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Five Take Titles at Doha World Challenge Cup
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Gymnasts from three continents were golden Thursday as competition continued at the 6th Doha FIG World Challenge Cup in Qatar.

The competition is the third of three consecutive weekends of FIG competition in March, following events in La-Roche-Sur-Yon, France, and Cottbus, Germany.


Phan Thi Ha Thanh (Vietnam)

Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh, the bronze medalist on women's vault at the 2011 World Championships, won gold in the final with a clean double-twisting Yurchenko and a layout Rudi (short landing but stood up). Romania Olympian Larisa Iordache took second with a double-twisting Yurchenko and simple Tsukahara full.

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, the top qualifier from Wednesday's qualification and gold medalist in La-Roche-Sur-Yon, landed an excellent layout Rudi but had too much power on her Tsuk full and stumbled back. North Korea's Ri Un Ha vaulted a strong double-twisting Yurchenko but crashed her Cheng Fei second vault.

China's Tan Jian, first on uneven bars in qualification, came out ahead again with a dynamic routine featuring a Hindorff to Gienger between the bars, Lin Li to Jaeger; Tkatchev to Pak; and a full-twistng double layout dismount.

Great Britain's Ruby Harrold won the silver with two original transition combinations — Maloney to Bhardwaj (Pak full) and Maloney-half to Zuchold — a Jaeger and double front dismount. Teammate Gabby Jupp, who won the all-around title at last weekend's British championships in Liverpool, took bronze with a very clean routine (Maloney to bail; Jaeger; full-twisting double layout) that earned the highest Execution score in the final.

Tan's teammate Zeng Siqi had a chance for a medal with a packed routine (Lin Li, Ling Jie to Jaeger; Pak salto; front giant 1 1/2 pirouette to Tkatchev) but crashed her undercooked full-twisting double.

Coached by world and Olympic champion Marius Urzica, two-time Romanian Olympian Flavius Koczi won the men's floor title. Koczi, who also won in La-Roche-Sur-Yon, tumbled all twisting passes but no double saltos: 2 1/2 to Rudi; 1 1/2 to double-twisting front; 3 1/2 twist to punch front full; triple twist.

Just .025 behind Koczi, Brazil's Arthur Mariano won the silver with four extremely clean passes (piked Arabian double front; double-twisting front to barani; 2 1/2 front full; 1 1/2 to Rudi) but had an awkward landing on his tucked full-in dismount. Slovakia's Rok Klavora won the bronze.

Olympic champions Krisztian Berki of Hungary (pommel horse) and Arthur Zanetti of Brazil (still rings) continued their reign with more gold in Doha. On pommel horse, Japan's Jumpei Oka grabbed the silver over Hungarian Olympic finalist Vid Hidvegi by .025.

China's Liao Qiuhua won the silver behind Zanetti, his third consecutive rings medal in Doha after gold in 2013 and bronze in 2011.

Separated by .05, Armenian gymnasts Artur Tovmasyan and Vahagn Davtyan finished third and fourth in the rings final. Former Armenian great Eduard Gevorgyan, a Soviet standout in the 1980s, is now the head coach for the Qatar men's team.

Two-time world champion Yuri van Gelder, who turns 30 on April 20, looked ready to challenge for the title until he fell on his full-twisting double layout dismount, ending up seventh.

Competition concludes Friday in Qatar with the remaining five finals.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
Vid Hidvegi: “Making the Grade” (profile) – March 2009
Larisa Iordache: cover photo and interview – March 2013
Rok Klavora: "Rok, Solid" (profile) - November 2009
Giulia Steingruber: profile – December 2009
Yuri van Gelder: "Power Trip" (profile) - January/February 2009; and center poster (June 2008)
Jeffrey Wammes: "Comebacks Complete" (profile) - October 2007; and "Destiny''s Child" (profile as a junior) - August/September 2002

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6th Doha FIG World Challenge Cup
March 28, Doha, Qatar

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Phan Thi Ha Thanh 5.8 9.150 14.950 14.825
6.2 8.600 0.1 14.700
2. Larisa Iordache 5.8 9.200 15.000 14.675
5.2 9.150 14.350
3. Giulia Steingruber 6.2 9.025 15.225 14.662
5.2 8.900 14.100
4. Ri Un Ha 5.8 9.050 0.1 14.750 14.437
6.4 7.725 14.125
5. Teja Belak 5.3 9.125 0.1 14.325 13.725
5.3 7.825 13.125
6. Kirsten Beckett 5.3 7.725 0.1 12.925 13.512
5.2 8.900 14.100
7. Adrian Nunes 5.3 7.750 13.050 13.300
4.6 8.950 13.550
8. Jordyn Pedersen 5.0 8.600 13.600 13.125
4.4 8.250 12.650
9. Aljazy Al-Habshi 4.6 7.625 12.225 12.025
4.4 7.425 11.825

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Tan Jiaxin 6.6 8.250 14.850
2. Ruby Harrold 6.3 8.200 14.500
3. Gabrielle Jupp 5.5 8.425 13.925
4. Giulia Steingruber 5.9 7.925 13.825
5. Diana Bulimar 5.5 8.250 13.750
6. Zeng Siqi 6.1 7.225 13.325
7. Larisa Iordache 5.5 7.825 13.325
8. Lisa Verschueren 5.2 7.200 12.400

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Flavius Koczi 6.5 8.525 0.1 14.925
2. Arthur Mariano 6.1 8.800 14.900
3. Rok Klavora 5.9 8.800 14.700
4. Reiss Beckford 6.1 8.525 14.625
5. Andrew Smith 5.9 8.525 14.425
6. Andrej Korosteljev 6.0 8.375 14.375
7. Jeffrey Wammes 6.5 7.750 14.250
8. Luke Wiwatowski 5.8 8.350 0.4 13.750

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1. Krisztian Berki 6.7 8.750 15.450
2. Jumpei Oka 6.3 8.825 15.125
3. Vid Hidvegi 6.4 8.700 15.100
4. Chen Xuezhang 6.4 8.525 14.925
5. Harutyum Merdinyan 6.3 8.525 14.825
6. Saso Bertoncelj 6.2 8.625 14.825
7. Prashanth Sellathurai 6.9 7.750 14.650
8. Flavius Koczi 6.2 8.250 14.450

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1. Arthur Zanetti 6.7 9.000 15.700
2. Liao Qiuhua 6.7 8.725 15.425
3. Artur Tovmasyan 6.6 8.800 15.400
4. Vahagn Davtyan 6.6 8.725 15.325
5. Henrique Flores 6.7 8.550 15.250
6. Andrei V. Muntean 6.4 8.750 15.150
7. Yuri van Gelder 6.8 7.875 14.675
8. Theo Seager 6.3 8.275 14.575
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