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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 07 December 2014 11:13    PDF Print
Pihan-Kulesza, Calvo Claim Titles in Acapulco
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Marta Pihan-Kulesza (Poland) and Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) captured the all-around titles at the 4th Mexican Gymnastics Open, held Saturday and Sunday in Acapulco. Pictured: Men's all-around medalists Danell Leyva (USA), Calvo and Kenzo Kaneko (Japan)

Marta Pihan-Kulesza (Poland) and Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) captured the all-around titles at the 4th Mexican Gymnastics Open, held Saturday and Sunday in Acapulco.

Pihan-Kulesza topped Australia's Emily Little and veteran Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan). Little led after the first day after a strong performance on vault (double-twisting Yurchenko), but Pihan-Kulesza grabbed powered ahead with the top scores on balance beam and floor exercise.

Ukraine's Angelina Kysla competed in the $10,000 leotard she won at the 2013 Mexican Open.

The incredible Chusovitina, 39, won vault with a clean layout handspring front with a full twist. The six-time Olympian also placed third at the 2013 Mexican Gymnastics Open.

2012 Junior European all-around champion Enus Mariani (Italy) tied Pihan-Kulesza with the high score on floor exercise. Mariani was the recipient of this year's prize leotard awarded by sponsor GK Elite.

Ukraine's Angelina Kysla — who competed in the spectacular $10,000 white Swarovski leotard she won at last year's Mexican Open — placed fifth behind Mariani. On day one, Kysla impressed on uneven bars with a beautiful routine (elgrip full to Jaeger; Pak salto; elgrip to double front dismount).

Spanish star Roxana Popa, the defending champion, suffered a minor knee injury in training and withdrew from the competition.

Calvo, the 2011 Pan American Games champion, successfully defended his title in Acapulco. The Colombian had the top score on four events (floor, pommel horse, still rings and vault) to win by nearly a point ahead of world and Olympic medalist Danell Leyva (United States). Japan's Kenzo Kaneko won the bronze.

Leyva had the top score on parallel bars, while Germany's Andreas Bretschneider (fourth all-around) caught his unique double-twisting Kovacs to win high bar.

The event also include a mixed-pairs competition. Calvo and Cyrenne teamed up to take the title.

External Link: Official Website

4th Mexican Gymnastics Open
Dec. 5-6, 2014, Acapulco

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Martha Pihan-Kulesza4.613.655.513.605.113.605.413.6054.45
2.Emily Little5.814.654.812.955.112.605.213.3553.55
3.Oksana Chusovitina5.814.705.112.305.412.855.213.1553.00
4.Enus Mariani5.013.955.613.055.412.355.013.6052.95
5.Angelina Kysla5.013.555.
6.Amaranta Torres5.013.804.912.655.412.705.212.9052.05
7.Hélody Cyrenne5.013.805.112.555.512.255.112.8551.45
8.Karla Retiz4.012.705.212.955.

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Jossimar Calvo6.314.806.714.906.314.705.614.856.915.556.713.9588.75
2.Danell Leyva6.214.805.713.705.314.005.214.556.915.706.815.2087.95
3.Kenzo Kaneko6.214.905.614.505.814.305.
4.Andreas Bretschneider5.312.355.013.606.114.655.614.406.413.957.215.6084.55
5.Maxim Semiankiv5.513.755.614.355.113.754.413.705.814.506.114.4084.45
6.Lucas Bitencourt5.914.305.714.005.713.655.213.956.013.655.914.2083.75
7.Paolo Ottavi5.313.705.
8.Kevin Cerda5.113.904.812.954.813.105.214.405.313.255.414.1581.75
9.Roman Lech5.312.954.912.505.012.405.213.656.014.655.713.3579.50
10.Rayderley Zapata6.614.
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 06 December 2014 10:54    PDF Print
Iordache, Vernyayev Defend Titles in Glasgow
(7 votes, average 4.29 out of 5)

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
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 01 December 2014 12:14    PDF Print
Melnikova On Top at Belgium's Top Gym
(13 votes, average 4.38 out of 5)

Junior European champion Angelina Melnikova (Russia) won three titles at the 17th Top Gym Tournament, held Saturday and Sunday in Charleroi, Belgium.

