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Iordache, Vernyayev Defend Titles in Glasgow
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Superstars Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) both defended their titles from 2013 at the Glasgow World Cup, held Saturday. Pictured: Iordache on floor exercise at Glasgow's Emirates Arena

Superstars Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) both defended their titles from 2013 at the Glasgow World Cup, held Saturday at the Emirates Arena.

Fresh off their victories at last weekend's Stuttgart World Cup, Iordache and Vernyayev each retained their titles in Glasgow by comfortable margins.

Iordache, who took the all-around silver medal at October's world championships in Nanning, dominated the women's competition with the high score on every event. The Romanian scored 59.232 to take the title by almost 3 points over Canada's Ellie Black (56.432). Two-time Venezuelan Olympian Jessica Lopez, second in Stuttgart, won another medal by placing third in Glasgow (55.899).

"I'm very happy to have won my title again in Glasgow," said Iordache, who took her top score on balance beam with 15.166. "After competing in Stuttgart last week I was a little tired so am happy to have done another good competition and now I can have a rest and look forward to Christmas.

Britain's Georgina Hockenhull placed fourth ahead of Japan's Mai Murakami. Italy's Vanessa Ferrari and Erica Fasana and Germany's Pauline Schäfer rounded out the event.

Vernyayev also crushed his rivals, scoring above 15.000 on all six events for a total of 91.598. He took his top score of 15.733 on parallel bars, where he is the reigning world champion.

"Once I got through my floor routine I gained confidence," he said. "Everything from then on was no problem, and I got more and more comfortable. After winning Stuttgart and Glasgow I will try to go to the final event in this World Cup series in America next year and win that too – who knows!"

Japanese Olympian Yusuke Tanaka, the all-around bronze medalist in Nanning, closed with a 15.666 on high bar to take second (89.865). U.S. star John Orozco claimed third in a mistake-filled competition, exactly 3 points behind Tanaka (86.865).

2010 Youth Olympic champion Yuya Kamoto (Japan) placed fourth ahead of two British gymnasts, Junior European champion Frank Baines and newcomer James Hall. Germany's Helge Liebrich took seventh ahead of Stuttgart runner-up Sergio Sasaki (Brazil). Sasaki competed floor exercise only and then scratched the competition.

The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships takes place in Glasgow, Oct. 23-Nov. 1, at the city's SSE Hydro Arena.

External Link: British Gymnastics

2014 Glasgow World Cup
Dec. 6

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Larisa Iordache15.00014.43315.16614.63359.232
2.Ellie Black14.20013.83314.83313.56656.432
3.Jessica Lopez14.80014.20013.63313.26655.899
4.Georgina Hockenhull13.83313.83313.46613.26654.398
5.Mai Murakami14.56612.50013.40013.83354.299
6.Vanessa Ferrari13.56613.46613.60013.40054.032
7.Erica Fasana14.63312.26613.10013.73353.732
8.Pauline Schäfer14.13313.13313.36612.73353.365

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev15.23315.36615.06615.20015.73315.00091.598
2.Yusuke Tanaka15.16614.70015.10014.03315.20015.66689.865
3.John Orozco14.93312.63314.90013.86615.40015.13386.865
4.Yuya Kamoto14.00013.50015.26614.73314.03314.16685.698
5.Frank Baines14.93313.43313.70014.00014.00014.26684.332
6.James Hall13.80013.30014.20014.36614.33313.70083.699
7.Helge Liebrich14.00012.30013.70014.63313.06612.40080.099
8.Sergio Sasaki14.70014.700
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