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Italian Championships Conclude
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Veteran Matteo Morandi won the all-around and still rings titles at the Italian Championships, which concluded Sunday in Arezzo.

In the absence of defending champion Enrico Pozzo, the 27-year-old Morandi cruised to victory in the all-around Saturday evening by a three-point margin over Mattia Tamiazzo, 21. Paolo Ottavi, 22, won the bronze.

2008 Italian all-around medalists Mattia Tamiazzo (silver), Matteo Morandi (gold) and Paolo Ottavi (bronze)

Morandi, who also won in 2001, 2002 and 2006, said he regretted that a lingering injury kept out Pozzo, the champion in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

"I'm sorry for Enrico," Morandi said. "Even before leaving for Arezzo I knew I wouldn't be meeting him here, and I must admit that I missed our usual duel a bit. Without Pozzo's challenge I risked a loss of concentration. We thought of Ottavi and Tamiazzo, however, to keep focused."

With four national titles, Morandi is now tied for fourth for most Italian championships with Pozzo, Romeo Neri (1928-1930, 1931) and Giovanni Carminucci (1961, 1967, 1968, 1970). Savino Guglielmetti (1935, 1937-40) won five titles, and both Jury Chechi (1989-1993, 1995) and Franco Menichelli (1960, 1962-1966) won six. Guido Figone still holds the record for his eight titles won consecutively from 1948-1955 (see box).

Veteran Alberto Busnari, 29, was the big winner in Sunday's event finals, taking titles on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

2004 Olympic high bar champion Igor Cassina performed a conservative routine Saturday for 15.300, but faltered in the final with his planned Olympic program.

Andrea Coppolino, the top qualifier on still rings Saturday (16.150), also erred in the final Sunday to place second behind Morandi. Coppolino (2001, 2003) and Morandi (2001, 2002) are each two-time world bronze medalists on still rings.

In the women's competition, all-around champion Lia Parolari won the floor exercise gold, uneven bars silver and balance beam bronze.

2005 European vault champion Francesca Benolli won vault and junior Paolo Galante won uneven bars.

2006 world champion Vanessa Ferrari competed one event only Saturday. Her 13.150 on uneven bars left her out of Sunday's six-gymnast final on bars.

Italy qualified full teams for men and women to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart, the Italian men placed 10th in preliminaries and the women placed fourth in the team final

Source: Federazione Ginnastica d'Italia

Click here to download detailed results of the men's all-around competition.


Italian Men's Champions

1925: Vittorio Lucchetti
1926: Vittorio Lucchetti
1927: Giuseppe Paris
1928: Romeo Neri
1929: Romeo Neri
1930: Romeo Neri
1931: Mario Lertora
1932: Mario Morandi
1933: Romeo Neri
1934: Natale Amedeo
1935: Savino Guglielmetti
1936: Danilo Fioravanti
1937: Savino Guglielmetti
1938: Savino Guglielmetti
1939: Savino Guglielmetti
1940: Savino Guglielmetti
1941: Natale Amedeo
1942: Natale Amedeo
1945: Ettore Perego
1946: Danilo Fioravanti
1947: Ettore Perego
1948: Guido Figone
1949: Guido Figone
1950: Guido Figone
1951: Guido Figone
1952: Guido Figone
1953: Guido Figone
1954: Guido Figone
1955: Guido Figone
1956: Orlando Polmonari
1957: Arrigo Carnoli
1958: Pasquale Carminucci
1959: Angelo Vicardi
1960: Franco Menichelli
1961: Giovanni Carminucci
1962: Franco Menichelli
1963: Franco Menichelli
1964: Franco Menichelli
1965: Franco Menichelli
1966: Franco Menichelli
1967: Giovanni Carminucci
1968: Giovanni Carminucci
1969: Aquilino Santoro
1970: Giovanni Carminucci
1971: Maurizio Montesi
1972: Maurizio Milanetto
1973: Maurizio Montesi
1974: Maurizio Milanetto
1975: Maurizio Milanetto
1976: Angelo Zucca
1977: Angelo Zucca
1978: Angelo Zucca
1979: Rocco Amboni
1980: Rocco Amboni
1981: Corrado Colombo
1982: Diego Lazzarich (tie)
1982: Vittorio Allievi (tie)
1983: Diego Lazzarich
1984: Vittorio Allievi
1985: Vittorio Allievi
1986: Antonio Trecate
1987: Boris Preti
1988: Boris Preti
1989: Jury Chechi
1990: Jury Chechi
1991: Jury Chechi
1992: Jury Chechi
1993: Jury Chechi
1994: Boris Preti
1995: Jury Chechi
1996: Robero Galli
1997: Bruno Malaspina
1998: Robero Galli
1999: Robero Galli
2000: Igor Cassina
2001: Matteo Morandi
2002: Matteo Morandi
2003: Enrico Pozzo
2004: Enrico Pozzo
2005: Enrico Pozzo
2006: Matteo Morandi
2007: Enrico Pozzo
2008: Matteo Morandi