Junior European champion Angelina Melnikova (Russia) won three titles at the 17th Top Gym Tournament, held Saturday and Sunday in Charleroi, Belgium.

Melnikova crushed the competition on Saturday to take the all-around title by more than 4 points, scoring a winning 56.95. Canada's Sydney Laird won the silver (52.75), just ahead of Romanian Ioana Crisan (52.70).

Melnikova, 14, had the high score all but floor exercise. She scored 14.50 for her double-twisting Yurchenko vault, the only one of the competition. She matched that mark on uneven bars (Komova to Pak; Maloney-half; Tkatchev; full-twisting double) and scored 14.20 on balance beam (switch ring; ff, ff two-foot layout; punch front; side somi; ff, ff, double tuck). Melnikova earned 13.75 for an elegant routine on floor exercise (piked full-in; two whips to double tuck; double twist; double pike).

Laird, who was born in Saskatchewan but lives and trains in North Carolina, had her top scores on vault and floor exercise (13.60). Laird has committed to the University of Arkansas.

Crisan, 13, had her best of 14.15 on balance beam, scoring just behind Melnikova. She impressed on floor exercise for her fluidity and polish (double pike; 2 1/2 twist; double twist; double tuck).

Great Britain's Amy Tinkler scored the high mark on floor exercise with 13.90 (double layout; tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2; double pike) but finished in a tie for 10th after a 10.15 on uneven bars.

In Sunday's apparatus finals, Melnikova won vault and uneven bars but scratched the balance beam and floor exercise finals.

French gymnast Marine Boyer won balance beam (RO, two-foot layout; RO, double pike dismount). Romania's Olivia Cimpian, 13, won floor exercise (tucked full-in; 2 1/2 punch front; double pike).

16th Top Gym Junior Tournament
Nov. 29-30, Charleroi, Belgium

All-AroundVTVT 2HighUBBBFXTotal
1.Angelina Melnikova5.814.505.013.4014.506.114.506.014.205.513.7556.95
2.Sydney Laird5.013.6013.605.012.505.
3.Ioana Crisan5.013.805.014.0014.004.211.305.914.155.313.2552.70
4.Juliette Bossu4.413.354.613.1013.355.212.555.013.655.112.7552.30
5.Sydney Soloski5.013.905.013.7513.904.811.905.313.055.113.2052.05
5.Marine Boyer5.014.004.413.5014.004.913.256.011.405.613.4052.05
7.Sena Deriks4.613.5513.555.612.705.312.055.213.4051.70
8.Anastasiia Dmitrieva5.013.954.413.5513.955.611.005.813.205.313.4051.55
9.Aneta Holasova5.013.505.013.7513.754.211.655.512.505.113.5051.40
10.Maellyse Brassart5.013.955.014.0514.055.011.555.
10.Amy Tinkler5.
10.Olivia Cimpian5.
13.Meaghan Ruttan4.413.154.412.0513.
14.Nina Derwael5.013.655.013.6513.654.911.905.311.905.013.0550.50
14.Enya Pouliot4.413.254.413.3513.353.411.404.912.954.912.8050.50
16.Supriana Dyonnailys4.413.505.013.8013.804.913.054.810.405.013.0050.25
17.Tzuf Feldon4.
18.Chloé Leblicq4.012.704.013.0513.053.311.005.312.804.812.5549.40
19.Véronika Sebakova4.212.704.212.8512.855.
20.Goldie Harder4.012.254.413.0513.052.18.605.212.904.912.3546.90
21.Morgan Spruyterburg4.012.704.012.6512.704.210.654.310.904.712.4546.70
22.Carlota Miserachs4.012.604.012.2012.602.99.404.811.154.511.9045.05
23.Kitti Honti4.613.804.613.7513.805.17.154.410.804.912.3544.10
24.Sophia Iribarren4.012.504.012.6512.653.77.854.511.454.411.6543.60
25.Noa Dooga4.212.504.212.7512.752.38.753.610.553.810.5042.55
26.Sara Peter4.213.2013.203.37.654.38.754.811.2540.85
27.Imane Balad4.612.104.613.2013.203.57.603.08.352.69.2538.40

