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Gymnasts Face Final FIG Challenge Before London
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Dozens of Olympic hopefuls will get a final pre-Olympic push in back-to-back FIG Challenger events taking place this weekend and next. Pictured: Diana Bulimar hopes to impress in Ghent and join Romania's Olympic squad this summer.

Dozens of Olympic hopefuls will get a final pre-London push in back-to-back FIG Challenger events taking place this weekend and next.

More than 300 gymnasts from 44 nations are on the combined rosters for the two events: the 45th Šalamunov Memorial, Friday through Sunday in Maribor, Slovenia; and the Ghent Challenger Cup, June 9-10 in the Belgian city.

The rosters includes several gymnasts who have already clinched spots for this summer's Olympic Games in London, including world champions Diego Hypolito (Brazil), Vlasios Maras (Greece) and Krisztian Berki (Hungary). Other notable Olympic qualifiers include Valeria Pereyra (Argentina), Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), Tomas Gonzalez (Chile), Yamilet Peña (Dominican Republic), Kieran Behan (Ireland), Valeria Maksyuta (Israel), Daniel Corral (Mexico), Marta Pihan-Kulesza and Roman Kulesza (Poland), Jonna Adlerteg (Sweden), Jessica Lopez (Venezuela) and Phan Thi Ha Thanh (Vietnam).

Other gymnasts on the rosters have Olympic aspirations but must still prove their worth to various coaches and selection committees. Diana Bulimar, Diana Chelaru, Raluca Haidu and Amelia Racea are all contenders for the yet-undecided Romanian women's team, a perennial medal favorite at the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Daniel Keatings, Sam Oldham and Louis Smith are fiercely fighting for spots on Great Britain's men's squad to London, where the British will be a team medal contender for the first time in modern gymnastics history.

The competitions are the final stage in the drama that has embroiled Dutch gymnastics this year on the competition floor — and in the courtroom. According to the FIG qualification rules, Jeffrey Wammes and Epke Zonderland both scored enough at the pre-Olympic event to qualify to London as individuals. However, the Dutch team ranking means that only one of them will be allowed to compete at the Olympics. The women are in a similar situation, having earned one spot for any individual the federation wishes to send. The Royal Dutch Gymnastics Federation Zonderland announced in February that Zonderland and Wyomi Masela were to be its 2012 Olympians, a decision that spawned lawsuits from Wammes and women's national champion Céline van Gerner. The judges agreed with the gymnasts' position that the federation was too hasty in its selection and that the federation must take into account results from spring events, including the Challenger Cups in Maribor and Ghent, before making a final decision.

Part of the International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup series, the Challenger Cup features apparatus-only competition. Previous events were held in March in Cottbus and Doha, and in April in Osijek. The series concludes in Ostrava in November.

45th Šalamunov Memorial/FIG Challenger Cup
June 1-3, Maribor, Slovenia

Women's Competitors
Camila Ambrosio
Merlina Galera
Valeria Pereyra
Ailen Valente
Olga Mokhovtsova
Anastasia Marachovskaya
Daiane dos Santos
Adrian Gomes
Tina Erceg
Tijana Tkalcec
Dorina Boczogo
Tunde Csillag
Laura Gombas
Nofar Cohen
Hadas Koren
Valerija Grisane
Joy Goedkoop
Wyomi Masela
Céline van Gerner
Gabriela Janik
Katarzyna Jurkowska
Marta Pihan-Kulesza
Alexandra Choon
Zoi Mafalda Lima
Ana Filipa Martins
Rita Oliveira
Aljazy Al-Habshi
Shaden Wohdan
Daniela Andrei
Gabriela Dragoi
Raluca Haidu
Teja Belak
Saša Golob
Ivana Kamnikar
Adela Sajn
Aleksandra Rajcic
Jelena Stamenkovic
Ranin Abou Faraj
Yevgenia Cherniy
Alina Fomenko
Angelina Kysla
Daryna Liubytska
Jessica Lopez
Men's Competitors
Andres Arean
Nicolas Cordoba
Osvaldo Martinez
Juan Sebastian Melchiori
Federico Molinari
Matias Silva
Christopher Martin
Prashanth Sellathurai
Roland Auer
Matthias Decker
Xheni Dyrmishi
Julian Egermann
Alexander Leidlmair
Tomas Thys
Jimmy Verbaeys
Pavel Bulavsky
Artyom Bykov
Diego Hypolito
Sergio Sasaki
Arthur Zanetti
Nathan Gafuik
Kenneth Ikeda
Kevin Lytwyn
Brandon O'Neill
Christian Bruno
Juan Francisco Raffo
Filip Borosa
Marko Brez
Andrej Korosteljev
Marijo Moznik
Renato Prpic
Kristijan Vugrinski
Juho Kanerva
Petrus Laulumaa
Jarkko Pekkanen
Tomi Tuuha
Reiss Beckford
Daniel Keatings
Louis Smith
Krisztian Berki
Vid Hidvegi
Luke Carson
Anthony O'Donnell
Geoff Rellis
Andrew Smith
Adham Alsqour
Jad Mazahreh
Fahad Al Ghannam
Jawad Alherz
Mohammad Ali
Faisal Alothman
Ahmad Alqattan
Vitalijs Kardasovs
Dmitrijs Trefilovs
Dino Boshnjak
Ivan Krstevski
Arjen Butter
Jorian Ilbrink
Glenn Smink
Jeffrey Wammes
Epke Zonderland
Sebastian Cecot
Adam Kierzkowski
Roman Kulesza
Maciej Labutin
Marek Lyszczarz
Adam Rzepa
Ahmed Aldayani
Nasser Alhamad
Mahmood Alsadi
Malek Alyahri
Saso Bertoncelj
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Aljaz Pegan
Mitja Petkovsek
Ziga Silc
Martin Argalas
Slavomir Michnak
Andrej Neczli
Samuel Piasecky
Suhail Alkurdi
Amer Attar
Fadi Bahlawan
Feras Bahlawan
Volodymyr Grybuk
Maxim Semyankiv
Andrei Sienichkin
Alexander Suprun
Alexander Vorobyov

