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Dutch Gymnasts Earn Double Victory in Maribor
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Céline van Gerner and Epke Zonderland brought gold medals to the Netherlands on Sunday at the 45th Šalamunov Memorial, an FIG Challenger Cup held in Maribor, Slovenia.

Van Gerner, who won uneven bars title on Saturday, added the balance beam gold to her haul in Maribor. Zonderland took the gold medal on high bar and finished fourth on parallel bars.

Both Dutch gymnasts further their quest to represent the Netherlands at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and appear to be frontrunners for the nominations. The other contenders, female Wyomi Masela and male Jeffrey Wammes, both reportedly suffered hyperextended knees on vault Friday during qualification in Maribor.

Croatian Olympian Tina Erceg won the women's floor exercise gold medal and China's Lin Chaopan won men's vault. Slovenian veteran Mitja Petkovšek won parallel bars for the host nation.

Polish gymnasts picked up four silvers: Katarzyna Jurkowska (balance beam), Marta Pihan-Kulesza (women's floor exercise), Marek Lyszczarz (men's vault) and Adam Kierzkowski (parallel bars).

The FIG Challenger Cup series continues next weekend in Ghent, Belgium.

External Link: Official Website

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

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Céline van Gerner5.97.95013.850
2.Katarzyna Jurkowska5.48.32513.725
3.Teja Belak5.58.10013.600
4.Adrian Gomes5.37.90013.200
4.Anastasia Marachkovskaya5.37.90013.200
6.Dorina Boczogo5.77.47513.175
7.Ana Filipa Martins5.16.75011.850
8.Yevgenia Cherniy5.26.12511.325

Women's FLoor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Tina Erceg5.48.22513.625
2.Marta Pihan-Kulesza5.58.00013.500
3.Lisa Top5.48.00013.400
4.Saša Golob5.18.05013.150
4.Daiane dos Santos5.87.4500.113.150
6.Adela Šajn5.08.07513.075
7.Merlina Galera4.88.07512.875
8.Angelina Kysla5.45.57510.975

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Lin Chaopan6.29.10015.30015.787
2.Marek Lyszczarz6.29.15015.35015.675
3.Tomi Tuuha6.68.9000.115.40015.625
4.Vitalijs Kardasovs6.29.20015.40015.387
5.Angel Ramos6.29.12515.32515.300
6.Luis Rivera6.28.8500.114.95015.225
7.Renato Oliveira5.89.05014.85015.012
8.Petrus Laulumaa5.89.00014.80014.850

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Mitja Petkovšek6.29.07515.275
2.Wang Peng6.68.55015.150
2.Adam Kierzkowski6.28.95015.150
4.Epke Zonderland6.48.62515.025
5.Samuel Piasecky6.28.67514.875
6.Alen Dimic5.88.82514.625
7.Alexander Suprun5.88.80014.600
8.Kenneth Ikeda6.18.30014.400

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Epke Zonderland7.98.37516.275
2.Marijo Možnik6.98.50015.400
3.Maxim Semyankiv6.48.57514.975
4.Kevin Lytwyn6.28.30014.500
5.Daniel Keatings6.18.32514.425
6.Nicolas Cordoba5.78.07513.775
7.Roman Kulesza6.07.27513.275
8.Samuel Piasecky5.87.20013.000
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Alison Clements said:

Zonderland start value
Heavens - a 7.9 start value from Zonderland?!?! If he hadn't had a break of form in the middle that score would have been even higher. Go Epke, repeat that in London, even an uneducated Olympic crowd will realise that routine is phenomenal.
June 04, 2012
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