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Russians Spiridonova, Ignatyev Win Swiss Cup
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Russians Daria Spiridonova and Nikita Ignatyev teamed up on Sunday in Zurich to win the Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs competition. Pictured: The final four teams from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Switzerland.

Russians Daria Spiridonova and Nikita Ignatyev teamed up to win the Swiss Cup on Sunday in Zurich.

The annual event pairs a female and male gymnast, each competing one event per round. Eight teams advance to the semifinal and four teams advance to the final. Gymnasts who choose compete on vault must show two different vaults for an average of the two scores. The gymnasts cannot compete the same event through the first three rounds of competition, but can compete any event in the four-team final.

Spiridonova – fresh off her victory at the Arthur Gander Memorial on Wednesday – and Ignatyev gave Russia its first Swiss Cup victory since 2000, when Yelena Zamolodchikova and Alexei Bondarenko took the title. Spiridonova (15.050 on uneven bars) and Ignatyev (14.950 on still rings) scored a solid 30.000 points in the final round to take the title.

World parallel bars champion Oleg Vernyayev – who won the men's title at the Gander Memorial – paired up with Angelina Kysla to place second with 29.725. Vernyayev's 16.000 on parallel bars in the final was the highest score of the day.

Swiss Cup veterans Elisabeth Seitz and Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) were third (28.850). The duo won the Swiss Cup title in 2010 and 2012.

Switzerland's star pair, 2011 champions Giulia Steingruber and Claudio Capelli, finished last in the final with only 19.475. Capelli hit parallel bars for 14.650, but Steingruber fell on her first vault and did not attempt a second.

Japan, Italy, Romania and Brazil rounded out the teams that advanced to the semi-final. Larisa Iordache, one half of the defending champion Romanian pair, struggled with scores of 13.800 on balance beam, 13.650 on uneven and 13.800 on floor exercise.

France and a second Swiss team failed to advance past the first two rounds.

On Saturday, a junior men's competition was held with teams from Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland. The host Swiss team topped the competition with a victory over the Italian and Belgium teams, with the Dutch gymnasts coming in fourth. Italy's Luca Lino Garza had the top all-around score.

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2014 Swiss Cup
Nov. 2, Zurich

TeamRound 1Round 2SemifinalTotalFinale
1. Russia 86.000 30.000
Daria Spiridonova 6.2 14.600 5.0 12.800 5.6 13.800 6.4 15.050
Nikita Ignatyev 6.4 15.000 6.3 14.850 6.7 14.950 6.4 14.950
2. Ukraine 86.600 29.725
Angelina Kysla 5.4 13.400 13.500 5.3 13.500 13.725
Oleg Verniaiev 6.5 15.100 6.9 15.900 6.6 15.200 6.9 16.000
3. Germany 86.000 28.850
Elisabeth Seitz 6.2 14.600 5.1 13.450 5.7 13.200 6.1 14.550
Fabian Hambüchen 6.0 14.900 6.5 15.050 6.3 14.800 6.7 14.300
4. Switzerland 1 86.475 19.475
Giulia Steingruber 5.9 13.750 14.725 6.0 14.500 4.825
Claudio Capelli 14.000 5.7 14.700 6.0 14.800 5.7 14.650
5. Japan 85.025
Mai Murakami 5.7 13.600 14.100 5.0 12.650
Kenzo Shirai 7.3 15.100 6.2 14.650 14.925
6. Italy 85.025
Vanessa Ferrari 5.8 14.350 5.6 13.650 5.5 13.800
Andrea Cingolani 6.6 14.700 6.5 14.500 14.025
7. Romania 84.750
Larisa Iordache 6.4 13.800 5.8 13.650 5.9 13.800
Marius Berbecar 14.500 6.5 15.250 5.4 13.750
8. Brazil 83.400
Daniele Hypolito 5.2 13.200 13.800 5.8 13.950
Arthur Mariano 14.550 6.6 14.800 6.2 13.100
9. France 55.200
Youna Dufournet 6.2 13.700 5.4 13.500
Axel Augis 5.6 13.950 6.6 14.050
10. Switzerland 2 54.950
Ilaria Käslin 5.4 12.850 5.4 13.700
Pascal Bucher 5.8 13.850 6.3 14.550

