other four events are painful and prevent me from good dismounts."

Caranobe, who has undergone four surgeries since Rotterdam, said he was pleased with his comeback but increasingly disheartened about his chances of making a third Olympic appearance. He was the unexpected bronze medalist in Beijing, becoming the first French gymnast in 88 years to win an all-around medal at the Olympic Games.

"I'm very happy to return to competition but at the same time very anxious because I realize the Olympic Games are slipping away little by little," said Caranobe, who turns 32 on June 12.

The men's European championships take place May 21-27 in Montpellier, in the south of France. Germany is the defending team champion from the 2010 Europeans in Birmingham, where France took third behind Great Britain. Weak scores on floor exercise and vault kept Germany behind France in Troyes, but head coach Andreas Hirsch said he is satisfied with the performance.

"I don't see second place as negative," he said in a statement on the DTB's website. "It was important that we were there. The problems we had here, we have to fix and pay attention to in training."

Hirsch said he is also pleased his gymnasts are healthy.

"They are all alive and well," he said.

External Link: French Gymnastics Federation

2012 France vs. Germany vs. Spain (Men)
May 5, Troyes, France

TeamFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. France 42.90 42.40 43.85 45.00 44.05 45.10 263.30
2. Germany 40.95 42.95 44.85 43.85 44.05 45.60 262.25
3. Spain 43.55 40.10 43.80 46.30 42.85 43.40 260.00

All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Eugen Spiridonov 6.0 14.65 5.8 14.60 5.6 14.05 6.2 15.15 5.6 14.30 6.5 15.30 88.05
2. Arnaud Willig 5.9 14.45 5.8 13.45 6.0 14.60 6.6 14.35 6.2 14.70 6.5 15.30 86.85
3. Nestor Abad 5.5 14.35 5.0 12.25 5.9 14.65 6.2 14.65 5.6 14.55 5.7 14.40 84.85
4. Thomas Taranu 6.0 13.55 5.3 13.50 6.5 15.25 6.6 14.40 5.9 13.85 5.5 14.00 84.55
5. Sebastian Krimmer 5.3 12.75 6.2 13.30 5.3 13.05 6.2 14.15 5.9 13.65 6.4 15.05 81.95
6. Helge Liebrich 5.9 12.25 5.5 13.90 5.1 13.70 6.6 14.25 5.3 13.45 5.6 13.85 81.40
7. Fabián González 6.0 14.05 5.9 13.75 6.6 15.75 5.6 14.45 7.0 14.60 72.60
8. Marcel Nguyen 5.6 13.05 6.7 14.70 6.6 14.30 6.8 15.50 6.1 14.00 71.55
9. Rubén López 5.6 14.20 5.6 12.50 6.2 14.45 6.1 13.85 5.8 14.40 69.40
10. Yann Rayepin 5.7 13.95 4.8 11.95 6.6 15.35 6.0 13.60 5.6 13.00 67.85
11. Andreas Toba 6.1 14.45 6.3 14.90 5.6 14.25 6.3 15.25 58.85
12. Cyril Tommasone 5.8 14.50 6.8 15.65 5.8 13.75 6.2 14.75 58.65
13. Sergio Muñoz 6.1 13.85 6.3 14.35 6.6 15.90 5.9 13.80 57.90
14. Cyril Vieu 5.9 13.30 5.2 13.80 6.4 14.6 6.00 14.5 15.00 56.20
15. Christian Bazán 6.1 14.35 6.1 14.70 6.6 14.45 6.0 12.55 56.05
16. Isaac Botella 6.5 14.85 5.0 11.70 5.9 14.30 6.6 14.60 6.6 15.10 55.45
17. Benoît Caranobe 5.2 11.90 6.2 14.55 6.2 13.45 6.1 14.75 54.65
18. Gael Da Silva 6.0 14.70 6.6 15.30 6.4 15.05 45.05
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simjac said:

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No Hambuchen and Boy in Germanys team? No wonder they got defeated without their best men smilies/wink.gif
 
May 08, 2012
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