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Kysla, Vernyayev Win First Swiss Cup for Ukraine
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Angelina Kysla and Oleg Vernyayev paired up Sunday to bring Ukraine its first victory at the annual Swiss Cup, held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Angelina Kysla and Oleg Vernyayev paired up Sunday to bring Ukraine its first victory at the annual Swiss Cup, held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Now in its 33rd edition, the Swiss Cup 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 to 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.

Fourth in 2014, this year Kysla and Vernyayev came out victorious over Romanians Larisa Iordache and Marius Berbecar, 29.925-29.850. The German pair of Pauline Schäfer and Andreas Bretschneider took third over the host team's Ilaria Käslin and Pablo Brägger.

Vernyayev, who along with Iordache won the Arthur Gander Memorial on Wednesday in Morges, powered Ukraine to first with top-notch routines. In in the first rounds, he scored 15.500 on pommel horse and 15.800 on parallel bars, which combined with Kysla's 13.350 on floor exercise and 13.775 average on vault (Yurchenko full and piked handspring front) gave Ukraine a second-best 58.275 going into the semi-final. He scored 15.100 on still rings, which with Kysla's low 12.300 on uneven bars (break on giant and fall on dismount) was enough to help Ukraine qualify third into the final round. In their winning sets, Kysla once again opted for vault (13.875) while Vernyayev went for broke on parallel bars, competing a 7.2-Difficulty set for 16.050, the highest score in Zurich.

Like Vernyayev, Iordache paced her team with hit routines, starting with 15.050 on beam, 14.700 on floor and 14.500 on uneven bars. In the final she delivered 14.950 on balance beam, with just a small wobble on her double turn and hop on triple twist dismount, Berbecar, despite a fall on parallel bars in the first round, this time hit for 14.900.

Schäfer and Bretschneider, the leaders going into both the semi-final and final, slipped to third as Bretschneider fell off high bar on his own element (double-twisting Kovacs) in the final.

Romania is the most successful nation in the competition's history, with eight outright victories (1986-1988, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013) and two championships that included a Romanian gymnast paired with an athlete from another nation (1984 and 2002). China (1985, 2005, 2008) and German (2009, 2010, 2012) have each won three times.

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33rd Swiss Cup
Nov. 8, 2015, Zurich

TeamRound 1Round 2SemifinalTotalFinale
1. Ukraine 85.675 29.925
Angelina Kysla 5.2 13.350 13.775 5.7 12.300 13.875
Oleg Vernyayev 7.1 15.500 7.0 15.650 6.6 15.100 7.2 16.050
2. Romania 85.225 29.850
Larisa Iordache 6.4 15.050 6.1 14.700 6.1 14.500 6.3 14.900
Marius Berbecar 13.025 6.5 14.900 5.1 13.050 6.2 14.950
3. Germany 2 87.425 28.250
Pauline Schäfer 5.7 14.200 5.4 14.250 14.125 5.7 14.250
Andreas Bretschneider 6.3 14.950 6.6 14.950 6.3 14.950 6.5 14.000
4. Switzerland 2 84.950 27.000
Ilaria Käslin 5.6 13.100 5.5 14.000 5.3 12.500 5.6 12.800
Pablo Brägger 6.5 14.600 7.0 15.650 6.3 15.100 6.7 14.200
5. Japan 84.750
Yuki Uchiyama 6.1 13.500 5.5 13.550 4.9 12.150
Kazuma Kaya 6.9 15.500 6.6 14.750 6.6 15.300
6. Switzerland 1 83.900
Laura Schulte 5.1 12.700 5.0 12.650 13.525
Claudio Capelli 6.1 15.100 6.4 15.250 14.675
7. Canada/Great Britain 83.750
Victoria-Kayen Woo 5.0 13.200 5.5 13.600 5.5 13.650
Courtney Tulloch 5.9 14.350 6.6 15.100 5.9 13.850
8. Mexico 82.575
Alexa Moreno 5.4 11.050 14.825 5.7 12.850
Daniel Corral 6.4 15.100 6.4 14.500 6.4 14.250
9. Germany 1 54.950
Elisabeth Seitz 6.5 14.550 4.5 11.400
Sebastian Krimmer 5.7 14.500 6.1 14.500
10. France 53.800
Camille Bahl 5.3 13.150 5.4 13.500
Julien Gobaux 6.2 13.850 5.9 13.300

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

 

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