Vault FinalVT 1VT 2Average
1.Angelina Melnikova15.05014.40014.725
2.Marine Boyer14.25013.80014.025
3.Amy Tinkler14.20013.40013.800
4.Kitti Honti13.75013.50013.625
4.Sydney Laird13.80013.45013.625
6.Maellyse Brassart14.15013.05013.600
7.Ioana Crisan13.95013.10013.525
8.Aneta Holasova13.75012.90013.325
9.Sena Deriks13.50012.95013.225
10.Supriana Dyonnailys12.70013.60013.150
11.Enya Pouliot12.45013.25012.850
12.Sophia Iribarren12.45012.80012.625
12.Noa Dooga12.65012.60012.625
14.Najwa Achir12.50010.95011.725

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1.Angelina Melnikova14.500
2.Nina Derwael13.950
3.Supriana Dyonnailys13.300
3.Amy Tinkler13.300
5.Kitti Honti12.900
6.Sydney Laird12.450
7.Tzuf Feldom12.150
8.Enya Pouliot11.100
9.Maellyse Brassart11.050
10.Véronika Sebakova12.250
11.Olivia Cimpian9.100
12.Sophia Iribarren9.000
13.Juliette Bossu8.800
14.Imane Balad8.700

Balance Beam FinalScore
1.Marine Boyer13.700
2.Sydney Soloski13.150
3.Tzuf Feldom13.050
4.Anastasia Dmitrieva12.950
5.Goldie Harder12.900
5.Ioana Crisan12.900
7.Maellyse Brassart12.550
8.Sena Deriks12.250
8.Meaghan Ruttan12.250
10.Kitti Honti12.100
11.Carlota Miserachs12.050
12.Aneta Holasova11.850
13.Morgan Spruyterburg10.450
14.Imane Balad10.400

Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Olivia Cimpian13.700
2.Amy Tinkler13.550
3.Juliette Bossu13.250
3.Sydney Soloski13.250
5.Nina Derwael13.100
6.Goldie Harder12.950
7.Anastasia Dmitrieva12.850
8.Aneta Holasova12.550
9.Carlota Miserachs12.250
10.Sara Peter12.100
11.Morgan Spruyterburg12.050
12.Tzuf Feldom11.900
13.Chloé Leblicq11.350
14.Imane Balad10.500
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 30 November 2014 10:03    PDF Print
Japanese Sweep 11th Austrian Future Cup
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Japanese gymnasts dominated the 11th Austrian Future Cup, held Saturday in Linz. Pictured: Junior Ryosuke Doi, 12, helped Japan win the overall team title.

Japanese gymnasts dominated the 11th Austrian Future Cup, held Saturday in Linz.

The competition featured almost 100 male gymnasts from 13 countries competing in three age groups: Under 18, Under 16 and Under 14.

Japan won the overall team competition with a comfortable margin, topping Italian club Sampietrina, 240.35-234.85. Austria's top team finished third, just one tenth behind Sampietrina.

The Japanese also swept all three all-around titles, with Sampietrina finishing second in each category. Keitaro Okubo (born 1999) topped Sampietrina's Simone Bresolin (1996) by more than 2 points, while Austria's Alexander Benda (1997) finished just .050 behind the Italian.

In the second age group, Hiroto Ishizawa (2001) won the all-around title by exactly 3 points over Sampietrina's Philippo Castellaro (1999). French gymnast Killian Parasme (1999) won the bronze.

Takeru Kitazono (2002) took the youngest age group gold medal. Nicolo Mozzato (2003) was second over Berlin's Daniel Schwed (2000).

