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Seitz Wins Twice As German Championships End
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All-around champion Elisabeth Seitz took two more titles Wednesday as the German championships ended in Mannheim, while Marcel Nguyen won his second title.

All-around champion Elisabeth Seitz took two more titles Wednesday as the German championships ended in her hometown of Mannheim.

Seitz, who won her fourth consecutive all-around title on Sunday, claimed both women's gold medals on Wednesday. She scored 14.000 on balance beam (punch front; side somi; double turn; ff, layout; RO double pike) and 14.333 on floor exercise (piked full-in; 1 1/2 to double twist; double pike; double tuck).

Seitz, 19, had skipped this year's European championships to focus on her academics. Her floor exercise gold was her 13th national title, equalling 1980s standout Anja Wilhelm as the second most decorated German gymnast. Uta Schorn, who won 14 titles in the 1970s, is the all-time record holder.

Men's all-around champion Fabian Hambüchen competed despite Tuesday's threat to boycott the final day of competition. Hambüchen had been announced as the champion on floor exercise following his successful inquiry into the Difficulty score, but the judges later reversed the decision, telling him he had waited too long to file the inquiry.

At the beginning of Wednesday's competition, DTB President Rainer Brechtken took to the floor to publicly apologize for the scandal and thank Hambüchen for not withdrawing.

On parallel bars, Hambüchen took second behind Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen, who played it safe by dismounting with a double pike. Nguyen, who also won the still rings gold on Tuesday, only competed those two events in Mannheim.

"Two events, two titles," Nguyen said. "I considered going all out, by doing the Tsukahara dismount, but I opted for the safer option."

Christopher Jursch won the high bar title. Hambüchen was en route to his eighth consecutive national high bar title until he fell on his layout Tkatchev.

"It was his only mistake in the whole competition," said his father and coach, Wolfgang Hambüchen. "Getting his eighth title will be a good motivation for next time."

Matthias Fahrig, who ended up taking the controversial gold on men's floor exercise, vaulted a handspring double front and Kasamatsu 1 1/2 to take the title by nearly half a point.

This year's German championships are held in conjunction with the "Turn-Fest," a massive gymnastics festival expected to attract more than 80,000 participants. Events at the Turn-Fest — whose slogan is "Life in Motion" — include competitions, group performances, games, exhibitions and a summer camp.

External Link: German Gymnastics Federation

2013 German Gymnastics Championships
May 22, Mannheim

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Elisabeth SeitzTurngemeinschaft Mannheim5.68.40014.000
2.Lisa Katharina HillMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.48.10013.500
3.Pauline SchäferTV Pflugscheid-Hixberg e. V.5.37.83313.133
4.Anja RheinbayTurnteam TOYOTA Köln5.37.76613.066
5.Sophie SchederTUS Chemnitz-Altendorf5.17.53312.633
6.Pia TolleMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.4.57.10011.600

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Elisabeth SeitzTurngemeinschaft Mannheim5.58.83314.333
2.Kim BuiMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.38.96614.266
3.Lisa Katharina HillMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.18.80013.900
4.Pia TolleMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.5.18.63313.733
5.Josie BauerTUS Chemnitz-Altendorf4.88.30013.100
6.Pauline SchäferTV Pflugscheid-Hixberg e. V.5.07.5660.312.266

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Matthias FahrigSV Halle e.V.5.69.60015.20015.000
5.69.20014.800
2.Andreas TobaTurn-Klubb zu Hannover 185.69.35014.95014.562
5.28.97514.175
2.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching 19105.68.87514.47514.562
5.69.05014.650
4.Ivan BykovTV 1883 Bous e.V.5.69.02514.62514.275
5.28.8250.113.925
5.Helge LiebrichTV Wetzgau e.V.5.68.9250.114.42514.225
5.28.9250.114.025
6.Tobias MatzkeTUS Bliesransbach5.29.05014.25014.012
4.88.97513.775

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Marcel NguyenMTV 1843 Stuttgart e.V.6.29.17515.375
2.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes 19036.29.02515.225
3.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus Turnen5.99.12515.025
4.Matthias FahrigSV Halle e.V.6.28.45014.650
5.Eugen SpiridonovTV 1883 Bous e.V.5.38.82514.125
6.Philip SorrerSportclub Berlin e.V.5.98.15014.050

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Christopher JurschSC Cottbus Turnen6.88.45015.250
2.Eugen SpiridonovTV 1883 Bous e.V.6.18.22514.325
3.Fabian HambüchenTSG Niedergirmes 19036.77.50014.200
4.Philip SorrerSportclub Berlin e.V.6.17.75013.850
5.Andreas TobaTurn-Klubb zu Hannover 18 6.37.25013.550
6.Lukas DauserTSV Unterhaching 19105.76.17511.875
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