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Dowell, Vernyayev Win Mexican Open
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American Brenna Dowell and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev captured the 2nd Mexican Gymnastics Open, which ended Saturday evening in Acapulco. Pictured: Dowell on floor exercise

American Brenna Dowell and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev captured the 2nd Mexican Gymnastics Open, which ended Saturday evening in Acapulco.

Held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess resort, the event features an all-around competition split into two days.

In the women's competition, Dowell and Mexico's Yessenia Estrada repeated their 1-2 finish from Friday, with Dowell taking the title 57.10-56.15. 2011 European all-around champion Anna Dementyeva (Russia), fourth on Friday, moved up one spot to claim the bronze.

Estrada outscored the field on balance beam with 14.05 (5.6), while Dowell posted 13.95 with the same Difficulty score. Dementyeva fell off on a switch ring but recovered well (5.7/13.75).

Dowell, coached by Al Fong and Armine Barutyan-Fong, impressed on floor exercise (5.6/14.05) with piked double front, double front, 2 1/2 twist to layout front and double-twisting front. A much taller Dementyeva watered down her tumbling (2 1/2 twist to layout front, triple twist, double twist, double pike), but her presentation was outstanding (5.4/13.95).

The top three men repeated their rankings from Friday. Vernyayev just edged Russia's David Belyavsky, 89.00-88.90, with Brazil's Sergio Sasaki winning the bronze (87.30).

Vernyayev landed an excellent Dragulescu vault (7.0/16.00), as did Sasaki. Belyavsky played it safe with a Tsukahara 2 1/2.

On parallel bars, Vernyayev had his first miss of the meet, when one hand slipped off the bar on a side glide after a stutz to one bar near the end of his packed routine. He remounted and ended with a solid double front with a 1/2 twist dismount (6.8/14.75).

Belyavsky gained ground with the top score of the event, ending with a beautiful double pike dismount (6.1/15.05). Sasaki crashed on top of the bars on his front 1 3/4 but then remounted and repeated the skill perfectly (6.00/13.80).

Both Vernayev and Belyavsky erred on high bar. The Russian started well but one hand peeled off on his recatch of his Voronin after his Takamoto full. He managed some how to hold on with just one hand and then finished with a full-twisting double layout (5.5/14.00).

Vernyayev went the wrong way on his Tak-full so reversed his grip and then set up for a hecht vault but fell off on the recatch. He ended with a double-double dismount for 6.3/13.15, giving him the victory by a mere tenth.

On hand to watch the competition were Olympic legends Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Vera Caslavska (Czech Republic). Caslavska won the all-around and three events at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, where her subtle protest against the Soviet regime remains an enduring symbol of the Games.

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2nd Mexican Gymnastics Open
Oct. 13, 2012, Acapulco

Women's All-AroundTotal
1.Brenna Dowell57.10
2.Yessenia Estrada56.15
3.Anna Dementyeva54.75
4.Georgia-Rose Brown54.30
5.Chiara Gandolfi53.35
6.Marta Pihan-Kulesza52.60
7.Jessica Gil50.85
8.Alexa Moreno49.60
9.Ana Lago11.70

Men's All-AroundTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev89.00
2.David Belyavsky88.90
3.Sergio Sasaki87.30
4.Jorge Hugo Giraldo87.25
5.Daniel Purvis86.80
6.Donnell Whittenburg84.90
7.Luis Sosa81.65
8.Anderson Loran81.15
9.Mattia Tamiazzo80.80
10.Axel Elías Jiménez75.80
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