Austrian coach Petr Koudela said he was very pleased with his squad's performance. The third-place team featured three members of Austria's team that competed at this years Junior European Championships in Sofia.

"The team has had a very good year," Koudela said. "These gymnasts are our elite team and with them, the men's team will undergo a significant development for the better."

External Link: Official Website

11th Austrian Future Cup
Nov. 29, 2014, Linz

Combined TeamFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
3.Austria I41.0037.7036.1540.8040.6538.45234.75
4.Finland I40.7034.0536.4040.4038.1534.80224.50
7.Austria II38.7534.9534.5036.9038.2035.55218.85
8.Corpo Libero39.4033.1034.6538.2038.1035.05218.50
9.Netherlands II36.9036.5034.1536.3537.7035.35216.95
10.Netherlands I39.1036.4033.2537.0537.0033.40216.20
13.RLZ Ostschweiz I37.5028.7535.2536.7036.1533.35207.70
14.Sokol Brno38.0033.1530.5037.2036.2532.50207.60
16.Sweden I38.9531.8032.4535.9534.4533.80207.40
21.Finland II37.0020.8020.4036.6024.4020.20159.40

1.Keitaro Okubo199914.5013.7513.4014.0512.8512.3580.90
2.Simone Bresolin199613.4512.3013.2013.5013.4512.9578.85
3.Alexander Benda199713.9512.8012.5513.3512.8013.0578.50
4.David Kathan199713.0512.0512.2513.2513.7513.0077.35
5.Emil Soravuo199714.0010.8013.4014.0012.8012.0577.05
6.Dirk Kathan199714.0012.8511.3512.2013.5012.4076.30
7.Ondrej Janeczko199613.509.9012.8013.2012.9512.9075.25
7.Daniel Morres199613.1011.7511.8512.8512.4013.3075.25
9.Gabriel O'Sullivan199712.5012.8012.6513.4013.0010.7075.05
10.Samuele Poddi199713.0512.4512.7012.9011.4512.4575.00
11.Alberto Pieri199613.4510.9011.7513.0013.3011.7574.15
12.Miro Niemi199712.4012.6511.8013.4012.2511.3573.85
12.Cameron Malone199713.4012.2511.3513.3011.6011.9573.85
14.Luca Santambrogio199613.459.4014.0013.3510.9510.9072.05
15.Vinzenz Höck19962.0014.2013.4012.2041.80

1.Hiroto Ishizawa200113.6012.9012.5013.4013.8513.3579.60
2.Philippo Castellaro199913.1512.3013.4013.4512.6011.7076.60
3.Killian Parasme199912.1012.8012.6513.6011.9012.1575.20
4.Fabio Sereinig199813.1011.5511.5012.8013.0512.2074.20
5.Frantisek Cerny199813.1511.6510.3513.2012.9511.8573.15
6.Patrick Palmroth199913.8010.5011.2013.0013.1010.6572.25
7.Loran De Munck199911.6011.5012.3013.0012.5011.3072.20
8.Ricardo Rudy199812.9511.8011.2013.0512.0511.1072.15
9.Paul Hagen199812.0512.2012.2011.7512.6510.8071.65
10.Tim Goedkoop199912.259.4512.1512.7012.1011.8070.45
10.Leonard Gross199912.9511.2010.1012.3512.5011.3570.45
12.Joshua Di Nucci199810.7011.1512.0013.7011.3511.3070.20
13.Martin Fiala200012.2511.1511.0512.2511.7511.6570.10
14.Luuk Van de Broek199813.0511.6511.9012.008.3512.0068.95
14.Jooa Sillanpää199913.1011.2010.2512.2011.9510.2568.95
16.Jackson Clarke199912.7010.3512.2511.9010.2011.3068.70
17.Lorenz Rüf199912.7010.8010.8010.7511.1512.0068.20
18.Manuel Arnold199912.608.2511.4512.4513.009.8567.60
19.Richard Palicka199812.6510.1510.1512.6511.3510.2567.20
20.Radek Silz199912.4010.9510.0011.9011.5510.3067.10
21.Lasse Woivalin199912.809.6010.1511.9512.459.9566.90
22.Filip Lidbeck199913.0510.009.9011.6011.2011.0066.75
23.Florian Vecera199910.8010.0510.7011.3511.6510.5065.05
24.Albertas Maciulevicius199912.159.5010.8011.3012.158.2564.15
25.Maximilian Chanterie199911.3511.0011.4012.4010.2556.40
26.Edvin Kartunovic199911.0010.053.9512.408.809.6055.80
27.Nikolaus Vertacnik199911.909.4510.9012.5510.3555.15
28.Ryosuke Doi200211.8013.2013.7011.9050.60
29.Max Kooistra199811.0011.9011.5534.45

