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Iordache, Vernyayev Win Gander Memorial
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Larisa Iordache (Romania) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) won the all-around titles Wednesday at the 32nd annual Arthur Gander Memorial in Morges, Switzerland.


Larisa Iordache and Oleg Vernyayev

Fresh — or fatigued — off their medal-winning performances at last week's world championships in Glasgow, Iordache and Vernyayev both took their second Arthur Gander titles, with Iordache winning in 2013 and Vernyayev in 2014. The relaxed event uses a modified all-around system, with the women competing any three events and the men competing four.

Iordache, the all-around bronze medalist in Glasgow, competed on vault, balance beam and floor exercise to easily win the title. Second to Russia's Daria Spiridonova in 2014, Iordache sailed to victory this time, amassing a 2-point margin over second place Pauline Schäfer (Germany). Schäfer, the bronze medalist on beam in Glasgow, also skipped uneven bars as did bronze medalist Diana Bulimar (Romania).

Russia's Anastasia Dmitrieva took fourth all-around ahead of Switzerland's Ilaria Käslin. The elegant Käslin had the top score on balance beam with 14.300.

Vernyayev performed four polished routines (skipping floor exercise and high bar) to defend his title by nearly 2 points ahead of Japan's Kazuma Kaya. Vernyayev, after his disappointing fourth place in the all-around in Glasgow, nailed his routine this time on pommel horse for 15.500 (7.0 Difficulty). His 16.200 on parallel bars was the highest mark of the day.

Kaya, the youngest member of Japan's world champion team in Glasgow, skipped floor exercise and rings en route to second. He earned his high score on pommel horse with 15.300, where he won a bronze at worlds.

Switzerland's Christian Baumann placed third over teammate Oliver Hegi.

Iordache and Vernyayev also won the special trophies as the top scorers on women's floor exercise and men's parallel bars, respectively.

First held in 1984, the annual competition honors the legendary Arthur Gander, the former president of the International Gymnastics Federation. Gander, a native of Bern, was a considerable influence on the development of gymnastics. He organized the first international judges course and created the first official Code of Points. The competition alternates each year between the cities of Morges and Chiasso.

Most of the field in Morges now heads to Zurich for Sunday's Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs competition.

External Link: Swiss Gymnastics Federation

32nd Arthur Gander Memorial
November 4, 2015, Morges, Switzerland

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Larisa Iordache5.814.9006.30014.0506.014.55043.500
2.Pauline Schäfer5.414.3005.80013.7005.313.50041.500
3.Diana Bulimar5.013.8505.50013.6005.713.95041.400
4.Anastasia Dmitrieva5.214.0005.60013.6005.613.00040.600
5.Ilaria Käslin5.013.7505.112.1005.90014.30040.150
6.Victoria Woo5.013.6005.512.9005.013.30039.800
7.Alexa Moreno5.013.9005.60012.2505.613.50039.650
8.Yuki Uchiyama5.013.6505.912.6005.313.25039.500
9.Enus Mariani5.013.5505.512.6505.30013.10039.300
10.Angelina Kysla5.013.9505.611.6005.612.30037.850
11.Raer Theaker5.014.1002.89.85023.950

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev7.015.5006.60014.9006.015.2007.116.20061.800
2.Kazuma Kaya6.815.3005.615.0506.414.7006.614.90059.950
3.Christian Baumann6.314.1005.214.2506.415.2506.114.70058.300
4.Oliver Hegi6.114.0005.214.6006.114.6006.514.80058.000
5.Andreas Bretschneider6.30013.9005.214.4006.413.3507.315.95057.600
6.Courtney Tulloch6.014.6505.713.7506.40014.8005.613.65056.850
7.Julien Gobaux6.113.8505.80013.7006.214.8005.413.85056.200
8.Daniel Corral6.114.5006.414.8505.80013.9006.012.30055.550
9.Enrico Pozzo5.613.0503.612.9505.514.2506.114.10054.350
10.Mikhail Kudashov6.013.8005.813.2505.614.6004.59.85051.500
11.Marius Berbecar3.810.6005.613.3506.213.8005.013.00050.750
12.Zachary Clay2.84.8504.850
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