Source: FGI

2008 Italian Championships
May 24-25, Arezzo

Men's All-Around
1. Matteo Morandi (Aeronautica Militare) 87.150
2. Mattia Tamiazzo (Corpo Libero) 84.150
3. Paolo Ottavi (Nardi Juventus) 83.900
4. Matteo Contalbrigo (Aeronautica Militare) 83.700
5. Paolo Principi (Virtus E. Pasqualetti) 83.250
6. Andrea Cingolani (Virtus E. Pasqualetti) 82.750
7. Alessandro Di Quinzio (Varesina) 81.400
8. Stefano Ceccarelli (Roma 70) 81.350
9. Nicola Ceccarello (Corpo Libero) 80.750
10. Lorenzo Ticchi (Edera) 80.450
11. Marcello Brancaccio (Juventus Nova Melzo) 80.100

Women's Vault
1. Francesca Benolli (Artistica '81) 14.713
2. Andrea Foti (Gal Lissone) 13.350

Uneven Bars
1. Paola Galante (Brixia Brescia) 15.550
2. Lia Parolari (Estate '83) 14.475
3. Francesca Benolli (Artistica '81) 14.400
4. Lorena Coza (Romana)13.850
5. Monica Bergamelli (Brixia Brescia) 13.625
6. Sara Bradaschia (Artistica '81) 11.900

Balance Beam
1. Elisabetta Preziosa (Gal Lissone) 15.325
2. Lorena Coza (Romana) 14.800
3. Lia Parolari (Estate '83) 14.675
4. Francesca Benolli (Artistica '81) 14.500
5. Andrea Foti (Gal Lissone) 14.475
6. Andrea La Spada (Pavese) 13.325

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Lia Parolari (Estate '83) 14.525
2. Andrea La Spada (Pavese) 14.100
3. Andrea Foti (Gal Lissone) 14.025
4. Elisabetta Preziosa (Gal Lissone) 13.950
5. Serena Licchetta (La Rosa Brindisi) 13.775
6. Paola Galante (Brixia Brescia) 13.500
7. Eleonora Rando (Romana) 13.225

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Stefano Ceccarelli (Roma 70) 14.650
2. Andrea Cingolani (Virtus Pasqualetti) 14.300
3. Nicola Ceccarelli (Corpo Libero) 13.800
4. Paolo Principi (Virtus Pasqualetti) 13.700
5. Mattia Tamiazzo (Corpo Libero) 13.150
6. Paolo Zampieri (Junior 2000) 13.100

Still Rings
1. Matteo Morandi (Aeronautica Militare) 15.800
2. Andrea Coppolino (Ginnastica Meda) 15.700
3. Matteo Angioletti (Ginnastica Meda) 15.550
4. Paolo Ottavi (Nardi Juventus) 14.550
5. Paolo Principi (Virtus Pasqualetti) 13.700
6. Matteo Facelli (Libertas Vercelli) 13.700

Pommel Horse
1. Alberto Busnari (Aeronautica Militare) 15.300
2. Mattia Tamiazzo (Corpo Libero) 14.150
3. Paolo Principi (Virtus Pasqualetti) 13.800
4. Marcello Brancaccio (Jventus Nova Melzo) 12.800
5. Alessandro Di Quinzio (Varesina Ginn.)12.500
6. Matteo Contalbrigo (Aeronautica Militare) 12.000

Men's Vault
1. Andrea Cingolani (Virtus Pasqualetti) 15.425
2. Paolo Principi (Virtus Pasqualetti) 15.350
3. Stefano Ceccarelli (Roma 70) 15.075
4. Paolo Ottavi (Nardi Juventus) 15.050
5. Thomas Pagni (Livornese) 14.450

Parallel Bars
1. Alberto Busnari (Aeronautica Militare) 14.600
2. Matteo Morandi (Aeronautica Militare) 14.550
3. Paolo Ottavi (Nardi Juventus) 14.500
4. Mattia Tamiazzo (Corpo Libero) 14.350
5. Alessandro Di Quinzio (Varesina) 14.300
6. Matteo Contalbrigo (Aeronautica Militare) 13.950

High Bar
1. Alberto Busnari (Aeronautica Militare) 14.600
2. Andrea Gaddi (Panaro Modena) 14.350
3. Igor Cassina (Ginnastica Meda) 14.200
4. Paolo Ottavi (Nardi Juventus) 14.000
5. Mattia Tamiazzo (Corpo Libero) 13.600

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