1.Takeru Kitazono200212.7012.7513.6013.2013.0513.0078.30
2.Nicolo Mozzato200013.2012.4011.8512.3513.6012.5575.95
3.Daniel Schwed200012.5013.5012.5011.6012.9511.9074.95
4.Emilio Martina Perez200113.4012.1510.8012.6511.8511.5072.35
5.Arthur Moindrot200012.6012.5012.1011.8011.2512.0572.30
6.Gijs Peeters200112.8012.0511.3012.7012.7010.7072.25
7.Joakim Lenberg200213.1010.5011.0512.4012.9512.1072.10
8.Dan Ponizil200013.1511.1511.3012.3012.9511.0571.90
9.Bradley Noordzij200012.9012.2011.1511.7012.4511.2071.60
10.Niels Fluder200112.7010.6012.4012.5512.4010.8571.50
11.Enzo Fazari200112.5512.5511.7511.6011.7011.0571.20
12.Axel Piva200112.6010.5011.5512.3012.7010.9070.55
13.Robert Kirmes200012.9010.6010.9511.7012.2011.4069.75
14.Andrea Valtorta200112.6510.659.7012.5512.3011.5569.40
15.Karim Rida200012.8510.9510.9511.6512.2510.4069.05
16.Eric Kempf200012.508.8012.4511.4511.7011.8068.70
17.Hampus Welin-Berger200112.8011.3011.2511.9010.3010.7068.25
18.Askhab Matiev200210.6511.7511.3011.5512.0010.8568.10
19.Kristian Korman200112.4010.0511.4511.8511.2510.5567.55
20.Giovanni Zillio200012.909.759.0012.0013.0010.8567.50
21.Yannik Lehner200012.859.0010.8011.9011.8511.0067.40
22.Daniel Zander200012.509.9010.3012.1012.3010.2067.30
23.Carln Ole Gäbler200113.507.7011.3512.5511.3010.4566.85
24.Fabian Schmid200112.8011.2010.0010.0512.558.9565.55
25.Eros Duedal200111.857.8510.8512.5012.859.2065.10
26.Marat Asmolkow200210.909.9510.6011.6010.6510.8064.50
27.David Zitny200112.6010.359.1011.7511.559.0064.35
28.Julian Weller200012.309.0010.7012.6011.956.7063.25
29.Steven Hutter200111.505.2511.2011.1012.5010.4061.95
30.Nando Pallecchi200012.408.1011.4012.304.8011.9560.95
31.Filip Kull200112.7010.059.7510.3511.506.4060.75
32.Wiliam Sundell200211.557.0010.1511.659.7559.65
33.Nikita Jurkoit200210.908.509.2511.4011.358.0059.40
34.Andri Stacher200311.659.5010.2011.7510.455.3558.90
35.Theodor Höfer200210.2510.009.8511.4510.606.3558.50
36.Wout Teilers200111.207.4510.5011.6511.506.1558.45
37.Maximilian Fritz200111.755.8010.0511.6010.956.5556.70
38.Yohsef Mirra200112.7510.2012.3011.809.4556.50
39.Daniel Wörz200012.2010.0511.0512.159.7555.20
40.Linus Rohner200212.1511.108.9011.2011.3554.70
41.Aliev Hotchbar200112.453.506.1511.559.855.1548.65
42.Leven Guddat200013.057.9512.4011.9545.35
43.Filip Grgic200311.508.656.2510.906.750.0044.05
44.Finn Czach20028.7010.7011.5511.3542.30
45.Leon Wendt200211.356.659.959.9537.90
46.Tarmo Kanerva200411.1012.4523.55
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 28 November 2014 18:30    PDF Print
Germany Tops DTB Cup Qualification
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The host nation led the men's and women's qualification at the 2014 DTB Cup Team Challenge, which began Friday in Stuttgart.