2012 Ghent Challenger Cup
June 9-10, Ghent, Belgium

Women's Competitors
Camila Ambrosio
Merlina Galera
Valeria Pereyra
Ailen Valente
Julie Croket
Terri Grand'ry
Gaelle Mys
Lisa Verschueren
Anastasia Marachkovskaya
Olga Mokhovtsova
Daniele Hypolito
Bruna Leal
Lais Souza
Paraskevi Babalis
Stefanie Merkle
Sabrina Tomassini
Barbara Achondo
Melany Cabrera
Martina Castro
Andrea Olivares
Tijana Tkalcec
Kristyna Palesova
Jana Sikulova
Yamilet Peña
Sherine El Zeiny
Salma Mahmoud El Said Mohamed
Mari Anttila
Maija Leinonen
Vasiliki Millousi
Hadas Koren
Valeria Maksyuta
Olga Antipenko
Anna Geidt
Alexa Moreno
Wyomi Masela
Lisa Top
Céline van Gerner
Marta Pihan-Kulesza
Alexandra Choon
Zoi Lima
Ana Filipa Martins
Inês Romero
Diana Bulimar
Diana Chelaru
Amelia Racea
Teja Belak
Saša Golob
Fiona Novak
Adela Sajn
Jessica Diacci
Nadia Mülhauser
Maria Homolova
Jonna Adlerteg
Natalia Kononenko
Maria Livchikova
Krystyna Sankova
Luiza Galiulina
Daria Yelizarova
Jessica Lopez
Ivet Rojas
Do Thi Thu Huyen
Phan Thi Ha Thanh
Men's Competitors
Andres Arean
Nicolas Cordoba
Osvaldo Martinez
Juan Sebastian Melchiori
Federico Molinari
Matias Silva
Christopher Martin
Prashanth Sellathurai
Marco Baldauf
Fabian Leimlehner
Thomas Neuteleers
Kristof Schroe
Tomas Thys
Jonas Toeback
Donna-Donny Truyens
Jimmy Verbaeys
Pavel Bulavsky
Andrei Likhovitsky
Alexander Tsarevich
Francisco Barretto
Diego Hypolito
Sergio Sasaki
Arthur Zanetti
Mathieu Csukassy
Jayd Lukenchuk
Jackson Payne
Tomas Gonzalez
Cheng Ran
Du Wei
Liao Junlin
Liu Rongbing
Luo Xuan
Zhang Hongtao
Marko Brez
Tomislav Markovic
Marijo Moznik
Robert Seligman
Filip Ude
Martin Konecny
Amr Essam Mohamed Ahmed
Mohamed Sherif El Saharty
Ali Ramadan Abuoelkassem Zahran
Nestor Abad
Javier Gomez
Fabian Gonzalez
Rafael Martinez
Eetu Lahti
Jarkko Pekkanen
Heikki Saarenketo
Daniel Keatings
Sam Oldham
Eleftherios Kosmidis
Vlasios Maras
Eleftherios Petrounias
Krisztian Berki
Vid Hidvegi
Hadi Khenarinezhad
Mohammad Ramezanpour
Younes Zeyghami
Kieran Behan
Luke Carson
Anthony O'Donnell
Andrew Smith
Shun Kuwahara
Masayoshi Yamamoto
Masahiro Yoshida
Viktor Kocherin
Ilya Kornev
Nurtas Kozhakov
Azizbek Kudratullayev
Stanislav Valiyev
Rokas Guscinas
Daniel Corral
Asiel Lopez
Luis Sosa
Yuri van Gelder
Jeffrey Wammes
Epke Zonderland
Adam Kierzkowski
Roman Kulesza
Maciej Labutin
Adam Rzepa
Adrian Bucur
Andrei V. Muntean
Andrei Muntean
Andrei Ursache
Saso Bertoncelj
Ziga Britovsek
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Mitja Petkovsek
Ziga Silc
Pascal Bucher
Claudio Capelli
Oliver Hegi
Kevin Rossi
Slavomir Michnak
Samuel Piasecky
Wajdi Bouallegue
Maxim Semiankiv
Andrei Sienichkin
Alexander Suprun
Alexander Vorobyov
Anton Fokin
Carlos Carbonell
Dang Nam
Ha Thanh Nguyen
Hoang Cuong
Nguyen Tuan Dat
Phuoc Hung Pham
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