Swiss Cup Champions, 1982-2014

2014 Daria Spiridonova Nikita Ignatyev
2013 Larisa Iordache Andrei V. Muntean
2012 Elisabeth Seitz Fabian Hambüchen
2011 Giulia Steingruber Claudio Capelli
2010 Elisabeth Seitz Fabian Hambüchen
2009 Kim Bui Matthias Fahrig
2008 He Ning Lu Bo
2007 Steliana Nistor Flavius Koczi
2006 Oksana Chusovitina Jordan Jovtchev
2005 Han Bing Teng Haibin
2004 Catalina Ponor Marius Urzica
2003 Oana Ban Marian Dragulescu
2002 Monica Rosu Philippe Rizzo
2001 Silvia Stroescu Marian Dragulescu
2000 Yelena Zamolodchikova Alexei Bondarenko
1994-1999 Individual event competition
1993 Yelena Piskun Vitaly Scherbo
1992 Svetlana Boginskaya Vitaly Scherbo
1991 Shannon Miller Scott Keswick
1990 Natalia Laschenova Valery Belenky
1989 Kim Zmeskal Lance Ringnald
1988 Gabriela Potorac Marius Toba
1987 Daniela Silivas Nicusor Pascu
1986 Ecaterina Szabo Marian Rizan
1985 Yang Yanli Li Ning
1984 Simona Pauca Daniel Wunderlin
1983 Not Held
1982 Natalia Soloveya Dmitry Bilozerchev

2014 Switzerland vs. Belgium, Italy & Netherlands (Junior Men)
Nov. 1, Zurich

Junior Men's TeamFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Switzerland 41.15 36.50 40.20 41.35 39.75 40.25 239.20
Samir Serhani 1999 5.2 13.45 4.1 11.65 4.8 13.65 4.4 13.65 4.7 13.15 5.0 13.30 78.85
Andreas Gribi 1998 4.7 12.45 4.9 13.45 4.7 13.45 4.4 13.45 4.6 12.85 4.8 13.05 78.70
Silas Kipfer 1999 5.2 14.30 4.3 11.30 4.8 12.95 5.2 14.25 4.7 13.20 66.00
Noe Seifert 1999 4.8 13.40 4.5 11.40 4.7 13.10 4.9 13.40 51.30
Moreno Kratter 1998 4.4 13.20 4.8 13.20 5.4 13.75 40.15
2. Italy 39.25 37.70 39.20 41.85 40.05 38.45 236.50
Luca Lino Garza 1998 4.5 13.30 4.3 12.95 4.4 12.90 5.2 14.35 4.1 13.20 4.1 12.70 79.40
Davide Sborchia 1998 4.8 12.70 4.3 12.90 3.7 12.30 4.4 13.60 4.3 13.35 4.5 13.10 77.95
Davide Porta 1998 4.8 12.50 4.4 11.30 4.5 13.50 4.4 13.55 3.9 12.95 3.9 12.65 76.45
Lorenzo D'Anna 1998 4.7 11.85 4.4 13.90 4.7 13.50 39.25
Stefano Patron 1999 4.5 13.25 3.7 12.80 4.0 12.50 38.55
3. Belgium 40.35 36.80 37.30 40.05 39.75 38.20 232.45
Iliaz Pyncket 1998 4.7 13.65 4.0 11.65 4.0 12.60 4.4 13.45 4.2 12.50 4.3 13.20 77.05
Jonas Delvael 2000 4.0 11.80 3.6 12.55 2.5 11.70 3.6 11.75 3.9 13.25 2.7 11.25 72.30
Wouter Delanghe 2000 4.4 13.25 3.7 9.70 2.5 11.30 3.6 12.95 3.9 12.80 2.7 11.60 71.60
Luka Van den Keybus 1997 4.4 12.60 4.0 13.00 4.4 13.65 4.7 13.70 4.7 13.40 66.35
Aaron Blomme 1997 4.8 13.45 13.45
4. Netherlands 38.60 33.90 37.00 38.05 38.15 35.15 220.85
Luuk van den Broek 1998 4.4 12.95 4.4 11.40 3.4 11.80 2.8 11.90 4.0 11.70 3.8 12.10 71.85
Loran de Munck 1998 4.0 12.80 3.9 11.65 3.9 12.05 3.6 11.55 3.8 12.90 2.4 10.20 71.15
Tim Goedkoop 1999 4.6 12.85 3.5 9.30 4.3 12.40 3.6 12.55 4.2 12.25 3.2 11.60 70.95
Alex Klinkenberg 1998 4.9 12.75 3.9 12.55 4.4 13.60 38.90
Max Kooistra 1998 5.0 10.85 4.2 13.00 3.1 11.45 35.30

International Gymnast magazine’s coverage of Swiss Cup competitors includes:
"No Turning Back" – Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
"Shooting Star" - Youna Dufournet profile (April 2009)
"Taming Fame" - Carlotta Ferlito interview (January/February 2014)
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013)
Larisa Iordache center poster (June 2013)
"Growing Pains" – Iordache cover story (March 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" – Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)
"Twist of Fate" - Kenzo Shirai interview (January/February 2014)
"Full Force" - Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" – Steingruber profile (December 2009)
"Front and Centered' - Oleg Vernyayev interview (January/February 2014)

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