The competition format features a team challenge alongside the individual all-around World Cup. The top four teams from Friday's qualification advance to this weekend's finals.

Sophie Scheder led the German women to first place over Russia. Scheder had the top score of the day on uneven bars with 15.050, showing a Gienger; Jaeger; and Moors dismount (toe-on layout front half). Teammate Pauline Schäfer impressed on balance beam with an elegant and innovative routine that featured a straddle jump backwards mount and an incredibly difficult side somi with a half twist (14.700).

Germany's head coach Ulla Koch said she was pleased with the results of her team, which had no major mistakes Friday.

"I am very happy with the performance, especially with the strength on uneven bars," Koch said. "We have given a very good team performance and I hope that it will be the same in the final."

Two-time Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva returned to competition to help Russia qualify second. Afanasyeva, who missed this year's European and world championships to nurse a sore ankle, showed watered down routines on floor exercise (no double layout) and on balance beam (RO layout dismount only). She impressed on vault with a clean double-twisting Yurchenko.

Ilaria Käslin led Switzerland to third ahead of a club team from Stuttgart. Two-time Russian world team member Kristina Pravdina made her comeback for Azerbaijan, which took fifth place.

In the men's competition, Germany topped the United States by two points, with Japan just .050 behind the U.S. Brazil took fourth place to grab the last qualification spot.

Germany's Andreas Bretschneider thrilled the Stuttgart crowd by catching his incredible double-twisting Kovacs on high bar. The skill has been given an ultra-difficult "H" rating.

"I didn't want to be nervous and wanted to keep cool, but that didn't quite work," Bretschneider said. "I am very happy that I made it."

Competition continues Saturday afternoon with the women's World Cup followed by the men's team final. The World Cup lineup for the women is Ellie Black (Canada), Kim Bui (Germany), Vanessa Ferrari (Italy), Lisa Katharina Hill (Germany), Larisa Iordache (Romania), Aliya Mustafina and Alla Sotnitskaya (Russia), and Jessica Lopez (Venezuela).

The lineup for the men's World Cup on Sunday features Sergio Sasaki (Brazil), Fabian Hambüchen (Germany), Yusuke Saito and Yusuke Tanaka (Japan), Nikolai Kuksenkov (Russia), Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) and Donnell Whittenburg (USA).

External Link: Official Website

2014 DTB Cup Team Challenge Qualification
Nov. 28, Stuttgart

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Germany28.30028.50028.70026.750112.250
Pauline Schäfer14.35013.40014.70013.900
Sophie Scheder15.10014.000
Nadja Schulze12.850
Michelle Timm13.950
2. Russia28.65026.25026.90027.050108.850
Ksenia Afanasyeva14.55013.550
Yekaterina Kramarenko14.10014.65012.850
Polina Fyodorova11.60014.05013.500
3. Switzerland26.70025.35025.85025.800103.700
Jessica Diacci13.05013.150
Ilaria Käslin13.65013.35013.450
Stefanie Siegenthaler12.20012.50012.350
4. Stuttgart26.65024.55025.90025.450102.550
Lisa Ecker13.70011.60013.30013.100
Nicole Fritz
Dorothee Henzler12.95012.60012.350
Sarina Maier12.950
5. Azerbaijan27.00023.45025.35021.10096.900
Marina Nekrasova13.50010.85012.55011.000
Kristina Pravdina12.60012.800
Maria Smirnova13.50010.100

