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Romania Rules Final Day at Doha Challenge Cup
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Romanian gymnasts captured three of five gold medals Friday as the 6th Doha World Challenge Cup concluded in Qatar.


Larisa Iordache (Romania)

Olympian Larisa Iordache took the gold medal on balance beam with a wobble-free set, tumbling a ff tucked full, a round off layout/piked full, and a RO ff, triple twist dismount.

China's Zeng Siqi claimed second with a beautiful routine, highlighted by a ff, ff, two-foot layout, sissone series. British champion Gabby Jupp, third on uneven bars on Thursday, grabbed another bronze medal with a steady routine (ff, layout, layout; double turn; RO double pike).

Romanian Olympian Diana Bulimar won women's floor exercise with dynamic tumbling (double layout; tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to double tuck; double pike). Iordache was second (tucked double-double out of bounds; tucked full-in; triple twist; quad turn; double tuck).

Zeng won the bronze medal, displaying the most artistry in a well-choreograped routine set to tango music.

In the men's competition, North Korean phenom Ri Se Gwang barely stood up both his ultra-difficult vaults, piked Dragulescu and full-twisting double Tsukahara, to take the title. Vietnam's Le Thanh Phuong displayed impressive form en route to second (Kasamatsu 1 1/2; double-twisting layout handspring front).

Romanian Andrei Vasile Muntean — one of two gymnasts named Andrei Muntean on the Romanian national team — won parallel bars with a well-executed set, complete with a double pike dismount. North Korea's Kim Jin Hyok's 6.8-Difficulty set was the highest of the final (Tanaka immediate straddle cut), but ragged execution kept him in second over China's Liao Qiuhua.

Europeans swept the medals on high bar, with Croatia's Marijo Moznik topping Jeffrey Wammes and Switzerland's Oliver Hegi.

FIG competition continues April 6-7 in Tokyo with the final all-around World Cup of the 2012-2013 season.

Read "Growing Pains," an interview with Larisa Iordache, in the March 2013 issue of International Gymnast Magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

External Link: Official Website

6th Doha FIG World Challenge Cup
March 29, Doha, Qatar

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1. Larisa Iordache 6.7 8.800 15.500
2. Zeng Siqi 6.6 8.550 15.150
3. Gabrielle Jupp 5.9 8.550 14.450
4. Diana Bulimar 5.7 8.650 14.350
5. Ilaria Käslin 5.2 8.375 13.575
6. Teja Belak 5.5 8.025 13.525
7. Jessica Diacci 5.7 7.500 13.200
8. Ang Tracie 5.0 7.325 12.325

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1. Diana Bulimar 5.9 8.725 14.625
2. Larisa Iordache 6.1 8.425 0.1 14.425
3. Zeng Siqi 5.5 8.550 14.050
4. Gabrielle Jupp 5.5 8.575 0.1 13.975
5. Kirsten Beckett 5.3 8.450 13.750
6. Zhang Qing 5.1 8.625 13.725
7. Lisa-Katharina Hill 5.1 8.200 0.3 13.000
8. Ilaria Käslin 5.4 7.425 0.3 12.525

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1. Ri Se Gwang 6.4 9.050 0.1 15.350 15.137
6.4 8.825 0.3 14.925
2. Le Thanh Phuong 5.6 9.475 15.075 15.062
5.6 9.450 15.050
3. Artur Davtyan 6.0 9.400 15.400 14.937
5.2 9.375 0.1 14.475
4. Shek Wai Hung 6.0 8.975 14.975 14.925
5.6 9.275 14.875
5. Flavius Koczi 6.0 9.175 15.175 14.837
5.6 8.900 14.500
6. Cuong Hoang 5.6 9.125 14.725 14.662
5.6 9.000 14.600
7. Yusuke Saito 6.0 9.100 0.1 15.000 14.487
5.6 8.475 0.1 13.975
8. Liao Qiuhua 6.0 7.825 0.3 13.525 13.675
6.0 7.825 13.825

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1. Andrei V. Muntean 6.4 8.925 15.325
2. Kim Jin Hyok 6.8 8.425 15.225
3. Liao Qiuhua 6.5 8.500 15.000
4. Cuong Hoang 6.1 8.800 14.900
5. Jorian Ilbrink 5.9 8.650 14.550
6. Marius Berbecar 6.0 8.425 14.425
7. Artur Davtyan 4.9 9.250 14.150
8. Mahmood Alsadi 5.4 8.200 13.600
9 Luke Wiwatowski 5.4 -5.400

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1. Marijo Moznik 6.4 8.525 14.925
2. Jeffrey Wammes 6.2 8.675 14.875
3. Oliver Hegi 5.9 8.925 14.825
4. Theo Seager 6.2 8.550 14.750
5. Arthur Mariano 6.1 8.575 14.675
6. Kim Kwang Chun 6.3 8.275 14.575
7. Nicolás Cordoba 5.9 8.575 14.475
8. Francisco Barretto 6.1 7.550 13.650
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