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Five Gymnasts Take Titles at Doha World Cup
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Four out of five top qualifiers won their events in Friday's finals as competition continued at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Four out of five top qualifiers won their events in Friday's finals as competition continued at the 9th World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber (women's vault), Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg (uneven bars), Brazil's Diego Hypólito (men's floor exercise) and Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias (still rings) all repeated their rankings from Thursday's qualification. Armenia's Harutyun Merdinyan was the only one to shake up the standings, winning pommel horse over top qualifier Robert Seligman (Croatia).

Steingruber easily won the women's vault final, scoring 15.325 for her powerful layout Rudi. A clean Yurchenko full gave her an average of 14.712, well ahead of runner-up Teja Belak of Slovenia. Belak vaulted a tidy handspring front full and Yurchenko 1 1/2 (both worth 5.3 Difficulty) to place second ahead of teammate Tjaša Kysselef, who vaulted a handspring front full and Yurchenko full.

Adlerteg's winning bar set was impressive, featuring a toe-on piked Tkatchev to Pak; Shaposhnikova to beautiful Bhardwaj (Pak full); Maloney, uprise to clear-hip full to Tkatchev; stuck double layout. Adlerteg, who tore her ACL last year, walked uncomfortably off the podium and was absent from the awards ceremony.

Like Adlerteg, runner-up Rebeca Andrade (Brazil) suffered a torn ACL in 2015 and is just now returning to competition. Andrade was aggressive in her routine but seemed to miss some potential connections (Stalder-full; Tkatchev to Pak to Stalder; Maloney; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-on full to full-twisting double).

Hypólito tumbled his way to a 6.8 D-score (1 1/2 to Randi; Arabian double front to tucked front full; piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2 to double-twisting front; Thomas; triple twist) but a short landing on his dismount was costly. Still he took the title by .175 over Slovenia's Rok Klavora and Great Britain's Sam Oldham, both of whom had 6.2 D-scores.

Armenia's Merdinyan scored an impressive 15.675 on pommel horse (6.7 D) to win the gold medal over Croatia's Robert Seligman (15.300, 6.4). Slovenia's Sašo Bertoncelj and Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko (the only all-around gymnast of the medalists) tied for third with 15.000.

Reiging world champion Eleftherios Petrounias won still rings with the highest score of the day, 15.875 (6.8 D), improving from his 15.700 in qualification. Right behind him on the podium were two Armenians, Vahagn Davtyan (15.800) and Artur Tovmasyan (15.775).

Competition concludes Saturday at the Aspire Arena with the remaining event finals.

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9th Doha World Challenge Cup
March 25, Doha, Qatar

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.12515.32514.712
2.Teja Belak5.38.95014.25014.337
3.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.90014.20014.087
4.Zsófia Kovács5.89.02514.82514.075
5.Marcela Torres5.48.5750.113.87514.000
6.Marina Nekrasova5.08.87513.87513.887
7.Argyro Afrati4.88.5500.113.25013.575
8.Yueh Tan Ing4.87.27512.07512.550

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Jonna Adlerteg6.68.32514.925
2.Rebeca Andrade5.98.35014.250
3.Ana Filipa Martins5.68.02513.625
4.Zsófia Kovács5.97.55013.450
5.Argyro Afrati5.67.57513.175
5.Vasiliki Millousi5.27.97513.175
7.Dora-Gabriela Vulcan5.08.00013.000
8.Diana Bulimar5.36.62511.925
9.Farah Mahmoud4.15.92510.025

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Diego Hypólito6.88.4750.115.175
2.Rok Klavora6.28.80015.000
3.Sam Oldham6.28.72514.925
4.Ahmet Onder6.08.75014.750
5.Petro Pakhnyuk6.48.20014.600
6.Danil Baturin6.77.85014.550
7.Ferhat Arican6.08.6000.314.300
8.Fuya Maeno6.17.4000.113.400

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Harutyun Merdinyan6.78.97515.675
2.Robert Seligman6.48.90015.300
3.Oleg Stepko6.48.60015.000
3.Sašo Bertoncelj6.28.80015.000
5.Petro Pakhnyuk6.47.20013.600
5.Daiki Yorogo5.87.80013.600
7.Ahmed Aldyani6.56.97513.475
8.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.87.30013.100

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.89.07515.875
2.Vahagn Davtyan6.79.10015.800
3.Artur Tovmasyan6.69.17515.775
4.Manrique Larduet6.78.90015.600
5.İbrahim Çolak6.78.72515.425
6.Henrique Flores6.98.42515.325
7.Liao Junlin6.78.52515.225
8.Azizbek Kudratullayev6.48.57514.975
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