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Hypolito Siblings Win Brazilian Nationals
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Brother-and-sister standouts Diego and Daniele Hypolito each won the all-around and two event titles at the Brazilian Gymnastics Championships, held Friday and Saturday in Vitoria.

Three-time Olympian Daniele Hypolito, 25, earned four golds at the Brazilian Championships: team, all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise.

Diego, the two-time world floor exercise champion, won the men's title Friday afternoon, scoring (85.233) to defeat Flamengo clubmate Victor Rosa (84.899). Mosiah Rodrigues took third (84.433).

Hypolito was most pleased with his 16.100 on floor exercise, the highest mark of the day.

"This is a score that could give me a medal in the Olympics and world championships and that makes me very happy," said the 24 year old, who also won the gold on vault.

He watched from the stands Saturday, while older sister Daniele scored 55.100 to win the title ahead of Bruna Leal (54.150). 2007 world all-around bronze medalist Jade Barbosa was third (52.900).

"Family support is always important," said 25-year-old Daniele, a three-time Olympian. "Imagine in my case, I have a brother who just became Brazilian champion yesterday. So, his support is key. Diego has always been the person who believed in me the most."

At the 2001 Worlds in Ghent, Daniele's silver medal on floor exercise made her the first South American gymnast to medal at a world championships. Four years after that, her brother became the first South American male gymnast to win a gold medal at worlds. He repeated his feat at the 2007 Worlds.

On Saturday, Daniele scored 13.650 on vault, 14.000 on uneven bars, 13.500 on balance beam and 13.950 on floor. The all-around competition also determined event champions, giving Daniele golds on bars and floor.

Priscilla Cobello was first on beam (14.100) and Barbosa first on vault (14.675).

Barbosa, sidelined with necrosis of the wrist following the 2008 Olympics, recently was cleared to resume training with the national team. She won the Brazilian Cup in May, and attended a national training camp last week.

The 19-year-old Barbosa teamed with Hypolito, Letícia da Costa, Gabriela Soares, Juliana Chaves Santos and Janaina Braz da Silva to give Flamengo the club championship on Friday.

"This is the third competition I've had since I returned from the wrist injury, and it proves all my effort is working," Barbosa said Friday. "I felt good during the competition, without pain, and I'm satisfied because we can show what we're training. Flamengo needed this victory and I am very happy."

Prior to the competition, Barbosa, Hypolito, Leal and Cobello were named to the training squad for the upcoming Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, along with Adrian Gomes, Ethiene Franco and Gabriela Soares. Barbosa and Gomes will attend the Ghent World Cup in September.

Fifteen-year-old Harumi de Freitas, Brazil's entrant for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, won the women's junior title (50.050) over Daiane Ribeiro (46.200) and Mariana Valentin (45.000).

External Link: Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation

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