1. Germany28.95028.25029.10029.20030.75030.150176.400
Andreas Bretschneider14.35015.75015.350
Philipp Herder14.45014.200
Helge Liebrich14.50015.100
Andreas Toba14.05014.75014.10015.00014.800
2. United States28.90029.40029.45028.60030.10027.950174.400
Robert Baker
Marvin Kimble14.65014.50015.05013.400
Christopher Maestas14.45014.95014.200
Akash Modi14.45014.75014.40015.05014.550
3. Japan28.55029.25028.90029.05029.40029.200174.350
Shohei Fujiwara14.85014.60014.25014.35014.600
Yoshiaki Furutani14.600
Rikii Hoshino14.20014.30014.80015.050
Daisuke Suzuki14.35014.400
4. Brazil28.20028.30029.95028.60029.05028.800172.900
Francisco Barretto14.25014.75014.300
Lucas Bitencourt14.10013.750
Arthur Zanetti14.05015.85014.850
Arthur Mariano14.15014.05014.30014.500
5. China28.05027.65028.75029.85028.30027.850170.450
Cen Yu14.15014.35014.85014.050
He Youxiao13.75014.40015.00014.55013.800
Ji Lianshen13.90013.750
Zhu Xiaodong13.900
6. Russia27.60028.30028.90029.85028.45027.050170.150
Mikhail Kudashov14.50014.35014.10014.850
Pavel Pavlov14.80013.75013.350
Roman Suetin13.10013.95015.00014.70013.700
7. Great Britain28.55028.65027.75029.05029.05027.050170.100
Frank Baines14.70013.55013.65014.40014.300
Dominick Cunningham14.650
James Hall13.85015.10014.200
Ashley Watson14.10014.85012.750
8. France28.25028.85028.15027.90029.70026.000168.850
Axel Augis14.85014.45013.80015.25012.000
Guillaume Augugliaro13.70014.45014.000
Julien Gobaux13.80014.00014.100
Mathias Philippe14.450
9. Azerbaijan27.75027.95026.45027.45029.00027.050165.650
Petro Pakhnyuk13.90013.70012.85013.60014.00014.000
Oleg Stepko13.85014.25013.60013.85015.00013.050
Christian Auer13.15014.050
Alexander Maier11.60013.50011.850
Felix Pohl13.60013.05013.90012.350
Anton Wirt14.35013.80014.000
11. Israel26.30026.10026.00027.10024.90024.850155.250
Eyal Glazer13.00012.75012.95013.35012.350
Michael Sorokine13.30013.250
Moran Yanuka13.35011.55012.500
Andrey Medvedev13.05013.850
12. Bulgaria25.60024.75024.15026.70025.80025.300152.300
Martin Angelov13.25011.85013.80012.90012.800
Dimitar Dimitrov12.35012.70012.90012.90012.500
Ilya Tudzharov12.90011.450

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of DTB Cup competitors includes:
"Poised for Perfection" - Ksenia Afanasyeva cover photo/interview (December 2011)
"Canadian Promise" - Ellie Black chat (July/August 2014)
"Canadian Diversity" - Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Black interview (November 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"Vintage Ferrari" - Vanessa Ferrari interview (December 2013)
"Refueling Ferrari" – Ferrari interview (January/February 2009)
"Renaissance Man" - Fabian Hambüchen cover story
"New Vie from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Growing Pains" - Larisa Iordache cover story (March 2013)
Iordache two-page center poster (June 2013)
Iordache on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013)
"Serious Contender" - Nikolai Kuksenkov profile (March 2011)
"Viva Venezuela" - Jessica Lopez profile (March 2008)
Aliya Mustafina interview (May 2014)
Mustafina center poster (January/February 2013)
Mustafina on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)
Mustafina cover photo collage (May 2011)
"The Mustafina Mystique" – profile (January/February 2011)
Mustafina cover photo (December 2010)
"Soul Search" - Kristina Pravdina profile (July/August 2006)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.


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