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Worlds Hosts Get Ready with Glasgow Grand Prix
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British superstar Beth Tweddle, the recently crowned European uneven bars and floor exercise champion, headlines the Glasgow Grand Prix that begins Friday.


Beth Tweddle at the 2009 Europeans

Tweddle and four other British Olympians are among gymnasts from 24 countries scheduled for this weekend's Glasgow Grand Prix, five months before London plays host to the 2009 World Championships.

The annual Glasgow Grand Prix typically takes place in the fall, but was moved up this year to accommodate the world championships, scheduled for Oct. 13-18 at the O2 Arena in London.

The British men's lineup includes 2008 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist Louis Smith and 2009 European all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings. Both gymnasts are scheduled to compete pommel horse only at the Glasgow Grand Prix, part of the FIG World Cup series for individual events only.

Tweddle is scheduled to compete on uneven bars and floor exercise, the events she won at the European Championships held last month in Milan. Reigning British champion Becky Downie is in the lineup for vault, uneven bars and balance beam, and Olympic teammate Hannah Whelan plans to compete on beam and floor.

Other European, world and Olympic medalists scheduled for Glasgow include Diego Hypolito (Brazil), Anton Golotsutskov (Russia), Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands), Gabriela Dragoi (Romania), Krisztian Berki (Hungary), and Mitja Petkovsek and Aljaz Pegan (Slovenia).

A few top competitors expected in Glasgow withdrew, British Gymnastics spokesman Tim Peake said.

"As always there have been late changes — Sandra Izbasa (Romania) is out as are the Latvian and Ukrainian delegations," Peake told IG.

Swiss star Ariella Käslin, the 2009 European champion on vault, also withdrew after breaking her toe in practice.

The men's roster notably includes two gymnasts from North Korea, a nation which rarely competes in international events. The spectactular Ri Se Gwang is in the lineup for four events, including his specialties of floor exercise and vault. Ri, the 2006 Asian Games champion on vault, has competed a piked Dragulescu (double front-half) on the event.

London is also the site of the 2012 Olympics, while Glasgow will play host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

External Link: British Gymnastics

Glasgow Grand Prix: Men's Roster

Mario Gorosito
Juan Lompizano
Erazun Osvaldo Martinez
Mauro Martinez
Juan Sebastian Melchiori
Federico Molinari
Fabian Leimlehner
Marco Mayr
Jonas Toeback
Donna-Donny Truyens
Koen Van Damme
Barend Verbeke
Caio Americo Costa
Vitor Camargo
Diego Hypolito
Mosiah Rodrigues
Aleksandar Batinkov
Tomislav Markovic
Marijo Moznik
Robert Seligman
Jutto Kanerva
Timo Niemela
Olli Torkkel
Tomi Tuuha
Luke Folwell
Daniel Keatings
Daniel Purvis
Theo Seager
Louis Smith
Kristian Thomas
Dimitrios Markousis
Eleftherios Petrounias
Krisztian Berki
Vid Hidvegi
Eduard Gholub
Alexander Shatilov
Mohammed Abu Saleh
Ali Al-Asi
Jad Mazahreh
Yuri van Gelder
Jeffrey Wammes
Epke Zonderland
Adam Kierzkowski
Roman Kulesza
Marek Lyszczarz
Tiago Camacho
Gustavo Simoes
Kim Jin Hyok
Ri Se Gwang
Ovidiu Budoso
Cosmin Iancu
Alin Jivan
Cosmin Popescu
Anton Golotsutskov
Andrey Perevoznikov
Konstantin Pluzhnikov
Anatoly Vasilyev
Saso Bertoncelj
Ziga Britovsek
Saksida Gregor
Rok Klavora
Aljaz Pegan
Mitja Petkovsek
Samuel Piasecky
Wajdi Bouallegue
Regulo Carmona

Glasgow Grand Prix: Women's Roster

Khiuani Dias
Ana Claudia Silva
Jessica Gil
Nathalia Sanchez
Ana Maria Izurieta
Naomi Ruiz
Annika Urvikko
Becky Downie
Beth Tweddle
Hannah Whelan
Suzanne Harmes
Wyomi Masela
Sanne Wevers
Catarina Abrantes
Diana Chelaru
Gabriela Dragoi
Yulia Berger
Yekaterina Kurbatova
Anna Myzdrikova
Sasa Golob
Adela Sajn
Ariella Käslin
Lucia Tacchelli
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