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Iordache, Zonderland Take Double Gold in Doha
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Epke Zonderland (The Netherlands) each took two titles as the 7th Doha World Challenger Cup concluded Friday in Qatar. Pictured: Iordache with floor runner-up Diana Bulimar (Romania) and Isabela Onyshko (Canada).

Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Epke Zonderland (The Netherlands) each took two titles as the 7th Doha World Challenger Cup concluded Friday in Qatar.

Iordache, who won women's vault on Thursday, dominated in Doha by adding gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise. On balance beam, she had a large wobble on her full turn in Y but hit the rest cleanly (ff, tucked full; ro, two-foot layout; ro, ff, triple twist dismount). On floor exercise she showed plenty of energy, tumbling a clean piked full-in; tucked full-in, triple twist and double pike.

Armenia's Artur Davtyan won vault with a clean layout Randi (front handspring with 2 1/2 twists) and stuck double-twisting Tsukahara that earned a 9.7 Execution score. Davtyan brought Armenia its third gold in Doha, after his teammates won pommel horse and still rings on Saturday.

The Armenian program has a strong tie to Qatar, as the Qatar men's head coach is former Soviet team member Eduard Gevorkyan from Armenia. Gevorkyan was recently joined by world and Olympic champion Marius Urzica (Romania), who moved to Doha to help coach the men's team. Former Romanian Olympian Razvan Selariu and his wife Carmen Mindricel Selariu, are head coaches for the Qatar women's team.

Zonderland, the reigning world and Olympic champion on high bar, won his specialty plus tied German star Marcel Nguyen for the gold medal on parallel bars.

The International Gymnastics Federation is expected to announce at its meeting in May that Doha will be the site of the 2018 World Championships.

Click here to see videos from Doha's finals on YouTube.

External Link: Official Website

7th Doha World Challenger Cup/FIG World Cup Series
March 28, 2014, Doha, Qatar

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Larisa Iordache6.3008.55014.850
2.Mary-Anne Monckton6.3008.40014.700
3.Phan Thi Ha Thanh5.9007.97513.875
4.Diana Bulimar5.3008.35013.650
5.Dorina Böczögő5.1008.3000.113.300
6.Kristýna Pálešová5.2007.95013.150
7.Ashly Wei-Ning Lau5.6007.22512.825
8.Shaden Wohdan4.5006.45010.950
9.Zhanerke Duisek5.5005.27510.775

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Larisa Iordache5.8008.62514.425
2.Diana Bulimar5.7008.60014.300
3.Isabela Onyshko5.5008.3250.113.725
4.Lauren Mitchell5.5008.0750.113.475
5.Charlotte Sullivan5.5007.45012.950
6.Dorina Böczögő5.5007.8000.512.800
7.Saša Golob5.3007.8250.412.725
8.Laura Schulte5.0007.6750.112.575

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Artur Davtyan6.0009.62515.62515.262
2.Yusuke Saito6.0009.37515.37515.237
3.Kenzo Shirai6.0009.35015.35015.200
4.Andrei Muntean6.0009.32515.32515.125
5.Paul Ruggeri5.8009.30015.10014.937
6.Tomi Tuuha5.6009.5250.115.02514.912
7.Qu Ruiyang6.0009.0500.114.95014.850
8.Jeffrey Wammes5.6009.1750.114.67514.662

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Marcel Nguyen6.8008.65015.450
1.Epke Zonderland6.6008.85015.450
3.Mitja Petkovšek6.2008.97515.175
4.Donnell Whittenburg6.8008.17514.975
5.Yusuke Saito6.4007.77514.175
6.Dinh Phoung Thanh5.9007.92513.825
7.Marius Berbecar5.9007.55013.450
8.Ferhat Arican6.2006.97513.175

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Epke Zonderland7.1008.65015.750
2.Paul Ruggeri6.7008.65015.350
3.Dmitry Barkalov6.5008.70015.200
4.Marijo Moznik6.4008.65015.050
5.Yusuke Saito6.9008.12515.025
6.Barreto Francisco6.4007.95014.350
7.Masayoshi Yamamoto6.4007.57513.975
8.Umit Samiloglu6.2007.35013.550

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on Doha Challenge Cup competitors include:
Larisa Iordache two-page center poster (June 2013)
"Growing Pains" – Iordache cover photo and profile (March 2013)
Iordache on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)
"True to Form" - Lim Heem Wei profile (June 2012)
Phan Thi Ha Thanh cover photo, IG visit to Vietnam (January/February 2014)
"Twist of Fate" - Kenzo Shirai interview (January/February 2014)
"Skilled and Studious" - Epke Zonderland profile (March 2014)

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