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Steingruber, Pakhomenko Win Gander Memorial
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2012 Olympians Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) and Igor Pakhomenko (Russia) won the 29th edition of the Arthur Gander Memorial, held Thursday in Chiasso.

2012 Olympians Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) and Igor Pakhomenko (Russia) won the 29th edition of the Arthur Gander Memorial, held Thursday in Chiasso.

The annual competition, which alternates between the Swiss towns Chiasso and Morges, allows the gymnasts to compete on select events. The women can compete on three events of their choosing, while the men compete their four strongest. The event is held in honor of Gander, the former president of the International Gymnastics Federation.

Steingruber, 14th all-around at the Olympics in London, skipped floor exercise in her effort to bring the title back to the Swiss women in Chiasso. Compatriot Ariella Käslin had won in Chiasso in 2010, while Romanian Ana Porgras claimed the title last year in Morges.

Italian Olympian Carlotta Ferlito took second, competing on all but uneven bars. Germany's Lisa-Katharina Hill skipped beam to finish third.

Pakhomenko, a member of Russia's fifth-place team in London, skipped rings and parallel bars to win the title. Former teammate Andrei Likhovitsky, now competing for Belarus, claimed second. Double Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen brought another third place for Germany.

Men's Olympic vault champion Yang Hak-Seon (Korea) earned the high score of the entire competition with his 15.75 on vault. Olympic still rings champion Arthur Zanetti (Brazil) posted 15.65 on his specialty.

The competition also included an additional award, the City of Chiasso Trophy, awarded to the top scorer of a random event. Ferlito took the trophy as the top scorer on women's floor exercise. Ukrainian Olympian Oleg Stepko won as the high scorer on parallel bars.

Much of the field moves on to Zurich for the Swiss Cup, the annual mixed-pairs event taking place Sunday.

Read an interview with Nguyen in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine.

IG Magazine Related Features:
"Still setting the standard for Belarus” – Marachkovskaya profile (May 2012)
Oldham interview (June 2010)
"Russians on the Rise" - Pakhomenko/Komova profiles (June 2008)
"Bright for Britain" - Rippin profile (July/August 2010)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" - Steingruber profile (December 2009)

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29th Arthur Gander Memorial
Oct. 31, Chiasso

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Giulia Steingruber5.014.005.713.755.914.0541.80
2.Carlotta Ferlito5.013.905.713.905.213.4041.20
3.Lisa-Katharina Hill5.013.805.713.954.512.8040.55
4.Anastasia Marachkovskaya5.014.405.312.504.912.6539.55
5.Sung Jihye5.013.756.113.855.511.8039.40
6.Maria Livchikova5.013.405.912.555.513.0038.95
7.Ilaria Käslin5.
8.Niamh Rippin5.013.605.212.3025.90
9.Yulia Belokobylskaya5.

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Igor Pakhomenko6.114.655.914.406.215.706.714.9059.65
2.Andrei Likhovitsky6.315.205.815.055.714.806.114.0559.10
3.Marcel Nguyen6.115.106.614.456.614.906.014.4058.85
4.Oleg Stepko6.414.406.414.256.614.656.514.9558.25
5.Arthur Zanetti5.814.556.815.656.615.404.812.4058.00
6.Sam Oldham5.812.606.614.955.614.506.414.0056.05
7.Pablo Brägger5.414.655.815.405.613.2043.25
8.Paolo Ottavi6.114.255.815.005.714.0043.25
9.Yang Hak-Seon5.914.105.813.257.015.7543.10

2012 City of Chiasso Trophy

Women's Floor ExerciseScore
1.Carlotta Ferlito13.40
2.Maria Livchikova13.00
3.Lisa-Katharina Hill12.80
4.Anastasia Marachkovskaya12.65
5.Niamh Rippin12.30
6.Yulia Belokobylskaya11.25
7.Ilaria Kaeslin0.00
8.Giulia Steingruber0.00
9.Sung Jihye0.00

Parallel BarsScore
1.Oleg Stepko14.95
2.Marcel Nguyen14.90
3.Andrei Likhovitsky14.80
4.Sam Oldham14.50
5.Pablo Brägger13.20
6.Arthur Zanetti12.40
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