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'Depleted' Nguyen Unlikely for European All-Around Contest
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Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen likely will not challenge for the all-around title at the upcoming European championships in Moscow, Germany's head coach said Thursday.

Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen likely will not challenge for the all-around title at the upcoming European championships in Moscow, Germany's head coach said Thursday.

Nguyen is ready for a break from all-around competition, head coach Andreas Hirsch said. He will compete this weekend at the Tokyo World Cup and has already secured the overall series title; he scored victories at the 2012 DTB Cup and Glasgow World Cup and placed third at the American Cup in both 2012 and 2013.

"He's been constantly on the go for the past year and is being slowly depleted," Hirsch said.

Nguyen was the German men's best hope to win their third straight European all-around crown. Reigning champion Philipp Boy, who won at the 2011 Europeans in Berlin, announced his retirement in December. Fabian Hambüchen, the 2009 champion, injured two fingers last month and also is unlikely to compete all six events in Moscow.

This year's European championships, scheduled for April 17-21, will feature all-around and apparatus competition for seniors. Each nation can enter up to six male and four female gymnasts.

Hirsch said 2012 Olympian Andreas Toba may be Germany's only entrant for the all-around contest in Moscow.

"We will probably use him on all six events," Hirsch said.

In addition to Nguyen and Hambüchen, Germany has individual medal hopes from Matthias Fahrig and Andreas Bretschneider. The sixth gymnast sent to Moscow will be decided among Waldemar Eichorn, Christopher Jursch and Ivan Rittschik after an internal test event on Tuesday.

With Nguyen and Hambüchen are out of the race, the all-around final in Moscow should be a battle among Russia's David Belyavsky, Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev and Britain's Daniel Purvis and Max Whitlock.

Read "Silver Streak," an interview with Nguyen, in the November 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, click here.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation

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